Luena, Moxico Province

Luena (pre-1975: Luso) is a town located in east central Angola. It is the administrative capital of Moxico Province, with a population of 273,675 (2014)[1], including refugees from the Angolan Civil War that officially ended in 2002.

Luena
Municipality and town
Garden at Governor's Palace in Luena
Luena
Location in Angola
Coordinates: 11.7918°S 19.9062°E / -11.7918; 19.9062
Country Angola
ProvinceMoxico Province
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
ClimateCwa

Jonas Savimbi

The Angolan town is best known as the resting place of former UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, who was shot and killed in military conflict with Angolan government troops on February 22, 2002. Later on January 3, 2008, Savimbi's tomb at Luena Main Cemetery was vandalised and four members of the youth wing of the MPLA were charged and arrested.[2]

Climate

Climate data for Luena, Moxico Province (1940–1960)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.7
(90.9)
32.4
(90.3)
32.0
(89.6)
33.4
(92.1)
32.0
(89.6)
31.0
(87.8)
30.0
(86.0)
33.5
(92.3)
35.0
(95.0)
34.3
(93.7)
34.0
(93.2)
32.4
(90.3)
35.0
(95.0)
Average high °C (°F) 26.9
(80.4)
27.0
(80.6)
26.8
(80.2)
27.3
(81.1)
27.1
(80.8)
25.7
(78.3)
26.2
(79.2)
28.8
(83.8)
30.8
(87.4)
29.6
(85.3)
27.3
(81.1)
26.9
(80.4)
27.5
(81.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 21.8
(71.2)
21.7
(71.1)
21.6
(70.9)
21.4
(70.5)
19.4
(66.9)
17.2
(63.0)
17.4
(63.3)
20.0
(68.0)
22.6
(72.7)
22.9
(73.2)
21.8
(71.2)
21.6
(70.9)
20.8
(69.4)
Average low °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
16.4
(61.5)
16.3
(61.3)
15.5
(59.9)
11.8
(53.2)
8.8
(47.8)
8.7
(47.7)
11.5
(52.7)
14.5
(58.1)
16.2
(61.2)
16.2
(61.2)
16.4
(61.5)
14.0
(57.2)
Record low °C (°F) 11.0
(51.8)
10.7
(51.3)
12.3
(54.1)
9.1
(48.4)
3.9
(39.0)
3.1
(37.6)
2.7
(36.9)
4.6
(40.3)
8.7
(47.7)
11.0
(51.8)
11.0
(51.8)
11.5
(52.7)
2.7
(36.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 226
(8.9)
192
(7.6)
198
(7.8)
99
(3.9)
6
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.1)
20
(0.8)
90
(3.5)
169
(6.7)
217
(8.5)
1,219
(48.0)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 22 20 23 12 2 0 0 0 3 13 20 23 138
Average relative humidity (%) 77 77 77 71 57 47 42 39 44 61 74 77 62
Mean monthly sunshine hours 130.2 130.0 142.6 192.0 263.5 270.0 285.2 269.7 213.0 176.7 135.0 124.0 2,331.9
Mean daily sunshine hours 4.2 4.6 4.6 6.4 8.5 9.0 9.2 8.7 7.1 5.7 4.5 4.0 6.4
Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst[3]

Transportation

Luena is serviced by Luena Airport on the north side of the town.

Luena Train Station (Estação Ferroviaria De Luena) is a stop on the Benguela railway central line connecting Luau with Lobito. The station was rebuilt and features a clock tower.

Sports

  • Estádio Comandante Jones Kufuna Yembe - Mundunduleno: a football stadium

Notes

  1. Citypopulation.de Population of major cities in Angola
  2. "Jonas Savimbi's tomb vandalised, says UNITA", Mail and Guardian, January 23, 2008.
  3. "Klimatafel von Luena (Luso), Prov. Moxico / Angola" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
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