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Namibia achieves gender parity in NA

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Namibia has attained a 50-50 gender balance in the National Assembly, the spokesman of the lower house of parliament, Sakeus Kadhikwa, confirmed. 

Kadhikwa marked the achievement as a milestone, as Namibia is the only country so far in Africa that has reached gender balance in parliament.

The development underscores the nation's commitment to promoting inclusivity and equal representation in its political sphere. 

NA protocols cause discord over appropriation bill

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Discord ensued as Members of Parliament in the National Assembly engaged in a fervent debate, questioning the existing parliamentary protocols after PDM MP Nico Smith rose to contribute to the Appropriation Bill.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Albert Kawana, sought clarity on the standing rule that Smith used to be the first member of parliament to contribute to the Appropriation Bill.

Rent control bill in process

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The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) says an elaborate process is underway before the Rent Control Board is tabled in the National Assembly.

In 2015, the Cabinet passed a resolution requiring the government to introduce measures to regulate the rental market with a view to preventing the current exploitation of tenants by landlords.

The Rent Control Bill, which is supposed to activate the Rent Control Board to address steep property rental prices, needs to be tabled in the National Assembly by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.

Regional, Constituency Development Fund bill tabled

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In a move aimed at bolstering regional and local development efforts, the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, presented the Regional and Constituency Development Fund Bill to the National Assembly. 

The bill seeks to establish a dedicated fund to financially support development projects in both regional and local authority areas.

The proposed legislation is a response to the challenges faced by regional councils in fulfilling their mandates due to limited financial resources. 

Late President Geingob's legacy intertwined with country's constitutional development

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President Hage Geingob's legacy is deeply intertwined with the country's constitutional development, from the drafting of the constitutions to their adoption and subsequent amendments.

Compromises had to be made out of divergent positions on governance and the economic system.

Dr. Geingob, with his diplomatic finesse and visionary leadership, steered the Constituent Assembly through these heated debates, ensuring that the divergent views were heard and considered.

One of the main points of contention was the type of government Namibia should adopt. 

Geingob's legacy synonymous with Namibian Constitution's reverence

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On the eve of the 34th Constitutional Day anniversary, Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi and a member of the Constituent Assembly recalled the complexities of drafting the Namibian Constitution.

Namibia's Constitution was adopted on February 9, 1990, with Dr. Hage Geingob as Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly.

He said Geingob experienced many challenges as Chairperson but showed great leadership. 

Professor Katjavivi pays tribute to late President Geingob

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, today paid an emotional and passionate tribute to the late President Hage Geingob when he spoke at the opening of the 9th session of the 7th parliament.

In a poignant moment, Professor Katjivivi could not contain his emotions, and tears welled up in his eyes as he passionately paid tribute to the late President Geingob, acknowledging the indelible mark he left on the nation's journey with his pivotal leadership.

Public needs tax responsibility awareness

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Tax and customs offices are the gatekeepers of a country's economy and should be respected as such.

This was the view of Swapo Party Member of Parliament, Natangwe Ithete, who stressed the importance of public education and creating awareness of people's duty to pay taxes to the state.

Ithete further expressed worry about the lack of staff at the Namibia Revenue Agency.

was pleased with an increase in revenue collection by NamRa in the northern and western regions.

Lisha Empowerment and Development petition National Assembly

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A civic organisation called Lisha Empowerment and Development has petitioned the National Assembly to address the urgent need to revive the market for livestock in the northern communal areas.

The petition states that livestock farmers in the northern communal areas cannot sustainably sell their livestock.

It says this is because the quarantine facility at Farm Omutambo Maowe in Omusati, the Eloolo in Oshakati, and the Outapi abattoirs under the watch of the agricultural ministry collapsed nearly 12 years ago.