In a memorandum issued by the Angolan presidency and signed by the former president, José Eduardo dos Santos claims that Joao Afonso is his personal physician, who has accompanied him for 16 years, “of the utmost confidence”, and is “the only one authorized to speak” about his health.
This situation comes after one of the girls, former MP Wielucia “Chesy” dos Santos, denounced the “abuses” and “conditioning of freedom” in relation to her father who has been living in Barcelona since 2019, acknowledging that the family is dealing with a “police case”, which It may lead to a complaint to the Spanish authorities.
“We, the sons of José Eduardo dos Santos (…) who want, in fact, to guarantee the safety of our father, our father’s physical and legal safety, feel helpless and we will have no alternative but to contact Spanish, and the authorities are interfering because This is a police issue, and the other alternative is to make all Angolans aware of what is happening.
“Cheese” dos Santos had previously questioned the intervention of the Angolan doctor, because he was going to tell Spanish doctors that they were helping the former president “to cancel appointments and not show up”.
In the memo from the presidency, dated today, Jose Eduardo dos Santos says that Joao Afonso will “remain the coordinating doctor for the multidisciplinary team” that guarantees him his “medical assistance in Barcelona,” the document concludes.
In the past week, several Angolan media reported the deteriorating health of the former head of state, which is the cause of disputes between some of his relatives and the Angolan regime.
Like his sister, businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, who is facing several lawsuits, in Angola and abroad, “Chesy” dos Santos has lived outside Angola since his father left power, replaced by Joao Lourenço as president in 2017. A victim of persecution.
“Cheese” dos Santos, who lost her mandate as an MP for the MPLA, the party that has ruled Angola for 46 years, complained in October 2019 about threats and accused Joao Lourenço of launching a “campaign of persecution” against him.
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