Also in this week’s printed edition, violence in the city of Praia is costing Agostinho Neto Hospital more than 36 million escudos. The fights, settling of accounts, muggings, assaults, confrontations between rival gangs and other types of violence have caused the number of people being admitted to the country’s largest hospital skyrocket. The victims of the plight make their way to the hospital at all hours requiring emergency care, forcing the hospital to relegate other patients to the waiting room for a longer time. What’s more, the money spent resolving these cases would be enough to resolve many of the hospital’s pressing needs, not only in terms of equipment, but also in terms of auxiliary diagnostic exams, medication and other items.
In political news, the vice-chairs of the PAICV have had their names confirmed at the top of the legislative election tickets in their respective electoral circles. The leader of the PAICV, Janira Hopffer Almada, took the proposal in this sense to the meeting of the party’s National Council, which approved it. Manuel Inocêncio Sousa will head the party’s legislative ticket on the island of São Vicente, while Eva Ortet, the current Minister of Rural Development, will top the ticket on the island of Fogo. Young politician and information technology engineer José Maria Júnior will lead the party in the legislative elections in North Santiago, while, predictably, Hopffer Almada herself will top the ticket in the country’s largest electoral circle, South Santiago.
“New shantytowns spring up on São Vicente” is the title of this week’s feature report. In Ribeirinha, Espia, Cruz de Papa, Vila Nova, Alto de Bomba, Alto Solarino, Chã de Alecrim and along the mountainsides of Jon d’Ebra, new neighborhoods appear to have sprouted out of the ground, without any urban planning, sanitation or basic infrastructures. Those living there say that this is the only alternative they were able to find for shelter. The political parties UCID and PAICV blame the São Vicente municipal chamber, which has no housing policy or Urban Directive Plan, while the municipal councilman responsible for urbanism, Rodrigo Rendall, acknowledges that “it’s hard to resolve the island’s housing problems,” but guarantees that authorities are working to regularize the spontaneous constructions.
A headline on the front page of this week’s printed edition of A Semana also calls attention to the news that the leader of the Espinho Branco-based Catholic sect known as the Rabelados has been sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison for gender-based violence against his wife and attempted murder against his daughter. The numerous criminal complaints against Tchetcho Rabelado weighed in the decision handed down by a Tarrafal district court judge last Friday.
On the eve of May 1, International Labor Day, the big news in Cape Verde is the protest march against unemployment being prepared for Praia.
In economic news, A Semana reports that commercial bank Banco Comercial do Atlântico (BCA) grew 34.5% in 2014 in comparison to 2013, and has begun granting more credit to small and mid-sized businesses and distributing dividends.
Sports supplement Lance reports that a Portuguese coach may be hired to take Cape Verde’s national basketball selection, the Hammerhead Sharks, into AfroBasket 2015. The Cape Verdean Basketball Federation has met with the coach in question, who is asking for certain logistic conditions in order to accept the offer. With negotiations still ongoing, however, federation secretary Meno Costa says it is still early to reveal the name of the probable coach.