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Journalists’ conduct in House gallery is unauthorised – statement by the Speaker

Journalists’ conduct in House gallery is unauthorised – statement by the Speaker

Response to media reports and the Editors’ Forum of Namibia statement about the Speaker’s expression of concern regarding misconduct by some journalists covering Parliament

The Editors Forum of Namibia statement dated 24 September 2018 and subsequent media reports have missed the point and blown things out of context.

The Hon Speaker did not issue any threat to the media. He made a pronouncement in relation to some media correspondents who engage in unethical behaviour by zooming in on the private devices of Members of Parliament from the gallery while the House is in session.

This is unauthorised and is in breach of the House’s Standing Rules and Orders and good parliamentary procedures and practices.

The Minutes of the Proceedings of the National Assembly on 20 September 2018 record the intervention by the Speaker as follows:

“the Speaker reiterated his concern that it is a misconduct for any journalist upstairs in the lobby to zoom into the electronic gadget of any Parliamentarian seated on the floor of the House. He warned that from the power vested in him from Rule 130 and Rule 131, particularly Rule 131(d) of the Standing Rules and Orders, is to dismiss any stranger from the House who behaves in an unethical manner.”

Journalists are visitors to the National Assembly and must abide by the Rules of the House. It is an accepted norm that when one breaks the Rules of the House a warning is issued to deter such behaviour from being repeated. The Hon Speaker’s intervention was made in that context.

As someone with vast experience of liaising with the media during Namibia’s liberation struggle, the Hon Speaker fully understands the rights of the media, and the role it plays in the development of our country. Journalists who uphold ethical standards have nothing to fear from the National Assembly.

We have always upheld our motto of ‘The Open Door policy’, which encapsulates the provision of timely information to all stakeholders including the media, and access to Parliament by the public at large. In the same vein, we urge our stakeholders to respect and value our Rules as explained in the Standing Rules and Orders of the House and the Parliamentary procedures and practices that are in place.

Let us concentrate on matters that will take the country forward.

Hon Prof Peter Katjavivi

Speaker: National Assembly

8 October 2018


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.