An African Sergeant-at-Arms has been appointed for the first time to the Nyasaland Legislative Council.?
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Background: An African Sergeant-at-Arms has been appointed for the first time to the Nyasaland Legislative Council. Be is 63 year-old Inspector Thomas Gombera of the Nyasaland Police, due to retire in December after 38 years service in the Civil Investigation Department.
Sergeant-at-Arms Gombera donned his ceremonial robes and carried the Mace for the first time when the Governor of Nyasaland, Sir Robert Armitage, opened the 74th session of the Legislative Council July 6.
As Sergeant-at-Arms, Inspector Gombera will be responsible under the direction of the Speaker, for the Mace, conduct of persons in the press and public galleries, and the removal of offending members.
He is the first African Sergeant-at-Arms in Central Africa, if not in the whole of Africa.
The Nyasaland Government July 25 announced "no deterioration in the general situation in Nyasaland" after the publication two days ago of the Devlin report.
Britain's 'Shadow Cabinet' --formed by members of the opposition--meets July 27 to decide on terms of a challenge to the Government on the report.
A statement calling for the release of Dr Hastings Banda and fellow imprisoned congressmen, was issued in Johannesburg. July 25 by the national consultative committee of the African National Congress and allied organisations. It went on to say' Federation was forced on the people of Nyasaland against their wishes and strong protests. It was born in conflict and perpetuated by violence. There is no doubt whatsoever that the African people do not want federation, nor will they continue to suffer under white minority rule."