Malawi: God's Man

The quarrel between Prime Minister H. Kamuzu Banda and his six dissident ex-Cabinet members exploded in violence last week. In the capital town of Zomba, mobs of toughs supporting Banda clashed with civil servants backing the sacked Cabinet ministers in pitched battles employing pick handles, fence rails, steel bars, and pandas (long hacking knives). At least two died, and the hospitals were jammed with injured. The Mercedes car of ex-Justice Minister Ortona Chirwa was burned by Banda men, and Chirwa himself escaped into the bush. The home of Chief Chokawi, a Banda supporter, was sacked and razed by a...

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