Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 28, 2010

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Local and International - For April 28, 2010

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National News’ Headings:

*168 families forced to live under emergency tents by flooding *LH agrees with Govt to withdraw more money for education *TL to host Timor Sea Cup *Soares: “KAK has proper policy respond act of corruption *Buibao chief of village shames when he hear corruption within AMP Govt *PM Gusmão repel act of corruption appear with Govt institutions *PM Gusmão would fire corrupt ministers *PM Gusmão is energetic but his officials are incapable *PM Gusmão calls on media to keep publishing news on corruption *Tilman: “Timor-Leste will not be shattered again” *Court to make decision on appeal of assassination attempt case on February 11th on May *F-FDTL disagree with court’s reopening of attacking General Ruak’s residence *Ximenes: “It is important to professionalize judges” *PDHJ receives one thousand complaints of human rights violation *Community leaders question Govt’s strategic plan *PM Gusmao stoned in Quelicai *Luta Hamutuk: “Corruption will be on high if Petroleum Law is amended” *Census of 2010, Public Service Commission to recruit four thousand people *Xanana: Allegation of corruption against my ministers is unsubstantiated *Coalition leaders: We’re not surprised by apparent closeness of Fretilin-CNRT *MP Moreira called for a parliamentary probe commission to investigate MI

National News:

*168 families forced to live under emergency tents by flooding

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tétun

At least 168 families in the Raimea village of Zumalai sub-district in Kovalima had to live under emergency tents because of flooding from the Mola River.

According to the villagers, the flooding from the Mola River has been recurring every year, urging the Government to immediately respond the problem.

Secretary of State for Natural Disasters, Jacinto Rigoberto de Deus, and the acting District Administrator of Kovalima, Teófilo do Carmo, were called to see the situation.

Secretary De Deus said that there will be assistance provided to the people, including cash for work to help the people cleaning the irrigation.

Do Carmo said that we had done everything possible to have attention of the government regarding the flooding in Raimea village.

The flooding happened ten days ago when there was heavy rain in Raimea.

*LH agrees with Govt to withdraw more money for education

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tétun

Director of Luta Hamutuk NGO, Mericio Akara Juvenal, said Tuesday during a press conference that his organization agrees with the idea to take more money from the petroleum fund however the money should be used primarily in the area of education.

Akara also said that there should be a forum established to talk about the diversification of the fund.

“We need to have a forum of discussion where Timorese from all ways of living, especially economist, can decide whether it is necessary to diversify the petroleum fund and if the forum decides to invest the money then one of the four areas should be in education because it is only through education we have qualified people to run the country better,” said Akara.

According to him, Timor-Leste should not take any loan from international financial institution because the conditions they many impose upon Timor-Leste will be unbearable.

*TL to host Timor Sea Cup

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tétun

Timor-Leste is going to be the host for Timor Sea Cup whose participants are Darwin (Australia), Dili and Kupang (Indonesia). According to President of the Timor-Leste Football Association, Francisco Kalbuady Lay, the triangle football competition will be held in Dili from April 29 to May 2, 2010.

He said that since it is the first time for Timor-Leste to organize such event, he wanted everyone in the country to support the success of the event.

According to him the competition is open to public from 3 PM onward to watch at the Dili’s Stadium.

*Soares: “KAK has proper policy respond act of corruption

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Anti-corruption commission Commissary, Aderito de Jesus Soares, has said that KAK has its own policy to respond to the act of corruption appeared within the Government’s institutions.

Commissioner Soares made the comment regarding the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called on KAK not to investigate bribing as it was only about little money.

Commissioner Soares said that KAK respect concerns of the Government and Fretilin but he said that KAK has its own manner to eradicate corruption practices in the country.

“We do respect the concerns of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, but this commission has its own policy how to respond act of corruption,” Commissioner Soares said.

He added that KAK is now consulting with all sides in order to find good mechanism to investigate allegation of corruption case in Timor-Leste.

*Buibao chief of village shames when he hear corruption within AMP Govt

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Buibao chief of village, Francisco Ximenes, has said that he was ashamed when he heard corruption had appeared within the Government’s institutions.

