Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 20, 2010

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Local and International Media Monitoring - For April 20, 2010

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*Tribunal reopens 2006 case of shooting at TMR’s residence *MP from coalition wanted Govt to present its planning on decentralization projects *PM Gusmão starts holding public consultation about Govt strategic development plan *Govt strategic plan of 2011 up to 2030 will different with the past one *MP Tilman encourage people to ask PM Gusmão for dissolving AMP *Police officers should not involve in politic: Colonel Coca *PNTL plans its new strategy to ensure security during ordination of new bishop *Fernandes: “Martial art followers should not limit resident’s freedom” *People should not believe in rumors *Domestic Violence case remains high: Fernandes *President Horta threatens not to promulgate 2011 general state budget *Corruption will bring disaster for national development *MPs from CNRT, Fretilin, PUN and KOTA: It is better to dissolve Parliament *Fretilin threatens to publicize result of KIP’s report *CNRT, PUN and Fretilin support President Horta to postpone municipality system *Gonçalves: In 2009 coalition Govt reduced poverty by 12.2% *HAK trained PNTL’s VPU on prevention of violence against women *Carrascalão: Fighting corruption is everyone’s responsibility *President Horta: There will be an Electronic Chinese Company in Laclubar

National News:

*Tribunal reopens 2006 case of shooting at TMR’s residence

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Court has reopened the case of shooting at the residence of Timor-Leste’s Defense Force Commander Taur Matan Ruak in May 2006.

The attack was alleged to be directed by Abilio ‘Mausoko’ Mesquita, Artur Havelar, Arlindo da Costa, and Valente de Araujo who were members of the National Police Force (PNTL).

According to Paulo dos Remedios, a lawyer of Abilio Mesquita, the case is reopened because their appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the case was successful.

Dos Remedios said that he appealed against the decision of the court because the court failed to do the defendant’s request to have a visit to the residence of Taur Matan Ruak.

“The request was for the court to authorize a visit to the residence of Major General Taur Matan Ruak due to the principle of special diligence, as the right of the defendant based on the Process of Criminal Proceedings Article 252,” said Dos Remedios.

He added that in the previous judgment in 2007 and 2008, the court violated this right of defendant, the reason which made the Court of Appeal to over-rule the decision of the Dili District Court.

The hearing on Monday was presided by Judge João Paulo and aided by Constâncio Basmery and Deolindo de Jesus.

In the hearing, the office of public prosecution read the charges against the attackers.

On May 25, 2006 the residence of Taur Matan Ruak was under attack from PNTL members following the institutional conflict involving the two security and defense institutions.

Taur Matan Ruak, was a Brigadier General, was at the Defense Force’s headquarter but his children were in there residence.

A team rescued Ruak’s children unharmed but Ruak’s body guards involved in shoot-out with the attackers.

*MP from coalition wanted Govt to present its planning on decentralization projects

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Adriano do Nascimento from Democratic Party (PD) has urged the government Monday to present its proper plan to the National Parliament in relation to the government’s intention to launch decentralization package projects.

“I think we all in the National Parliament, either from coalition or opposition alike, when we carried out our oversight we all concerned about quality and implementation of the referendum package projects,” said Do Nascimento.

He added that the National Parliament should invite government to give explanation of the decentralization projects.

The referendum package was initiated by the coalition government in 2009 without any approval from the National Parliament.

Since its implementation the referendum package has been criticized by many people in terms of its quality and process of management.

After having a lot of criticisms against the government in relation to the referendum package, the government has planned decentralization package to replace the troubled referendum package.

*PM Gusmão starts holding public consultation about Govt strategic development plan

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão yesterday started to hold public consultation about the Government’s strategic plan of national development.

PM Gusmão made the comment yesterday in the opening ceremony of public consultation in Lautem District.

PM Gusmão said that the Government’s strategic plan will show people’s role to reach their dream about development program through their vision for 2020.

