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Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Monday urged the new director-general of the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), Ilidio Miguel, and his deputy, Vicente Chicote, to speed up investigation into serious crimes such as murders, kidnappings, poaching and drug trafficking.
He was speaking at the ceremony in Maputo where he swore into office the two top SERNIC officials and the new Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Arlindo Langa.
“SERNIC should be capable of clearing up all manner of crime, but particularly kidnappings, murder, money laundering, poaching, corruption and terrorism”, stressed Rosario.
The SERNIC leadership, he added, must be aware that crime is evolving. “The new forms of crime, increasingly sophisticated and immune to traditional methods of prevention and investigation, require an ever increasing response capacity from the criminal investigation authorities”, the Prime Minister said.
Hence criminal investigators should follow the development of criminal phenomena, and permanently adjust their organization and operations to the dynamics of society.
Addressing Langa, Rosario said he should ensure execution and control of government decisions in the implementation of the government’s five year programme for 2015-2019.
“We expect that, during your period of office, you will ensure respect for the rights of state employees, particularly their training and promotion, and programmed changes in career”, he added.
Rosario called for careful and transparent management of human, material and financial resources, and of the procurement of goods and services.
Ilidio Miguel pledged to work for the development of SERNIC. “It is a new mission and we shall carry it out with the greatest spirit and patriotism”, he said. “It’s a challenge. We shall form more pro-active teams to respond to the fight against crime”.
Miguel’s previous post was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, while Chicote worked in the Interior Ministry where he held the rank of Deputy Police Commissioner.
The practical effect of Monday’s ceremony is that the old Criminal Investigation Police (PIC) no longer exists, and all its assets, staff and powers pass into the hands of SERNIC. However, a detailed diploma on the transition from PIC to SERNIC has yet to be passed by the government.Source: AIM