Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 24 August 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, today promulgated the Law on Measures to Prevent and Fight Corruption.
The promulgation and implementation of this law will restore and strengthen citizens’ confidence in State institutions, especially in their integrity, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the service of public interest.
In his message to the National Parliament, the President of the Republic says,
‘Preventing and fighting corruption is not only about approving legislation and setting up institutions which are the central core. To prevent and fight corruption, it is crucial that institutions work in an effective manner according to the principles of legality, impartiality, transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, simplicity and procedural predictability, and that key stakeholders, including institutions, professionals and citizens, participate in areas and procedures whose purpose is to serve the public interest.’
The President of the Republic called on the government and the National Parliament to support the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Prosecutor-General, the Forensic and Criminal Investigation Police and the Court of Appeal with the necessary means to effectively fight corruption, by allocating money from the General State Budget to these institutions to provide them with specialised human resources, technical and financial resources so that they can succeed in the complex mission of fighting corruption and organised crime.
Still in his letter, the Head of State says that for the said law to have an effective and wide-ranging impact, it needs complementary regulations, such as decree-laws or decrees, and requires the improvement of other relevant legislation applicable to areas that are vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest.
The Law on Measures to Prevent and Fight Corruption was unanimously approved (61 votes) by the National Parliament on 20 July 2020.