Ximenes made the comment yesterday when he participated in public consultation held by the Government in Baucau about strategic national development plan.

Ximenes also called on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to apply good administration within the Governments’ institutions as it was way to prevent corruption, collusion and nepotism in the country.

At the same time village adviser of Bukoli village, Jaime da Silva, has concerned about local resident of Bukoli as they had not access power and clean water to date.

He also called on the Government to hold urbanization plan to move local residents of Bukoli before the Government implement its PDN in the future.

*PM Gusmão repel act of corruption appear with Govt institutions

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that the Government against act of corruption appeared at all governmental levels.

PM Gusmão made the comment yesterday, because chief of villages in Baucau had concerned about the Governments’ officials involvement in corruption practices.

PM Gusmão said that corruption practices was bad thing and therefore the Government has set up KAK and Inspectorate General whose role are to eradicate corruption virus in the country.

PM Gusmão added that the Government will better improve the country’s judicial sector and will motivate KAK to prevent and eradicate corruption in Timor-Leste.

*PM Gusmão would fire corrupt ministers

*Timor Post, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that he will keep his promise during his political campaign in 2007 saying that he will sack out any ministers or Government’s officials if he found out their involvement in corruption, which is believed to be widespread in his government.

“I remember my promise that I will sack out who steal US$ 5 cents of the Government, but up to this time there is no fact that supports me to implement my promise,” PM Gusmão said.

PM made the comment to respond concern of local residents of Lautem and Baucau districts over indication of corruption appeared within the Government’s institutions.

He added that many people have accused Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Gil da Costa Alves to engage in corruption, but there was no fact to support their accusation.

PM Gusmão also said that he is now looking for the one who made accusation against MTCI Minister.

“I am looking for the one who accuse MTCI Minister da Costa so that he can show me the facts prove that MTCI Minister had really engage in corruption,” PM Gusmão said.

*PM Gusmão is energetic but his officials are incapable

*Timor Post, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Manuel Tilman from KOTA has said has considered Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão is an energetic person, but his officials are lack of skill to execute state budget of the Government and because of this many people continue living under poverty line.

MP Tilman made the comment regarding Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration Mario Viegas Carrascalão who recently said that the Government will spend money US$,5 billion saved in the US Federal Bank.

MP Tilman also called on PM Gusmão and his two deputies to make a proper analysis on the state’s budget execution, because some failure appeared during the budget execution due to the Government’s officials were incapable to execute the money.

“AMP Government is a weak Government with energetic Prime Minister which has misused the money. Just want to say the referendum package projects program is not AMP’s projects program but Xanana’s program who have initiative to give chance to people to earn money before Christmas. I think Deputy PM Carrascalão should resolve problems been appeared in AMP,” MP Tilman said.

Tilman added that the money saved in US Federal Bank was the initiative of the Timorese Government to lend this money to the US Federal Bank in order to make interest.

He also said that the country’s economic condition is getting improved now.

*PM Gusmão calls on media to keep publishing news on corruption

*Timor Post, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called on the national media to continue publishing news on corruption as they have freedom to do so.

PM Gusmão said that media plays an important role in every countries, particularly in social control in order to warn or remind the country’s leaders no to engage in corruption.

PM Gusmão added that media have not publicized news stories without evidence, but he also consider that this was not a serious problem as they had undertake their role and function in social control.

“Journalists are now writing about corruption and some times they make it up and they have no supporting evidences, but people should not threat them. Let them talk and remind us not to steal people’s money,” PM Gusmão said.

He also said that it was free for the journalist to spread news about AMP Government.

*Tilman: “Timor-Leste will not be shattered again”

*Diario Nacional, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Manuel Tilman who is President for KOTA, has said that he totally support Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and Fretilin Secretary General Mari Alkatiri to unite and lead this country on 2012 onward.

“If PM Gusmão and Mari Alkatiri together to lead this country on 2012 then I believe that Timor-Leste will be well developed and it will not shatter again,” Tilman said.

MP Tilman said that Xanana and Fretilin had fight for the country’s liberation, but now he was criticized by many people.

