Briefing from ROAPE Volume 8 Number 22
On 20 July 1981, President Banda was made to eat humble pie when he took part in a summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Countries of the Southern Africa Development Co-ordinating Conference (SADCC) in Salisbury, Zimbabwe. It was a humiliated President seated next to President Jutius Nyerere of Tanzania the architect of the Southern African liberation crusade and number one enemy of the fascist South African Boer regime. It was humiliating for President Banda to be in Salisbury as a guest of Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe and President Canaan Banana whose country's freedom and independence, and particularly the struggle wages by ZANU-PF, President Banda had consistently and openly worked to undermine in favour of a sham independence or a neo-colonial variant under Bishop Muzorewa. It was a humiliated President Banda who had to sit at the same conference table with President Samora Machel, a man whom he regards as a source of ‘communist’ influence in southern Africa and whose country's historic independence occasion on 25 June 1975, was not even mentioned as a news bulletin on the official Radio Malawi.