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UNITA asks the president of the Supreme to leave office and collaborate with the authorities

UNITA asked the presiding judge of the Supreme Court (TS), allegedly involved in acts of corruption and nepotism, to “abandon his position” and “collaborate with the authorities” in the search for the truth about the suspicions.


The parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) says that the news about the crisis in the judiciary, namely the Supreme and Audit Courts, whose presidents are cited in corruption scandals, tarnish its good name, from institutions and the country.

In a press release accessed by Lusa this Monday, UNITA deputies express enormous concern that this situation compromises the normal functioning of institutions, jeopardizes the pillars of the democratic State and withholds foreign investment.

The President, João Lourenço, announced, at the end of February, that he had invited the then President of the Court of Auditors, Exalgina Gamboa, to resign on the 21st of February due to various "occurrences" involving her, but the judge would only resign days later, after requesting early retirement and being accused.

The person responsible is indicted for the crimes of extortion, embezzlement and corruption, in a case in which her son Hailé Vicente da Cruz is also accused.

Joel Leonardo, presiding judge of the TS, has been accused for months of being allegedly involved in acts of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement of the body and others, facts that have already led the Association of Judges of Angola to request an investigation by the Attorney General's Office (PGR).

UNITA, in the statement, also asks the PGR for "public and urgent clarification" regarding alleged investigations into the allegations surrounding Joel Leonardo, as "it is a relevant matter of public interest, safeguarding, however, the secrecy of justice and the presumption of innocence".

"In the same way, the UNITA parliamentary group expects the elevation of the judge-president of the TS, Joel Leonardo, making his position available and collaborating with the Justice so that the truth of the facts is ascertained, since the news about the alleged escape of the same and the denial of the duty of collaboration with the competent institution only delay the clarification of the material truth", refers in the communiqué.

The parliamentary group of the main opposition party also understands that the recent pronouncements of the President of the Republic (to RFI), "who does not recognize the institutional crisis that the country is experiencing", reveal the "protectionism and selectivity that have marked the performance of the executive and the judiciary with regard to the fight against corruption" and "consolidates the culture of impunity, favoritism and cronyism".

UNITA also argues that the resolution of "the serious problems of the judiciary and the crisis of justice" are "revealing the failure of the State" and "demand a profound reform" to be led by new political actors and new operators of the justice system.


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