Friday, November 30, 2012


AVOID enrichment detrimental to citizens is a priority of the call Public Probity Law which comes into force today in the country. It is a fight for ethics, morality and justice in the sharing of public affairs, in a country where poverty affects the majority.Incidentally, this is why the debates on the Law n. º 16/2012, of 14 December, soon attracted the attention of diverse sensibilities. After all, is all about fighting corruption, conflicts of interest, nepotism and other ills that affect the public good.Although there are some jurists reticent, the fact is that the majority sees many possibilities for behavior change in how the thing is used by public servants. It is that we should not continue with a situation where only one group of public servants who benefit from everyone belongs.For now, there is unanimity on the relevance of the law, although some aspects of it do not constitute novelty, since they are provided for in the Statute of the General Staff and Agent of the State, the Civil Code and other legal instruments.Skepticism is prevailing around the effective implementation of those eligible. And this aspect is wherein lies the main challenge of the new instrument.
Incidentally, Armando Dimande, dean of the Faculty of Law, University Eduardo Mondlane, considers the new law, in that it draws attention to the civil servants who, in the exercise of their duties, respect the public interest, particularly in view that available resources come from the contribution of citizens.Public servants must declare their assets so that they can justify in case of suspicion of sudden and unjustified enrichment in the eyes of ordinary citizens."I think there is room for its materialisation, because" the law is harsh, but it's the law, "and so to be, should be fulfilled," said Dimande.In its view, the biggest problem lies in the implementation by the competent institutions. Indeed, because of this, Dimande think there somehow, the risk of a poor implementation of the new law, as has been happening with other legal instruments.
ARMANDO Dimande understands that public servants who are to occupy positions of leadership are the ones who can create some difficulty at the time of implementation of Law 16/2012, of 14 December, regarding the statement of his assets and renunciation of positions that may constitute conflicts of interest.
But Dimande believes that in time public servants will change its stance. It also thinks well as the jurist Custodio Duma, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). "I believe that this law will be implemented. I've been noticing a change in behavior on the part of the rulers, "he said.
However, do not rule out the possibility of some resistance on the part of public officials to declare their assets, especially because, in its analysis, there is a trend of secrecy in matters of privacy.With respect to conflicts of interest, Duma said that all civil servants will have to forgo some of the positions that accumulate, because no reasonable considers a situation in which some have put their jobs and others are still available.
"Some will be persecuted just because we know that this and occupy that position. I think this is unfair. In my opinion, the law should apply to everyone and not just for a group of people, "defended Duma, ensuring that next January will declare their assets, taking into account the new law.
Philip Sitoi, lawyer and university professor, believes that the law will change at least the "modus operandi" of public servants on corruption and conflicts of interest.However, your biggest concern is whether the Attorney General's Office and the Administrative Court have created mechanisms to control asset declarations and monitor the aspects of civil servants required to declare their assets.Philip Sitoi stressed that the law requires that public servants who are conflicts of interest in self-exclude. However, there are exceptions that allow a public servant can have two set salaries without conflicts of interest. To this end, recommended to all public servants aflorarem the law with great caution.
For Manuel Castiano, faculty chair of the Criminal Procedure Law, the current law misses the idea that the lack of ethics only exists in civil servants, which is wrong. "I think the act of serving must guide everyone. But as we are dealing specifically with the public sector, I believe we have a good foundation that will strengthen what already exists, "he said.In the view of Castiano, is not with the multiplication of laws that will change what's negative. You must enable the institutions charged with ensuring the implementation of the standards.
"It is also important to ensure the effectiveness of the declaration," he said Castiano, given that the legal system had an obligation to Mozambican leaders declare their assets but they did not.
Alcídio Sitoe, a lawyer and university lecturer, reinforced the idea that the main challenge of Law No. 16/2012 is in its execution, a task directly responsible to the Central Commission for Public Ethics (CCEP).
"It runs the risk of falling into the existing point in the remaining laws. Often the problem is not in law but in its implementation. It is necessary that this committee be composed of people with independence, honesty, integrity and straightforwardness enough to enforce the principles espoused here, so as not to fall into the void, "said Sitoe.For one lawyer, the greatest anxiety society concerns itself more with the sanctions regime, since we expected a sanctioning more intimidating than exists in law."We would like to see that punishment applied to those who use public funds for personal purposes, or who ignores society's interests in favor of personal interests, or to those who use state institutions for partisan purposes, etc.. I think this is the greatest anxiety of the people, which unfortunately was not reached by the Legislature, "he said.In the analysis of this jurist, it appears that the law punishes those who discloses more goods declared for holding public office. "Consider the case of embezzlement in which the penalty is determined by the value of the thing. I believe that this criterion may not be fair if we consider that the value out of it, competes in the offender as a representative of the society for the pursuit of public interest, "he said.
To Baltazar Egidio, a lawyer and teacher, is to be congratulated by the Parliament initiative that culminated in the production of law that comes into force today.But also reminded that not everything is what it appears again. Some aspects such as the declaration of assets already contained in other laws as the General Statutes of the State Employees and Agents. The biggest problem is its materialization and in this aspect, is called the responsibility of the Central Public Ethics created by the law itself."I think this law can reduce corruption and conflicts of interest that are registered with some seriousness in our country. However, this can only happen if the law is effectively implemented, "he said.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

