The Nyasaland Government July 25 announced "there has been no deterioration in the general situation following publication of the Devlin report".
The Nyasaland Government July 25 announced "there has been no deterioration in the general situation following publication of the Devlin report". Platoons of Northern Rhodesian police were standing by in readiness to supplement the regular police force in the Blantyre-Limbe area. These precautionary measures were proved to be unnecessary, all remained quiet except for a 'rush' to buy copies of the report.
In the market of Blantyre the natives seemed more interested in food than in the report. Two miles from Blantyre, at the new township of Soche, great public interest is shown in the Government's new scheme to house 8,000 families. 1,700 houses incorporating electricity, modern plumbing and running water, have so far been completed.
The Devlin Commission's report on the Nyasaland disturbance last year, was published as a blue book July 23. In it the Commission, led by Justice Sir Patrick Devlin, reports that a policy of violence was adopted by the Nyasaland African Congress leadership, and that the consequent declaration of a State of Emergency by the Governor, Sir Robert Armitage, was fully justified. It refutes the Nyasaland Government's claim of plots by the Congress to "murder and assassinate."
British Labour Party's 'Shadow Cabinet' meets July 27 to formulate their challenge to the Government on the report's findings. They are expected to call for the resignation of both the Colonial Secretary Lennox-Boyd and the Governor of Nyasaland. They will also demand the release of Dr Hastings Banda and other imprisoned African congressmen.