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Benguela: PGR should seize buildings built with public funds that benefited private

After the seizures of real estate in Luanda by the PGR last week, it is now known that the local government of Benguela province believes that the ‘Acácias Rubras’ real estate project is also not in compliance with the law. It is possible that the seven buildings that make up the enterprise were built with public funds withdrawn from the Education and Health sectors, for the benefit of private individuals.

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The complaint was made by Rui Falcão, governor of the province, to President João Lourenço, advances O País. According to the publication, the governor has detected 'addictions' in the project, alerting the PR during one of his visits to the province of Benguela.

At stake is the ‘Acácias Rubras’ project, built about five years ago in the Kalohombo neighborhood, zone B of the municipality of Benguela. The seven buildings, with five floors each, were built by the Chinese company CR-20, and are being managed by the company Horizonte Global.

The real estate project would have been designed by the former governor of the province, Isaac dos Anjos, justified by the large amounts that the State spent on private rentals. The buildings were intended for provincial directorates and other state bodies. However, according to the current government's complaint, quoted by the newspaper, it was privatized for the benefit of a restricted group of citizens.

After an inspection of the finances has detected irregularities in the whole process, the ministry should now activate the action of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), through the National Asset Recovery Service - as happened in Luanda.

Like the process taking place in the capital, the State may become the holder of the assets, in parallel with a criminal proceeding to establish responsibilities.