Xangongo — The minister of Territory Administration, Bornito de Sousa, on Monday in Xangongo locality, southern Cunene Province, highlighted the patriotic and heroic act of Angolan female nationalists, who joined the uprising against colonial rule on 04 February 1961.
Bornito de Sousa, who delivered a speech at the main act in celebration of the start of the armed struggle against colonialism, praised all those that sacrificed themselves for Angola to become an independent and sovereign country on 11 November 1975.
"The armed struggle was not the first option of the Angolan patriots, they only resorted to that when it was clear that the colonial regime had closed its doors to a negotiated solution for Angola's independence", he stressed.
According to Bornito de Sousa, the armed and political struggle, coupled with the efforts of the people and patriots of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mozambique, Portugal and East-Timor, led to the fall of the Portuguese colonial regime.
On the other hand, the minister also stressed the figure of king Muandume Ya Ndemufayo, who passed away on 06 February 1917, adding that just like other sovereigns from various regions of Angola, Mandume is a landmark in the resistance against colonial occupation.
The minister said with the conquest of independence on 11 November 1975 and the definitive peace on 04 April 2002, the main challenge for the present generation is to develop and modernize the country.