November 1, 2021 at 12:49 pm
Although the president of the biggest opposition party, Isaías Samakuva, has made public that he would like to see more than one candidate running for his succession, in the wake of what has been usual in previous elective congresses, so far only Costa Júnior has assumed that he is candidate.
This phase of electoral dispute for the leadership of the “Black Rooster” party results from the annulment of the 2019 Congress by the Constitutional Court, through judgment 700/2021, due to irregularities pointed out in the candidacy process of Adalberto Costa Júnior, who would eventually defeat the remaining four candidates.
The TC understood that Costa Júnior was still a Portuguese citizen when he completed his process.
Faced with this decision, which the party did not appeal, UNITA’s leadership returned to its exit from the 2015 congress, thus assuming the leadership of Isaias Samakuva in this limited period until the holding of the Congress, which is a repetition of what took place in 2019 , having already made it clear that he is not a candidate for his own succession.
In a statement released today after a party meeting, the spokesman for the XIII UNITA Congress, Ruben Sicato, clarified that the calendar for the various stages of the conclave still includes the holding of communal conferences between 3 and 4 November. municipalities scheduled for November 8th and the provincial ones for November 13th.
“The certification of the mandate of the delegates and the preparation of the list of delegates will take place on November 25th. The accreditation of delegates will take place on November 26th and 27th”, adds Ruben Sicato.
The arrival in Luanda of congress delegates from other provinces and abroad is scheduled for 29 and 30 November, the day before the start of the XIII Ordinary Congress, 1 December, reserved for a debate between delegates and candidates for the UNITA presidency, on the program they intend to apply in case of victory.
After this great UNITA meeting, the party will have, on December, “the first meeting of the Political Commission to leave Congress”, which will have on the agenda the election of the vice president, general secretary and assistant general secretary.