Socio-economic justice tops Swanu's list of motions for 2014

11 Feb 2014 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Swanu of Namibia president Usutuaije Maamberua says his party will table several motions during the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament this year, mainly on socio-economic justice issues in Namibia.
Speaking on the sidelines of the official opening of the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Tuesday, Maamberua said the party is still finalising a list of the motions that will be tabled.
He noted that there is a need for a second land conference to be held. In June 1991, a National Land Conference was held to discuss the land question. The conference, broadly representative in its attendance, reached a measure of consensus on the issue of redistribution. These included the resolutions that any redistribution would be on a compensatory 'willing seller/willing buyer' basis, and, significantly, that there could be no recognition of ancestral land claims.
Maamberua said under the socio-economic justice issues, health will definitely feature as a topic of discussion.
“Health is not socialised. Why don’t we introduce socialised health services as only 16 per cent of Namibians currently have health insurance,” he said.
The Swanu of Namibia president said Namibians should come together to strategise and devise modalities on how 100 per cent of Namibians can be covered by health insurance through a combination of the State and private institutions, as well as individual contributions.
Meanwhile, Maamberua pointed out that he is ready to contribute to the almost 20 Bills expected to be discussed during this session.
Bills which might be tabled during this session include the Appropriation Bill, Audit Bill, Civil Aviation Bill, Financial Institutions and Markets Bill, Higher Education Amendment Bill, Marriage Bill, Immigration Control Amendment Bill, and the Namibia Financial Institutions’ Supervisory Authority Bill.
Other Bills up for possible discussion are Namibia Students’ Financial Assistance Amendment Bill, National Construction Industry Council Bill, National Security Council Bill, Seed and Seed Varieties Bill, Access and Benefits Sharing Bill, as well as the Child Care and Protection Bill.
The Electronic Transactions Bill, Gaming and Entertainment Control Bill, Plant Breeders’ and Farmers’ Rights Bill, and the Urban and Regional Planning Bill may also be tabled.
Prime Minister Hage Geingob adjourning the House until next Tuesday, explaining that the reason for this is because the Appropriation Bill will be ready for printing on Monday along with two other Bills which might be introduced and tabled on the Tuesday.