“We are in abroad and Xanana was like God in our seeing, but he is criticized by many people after become Prime Minister,” Tilman said.

Tilman also called on PM Gusmão and Mari Alkatiri to have peace and pardon each other as it was what demanded by all Timorese people.

*Court to make decision on appeal of assassination attempt case on February 11th on May

*Diario Nacional, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Appellate Court President, Claudio Ximenes, has said that the Appellate Court will make decision on the appeal made by the lawyers of the ex-rebel to the court recently.

“It will not take long time to release decision. Document of this case just has been submitted days ago and the court will analyze it properly and the court will determine time to made decision and I think it will happen next month,” Ximenes said.

Ximenes made the comment last Thursday 22nd after participating in the international seminar held at the Foreign Ministry’s Conference Hall.

Ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men were sentenced by the Dili District Court recently to face prison terms 8 up to 16 years imprisonment, because they were believed to engage in the assassination attempt against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minster Xanana Gusmão on February 11th 2008.

However, layers for ex-rebels were dissatisfied with the decision made by the court to sentence their clients and therefore they make appeal to the court as the court had not make decision based on the evidences during the trial process.

*F-FDTL disagree with court’s reopening of attacking General Ruak’s residence

*Diario Nacional, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Dili District Court has summon three officers of the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) to be testified in the court regarding assaulting case on resident of Major General Taur Matan Ruak, but they disagree with the court to repeat trial process for this case.

Those three officer of F-FDTL Military Police were Sergeant Cesario da Costa, Second Sergeant Domingo da Costa Pereira and Second Sergeant Damião “Coro Moko” da Silva.

They disagreed with the court to repeat trial process for this case as they had provide their testimony before.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Felismino Cardoso made an official request to the court so that trial process for this case will close to the public but it was refused by the court.

According to President of Jurists, João Paulo has said that trial process should repeat as it was guarantee in the law.

“Court understand you and your position but based on the law that you have to be testified in the repetition of trial process for this case,” Paulo said.

*Ximenes: “It is important to professionalize judges”

*Diario Nacional, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Appellate Court President, Claudio Ximenes, has said that it is important to better professionalize 17 Timorese judges as will helpful to combat corruption in the country.

Ximenes said that it was important to add judges in the country before setting up audit High Administrative, Tax and Audit Court.

“Those Judges who will manage High Administrative, Tax and Audit Court should have good skills, we need technical staffs for audit as well and they have to be professionalized before undertaking their work to help judges,” Ximenes said.

He added that the Government in collaboration with the court have made process to set up High Administrative, Tax and Audit Court in the country, but it will realize after the Parliament approve law that allow to set it up.

He added that the objective of setting up High Administrative, Tax and Audit Court was to control the Government’s institutions to execute that state budget based on the law, adding that it was important to the country to have superior court for account and administrative supervisor

*PDHJ receives one thousand complaints of human rights violation

*Suara Timor Lorosae, April 28, 2010, language source: Tetun

Ombudsman of Human Rights and Justice, Sebastiao Dias Ximenes, has said Tuesday (27/4) that so far the office has received one thousand complaints of human rights violation, most of whom involving members of the National Police Force (PNTL).

According to him, the complaints of human rights violation by PNTL were lodged by local community, including during the joint operation to hunt down so-called Ninjas.

He added that he has asked PNTL to do proper investigation into the cases however so far there is no report back from the PNTL. He said as a law enforcement agency, PNTL should not play justice with their own hands against those who involved in public disturbance or other crimes.

He informed that the office would put complaint box in every district in order to allow people to lodge their complaints about violation of human rights.

He added that in the near future his office would hold workshop nationwide to explain the functions of the Ombudsman of Human Rights and Justice.

*Community leaders question Govt’s strategic plan

*Timor post, April 28, 2010 language Source: Tetun

Community leaders of Lautem and Baucau districts have questioned the Government strategic national development plan, because they considered socialization of PDN as political campaign of the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT).

Home village chief of Lospalos Sub district, Ambrosio, has said that he concern about the Government’s socialization of strategic national development plan as it seemed as political campaign.

“Whether this is the Government’s or CNRT’s strategic plan?” Ambrosio questioned.

