Angola's justice ministry has previously asked Emirati and Mauritian authorities to help it locate the assets of the dos Santos family. Now it is taking the treasure hunt all the way to Singapore. Isabel dos Santos, for her part, is fighting back in court in London.
Rubbish is piling up on the streets of the capital after cash-strapped city authorities abruptly cancelled waste-management contracts last year. In the hope of winning new ones now that João Lourenço has mobilised funds, some firms have offered their services at no cost.
Luanda intends to pursue embezzlement and money laundering proceedings against Angolan businessman Carlos de São Vicente, despite the Swiss courts' recent decision to invalidate part the seizure of part of his assets, worth over $900m.
President Lourenço would have preferred a shipping company to take on Luanda's multipurpose terminal rather than DP World. But it finally resigned itself to choosing the Dubai-based port operator, which spared no expense to win its first major contract in southern Africa.
After the memorial event for late Congolese businessman Sindika Dokolo held on 5 November by his widow Isabel dos Santos in Dubai, where the couple lived and where Dokolo died on 29 October, the family of former president José Eduardo dos Santos planned to hold three simultaneous masses.