President Hage Geingob says there is a pertinent need for members of parliament to enact laws that are effective at strengthening the safety and security of Namibians.
Geingob said this while opening the National Assembly for the year 2023 under the theme ‘Enhancing Namibia’s parliamentary democracy post Covid-19’ on Tuesday.
He said these laws should protect the most vulnerable members while enabling the growth of industry, as well as promoting investment and economic trade.
“As members of parliament, you are elected by the people, and as such play an integral role in ensuring that the needs and wishes of the people of Namibia are catered for,” he told lawmakers.
He asaid the legislative mandate of parliament must be fulfilled to its fullest degree if Namibia is to become a prosperous nation, adding that the laws should instil confidence in citizens, investors and visitors.
“Namibia is a country where the rights and human dignity of all are respected and protected,” he stressed.
Geingob also expressed that the process of home foreclosure can be a humiliating and traumatic experience, especially for the most vulnerable members of society.
“I am therefore pleased to note that we are moving towards ensuring that the dignity of our citizens is protected and that there will be judicial oversight on the sale and execution of immovable properties,” he said.
He also encouraged the members to redouble their efforts to ensure that there is a regular quorum in parliament. This he said is to speed up the legislative process.
Geingob added that laws play a crucial factor in ensuring that Namibia can protect the rights of its citizens while ensuring inclusivity in all aspects of modern society, as well as promoting shared prosperity.
The president said MPs are catalysts for societal transformation, and that they have the power to push through the necessary reforms.
“Through the drafting of relevant and adequate legislation, you, as parliamentarians, are the main drivers of change in terms of our national developmental agenda.”
Speaking at the same ceremony, the parliamentary speaker Peter Katjavivi said it is important lawmakers reflect on the progress made and that they must be at the forefront to provide profound legislation, oversight and accountability.
Katjavivi encouraged parliamentarians to approach the year with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, by “recognising that our strength lies in our unity and our ability to work together for the betterment of our country and its citizens.”