Angolan president names new intelligence head

New Angolan Security and Intelligence head Fernando Garcia Miala. ARNALDO VIEIRA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Angolan President João Lourenço has appointed Mr Fernando Garcia Miala as the new Security and Intelligence head.

According to the Presidency's Civil House statement, the decision was made after the head of state met with the National Security Council last week.

Mr Miala replaces Mr Eduardo Filomeno Bárber Leiro Octávio.

The new Security and Intelligence head was last week promoted from a lieutenant general to a general.

He was former President José Eduardo dos Santos's Intelligence head, before being sacked in 2006 over allegations of a coup d’état attempt, embezzlement of public funds and disloyalty to the head of state.

His authority

Mr Miala was also charged with interfering with the president's security and unauthorised phone-tappings.

In September 20, 2017, he was sentenced to a four-year jail term by the Military Supreme Court after being convicted of insubordination.

Mr Miala's appointment was yet another major statement by President Lourenço in asserting his authority since coming to power less that a year ago.

In January, his government repossessed diamond reserve from a woman who once claimed to be the daughter of former President dos Santos.

The private-run Jornal O Crime said the government had taken over the mines in Lunda Norte Province from Ms Nguituka Josefa Matias, 54, a DR Congolese national.

Also in January, President Lourenço fired his predecessor’s son, José Filomeno dos Santos, as the country’s head of the strategic $5 billion sovereign fund.

Earlier in November, the eldest daughter of Mr dos Santos, Ms Isabel dos Santos, was sacked as chair of the board of the state-owned oil firm Sonangol.

President Lourenço took over from Mr dos Santos last August, following an election marking the end of a 38-year reign.

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