Britain's Monckton Commission, headed by Lord Monckton, is at present in Nyasaland continuing its enquiry concerning the constitutional future of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
GV PAN..from Mlanje mountains to Mlanje council offices.
CU Sign - District Council Offices.
SV Members of Monckton Commission enter hall.
CU Lord Monckton enters hall.
CU Member talks to African.
SV Africans enter hall.
CU Lord Monckton talks to 90-year-old Ng'omba Chief.
LV INT..Members in tea factory.
SV PAN..from tea to Sir Donald Macgillivray and party.
CU Members sipping tea.
SV EXT..Lord Monckton in tea field.
LV Miss Betty Whelan of London has tea picking basket put on back.
SV Miss Whelan picks tea.
EDITORS: See Prod. No. 2213/60. Dr. Banda returns to Nyasaland.
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Background: Britain's Monckton Commission, headed by Lord Monckton, is at present in Nyasaland continuing its enquiry concerning the constitutional future of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
March 31, the day before Nyasaland's African leader Dr. Hastings Banda was released from detention, part of the Commission - divided into three sections during its investigations - visited Mlanje, 50 miles from Blantyre. Mlanje, centre of Nyasaland's tea-growing district - has been a centre of political disturbances, but the Commission's visit passed off peacefully.
In the party were Lord Monckton, Sir Donald Macgillivray and a woman member, Miss Betty Whelan of London. They watched tea being picked, sipped samples of tea and chatted with 90-year-old Chief Ng'omba.
Many of the Africans present were members of the Malawi African Congress movement which, through intimidation, has prevented witnesses giving evidence to the Commission. Following Dr. Banda's release, it is expected that intimidation will be relaxed.