He added that the objective of meeting with the local residents was to promote public consultation in order to get input from the residents about the Government’s plan starting from 2011 up to 2030.

PM Gusmão also said that the Government’s strategic plan will orientate the Government to develop the country based on the development program.

He also promised that the Government will continue improving people’s condition of live based on the Government’s capability, adding that Timorese people have right to be treated well by the Government b y using the wealth of the country including income got from the oil and gas in the Timor Sea.

“The Government will make efforts to improve people’s condition of live as our country have enough income from Timor Sea to do so,” PM Gusmão said.

*Govt strategic plan of 2011 up to 2030 will different with the past one

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão yesterday said in the public consultation in Lautem district that the Government’s strategic plan for development from 2011 up to 2030 will different with the Past Government strategic plan from 2002 up to 2007.

PM Gusmão said that the new strategic development plan of the Government was the center of the development program.

He added that this strategic was new paradigms for the Government to better develop the country, particularly about productive capacity development, and employment.

“We are governing the country and therefore we have to show to the citizens that we are seriously serving the people. You have to show how far your capability and and intelligence are,” PM Gusmão said.

PM Gusmão also said that another program of the Government are modernization of agriculture, industry, working capability of social work and human capital development.

*MP Tilman encourage people to ask PM Gusmão for dissolving AMP

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Manuel Tilman from KOTA in the Parliamentary plenary session yesterday had called on all people to bravely asking Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to dissolve the Alliance Government if its officials and MPs in the Parliament have not undertaking their work well.

MP Tilman said that people should decided to ask the government about this case in the public consultation held by PM Gusmão to ask residents’ opinion about the Government’s strategic plan for national development.

MP Tilman confirmed that MPs were well paid and facilitated by the Government but sometimes MPs were absent in the Parliament, adding that some of the Government’s officials had not respect hierarchy of the work and therefore he said it was eligible for the resident to ask for PM Gusmão to dissolve AMP Government.

“If the people dissatisfy with the MPs work because they are well paid and facilitated but have not worked optimally then it is better for the residents to ask PM Gusmão to dissolve this alliance and form another alliance,” MP Tilman said.

MP Tilman added that Government will feel shame if its officials continue engage in corruption and will not undertake their duty optimally in the future.

He also said that his party will in support with Government to implement its entire program although he dissatisfied with the work of some MPs and the Government’s officials.

*Police officers should not involve in politic: Colonel Coca

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Spanish Force representative Colonel Angel Alba Coca, has called on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers and civil security guard not to involve in politic otherwise they will not undertake their duty properly and optimally.

Colonel Coca made the comment yesterday at the President Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitarak-Laran, Dili, when he was invited by the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) to share his experience to the National Police.

He said that the police officers in his country had undertaken their duty well due to they conduct their task based on the law and order.

“The Spanish police had conduct their task and respond to any case based on the law and order. They had never detained people based on their own will,” Colonel Coca said.

Meanwhile, the Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, believed that the experience of Colonel Coca will benefit the national police officers to more carefully in responding to any case.

*PNTL plans its new strategy to ensure security during ordination of new bishop

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Mateus Fernandes, has confirmed that the National Police is now planning new strategy to ensure security for the ceremony of swore in mouth for new Monsignor for Maliana Diocese.

“We all know that the ceremony of ordination of new Monsignor for Maliana Diocese will be held in Tasitolu, and therefore the National Police is arranging new plan to ensure security during the ceremony. This plan will also apply to secure the socialization held by the Government in districts and sub-districts about strategic plan for the national development,” Fernandes said.

He added, “The national police also made preparation to ensure security in the election for municipality system as well another election that will be held in the country.”

*Fernandes: “Martial art followers should not limit resident’s freedom”

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Commander Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernades has called on the martial arts gangs who conduct their movement at night not to impeding the local residents’ freedom.

