Of the 7.4 million meticais [US$122,409] in fines imposed by the Traffic Police in Maputo province during the first half of this year, only 1.9 million [US$31,425] arrived in the state coffers. Matola police fared even worse, collecting only 500,000 meticais [US$8,268] of the 37 million meticais [US$611,897] in fines issued by the corporation’s various agencies in 2016.
This was the reality which confronted Attorney General Beatriz Buchili yesterday during a visit to provincial police commands in Maputo and Matola municipality prompted by her desire to learn about the management of fines imposed and the fate of the resulting money.
The attorney general expressed indignation at this state of affairs, partly on the assumption that several million meticais was lost to corrupt schemes set up by agents in both traffic and municipal police forces.
“On this evidence, we are not showing good work. We want stronger and more efficient enforcement. When there is no actual collection [of fines], people continue to transgress, because they know they will not be held accountable. We must be more demanding and work to get these amounts paid, not only to increase revenue collection for the state, but also to improve the working conditions of our units,” Buchili said in the brief meeting with officers from Maputo Province Traffic Police and Matola Municipal Traffic Police
She also demanded more rigour from traffic police agents in the reporting of serious road accidents, later referral in court. The attorney general said there had been a lack of clear sketches of accidents to inform court decisions.
“Witnesses are missing from proceedings in the same way. Many accident records issued by the Traffic Police record no witnesses, which makes it even more difficult to clarify what happened. It is necessary for the Traffic Police to do a more thorough job in the field to facilitate better decisions,” the attorney general said.
The attorney general will today visit INATER in Matola and Machava Judicial Court and learn about the procedural processes and collection of fines in those institutions.
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