The President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, arrived in Malawi on Tuesday (July 4) to be the official guest of honour for the celebration yesterday (Thursday) of Malawi's first year as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
Guests at Zomba airport; President Banda to reviewing stand; aircraft arrives; President Khama welcomed by Banda; two Presidents inspect guard; dancers.
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Background: The President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, arrived in Malawi on Tuesday (July 4) to be the official guest of honour for the celebration yesterday (Thursday) of Malawi's first year as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
Three years ago, the former Nyasaland broke away from the federation with Rhodesia and became independent. Since that time, the country has made giant economic strides under the guidance of Dr. Kamuzu, who is president for life.
President Banda welcomed Sir Seretse Khama at Zomba airport - not at the air terminal serving the Malawi capital, Blantyre. This was to give thousands of people in the Zomba area a chance of seeing distinguished guests.
The choice of Sir Seretse Khama as official guest of honour seemed logical. Botswana and Malawi have much in common as landlocked countries and their two leaders have similar views on relations with South Africa, on which they largely depend for economic viability.
And yesterday, President Banda said he returned to Malawi in 1958 as a bridge across the disunity between the African peopled and the Europeans. He still maintained this attitude and refused to hate anyone because he or she had a white skin.
After Sir Seretse Khama and his English-born wife, Ruth, arrived at Zomba, he reviewed the guard of honour and watched dancing before departing for Blantyre.