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O País / MDM's deputy Venancio Mondlane
After consideration by the Commission on Public Administration, Local Government and Social Communication at the end of last month, the MDM proposals to revise the law creating new districts per Province were on Tuesday scrutinised by the Commission on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality
In analysing the document, the Commission ponders whether the MDM proposal to dissolve district governments in territories where there are already local authorities, violates Article 8 of the Constitution, which states that “The Republic of Mozambique is territorially organised in provinces, districts, administrative posts, localities and settlements”.
The MDM, by contrast, maintains there is compliance, since the representation of the state by a district government is unnecessary, adding that there is a conflict of interest in the current law and citing point “J” of number 1 of article 39 of the Law of Local Organs as an example. The point in question reads: “It is the responsibility of the district government to define the manner and means of collecting, transporting, storing and treating solid waste, in particular those of hospitals and other toxic waste”.
The First Commission counters that the problem of competences does not result from the law not being clear, but from people neglecting their tasks.
The MDM proposal could be discussed by all 250 deputies at a full session of the Assembly of the Republic.
Source: O País