Windhoek – Landless People’s Movement Constituency Councillors from the //Kharas region were sworn-in as Members of Parliament in the National Council this morning, 11 July 2023. The MPs are returning Karasburg East Councillor, Hon. Anseline Vincentina Beukes and newly-elected Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor, Hon. Willem Labuschagne.
The LPM seats in the National Council became vacant after Hon. Beukes and former Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Gerrit Witbooi were elected as members of the //Kharas Regional Council’s Management Committee on 9 April 2021. In terms of Section 18 of the Regional Councils Act, “A member of a regional council, who is elected as a member of the management committee of the regional council, under this section is not eligible for election as a member of the National Council under section 26.”
The MPs were sworn in at the start of the session by His Lordship, Chief Justice Peter Shivute. After the House adjourned, they paid a visit to the Secretary, Advocate Tousy Namiseb and thereafter, held a briefing with the Chairperson, Hon. Lukas Muha.