Government hailed for non-interference in religious affairs


Different faith-based communities have applauded the government for non-interference in religious affairs and promoting religious tolerance.

Namibia, as a secular state, has seen different religions being practised as enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.

This week, the corridors of State House were witness to how the different religions wanted to continue impacting their followers with courtesy visits to the President.

The first to meet was the Establishment of the African Jews Federation and the Chief Rabbinate of Africa. 

Government continues to foster relations with church and traditional leaders


President Nangolo Mbumba says Namibia's leadership made a conscious decision to foster healthy relationships with the church and traditional authorities.

Dr. Mbumba says this approach was adopted way before Namibia's independence because of the role these institutions played in Namibia's freedom struggle.

The President was speaking during a meeting with a delegation of the Namibia South Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at State House.

King Mutebi II's visa extension declined


The Namibian Government has declined the visa extension request for the King of the Buganda tribe of Uganda, Ronald Mutebi II.

King Mutebi II travelled to Namibia privately on medical grounds in April and has since been recuperating at the Okonguari Psychotherapeutic Centre.

The Executive Director at the Centre, Dr. Daleen de Lange, in a letter dated July 9 to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, requested a visa extension for King Mutebi II, which was denied.

Eligible voters turning 18 after deadline cannot register


Eligible voters who turn 18 years old after the voter registration period will not be able to register due to there being no provision for such in the Electoral Act.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) put this into context after President Mbumba relayed the concerns of the public during a meeting at State House.

The ECN also clarified that it is bound by law to carry out subsequent activities after general voter registration has ended.

As a result, there cannot be any extension.

Low voter registration turnout a concern


The low number of eligible voters registering to vote in the November elections continues to be a cause for concern.

President Nangolo Mbumba says if nothing is done over the next few weeks, the country will not have a full picture of the number of voters and risk being accused of irregularities in the election. 

Dr. Mbumba, Deputy Prime Minister John Mutorwa, and the Secretary-General of the Swapo Party met with the management and commissioners of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

President Mbumba urges children MPs to discuss pertinent issues



President Nangolo Mbumba has urged children's parliamentarians to deliberate on crucial issues and to advocate outcomes that will positively impact the rights of children.

These issues include  the 4th Industrial Revolution, Green Hydrogen, Blue and Green economies, and the discovery of oil in Namibia.

Dr. Mbumba officially opened the 6th Children's Parliament today.

The outcomes of the previous sessions of the Children's Parliament had affected the adoption and implementation of policies such as the Learner Pregnancy Policy. 

President Mbumba comforts Hanse and Himarwa families


The death of Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has robbed Namibia of a patriot who fought courageously for the birth of an independent nation in which the Namibian child could gain access to education and pursue their dreams.

It is with these sentiments that President Nangolo Mbumba comforted the Hanse and Himarwa families at the residence in Katutura.

President Mbumba visited the Hanse-Himarwa family home, where he signed the book of condolence for a comrade whose rise in politics he has witnessed both pre- and post-independence.

More farmers using government marketing incentives to destock


There are indications that farmers in various parts of the country are heeding the advice to destock their herds, as more than 5,000 have applied for marketing incentives.

The Office of the Prime Minister says it has observed a notable trend among farmers to participate in marketing incentives to mitigate the impact of drought.

This is contained in the Drought Situation Report of June, released by the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management under the Office of the Prime Minister.

Namibian churches plan voter education and prayer day ahead of elections


The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) intends to launch a voter education and election monitoring project soon, as well as hold a national day of prayer.

The aim is to encourage peaceful participation and promote voter education among the citizens.

CCN leadership paid a courtesy call on President Nangolo Mbumba at State House to, among others, introduce themselves.

The CCN bases its decision to embark on a voter education and election monitoring project on social infrastructure, including human resources and self-organised structures.

Namibian churches to decide on same-sex marriage stance amid parliamentary bills


The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) will pronounce itself on the matter of same-sex marriages after in-depth deliberations at its meeting scheduled for next week.

This is contained in a statement that the CCN leadership presented to President Nangolo Mbumba at State House.

The religious leaders referred to the Private Member's Bills, tabled by MP Jerry Ekandjo and passed by both houses of Parliament last year.