Members of National Council refer Child Care and Protection Bill to Standing Committees on Gender, Youth and Information and Women Caucus for investigation

WINDHOEK: Members of the National Council has referred the Child Care and Protection Bill to its Standing Committees on Gender, Youth and Information, and the Women Caucus for further investigation.

The Bill (number eight of 2014) will through these committees be taken to the public through the regional councils, traditional leaders and social workers, among others, to detect possible loopholes.

Debating the Bill in the House of Review in Windhoek yesterday, Tsumeb Constituency councillor Lebbius Tobias, who supports the Bill, said the Bill in its current form is not clear on the protection of a child as it only deals with child protection after something has happened to such a child.

He noted that the Bill should address the caring of children before something happens.

It is long overdue and many children have suffered in the absence of this Bill, he stressed.

The Bill was sent to the National Council by the National Assembly for review before it is passed and gazetted in order to make it a law.

The National Council then adjourned until further notice to give the two Parliamentary Standing Committees time to engage the public and then report to the House of Review.