• Short Summary

    EIGHT AFRICANS APPEARED IN A BLANTYRE COURTROOM ON MONDAY CHARGED WITH TREASON. COUNSEL FOR THE?

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    EIGHT AFRICANS APPEARED IN A BLANTYRE COURTROOM ON MONDAY CHARGED WITH TREASON. COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION ALLEGED THAT THE AFRICANS HAD BEEN TRAINED BY INSTRUCTORS FROM THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN TANZANIA FOR THE ASSASSINATIONS OF PRESIDENT HASTINGS KAMUZU BANDA AND THE OVERTHROW OF HIS GOVERNMENT.

    GHIMO MWAKAWANGA, TOMANGO CHIDAWATI, ARRIS PHOMEYA, TOBIAS BONONGWE, JAMES MOYO, JACKSON MPWANTHI, RAPHAEL KAMANGA AND SUWEDI MASAMBA PLEADED NOT GUILTY BEFORE BRITISH JUDGE SIR PETER WATKIN-WILLIAMS AND THREE AFRICAN ASSESSORS.

    THE PROSECUTION SAID THAT IN JANUARY 1965 THE EIGHT ACCUSED, WITH OTHER MALAWIANS, WERE IN A CAMP NEAR DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, WHERE THEY WERE TRAINED IN GUERILLA WARFARE METHODS BY CHINESE INSTRUCTORS AND BY A TANZANIAN POLICE OFFICER.

    ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION, THE EIGHT ACCUSED FORMED A MILITANT SPLINTER GROUP IN JULY 1966 KNOWN AS "THE GROUP OF 21" UNDER YATUTA CHISIZA, A FORMER CABINET MEMBER. EARLY IN 1967 THIS GROUP DECIDED TO TAKE GROUP DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION AND IMPLEMENT THE PRINCIPLES OF GUERILLA WARFARE LAID DOWN BY THE CHINESE LEADER, CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG. TO DO THIS THEY ILLEGALLY ENTERED ZAMBIA WHERE THEY OBTAINED ARMS AND AMMUNITION AND THEN MADE THEIR WAY TO THE BORDER OF MALAWI WITH NINE OTHER MEN. THEY CROSSED THE BORDER ON SEPTEMBER 29TH LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION. WITHIN A FORTNIGHT THREE OF THEIR NUMBER, INCLUDING CHISIZA, WERE DEAD, NINE HAD BEEN CAPTURED, INCLUDING THE EIGHT ACCUSED, AND THE REMAINDER HAD RETURNED TO ZAMBIA.

    THE CASE CONTINUES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2UIJ2RQ6DAJUGD1W0K9A5S4U5
    Media URN:
    VLVA2UIJ2RQ6DAJUGD1W0K9A5S4U5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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