Mozambique must give effect to Law on asset declaration for public officials – NGO

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(2016-01-27) The Mozambique Centre for(CIP) has called for urgent measures to give effect to the Law on the Declaration of Assets (Law No. 16/2012 of 14 August), also known as the Law of Public Probity.

According to the NGO, three years after its entry into force, “the process for the filing of asset declarations is not yet effective, and is characterized by illegalities, disorganization, inconsistencies and lack of application, rendering the law ineffective”.

The findings are contained in a report that examines the implementation of the law in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia, Niassa, Tete and Sofala. The purpose of the report is to “assess the level of adherence to the process by the public entities covered by the compulsory submission of asset declarations”, and the results show that the situation falls short of expectations.

“What we observed is that the process is still at a very early stage. Nearly three years after the approval of the Public Probity Law, implementation is characterized by a number of inconsistencies, for several reasons: the existence of non-uniform procedures in provincial prosecutors’ offices; many questions of interpretation of the law by the members of the reception and verification committees of provincial prosecutors, which were not clarified by the Central Commission of the Attorney General’s Office; the non-application of sanction measures to entities that by law were to deposit the balance sheet statements; and the fact that provincial District Attorney offices did not receive any statements at their level,” the CIP summary of findings reads.

Source: O País

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