“We thanks the residents for their opinion saying that the situation in their area is under control and those incident happened was unknown to them as it occur suddenly,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes pledged that the National police will continue undertaking their duty in the fild based on the law and order, so that the local resident can conduct their daily activities freely.

“PNTL will collaborate with the United Nations Police and another institution to ensure security in the country so that people can freely undertake their daily activities,” Fernandes said.

He also called on the martial followers in Bucoli of Baucau district to conduct their movement with a proper manner so that it can not affect people’s activity or freedom.

*People should not believe in rumors

*Timor Post, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Commander Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes has called on all people not to believe in rumors widespread that there will be conflict appear on May 20th as it was false rumors.

“I just want to say that we should not believe in the false rumors and let us see what will really happen,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes said that May 20th is the historical and is restoration of independence, which is a very important day for all Timorese.

“May 20th is the day for all the Timorese people. Therefore all people should make self reflection for this day,” Fernandes said.

He stressed that the National Police will firmly maintain security in the country for people’s safety.

“It is not a serious problem. We will firmly maintain security so that people can live freely in this democratic country,” Fernandes said.

*Domestic Violence case remains high: Fernandes

*Timor Post, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander Superintendent Mateus Fernandes has confirmed that the case of domestic violence in the country is staying in high based on the investigation result of the National Investigation Development (NID) of the PNTL.

Fernandes said that those cases been investigated by NID were sent to the court to be processed legally.

He added that based on the NID report to his department that domestic violence case is in huge number.

“We all know that most cases been registered are domestic violence cases, assaulting cases and martial arts clash case, Fernandes said.

*President Horta threatens not to promulgate 2011 general state budget

*Timor Post, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has threatened no to promulgate the 2011 general state budget and return it to the Parliament if the Government will not include road reparation in the rural areas.

“I emphasize that I will not just sign the 2011 general state budget with closing eyes,” President Horta said.

President Horta said that people had shriek many times for the Government to repair roads in rural areas because in reality that roads in rural areas was really in bad condition.

President Horta added that he will talk with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to include road reparation from Kribas to Laclubar in the additional state budget and he also called on the State Secretary for Public Work to pay attention in this case.

President Horta also said that the Government should not talk about development only but the important thing is the Government should implement its promise.

“I ask the Government to open its eyes to roads in bad condition and they should not talk only about development but road conditions in rural areas continue in bad condition,” President Horta said.

*Corruption will bring disaster for national development

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario Viegas Carrascalão, has said that corruption case it the most issues that was concerned by all people, because it will affect negatively to the national development process in the country.

Deputy Carrascalão made the comment yesterday in at the workshop of working group of anti-corruption held at the Government Palace.

Deputy Carrascalão said that he will continue fight against corruption in the country as it was his main role to do so and therefore he called on all sides to support him to eradicate corruption appear at all governmental levels.

“All the states institution whose duty is to combat corruption should start their duty from now to eradicate corruption practices appear with the Government’s institutions,” Deputy Carrascalão said.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General Ana Pesoa Pinto, has said that one way to reduce corruption number in the country was the government should define mechanism of combating corruption and set up audit court.

Pesoa added that it was impossible for the anti-corruption commission to undertake its work well to combat corruption in the country since there was no human resource that can support the KAK to perform its work.

Pesoa also called on the KAK leader to capacitate his staffs so that they can undertake their duty well in combating corruption in the country.

“I call on the KAK’s leader to professionalize his staffs so that they can support the KAK’s Commissioner to eradicate corruption virus in the country,” Pesoa made the call.

At the same time the Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Sebastião Dias Ximenes, has said that it was important to let the PDHJ, KAK and Prosecutor General know about the Government’s plan to promote the Government’s officials for a new high level of post.

*MPs from CNRT, Fretilin, PUN and KOTA: It is better to dissolve Parliament

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction, Fretilin, National Unity Party (PUN) and KOTA have said that it was better to dissolve the National Parliament and run another election, because many MPs were absent many times.

