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Minister of Culture says AME organized by previous government owes 92 million escudos to third parties

Praia, Jan 9 (Inforpress) – The Minister of Culture and Creative Industries said Wednesday that the organization of the Atlantic Music Expo (AME) during PAICV’s governance owes 92 million escudos to third parties and the case is already under judicial authority.

Abraão Vicente responded, during the first ordinary session of January of the National Assembly, to the MP of the African Independence Party of Cabo Verde (PAICV – opposition party), Ana Paula Moeda, who stated that, in addition to “not mobilizing the public”, the Morabeza Book Festival has “spent taxpayer money” and even generated a “wave of indignation” from participants.

“The Morabeza Festival, after its third edition, owes no one, unlike what you can read in the Inspector General of Finance report, of your publicized and beloved AME event,” said Abraão Vicente.

The official also said that those who resort to the Inspectorate-General of Finance will see that there is a debt of 92 million escudos of direct contracts to various companies, to assemble, conceptualize and make the AME happen. “Ninety-two million escudos was enough to organize three editions of the AME, without recourse to the private sector. And that money is unaccounted. It is Inspector General of Finance report, published on the Finance website and sent to the Attorney General’s Office for investigation,” he continued.

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