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UNITA denies attempt to oust the party president

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) board denied this Wednesday any attempt to overthrow its leader, referring to the "inflammation of mismanaged situations" by two militants subject to disciplinary proceedings.


According to UNITA Secretary General Álvaro Chikuamanga, two young party officials have been heard by the National Council of Jurisdiction and Auditing (CNJA) as part of a disciplinary process.

"What is going on is that some cadres are being heard to solve a problem of relationship between militants and the basic structures of which they are part, so it is a normal, disciplinary process, provided for in our statute," the politician said in declarations to Lusa.

Álvaro Chikuamanga, who admits "there may have been an excess in the wording" of the information, states that the CNJA's action "aims only to combat this problem of indiscipline within the party and that some parallel meetings trigger agendas in improper forums.

But, he assured, "there is in fact no tendency or fact that a group of people want to oust the president, they have no way of doing it, our statute does not foresee that a group of militants, two or three, will succeed in ousting the president.

Adalberto da Costa Júnior is the current president of UNITA, elected during the party's 13th ordinary, held last November, to replace Isaías Samakuva.

Two CNJA deliberations, circulating on social networks, report the suspension of two UNITA members, namely Eusébio Manuel Neves and Domingos Yofina, for supposedly creating a commission to oust Adalberto da Costa Júnior.

According to the deliberations, which speak of "serious violations," the alleged commission created by these two party members aimed at electing Rafael Massanga Savimbi, son of UNITA's founding leader Jonas Savimbi, as president of the party and head of the list for the next general elections in Angola.

According to Álvaro Chikuamanga, the young people involved will have shared the deliberations for the social networks in view of the CNJA's decision and "some took advantage of it.

"They are heard because they are part of an organ, which is the political commission, where they should bring what they have as situations, when they address these issues outside the forum to which they belong is an act of indiscipline," he said.

"What is emerging is the idea that they want to oust the president, now if this is the intention two people cannot do it and if they want to justify why, it is not a reason for meetings in the neighborhoods," he noted.

According to the person in charge, "to give more strength, even names that have nothing to do with this process are involved, so there is no situation within the party that configures the ousting of the president of the party, they are inflammations of badly managed situations.

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