General Agreement Rome

It is, by many, considered a sensible man, thoughtful, moderate and expert diplomat. It was probably thanks to this that his trademark, more or less peaceful managed to secure a peaceful transition, first as a substitute for Samora Machel in 1986 and then at the time of the post civil war, from 1992 to 1994, when the country hosted the first democratic elections. With this tone could not amaze anyone that Joaquim Chissano has been awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize on good governance and recently have been nominated to mediate the search for peace in some conflicts that plague the continent, including the situation in Madagascar.
However, as they say, is the best cloth that drops the stain. Maybe here is more than a simple stain to fall into cloth. It's probably uncover the package to see the real image of Joaquim Chissano: Cynical and truly dangerous.
All this is the subject of recent public statements by Joaquim Chissano around the requirements that led the Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama to settle in the forests of Gorongosa, specifically in the administrative post of Vunduzi. Chissano, without hesitation and without blinking, said he doubts the very consciousness and lucidity of Dhlakama. Chissano mean, in other words, that Dhlakama spoke and made the decision that took unconsciously. The vast unconsciousness of Dhlakama, according Chissano, is that they have asked the PR was Gorongosa negotiate with him. For Chissano, Dhlakama has no standing to make this call. He (Dhlakama) God is not for now, said Chissano. Chissano has yet to understand that the most reasonable Guebuza was Dhlakama invite to meet him in a city and not a distant (?) Administrative post of a province (Rebel?).
Chissano believes that Dhlakama should make application and send it to the president's office, asking audience. Several ideas were thrown by Joaquim Chissano to qualify demonically Dhlakama behavior and suggest how Renamo leader one should behave in civilized world.
At these words also comes on top of the latest pronouncement of Joaquim Chissano on the dribble which could give Dhlakama, during the last moments of the negotiation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Rome. Chissano said, without hesitation, 20 years after the signing of the GPA, which could feint Dhlakama. So Chissano was to boast to have been able to use his cleverness to trick a Renamo leader sleeper and politically unprepared for máfiaÂÂ that uses the political game. We do not know that Chissano had intention to make such pronouncements, but one thing is clear. Of conciliation and reliever this speech has nothing. Only uncovers wounds and creates, in part deceived a spirit of anger and hatred. Probably this is the intention of Joaquim Chissano. If indeed this was his intention, Chissano succeeded because Dhlakama became angry and went to install the forests of Gorongosa.
Well, we will not discuss here the validity and legitimacy of ideas Chissano nor will we try to uncover the culprits for the current situation, but it is important to discuss the context in which the statements are made, the size and how they can be received by the parties on Verbal and ideological conflict and even how the speech will be received by Mozambicans in general.
It is that we are in a troubled time. A moment that requires a discursoÂÂ reliever, especially the ward apparently stronger.
First things first: the question of asking audience. Often, by which we remember, particularly in times prior to the signing of the GPA and after the 1999 elections, Joaquim Chissano met with Dhlakama many occasions, all with a view to finding solutions to the concerns that were raised by Renamo and its leader. We remember several meetings in the old Military Club in the city of Maputo. for these meetings, so you know, it was not necessary to mark hearings, as now Chissano suggests. There were mornings, afternoons, days, nights and early mornings that delegations headed by Joaquim Chissano and Afonso Dhlakama in a tete-a-tete to discuss and find consensus points that divided them. More after the 1999 elections, Joaquim Chissano and Afonso Dhlakama (with respective delegations) sat in the premises of Parliament to discuss specific points that Renamo and Dhlakama put on the table. These discussions, as required by Renamo did not happen in the Presidency, precisely because Renamo demanded that happen in a neutral place. And indeed gave Chissano. Relented, probably because at that time was Dhlakama God.
Chissano should be thinking (rightly or wrongly) that Dhlakama is in a moment of weakness and that, therefore, ceased to be God. No longer God, there is no reason to listen.
Second, the question of going to Gorongosa. The tone used by Chissano to say Gorongosa was no place to host any conversation, it seemed that Chissano was saying or trying to say that Guebuza, as Head of State, can not get together with someone (someone who is not God) in bush and in an unknown location. Chissano was saying or trying to say that is not the territory Gorongosa in Mozambique? or was he trying to say that Armando Guebuza is so important that it can not leave the comfort and luxury of the Presidential Palace and Presidential Cabinet to step into the woods Gorongosa meeting with Dhlakama (not God). This understanding is completely absurd to us, reckless and dangerous, a hazard that represents the size of the danger Joaquim Chissano poses to peace, stability and harmony of the country. It is a discourse that feeds localism, regionalism and divisiveness. The question that arises here is: will Chissano was in his full consciousness when spoke in those terms? Just in case, we have our doubts. If we can prove that he was in full mental faculty, it is