21 November 2012

Angola: Home Ministry to Reform Public Order Sector

Luanda — The National Police will have their capacity reinforced soon, following programmes and crime fight actions and reforms in the public order sector, with a special attention to the criminal investigation.

This is contained in final communique from the Broad Consultative Council of the Interior Ministry that closed on Tuesday in Luanda, under the chair of the incumbent minister, Ângelo de Barros Veiga Tavares.

The meeting realised the need for improved measures to disarm civilians in illegal possession of arms and a tight control over existing armament, in view of the high rate of crime recorded around the country involving firearms. The communique states that the participants decided to set up mechanisms enabling the involvement and participation of the communities in their own security.

On the other hand, the meeting decided to direct the police action to the fight against illegal immigration, targeting both those who jump the national borders and those who enter the country on ordinary visas but get employed through illegal means. With effect, the participants agreed on the need to hold accountable the local and foreign citizens who connive in these practices.

They also expressed the need to improve the mechanisms of control of citizens that apply for asylum and refugees. The source says a listing will be made covering foreigners whose nationality falls under those that have lost the refugee privileges, instructing them about the procedures for their repatriation.

The participants also spoke of the need to improve the electronic passport production bill and arrangements with the Foreign Ministry for speedy and conscious issuing of visas. On the other hand, the meeting also focusing on the programme of assistance, rehabilitation

and social integration of prisoners, through projects of technical training and education, including the foment of productive activities.

The participants also recommended the provincial departments of the Civil Protection and Fire Services to be on the alert in view of the heavy rains hitting the country.

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