No to corruption: Guebuza

Speaking during the opening of a three-day District Commanders’ National Meeting in Marracuene, about 30km north of Maputo, President Guebuza said it is necessary to find mechanisms to shorten the time between the filing of cases and their trial.

The meeting, which brought together 250 police officers, of whom 134 are commanding district units, 64 are commanding police stations, 11 are commanders at provincial level, and 21 are members of Interior Ministry’s Consultative Council, and the other 20 are from the Police General Command General Consultative Council, is to discuss strategies in the fight against crime, corruption, HIV/Aids, and to guarantee tranquillity and public order.

“We must ask ourselves what kind of criminal cases need specific or lengthy investigations once reported to the police station in order for us to identify the cause of delays in the processing of the paperwork, because the problem may lie either in the human resources or in the legislation,” he said.

President Guebuza told the district commanders that they should function as mirrors and guides in the fight against all ills, seeking to improve the welfare of all Mozambicans, and thus they are all called upon to contribute actively in the solution of every case presented to them, taking into account that the district was the basis for the fight against poverty.

President Guebuza acknowledged the existence, in the corporation, of cases of “lazy people who celebrate victories with us when they contributed less than others, and we must constantly assess the performance of every police unit”.

He said that every member of the Mozambican police should only feel satisfied when he can record today a better performance than the previous day, because this is the best way to improve self-esteem and honour the job of serving the Mozambican people “to whom we have pledged to serve. This is the emblem that we must all hold as fighters against poverty.”

President Guebuza said that the police officer’s work implies following the dynamics of the local communities, because these people know their environment, and are essential partners in vigilance and for the neutralisation of the criminals.

“The police’s role in the society harmonises with respect and trust with the people, and should observe the law, human rights and show competence by investigation all suspect cases and clarify the faults and the respective sanctions, because only thus police agents will gain the people’s sympathy,” he said.

He explained that for this effect it is necessary to consolidate the creation of the community policing councils because they mean doubled synergies between the police and the community, and weakening of the criminals.

On this matter, President Guebuza warned the participants to be careful in choosing the members of these councils so not to allow any “infiltration of the criminals who we intend to neutralise”.

He urged the participating police commanders to commit themselves to the implementation of international and regional accords of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) in order to prevent and mitigate cross-border crime and also help in the fight against the spread of the HIV/Aids pandemic. ‘ Aim.

June 2006
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