WINDHOEK, 08 DEC – The National Assembly passed 20 Bills during its two sessions for this year.
David Nahogandja, Senior Public Relations Officer in the National Assembly in a media statement issued on Friday said the 20 Bills passed include the Microlending Bill; Allied Health Professions Amendment Bill; Appropriation Bill; Basic Education Bill; Gaming and Entertainment Bill; Public Enterprises Governance Bill; Seed and Seed Varieties Bill; Namibia Deposit Guarantee Bill and the Nursing Amendment Bill.
Also passed were the Appropriation Amendment Bill; Medical and Dental Bill; Criminal Procedure Act Repeal Bill; Social Work and Psychology Amendment Bill; National Symbols of the Republic of Namibia Bill; Pharmacy Amendment Bill; Public Service Amendment Bill; Extradition Amendment Bill; Repeal of Obsolete Laws Bill; the International Co-operation in Criminal Matters Amendment Bill and the Administration of Estates Amendment Bill.
Seventeen Bills were passed without amendments, while the remaining three were passed with amendments.
The statement further said part of the Members of Parliament’s role is to conduct an oversight function to ascertain whether the Executive is fulfilling its mandate in terms of service delivery.
Several Parliamentary Standing Committees thus undertook visits to the regions to investigate government projects and conduct public hearings on items referred to them by the House.
“Some of the reports on these undertakings have already been tabled for the House’s consideration, while other reports are still pending and would likely be tabled during next year’s sessions. Many public hearings were held, including visits to health centres,” the statement said.
Several outreach activities also took place. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Loide Kasingo visited the Zambezi Region on an outreach programme, and Parliament also undertook educational outreach programmes to secondary schools in the Erongo Region and participated in two trade fairs to raise awareness of the importance of the legislature and how ordinary citizens can get themselves involved in the law making process. Parliament will resume in February 2019. – NAMPA