Geingob officially opens Parliament

13 Feb 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob officially opened the Seventh Session of the Sixth Parliament here on Tuesday.
The opening took place under the theme ‘Enhancing partnerships to strengthen good governance in Namibia’.
Geingob said effective governance cannot be achieved in a country fraught with division, thus governance should be done effectively.
The Head of State expressed disappointment at the fact that only 19 out of 40 Bills were tabled in the National Assembly (NA) last year.
He said he was in particular expecting the Education Bill; Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill; and the Financial Institutions and Markets Bill to be tabled in 2018.
About 20 Bills are expected to be tabled in the National Assembly this year.
Geingob also urged MPs to ensure that citizens are included in their debates and deliberations.
“When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, there is no rule of law and no accountability,” he said.
He further said there are expectations that the declaration of assets of Members of Parliament be made public.
“I leave this matter to this august House, to provide clarity as to whether declarations by Parliamentarians should be publicly availed, or not,” he said.
Geingob further indicated that he would present a detailed comprehensive accountability report to Parliament when he presents the State of the Nation address.
“As you are aware, the opening of Parliament is a ceremonial event and I will therefore not dwell on a detailed accountability report,” he said.