Parliament resumes work

12 Jun 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - The Seventh Session of the Fifth Parliament resumed here on Tuesday.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau gave notice that on 18 June 2013, the National Assembly should ratify the Convention on the Benguela Current Commission (BCC).
The Commission was established in January 2007 through the signing of an interim agreement by three countries namely Namibia, Angola and South Africa.
One of the prescripts of the interim agreement is that Angola, Namibia and South Africa should work together to negotiate, sign and ratify a legally-binding multi-lateral convention which will formalise and entrench the Benguela Current Commission.
This was achieved on 18 March 2013, when the Benguela Current Convention was signed by the ministers of the three countries.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa also gave notice that on the same day he will introduce a Bill to provide for the management, protection, development, use and conservation of water resources.
The Bill will also provide for the regulation and monitoring of water services, to repeal and amend certain laws, and to provide for incidental matters.
All People?s Party president Ignatius Shixwameni then gave notice that on 20 June 2013 he will ask the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh exactly who is responsible for the maintenance of traditional authority offices here in the capital and elsewhere.
The APP leader said he also want to know if Government has plans on how it is going to settle the recent tribal disputes local media have been reporting on.
The house was in session for about two hours, and was then adjourned until Wednesday this week.