important to ask, what was then the intention that Chissano had to actually utter those words? Flatter Guebuza? Guebuza Shoot the precipice? Guebuza of revenge? Why? Throw the country into chaos? Well, there are several questions that can be asked and so far the answer is all speculative field and hopefully leave the field speculative case Chissano, one day, to tell the Mozambicans who actually meant by his statement. Gorongosa, where Guebuza today should not go by the board of Chissano's where this same Guebuza will very briefly kneel and ask for votes for Frelimo and its candidate, the thousands of Mozambicans who are there. Therefore, we do not see the least problem in Gorongosa Guebuza go talk to Dhlakama. In fact, the point that arises is neither the venue is rather the need to show that the parties are fighting for the same goal and are fully and completely open to dialogue. The meeting can happen in Gorongosa, in Maringue, in Palma, in Songo, in Majacaze on Lake ... anywhere in the vast country. Guebuza won much to show this spirit of openness to dialogue because for a good listener, kind gesture is enough. If so acting, Guebuza claramenteÂÂ is registered as man of peace because even Gorongosa will ido the search for peace. Indeed, the pursuit of peace, the Mozambican government has been negotiating with the Maringué Renamo, has been to Malawi, Kenya, in Rome and elsewhere in the world. And then, it comes and goes all was coordinated by Joaquim Chissano. The idea was just to seek and secure peace for Mozambique. why can not it happen now? Just because Dhlakama is not God, we prefer to throw the country into the gutter?
Discuss legitimacy of the defenses of each of the wings is complicated matter that can only be fully and definitively clarified by the parties. However, we risk saying that not everything that comes from the mouth of Dhlakama is useless.
In fact, most of the concerns that has been be submitted by Renamo leader, has also been a running complaint of opposition political parties, academics, non-governmental organizations national and international bilateral partners of Mozambique and a considerable number of Mozambican population. It is true that the protocols of AGP were all incorporated and consumed by the Constitution, but it is not the Constitution that says that the state should be partisan, it is not the Constitution that says only the veterans, and their rulers next should be bigger and better opportunities compared to other Mozambican, it is not the Constitution that says that Frelimo members who are caught trying to rig the election results can not be tried (several examples), not the Constitution Republic which says that members of MDM in Inhambane tinhamÂÂ to be tried and convicted in a court case clearly manipulated to silence opposition, it is not the Constitution that says that the PRM must act in the interests of the ruling party, is not the Constitution of the Republic who made the demobilized Renamo were not incorporated in the police, it is not the Constitution that made the elements of Renamo in FADM were purged, it is not the Constitution that protects and sends deputies Frelimo winning 2-3-4 wages of one State under serene and quiet by those who should say no to this ... is an endless number of things listed in language as complaints of noisy and tortuosaÂÂ Dhlakama. Just this week, Renamo exhibited in full plenary session of RA, more documentary evidence of the politicization of the state, but in absolute cynicism, members of Frelimo bench smiled because convinced that nothing will happen to them. These situations are all worrying for any Mozambican and we must frame the concerns Dhlakama this state of things and then try to caress him responding positively the essence of their concerns. With that nobody loses. Only we all have to win. But reaching this desideratum need people humble people who cultivate common sense, lucid and conscious people committed to peace. By all indications, all these features Joaquim Chissano do not.
With the recent pronouncements of Chissano, who is there now coming to the conclusion that peace processes mediated by Chissano will never have a happy ending, just because the former President to be a diplomat and man of good sense, nothing has.
Some are also hypothesize Chissano be using their malice to offend the current President. In fact, it is said that within the Frelimo remain wards, a pro Chissano and other pro Guebuza. More, Chissano said that he felt and still feels humiliated because of three minutes granted by Armando Guebuza, the Congress of Pemba. Some people also understand that Chissano is receiving some kind of pressure from within Frelimo to try to cajole the visionary boss, wiping some of the pressure that exists against Guebuza, that the need for dialogue with the Renamo leader.
Also in relation to the pronouncements of Chissano, President of the PDD, Raul Domingos, said at a press conference yesterday afternoon that was stunned by the pronouncement of Chissano, because, more than anyone, he (Chissano) know what is the scope of Dhlakama pronouncements. More, believes Raul Domingos "Chissano doctor is not to say that Dhlakama is unconscious."
Given all this, and because we are still in the speculative field on the degree of awareness of Chissano when uttered those words nor their real intention, we believe that the old PR was, once again, publicly clarify the doubts that now loom. For yes, not by, Chissano will take your past pronouncements marked for having lost an important opportunity to keep quiet because, as a precept Chinese says "silence is golden, the silver valley floor." That means: talk only when you have something useful to say. (Fernando Mbanze)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Simango precipitate

