Why does two-thirds matter?

Swapo has enjoyed a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly since 1994 and in the National Council since 1993. In theory, if Swapo has two-thirds majorities in both the National Council and the National Assembly it can change the Constitution without the agreement of the other parties (Article 132). Since Independence there have been three […]

Week in Review: 8 – 10 October 2019

During the week in review, the National Assembly covered a wide range of its duties, including ministerial statements, reports, bills, and motions. The issue of quorum and questions and answers were discussed as follows: On Tuesday 8 October, the Speaker of the National Assembly announced that his office received a petition from members of Fridays […]

The 5th Children’s Parliament

The 5th Children’s Parliament convened at the National Assembly over the 19th to 23rd August 2019. The group comprised 91 learners from all 14 regions who met under the theme “Engaging Young People in the Legislative Process”. In his opening statements, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi stated that “the fundamental aspect of the Children’s Parliament is […]

Independent Candidates in Namibia

The emergence of independent candidates may be a trend that develops towards the holding of the regional council elections at the end of 2020. We are still a long way off from that election. People on Twitter saying they will stand in the regional elections that are still almost a year-and-a-half away doesn’t mean much […]

Week in Review: 27 – 31 May

During the tabling of the 2019/20 Budget on 27 March 2019, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein pointed out that the budget made provision for “a growth stimulus package”. However, in their debate during the committee stage between 16 and 28 May 2019, various members of the National Council expressed concern regarding various allocations, notably unemployment, […]

Namibia’s Media – The Digital Challenge

Digitalisation is transforming how media products are both created and accessed. Consumers can now exercise more control over their media use in terms of how they access content. Consumers are increasingly likely to only access a few stories from newspapers or TV stations rather than reading a newspaper from cover to cover or watching an […]

Namibians do not expect access to information

Access to Information is increasingly becoming an important topic. Government has recognised that it is important for citizens to get information about what government is doing, and a draft law is in the works. There is a lot of work to do: an IPPR report last year found that most government institutions are not responsive […]