Jonas Savimbi

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Date of Birth August 3, 1934
Place of Birth Angola
Date of Death Feb 22, 2002 (67)
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Jonas Savimbi

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan revolutionary politician and military leader who founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–1974, then confronted the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola during the Angolan Civil War until Savimbi's death in a clash with government troops in 2002.

Birth name: Jonas Malheiro Savimbi
Born: August 3, 1934, Munhango, Bié, Portuguese Angola
Died: February 22, 2002, Lucusse, Moxico Province, Angola
Allegiance: FNLA (1964–66), UNITA (1966–2002)
Years of service: 1964–2002
Rank: General
Commands held: President and Supreme Commander of UNITA (1966–2002)
Battles/wars: Angolan War of Independence, Angolan Civil War

About Jonas Savimbi

Guerrilla warfare leader, political figure, and founder of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) political party. He was killed in 2002 in the Angolan Civil War.

Before Fame

After studying in Portugal and Switzerland, he gradually became involved in Angolan independence movements and eventually undertook military training (including guerrilla warfare tactics) in China.


He was the object of close to fifteen assassination attempts.

Family Life

He had numerous wives and fathered close to thirty children.


As a young man, Savimbi was recruited to the cause of Angolan independence from Portugal by Angolan revolutionary Holden Roberto.

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