The mayor of the central Mozambican city of Beira, Daviz Simango, has confidently predicted that he will be the candidate of his party, the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), in the presidential election scheduled for 2014. According to a report in Tuesday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”, he based this prediction on the discussions held so far inside MDM branches, in the run-up to the party’s first congress, scheduled for 5-8 December in Beira. Addressing an extraordinary session of the MDM Political Commission at the weekend, Simango said “from the pace of the work we have been undertaking, and by the way events are unfolding, there is no doubt that I will continue to be the president of the MDM, and that I will be my party’s candidate for President of the Republic in the next general elections”.“Let there be no doubt”, he added. “The Congress will merely formalize the intention of the Party’s members”. The Political Commission declared that its priority was to secure Simango’s election as head of state, and to win a majority of seats in the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic. The Congress will lay down the strategy for achieving these ambitious goals.The spokesperson for the Political Commission meeting, Albano Cariz, declared “there is enormous expectation among Mozambicans, particularly among MDM supporters. Through the contacts we have maintained with them, it is clear that they will make every legal effort, through their votes, to give us a majority in parliament, and to put our candidate in the Presidential palace”.The Congress is also expected to discuss strategy for the municipal elections of 2013. The MDM currently has mayors in two of the 43 municipalities (Beira and Quelimane) and will be hoping to win many more.The chances of Simango becoming Mozambican President must be considered remote. The results of the 2009 presidential election were as follows:
Armando Guebuza (Frelimo) – 2,974,627 (75 per cent)
Afonso Dhlakama (Renamo) – 650,679 (16.41 per cent)
Daviz Simango (MDM) – 340,579 (8.59 per cent).
There seems little likelihood of Simango beating whoever Frelimo selects as its candidate (Guebuza is not eligible to stand for a third term) – but a realistic goal would be to replace Renamo as the
 country’s main opposition party. 


The administrator of Macanga district, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, has illegally closed down the local community radio station, according to a report in Wednesday’s issue of the independent newsheet “Mediafax”.Faite ordered the closure of the Furancungo Plateau Community Radio on Monday, alleging that it was being mismanaged.He went to the radio personally on Monday morning, with four of his staff, and simply ordered it to stop broadcasting, claiming that it was being mismanaged by the community association that owns the radio.Faite said he had ordered the closure in order to restructure the radio and recover state property “because they are not complying with the norms of community radios in Mozambique”.He claimed that computers donated by UNESCO had been damaged, “there is no conservation of state property, there is no system for managing funds, there is no coordination with the local government, they are not serving the community”.Even if all these accusations were true, it would not make Faite’s behaviour any less illegal. But the radio’s coordinator, Vasco Captone, says they are not true He declared that the radio is functioning well and has an operational management committee. Captone believed that the true motivation for Faite’s behaviour is the outspoken way in which the radio has reported on the life of the district, which may not have been to the liking of the Macanga district government.Faite says that the district government is working “to restore order to the radio”, and he believed it would start broadcasting again next week.

