Swapo Women MP's ready for parliament

01 Mar 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) - Swapo-party female Members of Parliament-elect (MP) took part in an induction workshop on leadership here over the weekend, as they will soon be involved in the law-making process of the country.
The two-day workshop for the close to 20 women that started on Friday was organised by the Swapo Party Women's Council (SPWC) together with the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES)
Officially opening the workshop, Secretary of the SPWC and outgoing Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Petrina Haingura, said the workshop is meant for the MPs-elect to acquire knowledge and skills as agreed at the 2011 Congress of the SPWC in Swakopmund.
“After the independence celebrations on 21 March 2015, you will be ready for your new responsibilities. Thus it is important as you resume your new job that you are informed about your roles and obligations,' she said.
The workshop is aimed at strengthening women parliamentarians on leadership and governance in the country.
Facilitator of the workshop, Mushokabanji Mwilima, said that it is only when legislators are equipped with skills and knowledge on how to navigate and interact with fellow parliamentarians as well as engage in critical thinking that congruent can be created between the aspirations of the voters and the policies and laws of the country.
Such programmes he said are good for democracy but advised that debates in parliament should not be about the ruling party and the opposition but should rather focus on how to generate policies and how to bring out an act of parliament that will satisfy the need.
Asked what her expectations of the programme are, the director of education for the Omusati region, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, said she wants to understand the technicalities involved in the transition from being a public servant to a law-maker.
“I want too be guided on how to give sound arguments without offending others particularly MPs belonging to opposition parties,” she said.
The workshop also focused on topics such as the role of parliament and its functions, engaging in tabling motions, communication and public speaking, leadership and gender in the new economy, and policy formulation.
Haingura said she is proud that the 50/50 gender concept of the Swapo party was well marketed as many Namibians and the international world commended the ruling party's leadership for taking a bold decision to amend its constitution in 2013.
“I am also very happy that the list of the party for members representation in parliament went on the 50/50 basis which has now paved way
for more women to make it to the upcoming parliament,” she said.