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Government denies complaints about Kero hypermarkets tender

The Secretary of State for Finance and Treasury said this Wednesday that he had not received complaints about the Kero hypermarkets tender and declined to give explanations about the stoppage of a textile factory in Benguela, recently privatized.


Ottoniel dos Santos, who was speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Interministerial Commission on Angola's privatization program (Propriv), responded to a question from Lusa, linked to the current management of the Kero super and hypermarkets network, refusing to comment on the difficulties Africa Textile is going through, delivered last year to Baobab and which was attended by the President, João Lourenço, at the reopening of its activity.

The official said that each media outlet present could only ask one question, and that he would not make any further concessions, sending the answer on the stoppage and overdue wages in Textile Africa to "its own forum".

"[We will] send this question to be answered in the proper forum, through the administration bodies of IGAPE (Institute for the Management of State Assets and Participations) that are available to provide this data, so that you can then clarify this question", he told Lusa.

Africa Têxtil, which had been paralyzed for 18 years, restarted its production activity on 20 February, under the management of the Zimbabwean Baobab Cotton Group, with João Lourenço considering at the time that the investment of more than 400 million dollars in that unit was a national gain, also emphasizing that with private management, the "State no longer has expenses".

The Zimbabwean company dedicated to the transformation of cotton into yarns and fabrics for multiple uses from sheets, bath towels, tablecloths and blankets was the winner of the international public tender for the concession for the management of the manufacturing unit, promoted by IGAPE, but according to the Voice of America, eight months after restarting its production, the factory stopped, due to the lack of cotton and many workers have been without wages for months.

Regarding the hyper and supermarket chain Kero, whose international public tender for its management was won by the Eritrean group Anseba, as announced by IGAPE last week, Ottoniel Santos denied alleged complaints from other competitors, including the Carrefour/Carrefour partnership. Feed Angola.

Regarding the Kero issue, explained the Secretary of State, the tender for the concession of the right to exploit the network "followed all legal procedures and the conclusion of the tender was the winner of the one who presented the best offer".

"So, this is the entity to which, recently, the formal award was made to explore the network", stressed the minister.


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