13 Feb 2019 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - Popular Democratic Movement President, McHenry Venaani has said President Hage Geingobs speech during the opening of Parliament on Wednesday did not speak to the current socio-economic hardships faced by Namibians.
Venaani made the remarks in an interview with Nampa shortly after Geingob officially opened the Ninth Session of the Sixth Parliament.
In his speech, the president reminded Members of Parliament that 2019 has been declared the year of accountability and that they are expected to be professional in their conduct.
Geingob also called on Parliamentary Committees to carry on from where they left off in 2018, undertaking visits to the regions, investigating government projects and conducting public hearings on pertinent issues such as gender based violence and teenage pregnancies.
Your work plays a vital role in the development of our country, the president said.
Geingob further said he expects lively, informative and serious debates during the discussion of the 14 bills to be tabled during this years session of Parliament, which include the Divorce Bill; Legal Practitioners Act Amendment Bill; Combating of Rape Amendment Bill, the Bank of Namibia Bill and Electronic Transactions Bill.
Venaani said the ruling party does not have an agenda to change the country.
If you look at the bills passed and lined up for 2019, how do they change the lives of young people? There is no bill that addresses free tertiary education and access to erven, he said, adding that the agenda does not address the trajectory of young Namibians.
With Geingob having declared informal settlement a humanitarian crisis, it is a pity that none of the 14 bills set for tabling are aimed at addressing the housing dilemma in the country, the PDM leader added.
Swapo has been promising the eradication of shacks, but there is no bill that addressed this, he said.
Venaani said the opposition will come up with motions that will address issues Namibians face.