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Courtesy call by the Namibian National Council Standing Committee on Habitat to the Council of Governors.

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The Council of Governors hosted a delegation from the Namibian National Council Standing Committee on Habitat. Led by its top leadership, Committee Chairperson Hon. Sipapela Cletius Sipapela and Vice Chairperson Hon. Betty Beatrice Kaula, the delegation were in a fact finding mission in the country to find out ways of promoting balanced urban development so as to come up with ways of tackling housing shortages and an increase of urban slums at an alarming rate in Namibia.
On receiving the delegation, CoG CEO Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni, welcomed them and briefed them about the Council and its activities through its Secretariat. She commended the delegation for having chosen to learn from one another and that the Council regarded Namibia highly in that it had invited the Namibian Prime Minister as the Chief Guest during the 4th Devolution Conference held in Naivasha in 2017.
In his opening remarks, Head of delegation and Chairperson of Namibian National Council Standing Committee on Habitat, Hon. Sipapela Cletius Sipapela noted that Namibia being a young democracy was keenly interested in learning from Kenya, adding that the country had entrenched a 50- 50 Policy representation had to be on equal gender measure. In terms of governance structure, Sipapela elaborated that Namibia had a bicameral system whereby the National Assembly and National Council are one of its top level institutions.
Vice Chairperson Hon. Betty Beatrice Kaula, in her remarks said that although the country was a Unitary State, with three systems of power, Namibia had 14 regions similar to Counties with 121 Constituencies with 57 Municipalities (districts) and village Councils, was yet to fully reach devolution level.
Ms. Kaula, reiterated that in Namibia, Regional Governors are Presidential appointees and represent the central government in a given region as established under regional County Act of 1922, unlike Kenya where they are elected appointees of the people. This has proved challenging in that appointment of Governors limited implementation of some of the initiatives in comparison to being elected and that Namibia do not have a sort of an association like CoG that brings them together.
On issues of Urbanization, Hon. Lotto Kuushomwa, a member of the committee said both Namibia and Kenya face similar challenges in their various urban areas this is despite the stringent efforts by relevant organs to ensure the balance of resources especially in terms of service delivery.

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