Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (fifth from left), Deputy Speaker, Hon. Loide Kasingo (7th from left) and Government Chief Whip, Hon. Evelyn !Nawases Taeyele (third from left) with the Ghanaian MPs.
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has appealed for deeper parliamentary cooperation between Ghana and Namibia. Speaker said this when he met visiting Members of the majority caucus of the parliament of Ghana today (03/05/19). Hon. Katjavivi noted that the Namibian Parliament had a lot to learn from its Ghanaian counterpart.
He noted that the Namibian Parliament, being one of the organs of the state, lacks an independent parliamentary service commission and its research pool is insufficient to be able to cater for the research needs of the Members of Parliament.
“Ghana is doing extremely well. It is important that we look at our committee structures. We would also like to have a research pool to cater for all members of parliament. Our staff are recruited on the basis of the public service commission. We are busy pushing the executive to allow us to have a parliamentary service commission that would serve our mandate much better”, said Katjavivi.
Katjavivi further implored Ghanaian MPs to fulfill the aspirations of revered late Ghanaian statesman, Kwame Nkrumah of working towards regional integration. “We must work closely together in terms of regional integration. Our parliaments should continue to play a part to make sure we strengthen our voice at the Pan African Parliament on this issue as Kwame Nkrumah would have liked”, noted the Speaker.
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Loide Kasingo who also formed part of the meeting shared similar sentiments adding that regional integration would pave the way for the free movement of people and goods and therefore boost the economies of the continent. She cited the non-visa requirement between Namibia and Ghana as a good example that should be emulated by other countries if integration is to be realised.
Speaking on integration, leader of the Ghanaian delegation, Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum noted that Ghana has adopted a vision, termed “Beyong 80”, he says cannot be realized without African unity. He further stated that the Ghanaian Parliament, which has 275 lawmakers, has both a pool of researchers and a parliamentary service board chaired by the Speaker, responsible for the recruitment and welfare of parliamentary staff.
The Ghana delegation that had already met Government Chief Whip, Hon. Evelyn !Nawases Taeyele is interested in finding out the role and responsibilities of members of backbenchers and their relationship with the Caucus leadership will further meet the Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah Williams and the leader of the official opposition, Hon. Mchenry Veenani among others before departing for the coast on Thursday. The visit ends on Friday. (07/06/19)