The rationale behind Namibia's new parliament building

New Era’s chief political reporter Elvis Muraranganda interrogated issues around the new parliament building when he had a face-to-face interview with the Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi. Below are excerpts of the interview.

NE: What is the background of this project and how was the conclusion on constructing a new parliament building reached, and what motivated it?
PPK: “Namibia, like all independent countries, needs to carve its identity through its state symbols. Hence the government had steadily embarked on that process over the years whereby an appropriate State House and Supreme Court building have since been constructed. However, another branch of the State, the legislature, still needs to be upgraded to the set standards of our national symbols. The envisaged new parliament building has been on the executive’s agenda since the post-independence period, therefore the parliament of Namibia is in the process of executing that decision. As a result, the Ministry of Works and Transport, as custodian of all government infrastructure, in collaboration with parliament identified a team of professionals that embarked on the feasibility study for the project. The feasibility report was completed by February 2013.”