Angolan Policeman Jailed 16 Years For Shooting Street Vendor

Angola is situated in Southern Africa
Angola is situated in Southern Africa

 

An Angolan court on Friday sentenced a policeman to 16 years in jail for gunning down a street vendor who refused to be evicted.

Juliana Kafriq, 38, was shot dead in March last year after she resisted a police raid on an informal market in the capital Luanda.

The mother-of-three’s killer, police officer Goncalo Sakala Ganga, was found guilty by Luanda’s provincial court and handed a hefty prison term.

Security officials are rarely prosecuted in Angola, where the justice system is accused of being sluggish and mired in corruption.

“The defendant is sentenced to 16 years in prison for voluntary homicide and fined five million kwanza (around $10,000),” judge Nelson Cabangange announced on Friday.

Ganga will also have to pay 50,000 kwanzas ($100) as compensation to the victim’s family, Cabangange added.

The 36-year-old police officer claimed he was shooting in the air and did not intend to “kill someone”.

Defence lawyer Gerson Calei said the sentence was too harsh and that he would appeal the verdict.

“(Ganga) was on duty and his life was at risk,” Calei told AFP. “He did not think he would kill someone so it was involuntary homicide.”

Most of Luanda’s vendors do not have licences and are regularly evicted by the police. But bloodshed is rare and officers do not usually resort to firearms.

Prosecutor Monica Bonita welcomed the judge’s decision and said there was “no doubt” the act was “premeditated”.

Witnesses said Kafriq was shot through the neck behind a bakery in the neighbourhood of Rocha Pinto, where she had been selling goods for over a decade.

“I apologise to the family… to all salespeople and to all Angolans,” said Ganga in a court appearance last week, extending his condolences to the family.

 

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Angola’s Dos Santos Says ‘Ready To Fight’ Against ‘Untrue’ Graft Claims

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos visits the new started EFACEC Portuguese corporation’s electric mobility industrial unit in Maia. AFP

 

Angola’s billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos on Thursday dismissed graft allegations against her and vowed: “to fight through the international courts to defend my good name”.

The British-educated tycoon and eldest daughter of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been charged in Angola with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol.

“The allegations which have been made against me over the last few days are extremely misleading and untrue,” she said in a statement issued through a public relations firm in London.

“This is a very concentrated, orchestrated and a well-coordinated political attack, ahead of elections in Angola next year.

“It is an attempt to neutralise me and to discredit the legacy of President dos Santos and his family,” dos Santos said.

“No-one should be taken in by these diversionary tactics.”

Documents leaked this week by the New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) alleged she plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion (1.82 billion euros).

But in her statement Thursday, dos Santos said the “stolen” documents had been leaked “selectively to give a false impression of my business activities”.

She added: “I am ready to fight through the international courts to defend my good name.

“I have engaged lawyers to take action against inaccurate and defamatory reports.

“We deny all the latest allegations being made by Angolan authorities.”

A spokesman at the PR firm representing dos Santos said he did not know her current location, but that she had been in Britain this week.

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‘Africa’s Richest Woman’ Charged With Fraud

In this file photo taken on March 5, 2015 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos attends an art exhibition in Porto, northern Portugal. FERNANDO VELUDO / PUBLICO / AFP
In this file photo taken on March 5, 2015 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos attends an art exhibition in Porto, northern Portugal. FERNANDO VELUDO / PUBLICO / AFP

 

Angola’s billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos has been charged with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol.

Documents leaked this week alleged the daughter of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, dubbed Africa’s richest woman, plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion (1.82 billion euros).

“Isabel dos Santos is accused of mismanagement and embezzlement of funds during her tenure at Sonangol and is thus charged in the first instance with the crimes of money laundering, influence peddling, harmful management … forgery of documents, among other economic crimes,” prosecutor general Helder Pitta Gros told a news conference late Wednesday.

Investigations into Isabel dos Santos’s 18-month tenure as Sonangol head from June 2016 were opened after her successor Carlos Saturnino raised the alarm about “irregular money transfers” and other dodgy procedures.

Isabel dos Santos is accused of using her father’s backing to plunder state funds from the oil-rich but poor southern African country and moving the money abroad with the help of Western firms.

She stopped living in Angola after her father, who ruled the country with an iron fist for nearly 40 years, stepped down in 2017 for his anointed successor Joao Lourenco.

Gros said dos Santos was among five suspects, all of whom were currently residing abroad.

“At the moment, the concern is to notify and get them to voluntarily come to justice,” said Gros.

