Presentation of reports from ad-hoc commissions

The Senate plenary session overseen by Teresa Efua Asangono met on 5th April to debate the reports presented by the ad-hoc commissions assigned to draw up proposals for measures to reduce and eradicate the wave of violence, crimes and other offences that is currently being seen throughout the nation.

In compliance with the mandate of the Senate Plenary session of 19th March, the results of the work were presented.

The session began with a reading of the report drawn up by the secretary of the commission, Jose Domingo Ndong Bakale. Debates followed in which the senators proposed the omission or inclusion of various aspects, in order to adapt the text correctly. 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 and other aspects, 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

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