Motion to address high crime rate referred for investigation

The motion, put forth by Mike Venaani of the Popular Democratic Movement's (PDM), to address Namibia's high crime rate, has been referred to the parliamentary standing committee for further investigation.

Highlighting the severity of rising crime in the country, members of the National Assembly called for a collaborative effort to identify effective solutions to secure a safer environment for all citizens.

Youth called to vote for change

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) says it's high time the youth take charge of the country and vote for change in the November 2024 election.

PDM President McHenry Venaani says this is the only way they will address high unemployment and create jobs.

Venaani addressed a rally at Tsumeb over the weekend.

He told the gathering that the party is ready to address the high unemployment rate among the youth, beef up the agricultural sector, and ensure the landless are offered social housing.

Stock theft motion tabled in National Assembly

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Vipuakuje Muharukua tabled a motion to address stock theft in communities and assess the effectiveness of current legislative measures.

The motion outlines the evolution of farming as a Namibian value; it also discusses the prescriptive nature of the current regulatory framework against the objective of protecting stock.

The motion lobbies MPs as a source of primary law to assess the extent to which stock theft shakes and destabilises the foundation of people's livelihoods.

PDM's bill to recognise Baster Traditional Authority rejected

In the National Assembly, MPs have voted against the Private Member's Bill on the recognition of the baster traditional authority by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani.

The bill seeks to regulate the formal recognition of the Baster Traditional Authority within the country.

The objections made during the parliamentary session lacked detailed explanations, as the speaker cited in Rule 78 of the National Assembly's procedures.

Draft of Rent Control Bill still under scrutiny    

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development (MURD), Erastus Uutoni, has responded to concerns regarding the delay in the presentation of the Rent Control Bill.

Uutoni was responding to Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Maximalliant Katjimune, who sought answers as to why this piece of legislation had not yet been tabled in Parliament.

Uutoni stated that the ministry is diligently scrutinising the draft bill and assured the house that there was no reason for further delays.

PDM MP highlights critical need to reduce crime

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP, Mike Venaani, has introduced a motion aimed at urgently addressing the high crime rate in Namibia, emphasising the critical need to reduce crime and ensure the safety of the Namibian people.

Venaani's motion underscores the ongoing prevalence of various types of crimes in the country, particularly violent ones such as robbery, gender-based violence, rape, murder, and assault, as well as economic crimes.

He highlighted that there has been an increase in these crimes compared to the previous year.

MP Moongo tables motion to extend maternity leave 

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Winnie Moongo has tabled a motion that seeks to extend maternity leave and introduces the concept of paternity leave in a bid to strengthen family bonds and support newborns' health.

Moongo cited the critical role that mothers play in society, describing them as the strongest pillars holding communities together.

She underscored the vulnerability mothers face when their needs are neglected and called for universal maternity protection for social justice, inclusive growth, and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Motion tabled to minimise long-distance deployments of spouses

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Lukas Hamata tabled a motion to seek and put forth recommendations that would minimise the need for long-distance deployments of spouses.

Hamata said that long-distance marriages are sensitive in terms of critical decision-making among spouses, which can cause irreversible harm to relationships.

PDM pledges to support Paragon

Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has pledged his support for local company Paragon Aviation taking over ground handling services from Menzies Aviation at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

He says it is only fair that they are granted a chance to prove themselves.

Government consistently congratulates election winners worldwide

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Maximalliant Katjimune has questioned the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, to explain why President Hage Geingob congratulated Zimbabwe's re-elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid reports that the national elections failed to meet some of the constitutional requirements.

Katjimune posed the question when the National Assembly resumed yesterday.