National Council Chairperson Lukas Muha has appealed to Members of Parliament to push for the full implementation of the Decentralisation Enabling Act, Act No. 33 of 2000 to speed up socio-economic development in the regions.Muha during the official op…
National Council Chairperson Lukas Muha has appealed to Members of Parliament to push for the full implementation of the Decentralisation Enabling Act, Act No. 33 of 2000 to speed up socio-economic development in the regions.
Muha during the official opening of the 3rd session of the 7th Parliament here Tuesday, said there are several laws that have been successfully enacted but still require full implementation.
Once implemented, the massive rural to urban drift to cities and towns, especially by youth will be reduced.
Muha also urged for the continuous devising of strategies and new ways to ensure inclusivity of all Namibians in legislative processes.
“As the legislative branch of the State, we should demonstrate resilience through rigorous scrutiny of bills and policies tabled before Parliament by the executive branch. The people of this country have placed high expectations on our shoulders as their representatives and, therefore, we should strive to meet their expectations to the best of our abilities, despite the fact that we are faced with the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Muha.
The chairperson further said that the diverse representation in the National Assembly, as well as the National Council, should deepen the existing cordial relations between both houses at political and administrative levels so as to jointly deliver their overall constitutional mandate.
Speaking at the same occasion, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi stated that Namibia and the rest of the world is faced with challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected economies, the livelihoods of people as well as the usual ways of doing things.
He urged lawmakers and Namibian leaders to equally respect and obey rules, regulations and protocols put in place to avoid the further spread of COVID-19 infections.
Katjavivi also paid tribute to leaders who succumbed to COVID-19 including former Member of Parliament Dirk Mudge, Swapo parliamentarian Mandela Kapere, and the former Erongo Region governor Cleophas Mutjavikua.