By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE National Council this morning unanimously rejected the controversial Citizenship amendment Bill, through the recommendations contained in a report by the Select Committee which conducted public hearings on the Bill.
The Committee stated that the Bill does not meet the constitutional requirements and could not be passed.
The Committee said that the Bill is aimed at depriving Namibian citizens by birth of their citizenship and is in conflict with Article 4(1)(d) which states that persons born in Namibia after independence of parents who are ordinarily resident in Namibia shall be Namibian citizens by birth.
“The Bill if enacted will take the citizenship away. This is contrary to the rather expressly clear and unambiguous of the provision of Article 4(8) of the Namibian Constitution. Since the provisions of the Bill are inconsistent with the Article, the Bill is therefore unconstitutional.
“The National Council should object to the principle of the Namibian Citizenship Amendment Bill, in terms of Article 75(5) (a) of the National Assembly to reconsider its principle in terms Article 75(5)(b) of the Constitution,” read a report that was tabled in the National Council this morning.
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