Jonas Savimbi

Angolan political and military leader (1934-2002)

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).[1]

Jonas Savimbi
Jonas Savimbi in 1990
Birth nameJonas Malheiro Savimbi
Born(1934-08-03)3 August 1934
Munhango, Moxico Province
Died22 February 2002(2002-02-22) (aged 67)
Lucusse, Moxico Province
Allegiance FNLA 1964–66
UNITA 1966–02
Years of service1964–2002
Commands heldPresident and supreme commander of UNITA
Battles/warsAngolan War of Independence
Angolan Civil War

In 2002 UNITA lost the Angolan Civil War to the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).


  1. Brittain, Victoria (2002-02-25). "Obituary: Jonas Savimbi". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-12.