History Of Malawi

INTERROGATING THE ASSASSINATION OF MOZAMBICAN PRESIDENT SAMORA MACHEL: WAS MALAWI UNDER DR. BANDA INVOLVED?

Part V.

  1. Some of the most compelling evidence brought to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa came in the form of Portuguese-language intelligence documents given to Patta by a non-South African intelligence source.
  2. These documents revealed a plot between South Africa, Malawi, and elements within Mozambique to kill Machel. The documents provided details about SADF Chief Magnus Malan flying to Malawi to discuss with Malawian authorities at the Limbe Leaf Tobacco plantation the details of the plot to murder Machel, including specific plans to tamper with Machel’s aircraft, and mentioning a Zambian pilot ‘who tampered with the aircraft in Zambia’.
  3. Under the pretexts of conducting diplomacy on behalf of the State Security Council and private business, apartheid Security Branch agent Craig Williamson repeatedly travelled to Malawi and Mozambique between 1984 and October 1986; by 1986, Williamson had joined SADF Military Intelligence’s highly secretive Directorate for Covert Collections.
  4. Williamson also mentioned a Malawian pilot named Frankson Gzambo, recruited in Zambia by the apartheid Security Branch, who was chief of accident investigation in the Malawian Directorate of Civil Aviation during this period. The Portuguese-language documents further listed Malawian military officers involved in the plot, and also implicated a cast of the apartheid regime’s most notorious counterinsurgency
    operators: Magnus Malan, Eugene De Kock, Craig Williamson, and Wouter Basson.
  5. Finally, the Portuguese-language documents also mentioned that the Malawian intelligence service had appointed agent James Kampinga to serve as an intermediary with Israel’s foreign intelligence service, the Mossad.

Under the guise of a holding company, the Mossad then brought components of the decoy beacon to the South Africans which the SADF assembled at its secret EMLC arms lab.

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Credits:

Daniel L. Douek (2017) New light on the Samora Machel assassination: ‘I realized that it was no accident’, Third World Quarterly, 38:9, 2045-2065, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1323550

Link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1323550

TO BE CONTINUED…

2 comments for “INTERROGATING THE ASSASSINATION OF MOZAMBICAN PRESIDENT SAMORA MACHEL: WAS MALAWI UNDER DR. BANDA INVOLVED?

  1. October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This piece mentions of a pilot Frackson Zgambo .

    Someone mentioned that the daughter to Frackson Zgambo is Sibongile who is a news anchor at Zodiak Radio /TV.

    Frackson Zgambo was arrested in 1989 together with a high ranking officer at Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Fred Sikwese .

    They were both accused of leaking confidential information to exiled political parties and rebels like LESOMA on the role Malawi played in ‘assassination’ of Mozambique President Samora Machel and other aspects of Malawi/Apartheid clandestine machinations.

    They both died under police custody few months later which others alleged to be extra judicial killings by the state.

    It further alleged by others that Fed Sikwese and Frackson Zgambo were killed in 1989 while in police custody using the same technique that was used to ‘assassinate’ Orton Chirwa three years later.

  2. October 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Frackson Zgambo was Air Malawi’s first captain,long before Mchingura. He used to fly the VC 10 ,.long before the Hawker Siddleys. He was grounded because one day while flying from London he argued with the control tower at Chileka who advised him tò land at the nearest airport because of adverse weather conditions in Malawi it was unsafe to land locally. He argued thst he would manage and manage he did as he manoeuvred the plane and landed despite the “land at your own risk ” warning. He told me himself. I Ieft malawi and we never met again. Only to hear that he was murdered at Mikuyu.

    As for Fred Sikwese a friend since Chancoll Chichiri, a man whom I once took to Harare to introduce to my parent’s in 1968, a man who could not even harm a fly, I was surprised that he was detained in Zomba prison for ‘treason’ trumped up charges and got murdered there.

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