More than 50% of Laywers do not pay thier Fees

At least 51 percent of members of Bar Association of Angola (OAA) do not pay their quotas, a situation that lasts about seven years resulting in a debt to the institution estimated at 517,000 dollars (1 dollar equivalent to 100 Kwanzas). The BAR Association chairperson Hermenegildo Cachimbombo said this Friday to the press on the sidelines of Ordinary General Assembly that focussed on the approval of report of account related to 2012. “We notice over the last six to seven years a certain trend of decrease in percentage on the payment of quotas by the members, a key statutory duty, as the survival of the institution depends on the fees”, regretted Hermenegildo Cachimbombo. According to the official, the holding of General Assembly is a statutory obligation of the Bar Association of Angola. While the economic exercise is in its conclusion phase it is imperious to render accounts to the members, he said. The report of accounts was approved with 54 votes in the favour, one against and three abstentions.

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