ANGOLA CORRUPTION AND JUSTICE

CABINDA

 por @mbembubuala

Fevereiro 08, 2019

Cabinda is a coastal territory (8,000 Km2) in West Africa bordering with the two Congo’s, which became a Portuguese protectorate following the Simulambuco Treaty signed on February 1, 1885. In 1974, after a hasty fall of the Portuguese overseas regime, the Angolan and Cuban troops invaded and occupied the territory, annexing it as the 18th province of Angola. Cabinda’s natural resources, mainly oil and gas, have provided a huge chunk (over 2/3 in the past) of foreign currency serving Angola to feed the war and suppress the people of Cabinda and its independence movement FLEC. Today, and while the civil war in Angola against UNITA ended since 2002, the military and political conflict in Cabinda remains unsettled.

When the regime stems from monopoly of truth and power,
When such truth and power have left a long trail of destruction, pain and deaths,
When such destruction, pain and deaths remain the rule for Cabinda colonization since 1974,
When such colonization corrupts and obstructs peace and democracy in the region, including the Congo’s,

hen the regime stems from monopoly of truth and power,
When such truth and power have left a long trail of destruction, pain and deaths,
When such destruction, pain and deaths remain the rule for Cabinda colonization since 1974,
When such colonization corrupts and obstructs peace and democracy in the region, including the Congo’s,

There is a reason to question what justice Angola can make now:
• A justice focusing on consequences or the underlying causes?
• A justice boosting the regime image or breaking the status quo?
• A justice cracking down on sinners or sins?

No doubt, the state is captive of subtle totalitarian practices and no justice can be made without addressing the underlying causes and establishing the full scale of social and economic damages, including human rights violations, which remain etched in the minds of all.

The starting ground and surefire path to justice require a twofold change: end the dominant-party system and accept the right of the people of Cabinda to self-determination. Then both the people of Cabinda and the people of Angola will be free and justice will follow with truth, love and integrity…

Changes in east European countries have made a school in our days: democratic change is possible, but only when the truth is accepted and totalitarian power is ended. Under normal circumstances, the current government would resign and new general elections would be hold. Alternatively, national conference, truth and reconciliation commission would be good examples that would help the Angolan people discuss a new beginning that ends both the Cabinda’s colonization and the ruling regime “MPLA is the people, the people are MPLA”, setting the ground for the rule of law and an inclusive (not just criminal) justice. Colonization of Cabinda is demeaning to all – Cabindans, Angolans and other people. There is no way out, but the path that our contemporary history has followed — South Africa acceded to the Namibia’s independence to put an end to apartheid and become free and democratic state, Indonesia accepted the East Timor referendum for self-determination to become the world largest Muslim democracy, and Portugal ended its colonial empire in Africa to become a free and democratic member state of EU.

If you value peace and justice, it is time to break the silence, question the status quo and help the people of Cabinda attain their self-determination for a sustainable peace and justice in the region. Currently, there is a wave of massive detentions going on in Cabinda — about 70 people, mostly young Cabindans associated with the civic independence movement for Cabinda (MIC), have been detained by the Angolan authorities to suppress the people’s peaceful march celebrating the 134th anniversary of the Simulambuco Treaty. The detentions began on January 28th and have continued for the last days. A full list of detainees is not available as families and civic reps have been denied access for visits.

Thank you all for caring and helping

By Afonso Bumba
Email: bumbaafonso@yahoo.com


Updated list of detainees:

1- Maurício Bufita Baza Gimbi – MIC, President
2- António Marcos Soqui – MIC, Vice President
3- Alfredo Duda – MIC, Religious Affairs Secretary
4- Andre Bucoio Nsungo
5- António Manuel Puati
6- Afonso Kiama Kiango
7- António Victor Tuma – MIC, Information Deputy Secretary
8- André Matoco
9- Antonio Lourenço
10- Antonio Jose Kipade
11- Basilio Vemba Gima
12- Bernardo Pedro Gimbi
13- Carlos Manuel Vemba – MIC, Secretary General
14- Celina Graça da Silva Daniel
15- Cristivão panzo
16- Celestino Gomes Mabiala Muendo
17- Daniel de Oliveira Buzi Bumba
18- David Kuembo
19- David kuembo Luemba
20- Eduardo Muindo Matumda – MIC, Mobilization & Organization Secretary
21- Florindo de Jesus
22- Filomão Futi Bumba Chiambi
23- Filipe Macaia Luemba – MIC, Political Education, Secretary
24- Francisco Casimiro Futi Tati
25- Geraldo Ngaca – MIC, Deputy Secretary General
26- Felix Mavungo
27- Gorge Alfredo
28- Isidouro Ncole
29- João Conde Bodo
30- José Pedro Buanga Diogo – MIC, Human Rights Secretary
31- João Zau Mambimbi
32- João Ngoio Dibanda
33- João Barros
34- José Luis Nvumbo
35- José Manuel Kibinda
36- João da Graça Mampuela
37- Joaquim Júnior Bety
38- José Manuel Ndalyahwila
39- Júlio Pau
40- José Sita
41- José da Gruz M
42- João Teculo Mabiala
43- Jorge Lima
44- Kimena Futi
45- Maria Deca
46- Manuel Bras
47- Mateus Puati
48- Manuel Ntumba Costodio
49- Marcelino Chimpolo Goma
50- Maurício Pedro Chocolate Tati
51- Marcos Futi Buengo Jacob
52- Madalena Marta Zovo Gimbi
53- Miguel Cambuzina Sampaio
54- Pedro Massiala Conde
55- Raimundo Gomes
56- Rúben Mavungo Domingos
57- Rafael Malonda Bumba
58- Raúl Libuili Sungo Gomes
59- Rodrigués Mavungo Conde
60- Sebastião Quinga Barros
61- Sebastião Sungo Batala
62- Sebastião Buio
63- Samuel Emanuel Nhimi
64- Zacarias Pena Fuce
65- Zacarias Chicaia Nzau

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