06 Oct 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob signed three bills into law at State House on Friday in the presence of Members of Parliament (MP) and Presidential Advisors.
The MPs present at the signing event were Vice President Nickey Iyambo, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Minister of Justice Albert Kawana.
The first bill Geingob signed was the Whistleblower Protection Act.
The Act will provide for the establishment of a Whistleblower Protection Office and institute procedures for making disclosures of improper conduct.
It is very important, when fighting corruption, to have this protection so that genuine people who are concerned about mismanagement of our resources can be protected, he said.
The second bill he signed was the Witness Protection Act which provides for the establishment of a witness protection advisory committee and a witness protection fund.
We have to protect the witnesses. Some people are being killed in other countries when they testify as witnesses so its important that we have this act, Geingob stressed.
The third bill signed by the Head of State was the Namibia Time Act which repeals the Namibia Time Act of 1994 to set the standard time of Namibia of two hours in advance of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2).
After the minister [of Home Affairs and Immigration] did a nation-wide consultation, we have now decided to just have one standard time for Namibia, Geingob explained.
The President, after signing the three bills into law, thanked his ministers for working very hard in the drafting of the bills.
The three legislations were passed in both houses of Parliament earlier this year.
All three laws will come into effect once they have been gazetted.