Col Chit Swe, 74, who had served in the ethnic resistance since 1967, died on Saturday in a Chiang Mai hospital. He was a close aid to the late Shan resistance leader Gen. Gawn Zerng.
Born in Thaton in Karen State on July 25,1938, he arrived in Shan State around 1959 as a teacher, according to a story on the Shan Herald website on Monday.
He served as a security officer, as treasurer and as Gawn Zerng’s personal aide. After Gawn Zerng’s death, he accepted an advisory post with his successor Yawd Serk, who later established the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).
He suffered from high blood pressure, heart and kidney problems.
He was married to Nang Hswe Ing and had three sons and one daughter. His three sons are active members of the SSA.