What Becomes of Angola’s Drug Business?
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
After the Angolan civil war, the country developed in a transit hub for cocaine and other drugs. In the fight against drugs, the focus is on people at transporters and retailers, while the owners are not dealt with. Hence, economically disadvantaged persons who are foot soldiers, and are replaceable, are arrested; while those who control the trade are untouched. Mitigating the trade flow is therefore difficult. Because of this, the anti-drug trade campaign in Angola is questionable.
The image below shows the trend of cocaine trafficking. Angola is Central Africa’s transit hub. It connects South Africa, South America, Western Europe and West Africa.
In 2018, the government confirmed a slight increase in drug trafficking. It estimated between 2–5% increase when it declared it. However, exact figures and other details were not made public. Local sources suggest that this is intentional to keep public eyes away from questioning the involvement of important personalities. Despite shielding suspects, they allow a few arrests where drug mules become the scapegoat.
Drug business in Angola may face serious tackles and this may cause a divide within government circle. Angola’s parliament, in FEB 2020, affirmed that it would take its fight against drug more seriously. They seek to give more attention to drug and criminal justice and cooperate with other regions. However, the success of this attempt will depend on how the authorities deal with the
Image: Inventa International (link)
Jesutimilehin Akamo is Grey Dynamics’ analyst focussing on Central Africa and a Pre-doctoral fellow at STRATFOR. Jesutimilehin is a trained Human Rights Field Officer and was awarded the Tana 2018 continental essay award.