Artist demand for increased airtime on local radio and tv


The growing prevalence of foreign music on local radio and television has raised concern among local artists.

Artists are urging government institutions and lawmakers to enhance support for local content and ensure an equitable payment of royalties.

Popular Democratic Movement MP Inna Hengari tabled a motion questioning the widespread allocation of airtime for foreign music on local radios and television channels.

Local artists say they wonder if their appeals for airtime are being ignored.

Alweendo refutes allegations of dubious dealings against him


The Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, stated that there is a surge in hydrocarbon exploration interest locally.

This, he said, underscores the need for heightened discernment in managing the licensing process within the ministry.

Alweendo was responding to a question posed by former MP Henny Seibeb in a letter purportedly written by an irate investor, alleging corruption practices against the Petroleum Commissioner and himself in the awarding of petroleum licenses.

Youth Ministry investigates reported missing funds


Minister of Sport, Youth, and National Services, Agnes Tjongarero, says she is investigating reported financial mismanagement within the ministry.

Tjongarero was responding to a question by Landless People's Movement's (LPM) Utaara Mootu regarding the Executive Director's employment status without a contract.

Tjongarero said the results of the investigation will be made known once the established committee concludes its work.

She stated that consultations between her ministry and the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises are still ongoing.

Justice Minister presents "modernised" divorce bill for civil marriages


The Minister of Justice, Yvonne Dausab, has presented a bill in the National Assembly aimed at modernising divorce legislation for civil marriages.

The bill seeks to remove antiquated grounds for divorce, establish guidelines for child custody and support, manage financial implications post-divorce or annulment, and ensure procedural privacy.

Dausab has called for amendments to court laws to enhance the efficiency of divorce proceedings.

The bill aims to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all parties involved in the divorce proceedings.

Namibia, China parliaments collaboration


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, and the Vice Chairman of the 14th National People's Congress Standing Committee of China, Cai Dafeng, held a bilateral meeting to strengthen diplomatic relations between their parliaments and explore avenues for collaboration.

The relationship between Namibia and China has been strengthened through various parliamentary exchanges and significant gestures of goodwill.

'Parliament on Wheels' brings legislature closer


The National Assembly has launched its "Parliament on Wheels" initiative at Rehoboth. 

The lower house unveiled its state-of-the-art Parliament Bus, which will embark on journeys across the country and reach out to local communities.

The initiative aims to revolutionise accessibility and engagement with parliamentary proceedings by bringing governance closer to the people.

'Parliament on Wheels' represents a significant milestone in the National Assembly's commitment to fostering transparency, inclusivity, and civic participation.

Parliamentary understanding and capacity in labour migration governance


The African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), convened a two-day workshop in Windhoek to look at parliamentary understanding and capacity in labour migration governance. 

The Joint Labour Migration Programme convened parliaments from the SADC PF, the Economic Community of West African States, the East African Legislative Assembly, and the Pan-African Parliament.

National Youth Council urged to shun tribalism and regionalism


Swapo Party Member of Parliament in the National Council, Gerhard Shiimi, emphasised the vital role of the National Youth Council in addressing the needs of young people in Namibia. 

He urged the NYC leadership to diligently monitor the implementation of all programmes outlined in the budget for 2024–25. 

Shiimi said the National Youth Council should reject tribalism and regionalism, stating that such divisions are contrary to the principles of the "One Namibia, One Nation" slogan, which preaches unity of purpose and action.