The secretary of the President of the Republic of Angola for the productive sector defended today that the children of José Eduardo dos Santos should show restraint and respect the memory of their father, praising his historical dimension.
“What we can ask, despite all the turmoil to which the political moment has led us, is to ask young people, children, to contain themselves and respect the memory, the honor of their father, building now their own strategy of struggle to that Angola can now honor this unavoidable figure of historic dimension, with the grandeur that 38 years of governance deserve”, said Isaac Francisco Maria dos Anjos.
João Lourenço’s adviser was speaking to Lusa on the day the death of the former President of the Republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, was announced, who invited Isaac dos Anjos to the Ministry of Culture at just 27 years old.
“I was practically adopted by the former President of the Republic, when he accepted my appointment to the Ministry of Culture at just over 27 years old, from Benguela, and since then I have had the privilege of sharing various positions and functions. [nos governos angolanos]”, added the governor.
Highlighting the “30 years of coexistence” with José Eduardo dos Santos, Isaac dos Anjos stressed that “it is not easy to accept the departure of a loved one and in this difficult time what we can assure the family is that we join in solidarity in the pain and in the grief that pierces our soul” and added: “José Eduardo dos Santos is no longer just a member of a small family, he is a member of an entire nation, a family that is the homeland and the nation, to whom he has dedicated several years of struggle incessant”.
The Angolan politician considers that his generation “owes a lot” to José Eduardo dos Santos, but he is certain that “we will continue to carry the torch of Angola, and with it we learn to be balanced in the highest interest that is that of peace, humanism, solidarity and even though he seemed a fragile person, he was a person with a lot of authority and even from afar, with a simple look, he imposed authority on us”, he concluded.
The former head of state died today at the age of 79 in a clinic in Barcelona, Spain, after weeks of hospitalization, announced the Angolan presidency, which decreed five days of national mourning.
José Eduardo dos Santos succeeded Agostinho Neto as President of Angola in 1979 and left office in 2017, serving one of the longest presidencies in the world, marked by accusations of corruption and nepotism.
In 2017, he resigned from re-candidate and the current President, João Lourenço, succeeded him in office, having also been elected by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has governed the country since independence from Portugal in 1975.