This week’s printed edition also calls attention to the encroachment of organized crime on everyday life in Praia, and announces the government’s response to drug trafficking and cross-border crime, which took aim at the heart of the system with the attempt on the life of the Prime Minister’s son. The actions to be carried out will take place in Cape Verde’s two central prisons – São Martinho, in Praia, and Ribeirinha, in Mindelo – in fulfillment of one of the recommendations made by a high-level British Secret Service official who was recently in Cape Verde for meetings with the country’s security forces.
In other judicial news, A Semana reports that judge Antero Tavares has gone on the counter-attack and sued Jacob Vicente, lawyer Clóvis Silva and Justice Minister José Carlos Correia for slander and defamation. This is the magistrate’s response to the criticism verbalized in the press by those affected by the order he issued for the arrest of Jacob Vicente and Jair Duzenta in October of last year, as well as to the contents of the complaint presented by Vicente, the former Director General of Penitentiary Services, who not only accused the judge of abuse of power but also asked the High Council of Judicial Magistrates to apply disciplinary measures as a consequence, something the Council declined to do.
Also in the headlines are the new regime for Public Administration hiring processes and the new Statutes of the Centralized Recruitment Unit. These legal instruments are intended to consolidate meritocracy and transparency in order to respond to the aspirations of younger citizens with academic degrees.
The X-Ray machine at João Morais Regional Hospital on the island of Santo Antão is currently broken, outraging patients, who must now travel to the Porto Novo Health Delegation on the other side of the island to get X-Rays taken.
Finally, Portuguese Masons have opened a lodge in Praia, recruiting high-level officials from Portuguese-speaking African countries.
Economic supplement Cifrão opens with the news that airport and air security company ASA will invest 130 million escudos in the Hotel Atlântico, located in the city of Espargos, on the island of Sal. ASA CEO Mário Paixão situates this investment within a larger strategy aimed at fulfilling the objectives of the Aero-Business and Tourism Cluster. Paixão believes taking on the management of the hotel will allow the company to further internationalize its services, considering the fact that the unit will also be turned into a training school open to the rest of the countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and to other Portuguese-language countries.
Cifrão also highlights the possibility of monetary policy reform in Cape Verde, with specialists suggesting that the central bank transfer the responsibility of issuing coins to the Public Treasury as a way of diversifying non-tax-based state revenues. The theory is that this could constitute a good source of revenues in the current trying times, when the Treasury needs more funds, especially in a year following a poor harvest and the natural calamity resulting from the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo.
Finally in economic news, the government responds to questions regarding the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, saying that its implementation in Cape Verde depends on the absorption of the country’s specificities: its condition as an archipelago and the small size of its domestic market. This, however, is not the only thing delaying the implementation of the adoption of the Tariff. Gunter Campos, a member of the team coordinating the implementation of the ECOWAS CET in the country, explains that the regional community has yet to send the Cape Verdean government the dossier translated into Portuguese. Campos is also widely believed to be the next director of the Customs Department, replacing Marino Andrade, who is set to retire.
In cultural supplement Kriolidadi, João Branco is releasing his book Crónicas Desaforadas, the vision of an “adopted son” of the city of Mindelo, on January 16. The book, published by Rosa Porcelana, brings together 30 essays in which the naturalized Cape Verdean analyzes Cape Verdean society, with an emphasis on issues related to the city of Mindelo, where he resides, and the anguish faced by artists and cultural promoters in the archipelago. Gláucia Nogueira, meanwhile, is set to release her book Batuku de Cabo Verde on January 30. Published by the Pedro Cardoso bookstore, the work, which is based on the journalist’s master’s thesis in Patrimony and Development, shows that the history of musical genre batuko traces that of the Cape Verdean nation itself, reflecting on its different social, political and cultural epochs.
Sports supplement Lance announces that goal keeper Vozinha is “on the market” and ready to sign with the club that presents him with the most attractive proposal. In other news, Soccer teams Sporting and Nô Pintcha are vying for the Brava cup this Sunday, and Master Brazão could represent Cape Verde in the next edition of the Karate Hall of Fame in Portugal this coming May. What’s more, the first West African surfing champion will be named in February on the island of Sal, as Ponta Preta, one of the world’s most renowned surfing spots, will host the grand finale of the West Africa Surf Tour, the three legs of which are being disputed in three different countries: Morocco, Senegal and Cape Verde. The final phase in the competition is scheduled to take place between January 30 and February 1 on Sal. Last but not least, more than 30 young people have begun Capoeira classes at Carlos Pereira Social and Sports School in the city of Mindelo.