Former Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams bidding farewell to National Council staff members
|Story by Pamela Mate
Former Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams bid farewell to National Council staff members this morning. The former Chairperson rendered her resignation as Regional Councillor and as Member of Parliament in the National Council on 17 October 2019 to allow her to be eligible for the National Assembly after the general elections slated for November 2019.
Hon. Mensah-Williams said that the Swapo party is a law abiding political party and as such, she held no objections to resign as political head of the National Council as it was a constitutional requirement. The former Chairperson further stated that she is very proud of the National Council and will continue to advocate for it in her new portfolio. “National Council remains an important element in the legislature of Namibia, as it sits with the unique role of reviewing laws” said Mensah-Williams.
She implored on all staff of the National Council not to forget this important role, and to be proud of the House. Hon. Mensah-Williams urged the staff to continue to work hard and keep the legacy of excellence the institution has built over the years.
In her parting words, the former Chairperson called on all staff to show love, care and respect.
Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams was the 3rd Chairperson of the National Council and the first and only women to have headed a House of Parliament in Namibia. She was preceded in this position by Hon. Kandi Nehova and Hon. Asser Kapere.
The National Council will resume next week, 28 October 2019 and will be presided over by the Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Bernard Sibalatani. Hon. Mensah called on all staff to render Hon. Sibalatani their usual cooperation and to continue in the spirit of hard work. The National Council hereby wishes Hon. Mensah-Williams well in her future endeavours and would like to sincerely thank her for her service and dedication.