Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was born in 1934 to a prominent Christian family living in Munhango in the Moxico district. He received his school education firstly at two Protestant missionary schools, then at the middle school at Silva Porto (Bié) and finally at the liceu of Sá da Bandeira (Lubango), where he excelled in his final exams as best student in his class.
In 1958, with the help of a bursary from the United Church of Christ, he went to Lisbon, which he left in 1960 to continue his studies in Switzerland, first at the University of Freiburg and then at the University of Lausanne. Here he earned his doctorate in State Sciences.
In 1961 he made contact with Holden Roberto. Later he joins Roberto’s movement and contributed much to the workings of the UPA (of which he was secretary-general), FNLA and GRAE (Gouvernement Revoluçionnaire de l’Angola en Exil).
But in 1964 he broke away from Roberto and approached the MPLA. His approach failed and he and his supporters proceeded with the creation of his own organisation, the Uniào Nacional para a Indepêndecia Total de Angola – UNITA (National Union for the total independence of Angola). This occurred in March 1966 in the district of Moxico, i.e. inside Angola. His supporters...
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