Leader of third largest party says peace remains under threat in Mozambique
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday called for “a safe country, with an exemplary police force, aware of its duty to provide a public service, in order to improve the business environment and the trust which Mozambicans and other citizens should feel for the state”.
He was speaking in Maputo at a ceremony marking the 42nd anniversary of the creation of the Mozambican police force on 17 May 1975.
But the President warned “it is not enough to celebrate another year of existence, with pomp and circumstance”. Instead the commanders of the police force should be concerned to change the scenario of crime in the country, so that law-abiding citizens could go about their business in a climate of order and safety.
Nyusi made it clear that he was tired of the failure to identify those responsible for serious crimes. “It has become urgent to change the current paradigm of the criminal situation, in which facts are recorded, but their authors are unknown”, he said. “We want a new police vision of primary crime prevention, resting on an assumption of pro-active behavior against the factors which favour crime”.
The police needed to bring itself into line with modern crime fighting methods, but should also respect basic professional ethics.
“Only an organized police force, with professional and ethical principles, values and practices, oriented towards the pursuit of the public security and well-being of citizens can do justice to the theme chosen for the celebration of this date”, said Nyusi. That theme is: “42 years in the vanguard of the struggle against crime, and for harmony and social coexistence”.
He urged the police to improve constantly its capacity to respond to crime, making sure that their strategies “are in line with the demands of the moment”.
“Nowadays citizens are increasingly aware of their rights”, he added, “and are insisting on the guarantees that the State owes them by force of the Constitution”.
The General Commander of the police, Julio Jane, pledged that the force will make every effort to rise to the challenges raised by Nyusi. He declared that the police will purify its ranks, respect the human rights of citizens and adopt practices that respond to the new forms of crime threatening the country.Source: AIM / TVM