The Angolan Parliament has suspended a daughter of former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who had been a member of parliament for more than ten years, for absenteeism and « illegal enrichment ».
During his 38-year reign, which ended with his withdrawal in September 2017, the former leader had placed family members in important political and economic positions. His daughter Welwitschia dos Santos, known as « Tchize », had been a member since 2008 and a member since 2016 of the central committee of the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the ruling party.
The National Assembly voted Tuesday night to suspend Welwitschia, one of the six children of the former president, from his seat as parliamentarian, saying she had « abandoned » her post and enriched herself illegally.
Less known than his half-sister Isabel – a billionaire who ran the national oil company under his father – Welwitschia had an influence in the Angolan media and controlled one of the country’s major advertising agencies.
She had emigrated last year to the UK, saying she was threatened by the Angolan secret service under the new president Joao Lourenco.
The latter has launched a purge of the administration and nationalized companies, targeting mainly relatives of his predecessor, most of whom have gone abroad.