Loide Kasingo, the leader of a delegation of lawmakers in Namibia to the Pan-African Parliament has refused to shed light on a heated incident involving one of its members in a recent session, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The leader and chief change campaigner of the Landless People's Movement Bernadus Swartbooi was asked to leave a plenary session by security personnel for allegedly using foul language, a few days ago.

Swartbooi informed journalists that he acted the way he did after being sent from pillar-to-post by the secretary of the president of PAP for two days, in his quest to obtain a go-ahead to table a motion on the 1904/08 Nama/OvaHerero genocide, as required by rules.

Speaking to journalists in the capital on Tuesday, Kasingo, conceded that although such conduct warrants concern, her hands are tied to discipline or sanction any explanation against Swartbooi, as she no longer serves in any top structures of PAP.

Kasingo says she could have reacted if a such incident occurred during her tenure as vice-president of PAP a few years ago, before asking journalists to approach Swartbooi to explain, instead.

The firebrand lawyer-turned-politician, in his defense, criticised and accused PAP of being used as a tool for ruling parties in Africa to silence dissent, as they selectively approve motions while trampling or rejecting any by opposition figures.

Meanwhile, PAP, amongst others, recently endorsed a resolution to unconditionally lift all sanctions against Zimbabwe by appointing a lobby-group to pressure the African Union, United States and European Union parliaments against such demands.

They also adopted a resolution to meditate in ending conflicts in DRC, Rwanda, and Mozambique, and criticised a resolution by the EU's parliament, against a quest to build oil pipelines in Uganda's western-parts to the port of Tanga in Tanzania to extract lucrative oil reserves.

The EU's resolution sought to garner international aid to stop oil extractions around Lake Albert citing damages to ecosystem and its impact on climate change.

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Kaipaherue Kandjii