I hope this interesting phase we're now in will shift us away from the need that we had before to be confrontational. I hope he takes in all this positive energy and he finds it contagious and carries on going. We are pushing for reform initiatives and showing the government that we are ready to back its actions if they are going to have positive repercussions in improving our lives and lifting the limitations we suffered from 1975 to 2017. What changes should take place to show that the new president is serious in seeking reform? The new president should acknowledge the need for a strong civil society, rather than try to co-opt it into government.Even huge opponents of the old regime are applauding some of the new president’s initiatives. There are many simple things that can be done, and small steps can keep hope alive. It would help if civil society actors saw their points of view taken into consideration when major decisions are made.So we know they are reading our comments and they know we are there not just to be critical, but that we want to give them the benefit of the doubt.There are things we want to propose and see how they react to them, so we are testing them.We should also be developing tourism, but for the time being it is very hard to get visas for Angola. Our national budget for the last 15 years has had double the amount going to security than to education and health. The only explanation for this is that the military control society.In fact, there are three different secret services operating in Angola.Instead of looking for confrontation, as we had to do in the past, we have started to propose ideas, especially on social media.
His daughter Isabel dos Santos was chair of the national oil company, Sonangol - oil is our main resource - and his son José Filomeno dos Santos managed the US billion sovereign wealth fund.
We want to not have to be constantly fighting and confronting the powers that be. I want to carry on sharing my thoughts and ideas without being involved in conflict the whole time. Apart from corruption, what are the major challenges that the new president faces?
It’s exhausting, especially when you get beaten up, you get stitches in your head and you have to spend a year in prison. There is urgent need to invest in education and health.
Of course, the ruling party doesn’t want elections because it risks losing constituencies.
There are good things going on in this part of the continent.But now they have lost the contract and Semba Comunicações has closed.