Friday, April 24, 2015

Provincial authorities should be seen as real political

The dialogue MEDIATOR between the government and Renamo, the Rosary Lourenço, considered yesterday in Maputo, that the bill produced by the political formation of the opposition on the creation of provincial authorities is weak and untenable."The document that Renamo has in Parliament is not defensible, is a weak document, has no substance to win," Lawrence said of the Rosary, Rector of the Polytechnic University, told Lusa agency. "There has to be contributions and it takes this role of the President (Filipe) Nyusi to convince (Afonso) Dhlakama that, yes sir, the document is there, but we will help and we will together build another document on decentralization in the country, and say 'this document is useless and we CHUMBA it', think it not, "defended the academic. For the Rosary Lorenzo the Project Institutional Framework of the Provincial Authorities submitted by the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) should be seen by the Mozambican society as a real political issue and not merely constitutional."One should not consider the project that Renamo introduced in Parliament as a purely constitutional problem. Not a problem of legality, is a real political problem, which can bring us the first time, to a great forum for debate on national land use planning, "said Rosario, pointing out that" no one questions the national unity, but land use planning. " 
According to the member of the mediation team dialogue between the government and Renamo, the country is experiencing a period of uncertainty, since Frelimo is a transitional phase in terms of leadership, with the rise of Philip Nyusi presidential party."There are thoughts discontinued between the idea of ​​conflict resolution that President Nyusi may have and the prevailing view of most people who are in the party machine and the people who belongs to the Policy and the Frelimo parliamentary group can not change a moment to the next, "said the Rosary Lawrence.About the negotiation process under way between the government and the main opposition party, the mediator believes that the outstanding points should be subjected to a thorough debate to other sectors of Mozambican society, taking into account that are concerns across the country.
"It's not just my opinion, it is the opinion of the five [mediators] who are there. We think this model [dialog] has elapsed, because what is lacking in the dialogue agenda is something that concerns the whole Mozambican society, "the Rosary Lourenço said, referring to the despartidarização of the state and economic inclusion.Also according to Lusa, the academic defended the importance of the President and the leader of Renamo return to meet to unblock the situation that prevails in negotiations between the parties.
Renamo submitted to Parliament the draft of the Institutional Framework of the Provincial Authorities, which calls for the formation of provincial governments by the movement in the six provinces in the center and north of the country where it won the general elections on 15 October.The Renamo leader warned several times waiting for the approval of the document by the majority Frelimo, failing to seize power by force.

$ 2,592,590 to sleep and eat

Resultado de imagem para assembleia da republica moçambiqueThe construction of the residence for the President of Parliament will cost 90,142,355.00 meticais (ninety million and one hundred and forty-two thousand and three hundred fifty-five meticais). If completed within the current parliamentary term, which ends in 2019, will accommodate the current president Assembly of the Republic, Veronica Macamo. The amount is contained in the budget of the National Assembly, approved yesterday, worth 1,286,717,186.29 meticais. The issue raised debate by the opposition, especially the parliamentary party Renamo, which means that the value assigned is high. Renamo also demanded to know where the said residence will be built. Second we learned President of the Parliament, the residence will be built on land transferred by TDM in Zimbabwe Avenue.The expense for the construction of the house is eight times larger than the value for the construction of the parliamentary citadel, equipping of the Parliament's facilities and the rehabilitation and equipping of protocol residences in the amount of 10,000,000 meticais for each expense .In summary, the budget will be allocated as follows: for the installation of the new legislature, in particular costs incurred by mandate of the inauguration ceremony, installation allowance and acquisition of vehicles for Members will be 96,873,024.00 meticais spending. The legislative function (air tickets to the coming and return of Members of Parliament, Members' salaries, attendance during the sessions, costs of document production, fuel expenses, working passwords for members Members of the working committees) will consume 421,327,220.00 meticais. For the representative monitoring (air tickets to constituencies, constituency allowance, allowances within and outside the country) the Parliament will spend 173,969,200.00, and to strengthen the institutional capacity will spend 535 618 330 meticais. The total amount that will be spent is 1,286,717,186.29 (one billion, two hundred eighty-six million, seven hundred and seventeen thousand) meticais, of which 1 227,787,774.00 meticais are the internal budget, and 58,929,412.09 meticais are the external component.
The budget of the National Assembly passed with votes of Frelimo. The opposition abstained, citing a lack of clarity in how they want to manage the budget.
The deputy of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique Geraldo Carvalho says his bench abstained because "defends the financial and administrative autonomy from the government." According to Carvalho, the budget of the Assembly not "calls for a closer relationship between citizens and elected to the National Assembly pass a simple rule-making body for the supervisory body, disconnected [the government]."
Renamo, which also chose to abstain, referred to the "funds donated by cooperation partners in the amount of two million Euros", whose fate the budget of the National Assembly does not mention. Renamo also says it failed because it had no answers about the number of protocol houses the Parliament has. Renamo also spoke of the construction of the residence of the President of the Assembly, to be high.
Veronica Macamo, which is to live in your own home, said: "The house we want to build is not for me." Veronica Macamo explained that the house can be to another president and that, even when residing in their own home, is not to charge the amount of income. "If I am given a house, get out. Just do not go out because I was not given any home.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Autonomous provinces to be voted soon in Mozambican Parliament

