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Mbumba reaffirms Govt’s commitment to genocide, Orange River border talks
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Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila thanked Mbumba for his “inspiring” state of the nation address.

Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa thanked president Nangolo Mbumba for delivering the state of the nation address and for how he handled the transition after the death of former president Hage Geingob.

Mbumba says resettlement criteria need to be inspected. “It would be a shame if we did it for those who already have land.”

Mbumba says the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs and its Zambian counterpart are coordinating the removal of landmines along the Namibia-Zambia border in the Zambezi region.

Mbumba said if a minister is issuing his relatives petroleum licences, it should be challenged. He did not specify which minister.

Namibia should be able to produce its own food and should not depend on other countries, Mbumba says.

National Council member Peter Kazongominja says there is a need to revisit the criteria for resettlement.

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National Council member Mumbali Lukaezi says some graduates from the University of Namibia’s Katima Mulilo campus will not graduate this year, as they have an outstanding module. He says this was only discovered a few weeks before their graduation, which would have taken place in April.

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Landless People’s Movement member of parliament Henny Seibeb addressed Mbumba as “my boss”. Seibeb said he used to make tea for Mbumba when he (Seibeb) was working at Swapo’s headquarters.

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Dear Namibians 🇳🇦
President Mbumba Agrees that the 1896 Redline Must be REMOVED! pic.twitter.com/gld8Qf99Eu

— Dr. Job Shipululo AMUPANDA (@Shipululo) March 14, 2024

National Council member Paulus Mbangu asked the parliament to remove the provision of the board from the constituency development bill. He says he does not know what money is meant for constituency development to be managed in Windhoek, “as Windhoek is the panacea of knowledge”.

National Council member Paulus Mbangu asked the president what longterm plans his government has to address the severe drought in the country.

Mbangu asked Mbumba whether he was satisfied with the state of education in the country. He further asked if there were plans to overhaul the education system.

National Council member Paulus Mbangu has accused speaker Peter Katjavivi of relegating members of the council to a second-rate question-and-answer session.

“That’s not appropriate,” he says.

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Mbumba says the government has decided that minerals mined in Namibia would not be exported in raw form.

Namibia's population has hit 3 million. Namibia is one of the world's emptiest countries.

It has a bigger landmass than 39 African countries, but has a low population.

There are more cows than people in the country. On Sundays, towns seem like ghost towns. pic.twitter.com/oofKiuOZx2

— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) March 14, 2024

Mbumba says corrupt individuals should be reported to the authorities.

Mbumba said the redline should be removed. “The question is when and how it will be removed,” he said.

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Mukwiilongo asked when the Welwitschia Sovereign Wealth Fund would be used, and whether it is safeguarded from being stolen.

Touching on the issue of farms, the president says the government has made farms available to those in need.

The issue of genocide requires a meeting of its own to be addressed, Mbumba says.

The issue of striking fishermen has been a crisis and should not be politicised, he says.

Nobody from Windhoek can tell the people in the regions how to till land, Mbumba says.

The president says the biggest chunk of the national budget was made available to the social sector, including the education and health sectors.He was responding to a question on whether the government did not want to make money available to the agriculture sector.

Unemployment is a crisis, he says. Mbumba says nobody is happy about unemployment

President Nangolo Mbumba says he is accountable to the people of Namibia.

Responding to questions, president Nangolo Mbumba said as former Swapo secretary general, if asked to appear before the court, he would. He was responding to Venaani’s question on whether he would testify in the Fishrot fraud and corruption trial.

Shekupakela reiterated that the fight for liberation was for land, and asked Mbumba what his views are on ancestral land and how he intends to address the issue of land.

Rally for Democracy and Progress member of parliament Kennedy Shekupakela asked the president how he planned to deal with corruption in the government.

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The speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, has asked parliamentarians to keep questions short and concise, and to avoid reading from a piece of paper as if reading a speech.

Republican Party member of parliament Mathias Mbundu asked president Nangolo Mbumba what steps he would take to address the issue of tenderpreneurs.

He also asked how Mbumba planned to address the matter of civil servants using their positions for personal gain.

Mukwiilongo asked the president why he cannot grant the Caprivi secessionists parole, as the person who was at the forefront of the secession has left Namibia.

According to Mukwiilongo, they have been in prison for 24 years.

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Mukwilongo asked Mbumba when he would remove the veterinary cordon fence (redline).

Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament Epafras Mukwilongo called on Mbumba’s government to accommodate low-income earners, such as cleaners and security guards.

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Venaani said Mbumba has been indicted to testify in court in the ongoing Fishrot fraud and corruption trial, and further asked whether he would do so as former Swapo secretary general.

Venaani asked Mbumba how many foreign-owned farms the government has expropriated, adding that 250 farms are currently owned by foreigners in Namibia.

Venaani asked Mbumba whether he would publicly declare his assets.

