Senate plenary meeting

The legislators, on their mission to oversee the interests and well-being of the people they represent in the Upper Chamber of Parliament, met on 20th March in a plenary session to debate the causes of the violence and crime wave in Equatorial Guinea, and to propose measures aimed at putting a stop to it.

Following the working programme for the first ordinary period of sessions 2019, the sixth plenary meeting held by the Senate this year began with words of introduction from the President of the Upper Chamber, Teresa Efua Asangono, assisted by her first and second Vice-Presidents, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan Malabo and Agustin Nze Nfumu. In her speech she highlighted the importance of the subject of the debate: the violence, in all its forms, that is repeatedly being recorded throughout the country.

In this context, the Senate considered it opportune to organise a single topic session in order to seek strategies that can ease or eradicate this social scourge.

Efua Asangono pointed out a lack of moral principles, the unification of criteria within the family nucleus, and responsible fatherhood, aspects which she described as essential to counter this phenomenon that is causing social unrest among Equatoguinean citizens.

As the study of these shock measures is a parliamentary initiative from the PDGE Group, its deputy spokesperson, Elias Ovono Nguema, in addition to highlighting the commitment of this political grouping and its President Founder, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to the development of the country, also invited the senators to coordinate efforts in order to come up with proposals that can guarantee the well-being of the people of Equatorial Guinea, while praising the efforts deployed by the public and private sectors to stop the spread of this social ill.

Considering the matter of great relevance, two commissions have been formed to carefully examine the causes behind this phenomenon. The first commission, overseen by the senator Batho Obama Nsue Mangue, will collect the recommendations proposed during the plenary session, while the second, led by Antonio Pascual Oko Ebobo, will draw up legislative proposals for laws against delinquency, in order to remedy any gaps in judicial regulations.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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