A wildly cheering crowd of about 10,000 greeted the Nyasaland Malawi Congress Party leader, Dr.?
A wildly cheering crowd of about 10,000 greeted the Nyasaland Malawi Congress Party leader, Dr. Hastings Banda, Aug 3, on his return to Blantyre from the London Constitutional talks. Leaving the aircraft he had chartered from Nairobi, the African leader threw his hands into the air and shouted "To hell with Federation".
Laughing and dancing, the crowd followed Dr. Banda outside the airport, where he addressed a meeting. Interrupted by cheering at the end of every sentence, he said: "We got self-government in all but name. We did not get one man one vote directly, but we got it in the other way round". To the press he stated: "My people will be satisfied when they know I am satisfied". He added that he wanted Nyasaland's first general election in November or even sooner.
Later Dr. Banda announced that he intended to start a college where African Civil servants would be trained to replace Europeans "when they retire". No incidents were reported, but later in the evening the police were brought in to divert traffic away from Dr. Banda's house, where a large crowd had gathered shouting Congress slogans.