Interview of Seta Likambuila, MPLA Field Commander and middle cadre, by Don Barnett of the Liberation Support Movement probing some of the problems faced by the MPLA in implementing its military and civilian programs within Angola. Likambuila helped open the Eastern Front (Third Region - Moxico and Cuando Cubango) in mid-1966 and has risen from a zone chief of operations and reconnaissance to commander of the newly-opened Sixth Region in the Huila district of Angola. While the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has made progress overall, every advance gives rise to a peculiar set of problems or contradictions; resolving these problems in day-to-day practice enables further progress. The interview mentions the armed struggle, Portuguese colonialism, guerrillas, Zambia, blankets, medicines, clothing, discipline, weapons, villagers, forced labor, taxes, forced collection of rubber, low prices for crops, animals skins, UNTA (National Trade Union of Angola), Centers of Revolutionary Instruction (CIR), SAM (Medical Assistance Services), distribution and exchange of goods, Dr. Neto, the Political-Military Co-ordinating Committee (CCPM), regional and zone commanders, political commissars, the Steering Committee, roads, bridges, ambushes, attacks on the Portuguese posts and barracks, Karipande barracks, Portuguese soldiers, chefe do grupo, wives, children, sex, political organizers, sugar, cigarettes, OMA (Organization of Angolan Women), collective farms, people's stores, production workers, the peasantry, crop rotation, agricultural tools, family fields, hunting, Protestants, Catholics, the Watchtower movement, Portuguese propaganda, traditional beliefs in magic and witchcraft, lobola (bride insurance), circumcision camps, education, cachipembe, chiefs, liberated areas, chefe do posto, heroism by women, and Lovwa.
This item was digitized by JSTOR which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.
Collection: Liberation Support Movement Pamphlet Collection