President Dr. Hage Geingob delivering his address today during the official opening of Parliament
|Story by George Sanzila
The Head of State, His Excellency President Dr. Hage Geingob urged Parliament to deliver positive outcomes during this year’s session when he opened Parliament today (14/02/2017). He says Parliament performs a myriad of functions, chief among them law making, budget control, constituency functions and holding the executive accountable.
The Head of State said this during the opening of the fifth session of the sixth Parliament.
President Geingob urged Parliamentarians to abide by his declared credo of re-dedication. “You are the mirror of the society, accommodating the needs of these ever evolving times and shouldering the responsibilities bestowed upon you by the electorate”, said President Geingob.
The Head of State noted that Parliament is the embodiment of a participatory democratic system and derives its power directly from the electorate. “Parliament derives its power directly from the consent of the people, expressed through periodic elections and it exists to implement the will of the people”, stated Geingob.
With land becoming a concern, President Geingob reiterated the postponement of the Land Bill that has of late sparked debate. “While delivering my address at the opening of the legal year last week, I announced that the tabling of the Land Bill will be postponed in favour of a national dialogue at which the Land issue will be thoroughly interrogated before a way forward is identified. This decision was after I had engaged the Honourable Minister of Land Reform, the Vice President and the Prime Minister”, said Geingob.
President Geingob further warned against tribalism and called for unity, rule of law, peace and stability.
The theme for this year’s Parliament session is “Parliament working towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)". Over 40 bills are expected to be tabled during this year’s Parliament session.