On 14 May, MCP running mate described first Republican President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, as a champion of democracy. Chilima said that for calling for a referendum in which the country had to choose between dictatorship and multiparty democracy then Banda marked himself as a democrat.
Democrats are not made by being pushed into the corner; they actively choose to be. Kamuzu Banda was forced to call for a referendum. He is not a democrat.
- The record of Kamuzu Banda has him nowhere being a democrat. By stretch of imagination, Kamuzu Banda’s body must have rolled in his grave when he heard Chilima refer to him as a democrat. The jury is out there and it says that Kamuzu Banda was a ruthless dictator.
- Kamuzu Banda did not willingly call for a referendum. He was pressured into calling for a referendum. As a democrat, certainly, one would also expect that he would have simply done away with the dictatorship and have allowed other parties to contest. Instead, he hunted those who were demanding democracy and killed some of them.
- At the time that Banda was calling for a referendum, he had no other option than to call for a referendum. He was old, 96, and his popularity had waned. That, coupled with external pressure, saw Banda buckling under the weight of his own autocracy.
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