Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has called for a vigorous response against those who threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country.

Speaking when he received representatives of the bodies of the administration of justice, in commemoration of “Legality Day”, celebrated every year on Nov 5, Nyusi stressed that “acts that attack peace and sovereignty must merit the due response in terms of the laws in force in our country”.

In the history of Mozambique, peace and social tranquillity “have been at the centre of the government’s agenda”, he said. “We are at a moment when we are all called upon to make our contribution to maintain and consolidate peace”.

“Let us all work for the restoration of peace”, Nyusi urged. “In this context, an accessible, effective and credible justice system should be viewed as an instrument of peace”.

He also urged the organs of the administration of justice to pursue efforts to guarantee permanent reform of the country’s legislation, so that it reflects Mozambique’s current sociological and cultural reality and the needs of the country. Such reforms “should lead us to build a legal system that answers the present and future concerns of our society. Reform should make justice more simplified, speedier and accessible to all citizens”.

Nyusi called for continued investment in the human resources working in the various sectors of the legal system. This, he said, would be “decisive for improving performance”.

“More efficient training and capacity building, allied to control and guaranteeing ethical discipline of our staff are indispensable so that justice may prosper in Mozambique”, he stressed.

For her part, the Attorney-General, Beatriz Buchili, said that the prevention of crime is an enormous challenge. In this fight “we must devote all our capacities and energies, since it is demanded of us that we be implacable”.

Preventing and fighting against crime “require the integrity of the institutions, and particularly of the staff involved”, she stressed.

The establishment of “Legality Day” dates back to a momentous speech given by the country’s first President, Samora Machel, on 5 November 1981, in which Machel denounced abuses committed by the defence and security forces, and stressed the need to uphold the law, and guarantee that citizens enjoy access to justice.