Hastings Kamuzu Banda

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Banda, Hastings Kamuzu

(kämo͞o`zo͞o bän`də), 1902?–97, African political leader, president of Malawi (1966–94). A son of peasants, he received a medical degree in the United States and after World War II established a practice in London, where his office became a meeting place for exiled African leaders. He returned to Africa (1953), then to his homeland, Nyasaland (1958), to campaign against the federation of Nyasaland with Rhodesia (now ZimbabweZimbabwe
, officially Republic of Zimbabwe, republic (2015 est. pop. 14,229,000), 150,803 sq mi (390,580 sq km), S central Africa. It is bordered on the north by Zambia, on the northeast and east by Mozambique, on the south by South Africa, and on the southwest and west by
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, officially Republic of Zambia, republic (2015 est. pop. 15,066,000), 290,584 sq mi (752,614 sq km), central Africa. It borders on Congo (Kinshasa) in the north, on Tanzania in the northeast, on Malawi and Mozambique in the east, on Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia in the
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). In 1961 Banda's Malawi Congress party won a sweeping election victory. Nyasaland, which he led as prime minister, became independent as MalawiMalawi
, officially Republic of Malawi, republic (2015 est. pop. 17,574,000), 45,200 sq mi (117,068 sq km), E central Africa. It borders on Zambia in the west, on Tanzania in the north, and on Mozambique in the east, south, and southwest.
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 in 1964. Under a new constitution, Banda became president in 1966. Increasingly autocratic, he made himself president for life in 1971, the year he became the first African leader to visit South Africa. Opponents were routinely jailed and some killed, while Banda lived in luxury. Following antigovernment rioting and suspension of Western aid in 1992, Banda was forced to abandon one-party rule and the life presidency in 1993. In democratic elections held in 1994, he was defeated by Bakili Muluzi. In 1995 Banda was acquitted of charges in the 1983 assassination of four political opponents.


See biographies by P. Short (1974) and T. D. Williams (1978).

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Hastings Kamuzu Banda and the Malawi Writers Group: The (un)making of a cultural tradition." Research in African Literatures 27 (1): 80.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi (1966-94), ended his days denounced from the pulpits of Presbyterian and Catholic churches alike.
A politician of the former ruling Malawi Congress Party--now the main opposition in Parliament--was forced out of the church in 1993 during Malawi's campaign for transition to a multi-party state after 30 years of authoritarian rule by President Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
He lists several persons as representing this more rational and mature "paradigm," among them the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, identified as "representing a truly counter-European nationalist ideology." (135) Astounding!
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who led Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) to independence, and who in 1970 became Life President, was eventually forced to stand down in 1993, four years before his death.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda and the Malawi Writers Group: the (un)making of a cultural tradition', Research in African Literatures, 27 (1996), p.
After gaining its independence from British colonial governance in 1966, it was ruled for almost 30 years by Hastings Kamuzu Banda, an American- and British-educated medical doctor, who guided a one-party state as its "Life President." Banda was a proponent of classical education based on a British model, and such an education became the ultimate (and often unattainable) aspiration of the masses.
Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, former president of Malawi, 99
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, proved himself one of the most repressive and autocratic leaders in the post-independence era, the government had little difficulty switching to a multiparty system after Western aid donors applied the pressure of withholding assistance.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who led the country to independence in 1964 and presided over it until 1994, was the last of Africa's great nationalist leaders.
As French writes in his book, the political bloodline ran through Mobutu, Idi Amin, Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, Samuel Doe and "the Angolan terrorist-cum-anti-communist guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi, whom Reagan once toasted as Africa's Abraham Lincoln".
Muluzi originally became president in the country's first democratic election, which took place after three decades of dictatorship under President Hastings Kamuzu Banda. The country is now in the best position for 40 years to strengthen both its democracy and its economy.

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