Mercedes-Benz and Influence Peddling in Angola

In this new investigation, Maka Angola exposes the role of foreign investment in broadening, and institutionalizing corrupt dealings with the country’s political leaders. This case involves the “general distributor of Mercedes-Benz cars for Daimler in Angola”. On 12 July 2009, the Minister of State and head of the Military Bureau in the Presidency of Angola, General Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias Júnior “Kopelipa”, set up the company Auto-Star Angola, with himself as majority shareholder. The deputy director of the Office of National Reconstruction (GRN), Manuel José Cardoso do Amaral Van-Dúnem, and the faithful depository of General Kopelipa’s businesses, were each granted a 10 percent shareholding. The businessmen Herculano Adelço de Morais and António de Lemos, received 30 and 10 percent of the shares respectively. The website of the Belgian company Societé de Distribution Africain (SDA) announced the creation of Auto Star with the intention of setting up “a Belgian and Angolan […]

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