"At the moment the country is experiencing a serious problem, more than 400 million kwanzas have disappeared from BPC and we are going to demand that the National Assembly set up a commission of inquiry. It would be inconsistent of us, not trusting the Government, to entrust the management of the few resources we raise to the same committee", said this Tuesday in a press conference, the president of the UNITA parliamentary group, Liberty Chiaka.
According to the parliamentary leader, UNITA is against the Government's strategy of recapitalising BPC, and proposes that an audit be carried out first, a parliamentary commission of enquiry, so that only after the shortcomings of BPC's entire internal control system, which also includes the National Bank of Angola and the Ministry of Finance, can "define to what extent the Government can intervene in BPC".
"Otherwise, we will be putting money in a bag, it is not a solution", he said, adding that for UNITA the solution would be "to invest in companies".
"If the government were to allocate the value it wants to place in BPC to businesses to safeguard jobs and thereby productivity and production, the country would be better safeguarded," he stressed.
At the same press conference, the parliamentary group announced the collection of 14 million kwanzas, the result of a contribution of 50 per cent of parliamentarians' salaries, for the fight against covid-19.
Asked if the amount collected will be handed over to the inter-ministerial committee for combating and preventing covid-19, Liberty Chiaka rejected it, saying that the money will be donated to some hospital units and medical and reception centres throughout the country.