Luchazes

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Luchazes is a municipality in Moxico province, Angola. It is one of the four Municipalities predominantly occupied by the Mbunda in Angola. Its principal town is Kangamba, a name derived from a Mbunda Chief who ruled the area before their resistance to Portuguese colonial occupation.[1]

The Portuguese colonialists thereafter named it Luchazes, in appreciation of the support they received from the Luchazi and various other ethnicities[2] againist the Mbunda resistance.[3] The Municipality hosted the most traumatizing violent offensive, coined as Battle for Kangamba, between thousands of UNITA troops trained and armed by the racist South Africa army against forces loyal to MPLA-Angolan government, and a group of Cuba fighters and advisers, in the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002). As of 2004, more than 1,000 families spontaneously returned from Zambia, causing serious humanitarian issues.

The Municipality is now under the traditional authority of a Mbunda Paramount Chief Mwene Kangamba, who ascribes to the Mbunda Monarch, His Majesty, King Mbunda III Mbandu Lifuti restored on 16 August 2008, in Moxico, Angola. The Mbunda prefer calling it Municipality of Kangamba.


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  1. ^ René Pélissier, Les Guerres Grises: Résistance et revoltes en Angola (1845–1941), Montamets/Orgeval: Éditions Pélisier, 1977
  2. ^ Robert Papstein, 1994, The History and Cultural Life of the Mbunda Speaking People, Lusaka Cheke Cultural Writers Association, ISBN 99 820 3006X, page 95
  3. ^ René Pélissier, Les Guerres Grises: Résistance et revoltes en Angola (1845–1941), Montamets/Orgeval: Éditions Pélisier, 1977

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Coordinates: 13°42′04″S 19°51′36″E / 13.70111°S 19.86000°E / -13.70111; 19.86000