13 Feb 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has appealed to all parliamentarians to behave according to the code of conduct during debates in Parliament.
He also said he does not want to witness a lack of quorum in the House during the course of this year when he officially opened the ninth Session of the Sixth Parliament here on Wednesday.
Comrade Speaker of Parliament, 2019 is the year of accountability and we no longer want to witness a lack of quorum in Parliament, Geingob said.
The Head of State said parliamentarians as the representatives of the people should always be mindful of the fact that the most valuable asset they possess is their reputation.
Once one parliamentarian's reputation is damaged, your effectiveness as parliamentarians becomes impeded. Subsequently, ineffectiveness of politicians will have adverse consequences on our governance architecture, leading to losses in government revenue, lower quality public investment and public services, reduced private investment and loss of public confidence, the president noted.
He further called upon all parliamentarians to be punctual and to endeavour to attend all sessions of Parliament.
Let your attendance and punctuality be a source of pride rather than allowing tardiness and absenteeism to be a source of your shame, he said.
Geingob told parliamentarians that the year of accountability also calls upon all Namibians to rise to the ongoing socio-economic challenges the country faces.
This year is a defining year. A year in which we either decide to hold hands together to consolidate and build upon our hard-earned gains or risk losing the decades of progress we have made since our independence in 1990, he explained.
Geingob said he is looking forward to a year where Parliament will display integrity in representing the electorate, promote accountability through providing oversight and display professionalism in crafting of the legislation.