History Of Malawi

Video Documentary Series on the Assassination of the Mwanza Four in May 1983.

On the 18th May 1983, three cabinet ministers and a member of parliament were assassinated by agents of the Malawi Government. Popularly known as the Mwanza Four, their names were: Hon. Dick Matenje (MP) the Minister without portfolio and Secretary-General of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP); Hon. Aaron Gadama (MP) the Regional Minister for Centre; Hon. Twaibu Sangala (MP) the Minister of Health; and Hon. David Chiwanga (Member of Parliament for Chikwawa-East).

In January 1995 under the Bakili Muluzi’s new government, Dr Kamuzu Banda and his close associates Hon. John Tembo and Mama Cecilia Kadzamira and three former police officers were formally charged in the High Court with murder and conspiracy to murder the Mwanza Four.

This was immediately after the release of a comprehensive report of the Commission of Inquiry a month earlier chaired by Justice Mtengha.

On 23 December 1995, the High Court found each of the respondents not guilty. Finally, on 31 July 1997, the Supreme Court dismissed all the four grounds of appeal by the state.

The Lost History Foundation has commenced a project on the production of video documentary series around the assassination of the Mwanza Four as detailed in the commission of the inquiry report, the court records and supported by other sources.

You can watch a pilot video clip for this project on this link.

Well-wishers are encouraged to support this project both in cash or kind. For further details, contact: admin@historyofmalawi.com

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