“No Autonomy in Cape Verde islands” – João Gomes

João Gomes

The elected reaffirms that administrative regionalization is the one that best meets the needs of the islands.

“Cape Verde would not be able to support 10 legislative assemblies, with Santiago Norte making laws that have no application in Santiago South, and Santiago South making laws that have no application in North Santiago, with Saint Vincent making laws that do not have application in St. Anthony or St. Nicholas, etc. The amendment would be worse than the sonnet. So we’re not there yet. At the moment, administrative regionalization is the one that best satisfies, “he argues.

The proposed MpD law for the creation of administrative regions was approved last October 26 in Parliament, with favorable votes from the majority of the majority, two deputies from the UCID and two from the PAICV. Most of the PAICV members abstained, with José Gomes da Veiga voting against.

The approved document provides for the creation of 10 administrative regions, one per island, with the exception of Santiago, which will have two regions, north and south. For each region, two bodies are foreseen: a Regional Executive Commission with three or five members, and a Regional Deliberative Assembly, composed of nine, eleven or thirteen elements, according to the number of municipalities covered. The proposal foresees competences in areas such as economic and social development, spatial planning, education, health, agriculture, fisheries and the environment.

João Gomes explains that the Government’s intention is to make life easier for people.

“What the Government wants to do is transfer powers to an island / region that are now Government, but that are in the general directorates. Therefore, to make life easier for the citizens where they are, those who are powers of the State, but who are at the level of the central directorates, pass to the region, to an entity that is elected by the people, that has to present service and have responsibility before the people, “he explains.

The deputy reaffirms that regionalization does not represent more costs for the country.

“This story told by some people of the PAICV, namely its leader, who intend to pass on the idea that this will bring more cost, this is a false question,” he believes.
It is recalled that the discussion and approval in the specialty of the draft law on regionalization, scheduled for January, was postponed, at the request of the Government, to be able to agree on the different existing proposals, both the MpD, the PAICV and the UCID.

The document must return to the parliamentary house later this month or in March.