NATIONAL UNION FOR THE TOTAL INDEPENDENCE OF ANGOLA
STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE POLITICAL COMMISSION
1999- Year of Popular Generalized Resistence
The Standing Committeee of the UNITA Political Commission follows with close attention and analyzes all of the developments in the political, military and diplomatic situation in Angola, our fatherland.
1. Therefore, it was no surprise when we witnessed on January 29, 1999 the fall of the democratic mask that José Eduardo Santos had worn since 1991. He was only adapting himself, in the manner of a chameleon, to the winds of democracy that also blew in Angola thanks to the sacrifices endured by genuine patriots under the flag of UNITA and the leadership of Dr. Jonas Savimbi in the struggle against the Russo-Cuban expeditionary corps.
2. By training, José Eduardo Santos stands for dictatorship, whether of the proletariat type or not, and for absolute control of everything that serves it as a real lever for the exercise of political power without any notion of sharing it. The real face of José Eduardo dos Santos is exclusion, intolerance, cynicism, the cult of violence and personal insecurity like all good alumni of Patrice Lumumba University in the ex-Soviet Union.
After all, the act we witnessed, in which José Eduardo dos Santos concentrated all powers in his hands on January 29, is fully compatible with the nature of his regime and aims at nothing less than its legalization. These so called "special measures" will only exacerbate the ills that afflict our country such as hate, the illicit enrichment of the ruling class, the growth of corruption and insecurity throughout the national territory.
3. In this context, the Generalized Popular Resistence has no alternative but to improve its organization to achieve a gigantic dimension until José Eduardo dos Santos returns to reason and declares himself through unequivocal acts that he has converted to a culture of democracy which implies peaceful coexistence, even with adversaries who have become a serious alternative to his regime.
Bailundo, February 1, 1999