6 February 2013

Angola: Defence Minister Defends Knowledge of Financial Transactions

Luanda — Angolan minister of National Defence, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, Wednesday in Luanda defended the need of the military leaders to master the financial transactions in the sector, with a view to handle effectively the budget expenditure the State allocates to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).

The minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the meeting that gathered military leaders and which aimed at examining military forum issues.

The Cabinet minister also called for the need to increase the demand levels which allow an effective monitoring of spending.

According to him, the move will help avoiding unnecessary and superfluous expenses which do not contribute to development of the institution and its staff.

"The FAA chiefs and leaders should be aware that we are in a new era of responsibility and accountability, whose the goal is to empower the sector at all levels," he said.

Therefore, he added, "we are prohibited to commit offenses against the interests of the institution we serve and the team to which we belong."

Scheduled to end on Friday, the meeting is being chaired by the Chief of General Staff of FAA, Army General Geraldo Sachipengo

Nunda and gathers senior officers of the three branches: Army, Air Force and Navy.

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