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MPLA says UNITA has to choose between being a party of eternal protest or power

The MPLA advised UNITA, the main opposition political force, to redefine itself between being a party “of eternal protest or a party that aspires to be in power”.


“Parties with a State commitment do not repeatedly make the General State Budget unfeasible and use this instrument to make policies based on populist statements to put the people against the Government”, said deputy Kilamba Van-Dúnem, in the reading of the declaration of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

The position was expressed in the National Assembly, in the scope of the political declarations presented by the parties in the plenary session.

Kilamba Van-Dúnem said that the General State Budget (OGE) for this year was approved by all parties with parliamentary seats "with the usual negative repetition of the parliamentary group of UNITA [National Union for the Total Independence of Angola]".

According to the MPLA deputy, UNITA with “this outdated practice of making opposition” shows an “ardent lack of a governance agenda”, proving to be perfectly incapable “of solving society's concerns in the interest of the Angolan people”.

The deputy reinforced that the law that approved OGE2023 is in line with the MPLA executive program, approved by the people in the 2022 general elections, stressing that the governance program for the five-year period 2022-2027 has entered its first year of implementation and harmonizes with the objectives of sustainable development, providing for the promotion of employment and housing, national production, health, education, urbanism and territorial planning.

“Its permanent impossibility is not, therefore, an instrument that should make the leaders of the opposition proud”, he stressed.

According to the deputy, UNITA, "uncomfortable for not having seen all its contributions received, unfolded in numerous public declarations that were not welcomed by all those who want to see the country very close to the step of development".

"UNITA's arguments and the vote against are extemporaneous, they show a clear tendency to judge the future with past data, when the document presented is a mirror of the radical change in the positioning of fiscal policy", he stressed.

“We would like the main opposition party to join us in the concepts of citizenship around our common cause, Angola and the Angolans”, he added.

The MPLA, continued Kilamba Van-Dúnem, recognizes the size and complexity of the problems existing in the country, "but will continue to work to offer the Angolan people an action program that responds to the real concerns of the entire nation".

"Because the uninterrupted flow of our history will not fail to favor this people in the sense of enabling solutions to current problems, solutions that will benefit everyone without exception, regardless of their origin, religious creed, social condition or party affiliation", he stressed.

Food production, increased production of electricity and improvement of the distribution system, the education and health system, the protection of families, especially the most vulnerable, the legitimate concerns of young people, women's empowerment, culture , sport, national food security, combating climate change are, for the MPLA, the current national concerns, listed the deputy.

“And it is no coincidence that we support the concerns set out in the executive program. At the level of the National Assembly, we, the majority party, have had a deep and mature debate that is mainly related to the ability to negotiate with the other parties represented here, to produce consensus and concertations, sometimes with positive results, we would even say more positive results than negative ones”, he underlined.

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