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Country spends over 19 million a year on traditional authorities

Angola spends 9.6 billion kwanzas annually on subsidies to 40,075 traditional authorities, the government admits. The government said that is moving forward with new legislation that should "purge" the "ghost" sobas.


"The state spends about 800 million kwanzas per month on subsidies only with sobas, traditional authorities, and they are too heavy, hence the need to regulate the activity and purge the sobas ghosts", said the national director of the communities and the institutions of the traditional power of Angola, Rosa Melo, to Lusa.

According to the official, the draft law on Traditional Power Institutions, which was a short time in public discussion, between August and October 2019, is already "in the process of approval" in the Council of Ministers "with all the contributions given".

"In fact there were a lot of contributions, because that proposal itself was already the result of so many contributions, and what we are seeing is that it will still have to be improved in the future," he said.

The draft law lays down the principles and rules concerning the powers, competences, organization, control regime, responsibility and heritage of these institutions and their relationship with the state.

Regarding the actual number of traditional authorities scattered across Angola, Rosa Melo admitted that the authorities are overseeing the data.

"Almost all (the provinces) have given us the nominal relationship and we need to do, it is a work to ascertain, sift, because in the midst of all this we still have some gaps," he said.

The diploma also includes approaches on dress, enthronement, subsidies, creation of traditional power associations and regulates the process of recognizing new authorities in accordance with the customary norms of the Traditional Institutions.

Recognition by the State of new traditional or certifying authorities of the status of Traditional Authority, it adds, is conferred upon the prior opinion of the national representative body of Authorities to be created as a public association.

Also according to the national director of the Communities and Traditional Power Institutions of the Ministry of Culture, the State proposed for the first time to legislate the actions of traditional power in the country for the "better control" of the activity.

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