Deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is beneath assault for blaming the apartheid regime for Air Namibia’s liquidation woes.
Nandi-Ndaitwah mentioned within the Nationwide Meeting on Tuesday Namibians mustn’t neglect the pre-independence historical past of Air Namibia, which has additionally performed an element in its downfall.
Landless Folks’s Motion scholar chief Ndala Duminga advised The Namibian yesterday that it’s fairly surprising that 30 years after independence leaders nonetheless blame the apartheid regime.
“That’s escaping their duties to the nation and as soon as once more reveals that the ruling social gathering doesn’t have the power to control the nation and has run out of concepts. They don’t have the innovation to create jobs and financial prosperity within the nation. There isn’t any innovation. They have to depart authorities to those that are ready,” Duminga mentioned.
“Will additionally they say the GIPF [Government Institutions Pension Fund] and Fishrot scandals are on account of apartheid? Such a pacesetter uttering such phrases is embarrassing.”
Namibian Financial Freedom Fighters parliamentarian Longinus Iipumbu mentioned: “I actually do not agree with this overlaying up nonsense … Now we have to combat to maintain our nationwide delight and shield in opposition to job losses.”
Nationwide Unity Democratic Organisation secretary common Joseph Kauandenge described blaming the apartheid regime for Air Namibia’s demise as “utter nonsense”.
“She should qualify that assertion with details and figures. What money owed had been there when this authorities took over in 1990? The deputy prime minister is economical with the reality. Air Namibia is at this stage due to mismanagement. They have to come clean with this mess as a result of they didn’t take heed to recommendation,” Kauandenge added.
Nandi-Ndaitwah mentioned in parliament on Tuesday Air Namibia’s historic debt dates again to the apartheid period and has all the time been a problem.
“It is vitally unlucky that we don’t wish to hear the reality. Do you wish to inform us that Air Namibia doesn’t have historic money owed? We’re telling you what has been, so that’s the reason over the 30 years we now have been aiding,” she mentioned.
Nandi-Ndaitwah additionally hit again at parliamentarians who blasted finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi and public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, saying that Cupboard had no authorized requirement to seek the advice of the Nationwide Meeting on the liquidation.
“Coming again to the movement, the movement that’s alleging that the Cupboard has gone forward with out coming to parliament, however Air Namibia was not established as an act of parliament and it’s registered as a personal, restricted firm beneath the Corporations Act. So there is no such thing as a authorized half that requires parliament to log out,” she added.
Well-liked Democratic Motion parliamentarian Vipua Muharukua advised Nandi-Ndaitwah to cease shifting blame for the nation’s failures onto the apartheid authorities.
“The argument you might be elevating, deputy prime minister, is so predictable. You can’t blame (apartheid) after 30 years, after GIPF, after Fishrot and after social safety. Come on,” an irate Muharukua mentioned.