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H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia opens the 7th Session of the
6th Parliament, Windhoek on 13 February 2017:
I am pleased to be here this afternoon to mark the Opening of the 7th Session of the 6th Parliament under the theme, “Enhancing partnership to strengthen good governance in Namibia.”

As you are aware, the opening of Parliament is a ceremonial event and I will therefore not dwell on a detailed accountability report, which will be comprehensively presented during the State of the Nation Address. I will rather use the opportunity to highlight important aspects of our governance architecture, in line with your theme for the year.

During the official opening of Parliament last year, I briefly introduced the concept of the “trinity”. In the context of Institutions, the “trinity” is reflected in our Executive, Judiciary and Legislature, which operate inter-dependently. I had the honour to open the Legal Year for the Judicidiary on Wednesday last week and the following day I opened the First Executive meeting for the year. Today, it is once again my honour to preside over the opening of the Legislative year.

It is apt that we focus our attention on strengthening good governance, or what I term effective governance. It is of utmost importance that members of this august House pay particular attention to the agenda for the year and ensure that the Bills tabled are thoroughly debated and passed timeously.

During the National Elections just over three years ago, the People of Namibia exercised their democratic right to elect me as the President of the Republic of Namibia and yourselves, as Members of Parliament. We were elected to govern on behalf of the People who, through the voting process, delegated their sovereign power to us. I therefore repeat this important phrase – That we are first and foremost accountable to the People – to serve their interest and not our personal interests.

Our ability to govern effectively will face scrutiny this year and that is why I have declared the year 2018 the Year of Reckoning. We have the responsibility to demonstrate that we are committed to administer the Organs of State - for the People and by the People. Our ability to meet these expectations will face the ultimate judgment in 2019, when the People will either extend our mandate to govern on their behalf, or rescind that mandate by voting us out of office.

Serious work therefore awaits all of us this year, as the Nation will be watching. I am informed that a total of twenty (20) bills are likely to be tabled in Parliament during this year. I have learnt with disappointment that only nineteen (19) Bills were passed, out of the forty (40) Bills tabled during the last session. I look forward to quality debate around these Bills, such as the Education Bill; Plant Breeders and Farmers’ Rights Bill; Financial Institution and Market Bill and Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill, to name but a few.

I expect that this august House, in its deliberations, will keep in mind the Executive theme for the year, that of Reckoning, which includes due recognition for delivery and consequences for non-delivery.

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Namibia congratulates Gawanas, Ashipala-Musavyi on UN appointments

The Southern Times, Jan 17, 2018, by Ellen Shihepo

DPM

Please click here to read the official Press Statement by Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on the appointment of Advocate Bience Gawanas and Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi

Windhoek – The Namibian Ministry of International Relations on Tuesday congratulated Advocate Bience Gawanas on her appointment as new UN Special Advisor for Africa by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

In her new position as Special Advisor on Africa, Adv Gawanas follows in the footsteps of African luminaries such as the illustrious and distinguished diplomats and scholars that includes Professor Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria; Ambassador Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Botswana to the UN who served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Namibia during the implementation of Resolution 435 in 1989.

Bience GawanasAdv Gawanas (picture left side) becomes the first woman to be appointed to that exalted position taking, over from Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt. The ministry further congratulated its permanent secretary, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi (below right side), on her appointment as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Amb Selma Ashipala Masavyi

“Since assuming office as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, I made it my priority to advance the case for Namibian citizens to join international organisations, including the UN, AU and the Commonwealth Secretariat,” said Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in a statement. “I am proud that our collective lobbying efforts at the ministry, with the support of friends, have paid off handsomely with the appointment of Adv Gawanas and Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi.”

Gawanas was the AU’s first woman Commissioner for Social Affairs for eight years. Ashipala-Musavyi was Namibia’s first resident Permanent Representative for the UN office in Vienna, Austria.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is Namibia’s deputy prime minister, also commended the UN, saying that “the government of Namibia expresses appreciation to UN Secretary General Guterres for selecting Adv Gawanas and Amb Ashipala-Musavyi from amongst equally qualified candidates.”

President Hage Geingob wishes all Namibians a Happy New Year

In his New Year Message 2018, H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, calls on his fellow Namibians to "prepare to move forward" as "the hands of time are ready to take us into the new year".

While one could look at the future as a time of anxiety, one could also lookPresident NewYearMessage at it as a time of hope and new opportunities, he says: "Ahead of us lie 12 new chapters and 365 new chances."  

He encourages his fellow compatriots to commit to several resolutions, such as taking part "in building our house" and thus make 2018

a year of hope,

a year of clean environment,

a year of health, peace and love,

a year of shared prosperity.

The President calls on all Namibians to fight poverty and corruption. He emphasises that government must make land available and connect more Namibians to basic services like water, sanitation and electricity, and assures that further developments and upgrades in and of the country "must take place in a transparent and accountable manner." 

The President refers to his 2017 Year End Press Conference on 13 December (see here...), and reaffirms that 2018 "will be the Year of Reckoning", i.e. to take stock and "be accountable for our achievements and shortcomings".

He reminds all public servants and government officials that "we are occupying positions of trust and must act accordingly".

The President appeals to all Namibians to "take 2018 with the 'handle of faith'".

To watch the President's full New Year 2018 message, please click here...

MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION, MIRCO

MEDIA RELEASE, 15 December 2017

NAMIBIA REAFFIRMS JERUSALEM AS CAPITAL OF BOTH PALESTINIAN STATE AND STATE OF ISRAEL

Namibia notes with grave concern major change in US policy recognizing Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, Namibia wishes to unequivocally reaffirm its unflinching support for the UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, 181 (1947) and 242 (1967), respectively. Both these and subsequent resolutions affirmed that Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel. United Nations Resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees. Click here to read the full statement....

President Hage Geingob lauds action taken against corruption

NBC, 13 December 2017, to view NBC video, please click on the photos below.

YearEndMediaBriefing Press Conference

President Hage Geingob has lauded actions taken against corruption, including the enactment of the Public Procurement, Whistle Blowers and Witness Protection Acts.

During the review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and year-end media briefing, President Geingob noted that 2017 was not an easy year for government.

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