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National Assembly adjourned over lack of quorum

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The National Assembly was forced to suspend its Thursday session due to a lack of quorum, a significant disruption in the legislative schedule. 

Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi announced the adjournment shortly after the session began, as the number of attending members was insufficient to meet the required quorum.

Several critical legislative items were on Thursday's order paper. 

The Minister of Justice was set to introduce a comprehensive bill to consolidate and reform the law on divorces related to civil marriages.

National Assembly rallies behind Cuba

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The National Assembly has condemned the continued listing of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism by the US, arguing it undermines Cuba's contributions to international peace and security. 

On April 16, 2024, the National Assembly passed a resolution urging the US to delist Cuba.

The resolution highlights Namibia's solidarity with Cuba, condemns the unfounded US designation, and addresses the severe humanitarian impact of the associated sanctions on Cuba's economy and its people. 

National Assembly goes on recess

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The National Assembly has announced a recess period from April 30th to June 4th, 2024, marking a break in the 9th Session of the Seventh Parliament.

The lower house will be on recess from tomorrow until the 4th of June. 

During this session, the National Assembly addressed a wide spectrum of issues, demonstrating its commitment to legislative duties and public service. 

Two bills were tabled, 12 motions were considered, and 15 annual and ministerial reports were reviewed.

NA's Deputy Speaker motivates Electoral Commission's reports

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The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Loide Kasingo, motivated the annual reports submitted by the Electoral Commission of Namibia. The reports covered several key areas pertinent to the commission's operations.

Kasingo emphasised that the report not only demonstrates the commission's compliance with legal provisions but also highlights its dedication to fulfilling its mandate.

She stressed the importance of elected representatives recognising the trust placed in them by the people and utilising the report as a tool for enhancing the electoral system.

MPs presented with draft amended Standing Rules and Orders of National Assembly

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The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Loide Kasingo, has presented the amended draft Standing Rules and Orders of the National Assembly to the House for approval. 

The draft rules encompass rules of procedure for both the National Assembly and its various committees, including the standing, spending, and select committees. 

Loide Kasingo highlighted that the rules have been fine-tuned to align with international conventions and practices.

MPs advocate for global peace

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Members of Parliament in the National Assembly have voiced support for global solidarity, introducing motions affirming solidarity with Cuba, Palestine, and the decolonisation of Western Sahara.

Swapo Party MP Leevi Katoma moved a motion expressing unwavering solidarity with Cuba, highlighting the historical ties between Namibia and Cuba. 

For years, Namibia disapproved of the United States' economic blockade against Cuba.

MIRCO motivates over N$964 million budget in the National Assembly

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The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, has motivated a budget of over N$964 million in the National Assembly.

The bulk of the budget is earmarked for development projects.

Dr. Mushelenga stated that this allocation will fund crucial capital projects both at diplomatic missions abroad and at the headquarters in Windhoek.

He also highlighted the completion of the Namibia International Women's Peace Centre. 

Prof. Katjavivi and delegation at attend 148th IPU Assembly

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, will lead a delegation of Members of Parliament to the 148th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 23 to 27, 2024, with a focus on international cooperation, peacebuilding, and addressing pressing global challenges. 

Professor Katjivivi will deliver a statement during the General Debate at the Assembly under the theme "Parliamentary Diplomacy: Building Bridges for Peace and Understanding".

PDM's Katrina Benz calls for improved Katrina Benz

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In her maiden speech in the National Assembly, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Katrina Benz emphasised the need for enhanced service delivery across public institutions.

Quoting the late Nelson Mandela, Benz stressed the significance of making a tangible difference in the lives of Namibian citizens. 

She underscored the importance of representation in politics, advocating for inclusivity across all demographics to foster a diverse and respectful environment where every voice is heard.