Mutorwa to discuss Public Transport Bill at Ongwediva on Monday

20 Sep 2019 08:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa will on Monday have a consultative meeting with stakeholders at Ongwediva on the Public Transport Bill, which seeks to harmonise the transportation industry in Namibia.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Julius Ngweda told Nampa on Thursday the meeting will be held at the Jose Eduardo Santos Engineering Campus of the University of Namibia.
“We want all the stakeholders, be it bus or taxi owners, operators and users, to attend this meeting and to give us their inputs before the bill becomes a law,” said Ngweda, adding that the bill is earmarked to replace the outdated Transport Act of 1977.
The next consultative meeting on the bill will be held at Rundu in the Kavango East Region next Thursday.
The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) announced on Wednesday that it will also have a meeting at Ondangwa on Saturday to consult its members from the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions on public transport issues.
“All owners, drivers and the general public are invited to attend the meeting on Saturday,” Nabta secretary-general, Pendapala Nakathingo, said in a telephonic interview on Wednesday.
He said crucial information will be shared and prepared to be submitted during the stakeholders' meeting with Mutorwa at Ongwediva on Monday.
“At the meeting on Saturday, 20 people, operators and passengers, will be selected to attend the conference organised by the Ministry of Works and Transport on Monday,” Nakathingo said.