The RDP’s Anton von Wietersheim made this call during the first sitting of the Seventh Session of the Fifth Parliament, which started in the capital on Tuesday.
Von Wietersheim tabled a motion in the National Assembly that the national airline’s financial woes, which received a lot of media coverage recently, be discussed by the House on Thursday.
Air Namibia has been unable to settle its fuel bill of N.dollars 60 million with fuel company Engen Namibia since November last year.
However, the national airline has started paying its outstanding fuel bill with Engen Namibia in weekly instalments since mid-January this year.
“The board and management of the national airline – Air Namibia – are utterly incapable for the last 10 years or longer to at least reach a break-even situation in its operations,” he charged.
The RDP leader said the responsible line ministries as well as Cabinet colleagues in the Executive seem to be just as incapable of reaching decisive consensus on how to effectively address this “increasingly embarrassing and resource-draining development”.
Von Wietersheim stressed that before more of the country’s scarce resources such as the commitment to pensioners, education and training as well as health are redirected into the ‘bottomless pit’ called Air Namibia, serious discussions around the company need to take place.
“The reputation of our national airline, Air Namibia, is now rapidly developing from a token of national pride to one of national disgrace, if not a disaster,” the RDP leader said.
He thus moved that the National Assembly formulates recommendations to the Executive on the future handling of Air Namibia.