clubofmozambiqueMozambique’s former rebel movement-turned main opposition Renamo has expressed confidence that its bill seeking to establish “provincial municipalities” will be debated by the country’s parliament later this month, APA can report. Renamo spokesperson Antonio Muchanga told a media conference on Wednesday that the bill in question has already been tabled with the Commission on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality, and the Commission on Public Administration.Everything is being done to ensure that the bill will be discussed in the two commissions before the end of April, said Muchanga, who is the rapporteur of the Commission on Public Administration.The bill seeks to establish immediately provincial municipalities in the six central and northern provinces which Renamo claims to have won in the 15 October general elections Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Tete, Nampula and Niassa.In the first five of these, Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama did indeed poll more votes in the presidential election, but only in Sofala and Zambezia did Renamo win the parliamentary election.As for Niassa, the ruling Frelimo Party won convincingly in both the presidential and parliamentary contests.However, discussing the bill by the commission gives no guarantee of an early debate in the Assembly plenary.The commissions must first write and submit their written opinions on the bill, and there is also pressure for a public debate prior to taking a vote on such a far-reaching change to the Mozambican system of governance.Dhlakama has made no secret of his intention to use the bill to seize power in the six provinces.He would appoint the chairperson of the provincial council who would wield executive power.Renamo would then appoint all the district administrators and heads of administrative posts.
Municipalities never divided the country, he said pointing out that the Renamo bill was no different from the bill presented by Frelimo in the 1990s which created city and town municipalities.Renamo and its leader Dhlakama lost last October’s general poll won by Frelimo and its 55-year presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi.It was the fifth such vote since the end of the 1975-1992 civil war fought between Frelimo and Renamo following the end of Portuguese colonial rule.Dhlakama rejected tthe poll results as fraudulent and threatened to divide the country into two and rule in the provinces where he won more votes before offering a parallel government as an option.

Government Set To Reduce Absenteeism

Resultado de imagem para Armindo NgungaThe Mozambican Ministry of Education on Saturday launched a campaign n Maputo to reduce the levels of absenteeism in the country’s schools.Launching the campaign in Maputo’s Josina Machel Secondary School, in the presence of teachers and parents, Deputy Education Minister Armindo Ngunga said there is an unacceptably high level of absenteeism among both teachers and pupils. “We are urging that teachers must be present, and on time, in the classroom, because only thus can we improve the teaching and learning process in our education system”, said Ngunga.He took the opportunity to call for closer relation between the parents and the schools, in order to ensure greater control over the behaviour of pupils. He warned that the quality of education in Mozambique will only improve when parents and guardians, and society in general, take an interest in the day-to-day lives of the pupils. “There must be changes in our education”, Ngunga insisted. “Parents and guardians must pay attention to their children, to ensure that they go to school. The pupils should regard the school as their second home. They should leave the house ready to learn still more at school”. Ngunga stressed the need for society to set up mechanisms to encourage pupils to go to school. “In order to combat absenteeism in the schools, we have to provide incentives for our Mozambican students”, he said. “Society judges us by the behaviour of the pupils. So we have to educate them in the best possible way”. The teachers at the meeting, however, insisted that no improvement in the quality of education could be expected without improving the working conditions of teachers and paying them more. “We have asked the Ministry of Education to improve the teachers’ working conditions in order to motivate us in our jobs. We’re also asking for higher wages”, one teacher told the meeting. “There’s been a delay in raising the wages of teachers who already have an academic degree”. Ngunga replied that “the wages paid to teachers should not depend n their academic level but on the performance of each teacher”. The teachers believe that poor conditions and low wages lead to absenteeism. A recent study by the Ministry in 400 schools found an absenteeism rate as high as 60 per cent. That is, for every 10 days that a teacher should have been in the classroom, he was only teaching for four days. When the Ministry’s research teams visited the schools, they found that of the teachers present only a few were actually giving classes.