Angolan Deputy Minister Attacked By UNITA Militants
The agency said the attack occured last Friday during ceremony to install the administration in Kibala, a municipality in the Kuanza-Sul province (central coastal area).
The deputy minister had to be rushed to a dispensary run by the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III), Angop said. Also attacked during the ceremony was UNITA's representative to the joint commission, Isaias Samakuva, who suffered slightly injuries.
The attack at Kibala was the second incident of the kind in Angola since the government began the process of exerting its authority in zones previously held by UNITA.
The first incident took place last Wednesday in the locality of Londuimbali, in the central province of Huambo, where UNITA supporters opposed the hoisting of the national flag and coat of arms.
UNITA supporters regard them as an embodiment of the ruling MPLA and not the Angolan nation as a whole.
Zau Puna, is a former general of the UNITA army (FALA) which he left in 1992 to join the ruling MPLA and later set up his own party, the Angolan Democratic Forum.
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