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Legendary Angola rebel chief, Jonas Savimbi gets public burial 17 years after death (Photo)

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Legendary Angola rebel chief, Jonas Savimbi gets public burial 17 years after death (Photo)

Legemdary Angola rebel chief, Jonas Savimbi gets public burial 17 years after deathThousands of supporters of Angola’s former rebel leader Jonas Savimbi rallied for his public reburial today, 17 years after he was killed by troops in a shootout that marked the end of the country’s devastating civil war. Wearing T-shirts printed with an image of Savimbi’s face, supporters placed his coffin on a hexagonal monument designed by one of the guerrilla leader’s sons in Savimbi’s native village of Lopitanga.

It was then buried in accordance with his wishes.   The ceremony was touted as a symbol of national reconciliation after decades of war. Savimbi, known as the “black rooster”, died in February 2002 during a clash with the army in central Angola. Soldiers buried him there and his public funeral and reburial came after long negotiations between Angolan authorities and Savimbi’s UNITA, now an opposition party.

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“This moment should have happened 17 years ago,” Raul Danda, vice-president of UNITA, told AFP.  A portrait of the charismatic but divisive rebel leader was placed before the coffin, which was drapped with UNITA’s green and red flag.  “We have come to Lopitanga to pay homage and to confirm that we are here to continue your fight,” said UNITA chief Isaias Samakuva.  “We bow before the defender of noble causes,” he said.Angola, a former Portuguese colony, became a Cold War battleground after independence in 1975 when the Marxist-Leninist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) seized control. The United States lined up behind Savimbi’s National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels and the former Soviet Union and its allies like Cuba backed the MPLA.

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At least half a million people died in the conflict for the vast, oil-rich southern African nation, which played out over more than a quarter of a century. Early in 2002, soldiers pursued the 67-year-old Savimbi across the province of Moxico in central eastern Angola. On February 22, they caught up with him. He fought back but was soon killed.

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His body was taken to the provincial capital Luena and hurriedly buried in a cemetery, with a cross of iron on the mound of red soil.  The public funeral is “an important sign of national reconciliation,” said Raphael, one of Savimbi’s 30 children.

But no representative of the Angolan government was present at Saturday’s ceremony.

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