Namibia introduces bill to regulate and validate marriages


The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, has introduced a new bill aimed at regulating the solemnization of marriages and addressing the validation and recognition of certain marriages.

This bill seeks to clarify and reform Namibia's marriage laws in light of recent judicial rulings.

The bill aims to provide clear definitions and regulations regarding the solemnization of marriages, with a particular focus on validating and recognizing marriages according to Namibian cultural and legal principles.

Home Affairs Minister justifies N$8 million checkpoint


The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Albert Kawana, expressed satisfaction with the cost of the construction of the Onhuno police checkpoint, which amounted to over N$8 million.

Dr. Kawana responded to a question from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani, regarding why the ministry did not investigate what appears to be a misuse of taxpayer funds.

The upgrade of the checkpoint includes a shelter and office block with restroom facilities for officers and the public.

NA protocols cause discord over appropriation bill


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.

Visas upon arrival required at border posts in Zambezi Region


Visitors entering Namibia through the Katima Mulilo, Ngoma, and Impalila border posts in the Zambezi Region will now acquire visas upon arrival starting December 15, 2023.

Only Hosea Kutako and Walvis Bay International Airports, as well as the Transkalahari Border Post, required visas upon arrival.

Some countries without diplomatic representation in Namibia will no longer need to apply for visas before coming to Namibia or in transit through Namibia.

Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Albert Kawana, expounded on "visas on arrival.".

Gun amnesty period extended to 2030


The Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security Minister, Dr. Albert Kawana, has announced the extension of Gun Amnesty Month to 2030.

The gun amnesty period is in September of each year, and Africa is envisioned to silence illegal guns by 2020.

Dr. Kawana also announced that all people who surrender their illegally owned firearms, ammunition, and other related materials will not be subjected to disclosure, humiliation, arrest, or prosecution.

Nkurenkuru Police Station inaugurated


The Namibian Police are making significant progress in infrastructural development in all 14 regions.

This was said by the Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, when he inaugurated the Nkurenkuru Police Station in the country's youngest region, Kavango West.

The station, constructed at a cost of more than N$108 million, consists of a charge office, four holding cells, 42 offices, a doctor's consulting room, cell blocks, four vehicles, fuel tanks, and various other amenities.

National Assembly MPs speak on mental health


Parliamentarians from all political divides in the National Assembly are speaking with one voice regarding the issue of mental health in the country.

This follows a motion tabled by PDM member in the house, Winnie Moongo, on what she termed the deplorable and inhospitable mental health institutions and facilities in the country.

The motion seeks awareness of the plight and situation of these centres so as to improve their conditions.