 

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Angola Freezes Bank Accounts Of Ex-President’s Daughter Over Corruption

Isabela Dos Santos
FILES) In this file photograph taken on February 5, 2018, Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos looks on as she visits the recently started EFACEC Portuguese corporation’s electric mobility industrial unit in Maia, central Portugal. An Angolan court, acting in a graft investigation, has frozen bank accounts held by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the public prosecutor said. Dos Santos — who has been nicknamed Africa’s wealthiest

 

 

An Angolan court, acting in a graft investigation, has frozen bank accounts held by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the public prosecutor said.

Dos Santos — who has been nicknamed Africa’s wealthiest woman — is being investigated with her husband Sindika Dokolo in a corruption affair involving more than a billion dollars (euros), it said in a statement issued late Monday.

The probe is looking at alleged irregularities involving state companies, including the oil giant Sonangol which Isabel dos Santos used to run, and a diamond-marketing firm, Sodiam.

A tribunal in the capital Luanda, in a decision issued on December 23, ordered bank accounts held by the couple to be frozen.

Their holdings in several Angolan companies, including the telecoms firm Unitel and cement company Cimangola, have also been frozen, the statement said.

The court’s decision also applies to a Portuguese businessman, Mario da Silva.

In a tweet, Isabel dos Santos, 46, said she sent “a message of tranquility and confidence to my teams.”

“We will continue, every day, in every business, doing our best and fighting for what I believe in for Angola. The road is long, the truth will prevail. United we stand strong,” she said.

She was appointed head of Sonangol in 2016 but was forced out the following year, in one of the first major acts undertaken by her father’s successor, Joao Lourenco.

She has since left Angola — like most members of the Dos Santos family — because she claims she has faced death threats.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos ruled Angola for 38 years — a time widely associated with corruption and nepotism.

His family accuses Lourenco’s government of persecution.

The former president’s son, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, 41, who is Isabel dos Santos’s half-brother, went on trial in early December for alleged corruption.

He is accused of embezzling as much as $1.5 billion from Angola’s sovereign wealth fund during his 2013-2018 stewardship.

Despite extensive oil, gas and mineral reserves, the majority of Angolans live in poverty and continue to rely on subsistence agriculture.

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Angola Commences Corruption Trial Of Ex-President’s Son

Angola Ex-President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos

 

The son of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos appeared in court on Monday, at the start of his trial on corruption charges.

It is the first time a member of the dos Santos family appears in dock since President Joao Lourenco came to power in 2017, part of a wave of change that has followed his arrival.

Jose Filomeno dos Santos, 41, also known as “Zenu” is accused of having tried to steal $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from Angola’s sovereign wealth fund during the time that he ran it.

He appeared before the Supreme Court along with three codefendants, who also face charges of money laundering and embezzlement — one of them former central bank governor Valter Filipe da Silva.

Zenu was appointed head of the $5 billion fund in 2013, 34 years into his father’s reign.

In January 2018, only months after Lourenco came to power, Zenu was fired from his position. He was arrested in September that year and held in custody for seven months before being released on bail.

Lourenco has launched a large-scale purge of the dos Santos administration, during which key sectors of the economy were awarded to the former president’s close allies and relatives.

Zenu’s half-sister Isabel dos Santos was ousted from her position as chair of the state oil giant Sonangol even sooner, in November 2017.

Cited as the richest woman in Africa, she is also being investigated for embezzlement.

She has since quit Angola for Britain, from where she has denounced Lourenco, saying she has been censored in the Angolan press and alleging that she quit the country because she had received death threats.

Lourenco is struggling to wean Angola’s economy off of oil, which accounts for one-third of the former Portuguese colony’s GDP and more than 90 percent of exports.

The country is still recovering from a 27-year civil war, which ended in 2002, and the global fall in oil prices in 2014.

Despite extensive oil, gas and mineral reserves, the majority of Angolans live in poverty and continue to rely on subsistence agriculture.

Most members of the dos Santos family have moved abroad.

Nigeria To Play Angola, Gabon At Handball Nations Cup

 

Nigeria will play in group B with Angola, Gabon and Libya at the 24th edition of the Men’s Senior Handball Africa Nations Cup scheduled for 15th to 25th January 2020 in Tunisia.

The tournament will also serve as African qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2021 World Championship in Egypt.

Technical director of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Coach Ferdinand Emeana is confident that with good preparations, Nigeria can advance from a group which he described as tricky.

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Coach Emeana has also charged the ministry of sports to support the team with funds to prepare adequately for the tournament so they can impress and ultimately pick a ticket to the Olympics and world championship.

“For me, I wouldn’t say whether the group is cheap or tough. Ours is to give the country a good representation and that means picking a world cup ticket and Olympics ticket.

