Exalgina Gambôa's request, dated this Monday, to which Lusa had access, comes after President João Lourenço publicly announced, through the presidency's page, that he invited the counselor judge to resign from her mandate on February 21, without that this one had done it yet.
In his publication, João Lourenço stated that he has been following "with great concern" the "occurrences" involving the name of Exalgina Gambôa, stressing that they are "likely to compromise the normal functioning of this important body of the judiciary and tarnish the good name of Justice angolan".
In the letter addressed to the President of the Republic, whom he greets “with the peace of the Lord”, Exalgina Gambôa makes no reference to João Lourenço's concerns nor mentions that she was invited to present her resignation.
Rather, she invokes the Statute of Judicial Magistrates and Public Prosecutors to present the request for early retirement “for health reasons that have negatively interfered with the performance of their duties”.
She also expresses gratitude to the chief executive “for the opportunity to exercise such a high position in the judiciary”.
The President referred, in his publication, that the Constitution establishes the separation of powers and interdependence of functions, thus justifying the impossibility of dismissing Exalgina Gambôa, who appointed president of the Court of Auditors on 20 June 2018.
He also highlighted that the relevant occurrences regarding the functioning of the TdC, the supreme body for monitoring the legality of public finances, could "compromise the normal functioning of this important body of the judiciary and tarnish the good name of the Angolan Justice", without specifying which ones.
The name of Exalgina Gambôa has been involved in several scandals reported by the Maka Angola website.