The Vice Chairperson of the National Council, Victoria Kauma, has urged the National Council MPs to continue serving the public with integrity and determination, as there is still more to be done to improve their livelihoods.

Kauma was speaking at the 30th anniversary of the National Council in the capital.

She says despite a number of achievements, there is still a lot to be done to improve service delivery.

"We still have a long way to go, and it will only be through a collaborative effort that we will be able to reach our goal. This event, to me, is eye-opening, as it is in many democratic countries around the world, where parliaments are viewed as places of interest and ideas."

Among the accomplishments mentioned are the formation of the Junior National Council and public outreach programs.

In his solidarity message, the National Council Chairperson of Provinces of South Africa, Amos Masondo, says given their liberation struggle histories, Namibia and South Africa must continue to share common interests, especially in the area of human rights in Africa.

Vice President Nangolo Mbumba says the equal representation of women and youth in the National Council needs to be addressed.

However, he commended the National Council MPs for fulfilling their mandate.

"The National Council, through the exercise of each legislative review, ensured that the Namibian legislation takes account of the regional and constituency perspective and, therefore, is inclusive. Among the notable successes during 2022, the National Council initiated the Regional and Constituency Development  Fund Bill, which will pave the way for the establishment of the Regional and Constituency Development Fund."

At the occasion, the National Council's strategic plans for 2023–2024 and 2027–2028 were also launched.

The day was celebrated under the theme "Celebrating Three Decades of Promoting Inclusive and Participatory Democracy Through Regional Representation."

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Namibian parliament


Lucy Nghifindaka