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Jonas Savimbi
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Jonas Savimbi in 1989
Birth nameJonas Malheiro Savimbi
Born(1934-08-03)3 August 1934
Munhango, Bié, Portuguese Angola
Died22 February 2002(2002-02-22) (aged 67)
Lucusse, Moxico Province, Angola
Allegiance FNLA (1964–66)
UNITA (1966–2002)
Years of service1964–2002
RankGeneral
Commands heldPresident and Supreme Commander of UNITA (1966–2002)
Battles/warsAngolan War of Independence
Angolan Civil War

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs ˈsavĩbi]; 3 August 1934 – 22 February 2002) was an Angolan revolutionary politician and military leader who founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–1974, then confronted the People's movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) during the Angolan Civil War up until Savimbi's death in a clash with government troops in 2002.[1] Savimbi was buried on 1 June 2019 in Cemitério De Luena, Luena, Angola.

Early life

Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs ˈsavĩbi]; 3 August 1934 – 22 February 2002) was an Angolan revolutionary politician and military leader who founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–1974, then confronted the People's movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) during the Angolan Civil War up until Savimbi's death in a clash with government troops in 2002.[1] Savimbi was buried on 1 June 2019 in Cemitério De Luena, Luena, Angola.

Early life