Peter Katjavivi

MPs on a five-day workshop in Swakopmund

MPs on a five-day workshop in Swakopmund

Martin Endjala Members of parliament are currently undergoing a five-day workshop in Swakopmund to review, discuss and engage on its standing rules and orders. The reviewing and updating of parliamentary rules are said to ensure that the legislative processes are efficient, transparent, and in line with the evolving needs of the electorate and the nation at large. “Our operations, rules and procedures must be aligned to smoothen the execution of our mandate as the Legislature, this being the core function of Parliament. These core functions comprise Legislation, Oversight and Representation”, these were the words of national assembly speaker Peter katjavivi.…
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Gender equality vital for human rights

Gender equality vital for human rights

Martin Endjala National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi told the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda that gender equality is fundamentally linked to sustainable development which is vital to the realisation of human rights for all. The assembly was held from the 11th–15th October under the theme, “Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world”. He said the realization of a society where women and men enjoy equal opportunities and equal rights in all spheres of life is cardinal. He emphasized that gender inclusivity should be our collective pre-occupation as members of…
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Namibia, SA selected on IPU Russia/Ukraine task force

Namibia, SA selected on IPU Russia/Ukraine task force

Martin Endjala The Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) has elected Namibia and South Africa, as the only African countries to form a task force mandated to resolve the ongoing Russia and Ukraine conflicts. This was revealed yesterday by the National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi during a courtesy visit from the members of the South African National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on a benchmarking visit to the National Council. Speaker Katjavivi with his counterpart Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula from South Africa, are the only leaders the IPU has vetted as representatives from Africa. Katjavivi pointed out that the gesture from the world’s parliamentary body,…
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Legislative youth engagement platforms must be adopted

Legislative youth engagement platforms must be adopted

Martin Endjala The National Assembly speaker Prof. Peter Katjavivi encourages member’s state to adopt platforms that will engage young people on issues and legislations. He made this suggestions during an engagement with the Governing councils (GC) at the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Bali, Indonesia on matters of young parliamentary forum on Saturday 26th March 2022. Katjavivi stated that Namibia has adopted such platforms that engages youth and adolescence in its programs which are aimed at instilling the culture of democracy and their inputs go a long way in informing the government on matters concerning young people. He made this…
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Seibeb calls Katjavivi an “evil old man”

Eba Kandovazu Deputy Leader of the Landless People’s Movement, Henny Seibeb, is calling on National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi to resign, characterizsing him “an evil old man”. Seibeb remarks after Katjavivi refused to hand him minutes from the Privileges and Immunity Committee’s meetings, which found him and fellow LPM leader, Bernadus Swaartboi, guilty following their conduct in Parliament during the State of the Nation Address by President Hage Geingob in April. The Committee has recommended: a reprimand; a fine not exceeding the value of a month's salary or a reduction of salary or allowances for a period not exceeding 15…
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Katjavivi calls for reinforcement of ACC-Parliament collaboration

Katjavivi calls for reinforcement of ACC-Parliament collaboration

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, says the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is mandated by its enabling legislation to table its reports in the National Assembly, hence the interest relating to the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission. He says to fight corruption efficiently and effectively, there needs continuous promotion of a national culture of transparency. “It is therefore imperative that we continue to strengthen the relationship between ACC and the oversight body, such as Parliament through its various Parliamentary Standing Committees,” he adds. Katjavivi notes that “the fight against corruption is not solely the responsibility of ACC…
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Swartbooi, Seibeb feels penalty unclear

Swartbooi, Seibeb feels penalty unclear

Eba Kandovazu THE Landless People's Movement (LPM) is claiming that the penalty recommendations by the National Assembly privileges and immunities committee have not properly been communicated, nor are they clear. LPM’s Spokesperson, Eneas Emvula, says the party's next course of action will only be determined once the penalty against Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb are clear. The penalties recommended by the committee are; a reprimand, a fine not exceeding the value of a month's salary or twice the value of the unethically-derived benefit or a reduction of salary or allowances for a period not exceeding 15 days. The committee yesterday…
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LPM drags Peter Katjavivi to ICC

LPM drags Peter Katjavivi to ICC

Andrew Kathindi The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has dragged Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi to the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a letter drafted by LPM leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, the political party is seeking the ICC’s intervention and investigation into Katjavivi’s conduct. Swartbooi made reference to Article 7 (h) and (k) of the ICC, which alludes to systematic attacks and inhumane acts as being equivalent to the “crimes being commissioned against” him and Seibeb. “The Speaker has withdrawn Hon. Henny Seibeb the Deputy Leader and Chief Whip in National Assembly and I the Leader of the Landless…
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LPM lodges Supreme Court appeal

LPM lodges Supreme Court appeal

Andrew Kathindi The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has lodged an appeal against the Supreme Court a decision by High Court Judge Kobus Miller, to dismiss its leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, and Henny Seibeb’s application against Speaker of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi. The application was to set aside Katjavivi’s indefinite suspension of the two LPM leaders from Parliament’s Chamber following their forceful removal after being deemed disruptive during President Hage Geingob’s parliamentary state of the nation address last month. The High Court dismissed the application with costs. The appeal was lodged last week on 12 May. The LPM legal representatives argued that Judge…
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LPM High Court judgement questioned

LPM High Court judgement questioned

Andrew Kathindi The High Court’s decision to dismiss the Landless People’s Movement’s (LPM) application to set aside Speaker of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi’s indefinite suspension of Bernandus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb could set a worrying precedent. These were the views of Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) President Mike Kavekotora, who sits on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Standing Rules and Orders and Internal Arrangements (STROC). The STROC according to parliament’s spokesperson, David Nahogandja, generally deals with matters such as misconduct before it is brought before the Privileges Committee. Kavekotora claimed that Katjavivi lied when he said the matter was dealt…
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