MOZAMBICAN PM ASSURES PARLIAMENT FIGHTING CORRUPTION IS A PRIORITY OF GOVT

Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has assured the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, that preventing and fighting corruption are priorities of the government, “because corruption compromises the government’s efforts to improve living standards”.

He gave the assurance Thursday when summing up at the end of a two-day question and answer session in Parliament during which members of Parliament from the rebel movement Renamo repeatedly claimed that the government was entirely corrupt.

Rosario said the government “will continue to strengthen measures seeking to consolidate the construction of a society based on the principles of integrity, transparency, legality, and responsibility in the management of public assets”.

The government, he added, “encourages the bodies of the administration of justice to continue their work to combat corruption”.

The Prime Minister also pledged that in 2017 there will be a gradual transfer of powers from the State to the municipalities “as a mechanism to implement administrative decentralization and autonomy of the municipalities”.

Rosario said that measures of macro-economic stabilization are bearing fruit, with a recovery in the exchange rate of the country’s currency, the metical, and improvements in the balance of payments and in Mozambique’s net international reserves.

Such developments “lead us to look towards 2017 with optimism and confidence”, he said, but added that it remained crucial to ensure “the restoration of an effective and lasting peace”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK