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Title:Reminiscences of my detention, 1959-1960
Author:Mwasi, Edward D.
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:political prisoners
colonial history
biographies (form)
Biography, Obituaries
Detention of persons
Mwasi, Edward D.
About person:Edward D. Mwasi
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779214
Abstract:For nearly six years since the imposition of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) in 1953, the people of Nyasaland had in vain protested against the inclusion of Nyasaland in the federation. After his return to Nyasaland in 1958, Dr. Banda campaigned against the federation by holding rallies throughout the country. By 1959 the country had become ungovernable and the Governor of Nyasaland declared a state of emergency. Over 1300 Malawians were arrested and detained. The author, then an Education Officer in Lilongwe, was one of them. He tells the story of his arrest and his stay in Kanjedza detention camp where, as a representative of the detainees, he was interviewed by a British commission of enquiry into the circumstances that led to the declaration of the state of emergency (the Devlin Commission). He was released in 1960. [ASC Leiden abstract]