MAPUTO Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has urged the new Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Matters, Isaque Chande, to “promote respect for and observance of human rights, together with civil society and with the National Human Rights Commission, with whom you should interact”.

Swearing Chande into office here Monday, just three days after sacking his predecessor, Abdurremane Lino de Almeida, Nyusi also insisted that the new Justice Minister should “guarantee the exercise of religious freedoms and promote the effective involvement of religious bodies in promoting the culture of peace and of moral values”.

Nyusi added that the new minister should “ensure that all Mozambican citizens, particular the poor, enjoy the necessary legal aid”.

Chande should also advise the President and the Government on whether their acts were in accordance with the Constitution, and ensure that relations between the government and the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, “takes place within the legal limits, respecting the principle of the separation and inter-dependence of State powers”.

The Justice Ministry is in charge of the country’s prisons, and so Chande, Nyusi said, should check compliance with court sentences. This has become a serious issue because recent visits to prisons by Ombudsman Jose Abudo have exposed scandals of prisoners not being released even after they have served their full sentences.

Chande, the President urged, should also ensure that prison programmes “guarantee the rehabilitation and later social reintegration of the prisoners”.

Nyusi also swore into office Maria Isaltina Lucas as Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, and Bernardo Lidimba as head of State protocol.

The President said he had chosen all three of them in the belief that he was betting on “the right people for the right place at the right time”

Source: AIM