Despite frozen asset and accusations of diverting more than a billion dollars of state money. Africa’s richest woman and Angola’s ex-first daughter Isabel dos Santos expressed interest on Thursday in running for the presidency in the next election 2022..
When asked in an interview with Portuguese TV channel RTP whether she would be interested in the role of president, which is next up in 2022, dos Santos said: “It’s possible’”
Dos Santos has been targeted in a crime campaign led by her father’s successor President Joao Lourenco, who vowed to fight corruption and rebuild the economy of sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer.
She denies the allegations as a “witch hunt” forming part of an attempt to erase her father’s legacy and distract from failures under the new government.
Prosecutors froze the bank accounts and holdings owned by the 46-year-old businesswoman and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo last month.
Supporters see her as an inspiring entrepreneur, while detractors say she embodies African corruption, with her fortune and Instagram-published jet-setting offensive to the poor.
Dos Santos holds great stakes in several important Portuguese firms, which includes Eurobic bank, telecoms company NOS, engineering company Efacec, and oil and gas company Galp Energia.