Samora Machel

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Samora Machel
1st President of Mozambique
In office
25 June 1975 – 19 October 1986
Succeeded byJoaquim Chissano
Chairman of the Mozambique Liberation Front
In office
1970 – 19 October 1986
Preceded byEduardo Mondlane
Succeeded byJoaquim Chissano
Personal details
Samora Moisés Machel

(1933-09-29)September 29, 1933
Gaza Province, Portuguese Mozambique
DiedOctober 19, 1986(1986-10-19) (aged 53)
Mbuzini, Lebombo Mountains, South Africa
Political partyMozambique Liberation Front
Spouse(s)Josina Mutemba
Graça Simbine (1975–1986)

Samora Moisés Machel (29 September 1933 – 19 October 1986) was a Mozambican military commander, politician and revolutionary. He served as the first President of Mozambique from the country's independence in 1975.

Death[change | change source]

Of 44 people on board, Machel and 33 others including several ministers, senior officials of the Mozambican government, 2 pilots, a navigator, a radio operator and all 4 flight attendants were killed in a presidential aircraft crashed near the Mozambique-South Africa border while 9 passengers and a flight engineer survived.

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