Guests in the Gallery, including the family of our outgoing Serjeant-at-Arms
It is difficult to give a fitting tribute to a man with such an illustrious career in just one minute.
I joined Parliament in May of this year, and one of the first persons I spoke to was Mr Cleinwerck. He told me then that he would be retiring at the end of the year. He related his experiences as Serjeant-at-Arms, including Presidents and Speakers that he served under.
From that discussion I made two conclusions:
That he was proud of the Service that he had rendered to his Country.
That in spite of all that, he remained a humble and down to earth person.
What he did not know at that time was that I was a bundle of nerves, and that our discussion helped to come me down as I was about to take an Oath of Allegiance in the Offices of the Speaker.
We thank God for the Service that you have rendered, Sir, and wish you well in your retirement.
We will hold you onto the promise that you made that you would write a Book.
On behalf of AZAPO, we say farewell, and may God bless you and your family.