Public hearing rejects PPP Bill

06 Feb 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – A public hearing on the Public Private Partnership Bill of 2016 revealed that consultation was held with one local authority, while a directorate was established before the Bill is passed into law.
Ministry of Finance (MoF) Permanent Secretary, Erica Shafuda indicated during a presentation on Monday that consultation on the draft PPP legislation was done with the City of Windhoek (CoW) and no other local authority or regional council in Namibia.
The Bill, tabled in the National Assembly last November and adopted by the National Council (NC) on 01 December 2016, aims to explore avenues to build mutually beneficial partnerships for sustainable growth. It also seeks to regulate how private entities fund public infrastructure and services.
Consultations were also held with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and other associations, while the Bill was presented at the Invest in Namibia Conference last year.
“It was not done on the basis of elimination, but we had a short list of institutions logistically close by and selected the CoW because it is a large institute which would be the benchmark for national representation,” Shafudah said.
Member of Parliament in the National Council, Phillipus Katamelo questioned the fairness and transparency of the Bill since a directorate was established, which he presumed would be done once the legislation is signed into a law.
Shafuda explained the directorate was established in 2013 as a temporary structure for a period of three years and under the pretext that the Bill would be passed.
“You have admitted that having consultation with the CoW was an error of judgement, but it is not acceptable. Not having a wide public consultation is taking power from the people to central government,” Katamelo said.
Several participants during last year’s consultations also rejected the Bill due to the lack of consultation with other local authorities and regional councils.
On Monday, Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) president Basilius Haingura said the union does not see the PPP Bill advancing the education sector, which would compromise the social service.
“Appointing a directorate indicates that Government has already made up its mind. There is no point in holding consultations with people on the ground,” Haingura said.
The City Citizenship Trust, Omaheke Regional Council, Nedbank Namibia and Helao Nafidi Town Council are among some of the institutions that rejected the Bill during the hearing on Monday.