Staff members of the National Council have told The Namibian that the passing of the Communications Bill by the council was “deliberate” and not because of an administrative slip-up, as reported on Friday.
The latest development has thrown the much-publicised piece of legislation into yet another controversy.
When the bill was referred to them, the National Council decided to hold public hearings to test whether the public outrage about some aspects of the bill was justified.
At the time those opposed to the controversial ‘spy’ clauses of the bill welcomed the National Council’s move and praised the House of Review for being independent minded.
Among the changes proposed by the committee were that Clause 70 (8), which deals with the privacy of individuals, be amended to allow interception to be done only after an order by the Judge President or any other Judge as assigned by him. This was aimed at bringing the bill in line with the Constitution
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