Briefing from ROAPE Volume 4 Number 9
Angola: Rise and Fall of Nito Alves
With the arrest of Nito Alves on 7 July 1977 at Piri (his birthplace in northern Angola) a chapter of Angolan history centred around the ‘nitista’ insurrection of 27 May came to an end. There remain the clearing-up operations and the trials of the nitista leaders by the special military tribunal set up for that purpose. But an attempt can now be made to sum up the history of the factionalism within the MPLA in which he was the central figure.