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Property Practitioners Bill tabled in Parliament

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The Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu, tabled the Property Practitioners Bill in Parliament yesterday. 

The bill, which replaces the outdated Estate Agents Act of 1976, aims to modernise and enhance the regulatory framework governing property practitioners in the country.

Iipumbu highlighted the significance of the legislative proposal, which seeks to establish the Property Practitioner Regulatory Authority as well as regulate the activities of the property industry.

SIM card registration compliance percentage increases

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The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Emma Theofelus, has announced significant progress in the registration of SIM cards.

The initiative, which began in 2021, is being done in compliance with the Communications Act.

The minister revealed that the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) temporarily suspended 567,298 SIM cards by the deadline of March 31st this year. 

The suspension of SIM cards resulted in the inability of users to make calls or send text messages.

Community courts inhibited by resource constraints

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Swapo Party MP and chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Kletus Karondo, presented a report on the state of community courts in Namibia in the National Assembly. 

The report, delivered to the National Assembly, detailed oversight visits conducted between May and August 2022 across the Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Zambezi, and Otjozondjupa regions.

It highlights both the achievements and challenges faced in implementing the Community Courts Act of 2003.

First steps made to operationalise Access to Information Act

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The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, has presented regulations critical for enacting the Access to Information Act, 2022. 

These regulations, approved by the National Assembly, outline the procedures for appointing the Information Commissioner and Deputy Information Commissioner, roles crucial for ensuring transparency and accountability in the country.

Under the new rules, a five-member Selection Committee will oversee the appointment process. 

Committee members will serve a five-year term, with reappointment possible. 

National Assembly adjourned over lack of quorum

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The National Assembly was forced to suspend its Thursday session due to a lack of quorum, a significant disruption in the legislative schedule. 

Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi announced the adjournment shortly after the session began, as the number of attending members was insufficient to meet the required quorum.

Several critical legislative items were on Thursday's order paper. 

The Minister of Justice was set to introduce a comprehensive bill to consolidate and reform the law on divorces related to civil marriages.

PDM proposes merger of NYC & NYS

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Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Maximalliant Katjimune has proposed a motion to merge the National Youth Council (NYC) with the National Youth Service (NYS). 

This proposal seeks to eliminate the duplication of responsibilities, programmes, and resources to foster a more streamlined approach to youth development in Namibia.

In his motivation, Katjimune highlighted the overlapping functions and similar objectives of the two bodies. 

Government economic reforms reason for Moody's positive rating

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The global credit rating agency Moody's has upgraded Namibia's sovereign rating outlook from 'stable' to 'positive'. This notable improvement reflects the successful implementation of economic reforms and a conducive external environment that has fostered economic growth. 

Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi said this in Parliament, highlighting the collective efforts that have driven this achievement.

National Assembly rallies behind Cuba

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The National Assembly has condemned the continued listing of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism by the US, arguing it undermines Cuba's contributions to international peace and security. 

On April 16, 2024, the National Assembly passed a resolution urging the US to delist Cuba.

The resolution highlights Namibia's solidarity with Cuba, condemns the unfounded US designation, and addresses the severe humanitarian impact of the associated sanctions on Cuba's economy and its people. 

Farmers in Kunene and Omusati face market access challenges

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Farmers in the Kunene and Omusati regions say non-functional abattoirs and poor livestock infrastructure are primary obstacles to accessing a profitable market. 

This issue surfaced during the ongoing oversight visits by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).

The visits follow a 2022 petition to the National Assembly from Lisha Empowerment and Development, urging the revival of the livestock market in the NCAs and parliamentary intervention to address the sector's severe underdevelopment.

Parliamentary Committee looks into challenges in livestock sector

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In response to mounting concerns over the state of the livestock sector in the country, particularly in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA), the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration has initiated a series of oversight visits. 

The visits are scheduled to take place from the 12th to the 24th of this month.

The committee will investigate the condition of quarantine farms, camps, facilities, and abattoirs in the NCAs and propose actionable recommendations.