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UNITA files a criminal complaint with the Attorney General's Office against "enticement" of its militants in Luanda

UNITA announced Friday that it will file a criminal complaint with the Attorney General's Office (PGR) "against the MPLA" after withholding 22 million kwanzas allegedly derived from a "grooming campaign" against its militants.

: Marco Longari/AFP
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The information was given at a press conference by the secretary general of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the largest opposition party, Álvaro Chikuamanga, who accused the ruling MPLA party of "being behind" the campaign.

At least 22 million kwanzas were presented to the press by UNITA's Luanda provincial secretariat as allegedly coming from a scheme that aimed to "entice militants of this party to demonstrate against the party's president, Adalberto Costa Júnior".

According to UNITA's provincial secretary of Luanda, Nelito Ekuikui, one of the promoters of the campaign is a former secretary of his party's urban mobilization, in the capital, who is allegedly working with the "Luanda provincial committee of the MPLA" (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, in power).

Nelito Ekuikui reported that the enticement of his party's militants has been going on for three months, accusing that some of UNITA's dissidents in Luanda "are acting on behalf of the MPLA's Luanda provincial secretary" and have allegedly handed over the values "so that more than 100 UNITA militants would march today against their leader.

"And as the secretary for the mobilization of the UNITA municipal committee in the Kilamba Kiaxi communicated to us, we said that the party needed proof so we directed him to accept the invitation, from then on several meetings were held and we have audio proof and we have this money," he explained.

The money, Nelito Ekukui said, "is proof that the fight against corruption, flag of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, is a real lie, because his collaborators promote it in daylight.

"We regret this episode, we want to appeal that politics should be done with ethics, political struggle is healthy and MPLA does not need to run to the structures of UNITA to mobilize," shot the also MP.

For his part, the secretary general of UNITA lamented the "hunger that persists in Luanda and throughout the country", the "serious problems in hospitals, a situation that is ignored by those who take 22 million kwanzas to give to small people to demonstrate against UNITA".

"We decided to denounce this act, we are going to present a complaint to the PGR against the organs of the ruling party, we are going to return this money to the National Treasury through the PGR," said Álvaro Chikuamanga.

"The process that we will present to the PGR will include this money that should return to the National Treasury and ask that justice be done so that the problem of corruption should be faced with greater responsibility," stressed the UNITA secretary-general.