Head of dos San­tos foun­da­tion de­tained

The source of funds used by char­ity has been the sub­ject of much spec­u­la­tion

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - AFRICA NEWS - BY AR­NALDO VIEIRA NA­TION Cor­re­spon­dent BY MICHAEL CHAWE NA­TION Cor­re­spon­dent LUSAKA, Sun­day

An­golan au­thor­i­ties have de­tained the head of the Pres­i­dent José Ed­uardo dos San­tos Foun­da­tion (FESA), founded by the re­tired leader.

Mr Is­mael Diego, who is be­ing held at São Paulo prison in Luanda, was ar­rested on Fri­day over al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of $20 mil­lion.

“Mr Is­mael Diogo, José Ed­uardo dos San­tos' close ally, was ar­rested fol­low­ing his fail­ure to hon­our the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Services sum­mon,” the spy agency con­firmed. “He even switched off his phone and moved to a dif­fer­ent house.”

The spy agency wants Mr Diogo to ex­plain the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of $20 mil­lion from the Load­ers Na­tional Coun­sel, un­der the man­age­ment of for­mer Trans­port min­ster, Mr Au­gusto Tomás, who was also ar­rested.

FESA was funded in 1996 and has ini­ti­ated and runs sev­eral projects in ed­u­ca­tion, health, sports, cul­ture, among oth­ers. It also spon­sors stu­dents to study abroad.

The source of FESA'S funds has been the sub­ject of much spec­u­la­tion in An­gola. Whereas some have ar­gued that it was funded from the pub­lic cof­fers, oth­ers, in­clud­ing its founders, main­tain that it gets its re­sources from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional do­na­tions. Last week, An­golan au­thor­i­ties ar­rested and charged Mr Tomás over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. Mr Tomás was also be­ing con­fined at São Paulo prison. A Mr dos San­tos's ap­pointee, Mr Tomás was sacked by Pres­i­dent João Lourenço last in June. Mr Filomeno dos San­tos, the son of the for­mer pres­i­dent, was also ar­rested last Mon­day for al­leged in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. He re­mains in cus­tody in Luanda Mr Filomeno was ar­rested along­side his busi­ness as­so­ciate, Mr Jean Claude Bas­tos de Mo­rais, for the sus­pect trans­fer of $500 mil­lion from the An­golan sov­er­eign fund, which the for­mer once headed.

Pres­i­dent Lourenço has, since his as­cen­dan­cies to power last year, em­barked on an anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sade that has seen sev­eral close as­so­ci­ates of his pre­de­ces­sor (pic­tured) im­pli­cated in wrong­do­ing.

He took over in Au­gust last year, fol­low­ing an elec­tion mark­ing the end of Pres­i­dent dos San­tos's 38year reign. Pres­i­dent Lourenço sacked Filomeno as the head of the strate­gic sov­er­eign fund in Jan­uary.

The pres­i­dent also sacked Is­abel dos San­tos, the for­mer pres­i­dent's el­dest daugh­ter, as the chair of the board of the state-owned oil firm So­nan­gol.

Ms Is­abel dos San­tos, who is Africa's rich­est woman, faces

Zam­bia Po­lice has ar­rested and de­tained a Chi­nese na­tional for train­ing seven lo­cals in “mil­i­tary drill”.

“Po­lice in South­ern Prov­ince has ar­rested a Chi­nese na­tional and 8 Zam­bians who were be­ing trained and in­volved in un­law­ful drilling and us­ing sus­pected mil­i­tary at­tire in Liv­ing­stone,” said a state­ment is­sued by South­ern Prov­ince Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bonny Kapeso.

The eight Zam­bians are em­ploy­ees of a named se­cu­rity com­pany owned by some named Zam­bian.

One pis­tol, seven shot­guns

The Po­lice re­cov­ered one pis­tol, seven shot­guns and one big air gun with a box con­tain­ing shot­gun am­mu­ni­tion al­legedly owned by a se­cu­rity com­pany pro­pri­etor. The po­lice chief said the uni­form won by the “re­cruits” re­sem­bles that used by the coun­try's wildlife scouts.

The camp for the un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties was set up 10km north of Liv­ing­stone's weigh­bridge.

Po­lice said it was still try­ing to es­tab­lish the own­er­ship of guns as the owner of the se­cu­rity firm was un­avail­able.

All the eight sus­pects are in po­lice cus­tody help­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions, it said.

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