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Kwanza Sul PGR denies relationship between assassinated inspector and inquiry into provincial government

The Attorney General's Office (PGR) of Kwanza Sul ruled out this Thursday any link between the murder of a tax inspector on Sunday in Luanda and the inquiries that are under way to ascertain possible acts of harmful management.

: Sub-procurador da província do Cuanza Sul, Joaquim Macedo (Foto: Angop)
Sub-procurador da província do Cuanza Sul, Joaquim Macedo (Foto: Angop)  

Speaking to Rádio Nacional de Angola, Joaquim Macedo, sub-procurator of Kwanza Sul province, said that inspector Rodrigues Eduardo was unrelated to the cases being investigated.

"At no time have we had Inspector Rodrigues working on any case that we are investigating. We contacted the provincial Finance delegation which confirmed that the young man is connected to the Kwanza Sul Finance services, but what we knew is that since March, when the state of emergency began, the young man had been in Luanda", he said.

The chief inspector of the Kwanza Sul Finance Inspection Department, Rodrigues Eduardo, was shot dead on 31 May at around 9pm in the municipality of Cazenga (Luanda), and it was reported that he would make statements as part of the process involving the governor of that province, Job Capapinha.

"When the processes began, the person responsible was already in Luanda "complying with the health fence, we believe that this news, in principle, is not true," stressed Joaquim Macedo.

At stake is the alleged overbilling in the renting of two vehicles for the vice-governors provincial, valued at more than 191 thousand kwanzas per day, for a period of one year.

The contract will have been signed by Job Capapinha with a company incorporated in December 2018, owned by a Mauritanian, for the rental of the vehicles.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Finance also told Angolan radio that it had not received any request for its collaborator to make statements to the Criminal Investigation Service or the PGR regarding the alleged overbilling of vehicles rented from the provincial government.

The ministerial source added that, for not having yet established residence in the city of Sumbe (capital of Kwanza Sul), Rodrigues Eduardo was absent at the weekend to visit his family in Luanda and requested on the eve of the declaration of the state of emergency in March, a dispensation to join his relatives.

He was contacted by Lusa, the source of the provincial government, and refused to comment on the matter because a judicial investigation was under way.

The government in Kwanza Sul is being investigated after denunciations appeared in the social networks, and two inquiries have already been opened "which are in the legal process and are in the conclusive phase", PGR spokesman Álvaro João confirmed on Wednesday.

"If it is determined that there has been any damage to public property, the perpetrators will be held criminally responsible," the spokesman stressed, promising further developments in the coming days.


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