Mensah-Williams elected as NC chairperson

08 Dec 2015 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Khomasdal Constituency Councillor on the Khomas Regional Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams has been elected as chairperson of the National Council.
Mensah-Williams, who replaced Asser Kapere, will be deputised by Kabbe South Constituency Councillor on the Zambezi Regional Council, Bernard Songa Sibalatani.
The election was done during the swearing-in of 42 members of the National Council (NC) at Parliament on Tuesday.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Chief of Justice, Petrus Shivute.
In her acceptance speech, Mensah-Williams, the former NC deputy chairperson, thanked other councillors for electing her to chair the National Council, also known as the House of Review.
“I dedicate this achievement to all the women in this country. This shows that our Government is ready to promote and ensure that women are included in decision-making positions,” she said.
Mensah-Williams committed herself to ensure that the NC mandate, as stipulated in the Namibian Constitution, is adhered to and upheld.
The NC's mandate is to investigate and report to the National Assembly (NA) on any subordinate legislation, reports and documents that under law must be tabled in the NA and which are referred to it by the NA for advice. It is also tasked to recommend legislation on matters of regional concern for submission to and consideration by the NA.
She said she will ensure that the NC will join hands with the NA to meet the emerging challenges and contribute towards making Namibian laws more dynamic, responsive and sensitive to the needs of the citizens.
Mensah-Williams called for cooperation from both members of the NC and Secretariat in order to take the institution to greater heights.
“I know and trust that the NC will perform and deliver on its mandate. I cannot do this alone and I need support from all corners of the institution and country,” she stressed.
The 42-member NC is chosen by regional councils, which are directly elected for a term of six years. Each of the 14 regional councils chooses three members to serve on the NC.
Other members of the NC from the Khomas Region are Ambrosius Kandjii and Joyce Nangula Namuhuja; Zambezi Region: John Musialela Likando and Sipapela Cletius Sipapela;
Otjozondjupa Region: Steve Biko Booys, Fransina Ghauz and Laina Nekundi;
Oshikoto Region: Betty Beatrice Kaula, Hans Nambodi and Lebbeus Tangeni Tobias;
Oshana Region: Lotto Kuushomwa, Joseph Mupetami and Rosalia Shilenga;
Omusati Region: Werner Kalipi, Titus Kanyele and Gerhard Shiimi;
Omaheke Region: Phillipus Katamelo; Cornelius Kanguatjivi and Peter Kazongominja;
Ohangwena Region: Jason Nghihepavali Ndakunda, Phillipus Haitange Shikongo and Lonia Shinana;
Kunene Region: Johannes Antsino, Nguzu Muharukua and Weich Mupya;
Kavango West Region: Nakambare Damian Haikera, Rosa Kunyanda Kavara and Lukas Sinimbo Muha;
Kavango East Region: Petrus Kavura, Victoria Mbawo and Michael Shikongo;
Erongo Region: Johannes Hamutenya, Johannes Namgolo and Melania Ndjago;
Hardap Region: Jeremias Gregory Van Veel, Simon Dukeleni and Nico Herman Mugenga;
//Karas Region: Paulus Amukoshi Ephraim, Dawid Boois and Hilma Nicanor.
The Swapo party is occupying 40 seats; DTA of Namibia one seat (represented by Muharukua); and National Unity Democratic Organisation of Namibia (Nudo) has one seat represented by Kazongominja.