Forty bills will be tabled in the Fifth Session of the Namibian Sixth Parliament when it opens next Tuesday.

National Assembly secretary Lydia Kandetu said in a statement on Wednesday that the theme of the session is Parliament Working Towards the Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.

Last year, the National Assembly saw 22 bills tabled and only two of were withdrawn. In 2015, the National Assembly passed 15.

Among the bills that will tabled are the Financial Institutions and Markets Bill, the Financial Service Adjudicator Bill, the Appropriation Bill and the Audit Bill.

The Magistrates Amendment Bill, the Magistrate Courts Amendment Bill, the Child Justice Bill and the Divorce Bill are also expected to be tabled.

Another amendment will be made to the Citizenship Bill after it became the centre of debate in 2016 regarding the meaning of ordinary resident in one of the clauses.

The debate came after parents on a work permit in the country took the home affairs ministry to court after their child who was born in Namibia was denied citizenship.

President Hage Geingob is expected to officially open the new parliament session. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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