Alarm over Angolan President’s 9.5 billion shillings travel budget to UN

By Nation. Africa

Members of civil society and representatives of political parties in Angola criticize President João Loureço’s budget for UN travel.

On September 8, President Lourenço approved in a presidential decree the sum of US $ 4,119,036.75 (Angolan Kwanza 2,500,000,000 or TSh 9.5 billion) for operating expenses as part of the preparations. of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which closed on Friday.

President João Lourenço took office in September 2017, at the end of José Eduardo dos Santos’ 38-year reign, and is committed to fighting corruption.

Mihaela Webba, MP for the main opposition party, Unita, asked what Angola would do with such a budget, calling the $ 4 million in extra credit for nearly a week in the United States as “unfair “.

“It’s too much abuse of our money,” she said.

Tchizé dos Santos, a former MP for the ruling MPLA party, asked: “Weren’t the state coffers as empty as the president said he found them when he took power?”

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Santos added: “$ 4 million in travel and the president travels almost every month [sic]. Every time he takes a plane, he takes a private jet.

Mr João Pinto, a ruling MPLA MP, however said that anyone who damages his image should be held accountable.

“It is scandalous to damage a poster or the image of the president and leader of the MPLA, which is organizing its ordinary congress in December. Being a Democrat requires respect from others, even if you don’t agree with them, so those who are involved in acts of outrage, injury or damage should be held accountable, “he said. written on his Facebook page.

Controversies arise as Angola plans to hold general elections in 2022, with President Lourenço and his ruling MPLA party seeking to retain power.