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Ghana’s First Deputy Speaker Visits Namibian Parliament

Hon. Osei-Wusu, First Deputy Speaker from the Parliament of Ghana paying a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Peter H. Katjavivi accompanied by Hon. Bernard Sibalatani, the Vice Chairperson of the National Council

 

 

The First Deputy Speaker from the Parliament of Ghana, Hon. Joseph Osei-Wusu, paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi earlier today (07 May 2018).

The visiting First Deputy Speaker hosted by the Vice Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Sibalatani is on a visit to create a platform to interact with leaders of the Namibian Parliament on a number of issues and sharing best practices whilst strengthening democracy and good governance. The visit is focusing among others on:

Consensus building among political parties in Parliament on issues of national importance; the role of leadership in promoting ethical conduct among MPs; and general management of Parliamentary Committees.

Ghana has a unicameral Legislature composed of 275 Members of Parliament from single-member constituencies where the Speaker is deputized by both First and Second Deputy Speakers. The visit ends on 09 May 2018.

 

Vice-Chairperson hosts 1st Deputy Speaker from the Parliament of Ghana

Meeting between the Vice-Chairperson of the National Council Hon. Bernard Sibalatani and the 1st Deputy Speaker from the Parliament of Ghana Hon. Joseph Osei-Wusu and his delegation on left, joined by the staff members of the National Council

 

 

The Vice-Chairperson of the National Council Hon. Bernard Sibalatani is hosting the 1st Deputy Speaker from the Parliament of Ghana Hon. Joseph Osei-Wusu and his delegation. The visiting of Hon Osei-Wusu which started on May 7th and expected to end on 9th May 2018, is looking at crafting a platform to network with Leaders of the Namibian Parliament on a number of issues and sharing best practices, whilst strengthening democracy and good governance.

During the first meeting with the Vice-Chairperson of the National Council on Monday 7 May, the 1st Deputy Speaker was mainly interested in the areas of consensus building among political parties in Parliament on issues of national importance; the role of leadership in promoting ethical conduct among MPs and general management of Parliamentary Committees. His interests were all well taken care of by the Vice-Chairperson during their first meeting.

The visiting delegation was also taken through the history of Parliament, particularly the National Council and its role in the democratic Namibia by Hon. Sibalatani. He also spoke on the law-making process in Namibia as well as the need of a Parliamentary Service Commission.

 

The Secretary to the National Council Emilia Mkusa briefed the delegation on administrative issues as well as the budget process and also touched on the activities of Standing Committees of the National Council.

The First Deputy Speaker congratulated the National Council for its 25 year centenary celebration this year and said that the existing historical cooperation and mutual support between Namibia and Ghana should remain intact.

The visiting delegation also paid a Courtesy Call on the Speaker of the National Assembly Prof. Peter Katjavivi and are expected to meet the Chief Whips of political parties of both Houses of Parliament during the course of the week.

Ghana has a unicameral Legislature composed of 275 Members of Parliament from single-member constituencies.

MoU on Inter Parliamentary cooperation between Namibia and China signed, 15 May 2018

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) and Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China his Excellency, Lli Zhanshu signing the Mou

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has reiterated his call for strengthened parliamentary cooperation between Namibia and China. Hon. Katjavivi made the call to his visiting Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China who is on a three days visit to Namibia.

Katjavivi who visited China in 2016 to seek for mutual cooperation between the country’s legislative bodies, noted that bilateral ties between the two countries have been elevated, particularly following the recent visit to China by Namibian President Hage Geingob. Intensive talks by President Geingob with his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Xi Jinping led to numerous bilateral agreements between the two countries.

Matters of interest that enjoyed discussions between the two presiding officers included capacity building for parliament, promotion and preservation of national heritage, monitoring of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), globalization and trade featured among others.

 

Hon. Katjavivi further thanked the Chinese Speaker for a donation of 30 pick-up vehicles and equipment to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism that preceded official talks between the two top legislators. Vehicles and equipment donated are to be used for anti-poaching activities of the ministry.

“I offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous donations that you and your delegation have presented to us. It is much appreciated by our parliament and the people of Namibia”, said Katjavivi.

His Excellency, Zhanshu on his part noted that Namibia and China enjoyed long standing relations that dates back to the days of the struggle for Namibia’s liberation. He further revealed that his mission was to build on that partnership. The two legislators later signed a memorandum of understanding that would pave the way for the implementation of agreements reached between the two countries.

Speaker hopeful about Chinese visit, 14 May 2018

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi briefing the media on his Chinese counterpart’s envisaged visit

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi is hopeful that the envisaged visit by his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China would further strengthen already existing bilateral ties between the two countries.

Hon. Katjavivi said this when briefing the media yesterday about the visit of the top Chinese legislator and his delegation, who is expected to be in the country from 15th to the 17th May 2018. The reciprocal visit will centre on inter-parliamentary cooperation and would culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Both Katjavivi and President Hage Geingob visited China recently to seek for mutual cooperation.

“The MoU will be between the Parliament of Namibia and that of National People’s Congress of China, involving among other things, donating equipment and furniture for our conference room as well as technical cooperation”, noted Katjavivi.

 

The Speaker further revealed that support will extend beyond inter-parliamentary cooperation as it will involve government institutions. “China is also donating to the Ministry of Environment and tourism, 30 4x4 pickup vehicles and camping equipment for anti-poaching operations. They will also donate eye treatment equipment to complement a team of specialized Chinese eye doctors that is already in Namibia”, said Katjavivi.

The Chinese lawmaker is also expected to pay a courtesy call on both President Geingob and Founding President, Sam Nujoma during the visit.

National Council launches Homeless People’s Parliament

Some members of the Homeless People’s Parliament seated in the National Council Chamber

 

 

Story by Rafael Hangula

The National Council has launched the Homeless People’s Parliament on Wednesday 16 May 2018, a project aimed at giving homeless Namibians a national platform on which to discuss issues affecting them and make proposals on their concerns through a one day model parliamentary session in the National Council Chamber.

The one day session of the Homeless People’s Parliament is Thursday 17 May 2018 from 14h00.

Former First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madame Penehupifo Pohamba officially launched this Parliament in the National Council Chamber under the theme “Voice of the voiceless, dignity restored”. She said the Homeless People’s Parliament and the interventions to follow will give Namibia a unique opportunity to examine challenges that the homeless people face.

 

“Homeless People’s parliament is not only meant to get people off the streets, but also of law makers to work hard and find lasting solutions. “I want us to change our attitudes towards homeless people. We must get away from stereotypes and look at the primary causes of homelessness. There is no single reason why people become homeless,” she stressed.

The Chairperson of the National Council Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams during the official launch of the Homeless People’s Parliament said; “We brought you here to give you back your dignity because you are dignified and we as human beings we don’t have the right to treat you without dignity. We are here to give you a voice, to pull you up and give you a voice, as the President used to say ‘No one should feel left out. I also like to call upon service providers in all sectors of the country to provide needed basic services to these people,” she added.

She encouraged the homeless people by saying that “the seeds that we plant here today should grow and bear more fruits many many seeds so that one day they should testify that they were once homeless people but have moved out of their circumstances.”

“I want you all to be proud of yourself because your circumstances don’t determine your character, and your character is what you build. Keep on shining,” she echoed.

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