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National Council MPs welcome drought relief budget

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Some members of the National Council welcomed the drought relief budget allocation following the adjustment of the amount by the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises.

Iipumbu Shiimi added an additional N$643 million to supplement the drought relief provision under the Office of the Prime Minister, covering both food distribution as well as support for affected farmers.

Swapo MP Leonard Shikulo expressed appreciation, saying the community of the Omusati Region is satisfied with the allocation of funds for drought relief.

Professor Norbert Lammert, pays a courtesy call on NC

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The former Speaker of the German Parliament and Chairperson of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Professor Norbert Lammert, paid a courtesy call on the National Council.

The purpose of the engagement was to gain an understanding of the political systems and processes within the Namibian parliament.

"We would like to support the efficiency of parliament in a constitutional democracy like Namibia, and to say the political systems don't differ from each other by the existence of the government; they differ in terms of whether there is serious parliamentary participation."

National Council MPs debate bread and butter issues

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The National Council MPs debated on the second reading featuring the Appropriation Amendment Bill.

The bill solely looks at revising and reallocating resources without changing the total amount of expenditure.

MPs have commended the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises' efforts to curb excessive spending and for recognising the economic strain experienced by all Namibians.

MPs urged to uphold decorum of Parliament

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The National Council and Swapo Party Member of Parliament, George Garab, tabled the report on the 71st Westminster Seminar of the Common Wealth Parliamentary Association on effective parliaments held in March.

63 delegates from Namibia attended the seminar, which Garab said met its objectives, highlighting the importance of parliamentary scrutiny and oversight.

Parliamentary Standing committees commended for their commitment

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The National Council has built the capacity of its Members of Parliament to become effective lawmakers.

Speaking at the opening of the 10th session of the council this morning, Chairperson Lukas Muha said they have managed to empower their members in various areas in terms of diplomacy, protocol, and etiquette.

He applauded the parliamentary standing committees for their commitment and successful undertaking of oversight visits during the July–November interval.

National Council to resume tomorrow

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The National Council is set to kick off with its 10th session on Monday, November 20, 2023.

The upper house will consider bills referred by the National Assembly, reports of standing committees, and any other business.

The Executive Director of the National Council, Tousy Namiseb, provided insights into the upcoming session on Inside the Chambers.

Being on recess does not necessarily mean a holiday for the MPs, as they are tasked with oversight activities away from the chambers.

NC spouses undergo training

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The spouses of National Council members underwent a week-long training in Otjiwarongo focused on protocol, etiquette, and diplomacy.

This training aimed to provide them with a better understanding of the professional responsibilities of their spouses, who also serve as regional councillors.

The role of regional councillors, who also serve as MPs, is highly demanding.

National Council committee examines road infrastructure

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An envisaged upgrade of a 140-kilometre gravel road between Aussenkehr and Luderitz in the ||Kharas Region to a standard bitumen road will enable grape producing farmers to export their produce directly to the European market through the port of Luderitz.

This is according to Alfeus Kaushiweni, the Chairperson of the National Council Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Roads.

Livestock and Livestock Products Amendment Bill passed

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A Bill that seeks to introduce amendments to existing regulations governing the livestock industry and its associated products took centre stage in the National Council today.

With Namibia's agricultural sector playing a pivotal role in the country's economy and the livelihoods of many citizens, the Livestock and Livestock Products Amendment Bill garnered significant attention and highlighted the importance of robust legislation to support the industry's growth and sustainability.

Civil Registration and Identification Bill discussion postponed

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Discussion on the Civil Registration and Identification Bill has been postponed to September 2023 when the session resumes.

The National Assembly concluded its current session today and entered a recess period with the plan to reconvene on September 5. 

Meanwhile, the National Council is expected to conclude its session next week, July 20.