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Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has recommended that the new leadership of the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) endow the institution with the capacity to clear up all crimes that occur in Mozambique.
He was speaking at a Maputo ceremony on Thursday when he swore into office the new director of SERNIC, Domingos Jofane, and his deputy, Fernando Francisco.
These two men are experienced police officers with the rank of assistant commissioner (equivalent to a general).
They replace Ilidio Miguel and Victor Chicote who held the posts for less than two years.
“SERNIC should be capable of clearing up speedily, and with good investigative and procedural quality, all the crimes that occur in our society”, said Rosario. But he listed the priorities as kidnapping, murder, money laundering, drug trafficking, poaching, corruption and terrorism.
The Prime Minister said the emergence of more sophisticated forms of crime, immune to traditional methods of prevention and investigation, requires an ever greater response capacity from the criminal investigation authorities.
States, he added, are permanently challenged to seek solutions and mechanisms to prevent and fight against all kinds of crimes, from the most simple to the most complex, and this demands “a great deal of determination and creativity”.
The characteristics of crime were changing because of social and economic transformation, as well as globalisation and southern African regional integration. “SERNIC must be capable, at all times, of accompanying the evolution of criminal phenomena, adjusting its action to the dynamics and demands of society’s development”, said Rosario.
The complexity of criminal investigation, he warned, requires strong leadership, rooted in technical and professional skills. SERNIC must therefore work hard to investigate and produce evidence which helps solve crimes.
Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Jofane says that he intends to introduce new techniques into SERNIC’s work, such as DNA analysis.
“Taking into account the capacities and financial possibilities of the country, SERNIC has proposed this action to identify citizens through DNA”, he said. “The task of SERNIC is precisely to solve crimes by identifying who is truly responsible for them”.Source: AIM