Angola nosa terra un dia todo vai mudar o kota Savimpi ta va fallar verdadera. Doudou mateso Dacosta
Black Biography: Jonas Savimbi
Born Jonas Malheiro Savimbi on August 3, 1934, in Angola; died February 22, 2002; son of Lot (a railroad stationmaster and preacher) Savimbi; married. Education: Attended University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1958-60, and University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1961-64; studied political science at University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 1964-65; studied guerilla warfare in China, 1965.
Angolan rebel leader, 1965-02. Began agitating for Angolan independence from Portugal while a student in Lisbon in late 1950s; participated in the armed struggle against Portuguese rule in Angola, beginning in the early 1960s; former secretary-general of Union for the Population of Angola; foreign minister of Angolan Revolutionary Government in Exile, 1962-64; founder and leader of National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), 1966-02; carried on guerilla war against Marxist government of Angola, 1975-91; agreed to respect cease-fire in anticipation of free elections in September, 1992; presidential candidate in 1992 elections; continued to fight government of Angola, 1992-02.
From 1975 until his death in 2002, Jonas Savimbi campaigned relentlessly against the government of his home nation, Angola. The leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola--known by its Portuguese acronym, UNITA--Savimbi and his followers waged guerilla war in Angola, taking aid in the form of weapons and money from the United States and even South Africa. Only in 1991 did Savimbi agree to hold to a cease-fire that would allow the war-torn nation time to prepare for its first democratic election in 1992. As head of UNITA, the charismatic Savimbi ran for the presidency, promising a free market economy, regular elections, and constitutional reforms.
Several American presidents have given Savimbi support in the form of covert aid, state-of-the-art weaponry, and millions of dollars in hard currency. As reported in the Washington Post, President Ronald Reagan praised Savimbi as a "freedom fighter" who was seeking to expel Soviet and Cuban mercenaries from Angola and overthrow a dictatorial Marxist regime. Savimbi found many friends on the American right wing who considered him a noble soldier trying to save his nation from communist-inspired ruin. "UNITA says it aspires to nothing less than making Angola the first democratic, free-market country on the [African] continent," wrote Radek Sikorski in the National Review. "Savimbi has been feted in Washington as Africa's premier freedom-fighter--the pictures of his meeting with Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George Shultz in January 1986 adorn every hut in Unitaland. It is largely thanks to [the] U.S. ... that UNITA is such a formidable force."...