Angola will celebrate 10 years of peace on April 4th. In the decade since the end of its 27-year-long civil war, the country’s economy has boomed and its diplomatic power and influence has expanded dramatically. But inequality has also soared with a tiny elite reaping the peace dividend, while most Angolans continue to live in acute poverty without access to basic health care, shelter, clean water and education. The country is nominally democratic but President Eduardo dos Santos (the second longest serving ruler in Africa) enjoys a supra-majority in parliament and very few constitutional checks and balances. But there has also been a noticeable rise in protests in the past few years as Angolans demand their rights and a better standard of living. So after ten years of peace, what does Angola have to celebrate? And what path is it likely to follow in future?
Please come to a special briefing on Angola at the Hyatt hotel in Rosebank at 11.00 on Monday April 2nd with the following high-profile panel:
- Marcolino Moco – Former General Secretary of the ruling Party-MPLA and first Prime Minister of democratic Angola (and also the first Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese Speaking countries)
- Horácio Junjuvili - UNITA member in the National Electoral Commission
- Fernando Macedo – Human rights activist and Professor of Constitutional Law.
- Elias Isaac –Angola Country Director for the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
The paneliists will give a short briefing, which will be followed by a Q&A. There will also be time for 1-on-1 interviews. All four panellists speak good English.