Jonas Savimbi

Angolan Politician
Born Aug 3, 1934

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (lo,,plko,Movement for the Liberation of Angola|MPLA]] during the decolonization conflict, 1974–75, and after independence in 1975 fought the ruling MPLA in the Angolan Civil War until his death in a clash with government troops in 2002.… Read More

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1934 Birth Savimbi was born on 3 August 1934, in Munhango, Moxico Province, a small town on the Benguela Railway, and raised in Bié Province. … Read More


1960 25 Years Old While there, probably in August 1960, he met Holden Roberto who was already a rising star in émigré circles. … Read More
1964 29 Years Old He was rebuffed by the MPLA, and joined forces with the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) in 1964. … Read More


1966 31 Years Old Upon returning to Angola in 1966 he launched UNITA and began his career as an anti-Portuguese guerrilla fighter. … Read More


1985 50 Years Old In 1985, with the backing of the Reagan administration, Jack Abramoff and other U.S. conservatives organized the Democratic International in Savimbi's base in Jamba, in Cuando Cubango Province in southeastern Angola. … Read More
1986 51 Years Old During a visit to Washington, D.C. in 1986, Reagan invited Savimbi to meet with him at the White House. … Read More
1988 53 Years Old Two years later, with the Angolan Civil War intensifying, Savimbi returned to Washington, where he was filled with gratitude and praise for the Heritage Foundation's work on UNITA's behalf. "When we come to the Heritage Foundation", Savimbi said during a June 30, 1988 speech at the foundation, "it is like coming back home. … Read More
1989 54 Years Old …  At the height of his military success, in 1989 and 1990, Savimbi was beginning to launch attacks on government and military targets in and around the country's capital, Luanda. … Read More
1990 55 Years Old In January 1990 and again in February 1990, Savimbi was wounded in armed conflict with Angolan government troops. … Read More
As U.S. support began to flow liberally and leading U.S. conservatives championed his cause, Savimbi won major strategic advantages in the late 1980s, and again in the early 1990s, after having taken part unsuccessfully in the general elections of 1992.


1998 63 Years Old Savimbi declined the vice-presidency that was offered to him and again renewed fighting in 1998. … Read More
After surviving more than a dozen assassination attempts, and having been reported dead at least 15 times, Savimbi was killed on 22 February 2002, in a battle with Angolan government troops along riverbanks in the province of Moxico, his birthplace. … Read More
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