On Monday 8th April, the Senate plenary session overseen by Teresa Efua Asangono met once again to debate the reports presented by the ad-hoc commissions assigned to draw up proposals for measures to reduce the wave of violence, crime and other delinquent acts currently occurring in the country. The President of the Senate was accompanied by her First and Second Vice-Presidents, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan Malabo and Agustin Nze Nfumu.
The work continued with a review of the report presented by the ad-hoc commissions on the cases of violence, crime and other offences committed throughout national territory.
During the debates aimed at improving and enriching in form and substance the text of the institutional declaration, the Senate plenary session became fully involved in an exhaustive analysis. In that way, it will be possible to issue observations and provide a contribution in order to create a document that responds to the expectations of the Senate, and create an institutional declaration that is well designed and covers all the situations of violence that are occurring in the country, their origins, and the proposals for palliative measures defended by the commissions.
Throughout the debates a system of voting was used for disputed opinions with regards to their inclusion or omission. With respect to violence, the commission verifies that all criminal acts occurring in the country are covered in articles 405, 406 and 407 of the current Penal Code.
With respect to drugs, narcotics and alcoholic drinks, the ad-hoc commission suggested issuing a decree prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol, the cultivation, sale and consumption of drugs, and the sale of pharmaceuticals that could be used as drugs, without a medical prescription.
In relation to juvenile delinquency, the commission proposed to the plenary session to urge the Government to apply the General Law on Education, draw up a decree of application with respect to the obligatory nature of education in primary education, with involvement and shared responsibility between the Government, the school and the parents, to review and update the provision regulating the opening and closing of public buildings, to prohibit the sale of alcoholic drinks to those under 18, and to review Tax Law, Tariffs and Investments in order to introduce, among others, the advantages inherent in increasing the number of jobs available.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office