“It is better to dissolve the Parliament if it does not function well as many MPs are absent many times,” MP Duarte Nunes from CNRT said.

MP Nunes made critics that the MPs had many times claimed to increase their salary but they had never fulfill their duty as MP and it had balance with their claims.

MP Aniceto Guterres from Fretilin said that some times there was no discussion in the Parliament due to the absence of the MP, adding that sometimes the debate start at 10:00 AM and it was in the contrary with the Parliamentary regiment that the debate should start at 9:00 AM.

“Fortunately the Parliamentary debate starts at 10:00 AM, but sometimes it did not happean because the absence of the MPs and this is different with the first legislative Government,” MP Guterres said.

At the same time Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party stated the same stories that the MPs had absent many times and it was one obstacle for the Parliament to run debate.

MP Manuel Tilman from KOTA also said that it is better for the people to ask Prime Minister to dissolve the Parliament as it has not function well lately.

*Fretilin threatens to publicize result of KIP’s report

*Diário Nacioná, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Aniceto Guterres from Fretilin, has threaten to publicize the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (KIP) if the Parliament will not include in its agenda to debate result of KIP’s report.

Kip was formed to hold investigation into the indication of corruption, collusion and nepotism appeared in the Government’s MTCI subsidized rice distribution.

“The Parliament should hold an appreciation into the report and we are now waiting for the Parliament to put in the KIP report in the agenda to be hold appreciation, but we will publicise this report and said that the Alliance Government has no will observe those act the breached the law and indication of corruption, particularly in the MTCI subsidized rice distribution,” MP Guterres said.

Meanwhile, MP Fernanda Borges, from the National Unity Party (PUN), has said that the Parliament should put the KIP’s report in agenda of the Parliament to be appreciated in order to hear idea of the MPs about MTCI rice issues.

According to MP Duarte Nunes from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has said that the Parliamentary Speaker Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo canceled to include the KIP’s report in the Parliamentary agenda to be appreciated because report of the KIP had not fallow the rule.

*CNRT, PUN and Fretilin support President Horta to postpone municipality system

*Timor Post, April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), Fretilin and the National Unity Party (PUN) were in support with the President Jose Ramos Horta to postpone implementation of municipality system in the country as there was lack of human resources.

MP Aniceto Guterres from Fretilin, has said that human resources and infrastructure of the country was still limited therefore the Government should not implement this system since the country is still lack of those things.

“I think the Government should not implement municipality system if there is lack of human resources and we should not force ourselves to implement municipality system in the country,” MP Guterres said.

MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) also said that the Government should postpone the implementation of municipality system in the country as the Government has no self preparation in terms of finance, infrastructure and human resources.

“We can conduct election for municipality system in the country since we now mechanism to implement this system, therefore we need to make a proper analysis rather that implement the system in a hurry because it will bring problem in the future,” MP da Costa said.

MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN) said that she agree with the President Horta to postpone municipality system implementation.

According to Vidal “Riak Leman” de Jesus from Social Democratic Party (PSD) said that it was not the time to implement municipality system in the country since law for this system is yet to discus and approve by the Parliament.

The Government has planned to implement municipality system this year but reality showed that nothing happened and worse than that was law for this system was yet to discus and approve by the Parliament.

*Gonçalves: In 2009 coalition Govt reduced poverty by 12.2%

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Minister of Economic Development João Mendes Gonçalves has said that the coalition government led by Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmão reduced poverty rate by 12.2% in 2009.

“Through the 2009 state budget the government could reduce poverty down to 12.2% indicating that the poverty is increasingly lower,” said Minister Gonçalves.

Minister Gonçalves made the statement during a national congress of Timor-Leste’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry held last week at Hotel Timor, Dili.

He added, “We all know that according to international experts and Timorese economists, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other institutions that Timor-Leste’s economic growth had impacted in the reduction of poverty at least 8% per annum.”

