President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi received a standing ovation from thousands of people when he opened the 1967 Nairobi Show on Wednesday (September 27).
President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi received a standing ovation from thousands of people when he opened the 1967 Nairobi Show on Wednesday (September 27). The President had just completed a 75-minute speech in which he praised Kenya's agricultural progress, defended Malawi's diplomatic and trade ties with South Africa and called for more trade between Kenya and Malawi.
President Banda and President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya received a big welcome when they entered the main arena at the showground to inspect a guard of honour of the Kenya Army.
In his speech, President Banda said Malawi could not cooperate only with those States with whose political views it agreed. For Malawi, regional cooperation meant cooperation with all States regardless of political ideas or the colour of those who are in control of government.
President Banda said the trade agreement and diplomatic relations with South Africa were inevitable because of historical and geographical reasons.
But, he added: "I am just as strongly opposed to colonialism or imperialism as any other African."
Introducing Dr. Banda to the big show crowd, President Kenyatta said that by giving the Malawi President a warm welcome they had demonstrated the unity of Africa and that people from one part of the continent had no difficulty in meeting fellow Africans.
He said those who planned to mar President Banda's visit had been defeated and would continue to be defeated. When the Government invited guests it knew what sort of person it was receiving.
The two presidents later toured exhibits at the show and watched displays on the main arena.