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The 11 provincial Secretaries of State appointed by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, took office today in a ceremony that started moments ago in Ponta Vermelha.
The post of Secretary of State is one of political trust, and the President of the Republic advised the 11 provincial secretaries of state sworn in today to know in depth laws number 7/2019 and 5/2019, both of May 31, and all the other regulations necessary to succeed in their functions.
The rules in question establish, respectively, the legal framework of the organisation and functioning of the State’s representative bodies in the province, and the State’s supervision to which the provincial decentralised governance bodies and local authorities are subject.
Filipe Nyusi began his address to the newly sworn-in officials by recalling the process of constitutional reforms introduced in the country, from the one-party state, through the institution of a multiparty system to reforms for the consolidation of democracy and peace.
As pioneers of the decentralisation implemented in the scope of the political understandings between the Government and Renamo, the Secretaries of State in the province must “apply themselves in depth” to the proper performance of institutions and the improvement of services to the population.
According to the Head of State, for the success of the missions they have been entrusted with, those in office “must have mastery over the State’s priorities”, striving for “openness and dialogue, (…) verticality, integrity” and “rigorously separating public and private interests.”
“They must know how to articulate with central organs of the State because (the Secretaries of State) represent sovereignty. It is your responsibility to look for the best ways to overcome obstacles and to know the duties of other provincial bodies.”
The leaders must also “know how to have a sense of state”, demonstrate professionalism, and be guided by “impartiality and equidistance”. They should “value the contributions of the people, in a spirit of inclusion, without discrimination,” the president said. For the head of state, the reforms resulting from the revision of the Constitution of the Republic in 2018 are a “reinvention of Public Administration”.
The provincial Secretaries of State have, among other competencies, to guide the preparation of the economic and social plan and the respective executive balance in the areas of representation of the State in the province and will submit periodic reports to the Central Government on the functioning of State representation services in the province.
The 11 provincial secretaries of state appointed by the President of the Republic are Dinis Vilanculos (Niassa), Armindo Ngunga (Cabo Delgado), Mety Gondola (Nampula), Judith Mussácula (Zambézia), Stella Zeca (Sofala), Edson Macuácua (Manica), Ludmila Maguni (Inhambane), Amosse Macamo (Gaza), Vitória Diogo (Maputo province), Sheila Afonso (Maputo city) and Elisa Zacarias (Tete).Source: O País
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