He said, “When the AMP Government ruled the country just for five months it could increase the economic growth of the country up to 8.4% and when we entered the 2008 fiscal year, the economic growth reached up to 12.8%, which was number two of the highest economic growth in the world.”

According to 2007’s Timor-Leste’s Standard of Living Survey the poverty rate in the country was 49.9%, an increase of 13.6% of national poverty rate in 2001.

If the statement of Minister Gonçalves is accurate, then the poverty rate in the country is now 37.7%.

Despite the huge economic growth, Timor-Leste’s is one of the poorest countries on earth and the poorest in the region.

*HAK trained PNTL’s VPU on prevention of violence against women

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Human Rights and Justice (HAK) Association is training 17 PNTL members from the Victim’s Protection Unit (VPU) in order to prevent violence against women in Timor-Leste.

The participants are from VPUs of Likisa, Ermera, Ainaro, Oecusse, Manufahi, Bobonaro and Kovalima. Based on the date, in these districts number of incidents of violence against women is considerably high.

Operational Commander of the PNTL Chief Superintendent Mateus Fernandes said that the training is very important for his members in order to respond to the increasing demands of the people.

Rógerio Viegas Vicente, HAK’s Program Manager for the strengthening of Law and Citizens’ rights said that the training was provided based on its monitoring so far in which many women become victim due to lack understanding of various forms of violence against women and how to deal it.

He hoped that with the training, the participants would be able to protect rights of women in Timor-Leste. The three day training is held at the Training Center of João Paulo II in Komoro, Dili.

*Carrascalão: Fighting corruption is everyone’s responsibility

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s Vice Prime Minister for Management of State Administration has said that fight against corruption has been a national issue and therefore it is every Timorese’s responsibility to fight against corruption.

“The question of corruption is everyone’s responsibility to fight against it, not only the responsibility of the government,” said the founder of Timorese Socialist Democratic Party (PSD).

The former Indonesian Governor in Timor-Leste made the statement during a recent meeting with Prosecutor General, Anti-corruption Commission, Ombudsman of Human Rights and Justice, Inspector General, PNTL, BPA, and the Civil Service Commission.

He added that the way the corrupt officials operate has been described as sophisticated and therefore every entity in the county should make their best effort to reduce and fight against the epidemic of corruption.

Prosecutor General Ana Pessoa Pinto said that in order to reduce corruption it is necessary to define a mechanism such as administration and audit court which could among others oversight the execution of the state budget.

She also suggested that in the future contacts with huge amount of money should also be made available to the office of public prosecution in order to help controlling unwanted irregularities in the implementation of such contracts.

Mr. Carrascalão has been a whistleblower in the government by stating repeatedly that there is widespread corruption within the government’s institutions but his boss Prime Minister Gusmão has refined the statement by saying that there is no corruption in the government and all his ministers are competent.

During the 2007 parliamentary election Mr. Gusmão, was known for his statement that if he found anyone steeling 25 cents he would fire her/him immediately.

Some critics have said that Gusmão is too weak to take tough measures against his corrupt minister because of fright of the collapse of the coalition government.

Under this line of thought, many institutions established for the purpose of promoting transparency and good governance of the government is merely a lip-service as he does not have gut to take strong measures against his own ministers and secretaries of states.

*President Horta: There will be an Electronic Chinese Company in Laclubar

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 20, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s President José Ramos Horta has said during a dialogue with local community in Laclubar sub-district of Manatuto that in the future a Chinese company would operate in Lacubar in the area of electronic and it would employ up to three thousand people.

Answering to the questions from some local youth organization on the need of employment, President Horta said, “A Chinese man will build a company here and it will need three thousand people and I think that youth of Laclubar can be employed by the company.”

It is reported that around 15 thousand of youth get in to local market annually however the country can only accept around one fifth of the total number of youth, which constitutes half of the population.


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