The war against corruption appears to be fast spreading across countries in Africa just as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is determined to bury the canker worm that has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation.
So far, the anti-corruption hammer has landed on many top politicians who have either faced trial or still have some charges hanging around their necks.
In a similar fashion, the Vice President of Angola Manuel Vicente is facing corruption and money laundering charges brought against him by prosecutors.
Delivering his verdict, a Portuguese judge, Ana Cristina Carvalho ruled that the charges against the Vice President were valid and all suspects in the case must stand trial.
Meanwhile, the former Portuguese colony, where corruption is endemic and most people live in poverty despite its vast oil wealth, has described the charges as “a serious attack” that threatens relations between the two countries and a state-run media called the investigation “revenge by the former colonial master” and “neo-colonialism”.
According to a statement released by the Attorney General’s office on Thursday, the charges date back to when Vicente was the head of Angolan State oil company Sonangol.
In a Portuguese investigation with the unlikely name of ‘Operation Fizz’, Vicente is implicated along with his Portuguese legal and financial representatives and Portuguese magistrate Orlando Figueira – jailed almost a year ago.
Angola ranked 164th of 170 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions index in 2016.
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