The National Council opened for business today, commencing the 12th session of the 6th National Council.

The House of Review started off the session by debating the Appropriation Bill, which has been passed by the National Assembly.

Speaking at the start of the session, National Council Chairperson Lukas Muha stated that the council must ensure that matters of international, national, and regional concern are fairly looked at.

Muha said this is in line with the National Council's vision to build a modern House of Legislative Review that represents the interests of the people of Namibia.

He emphasised that deliberations on the Appropriation Bill and money-related discussions should consider the theme for the 2024–2025 budget, which is "Continuing the legacy of His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob by caring for the Namibian child."

"Hon. Members, as we are going to deliberate on the money bill, we should consider the following, but not limited to that: this country has received very little rainfall and is likely to experience a severe drought. Food and other stuff will be needed. Being a democratic nation, this country will host what is commonly known as general elections at the end of this year. This country has just concluded the exercise of counting its population. The collected data will help us, inter alia, to re-organise the boundaries of the existing regions and constituencies."

Given the nature of the discussions slated for this session, Muha urged MPs to refrain from electioneering during debates.

He emphasised the need for MPs to continue being considerate, thoughtful, and respectful during discussions, urging them to be tolerant of divergent views.



Joleni Shihapela