Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (middle) and Namibian MP, Hon. Dienda (next) pose with Mozambican MPs and supporting Staff
|Story by George Sanzila
Members of Parliament representing the Standing Committee on Public Administration and Local Government in Mozambique are on a five day visit in Namibia. The visit which begun yesterday (19/06/17) is meant to exchange knowledge on Parliamentary matters and further deepen relations that exist between the two legislatures.
Paying a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly today, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi today, Head of the delegation, Hon. Rafael Lourenco Chande noted that there was a lot to learn from the Namibian Parliament emphasizing particularly on the electoral process. “We are here to learn from our Namibian colleagues on how the Parliament works, including the legal system and electoral processes. As you might be aware we only became a multi-party democracy in 1994”, stated Chande.
Katjavivi on his part pointed out some of the challenges inhibiting the work of standing committees in executing their mandate of oversight, such as the slow pace of decentralisation. “We still face challenges especially in making sure that we continue to hold the executive to account and the implementation of government projects through the development budget is worrisome. Decentralization is of utmost importance because without capacitating the regions, we are going to be lagging behind in terms of implementation”, said Katjavivi.
THE Speaker who called for more capacity building and cooperation between the two Parliaments, further emphasized the need for Parliamentarians to commit themselves to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).
“We have done well in some aspects of MDGs when they came to an end. With the introduction of SDGs, our Parliamentarians should be more active and make sure that we get funding and implement these goals. We should further continue to increase our capacity and the level of cooperation between our Parliaments”, urged Katjavivi.
The Committee is expected to meet its counterpart to engage on matters of mutual interest from today until Friday.