The Independentist Movement of Cabinda reports that a total of 22 arrests were made, including President Carlos Manuel Vemba, who took to the streets to march towards the SIC premises.
The Independentist Movement of Cabinda (MIC) this Thursday asked for the release of two of its members detained in the city of that province in northern Angola, one of whom was accused of crimes of criminal association, terrorist organization, rebellion, among others.
In a note issued by the MIC’s Secretariat for Information and Communication, the political organization demands the release of António Tuma, MIC’s assistant secretary for Information, and Alexandre Dunge, detained on Wednesday of last week, at their homes, by agents of the National Police and the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) of Cabinda.
According to the document, the two activists were taken to the SIC, where they remained detained until Friday, after which they were transferred to the civil jail in Cabinda.
The document underlines that António Tuma’s detention was ordered by the Public Prosecutor’s Office for alleged “practicing a crime of criminal organization, terrorist organization, rebellion, disturbance of the functioning of sovereign bodies and disobedience”, according to the arrest warrant, dated 28. of September this year.
The MIC underlines that as for the activist Alexandre Dunge, no arrest warrant was shown to him, and the reasons for his arrest are not known.
The movement states that a total of 22 arrests were made, including the president of the MIC, Carlos Manuel Vemba, who took to the streets, the day after the arrest of António Tuma and Alexandre Dunge , to march towards the SIC premises, demanding “the unconditional freedom of its members ”.
“Posted at the SIC premises, the president of the MIC asked, without success, for a direct conversation with the governor, Marcos Nhunga, because it was about political issues, and with the provincial commander of the National Police, to deal with issues related to the performance of the police, whose position was supported by their comrades who did not stop shouting ‘referendum yes, elections no’, in protest of the holding of Angolan elections in Cabinda”, reads the note.
Meanwhile, 20 activists, including Carlos Vemba, were released on the night of the arrest, but António Tuma and Alexandre Dunge are still being held , so the MIC asks for their release.
Speaking to the Lusa agency, the secretary for Information and Communication of the MIC, Sebastião Macaia, said that for the last three months, together with his deputy, they have been carrying out political campaigns, through social networks, appealing to the natives of that oil province of Angola to not participate in the general elections scheduled for 2022, advocating a referendum to resolve the situation in Cabinda.
“One of the leaders is me and António Tuma is my deputy. They went looking for me, didn’t find me, so they went after my deputy. The campaign started three months ago, through Facebook, but it is the first time that arrests have happened, we never received any notification, it was something surprising”, he said.
According to Sebastião Macaia, two lawyers were appointed, Francisco Luemba and Mananga i, who are monitoring the process.
The note highlights that “the arrests take place in a context in which MIC militants are multiplying their actions to mobilize their people in defense of holding a referendum for a definitive solution to the Cabinda problem, advising Cabindans to participate in the Angolan elections”.
“The MIC understands that the holding of Angolan elections in Cabinda will never bring a definitive solution to the problem of Cabinda, because it is based on presuppositions of public international law. It is the right of peoples to self-determination, as it is enshrined and understood by the United Nations Charter, Article 1.2/Article 55, and applied by international custom”, underlines the document.
A source from the Attorney General’s Office in Cabinda confirmed to Lusa the detention of the citizens, who are indicted for crimes of criminal association, terrorist organization, rebellion and disturbance, with the case still being investigated.