what he told me

December 1999, he said in Luanda:

He says we’re all participating in the illusion of Angola. He says there are so many illusions, he’s lost count. There’s the illusion of democracy,
The illusion of elections taking place in two years time –
it was 1999, then, and we’re still waiting,
The illusion that the war will end –
in fact, it did precisely that three years later.
The illusion that Savimbi will be captured –
he was killed three years later.
The illusion that you can travel anywhere in the country –
‘They say we can take tourists to Andulo!’ he laughs.
The illusion that the army knew where Savimbi was –
‘There’s three of us who know where he is, and it’s certainly here in Angola, and they aren’t in the army.’

August 2007, he said in London:

He says we’re participating in some new and some old illusions. He says there are more illusions, so many more in fact, that they’re countless. So at least you can’t lose count.
There’s the illusion of democracy –
haven’t you been watching what they’re trying to do to any organisation that promotes democracy, equality, human rights?
There’s the illusion that even if elections do happen in 2008, that they will mean anything vaguely related to demo-cracy –
these organisations are encouraging the Angolan people not to vote for the ruling party. Haven’t you seen?
There’s the illusion that there is less poverty since the end of the war,
The illusion that peace has brought real gains for the people,
The illusion that that thing known as the international community knows, understands or has any real interest in the welfare of the Angolan people –
The illusion that the MPLA could ever be interested in democracy having held on to power spectacularly for 32 years.
Have the last 32 years been an illusion?
The illusion of the liberation movement.
The illusion that the Leader is, like the American lady said, a very sweet man.
The illusion of independence.
The illusion of oil.
The illusion is an illusion.

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