Venaani asked president Nangolo Mbumba whether he would testify in court on the Fishrot case, or invoke Article 31 of the Constitution.

Official opposition leader McHenry Venaani says today would have been historical, as former president Hage Geingob would have made his last state of the nation address.

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There's a parliamentarian that proposed in the house that every citizen gets a million dollars from government. What party is he? He needs to stay in parliament 🥺

— Nduna (@ndimukwanyama) March 13, 2024

“We will honour Geingob’s legacy by working hard,” the president says.

Geingob has left the country with blueprints for a united and peaceful Namibian House, Mbumba says.

WATCH: PDM lawmaker Inna Hengari says young people who run “order with me” businesses, where they import goods to resell locally, have been struggling due to stringent operations of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa).

Video: national Assembly pic.twitter.com/YlRUlmEBst

— Namibian Sun (@namibiansun) March 14, 2024

Mbumba has called for the removal of the economic embargo on Cuba, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

He says Namibia’s bilateral agreements with neighbouring South Africa have been forged to adopt going green.

I just feel like, young SWAPO leaders lose their voices when they finally make it to Parliament. Bossa, you are there already, call out your people, we have your back, what are you scared of??? This is why the few brave ones end up leaving the party to find their own place to…

— 🌟.Purpose.Talks.🦋 (@oluwalatenda) March 13, 2024

Mbumba reiterates that Namibia and Botswana allowing the use of identification cards for travel purposes by the two country’s citizens has improved trade.

WATCH: PDM lawmaker Inna Hengari says young people who run “order with me” businesses, where they import goods to resell locally, have been struggling due to stringent operations of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa).

Video: national Assembly pic.twitter.com/YlRUlmEBst

— Namibian Sun (@namibiansun) March 14, 2024

He says Namibia’s bilateral agreements are strong, and the country’s multilateralism is principled.

Namibia has strengthened its bilateral and multilateral engagements under the theme ‘Enemy to None, Friend to All’, the president says.

He says the domestic economy is affected by external factors, such as drug trafficking, cybercrime, as well as climate change.

Mbumba says Namibia is a small, but principled state.

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The government has set aside N$2,5 billion in the current financial year for the development of the rail sector, the president says.

He says the green hydrogen and energy sectors are needed to enhance economic activity at the country’s ports.

Mbumba says it is critical for Namibia to accelerate its plan to set up desalination plants in the coastal region.

A successful borehole at Omboloka Clinic, Ohangwena Region yesterday. What impressed me about this contractor is that his team is mostly youthful 🙏🙏 and they have more boreholes to drill in the region (Ohangwena) pic.twitter.com/U5GLWL3NQd

— Elijah Ngurare Manongo (@ngurare) March 1, 2024

Some 146 boreholes have been drilled in various regions, Mbumba says.

The renovation of Independence Stadium is a government priority, the president says.

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Mbumba says despite Namibia being a small nation, the country has achieved a lot.

He says the Hage Geingob School of Medicine has produced Namibia’s first dentist.

The Cabinet in 2022 adopted an education policy meant to improve the quality of education in the country.

The president says the country is making strides in the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

The Nkurenkuru and Keetmanshoop vocational training centres will be operationalised in the second quarter of 2024, he says.

A new Windhoek district hospital is set to reduce referrals to Katutura Intermediate Hospital.

Namibia has received two awards from the World Health Organisation for the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Namibia has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as the country in Africa making the most progress on the elimination of the hepatitis virus, Mbumba says.

As a result, the government has partnered with shack dwellers and the private sector, in addition to approving a new housing provision agreement last year.

During the state of the nation address in Windhoek on Thursday, president Nangolo Mbumba highlighted the following: Some 330 000 households, including 33 000 marginalised households, received food relief. A total of 90% of fishing rights are held by Namibians

The government is focusing on addressing the backlog in the housing sector, as well as fast-tracking service delivery, the president says.

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The government’s school-feeding programme benefited over 400 000 pupils in 2023.

He says the government has facilitated the placement of over 1 000 people under the integrated jobseeking system under the labour ministry.

As more than two thirds of Namibians are living in communal areas, Mbumba says the government is working towards improving the livelihoods of the residents of these areas.

The government has resolved to reignite productivity in green schemes, the president says.

Geingob envisaged a hunger-free Namibia, Mbumba says. Some 50% of this year’s budget is allocated to health, education and gender issues, he says.

He said Namibia is aiming to completely alleviate hunger and poverty as over 300 000 households benefit from food aid.

Mbumba spoke on president Hage Geigob’s vision that no Namibian should be left out, with the government’s current budget focusing on social sectors with 50% dedicated to those sectors.

Speaking on the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the president said the government will ensure it is transparent and will be accountable to the Namibian people.

