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An electoral campaign in Angola is marred by exchanges of insults between the main candidates.

At the end of the third week of the electoral campaign, the MPLA and UNITA exchange “treats”, with João Lourenço, president of the “comrades”, accusing the leader of the opposition, Adalberto Costa Júnior, of having received money stolen from Angola for “wasps”.

Two political groups entering the fifth general elections are the Nationalist Party for Justice of Angola (P-Njango), led by Dinho Chigunji, and the Humanist Party of Angola (PHA), whose president is the journalist Bela Malaquias.

Angola has general elections scheduled for August 24, 2022, with seven political parties and a coalition of parties taking part in campaigns to win over just over 14 million voters, including, for the first time, 22 resident citizens. in Angola. abroad.

MPLA v UNITA

The MPLA, through the voice of João Lourenço, accused Adalberto Costa Júnior and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) of sealing a pact with corrupt people who embezzled money from the country to fund the “Black Cock” campaign.

“The irony is that those who hold this view have made a pact with the corrupt. They eat from the dish of the corrupt. They are financed by money that leaves Angola through the door of corruption”.

The president of the “comrades” has fanned himself.

During the election campaign, João de Almeida Martins, MPLA secretary for political and electoral affairs, also attacked Adalberto Costa Júnior, denying that he had invited the UNITA leader to an agreement on a transition of power.

The “comrades” politician, popularly known as “Jú” Martins, refutes having negotiated a post-election agreement during a meeting with the leader of UNITA, acknowledging that he spoke with Adalberto Costa Júnior, but at the request of the “Galo Negro” politician. .

“Approached by the president of the MPLA parliamentary group, in order to make himself available for a meeting with the president of UNITA, of which he delivered a note to the president of the party”.

“We held this meeting on May 27, in the afternoon, and we spoke for more than three hours with the current president of UNITA,” he recalled.

UNITA devalues ​​the accusations

Regarding the pact, the head of the UNITA list denied, in Dundo, capital of the province of Lunda Norte, that his party had concluded a pact with “thieves” who had fled Angola.

“The Ministry of Public Works spent 18 billion, the Chamber of the Presidency of the Republic also spent 12 billion, but there are no roads because they kept the money in their pockets.”

“Now they say we eat with the hornets,” replied the UNITA president.

Regarding the post-electoral agreement, Adalberto Costa Júnior confirms that he had a meeting with members of the MPLA to deal with a possible post-electoral transition.

UNITA confirms that the negotiated transition was one of the themes of the meeting with the main leaders of the MPLA.

“Angola is a democracy. It belongs to the Angolans. But they don’t think so! I will continue to dialogue with any person, leader or party who wants the best for this country”.

Pulled Costa Júnior from his page, insisting that “the time has come” for the alternation because,

“Angolans want a better life for themselves, for their children, for their families” and that “the suffering and the desire for a better life are great and widespread”.

electoral transparency

UNITA, the largest opposition party in Angola, reported several irregularities that could mar the course of the entire electoral process.

As part of the charges, the formation founded by Jonas Savimbi complains about the way the electoral process was carried out, the delay in the publication of the electoral lists and the presence of deceased persons in the Ficheiro de Cidadãos Maiores (FICM) empowered to exercise their right to vote.

The National Union for the Independence of Angola speaks of about two million Angolans already deceased who are on the lists to vote in the August 24 elections and there are also cases in the diaspora.

It is recalled that the MPLA, UNITA, FNLA, P-NJANGO, PHA, PRS, APN and the Casa-CE Electoral Coalition are candidates for the elections of August 24, 2022.

What do you think of these “treats” in the Angolan electoral campaign? Is there really a democracy in Angola or is it just a facade? We want to know your opinion, do not hesitate to comment and if you liked the article, share and give a “like/like”.

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  • Graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Jean Piaget University of Angola (UNIPIAGET). He has worked for several local organizations. He is currently one of the correspondents of Radio France International (RFI) in Angola and now also our corresponding journalist in Angola.

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