The Mozambican government has approved a plan of action focused on preventing and fighting corruption as part of its strategy to reform the public administration.

Briefing the media on the outcomes of the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) here Tuesday, State Administration Minister Carmelita Namashalua said the intention of the plan is to make the public administration free of corruption and to improve the quality of service it provides to citizens.

The plan, she added, is in line with the strategic objective of the government’s five-year programme for the 2015-2019 period, with regard to the fight against corruption.

“The objective of this reformulation is to re-invigorate our government’s commitment to implement concrete measures to make the Mozambican public administration increasingly free of corruption and of its damaging effects,” she added.

“We want the public administration to take more forthright measures to strengthen the fight against corruption, to promote the culture of integrity in the administration and in Mozambican society at large, to endow state functionaries and agents with knowledge so that they can undertake their missions with greater competence, and to equip the administration with skilled staff who are committed to their tasks.”

She added that activities would be promoted so that the leading figures in the State apparatus set an example to all other state employees and above all, “by guaranteeing that all leaders and managers declare their assets as required by law”.

“This is not because this is not already being done, but from now on it will be done with even greater rigor”.

Research will also be undertaken regularly into the perceptions of corruption in the public administration, and into the level of satisfaction of the users of public services.

Implementation of the anti-corruption plan, Namashalua said, is intended “to consolidate the state of the reforms that are under way, and to strengthen their activities with the sole purpose of building a public administration centred on citizens, that promotes development, and provides quality services”.

She claimed there had been some advances in the fight against corruption, but recognized that there was still a long way to go. “Our users are not satisfied. That is the fundamental point. Our citizens are not satisfied and there are many complaints about the provision of our services,” she said.