PRESIDENT Hage Geingob descends into a year of governance since assuming office on March 21 last year and whilst he has explicitly laid down the marker on which direction he intends his administration to go, it appears he is also ready to scale up the fight on poverty, corruption, transparency and strengthening institution governing the wellbeing of the state. Indeed the year 2015 can be described as a calling to arms in which Geingob endeavoured to rally the nation behind a shared vision and developing policies aimed at eradicating poverty and bringing about prosperity through themes such as, war on poverty, war against corruption, no Namibian must feel left out and Harambee. Essentially this year the President has, at the opening of Parliament declared that it is time to turn words into reality, it is time to implement and therefore referring to this year as the year of implementation. Within this implementation roadmap the emerging concepts and philosophies have been coined around ensuring that processes are inclusive and transparent. This also pertains to processes that will instil confidence in
national democracy, and that will minimize the risks of rumour mongering and conspiracy theories. With bodies such as the Electoral Commission having ensured transparent processes during recent elections, transparency takes centre stage with the tendering system that needs to fall inline this year with positive signs having already been showcased by Geingob in the way in which he cancelled tenders last year due to processes and procedures that were questionable.
This stems from the understanding that democratically elected governments are accountable to voters and their processes are open to public scrutiny and at same time privatization shuts the public out of decision-making that deeply affects the public interest. In this same year of implementation and arguably leading the pack of policy changes on the cards are ten bills that will be debated in Parliament imminently. These are the Appropriation Bill, the Agronomic Industry Bill, the Business and Intellectual Property Bill, the Child Justice Bill, the Estate Agents and Property Developer Bill, the Land Bill, the Marital Property Bill, the Namibia Industrial Development Agency, the Property Valuers Profession Amendment Bill and the Whistle-blowers Protection Bill.
In relation to these bills, Geingob has reiterated that these bills are crucial in efforts to combat a number of burning issues that are currently being faced namely poverty, violence against women and children, inability of local entrepreneurs to participate in the business market, rising cost of housing, unavailability of land and crime amongst others. As policymakers and researchers focus increasing attention on the importance of government transparency for accountability and good governance more generally, the demand for greater conceptual clarity and authoritative measures of government transparency increases. The Geingob administration has shown that it advocates maintaining greater access to government information as the sine qua non of greater accountability and better quality of government in the long term.
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