Local authority legal framework underway in Keetmanshoop

26 Feb 2019 10:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - About 40 members of traditional authorities and members of the council of traditional leaders from the Omaheke, Hardap and //Kharas regions are attending a legal framework training workshop taking place at Keetmanshoop between Monday and Wednesday.
The training will focus on the application of the law by the traditional authorities and its structures to curb the tendency of resorting to litigation.
In his speech read on his behalf, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga said during the official opening on Monday that traditional authorities will be held accountable both by the Government and members of their communities.
He added that in order to satisfy the requirements of accountability, it is necessary that traditional authorities are trained and equipped with knowledge to conform to the legal framework governing their operations, particularly the Namibian Constitution and the Traditional Authorities Act No. 25 of 2000.
“This training workshop is designed to impart skills and knowledge to our traditional leaders, particularly those in the traditional authority structures and members of the council of traditional leaders, by providing practical advices and examples of the day to day operations of the council of traditional leaders and traditional authorities,” said Mushelenga.
Mushelenga urged those in attendance to take the training seriously and implement the knowledge they will gain from it in order to serve their respective communities in adherence to the provisions of law.
Also speaking at the event was the //Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson, who said legal framework training pertaining to traditional authorities is of high importance in this fast-changing world.
She noted that in the past few years, traditional authorities have brought in new traditional councillors, who will highly benefit from the legal framework training.
“In the same vain, we will also take cognizance of the fact that legal documents are not easily understood by any ordinary citizen, hence, there is a need for experts to explain its contents in simple or local languages,” she said.