No official resignation letter from Muharukua - National Assembly

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The National Assembly has not received a written resignation letter from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) member of parliament, Vipuakuje Muharukua.

This is contrary to reports that Muharukua has resigned from the party and the National Assembly.

Senior Public Relations Officer at Parliament, Sakeus Kadhikwa, told nbc News that they have not received any official resignation letter from Muharukua.

He, however, confirmed that Muharukua was absent from the session today, which does not mean a resignation.

Dependents of Namibian veterans petition parliament for amendments to Veterans Act

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The Association of the Dependents of Namibia's Veterans (AODNDV) handed in a petition requesting Parliament to amend the Veterans Act on war veteran dependence to accommodate them.

The group intended to hand over the petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, but was directed to Zoo Park, where they read and handed the petition over to an official from Parliament's Office of the Secretary. 

President Mbumba to provide genocide negotiation update in separate forum

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President Nangolo Mbumba has assured the members of Parliament of an update on the genocide negotiations on a separate platform.

This follows questions by the leader of PDM, McHenry Venaani, on the progress of the discussions.

In 2021, Germany admitted the atrocities it committed during 1904–1908 against the Nama and Herero communities after a stretch of negotiations between the governments.

Botswana wildlife producers discontent with UK's Prohibition Bill

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The Botswana Wildlife Producers Association expressed discontent against the United Kingdom's Hunting Trophies or Import Prohibition Bill. 

The bill tabled in the UK's Parliament in 2022 seeks to prohibit the import of hunting trophies into the UK.

Speaking at a media briefing recently in Gaborone, the Chairperson of the Wildlife Producers Association, Leonard Matenje, says the proposed bill will have a negative impact on communities that depend on hunting.

Minister of Mines addresses allegations of corruption in awarding EPLs

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The Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, has addressed allegations of corruptly awarding petroleum exploration licences.

Responding to accusations on social media and in relation to Landless People's Movement (LPM) MP Henny Seibeb's questions, Alweendo underscores the importance of vigilance against corruption in the oil and gas sector.

Alweendo clarified the application process, stating that the minister does not handle licence applications directly. 

Fuel wholesale retail licence moratorium will remain in place

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In response to the Landless People's Movement's Henny Seibeb's question about the moratorium on fuel wholesale retail licences, Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo explained that the moratorium was imposed due to concerns raised by existing retail businesses. 

These businesses claimed that the increased issuance of licences was affecting their operations, leading to a reduction in profits.

National Council goes on recess

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The 11th session of the 6th National Council went into recess today and will resume on April 8th this year.

Vice Chairperson of the National Council, Victoria Kauma, commended MPs for demonstrating unity, resilience, and the spirit of collaboration, despite grieving for the late President Hage Geingob. 

The Vehicle Mass Bill and High Court Amendment Bill of 2023 have been passed and referred to in terms of Article 75 to the National Assembly, and Kauma has thus commended MPs for their tireless effort and unwavering commitment to the service of Namibian citizens.

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.