Angola: Fighting corruption, patronage

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Ex-president’s son remanded on corruption charge

AFP News Agency

The son of Angola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been remanded in custody in a $1.5bn corruption case, a state prosecutor said.

“Given the complexity and seriousness of the deeds and in order to guarantee an effective enquiry… the state prosecution service decided to apply a preventive detention measure to those accused” in the case, prosecutor-general Alvaro Da Silva Joao said in a statement on Monday.

Also accused in the case is another former fund manager, Angolan-Swiss businessman Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, the prosecutor said.

Jose Filomeno dos Santos, nicknamed Zenu, was appointed head of the $5-billion fund in 2013 by his father, president at the time.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos stepped down last year after dominating the country’s politics for nearly four decades.

He gave control of strategic sectors of the economy to close allies – including the state oil giant to his daughter Isabel.

The former president chose a successor from within his own party, his former Minister of Defence Joao Lourenco – in the hopes of ensuring a peaceful handover.

He also appointed loyalists to head the country’s security forces.

But Lourenco quickly moved to assert his authority after being elected president last year, beginning to dismantle his predecessor’s empire.

Promising to reboot the economy, Lourenco deposed dos Santos’s daughter from the top job at Sonangol and fired “Zenu” from the leadership of the sovereign wealth fund.

The son was charged in March this year with misappropriating public funds.

Isabel dos Santos lost her job as chair of state oil company Sonangol in 2017 [Toby Melville/Reuters]

The main opposition Unita party hailed the detention of Jose Filomeno dos Santos, praising the president for “honouring his promises”.

“Angola must become a normal country… and a democratic state,” Unita spokesman Alcides Sakala told AFP news agency.

A senior official and member of the supreme decision-making body of the ruling MPLA, Joao Pinto, said: “If mistakes have been made, it is up to the courts to judge and, if necessary, to punish” any culprits.

Various dos Santos acolytes have been purged from top posts, including the army and police chiefs as well as executives at other state-owned companies.

Angola is Africa’s second-biggest oil producer but is struggling with high unemployment and sluggish growth.

Shared from Al Jazeera

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