Parliament adjourns as MPs flock to Kauluma’s funeral

11 Apr 2019 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The National Assembly (NA) closed shop until next week Tuesday after Swapo chief whip Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele requested leave for Parliamentarians to attend the funeral of Ondonga Traditional Authority leader, Omukwaniilwa (king) Immanuel Kauluma Elifas.
Elifas died aged 86 at the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital on 26 March 2019 and was accorded a State funeral. He will be buried at the royal family cemetery at Olukonda village near the palace on Saturday.
This request, which was unanimously agreed to by Members of Parliament (MPs), was announced by Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo who presided over the House on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the legislative organ was supposed to wrap up all outstanding issues, motions and bills on the order paper for them to commence with the budget debate which will see them approve budgetary allocations to Government offices, ministries and agencies.
Shortly after Kasingo’s announcement, Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa wondered if the sudden postponement would not have negative repercussions.
Mutorwa also wanted the presiding officer to guarantee that sufficient time would be allotted to them to discuss the issues affected by the adjournment.
“I reckon that one of these outstanding items is a very important motion. I don’t want this particular motion to lapse. That is the only assurance I want and I hope the mover will also support me,” he said.
He was referring to a motion by his Swapo compatriot and former Home Affairs and Immigration minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
Iivula-Ithana’s motion seeks to discuss and deliberate on the state of driving on Namibian roads and the consequent injuries and carnage emanating from it.
According to the National Assembly’s programme, the House was to discuss all outstanding business on the order paper between 10 and 11 April.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 is reserved for Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein as he is expected to respond to critics, input and recommendations on the N.dollars 60.1 billion national budget he tabled a fortnight ago.
The next day, President Hage Geingob will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).