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UNITA wants to hear ministers on construction of Canal do Cafu, damaged by rains

The UNITA parliamentary group will urgently request a parliamentary hearing to question the ministers involved in the construction of the Canal do Cafu, partially destroyed by the rains, about hiring contractors.


At stake is the partial destruction of Canal do Cafu, an infrastructure inaugurated in April 2022 in Cunene province, to minimize the effects of the drought in the southern region of the country, due to the heavy rains that have been falling in that region of Angola.

In its press release, the parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) states that it intends to hear the ministers of Energy and Water and of Construction and Public Works and the provincial governor of Cunene on "the entire hiring process which led to the choice of contractors, their technical capacity and evidence given in the national and international market, who were the inspectors of the work, their suitability and technical competence, as well as criteria for certification of the quality of the material applied".

The UNITA parliamentary group expressed "its enormous indignation" because "less than 12 months after its inauguration, the Canal do Cafu easily gave in to the rains".

"Such a situation resulting from the poor quality of the work of this project to combat hunger and drought in the south of the country, which cost 137 million dollars to the State coffers, whose results are far from having an impact on the lives of the local populations, proves yet another the enormous economic and social damage that simplified hiring and direct adjustments have caused to the country", reads the note.

For UNITA's parliamentary group, projects of this nature must have "serious inspection 'in loco'", not only in the technical scope, but also in the political and jurisdictional forum by bodies such as the parliament and the Court of Auditors, to avoid the waste of financial resources and actually serving the purposes for which they were allocated.

"UNITA's parliamentary group demands from the executive the responsibility of all public and private agents involved, so that the country stops living on more of the same in terms of low quality and durability of the works", stresses the note.

On Sunday, the National Institute of Water Resources of the Ministry of Energy and Water reported that due to the heavy rains that have occurred in recent days in the city of Ondjiva, capital of Cunene, one of the sections of the Canal Condutor Geral do Cafu suffered displacement of plates.

The National Institute of Water Resources added that a technical team, made up of contractors, inspectors, the provincial government and representatives of the owner of the work carried out the technical survey to replace the plates and solve the situation in that section of the channel.

Canal do Cafu consists of the transfer of a limited amount of water from the Cunene River, in the town of Cafu, transported by gravity to the targeted areas through open-air channels, aiming to benefit 230,000 inhabitants and 255,000 head of cattle in that southern region from Angola.


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