If there is an infrastructure investment that we should bank our potential oil revenue on then it should be refurbishing the rail network, and reintroducing paseenger rail travel as a popular means of travel.

— Wordsmith of Oshikuku (@Filemon_Fly) March 14, 2024

Mbumba has commended the Namibia Statistics Agency for conducting a successful census last year, which revealed that Namibia’s population currently stands at over three million people.

Touching on green hydrogen, Mbumba said Namibia is well on its way to production.

President Nangolo Mbumba says Namibia experienced a surge in oil exploration in 2023, and the country is prepared for these opportunities.

President Nangolo Mbumba arrives at the Parliament, ready to address the nation in the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA). pic.twitter.com/gxu1HKh2Iu

— Observer Namibia (@ObserverNamibia) March 14, 2024

There will be zero tolerance of gender-based violence, he says.

Strengthening policy capacity, the Namibian Police will recruit 1 700 cadet constables this year, Mbumba says.

The Presidency’s open-door policy is a clear indication of the government’s commitment to enhancing accountabilty, he says.

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Several uranium mining operations will start this year, the president says.

This year Namibia will hold presidential and National Assembly elections, and political party leaders should ensure they are peaceful, Mbumba said.

This SONA did not received enough publicity, I’m afraid. #NamSONA2024

— The Wolf of Tsumeb (@EnosMcManni) March 14, 2024

Geingob worked hard to maintain peace and stability, the president says.

During Geingob’s tenure, more women representation was observed in parliament, Mbumba said.

President Nangolo Mbumba has asked members of parliament to observe a minute of silence in honour of the late president Hage Geingob.

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Sona expectations… Members of Parliament share their expectations for this year's State of the Nation Address by President Nangolo Mbumba today. It will be Mbumba's first Sona as head of state. #NamSona2024.
Video: @PJ_theDJ pic.twitter.com/QRo1bCxlOn

— New Era Newspaper (@NewEraNewspaper) March 14, 2024
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ARRIVED … President Nangolo Mbumba has arrived in parliament for his first state of the nation address. Photo: Shania Lazarus

Members of both the National Assembly and National Council are convened for a joint session for president Nangolo Mbumba’s state of the nation address (Sona) currently underway in the National Assembly.

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SONA … Members of parliament, ambassadors and other government officials have gathered at the parliament building in Windhoek for the state of the nation address (Sona) that will be delivered by president Nangolo Mbumba on Thursday. Photo: Shania Lazarus

Looking forward to President Mbumba's maiden State of the Nation address.

— Kindinu Kakumba (@kindinukakumba) March 14, 2024
Political analysts views ahead of SONA
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Nafimane Hamukoshi, from the Economic and Social Justice Trust, anticipates that president Nangolo Mbumba’s Sona will announce new plans for programmes, policies, or tactics.

“This could involve actions to remove structural obstacles and encourage inclusive growth, as well as steps to increase access to jobs, housing, healthcare, and education,” she says.

Hamukoshi says there may also be talks about measures to fight corruption, reform governance, and promote environmental sustainability – all of which are essential in building a more just and equitable society in Namibia.

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Political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah says he does not expect Mbumba to announce new programmes during his Sona this afternoon.

“I believe he will stick to the projects that are already in place, and just put emphasis on those that were touched on by president Hage Geingob.”

Kamwanyah says he expects Mbumba to address the Harambee Prosperity Plan, green hydrogen and the changes made to social grants during the budget tabling earlier this year.

“However, I expect, given the current unemployment situation, that he will shift gears and say something in this regard,” Kamwanyah says.

Kamwanyah says he expects Mbumba to address the Harambee Prosperity Plan, green hydrogen and the changes made to social grants during the budget tabling earlier this year.

“However, I expect, given the current unemployment situation, that he will shift gears and say something in this regard,” Kamwanyah says.

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Rinaani Musutua from the Basic Income Grant Coalition expects the president to focus on the increases in social grants to prove the budget is pro-poor.

“We believe it is not,” she says.

Musutua says Mbumba will likely use Namibia’s bleak economic growth as the reason why the government is unable to accomplish this, mainly due to poor governance and state resource wastage.

“He will also use that as the reason for not expanding social grants, even though the government’s 2022 social protection policy clearly recognises the need for the expansion of social grant coverage to protect people against the cruelty of poverty in a country where 64% of the population lives in multidimensional poverty,” Musutua says.

She also expects Mbumba to reflect on the preliminary 2023 census report, saying the increase in the population is a challenge and that it is putting pressure on the government’s resources.

Musutua says the president will also reflect on the imminent drought Namibia is facing, and that this would put strain on the state’s resources.

“As the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has always experienced drought, and we have time and again been ill prepared for it. It is a sign that most of the problems we face in this country are due to a lack of planning,” Musutua says.

President Nangolo Mbumba is expected to deliver the 10th state of the nation address (Sona) today at parliament at 14h30.

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