Lawmakers to continue engaging citizens: Mensah-Williams

09 Feb 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - Lawmakers will continuously engage citizens in the work of Parliament through outreach programmes, public hearings and committee visits to all 14 regions of the country in order for laws and policies to reflect the people's aspirations.
This was said by the Chairperson of the National Council (NC) Margaret Mensah-Williams during the opening of the Third Session of the Sixth Parliament, under the theme ‘Striving towards gender equality and raising awareness against gender-based violence’ here on Tuesday.
Mensah-Williams said through these outreach programmes and other activities, parliamentarians will be held accountable by the electorate.
She added that lawmakers have to ensure that gender equality is strengthened.
The chairperson further noted that members of the two houses of Parliament - the other house being the National Assembly - will intensify their efforts in nurturing democracy and ensuring peace, national unity and prosperity, and Parliament will continue to play its role as an institution that fosters transparency, accessibility, accountability and effectiveness.
The Third Session of the Sixth Parliament was officially opened by President Hage Geingob.
The opening was amongst others attended by Members of Parliament (MPs), members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary branches of the State, former MPs, and members of the public.