It’s not going to be easy but the players are determined and the board is determined. What I request is the support of the government”

We need to prepare well to get a good result, I expect that the team will go on playing tour before the championship. Looking at the performance of the team at the last All Africa Games, if well motivated, we’ll stun Africa”. He concluded.

Nigeria reached the quarter-final of the 2019 African games in Morocco and will hope to do better at the Africa Nations Cup.

2020 AFRICAN MEN’S HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Group A
Egypt
DR Congo
Guinea
Kenya

Group B
Angola
Gabon
Nigeria
Libya

Group C
Tunisia
Cameroon
Ivory Coast
Cape Verde

Group D
Morocco
Algeria
Congo Brazzaville
Senegal
Zambia

Angola Seizes Diamonds, Expels Half A Million Migrants

 

Angolan authorities have expelled more than half a million undocumented migrants in the past year as part of an operation to target diamond smuggling, the government said Friday.

Mineral-rich Angola is a major producer of diamonds but the government believes many are bought and sold illegally by foreigners.

“The authorities have repatriated 527,725 illegal immigrants, closed down 96 illegal diamond cooperatives, four mining projects and 289 shops,” said a spokesman for the presidency, Pedro Sebastiao, during a press conference.

Tens of thousands of diamonds have been seized since Angola’s “Operation Transparency” was launched in September 2018.

Angola’s government says the move is meant to regulate the mining industry by tackling illegal mining operations and undocumented migration.

It was launched by President Joao Lourenco, who came to power in 2017 and has been struggling to revive the country’s faltering economy.

Human Rights Watch condemned the operation as “abusive”, saying more than 400,000 people were either forcibly deported or pushed to flee to neighbouring DR Congo in October last year.

The government has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The mandate for Operation Transparency was extended to Angola’s coastline in March to fight “illegal fishing, the smuggling of goods and fuel and drug trafficking,” said Sebastiao.

A total of 356 fishing boats have been seized, he added.

Sub-saharan Africa’s second-largest oil producer was hit hard by a global slump in crude prices in 2014.

Lourenco has so far failed to deliver the economic “miracle” promised during his campaign.

With little economic diversification, the state continues to rely on oil for 70 percent of its revenue.

Nigeria To Boost Bilateral Ties With Angola, Says Foreign Affairs Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says Nigeria will boost bilateral ties with Angola.

Speaking at a meeting with Manuel Augustus, the Angolan Minister of External Relations, Onyeama explained that other partnerships by both countries will be in the areas of peace and security, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.

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“We share the golf of Guinea and this is again an area we will be looking at. The issue of security at the Gulf of Guinea. We will look at other areas of cooperation.

“We have a joint commission which is the framework for bilateral cooperation between our two countries. We obviously need to look at how we will re-ignite which has not met for a number of years,” he stated.

The minister also thanked the Angolan officials and the delegation for the visit to the country.

U17 AFCON: Eaglets Target World Cup Ticket With Victory Against Angola

 

 

Five-time champions Nigeria hopes to make a return to the FIFA U17 World Cup finals with a victory against Angola in their second match at the Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday.

A reproachable slack approach saw the Golden Eaglets slump from a 3-1 lead to conceding three goals and falling behind against host nation Tanzania in the tournament opener on Sunday, but they woke from slumber in good time to win with two spectacular goals and pocket three precious points in a 5-4 win.

Angola’s 1-0 win over Uganda hours later has ensured that the winner of the top-of-the-table duel between Nigeria and Angola on Wednesday would have one leg in the semi-finals and automatically in the FIFA U17 World Cup slated for Brazil later this year.

All four semi-finalists at the ongoing championship in Tanzania will represent Africa in Brazil.

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Two-goal hero against Tanzania, Wisdom Ubani and Man-of-the-Match Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo will be the cynosure of all eyes in the Eaglets’ attacking line on Wednesday. Yet, Ibraheem Jabaar, who slammed in the winning goal against the Serengeti Boys minutes after coming on as a substitute, is also capable of making things happen, just as Olakunle Olusegun, Fawaz Abdullahi and Olatomi Olaniyan.

Nigeria won the Africa U17 Cup of Nations in 2001 in Seychelles and in 2007 in Togo and were world champions in 1985 (China), 1993 (Japan), 2007 (Korea Republic), 2013 (UAE) and 2015 (Chile).

Current Head Coach, Manu Garba was also at the head of the technical team that won in the United Arab Emirates six years ago.

The Eaglets failed to even qualify for the continental finals held in Gabon in 2017, losing to the Niger Republic in the final qualifying round. Mali, Ghana, Guinea and the Niger Republic flew Africa’s flag at the last edition of the FIFA U17 World Cup finals, in India.