The Mozambican police have arrested a Vietnamese citizen caught in possession of six rhinoceros horns.A spokesperson for the general command of the Mozambican police, Raul Freia, told reporters on Tuesday that the 58 year old man, named as Van Nga, was arrested last Thursday at the airport in the northern city of Pemba, as he was about to catch a plane. Freia did not give the man’s destination, but he was presumably intent on taking the horns to east Asia, where they are worth more than their weight in gold. Although rhino horns consist largely of keratin, the same protein found in human fingernails, they are believed to cure cancer and other diseases – a superstition that is driving the animals to the brink of extinction.This is the third time this year that Vietnamese citizens have been caught at Pemba airport trying to smuggle rhino horns out of the country. It is not clear whether the horns come from rhinos killed in Mozambique or in South Africa.Freia said that also last week, in the central city of Beira, the police detained a Chinese citizen, whom he named as T. Zuwo, who was trafficking a rare species of protected marine wildlife. Freia did not name the species in question. He said the Chinese tried unsuccessfully to bribe the arresting officer with a note of 500 meticais (about 17 US dollars)Freia said that during the disturbances in Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola over last Thursday’s increase in bus fares the police arrested 39 people aged between 13 and 23. They were accused of damaging buses belonging to the Maputo municipal bus company (TPM), and to the Federation of Road Transport Operators (FEMATRO).

A breakdown in one Mozambican cement factory, rises in the international price of cement, and increased demand have all conspired to cause sharp rises in the domestic price of cement, according to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga.He was speaking in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday in response to a question from the main opposition party, Renamo, which asked why the government had not intervened to prevent a situation whereby a 50 kilo sack of cement is sold for less than 250 meticais (8.3 US dollars) in some parts of the country, but for 600 meticais in others. Inroga replied that national cement production had reached a peak of 147,929 tonnes in August, but the following month fell by 15.3 per cent, to 125,291 tonnes, because of a breakdown in one of the six cement factories.Imports of cement also fell, from 39.155 tonnes in August to 21,671 tonnes in September, because of increased world market prices. Major infrastructure projects in northern and central Mozambique (such as the new bridge over the Zambezi in Tete and the international airport under construction in Nacala) had increased the demand for cement. The factories prioritised supplying the large projects with cement, said Inroga, so not much was left over for the retail market.He said that measures are under way to eliminate the shortage of cement. 11 new cement plants are at various stages of construction in the south and centre of the country. The largest factory of all, with the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes a year, should enter production in June 2013, and by that time the country should have a total production capacity of 740,000 tonnes a year.Imports of cement are being stepped up, with orders for 54,000 tonnes from abroad, said the Minister. Of this amount, 5,000 tonnes is for the south of the country, 18,500 tonnes for the central provinces, and 30,500 tonnes for the north.Inroga added that his ministry will continue to send inspectors to check on the cement factories and on the main wholesalers and retailers.

At the same question and answer session, Education Minister Augusto Jone denied a habitual opposition claim that teachers’ wages are paid late. The government pays the wages regularly and on time, he insisted. The problem is that not all Mozambican districts have banks. The wages are deposited in one of the commercial banks – but district education officials may have to drive a long distance into another, or to the provincial capital to pick up the wages for the teachers in their district.He admitted that there are delays in paying overtime, because of mechanisms instituted to ensure that claims for overtime are genuine, and that no fraud takes place. This involves brigades from the provincial directorates of finance and of education checking how many hours teachers work in each school.“It is in the interest of the government that this process should be speeded up so that teachers who have worked proven overtime are paid properly”, said Jone. “The inspection should not penalize honest and dedicated teachers, who are the majority”.Renamo also demanded to know why there are not enough desks for pupils and teachers in Mozambican schools. Jone blamed this essentially on financial constraints. He said there are 760,075 desks in primary and secondary schools, but a further million are needed, 90 per cent of them for primary schools. He put the total cost of purchasing a million desks at 5.3 billion meticais (about 177 million US dollars), which is more than 20 per cent of the annual budget for the entire education sector.The 2013 budget, due to be discussed by the Assembly in December, includes a sum of 415 million meticais for the purchase of about 100,000 school desks.

