Mozambican parliament revokes laws established during dictatorship

22 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 March – The Mozambican parliament Wednesday unanimously revoked two laws on economic crimes approved in 1982 during the time of the one-party system and a centralized economy, officials said.

The annulment of the 1982 Defense of the Economy law, and the law adopting punitive measures for anti-economic crimes, which was last updated in 1987, was unanimously approved by all sides of the Mozambican parliament.

The Minister of Industry and Trade, António Fernando said that “it was while establishing a fair balance between producers and consumers that we found that those laws were out of date.”

Breaking the Defense of the economy law, namely not attaching prices to products or merchandise for sale, set out a sentence of u to two years in prison and a fine of three times the price of the products put up for sale.

In its turn, the updating of the law in 1987 introduced stricter measures.

However, the annulment of these laws does not imply a lack of need to defend the national economy, as the issues dealt with in those laws have been included, in a different and updated manner, in other legal instruments, the minister said. (macauhub)