In an interview granted on March 4 by the president of Angola, João Lourenço, to the RTP network, the Portuguese public television station, he affirms that there is no hunger in his country. His statements have caused outrage among Angolans.
At a time of the interview of just over 30 minutes, the Portuguese RTP Africa journalist referred to UNICEF's report that shows Angola as a country where people starve to death. Then, Lourenço refuted the existence of hunger in the country, although he admitted malnutrition and said:
We want to fight to reduce poverty rates, due to the long years of armed conflict. Browse through the offer of food supplies in Angola, it is not possible to say that there is a leaflet in Angola, which is a matter of some nutrition.
Our fight is to fight to reduce poverty rates, due to the long years of armed conflict. Today there is an offer of food goods in Angola, it cannot be said that hunger exists in Angola today, it is a matter of malnutrition.
President João Lourenço made these statements on the eve of the arrival in Angola of his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and a few days before a Catholic priest and human rights defender denounced the death of Angolan citizens because of hunger that It is suffered in areas of the country where there is drought.
In the same vein, civic activist Manuel Mapanda, better known as Dago Nível, questioned the president's statements:
How is it that there will be no promotion in Angola? Didn't you tell Denúncia do Padre Jacinto Wacussanga about the death of an Angolan for promoting? Could it be that we Gambos e no Curoca já não ha fome? Assim Jlo assuming the presidency of Maioria dos Angolanos passou a ter a basic basket, and a promotion foi eliminated?
How are you going to say that there is no hunger in Angola? Didn't you read Father Jacinto Wacussanga's complaint about the death of an Angolan because of hunger? Could it be that in Gambos and Curoca there is no hunger? As soon as you arrived at the president, the Angolans began to have their needs covered and the hunger was eliminated?
During the interview, the Angolan head of state also demonstrated his willingness to combat corruption, which is part of his party's electoral program:
No one can guarantee that it will harm the front, there will be no corruption, no corruption, no more impunity as always. Não haverá mais intocáveis, second João Lourenço. Esse tempo ficou back.
No one can guarantee that from now on there will be no corruption and that there will be no corruption, but they will not go unpunished as before. There will be no more untouchables, according to João Lourenço. That time has passed.
In 2018, the Regional Forum for University Development (FORDU), a civic institution for the promotion of education based in southern Angola, produced a documentary (which does not exist online) entitled “Angola, a country at risk ”, In which he pointed out the high number of people looking for food in garbage dumps, both in the urban center of the province of Huambo, the subject of the documentary, and in the capital of the country, Luanda.
In JM. News, Facebook news page, there were harsh claims against the statements of João Lourenço:
We need to recognize that ainda has muted people in Angola living in (sic) margem da sociedade, a problem that will hardly be solved if there is no promotion of credible social inclusion programs, where they are collected and lent. In this nascer of uma nova elite of quem não elite cats, there is no other time, which takes advantage of (sic) gap in which the main artist and financier of the National Theater or J. Lourenço.
Olha, that the main challenges are two months old, to overcome the problems in the areas of health, education, habitation, etc., that less hair should give some sinai than timid, but nothing is seen.
We need to recognize that there are still many people in Angola who live outside the society, a problem that will hardly be solved if there is no promotion of credible social inclusion programs, where the accounts are collected and the accounts are taken well. And it is not with this emergence of a new scoundrel elite, who takes advantage of the current gap in which the nation's leading and financial artist is J. Lourenço.
Look that the main challenges are in front of their own eyes, to overcome the problems in the areas of education, health, housing, etc. that at least they should already give shy signals, but nothing is seen.