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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:51 - Updated Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:51

Angola: UNITA reiterates commitment to peace and democracy

Luanda - The president of the country’s largest opposition party, UNITA, Isaías Samakuva, said last Saturday in Luanda that his political organisation is committed to peace and democracy in Angola.

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Luanda: UNITA militants attend rally in celebration of party's 51st anniversary

Photo: Lino Guimarães

Isaías Samakuva, president of Unita party

Photo: Lino Guimarães

The politician was speaking to party militants who attended an open-air rally held in celebration of UNITA’s 51st foundation anniversary.

Isaías Samakuva reiterated that peace in Angola is irreversible and emphasised that his party wants to contribute to the construction of a law-abiding and democratic state.  

The politician went on to say that in the last fifteen years, UNITA has focused on helping Angolans live like brothers, leaving behind a past of war which must be buried and forgotten.

“In this context, UNITA is a political force that is committed to peace in Angola, which must be based, above all, on the well-being of all Angolan citizens and their dignifying as human beings”, he stressed.

In a two-hour speech, Isaías Samakuva defended that for Angola to overcome the current crisis, it is necessary a restructuring of the national economy, adding that it is not enough to diversify it.

“Economic growth must be based on the development of man and the qualities he has acquired over the years”, he explained.

Mr Samakuva promised that if he is elected, one of the first measures he will take is to summon all the national cadres, so that alongside with the Executive strategies can be drafted aiming for the country’s development.

“We want to fight for change to a new path, where there is improvement of services like health, education, where all professions are used and each one can earn one’s living in a dignifying way”, emphasised the leader of the country’s largest opposition party.

He went on to defend the valuing of former combatants, the military and police officers.

He then criticised the policies of the present Executive on public debt and suggested radical changes in the execution of the State Budget.   

He considered corruption na evil that must be fought urgently, because it undermines the harmonious and peaceful relations amobng citizens, and also contributes to illegal accumulation of wealth, thus leaving the majority of the population in poverty.

The UNITA president called on all eligible citizens to get registered to vote in the 2017 general elections, set for the month of August.

“It is only by getting registered and participating in the different stages of the electoral process (...),  that we can contribute to the change that is desired in this country”, emphasised Isaías Samakuva.    

UNITA was founded on 13 March, 1966, in Muangai locality, eastern Moxico Province of Angola. Its founder was the late renowned politician Jonas Savimbi.


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