Angola: State Recovers Luanda and Lobito Port Terminals

Luanda — Asset Recovery Office of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) announced the recovery of the port terminals of Luanda and Lobito, which were under the management of Soportos - Transporte and Descarga, SA.

According to a source quoted by the Jornal de Angola (JA), in Wednesday's edition, Soportos belongs to the former head of the Security House of the President of the Republic, General Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias "Kopelipa", and his family.

Soportos operated the multi-purpose terminal of the Port of Luanda, a port infrastructure with an area of 181.000 and 70 square meters and with a capacity to handle 2.7 million tons annually.

In addition to the equipment to handle various cargo, the terminal, which was leased for a period of 20 years to Soportos, has a pier of 610 meters and a depth of 12.5 meters.

While in Porto do Lobito, Soportos assumed the concession of the Mineral Terminal in 2017.

According to the Jornal de Angola, General "Kopelipa" delivered the goods, and PGR delivered the terminals to Luanda Port.

Likewise, quotes the dialy, the Hotel Conventions de Talatona (HCTA), a public venture funded by Sonangol, which was under the management of a private company, was recovered.

The five-star hotel unit cost over US $ 200 million and, shortly after payment and construction, was handed over for operation to a privately owned $ 12 million bonus and a contract with harmful traces.

In another dossier, the President of the Republic canceled a palace cleaning contract that cost the state USD 70 million in two years.

The Presidential Palace and the buildings that are part of its protocol complex were managed by a private company of public managers.

Riverstone Oaks Corporation (ROC) has signed, on behalf of SG Services-Lda, two contracts for the operational management and preventive maintenance of the Presidential Palace.

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