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Government passes death certificates of four UNITA leaders killed in 1992

The government on Tuesday handed over the death certificates of four leaders of UNITA, who died during military confrontations in Luanda in 1992.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

The documents were delivered this Tuesday by the technical scientific group of the Commission for the Implementation of the Reconciliation Plan in Memory of the Victims of the Political Conflicts that occurred between 1975, year of the independence, and 2002, date of the end of the war in Angola.

They are Jeremias Chitunda, vice-president of the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), Elias Salupeto Pena, representative of the party on the Joint Political-Military Commission for the Peace Process, Alicerces Mango, secretary-general of the party, and Eliseu Chimbili, head of the administrative services of the political organization, killed in the military confrontations that took place in Luanda, following the election results in 1992.

The process of issuing death certificates began last May and so far more than 1300 requests for death certificates have been received, according to the spokesman for the process, Israel Nambi, speaking to Angolan public radio.

The official stressed that the commission is working on these processes, having already produced more than 400 certificates and delivered to the families more than 250 death certificates, being the next step the delivery of the mortal remains to the families.

In May, the President, João Lourenço, made a public apology to all the victims and relatives of people who lost their lives between 1975 and 2002, the period in which Angola faced an armed conflict.