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O País / Tomás Vieira Mário
“For what reason is a normal audit process […] kept from the public?” Ericino de Salema, one of the commentators on Sunday’s STV programme ‘Pontos de Vista’ asked. “The legal community and society in general should discuss this matter, because we are in the presence of two conflicting rights and an entire society can not be harmed,” de Salema maintained.
Tomás Vieira Mário also opposed the Attorney General’s decision not to divulge the report immediately. Vieira Mário says it is unconscionable that the Kroll report might be kept secret in the name judicial confidentiality.
“Judicial confidentiality applies when there is a process under investigation and, in the meantime, information is not published so as not to reveal evidence or to alert parties involved. But it can not be said that as soon as the report arrived there is a case of judicial confidentiality.”
Commentators on the weekly analysis programme also criticised the behaviour of President Nyusi during visits to state institutions. They say that President Nyusi should not be allowed to simply point out problems: solutions must be found. “We can always criticise and find problems, but if there is no efficient system known to all that allows us to monitor these matters, we will continue to talk about the same issues,” said Tomás Vieira Mário.
Vieira Mário also said that the head of state could not realistically criticise the bodies that he directs as if he were from the opposition. “As long as there is no matrix of solutions, problems can be identified every day, as they indeed are. But, we ask, where do we go from here?”
In order to elucidate the complexity of the processes and the need to restructure the way public affairs work, Ericino de Salema recalled that during the visit to the National Social Security Institute (INSS), the president himself mentioned that a company had already contacted him asking to make it possible to save it from bankruptcy. “If the president himself receives this kind of pressure, what to say or expect from a minister or director?” de Salema asked.
The Attorney General’s Office acknowledged receipt of the Kroll audit report in the early hours of 13 May, the day after it arrived.Source: O País
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