Eight miners died last Friday when an illegal gold mine collapsed in Macossa district, in the central Mozambican province of Manica. According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, the collapse occurred in the area of Kasse, where about 300 miners were digging illegally for gold.The Provincial Directorate of Mineral Resources, in coordination with the Macossa district authorities, investigated the causes of the accident, and concluded that the miners had disobeyed instructions given by a government team that had visited the area.The team consisted of the district administrator, the local police commander and attorney, directors of the security service (SISE) and of the district economic activities services (SDAE), as well as mineral resources staff. They told the miners to stop digging – an instruction that was disregarded with tragic consequences.The team gave their instructions, not only because the miners had no authorisation, but because Kasse is within an area of environmental conservation, where no mining activity is allowed, and because the erosion was such that a collapse of the mining shaft in the near future was all too probable.The man behind the illegal mining, Alvaro Mussage, holds a mining marketing operator card. This form of licence only entitles its holder to sell minerals, not to mine them. Since he violated the condition of his licence, Mussage has been ordered to bear the costs of the funerals of the dead miners. The Ministry did not say whether Mussage will face any criminal proceedings. The non-governmental organisation Environmental Justice (JA) has urged the government to exercise greater control over artisanal mining, in order to save lives and avoid the pillaging of the country’s natural resources. JA estimates that about 30,000 Mozambican and foreign citizens are involved in artisanal mining, under extremely dangerous conditions, in the districts of Manica, Macossa, Sussundenga, Barue and Guro. 

Mozambique’s Minister of Labour, Helena Taipo, has cancelled the work permits of two Indian citizens, Manoj Kumar Pandey and Ram Many Pandey, with immediate effect, according to a Tuesday press release from the Labour Ministry.The two men were the director of human resources and the coordinator of operations of the company MGC, which has been subcontracted by the Indian company Jindal Steel and Power for work on its coal mining concession in Changara district, in the western province of Tete. The two Indians are accused of repeated violations of the Labour Law and of the Mozambican constitution. According to the Ministry’s release they mistreated and insulted the 250 Mozambicans working at the company. They also made “false promises” to the Mozambican workers, and failed to provide them with work contracts and with protective equipment.No record was kept of overtime worked, and neither the company nor its workers were registered with the National Social Security Institute (INSS). Furthermore, the company did not provide any clean drinking water for its workers.The behaviour of the MGC management led to a strike last week. This seems to have alerted the Ministry to the seriousness of the problems, which it attributed to “the lack of dialogue and the arrogant character of the managers”.The two Indians even denied access to the company premises to the brigades sent by the provincial government and the police who were attempting to reach a solution to the workers’ grievances.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

History may one day be in charge of judge ...

