* Dos Santos denies being father of Congolese woman
* Angolan president has married three times
* Says family members call him Ze not Edu as woman alleges
(Adds dos Santos quotes, background)
By Henrique Almeida
LUANDA, Sept 28 Angolan President Jose Eduardo
dos Santos on Tuesday denied a claim by a Congolese woman that
he is her father.
In a rare statement that shed light on the personal life of
one of Africa's most enigmatic leaders, Dos Santos, 68, said
Ngutuila Josefa Matias, 46, had tried to meet him and had stated
publicly that she was his daughter.
The president said he had moved to the Democratic Republic
of Congo in 1961 during Angola's fight for independence from
Portugal but denied having any affairs there.
During the three years that he lived there, "I never had any
girlfriend or lover. At the time all I thought about was
completing my studies," dos Santos said.
The Congolese woman, who recently arrived in Luanda, said in
an interview with an Angolan weekly, Folha 8, on Sunday that she
and other members of dos Santos's family used to refer to the
president as Edu.
Dos Santos, whose three decades in power have prompted many
Angolans to refer to him as "the boss," also denied this claim.
"I am Jose at home, my family members call me Ze, the
younger ones refer to me as Manu Ze, my nephews call me uncle Ze
and during my childhood ... everyone called me Jose Eduardo," he
After living in Congo in the early 1960s, dos Santos went on
to study engineering in the Soviet Union, where he met his first
wife, and returned to Angola before the oil-producing nation
gained independence in 1975.
Four years later, he was unexpectedly declared president of
Angola by the ruling MPLA party after the death of the nation's
first president, Agostinho Neto. Dos Santos has been in power
"She must be patient," dos Santos said of the woman.
"Many Angolan refugees travelled to the Congos and some even
lived there during the liberation struggle. Maybe someone by the
name of Eduardo or Edu is her real biological father," he said.
Dos Santos, who has been married three times, has three
daughters and five sons.
(Reporting by Henrique Almeida; Editing by Giles Elgood)