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Hastings Kamuzu Banda Quotes

First president of Malawi

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" In Nyasaland we mean to be masters, and if this is treasonable, make the most of it."
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, as quoted in Neil Hamilton's Founders of Modern Nations, California, 1995.

" It is only contact like this [between South Africa and Malawi] that can reveal to your people that there are civilized people other than white..."
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, as quoted in the Sunday Times, Johannesburg, 24 May 1970.

" They say my people love me and I would be naïve to deny it."
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York, 1985.

" I wish I could bring Stonehenge to Nyasaland, to show that there was a time when Britain had a savage culture."
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, as quoted in The Observer, 10 March 1963.

" What do you want? I don't have to fawn on you. I think you're all a pack of liars!"
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, speaking to journalists at the All African Peoples' Conference in Accra, shortly after his return to Nyasaland in 1959. As quoted in Rolf Italiaander's The New Leaders of Africa, New Jersey, 1961.

" We have to start talking to each other. I go to South Africa. You come here. I allow your people to come here and see how the people live. This might not solve the problem today, next month, in five years, ten years, or even twenty years. But I honestly believe that this in the end is the only solution."
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi, in a comment made after the official visit of South African prime minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster, twenty or so years before the end of Apartheid. As quoted in the Sunday Times, Johannesburg, 24 May 1970.

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