National Council resumes

21 Nov 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Members of Parliament in the National Council (NC) should find balance between the needs of farmers and conservationists to reduce human-wildlife conflict, Chairperson of the National Council (NC), Margaret Mensah-Williams has said.
Speaking during the opening of the NC here on Tuesday, Mensah-Williams said the House would discuss the Human Wildlife Conflict Report which was tabled by the NC Standing Committee on Habitat, following a nationwide consultation earlier this year.
She said conflict between people and wild animals is one of the main threats to the continued survival of wild animals and if solutions to end such conflicts were not adequate, than local support for Government’s conservation efforts would decline.
“Recent news reports of a pride of lions which killed more than 200 small livestock in the Kunene Region show what a serious and urgent matter this is,” said Mensah-Williams.
The NC resumed on Tuesday, after going into recess in July, to review a number of reports by standing committees and is also expected to review and debate the Property Valuers Profession Amendment Bill of 2016.
The Property Valuers Profession Amendment Bill was passed in the National Assembly earlier this year and will amend the Property Valuers Profession Act of 2012 to among others subject the determination of fees and charges payable to the Namibian Council for Property Valuers Profession; and to provide for the issuing of annual practising licenses.
The NC is also expected to debate the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill of 2017 and the Appropriation Amendment Bill of 2017 once passed in the National Assembly.
The Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill aims to give effect to the United Nations’ Protocol to prevent, suppress, criminalise and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children. It also seeks to protect and assist victims of trafficking.
The Appropriation Amendment Bill will be used to amend the Appropriation Amendment Act of 2017 to increase or decrease certain allocations to meet the financial requirements of the State during the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year that ends in March next year.