The Business Dealings of the Attorney General

His Excellency
President of Republic
Hon. José Eduardo dos Santos


As an Angolan citizen, who has been monitoring the acts of your government, I write to you to express my deepest concern with the institutional silence over the recent public denunciation of the attorney general’s co-ownership of, and managerial duties in the private company Imexco.


I would like, first and foremost, to explain the rationale for bringing this case to your direct attention. According to current legislation, the Attorney General’s Office is subordinate to the President of the Republic, as Head of State (…).” The same law establishes that the President of the Republic gives direct instructions to the attorney general, which must be complied with.


You have insisted, throughout the years, on the need for the authorities to stem corruption and the abuse of power by public office holders, and for public office holders to act with due diligence. In 2008, you categorically addressed the urgency for the state authorities to draw clear boundaries in order to end the “promiscuity”, as you described it, of public office holders conflating their private business interests with their official duties.

I would therefore like to draw your attention to the following facts that illustrate examples of the kind of promiscuity to which you referred:

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