mercedes-benz s500President of the Assembly of the Republic (AR), Verónica Macamo, who came to Parliament of a regular car taking office, will now move from a Mercedes Benz S500 flagship that will cost about $ 500,000 (14 meticais) coffers of RA. An exuberance allowed in a context that Mozambicans are transported like cattle.The speech is contention, but the acts of the directors reveal something else. A source said the parliament @ Truth that this is a car that protocol and the current President of the Assembly moves a vehicle far below what the person entitled. "Now uses a Mercedes Benz S300" he says. He added: "Normally we would use the S500 and let the current to their field trips."The amount to acquire the S500 could buy in Tata Mozambique, four buses. However, in the international market would increase the number to six. So the luxury of Verónica Macamo deprives Mozambicans of four buses that could carry 320 Mozambicans.  Truth had access to the document requesting the vehicle for personal comfort Veronica Macamo.
"The General Secretariat of the Assembly requested the V.Excia the availability of a protocol car, brand Mercedes Benz S500, armored, to his Excellency the President of the Assembly of the Republic," it reads.
It was hoped, however, greater restraint in spending designed to give comfort to the President of RA. Because, at the beginning of this year, the Standing Committee of Parliament came to give a press conference to announce austerity.It is not, however, an expense than expected. It's a car that the President of RA is entitled by virtue of functions. But it is something that goes against the prevailing discourse, especially at a time when the Mozambicans face extreme difficulties in relation to public transport.
A report from  Truth last week, realized the drama facing the residents of Marracuene.
A simulation of the impact of transportation costs for residents of that populous district found that a person spends 40 meticais per day. And at the end of the month spent something like 1200 meticais. Not to mention, for those who have, with transport costs generated by the school children.Currently, most of the neighborhoods of Maputo is struggling with the same problem: lack of transport. However, on the other hand the heads travel in comfort.
clubofmozambiqueIwill be recalled that recently, the state has spent 304,805,827 meticais acquisition vehicle "luxury" for Members of Parliament in full time of austerity. For purchase of buses for public transport and there are no solutions Mozambicans can wait. The deputies, ministers and PDA's, these can not wait. The shipping price will go up while on the other hand, some people even buy fuel for the car bought with tax money from taxpayers and donors.These vehicles were acquired at a time waiting ambulance by two clearance to serve populations Chiúre and Ancuambe.In the last legislature (VI), the state bought 250 vehicles marks Ford Ranger double cab, for an equal number of Members of RA. Some MPs complained claiming that the vehicles were not resistant to the kind of work that developed in the field, under the oversight of the actions of the Executive.Moreover, "the government, even with the shockwaves of the economic crisis" consented to the complaint of "representatives of the people" by offering them the prerogative of each country to choose a car to your liking. The ceiling is set at USD 17,500. Of this amount, paid during the term congressman USD 7 000 (40%) for the sale of the vehicle. The remaining 60% is borne by the State. In cases where the price of the car is above the so-called residual value (USD 17,500), the difference is paid by the Member. The surrogate national director of state assets, Argentina Mausse, said the process of buying cars for deputies to the present legislature began in 2010. As he explained, the first fall deputies performing their first term. "In these two years (2010 and 2011) will buy 124 vehicles for an equal number of deputies. In 2012 we will buy another 126 for group of MPs who are currently using the vehicles received in the last Parliament, "he said.
The purchase of vehicles should be phased manner, according to the speaker, the financial difficulties the country is experiencing. That is, the state is unable to pay the amount required to purchase, at one time, 250 vehicles for an equal number of deputies.
After the article published in the Savannah (first independent weekly) - titled "Deputies luxury", which said the state invested in full time of austerity, 304,805,827 meticais in the circulating medium for Members 'oversee' the Executive - triggered a heated debate on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter.Political analyst William Egidio Vaz Raposo argues that the deputies are entitled to such benefits. These perks, he says, should not scare anyone. Incidentally, "are a pittance compared with others in the region and beyond: compared to other management positions in which one need not be elected," he says.
Fox goes further and says there's a big difference between perks of ministers (unelected people) and deputies (elected officials), the difference between deputies and chairmen of councils of administration (PCA) of public companies or the difference between the allocated budget for maintenance, lubrication and fuel the cars of the Presidency with the budget for the purchase of cars for Members.Other users claiming to oppose change of mentality. Because, says Scott Nelson: "They were elected to serve and not to be served! They should have the same rights and  as any other citizen (...) It is easy to raise taxes and hold harmless the other for himself. " That is, "should use their own income to consumption and investment (house, car, etc.)."The journalist Emídio Beula, author of the play that sparked the debate, said that "the prerogative given to members to choose a car to your liking deserves our concern. "Justified" Members are more exposed to criticism precisely because they are our MPs: ie are they who shall inspect the Executive. When they begin to externalize despesismo typical signs of the executive and that should merit their interpellation believe that we should not be silent. "Edmundo Galiza Matos Junior was the only deputy who joined the debate. The patient reported that "there is a budget that was approved by the Government which includes a vehicle for the deputy justify its presence in the electorate during the five years of his term." But, "never or little is said of the hundreds of cars in ministries , provincial, district and national. "

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sidat, danger of losing support if you have not!

