Dr. Hastings Banda, Nyasa leader released from custody, Apr 1, addressed a crowd of Africans?
Dr. Hastings Banda, Nyasa leader released from custody, Apr 1, addressed a crowd of Africans in blantyre, Nyasaland, April 4.
Word of his unexpected arrival brought 2,000 people to the Assistant Registrar-General's office where he was in consultation. He regained his car with difficulty through the crowd, and - as they were preventing his departure - he spoke briefly. He said the first thing to be obtained was the released of detainees; for Africans the most important thing was to harm no-one. "Do not trouble the Europeans, Asians, the police, or even the stooges".
This was his third conciliatory speech in two days. At Limbe he said Colonial Secretary Iain Macleod was "a very great man, a Christian gentleman", and he asked Zomba crowds not to spoil his work while he was away in London. "If you listen to me you will have your own government. I want everybody to keep quiet while I go to London."
Dr. Banda leaves for London, Apr 6, - on a private invitation - and hopes to continue to the USA. Shortly after his return to Nyasala he will make a second journey to London, on the Colonial Secretary invitation, for constitutional talks.