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Ex-PM says that “revolt” against the regime “walks in the face of many people”

Former prime minister Marcolino Moco considers that the “revolt” against the regime “walks in the face of many people” and if the “sensible” men of the MPLA do not stop the “coup d’état” they will not be able to stop the “revolted population” .


For Marcolino Moco, most Angolans are disillusioned with the official election results, which gave the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) an advantage, because these data do not correspond, in his view, to the popular will in the August 24 elections.

"We are all sad, but it is clear to everyone who won (the elections) and there is a coup, I call it a coup d'état. a President of the Republic who does everything, but does not answer to anyone", said this Thursday in statements to Lusa.

"And now it ended (the coup d'etat) with the theft of votes from the opposition, especially UNITA/FPU [Union for the Total Independence of Angola/National Patriotic Front] and then soldiers took to the street with armored vehicles", in a "exhibition on the day of the inauguration when the faces of the President of the Republic and everyone who was there were so sad", he said.

The "sad faces" present at the inauguration ceremony of the President, João Loureço, re-elected for the second term, he stressed, "clearly indicated that they stole the opposition's votes".

"So, nobody is happy that power is taken in this way by the exhibition of forces in which the opposition had the good sense not to fall into the trap of pushing the people to their death", he pointed out.

Marcolino Moco warns that "there will be a day", if the Angolan regime persists in this walk in "which goes against the popular will, no one will be able to stop the angry population".

"As I say, there will be a day, if you persist on this journey, if the honest and sensible men of the MPLA do not put an end to this type of attitude, there will be a day when neither Adalberto (Costa Júnior, president of UNITA) nor Filomeno (Vieira Lopes, president of the Democratic Bloc), nor Abel (Chivukuvuku, coordinator of the political project Pra Já Servir Angola, which makes up the FPU) will be able to stop the angry population," he noted.

Because, he pointed out, "the revolt is on the faces of many people, it is visible, here even before we arrive we see the faces and no one can be happy in a situation like this, it is not power, I, for example, have no ambition for any more power ".

But, "I am sad because, with this type of regime, the country will never advance, we, with the advanced age that we already have, will die sad because we do not know how to leave a viable country for our children, for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren", lamented.

João Lourenço was re-elected President, for the 2022-2027 legislature, following the fifth elections won by the MPLA and contested by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which elected 90 deputies and saw its electoral litigation appeal dismissed.

After the elections, the authorities decreed a state of combat readiness for the defense and security forces, with a considerable presence in the streets of armed men and war material.

The president of UNITA said last Saturday that "the price of power is not worth everything, it is not worth the bloodbath of the people", in response to those who intended to see UNITA on the street to conquer the institutions.

Adalberto Costa Júnior, who was speaking on Wednesday at the end of a march promoted, in Luanda, by his party, in favor of "hope, freedom and non-partisanship of institutions", said that the "people know who won the elections".

The president of UNITA said that his party and partners were pressured to take to the streets to win over the institutions, after the official publication of the results of the elections, which gave the MPLA victory.

"There were many, those who expect us to voice the street as the way to conquer institutions, there were many who pressured us and expected us to give voice to demonstrations at a time when we had the streets full of repression", he said.

The former Prime Minister of the Republic and MPLA activist praises Adalberto Costa Júnior's retreat from moving forward with street actions.

"It seemed that if you were willing to repeat the 27th of May [1977, the date of an alleged failed coup that caused thousands of deaths] or repeat a 92 [restart of the civil war], for the sake of maintaining power, I think that was very well thought out on the part of Adalberto and his partners as they embarked on always peaceful forms of struggle", he said.

"Because what is at stake is not just taking power, but saving Angola from the carnage, which has already been customary, saving Angola from integrity, which is the little that exists and that works, and so this sacrifice deserves to be praised", he pointed out.

Marcolino Moco, who declared his support for UNITA in the electoral campaign, dismissed criticism of the fact that opposition deputies had taken their seats in parliament.

Who is to blame, he argued, "is the one who sets up a CNE (National Electoral Commission) with a Manico (nickname of the president of the CNE) in front, who everyone knows what his profile is".

"Who is to blame for setting up a Constitutional Court headed by a lady who is a member of the political bureau (of the MPLA) and only suspended (the militancy), it is the one who is to blame and it is not UNITA, but here it seems that the things," he stressed.

In the opinion of this historical militant and leader of the MPLA, the absence of Adalberto Costa Júnior in the investiture of João Lourenço, "is normal" because the situation "was not pleasant" due to the fact that they were "robbed of their votes".

Because, he justified, "it's not pleasant in that shock we all take, in which votes were stolen, for an individual to appear there, but that doesn't mean not recognizing the President of the Republic."

"When there is a coup d'état in a country, we have to recognize who took power by force, because if not, at least we will not eat, we will not walk, because we will be victims of retaliation", he added.

The former executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) also considered UNITA's presence in parliament and in the Council of the Republic to be relevant because it is there "where the struggle for the proper functioning of the institutions must continue".

"So, the best joy to give the system is for UNITA to appear in the elections and after the elections, even if stolen, not to participate in the institutions and then we would have great joy from the system that would naturally return to the one-party system, which has already ended in 1992," he noted.

This problem "is not just UNITA's problem, it's the problem of a system that proclaims democracy and doesn't have the courage to say that this is a dictatorship and with a certain cowardice it proclaims a democracy where it doesn't exist, so that's the importance of UNITA and who can participate in the institutions to defend them", concluded Marcolino Moco.


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