The leader of UNITA (opposition) promised today, in an interview with Lusa, that, if he wins the Angolan elections, he will pass a law for the repatriation of capitals that avoids personal attacks by the authorities on figures of the past.
“I will not individualize justice or individualize the fight against corruption, this is João Lourenço’s stance [Presidente e líder do Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola, MPLA]it’s not Adalberto’s stance”, said, in an interview with Lusa, Adalberto Costa Júnior, leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
Confronted with his future action on the so-called ‘marimbondos’ (a species of wasps that the current President said had appropriated public goods in the consulate of his predecessor, also of the MPLA), Adalberto Costa Júnior declined to comment on the concrete situation of the daughters of former president José Eduardo dos Santos, targeted by justice, but promised that the new law will be the same for all Angolans.
“We do not have an individual-directed perspective on the exercise of law enforcement,” he said.
“We are going to work towards getting the capital repatriation law passed” by UNITA and then “it will be up to the institutions to ensure that it is respected”, he said, in statements to Lusa.
On August 24, “UNITA won the elections”, he said, adding: “Our clear program to fight corruption is known within the scope of the law we already had” and was rejected by the MPLA.
Costa Júnior reaffirmed his intention to publish his declaration of assets.
“Declarations should not be kept under lock and key, because that way we do not contribute” to the fight against corruption, he said, recalling that, “until today, declarations of assets by holders of public offices are a state secret”.
Another example of the Angolan State’s problems, he maintained, is the simplified contracting used by the Government, which “is an incentive to corruption”.
“The truth is that João Lourenço has strongly encouraged corruption, because the international way of further promoting corruption is public procurement without tenders and it is exactly the global practice of governance of the current Government”, he said, in an interview with Lusa.
In his view, the “State must always provide the best conditions for the good functioning of the country”.
“The bad examples that we saw also serve as great examples for us not to do them” again, he added.
Angola will vote on August 24 to choose a new President of the Republic and new representatives in the National Assembly.