12 December 2003

Angola: Biography of 'Dino Matross', New MPLA Secretary General


Luanda — Julião Mateus Paulo "Dino Matross", today elected as secretary general of Angola's ruling MPLA party, was born on 30 December 1942, at the locality of Cabele, a village of Barra do Dande district, northern Bengo province, where he started his studies at the Methodist Mission school.

Transferred to Luanda, he registered in 1954 with the S, Paulo school, before moving to S. Domingos, where he completed the so-called preparation and admission to the high school, having then joined the Industrial school.

Being targeted by the colonial regime alike other students of that time, particularly after the developments of 4 February 1961, Dino Matross tried, in vain, to escape through a quay that existed on the current Marginal avenue.

At that time he saw many people leaving by ship, with stress to the group of the incumbent MPLA and Republic president, José Eduardo dos Santos, that included Afonso Van-Dúnem "M'binda", Brito Sozinho, the late Mário Santiago, Santos and several others.

Without losing hopes, he managed to escape in 1963, on Dakota plan, along with the late Pedro de Castro Van-Dúnem "Loy" and Nicolau Gomes Spencer, who were received by colleagues who had escaped earlier, including the then party president,

Antonio Agostinho Neto, who had arrived in November 1962, Lúcio Lara and Daniel Chipenda.

Between 1963 and 1965, he won a scholarship in the former USSR where he graduated in Social Sciences, at the Konsomol, having, afterwards taken part in the group that opened the Easter Front, MPLA Third Politico-military region.

"Dino Matross" attended the MPLA Conference in 1968, from which he was elected member of the Directing Committee, until the readjustment in 1972, when he was in Bulgaria.

He graduated in Electronics in 1976 in the People's Republic of Bulgaria, where he had gone to as a student in 1971. Back in the country, in August 1976, he was appointed for the Secretary of State of Industry and Energy, where he headed the Human Resources Department at the same time he participated in the restructuring of the unification of the national electricity system.

In the same year, he was integrated in the General Staff of the then National Armed Forces (FAPLA), as a political commissar assistant, having undertaken that organ's leadership in 1977, before he was elected for the Central Committee and reserve member of the MPLA-Workers Party's Politburo in December.

Between 1978 and 1979, "Dino Matross" attended the first course for FAPLA high ranking officers, from which he came with the rank of colonel, and is at the same time invested as Defence Deputy Ministry for political affairs in the armed forces.

Appointed provincial commissar of Benguela, on 20 April 1979, jointly with the post of Defence deputy minister and head of the FAPLA National Political Division until 1981, he is elected as MPLA Central Committee secretary for the political and partisan department with the organs of Defence, Security Ex-combatants.

On 11 December 1981 he was nominated minister of State Security, a year after he had been elected Member of the People Assembly (parliament), in its first legislating period.

In 1985, at the MPLA 2nd Congress, he was re-elected member of the Central Committee and effective member of the Politburo, and undertook in the same year the coordination of the Constitutional and Judicial Affairs of the People's Assembly. In its second legislating period.

Promoted to the post of Maj-General, in 1989, he was nominated first substitute of the FAPLA General Staff, and was a year later decorated wit the medals of Clandestineness, of Guerrilla and of 1st of August.

As a result of the multiparty election of 1992, he undertook a seat with the National Assembly, at which he performs, first, the duty of president of the Commission of Defence, National Security and Internal Order, before becoming vice president of the legislating organ.

"Dino Matross" is member of the Bar Association (OAA) and Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) reserve General.

Copyright © 2003 Angola Press Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.