With the rope to stretch on several fronts, not the national daily dispenses what else touches the timeliness of Mozambique. The skirmishes in sports arenas, most often in football dictate how the adept ball up the gorge of this systematic suspicion around the sports results. Ja not to entertain even the least observant, if any, are negligible in number, compared to an activity that brings together all the sensibilities. Rises and condenses the idea in the group of professional sports, especially football, which when placed personal interests, how are above the associative dirigisme this to cement a wave of denial and outrage even physically. The result humiliating the football squad on the verge of their fifth African presence in the main race, mecheu with pride Mozambican even more unclear for the reasons leading up to the game against Morocco. Not only, also the accumulation of several abuses in internal tests, all of them on hand figures that even pressured by the media and other communication forums simply reduces the total insignficancia.
Given this impotence and it was not surprising that the protest movement who directs the Federation of Mozambican football grow, including movements created to the effect that joining vain and demanding the immediate resignation of Feizal Sidat.
The pessaos filled up the silence of the authorities can do nothing but nice chapter also does not have steps necessary to credibilzar the basic electoral processes pointedly particularly bowled over by bribery.
The latest events pinched self-esteem to the point of the recent government reshuffle provide the Ministry of Youth and Sports also from someone with experience of managing the state of things and not only, very close to the President of the Republic.
Just a confrontation, disempowerment and disrespect perpetrated in public and even to challenge by the current President of the Football Federation authorities face. A lack of education that nobody else would dare do it without being excluded from the sympathy of power.
Sidat and his older brother remains of stone and lime, the more they have as members of the state Party in the last congress of the political organization and be responsible for the solution of one of the main limitations of the important event, accommodation for delegates in particular the top of steering.
Alias ​​Feizal when he first ran for President of the Federation for Football provoked a division of opinions within some well placed political figures in the ruling party, including the current mayor of Maputo that without fear at the time as Minister of Youth and Sports classified it as inconsequential and personality that had nothing to adult.
Being free to choose each of your bets in life, so this detail becomes negative ingredient in the current tension in football, when they are exploited to justify delaying the personal interests and the shadow of the Federation.
This team family branches deeply poisoning which ha more than sublime, the image of the football squad which discipline succumbed businesses expected to face in selling players in the European market in particular, although not being in shape at the expense of more capable, all this demand for increased visibility and individual bank account.
Conflicts with previous picker, the Dutch Noij Martin, skilful in shielding the spa, responsible for the presence of CAN in Angola in Mozambique, were due to his intransigence to not allow any interference in their work whosesoever.
But ultimately the problem is not in the current leader of Mozambican football, but the system that enables all these outrages, which now appears to regain their dignity and respect as a result of the growing defense ... popular.
The meeting that took place in the last week and convened by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to hear the reasons the Federation of total silence in the face of a laundry list of issues may be the beginning of the end of the cycle. Opened the game, not face to face and side by side as seemed to be happening.
With the main objectives of the election manifesto lost Feizal not have anything else to give the national football the past two years he has left and then one realizes that behind the scenes who protected him until now can be removed by force of reason giving space to those who aware that as the mode structure in the short and medium term.
Among the figures to make a turn and with a plan of formation from the interior of the country rich in talent and Augusto Matine. Matine out in a press conference called by Feizal finally say that unkindly not have money to hire ... a wink to publicly entertain the public opinion. Feizal foresaw and felt in late September that its pillars were being undermined and own fault.
But Matine well as an entire team of teachers from different specialties so respond YES to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Federation of the cast is another.
Pressure increases on Steering the Mozambican Football Federation and one of them will be the end of the financial restraints indole coming from the state budget.
A delicate situation knowing the consolidated alliances between the business group and identified Sidat faces of politics.
Where is here the sport, particularly sport so concealed the truth?

Rumor mongers attack

The rumor circulated of an alleged event that would take place on 01 November, in the cities of Maputo and Matola, in response to the rising price of "plate", the Government left scared and put battalions of police on the streets of the capital to suppress any rebelião.A Municipal Assembly approved the price rise of urban transport from the current 5 to 7 meticais meticais and 7.5 meticais to 9. The entry into force of the amendment of tariffs continues to be tested by the Government, before yesterday circulated in Maputo information that effecting the price of transport would be the first day of Novembro.Em response to rumor and as a form of prevention, Government dispatched police officers Protection and Rapid considered probable locations for outbreaks of demonstrations, including the rotunda of Mission Roque, market Benfica in stopping the terminal semi-collective, the Green Zone neighborhood, the neighborhood of Jardim along the National Highway No. 1; zone Machava Stadium specifically at the intersection of Av 4 October and Eduardo Mondlane, the "Junta", interprovincial transport terminal, among other lugares.Logo morning, these locations were police apparatus in vehicles. The police were armed with firearms, AK47.Tudo has to do with the balance of the last manifestations (February 5, 01 and 02, 2008 to September 2010). Since then the problem of transport and living costs continue to rise at the inability of the Government to solve the problem. Everything indicates that the government no longer has ideas and the only solution is shielding itself behind the Police who earns around 2500 meticals as monthly salary.In turn, the president of the Municipal Council of Maputo City (CMCM), David Simango, the public came to calm the public about the alleged rise in prices of "plates" which reportedly come into force from the day one. Simango assured that the new tariff is not yet in force because no carrier was authorized to charge the price recently updated. The source explained that the municipality has not yet determined the date for this rate comes into force, and is still studying the best ways to do it. "We agreed with the FEMATRO to warn his carriers to not worsen the rate sheet before notice of the municipality. Now, the council is working with other agencies to find better ways appropriate to announce the new tariff, "said the president CMCM.