The Angolan President reiterated today, in his State of the Nation speech, the commitment to the creation of municipalities, without advancing dates, and announced the construction of 35 assemblies for local authorities and residential complexes in 36 municipalities.
The clarification on this issue was one of the most awaited in João Lourenço’s speech, which today marked the opening of the parliamentary year in Angola, after the head of the executive once again assumed the commitment to institutionalize local authorities, in case his party won the elections. held on the 24th of August.
However, it only emerged in almost the second hour of a long speech, marked by a string of numbers in the form of an inventory of the achievements of his first term and a handful of promises for the next five years.
With the municipal legislative package practically completed, João Lourenço reiterated the intention to institutionalize the municipalities, stressing that the lack of infrastructure for future municipalities must be resolved.
Therefore, and taking into account that one of the main difficulties for several municipalities is the establishment of staff in their territory, especially those in the most remote locations, the construction of residential complexes in 36 municipalities is already underway, as well as 35 assemblies for the local authorities.
The Angolan President stated that he remains committed to strengthening local power and announced that he will present a draft law on traditional authorities and institutional relations between them and the Angolan State.
The executive will also begin the re-registration of traditional authorities, “recognising those who hold such a title by the line of succession”, stressed the head of state.
“Let’s develop”, “implement” and “create” and “build”, were the words that marked the speech in the second part, in contrast to the “we did” and “constructed” of the first hour, with João Lourenço describing in detail the projects that he intends to carry out in the different provinces and to quote an endless number of percentages and numbers in his message on the State of the Nation.
João Lourenço also praised the civility and patriotism shown by the Angolan people throughout the electoral process and guaranteed that the executive will work towards completing ongoing projects that have an impact on the lives of Angolans, with emphasis on the social and education sector.
He guaranteed, on the other hand, that the “fight against corruption and impunity continues to be carried out with determination”, using the numbers again to demonstrate the results of the actions that his executive has taken since 2017.
According to João Lourenço, while in the period from 2012 to 2017 (last term of José Eduardo dos Santos in the Angolan Presidency) 18 investigations into corruption and money laundering had been opened between 2017 and September 2022 – corresponding to the first term of João Lourenço Lourenço – 527 cases were opened, of which 247 were concluded, and which gave rise to the opening of 106 criminal cases.
In this period, 2,511 cases were also opened for embezzlement, money laundering, corruption and economic participation in business, involving holders of public offices, of which 2,027 are in preparatory instruction, 474 were sent to the courts for judgment and there are 40 convictions.
On the other hand, while in the period from 2012 to 2017, 188 statements were delivered by holders of public offices at the Attorney General’s Office, between 2017 and September 2022, they amounted to 3,635, “an abysmal difference”, highlighted João Lourenço.
As for the recovery of misappropriated values, it reaches a value of 5.6 billion dollars (roughly the same in euros) between 2019 and September 2022, while the seizure of goods and values reaches 15 billion dollars, of which 6 .8 billion in Angola and the rest abroad.