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Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:27 - Updated Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:27

Judicial institutions need greater autonomy to tackle corruption

Saurimo - The fight against corruption in the country, an evil that threatens the stability and security of the society, will require more autonomy from judicial institutions, said the eastern Lunda Sul Province?s delegate of Justice and Human Rights, Isildo Paulo.

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The official, who was speaking during a lecture on "Fighting Corruption and Impunity", promoted by the Inter-provincial Council of the Angolan Bar Association (OAA), said that in order to combat this evil, it must be urgent and necessary to equip courts, the Prosecution Department and the Criminal Investigation Service, for being specialized bodies endowed with training, legal means and human resources.

He further stated that it is only with the combined efforts of all citizens will be there an effective basis for combating corruption, since it affects the ethics of justice, jeopardizes sustainable development and the rule of law, with other crimes related to it.

On the other hand, Isildo Paulo said that the prevention of acts of corruption and misconduct will be extended to providers of services and goods, as well as to users, as direct corrupters.

He said the focus must go on law enforcement, good practices in the workplace, in order to detect flaws in procedures and in law enforcement, and this has to take happen through regular internal audits.

"The accountability of offenders will be the result of internal and external complaints about the violation of the law, which will be made by citizens, political parties and civil organizations, among other players," he said.

Isildo Paulo affirmed that in order to ban the phenomenon of corruption that devastates the country, it is necessary to urgently promote ethical values of transparency, honesty, legality and rigour of services and public servants within the framework of the anti-corruption programme.

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