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Reconstruction of the century-old church that collapsed in Cabinda will cost 3.1 billion kwanzas

The President authorized an expenditure of 3.1 billion kwanzas for the reconstruction of the century-old São Tiago Maior Church in Lândana, Cabinda province, whose structure collapsed in 2018 due to rain.


João Lourenço, in a presidential order dated October 16th to which Lusa had access this Thursday, states that the temple is on the verge of collapsing, showing cracks in the covering on the front and the collapse of the century-old tower.

In the order, the President authorizes the expenditure and formalizes the opening of the emergency contracting procedure, using funds from the Road and Emergency Works Fund, for the award of two contracts: the public works contract itself, with a global value of 3 .1 billion kwanzas, plus 157 million kwanzas for the inspection of this work.

The structure of the church of São Tiago Maior, of the Catholic mission of Lândana, municipality of Cacongo, a temple classified as Historical-Cultural Heritage of Angola, collapsed in April 2018 due to heavy rains that occurred in the area.

It is the first temple built by Spiritan missionaries, in 1903, and already had cracks, which have "worsened" since 2015, without any intervention having been carried out, according to information collected at the time by Lusa.

Built in the colonial period, the church celebrated 120 years of existence on July 25th.

The Catholic Mission in Lândana was founded in 1873, marking the beginning of the evangelization of the former Portuguese Congo, today the province of Cabinda.

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