Attorney General’s Office, Republic of Mozambique

Former President Armando Guebuza appointed an experienced prosecutor, Beatriz Buchili, as the new Attorney General in July 2014. Ms Buchili, who holds a master’s degree in law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, joined the Public Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 as a district attorney. Ms Buchili follows in the footsteps of Augusto Paulino, who held the post from 2007 to 2014, and was widely regarded as the most efficient and credible Attorney General in the country’s history.

Former President Armando Guebuza appointed an experienced prosecutor, Beatriz Buchili, as the new Attorney General in July 2014. Ms Buchili, who holds a master’s degree in law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, joined the Public Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 as a district attorney. Ms Buchili follows in the footsteps of Augusto Paulino, who held the post from 2007 to 2014, and was widely regarded as the most efficient and credible Attorney General in the country’s history.

As chief law officer, the Attorney General has a special responsibility to be the guardian of the rule of law that protects individuals and society as a whole, and safeguards personal liberties. The Attorney General’s Office is the highest authority of the public ministries, directed by the Attorney General, who is appointed by the President for a period of five years.

Tough on corruption
Speaking at a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption, Attorney General Buchili noted that acts of extortion by agents of authority ‘are practices which not only disgrace the country but also cause serious losses’. To defeat skilled criminals, the legal system also needed ‘fearless co-operation from highly qualified experts committed to the cause of justice’ and ‘to continue boldly in the fight against corruption, because we are convinced that with this mission we are making a positive contribution to the good of our society’.

Vision
The Attorney General’s Office, the superior organ of the prosecution, is an institution of the justice system committed to the democratic rule of law and constitutional guarantees. It is independent, effective in combating crime, and ensures the protection of legitimate rights and interests of citizens and legal entities.

Mission
The Attorney General’s Office, as a responsible institution, holds public prosecutions; heads the investigation of criminal offenses; represents public interest and social control; and guarantees the protection of minors, citizens and legal entities in general, including respect for human rights.