Transfer of general Ben-Ben’s remains deemed part of reconciliation process

Luanda – The transfer of the remains of general Arlindo Chenda Pena “Ben-Ben” from South Africa to Angola corresponds to the will of the Angolan Head of State, JoAPound o Lourenco, of reconciling the nation and strengthening national unity.

This statement was made from the minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, when delivering a speech last Thursday in Pretoria City, South Africa, at the ceremony of receiving the remains of general Ben-Ben, who passed away of an illness 20 years ago.

The Angolan minister stressed that the transfer of the remains is a humanitarian act towards the relatives of the late Ben-Ben, especially his mother, Judith Pena, who had already manifested her desire to attend her son’s funeral in Angola, within the appropriate cultural and traditional set.

On behalf of the Angolan government and the relatives of the late Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) general, Justice minister Francisco Queiroz thanked the South African government and President Ciryl Ramaphosa for the prompt response to what he termed as humanitarian gesture, which is in line with the strong friendship ties that exist between the two peoples.

Source: Angola Press News Agency