Ministers did not respond to Time Change Bill

12 Apr 2017 20:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) – Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Patrick Nandago says the approach taken to consult the public on the Namibian Time Change Bill of 2017 was above board.
Nandago appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security on Wednesday. He said certain ministries were identified and letters were sent out to those ministers for input on the Bill but to no avail.
Nandago noted that Home Affairs did not issue letters to all State agencies as the ministries they fall under were supposed to retrieve their input on the Bill.
These include the ministries of education; training and innovation; justice; safety and security; gender equality and child welfare; and health and social services.
Of these, only the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development; Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation; Office of the Attorney General; and Office of the Inspector General, responded.
Out of the 14 regional governors who were also sent the letter, only three responded; Oshana, Erongo and Otjozondjupa.
Nandago said other stakeholders such as the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) also received the letters and responded.
Home Affairs also received a response from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
“We have put notices in the print media for comments on the time change and some responded, that is how we came up with the number of 3 000,” the PS said.
A total of 3 507 views were received.
The Namibian Time Bill 2017, which was tabled in the National Assembly by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana in February, was referred to that committee for scrutiny after Members of Parliament (MPs) failed to reach consensus.
The Bill seeks to provide for the standard time of Namibia and repeal the Namibian Time Act of 1994 that has the country turn clocks one hour back during winter.