April 15, 2021 at 15:36
“We must act now to avoid disastrous situations tomorrow,” says UNITA, who places the responsibility on Joana Lina, “who broke the contract with the operators of collection and treatment of solid waste before he even had a contingency plan” and incurred “in a clamorous management error” that had serious consequences for public health, “under the silent and complicit eye of the President of the Republic”.
“For more reasons that the governor had to terminate the contract with the operators, she would have to establish a contingency plan that considers the continuity of the companies’ activity until their replacement through public tender, as mandated by the rules contained in the Public Procurement Law. “, stated the UNITA GP, demanding political and administrative accountability from Joana Lina.
“Ms. Governadora looked for absolutely ineffective solutions and, finally, ended up promoting an addicted public tender that selected companies without technical capacity for the undertaking and, on top of that, demand a down payment (acquisition in advance) for the acquisition of means to fulfill this way, far from solving the problem, Mrs. Governor found other problems and the waste / wastewater mixture persists in being the Luanda business card with all the risks that arise from it “, reads in the communiqué sent by the UNITA GP, in which he argues that “due to the successive mistakes”, Joana Lina “no longer has the morale to continue directing efforts towards reversing the crisis.
“Galo Negro” defends the creation of a “task-force” (working group) with attributions such as “annulment with immediate effects of the last public tender promoted by the Provincial Government of Luanda and which selected companies without technical capacity for the contracted task “, the emergency cleaning of the city with the removal of all sources of garbage, the restoration of the drainage system and the reconstruction of the infrastructures damaged by the rains (streets, roads, bridges and bridges, water pipes and the electricity network).
It also defends the re-evaluation of the solid waste collection and treatment system and proposed measures to make it sustainable and resilient to changes in administration and an emergency plan for sanitary measures to prevent diseases that may occur due to waste and how consequence of the rains.
In the statement, the UNITA Parliamentary Group and its deputies expressed “extremely concern about the catastrophic situation of garbage in the province of Luanda”, as “the lack of basic sanitation in this dimension causes health insecurity in the communities, diseases related to the lack of of public cleaning, diseases related to the heaps of garbage in contact with the rain, river and sea waters, which are the source of food for the citizens of Luanda, who consume the fish in the rivers and the sea contaminated with the garbage carried by the rains “.
In Luanda, recalls the UNITA GP, “we are already faced with an evident situation of the garbage crisis, with the most visible face being the flies that accidentally invade our homes, the evident increase in the population of mosquitoes and the disgusting larvae that crawl on everything which is close to the vast outbreaks of garbage scattered throughout the city “.
“The still immersed part of this huge iceberg are acute diarrheal diseases and other gastroenteritis whose incidence must have increased, but the authorities pretend to ignore it,” says UNITA, guaranteeing that there are already reports of deaths from severe dehydration due to emetic and diarrheal syndromes and countless histories of absences from work due to gastroenteritis.
For “Black Rooster”, “the health authorities’ warning signal does not seem to have sounded yet.
“Anti-vector control measures are not intensified to prevent an uncontrolled increase in cases of malaria and hemorrhagic fevers such as dengue and yellow fever that can kill much more than Covid-19”, he warns.
According to UNITA, the present crisis of garbage is yet another proof that the political-administrative decentralization through the Institutionalization of autonomous local power “is fundamental to correct many of the distortions and dysfunctions that characterize Public Administration today”, allowing the existence of a new model for the collection, treatment and management of solid waste “in an autonomous, transparent, decentralized manner, the competence of which the Constitution already attributes to Local Authorities”.