PRESIDENT URGES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO DEBATE VALUABLE ISSUES

NAMIBIA: PARLIAMENT/NBC/14/2/18 SABANews 1

2016 Parliamentary Opening (Pic. The Namibia)

WINDHOEK – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA has called on members of Parliament to engage in debates that can help resolve national socio-economic issues.

He also says he expects the lawmakers to be accountable and serve the interests of the people, rather than their own benefits.

President GEINGOB says only accountable policy makers who also pass bills on time can give meaning to the SIXTH Parliamentary Theme: Enhancing Partnership to Strengthen Good Governance in NAMIBIA.

He says the Year of Reckoning Declaration means the Government will be judged by its ability to govern effectively, given the increased expectations of citizens.

President GEINGOB says lawmakers, including backbenchers, have been travelling excessively before he banned foreign trips for government officials to cut spending.

NBC News says he has addressed the SEVENTH Session of the SIXTH Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, where he has also emphasised the issuing of diplomatic passports to lawmakers should not be seen as an entitlement.

Lawmakers in NAMIBIA are due to debate 20 law proposals, including the Education Bill; the Plant Breeders and Farmers’ Rights Bill; and the Financial Institutions and Market Bill./Sabanews/cam

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