In Malawi, President kamuzu Banda on Friday (30 June), defended his political stance in Southern Africa and explained why he detained hundreds of people for 12 years without trial.
CU President Kamuzu Banda seated and speaking at news conference. (3 SHOTS)
LV President Banda talking about South Africa.
GV President Banda listening to reporter's question about political prisoners, then he replies. (3 SHOTS)
DR. BANDA: "I will not, of course, prevent anyone from starting his own political party. In fact, there have been quite a number, but they've failed since we have had no elections since 1961. This time, we set up the...(INDISTINCT)...committee recommending a man to me and I making decision...I rather be...(INDISTINCT)...to make their own decision.
BANDA: "I deal with South Africa openly. Not because I agree with the state of South Africa, no, not at all. When I went there I was amazed because the Africans said that their leader said that the Africans would throw stones at me. Just the opposite, thousands and thousands, literally, came to see me. For the first time, blacks and whites in South Africa came together because I was the attraction. They were quite willing to see me. I'd rather be the attraction. I'd rather be Mr. Wilson, but in my view boycott and ... (INDISTINCT) ... are not the answer."
REPORTER: "I understand a year ago new several hundred detainees were released."
BANDA: "Practically all of them."
REPORTER: "Ah well, that was going to be my question sir."
BANDA:"All of them."
REPORTER: "My question - how many people are now in detention?"
BANDA: "All of them were released about the fourth of July last year. what were these political detainees, you should ask. Why were they detained?"
REPORTER: "Yes sir."
BANDA: "Because otherwise your question would be...(INDISTINCT)...as far as I am concerned. Most of the political detainees came from the rebellion, the cabinet rebellion, cabinet crisis of 1964. Some have been detained awaiting trial. Others have been detained because the police are investigating their cause. They haven't finished investigations. You cannot tell a man to leave when the police are investigating. So that, as far as I'm speaking to you] two ladies and one lady and gentlemen, we have not political detainees at all, not one."
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Background: In Malawi, President kamuzu Banda on Friday (30 June), defended his political stance in Southern Africa and explained why he detained hundreds of people for 12 years without trial. At a rare news conference in the presidential palace, he said that he did not have a guilty conscience. D??tor banda said that the political detainees who were released last year, were mostly followers of former minister henry Chipembere, who tried to overthrow the President in 1965.