David Chingunji

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David "Samwimbila" Chingunji (born in 1945, died in 1970) served as a top commander in UNITA, who became pro-Western rebels in the subsequent Angolan Civil War (1975-2002).[1]

Chingunji died when UNITA forces tried to ambush Portuguese forces in 1970. Some said UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi, fearing a competitor for control of UNITA, ordered Chingunji's assassination, alleging Chingunji had opposed the planned ambush but Savimbi insisted. Some witnesses say non-Portuguese killers shot Chingunji in the back. He had trained in the People's Republic of China and the Chinese government openly named him as a possible successor to Savimbi. All of his brothers, with the exception of Dinho, died in mysterious circumstances.[1]


  1. ^ a b Brittain, Victoria (1998). Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War. pp. 17–19.

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