Jorge Ornelas Isaac Sangumba (1944–1982)[1] was the Foreign Minister of UNITA during the Angolan War of Independence.[2]

Jorge Sangumba
Jorge Ornelas Isaac Sangumba

Died1982 (aged 37–38)
Cause of deathHomicide
OccupationForeign Ministere during the Angolan War of Independence
Known forAssassination



Sangumba studied in the United States before joining the National Union of Angolan Students (UNEA) in the early 1960s. In 1965 he became UNEA's representative for external affairs, a precursor for his future appointment as the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA's) Foreign Minister in August 1969.[2]

On February 9, 1976, Sangumba had officially announced that the central Angolan city of Huambo, where two Western-supported nationalist movements proclaimed the establishment of a government the previous November, had fallen to Soviet-supplied Angolan forces led by Cuban troops.[3]

Death and aftermath


Jonas Savimbi, the leader of UNITA, allegedly ordered Sangumba's assassination[4][5] along with several other potential rivals for leadership of UNITA during the Angolan Civil War.[6]

Sangumba's family has been trying to find the reasons that led his murder, but have not found anything out. Tribute videos about him have been posted on sites such as YouTube.[7]

See also



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  3. ^ Times, Henry Kamm; Special to The New York (1976-02-10). "Pro‐Soviet Force Takes Angola City". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-07.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "An Opportunity Ignored in Angola". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ "Google Translate". 22 April 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  6. ^ Kukkuk, Leon (2005). Letters to Gabriella. p. 102.
  7. ^ The Angola of my Dreams /A Angola dos Meus Sonhos, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2019-11-07