Local resident of Quelicai, Laga and Baguia sub districts had also raise up same question when PM Gusmão hold public consultation in that areas.

Meanwhile, PM Gusmão has said that this plan is not belong to the CNRT but it belong to Timorese people, adding that this strategic plan will be implemented by any party which will govern this country on 2012 onward.

PM Gusmão also denied recent rumors about money went missing neither in his office nor in Finance Ministry.

“No money lost neither in my office and office of Finance Ministry,” PM Gusmão said.

*PM Gusmao stoned in Quelicai

*Timor Post, April 28, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and his delegation were stoned in Quelicai church at 3:00 AM.

Personal Security Guard of PM Gusmão and the Timorese Military Police officers who was there said that the delegation of PM Gusmao was stoned.

There were five people detained after the incidents.

The five detainees had been handed over to Baucau district police for investigation.

*Luta Hamutuk: “Corruption will be on high if Petroleum Law is amended”

*Timor Newsline, April 28, 2010

Luta Hamutuk Director, Juvinal dos Reis, has said that corruption, collusion and nepotism will increase in the country if the Government amended law for Petroleum to take money more then 3% fro petroleum fund.

Dos Reis made the comment yesterday in his office and saying that the judicial system in the country was still weak and therefore the government’s initiative of amending Petroleum law to spend more money from petroleum fund was a possibility to increase corruption number in the country.

He added that it was difficult to eradicate corruption virus in the country although there are some institutions been set up by the Government to combat corruption in the country.

He also said he agrees with the Government to take money from petroleum fund but it was important to the Government to execute the money well for the national development and interest.

“I agree wit the Government to take money from petroleum fund but the important thing is the Government have proper plan and program in order to execute the money well to develop this country,” dos Reis said.

Meanwhile, MP Inacio Moreira from Fretilin, has said that he agrees with opinion of Luta Hamutuk that the Government should hold socialization about Government plan to take money from petroleum fund.

He said that the Government has spent much money but many local residents are now living under poverty line.

“I disagree with the Government to amend law for Petroleum in order to take more money for petroleum fund, because it will give space to the people to engage in corruption, collusion and nepotism that will hamper growth of national development,” MP Moreira said.

However, MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese reconstruction (CNRT) has said that the government plan to take more money from the petroleum fund was aimed to support implement 2020 plan in the country so that people can live prosperously in the future.

“It is important to the Government to invest in the country in order to better develop the country and improve people’s condition of life. We should manage and use our wealth for our people,” MP da Costa said.

*Census of 2010, Public Service Commission to recruit four thousand people

*Timor Newsline, April 28, 2010

The Timorese Public Function Commission in collaboration with National Directorate of Statistics have held recruitment process for four thousand of people before 2010 census.

The objective of recruitment was to guarantee transparency in the country and to prevent corruption, collusion and nepotism in the country.

Chief of Public Function Information Department, Marcelina Mesquita, in a press release stated that the Public Function Commission had ordered the DNE about contract terms as it helpful to guarantee transparency and this process can be run well based on the law.

She added that the result of the written test will announce on May 11th and those people who pass the written test will attend interview test on May 13th this year.

*Xanana: Allegation of corruption against my ministers is unsubstantiated

*Suara Timor Lorosae, April 28, 2010, language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmao once again has defended his ministers saying that allegations of corruption against his ministers is unsubstantiated and therefore he challenges those who allege his minister to present proof and facts to him.

“To date, those who talk that there is corruption is unfounded because they fail to show corroborating evidence,” said Gusmao during a consultation session of the National Development Plan in sub-district of Laga, Baukau Sunday (25/4)

He added that after hearing the allegation, he has been restless to find facts of corruption but thus far his search for facts is null.

“I have been searching for facts since 2008 as some people cry out that Minister Gil Alves and Minister Lucia Lobato involved in corruption but I found no facts,” he reiterated.

He said that he is still committed to the election promises that those who found out stealing 5 cents will be put behind bars.

He also said that there are certain whistleblowers in the government who said that there is corruption but they are incapable of getting proofs and facts of corruption.

