|11. Mai 2016
Parliament protest to go ahead
THE Affirmative Repositioning movement says it is pushing ahead with a mass demonstration against the new proposed parliament building next month as well as the spearheading of an anti−corruption coalition. The movement said in a statement yesterday that they have set 16 June as the day for the mass action to be held at Parliament Gardens in Windhoek against the N$2 billion parliament.
“It is also in accordance with other relevant laws that we wish to influence the state in redirecting the intended N$2 billion meant for the construction of the new parliament building,” the statement said.
The movement further said they have already written to the Speaker of parliament, notifying him of the presentation of a memorandum to the National Assembly on 16 June. “The question that is placed before the people and the youth in particular is this: What will you choose – the comfort of 200 politicians or the restoration of the dignity of 25 000 people through the provision of serviced plots?” Had it not been for political posturing, even the Speaker of the National Assembly would choose the dignity of 25 000 people because it is his constitutional duty to deliver to the people and not only to himself, the statement further said.
In addition, the movement said they have resolved to spearhead the efforts of fighting corruption through the formation of the Anti−Corruption National Coalition because they have no faith in the Anti−Corruption Commission. They further said this should not be seen as taking over the role of the ACC, but to combat the evils of corruption in society collectively.
(The Namibian, Windhoek)