Development Fund Bill to reduce uncontrollable migration

13 Feb 2019 20:30pm

WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – The Constituency Development Fund Bill will decentralise the process of democracy in Namibia, as well as reduce the uncontrollable rural-urban migration, once it becomes law.
Chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams made this statement at the official opening of the ninth session of the sixth Parliament on Wednesday.
She said the bill will be tabled soon in order to continue the implementation of the decentralisation process of the country's democracy.
Once the bill becomes law, it will further enhance the objectives of the decentralisation policy by giving each one of the 121 constituencies more resources to bring about socio-economic development to the rural areas.
She added that the two Houses of Parliament will negotiate the operationalisation of the Joint Rules of Parliament that were agreed upon in 2018, as they move towards a more operationally harmonised and efficient parliament.
The Chairperson further called for the establishment of an autonomous parliamentary service commission, in line with Articles 52 and 73 of the Constitution, saying there is evidence from around the world to suggest that parliaments perform at their best when they have their own separate corporate bodies which oversee the provision of the necessary facilities, property, staff and services.
“The importance of the separation of powers entrenches democracy and good governance,” she noted.
She pointed out that the theme for Parliament – ‘Promoting integrity, Accountability and Professionalism’ - was strategically aligned with President Hage Geingob’s declaration of the ‘Year of Accountability.’
She pledged that parliament will continue adding value by thoroughly interrogating bills to ensure constitutionality and to ensure that government policies and programmes do address matters of national interest.