"This is a profound stir, with the exception of the leadership of the strategic economic area which, due to the lack of results, is surprising that it has not been touched," noted the leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Adalberto da Costa Júnior, pointing out that "there have been no gains in the economic field" or diversification of the economy.
The head of UNITA also expressed doubts about moves "in so many ministries at such a stage, in the fight against a public enemy" as covid-19.
"At a time like this, there has been a great deal of unrest, a start from scratch in many sectors," he said, criticizing the constant changes in the government cast, which, he said, demonstrate insecurity.
"Almost every two months we see movements of ministers, this shows a great insecurity of those who are leading, they are not sure of what they are doing," said Adalberto da Costa Júnior, stressing that "it is not good for the country" because "there is no stabilization" and ministers do not have time to see results.
"All this costs the State money, so my analysis is not very positive," he said.
As for the benefits of reducing the number of ministries from 28 to 21, he says that there will only be answers in the future: "Has there been slimming down or just a decrease in the number of incumbents? Do ministries keep their staffing load, do ministries with the same number of staff join? So there is no slimming, that is an element to check".
Adalberto da Costa Júnior was also surprised that "some names are still very exposed in the Government, linked to corruption in the past", considering "that there is a protectionism to it with the Government" and that the fight against corruption "is directed".
He also said he feared that this move was to guarantee certain assumptions of 2023 [the year in which general elections are held] "to put some stones, to guarantee certain places with guarantee of control", declaring himself "concerned" about the electoral model that Angola has.
"It is not possible for a democracy to subsist when a political party is in charge of the instrument that decides the results of the elections," he said, alluding to the controversial appointment of the new president of the National Electoral Commission, which UNITA contested.
As for the new faces in the government cast such as biologist Adjany Costa who, at 30 years of age, assumes a super-ministry that integrates Environment, Culture and Tourism, valued the competence, but considered that there is "in this posture of João Lourenço an attempt to go to the youth to compensate a loss of image", especially "that with some protagonism".