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UNITA criticizes corruption scandals in the courts in parliament

The UNITA parliamentary group said this Thursday that the first quarter of the 2023 legislative year was fertile in events with an impact on the lives of Angolans and marked by corruption scandals, especially around the superior courts.


According to the vice-president of the parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Albertina Navita Ngolo, scandals involving “interpreters from various institutions, from judges of the higher courts, namely the Supreme Court and the Audit Court” have returned to tarnish the already worn image of public agents.

“The practice of governance contrasts with the official discourse of combating corruption, nepotism, clientelism and other vices that plague the public affairs management system”, said the deputy, when reading the political declaration of the parliamentary group of the largest opposition party .

Navita Ngolo also highlighted “Mr. President of the Republic, who in the context of public procurement chose only one of its forms", which, in his opinion, is the one that "least promotes fair competition, transparency, justice, universality and equality required by law, direct adjudication which, for the most attentive and coherent, have clearly benefited from two to three companies that have become today the jewels of the private sector, privileged by the regime, completely contradicting the discourse of the much publicized 'new paradigm of governance'”.

The vice-president of the UNITA parliamentary group denounced that Angola has had a Constitution of the Republic for 13 years, but prevails in the country "a regime that violates the fundamental rights of citizens, freedom of assembly and demonstration".

“The authorities who should be their defenders, chase, arrest, attack civic activists, journalists, prevent vigils and marches for freedom, for the institutionalization of municipalities and other issues of national interest, all in the old fashioned way, in defiance of the Constitution and the law and always against the grain of the official discourse”, he stressed.

On the institution of local authorities in Angola, Navita Ngolo stressed that, six months after the general elections, the Government “refuses to give citizens the opportunity to choose their mayors through free, equal, universal and direct voting”.

“We are talking about the institutionalization of municipalities in the 164 municipalities of this rich and beautiful country, where the people experience various vicissitudes such as hunger, unemployment, lack of medical and drug assistance, poor access to drinking water, energy, precarious road infrastructure, public insecurity and other evils”, he observed.

According to Navita Ngolo, the National Assembly has been doing its work in terms of legislation and the parliamentary group states, “bluntly, that what is missing for the completion of this task and the calling of local elections in Angola is the political will of the President".

“And as if that were not enough, in this wait for the autarchies, today there has emerged yet another avenue of escape from the political, administrative and financial decentralization of the central structure of power to the local one, the famous 'new administrative division' that some groups have placed before public opinion. public, without a structured and proper consultation with the citizens of this vast Angola”, he said.

UNITA's parliamentary group questions which priority is given to the new administrative division that is intended to be proposed to Angolans.

“Absolutely not from the people. Because the people want autarchy now, and in all municipalities. It is clear that this intended new administrative division only serves to postpone the realization of autarchy by those who still do not understand that the time of absolute and hegemonic power of a group in decisions on matters structuring the State has passed”, he added.

Regarding the discussion of the proposed law to amend the General Labor Law, of 2015, the UNITA parliamentary group considered that this “is the result of little progress” in relation to its predecessor, of 2000.

“The proponent’s intention in amending that law was based on the assumptions of advancing the country’s economic and social growth and development, employability and stability, boosting economic activity and consolidating social justice, which did not materialize. with the law in force for eight years that now intends to change”, he said.

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