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Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has bemoaned the reduction in the budget allocation to her ministry’s directorates of legal aid and the civil litigation, saying that the current state of affairs will force experienced prosecutors to resign due to unconducive working conditions. Defence minister Peter Vilho says the escalating conflict in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, in which Islamic State-aligned insurgents are causing havoc, is a serious cause for concern. WINDOKO – Muetapili wa kopano ya Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Bernadus Swartbooi, viki yefelile naize hana kacimacima, nihaike utisize siyongili mwandu ya milao mwalivi zefelile. State-owned enterprises will receive N$1.3 billion with Air Namibia receiving the lion’s share of that budgetary allocation, minister of public enterprises Leon Jooste announced last week in parliament. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Winnie Moongo has raised concerns about the poor state of infrastructure at public hospitals, saying government should be focused on fixing the ailing health sector. The minister of education, Anna Nghipondoka, has noted with concern that the provision of physical education facilities such as additional classrooms, new schools, hostels and maintenance remains a challenge as the bulk of the ministry’s N$14 billion allocation goes to operational expenditure. The National Assembly yesterday observed a minute of silence in the middle of its sitting, following the death of Republican Party (RP) parliamentarian Clara //Gowases. Information minister Peya Mushelenga said his ministry would review the government’s social media use policy in order to stem the tide of fake news and misleading information. The Agriculture, Water and Land Reform ministry has been allocated an amount of N$929 million in order to improve the water security situation in the country, including upgrading of the existing infrastructure. The country’s agrarian reform must be a tool for redressing poverty, inequality and unemployment, Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader and Member of Parliament Bernadus Swartbooi said on Monday. Land reform minister Calle Schlettwein said government has only been able to acquire 3.3 million hectares of land for resettlement purposes against a target of five million hectares, which was supposed to be achieved by March this year. Swanu leader Tangeni Iijambo has questioned the country’s policy of national reconciliation, saying there is no evidence suggesting it has worked in an independent Namibia. The National Assembly on Tuesday approved and passed to the National Council for review, the N$72.8 billion national budget tabled by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi last month. Information minister Peya Mushelenga has tabled the much-anticipated Access to Information Bill, which is envisaged to give citizens greater access to information. Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has welcomed a decision by President Hage Geingob to approve the long-awaited establishment of the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition, which will see the parliamentarian entitled to more perks. International relations deputy minister Jenelly Matundu has applauded the government’s approach on gender issues, as well as efforts aimed at addressing violence against women and children in the country. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has confirmed it will use the manual ballot papers in the upcoming regional council and local authority elections, saying the electoral body would not be in a position to afford voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) devices to allow for electronic voting. The Previously Disadvantaged Commercial Farmers Union (PDC) chairperson Jane Kuhanga has bemoaned the Agribank Covid-19 relief package, saying that conditions attached to the measures are a major impediment in aiding farmers. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani yesterday claimed the delay in the implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Act is proof that the governing party is not serious about tackling corruption. The Access to Information in Namibia (Action) coalition yesterday expressed concern over the Access to Information Bill, calling on members of parliament (MPs) to refer it to a committee for fine-tuning.