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The Central Public Ethics Commission (CCEP), set up under Mozambique’s Law on Public Probity, has condemned prominent lawyer Alexandre Chivale for a serious conflict of interest, and has sent his case to the Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption (GCCC), reports Monday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”.
Chivale (whose clients include former President Armando Guebuza) is a member of the Higher Council of the Judicial Magistracy (CSMJ), the regulatory and disciplinary body for judges.
Chivale’s critics, “Mediafax” says, point to a conflict in being both a private lawyer and a member of a body that is intended to regulate judges. His interests, as a partner in the law firm Chivale, Suaze, Mahanjane, Chongo and Associates, could undermine the impartiality he should display as a member of the CSMJ.
Furthermore, his law firm also has a contract with the CSMJ, under which it represents the CSMJ in disciplinary cases in the courts.
The CCEP found that this was a serious conflict of interest and a violation of the Law on Public Probity.
The CCEP first received a denunciation of Chivale’s situation in October, and it issued its findings on 12 June.
The CCEP cannot take measures against Chivale, but “Mediafax” reports that, it has sent its findings not only to the GCCC, but also to the Mozambican Bar Association and to the CSMJ itself.
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