“Some people are in the government and they say that the government is corrupt, pretending that they control the systems of the government but up to date they found nothing,” he added.

Vice Prime Minister for Management of State Administration has repeatedly said that there is widespread corruption in the government’s institutions.

He added that he is aware of people urging him to take necessary actions against corrupt ministers but as there are no facts he is more concerned about serving the people.

“I want to serve the people who are poor and therefore when I am informed that there is corruption I would just laugh,” he said.

A youth leader from Baguia, Gregorio Luis Menezes, said that Gusmao should not be indifferent about the issue of corruption within his government urging him to take tough and serious measures to eradicate corruption.

*Coalition leaders: We’re not surprised by apparent closeness of Fretilin-CNRT

*Suara Timor Lorosae, April 28, 2010, language source: Tetun

Leaders of bench parties taking part in the current coalition government have said that they are not surprised by recent political progress between CNRT and Fretilin that the two parties would establish a coalition for the coming 2012 parliamentary elections.

“This is a normal thing for us because this is all about politics. Today we may say something and tomorrow we may have different position, so we are not particularly concerned about the issue,” said MP Riak Leman, bench leader of PSD.

MP Adriano do Nascimento, bench leader of PD, said that if CNRT leaves the coalition in 2012, his party is ready to become opposition in the National Parliament.

“PD is neither a historic party nor has a historic figure. It is neither the biggest party nor the smallest party. So, in the future if CNRT wants to have coalition with Fretilin, we are ready to become opposition,” he said.

MP Renan Selak, bench leader from UNDERTIM party, said that he is not apprehensive of the relationship between CNRT and Fretilin when there is no legal agreement about the coalition of the two.

“We don’t feel threatened by the relationship between CNRT and Fretilin when there is no legal agreement that they are now together. Above all, we in current coalition have commitment to bring the government up to 2012,” said Riak Leman.

Recently, Secretary General of Fretilin Party, Mari Alkatiri, has said that Xanana Gusmao wants to get rid of the current coalition and that in the future there is possibility that Xanana returns to his proper ‘home’.

However, Secretary General of CNRT, Dionisio Soares Babo, has said that in 2017 the party would prefer to govern alone as he believes that the party would win the 2012 election.

MP Manuel Tilman from KOTA said that it is possible for CNRT and Fretilin to have coalition because they all have good objectives to develop the country.

*MP Moreira called for a parliamentary probe commission to investigate MI

*Suara Timor Lorosae, April 28, 2010, language source: Tetun

MP Inacio Moreira from Fretilin has called on the National Parliament to establish its commission of enquiry into the failure of the Ministry of Infrastructure, especially the Secretariat of State for Electricity, Water and Urbanization as he believed that there is huge failure in terms of implementation of the state budget allocated to this ministry.

MP Moreira, who is also Vice President for Committee G which handles the issue of infrastructure, made the statement in the plenary session Tuesday, saying that both Ministry of Infrastructure and the Secretary of State for Electricity, Water and Urbanization has failed to implement the budget allocated to them.

According to him, the budget allocation for electricity sector in the country is high but the there is frequent blackout in Dili and in certain districts there is even no electricity at all.

He said that the budget allocation for electricity from 2007 up to 2009 has reached almost US$100M but there is no significant change in the area of electricity.

“In 2009, the government allocated US$87 as it was a dream for the AMP government to provide electricity in 24 hours but this has failed completely as there is no plan,” said Moreira.

Moreira also said that there is maladministration in the Secretariat of State for Electricity, Water, and Urbanization in the implementation of US$16.693M was allocated under Referendum Package Projects but it turned out that it was executed under Emergency Package.

He also said that power grid installations between Laga-Baguia-Afaloikai, using US$4.669M by Alvorada Company is considered to be a practice of nepotism, as the owner of the company has family relationship with Julio Alfaro, President of AECCOP (Timor-Leste’s Association of Entrepreneurs for Civil Construction and Public Works).

He also added that there is a foreign company, Machineries Unipessoal Lta, which is granted projects from the Referendum Package in establishing power grids in the country.

He also said that the districts of Manatuto and Oecusse have been without electricity for more than three months as the power generators are out of order.

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