Mozambique: Foot-dragging on peace - By Joseph Hanlon
The new bill will give the defence sector autonomy to recruit human or material resources
The Assembly of the Republic may approve a law authorizing the defence sector to second human or material resources from any institution, public or private, in an emergency situation such as natural disaster or war.
The Minister of National Defence, Atanásio Ntumuke, went to parliament yesterday to explain the essence of the proposed bill on mobilization and requisition submitted by the government.
“We will have legality for any situation that might arise, so that when a state of emergency is declared we have a legal instrument to implement any presidential decree that may arise,” the minister explained.
MPs will understand that this is a ffitting law, given that Mozambique is prone to natural disasters.
“The bill that regulates mobilization and requisition is timely because it closes a void in our legal system. There was a need to approve a law regulating the conditions for the preparation and execution of the mobilization of persons and the requisition of assets, on the one hand, to defend the public interest, sovereignty, security, the Republic and, on the other hand, the private interests of the citizens that are targeted by the mobilization or the requisition,” Macuácua said.
The proposed Mobilization and Requisition Act was drafted in 2008 and provides for the General Staff to be responsible for recruiting people for civilian or even military service in emergencies.Source: O País