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Sizaltina Cutaia: lead legalization of Chivukuvuku's PRA-JA raises "suspicions

Political analyst Sizaltina Cutaia considered this Monday that the process of legalizing the PRA-JA Servir Angola, Abel Chivukuvuku's political project, "raises several suspicions" calling into question the justice system.

: Analista política Sizaltina Cutaia
Analista política Sizaltina Cutaia  

"It raises several suspicions, which do not help the understanding (of the citizens) and the justice system itself," she told Lusa Sizaltina Cutaia, questioned about the legalization of the PRA-JA.

The Angolan Renaissance Party - Together for Angola Serving Angola (PRA-JA Servir Angola) led by Abel Chivukuvuku (ex-CASA-CE and ex-UNITA) recently saw its claim to be a party rejected by the plenary of the Constitutional Court, after several other "failures".

Political formation also has an extraordinary appeal as its last possibility of challenge.

"Obviously, the Installation Commission still has the possibility to appeal, it will make this extraordinary appeal of unconstitutionality and hope that some common sense will prevail so that the decision taken by the plenary of the Constitutional Court (TC) can still be reversed," he said.

The analyst stressed, however, having difficulty believing in a different court decision.

The civil rights defender and representative of the Open Society Angola Foundation (OSISA) also said that the situation of PRA-JA Servir Angola cannot be seen as an individual problem "or that affects that group of citizens," because "it has to do with the pillars of democracy.

For him, the way this process has been conducted, makes the citizens' trust in that institution of justice "be undermined, affected by the negative".

"I honestly have some difficulty, I was very confident that the plenary of the ECA would reverse the decision that was taken in the administrative seat by the presiding judge of the court, but when the ruling came out I no longer had any hope that anything different could actually happen," he said in relation to the extraordinary appeal.

He considered, however, that "it is important that they do not give up, that they continue to seek justice".

Urged to comment on what is holding back the legalization of PRA-JA Servir Angola, Sizaltina Cutaia opined that it is the difficulty of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) to accept the challenge by other forces.

"We like very much to say that there has been a transition, that there is a reform, but in fact the political structure that has governed the country since 1975 has never changed, the difficulty that the MPLA has to deal with the opposing voices remains the same," she stressed, criticizing the indifference to the issue "of the bulk of the opposition", that "be silent in the face of such a serious case as that of the PRA-JA.

The political analyst, who advocates a revision of the Constitution of the Republic that alters, among other issues, the models of contestation, does not believe that the legalization of Abel Chivukuvuku's project is conditioned only by the politician, even because PRA-JA Servir Angola brings together various sensibilities, namely "people who are disenchanted with the MPLA, with the opposition even and people who had never been involved in politics, the youth.

"This is an element that shakes in a certain way the established power, but it's a pity, because the beauty of democracy is even in the multiplicity of supports, of voices, so that we can build an Angola that belongs to all and for all", he underlined.

On Friday, the president of the PRA-JA Servir Angola Installation Commission, Abel Chivukuvuku, announced that, in addition to the last domestic resource, there is also on the table the possibility of recourse to international bodies.

According to Sizaltina Cutaia, in order to appeal to international courts all domestic appeals must be exhausted and the decision must remain unfavourable to the political project of Abel Chivukuvuku, who until February 2019 was leader of the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), the second largest force in the Angolan opposition.

After being removed from CASA-CE leadership due to internal problems, Abel Chivukuvuku started a new political project, whose legalization process began in August 2019, and saw as the first difficulty the court to determine the change of the acronym (PRA-JA), for allegedly "violating the principle of non-mistakability with the acronym PRJA", and the issue was overcome with the addition of the words "Serving Angola".

For the legalization of the PRA-JA Servir Angola, 23,492 declarations of acceptance were submitted, out of 7500 signatures required by law, however, the court concluded that only 3997 were compliant and the rest presented problems related to certificates of residence, identity cards, among others.

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