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MDM praises a legislature in which was smothered by Frelimo

The bench of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) considers that the legislature VII, which waxed on 04 December, after the V Session, was positive as a result of having been discussed and approved many of the projects submitted by the Government. But who has the “vainglory” of all this is Frelimo, which had no opposition to the height to counter its decisions, in terms of voting. Therefore, it is believed that the discussions leading to the progress of the nation were and are promoted by the party in power for nearly four decades.

Renamo, which chose not to issue an opinion, although @Verdade has given the opportunity to do so, also had no arguments before a Frelimo which revealed to be a bad oversight of the actions of the Executive, in that it acted as its lawyer.

The Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, a body with legislative powers and to monitor the actions of the Government, called the Special Session V to consider and approve, in the end, some materials that supposedly could not be carried to another term, namely the Law of Review of the Law of the Statute, Safety and Welfare of the Member, designated Statute of the Deputies, Law of Review of the Law 21/92 of 31 December, which establishes the Rights and Duties of the President in exercise and after the cessation of functions and the Statute of the Leader of the Opposition for the second most voted candidate in all elections.

At the time the balance sheet, in an interview with our reporter, the countertops of Frelimo and of MDM considered that the Legislature VII was positive. However, the first political formation claims that some media (did not mention names) and certain sectors of civil society vilified the MEPs and the Parliament, especially at the time when was discussed the first two above-mentioned laws, because they are considered an unnecessary burden for the state and an attempt to form a class of “luxury deputies”, at a time when the people is struggling with basic problems such as the lack of public passenger transport.

“Unfortunately, we observed during this mandate, some trivialization of the deputy of the National Assembly by our press and civil society. We call so there is some respect for the deputies and the work they do. If there are some constructive suggestions, the Parliament is always open to receive them, “said Edmundo Galiza Matos Jr., spokesman of Frelimo parliamentary bench.

Charged on January 12, 2010, in its Seventh Legislature VII, the National Assembly worked until December 4, 2014, with 250 members, including 191 of Frelimo, 51 of Renamo and 8 of MDM. On that date, Verónica Macamo, member of Frelimo, was conducted for the presidency of the “Great House of the People” in place of Eduardo Mulémbwè, who led the Parliament for a period of 15 years.

The MDM, which elected deputies for the first time, told our Report that in the recently completed term, one of the most important issues for his party was the passage of the Right to Information Act, which was expected for years. Manuel de Sousa, spokesman of this political formation of the opposition, said that one of the negative points was the approval – using the “dictatorial” vote of Frelimo – of the Law of Review of the Statute Law, Safety and Welfare of Member (Statute of the Member), and the Law of Review of Law 21/92 of 31 December, which establishes the Rights and Duties of the President in exercise and after the cessation of functions and the Leader of the Opposition status for the second most voted candidate in all general elections.

The MDM voted against these standards because “we were not significant and did not deserve to be adopted, taking into account the period in which this happens because they are a burden to the Mozambican state.” According to the deputy, this is not an advisable time to increase costs to the state. The government should worry about creating more employment opportunities for young people and seek solutions to end hunger that has plagued many Mozambican families. “And we do not look for a minority.”

To Edmundo Galiza Matos Junior, although in the last Parliament part of Mozambicans, particularly civil society, have demonstrated a certain distaste for the activities of the Parliament, due to the lack of jobs for young people, medicines in hospitals, the existence of degraded access roads, the lack of portfolios in schools, among other problems, the bench of Frelimo did a good job over the last five years, particularly in the areas of economy, health, public works, agriculture, tourism and mining.

Our interviewee admits that his party failed to supervise the realization of the promises made by the Government for the period about to end, especially in the area of infrastructure, but such a situation does not take away the merit of the work done by Frelimo. In his opinion, without disqualifying the contribution of the opposition parties, the debates that have to do with the development of the country were and are promoted by the party in power for nearly four decades.

The spokesman of Frelimo bench claimed the failure of thr the Assembly to legislate with all effectiveness and efficiency some laws that will deserve regulation and could also earn some minor repairs.

Galiza Matos Junior considered that 2014 was an important political year because of the general election supposedly won by Frelimo, but rather challenged by Renamo and the MDM.

From the experience of the legislature VII, where the opposition benches complained of political intolerance perpetrated by Frelimo and voting dictatorship of this political formation, Manuel de Sousa, spokesman of MDM, wanst the next Parliament Members to know to listen to the people of Mozambique. They should feel that the Parliament is an ideal place to put their worries. There should also be greater interaction of civil society for the country to continue to grow in a democratic environment.

“It is necessary that the Great House of the People be strong and swift to legislate all matters related to mining.”

“The balance is positive, since during the five years we discuss projects submitted by the Government and some of them for us Members of the different parliamentary groups and was approved more than 80% of bills… we have faith that there was fulfilled what was scheduled for the legislature VIi,” emphasized Manuel de Sousa.

Unlike Galiza Matos Junior, for MDM, the last political year of legislature was terrible allegedly for being “marked by the quite fraudulent elections. These elections were the worst that have happened in our country. “

It should be reffered that in 2014, the plenary adopted 15 legal provisions, including: the Law that approves the Specific Taxation System of Petroleum Operations and the repealing Law No. 12/2007 of 27 June; the Law that approves the Specific Taxation System and Tax Benefits Applicable to Mining Activities and repeals the Act No. 11/2007 and 13/2007 and the Review Draft Spot concerning the Organization of the Judiciary, Law of Revision of Law No. 03 / 2001 of 21 February.

The following standards were also adopted: Petroleum Law, Law on Legislative Authorisation regards to the special regime regarding to the Natural Gas Liquefaction Project of Areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma Basin; Amnesty Law, the State Supplementary Budget Law for 2014; Vocational Education Law and Law of Association in Public Administration. In 2013, the House approved the Creation of New Local Governments.

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