This week’s printed edition of A Semana also carries an exclusive interview with the leader of opposition party MpD, Ulisses Correia e Silva, who throws into the political debate an element fundamental to the democratic process that has, nevertheless, been someone forgotten in Cape Verde in recent years: political alternation. On the side of the governing PAICV, the news is that the party hopes to ensure that 30% of its parliamentary representatives are women. In order to ensure this happens, the party is positioning women on its legislative election tickets in each of the country’s electoral circles.
In other news, well-known musician Kim Alves has been accused of “kidnapping” his 9- and 7-year-old daughters. According to a source close to his estranged wife, Esmy Andrade, the musician, who has been living in the United States since last year, returned to Cape Verde in July and convinced Andrade, who has legal custody of the children, to authorize them to go on vacation with him. He allegedly broke the accord, however, leaving the two girls, who have dual Cape Verdean and American citizenship, in the United States, where they are currently enrolled in school. Alves has allegedly also tried to hamper telephone contacts between his daughters and their mother. Esmy Andrade has traveled to the United States to try to bring her daughters back.
Economic supplement Cifrão reveals that civil construction company Engeobra is ready to close its doors. What was previously just a suspicion fed by rumors has now become a certainty. None of the company’s lobbies has managed to save the firm, which, in its time, executed major public construction projects for the Cape Verdean government.
Also in economic news, the government and Brazilian telecommunications company Oi are holding talks to clarify the Brazilian firm’s rights in Cabo Verde Telecom. Indeed, Praia recently hosted a meeting between representatives of Oi and the negotiation commission created by the government to resolve the impasse with former majority shareholder Portugal Telecom.
In financial news, the Special Micro and Small Businesses Regime, which has been in effect since January 1 of this year, is causing turbulence in the market. Business owners covered by the regime say that the National Social Security Institute (INPS) has refused to receive their social security payments with the justification that they are unaware of the process for doing so. Business owners also complain that both the Finance Ministry representations and the Casa do Cidadão lack information about the Special Micro and Small Businesses Regime.
Cifrão also reports that eleven European and Asian companies are interested in the concession of port activities in Cape Verde, and that more than half of them meet the technical requisites necessary to make the shortlist. Carlitos Fortes, the CEO of port management company Enapor, predicts that the next stage in the privatization process will take place this month, and that the process could conclude in the first quarter of 2016.
Cultural supplement Kriolidadi includes an article on the photography exhibition currently on display at the Mindelo Cultural Center entitled “Também Somos Histórias,” by photographer Zé Pereira. The exhibit includes 28 images portraying “the life of our people.” In other cultural news, the late Manuel d’Novas, one of Cape Verde’s greatest composers, will be paid homage on National Culture Day, October 18, in an initiative of the Mindelo Pole of the Portuguese Cultural Center. Meanwhile, in Portuguese capital Lisbon, an international conference will be held in November to discuss the 40th anniversary of the independence of Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries.
Sports supplement Lance reports that, after making history at the African Games by conquering the gold medal in the javelin throw, Cape Verdean paralympic athlete Márcio Fernandes is undergoing more intense training at England’s Bedford & Country AC in the UK, where he resides. His next challenge will be the IPC World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar, between the 21st and 31st of this month.