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Corrupt are punished with up to 10 years in prison

The proposed Penal Code, to be submitted soon to the National Assembly, establishes up to ten years of jail for crimes of corruption, depending on the severity, impact and the damages that the act may cause. Appreciated yesterday in the Council of Ministers, under the guidance of the President of the Republic, the document is now in a position to be submitted to Parliament as a matter of urgency. If approved, the diploma will replace the Criminal Code in force since 1886.

The Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, explained at a press conference that corruption has a lot to do with the values ​​at stake. "It is not only a moral and ethical issue, to be active or passive corrupter, but also to the value of things," said the minister, adding that the penalties vary and can reach the age of ten.

The project has been in the National Assembly in the past legislature, but was paralyzed due to disagreement regarding abortion and the minimum age of penalties. "The Executive has worked very quickly. The project is now going to Parliament and we will do everything to ensure that it does not take too long, because it is an instrument of greatest need for society, "said the minister.

President João Lourenço has promised to attack corruption, nepotism, money laundering and other ills that violate the dignity and credibility of the state and incriminate those who are supposed to represent him with the people, be he a deputy, a member of the Executive or even a manager of public company.

In one of his public speeches, João Lourenço provided support to entities involved in the fight against corruption and money laundering, such as the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Criminal Investigation Service, the PGR and the competent Courts, through better training and their cadres, as well as better offer of working conditions and technical means for the fulfillment of the duty that each one at their level has before the Nation.

The Justice Ministry said there was a need to clarify certain criminal behavior, such as economic crimes such as corruption, computer crime, consumer and market crime, and also abortion, which split several positions in the last legislature .

The Council of Ministers also considered the proposed Private Investment Law and decided to create the Agency for Private Investment and Promotion of Exports (AIPEX). The agency will try to promote investments and exports, to foster and improve the country's potential and opportunities, as well as the competitiveness of national companies in their internationalization processes.

The Minister of Economy and Planning, Pedro Luís da Fonseca, said that the new Private Investment Law was designed to facilitate, promote and accelerate investment and establish a set of benefits and other facilities to be granted by the State.

At the meeting yesterday, the Council of Ministers assessed the rules and procedures for public tenders in the oil sector to associate with the national concessionaire in the bidding process for the procurement of goods and services by investors, containing the readjusted deadlines .

The press release distributed at the end of the meeting indicates that the Legal Regime for the Abandonment of Wells and Dismantling of Oil and Gas Facilities was also evaluated. The law establishes the rules and procedures that the national concessionaire must take into consideration during the process of abandoning wells and dismantling of oil and gas installations. The objective is to ensure human and environmental integrity and to guarantee the financial means necessary to cover the costs arising from the activity.

Other documents approved yesterday were the Metropolitan General Directorate of Luanda, which will provide the country's capital with technical infrastructures, schools, hospitals, community parks, as well as preserving the environment and cultural heritage. It was also created the National Institute of Public Works, which will regulate and supervise the quality and criteria for the preparation of projects, techniques for the execution of civil construction works.



Luanda, 01. März 2018
Candido Bessa/Jornal de Angola

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