Mali edged Ghana in an all –African quarter-final, only to lose 1-3 to Spain in the semi-finals and falter 0-2 to Brazil in the match for third place.

The normally strong Malians, who also finished as tournament runners-up to Nigeria in Chile in 2015, are absent from the finals in Tanzania after losing the available WAFU A slots to Senegal and Guinea.

In Wednesday’s other match of Group A, hosts Tanzania will tackle Uganda in a match of two teams still hunting for their first points at the tournament.

Children, Others Die In Stampede After Angolan Football Match

Angola football fans (file)

 

Two children and three adults were killed in a stampede at a weekend football match in the Angolan capital Luanda, sparking an investigation, authorities said Monday.

The crush occurred Saturday as fans were leaving the CAF Champions League quarter-final match between Primeiro Agosto of Angola and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sports ministry said.

The incident “caused the death by asphyxiation of five supporters and caused seven injuries at the end of the match,” the ministry said in a statement.

The two children were aged 10 and 12, it said.

One survivor who gave his name only as Nemo, speaking to TV channel Zimbo from his hospital bed, said: “The exit door was very small, many people fell.”

The history of African football is marked by frequent deadly crowd stampedes. In Angola in February 2017, 17 people were killed and 58 injured near the northern town of Uige ahead of a season-opening match for the national championship.

Earlier this month, at least one person was killed and 37 injured in a stampede ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo.

And in July last year, eight people were killed when rival supporters clashed during Senegal’s League Cup final, and a stampede caused a wall to fall on escaping fans.

The scramble came after police used tear gas to clear the area surrounding the stadium.

In 2009, 19 people died in the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan after a crush in a qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup between Ivory Coast and Malawi.

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IMF To Begin Talks With Angola On Financial Support

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday it would begin talks with Angola over providing financial support after the oil-producing country’s economic growth was weaker than expected this year.

Africa’s second-largest oil producer has been hit by lower oil prices, which have caused a dollar liquidity squeeze that has made it difficult for foreign companies to repatriate profits and discouraged many from investing.

Angola’s Finance Ministry said on Monday it had sought financial support from the IMF but did not provide further detail on how much money was involved.

“We expect to initiate programme discussions with the Angolan authorities as soon as feasible,” Deputy Managing Director of the IMF Tao Zhang said in a statement which confirmed the Fund had received a letter from the Angolan authorities to start talks.

The request came after the IMF was invited to Luanda in October to negotiate the programme, which would last for two years and then be extendable for one more.

“The IMF stands ready to help the authorities address Angola’s economic challenges by supporting their economic policies and reforms based on the government’s macroeconomic stabilisation programme and in the national development plan for 2018–22,” Zhang said.

Angola’s economy has struggled due to lower oil prices, a situation made worse by declining production. The output is expected to fall to 1.5 million barrels per day in 2018, down from 1.6 million last year and 1.9 million a decade ago.

The IMF expects the country’s economy to grow 2.2 per cent this year, well below an original government forecast of 4.9 per cent.

President João Lourenço, who took over last September after 38 years of rule by José Eduardo dos Santos, has said he wants to bring about an economic miracle in Angola by opening up to foreign investment and diversifying away from oil.

Angola Loses First Satellite, Plans Successor

FILE PHOTO A Zenit rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola, sitting on its launchpad prior to lift off at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. Credit: HO / Roscosmos space agency / AFP

 

Angola on Monday confirmed the premature death of its first national telecoms satellite, Angosat-1, which was launched in December and was expected to have a working life of 15 years.

The Russian-made Angosat-1 struggled with repeated setbacks immediately after its launch from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

Contact with the satellite was soon lost and never recovered despite many attempts.

“The satellite remained in orbit from December 26 to 30. After that we had a problem,” Igor Frolov, a representative of manufacturer Energia RSC, said at a press conference in Luanda.

Angolan Telecommunications Minister Jose Carvalho da Rocha immediately announced that the satellite would be replaced by a successor — Angosat-2 — under a new agreement with Russia.

“Building will begin tomorrow at no cost to Angola… it will have more capacity and be more sophisticated than its predecessor,” da Rocha said, adding it would be finished in 18 months.

The Angosat project was founded by Russia and Angola in 2009 and includes a control centre in a suburb of the Angolan capital Luanda.

Angosat-1 had been intended to improve satellite communication, internet access and broadcasting of radio and television across Africa.

Angola draws large revenue from its oil reserves but suffers extreme inequality with UNICEF calculating 38 percent of the population live in poverty.

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