M'banza Kongo — The work developed by Angola's first and late Angolan president portrayed in the book " "Agostinho Neto e a libertação nacional (1949-1974)", produced by Agostinho Neto Foundation was considered a contribution to the country's contemporary historiography.
This was said Wednesday in Mbanza Kongo, northern Zaire province, by Angolan historian, Simão Sioundula, during the presentation of the book that portrays the political life of the first Angolan president during the above mentioned period as the leader of the Angola People's Liberation Movement (MPLA).
He explained that the book is the compilation of the archives of files from the former Portuguese international security police (PIDE-DGS).
According to the historian, the facts contained in the five-volume book followed an absolute will for historical transparency and constitutes a support for the knowledge of Angostinho Neto's deeds.
"Neto was an intelligent physician who, with his profession could have opted to work for a comfortable life in Portugal, but preferred to choose the hard path, that of freeng his people , because he was sensitive to injustices," said the specialist.
Simão Sioundula on the occasion appealed to the youth to show more interest in knowing Neto whom he described as humble, modest, intelligent, statesman, diplomat and other qualities that made of him a reference to Africa and world.
The release of the first anthology was part of the celebrations of Agostinho Neto's 90th anniversary on September 17.
The ceremony was witnessed by Zaire governor, Pedro Sebastião, members of the local Government, church officials, magistrates, representatives of the police and other guests.