3 January 2013

Angola: President Appoints Vigil Deaths Probe Commission

Photo: Euronews
File Photo:Tragedy Claims 13 Lives At Religious Year-End Mass in Angola.

Luanda — The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, has appointed a commission to enquire into the tragedy of December 31 at Luanda's Cidadela stadium that killed 13 people, during a vigil of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

According to a note from the Civil Office to the Presidency of the Republic that reached Angop on Thursday, the commission is coordinated by the Interior minister, Ângelo de Veigas Tavares, assisted by the minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva.

It includes the ministers of Territory Administration, Bornito de Sousa, Justice, Rui Mangueira, Health, José Van-Dúnem, Youth and Sports, Gonçalves Muandumba, and Luanda governor, Bento Bento.

The commission is also backed by a technical team coordinated by the secretary of State of Interior and includes representatives of above mentioned institutions.

The fact finding commission is expected to report to the president of the Republic within 15 days.

During the December 31 vigil, the forces of the National Police, Fire Department and National Institute of Medical Emergency rushed 114 people to the Luanda hospitals of Americo Boavida, Josina Machel, Prenda and Lucrecia Paim Maternity, where 13 people, including three children, eventually died.

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