Veterinary council should educate public about its mandate: Mutorwa

31 Jul 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa has urged the newly appointed members of the Namibian Veterinary Council (NVC) to educate the public about its mandate.
At a media briefing here on Monday, Mutorwa said as a statutory body and juristic person under the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Proclamation, the council should remain in the forefront of educating the public about laws under its legislation.
“We should by all means prevent a situation whereby someone is penalised and punished, simply because those of us who know the law have miserably failed to educate others about the content of such laws,” said Mutorwa.
He explained that laws are not only meant to punish people, but they are there to facilitate progress, promote and regulate duties as well.
“The laws should not be imprisoned in our offices, persons and customers that are served by NVC. [People] have the right to know about a particular law or laws,” said Mutorwa.
The 10 members will serve as the second council since the enactment of the Act in 2013.
They are chairperson Siegfried Khaiseb; vice chairperson Elizabeth Myer-Komen; Milton Maseke; Sarah Luvala; Mia Kellerman; Mike Beggs; Anna Marais; Emmanuel Hikufe; Lukas Iipumbu and Naindiji Nyanyukweni-Haindongo.
The members will serve till August 2020.
The veterinary council objectives among others are to regulate the practise of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions as well as the registration of persons practicing such professions.
The council also determines the minimum standards of tuition and training required for degrees, diplomas and certificates entitling the holders to be registered to practise the veterinary and para-veterinary professions.
It further exercises effective control over professional conduct of persons practicing the veterinary and para-veterinary professions.