Democracy Report

Week in Review: October 23-27

The NA approves amendments by the NC, and debates lawyers' fees

The National Assembly has continued with its vigorous schedule of motions and questions, as there have still been no news bills introduced since MPs returned from their recess in early September.

However MPs did reconsider, and pass, the Local Authorities Amendment Bill, the Namibia Revenue Agency Bill, and the Lotteries Bill  as amended by the National Council.

In terms of motions, MPs discussed three major issues: poor sanitation facilities in underprivileged communities, child marriages and Namibia and the harmful practices that promote them, and the amount that was paid to lawyers for advice on the genocide case.

The last issue has featured prominently in the media, though debate started slow. Nevertheless, this discussion will likely continue for a while.

27 October 2017