Uutoni motivates amendment to Electoral Act of 2014


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has motivated an amendment to the Electoral Act of 2014 in the National Assembly. 

This proposed bill seeks to broaden the eligibility criteria for the National Assembly elections by allowing remunerated members of the public service, as well as members of the National Council, regional councils, and local authorities, to be nominated as candidates to the National Assembly.

The bill further proposes authorising public servants to use their leave days to campaign for elections.

Deputy Minister reveals alarming statistics on child neglect and abuse


The Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities in the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare has revealed that 1,173 cases of child neglect have been reported since last year.

An eye-brow-raising 928 of these cases are of sexual abuse, while cases of physical abuse stand at 526.

The statistics were revealed by the Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities, Royal Ui|o||oo.

He was responding to PDM MP Mike Venaani, who asked about challenges that marginalised communities such as the San, Ovatue, and Ovatjimba face.

Lodger mothers accompanying admitted babies cause bed shortages


In response to LPM's Utaara Mootu's inquiry about bed shortages at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula attributed the issue to the high numbers of lodger mothers accompanying admitted babies, causing overcrowding. 

Dr. Shangula informed the house that a decision was made to allow mothers to stay with their admitted babies to promote recovery and bonding, considering separating them at such a critical time would not be beneficial. 

Property Practitioners Bill tabled in Parliament


The Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu, tabled the Property Practitioners Bill in Parliament yesterday. 

The bill, which replaces the outdated Estate Agents Act of 1976, aims to modernise and enhance the regulatory framework governing property practitioners in the country.

Iipumbu highlighted the significance of the legislative proposal, which seeks to establish the Property Practitioner Regulatory Authority as well as regulate the activities of the property industry.

Report on management of Bwabwata Communal Land submitted


The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs has submitted its comprehensive report on the management of Bwabwata Communal Land.

Drawing from a petition presented by the Hambukushu Traditional Authority, the report unveils a multitude of findings and recommendations.

The report, presented by Kletus Karondo, sheds light on a range of issues, including the historical context surrounding Bwabwata National Park, community grievances, and governmental responses. 

Parliament investigates viability of special schools in Zambezi


Education stakeholders in Zambezi Region held an engagement with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Science, ICT, and Youth Development to discuss the current crisis in the education sector in the region.

The Committee is investigating a lack of special schools in the Kavango East, Kavango West, and Zambezi regions and establishing the means to have such schools.

Interested parties have the opportunity to attend physically or make their submission in writing.

No official resignation letter from Muharukua - National Assembly


The National Assembly has not received a written resignation letter from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) member of parliament, Vipuakuje Muharukua.

This is contrary to reports that Muharukua has resigned from the party and the National Assembly.

Senior Public Relations Officer at Parliament, Sakeus Kadhikwa, told nbc News that they have not received any official resignation letter from Muharukua.

He, however, confirmed that Muharukua was absent from the session today, which does not mean a resignation.

Dependents of Namibian veterans petition parliament for amendments to Veterans Act


The Association of the Dependents of Namibia's Veterans (AODNDV) handed in a petition requesting Parliament to amend the Veterans Act on war veteran dependence to accommodate them.

The group intended to hand over the petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, but was directed to Zoo Park, where they read and handed the petition over to an official from Parliament's Office of the Secretary. 

President Mbumba to provide genocide negotiation update in separate forum


President Nangolo Mbumba has assured the members of Parliament of an update on the genocide negotiations on a separate platform.

This follows questions by the leader of PDM, McHenry Venaani, on the progress of the discussions.

In 2021, Germany admitted the atrocities it committed during 1904–1908 against the Nama and Herero communities after a stretch of negotiations between the governments.