1995, English, Nyanja, Video edition: The Mwanza accident documentary / Jupat Video Services.

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Physical Description
  • 6 videocassettes of 6 (VHS, PAL) : sd., col. ; 1/​2 in.
Published
  • [Blantyre [Malawi] : Jupat, 1995]
Language
  • English
  • Nyanja

Edition details

Title
  • The Mwanza accident documentary /​ Jupat Video Services.
Also Titled
  • Title on container: Mwanza accident saga
Other Creators
  • LC Purchase Collection (Library of Congress)
Published
  • [Blantyre [Malawi] : Jupat, 1995]
Physical Description
  • 6 videocassettes of 6 (VHS, PAL) : sd., col. ; 1/​2 in.
Subjects
Summary
  • In May of 1983, Dick Matenje, the secretary-general of the Malawi Congress Party, Mr. Chiwanga, the Minister of Health, Aaron Gadama, another Minister, and Mr. Sangala, an MP, were brutally murdered by agents of the Malawi Government. The agents put the bodies in a car, but bungled an attempt to make it go into a river. The mangled bodies of the victims were found. After the fall of the Kamuzu Banda regime, a Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate. This documentary shows the reactions of the people after the results of the inquiry were made public. There was violence--the MCP office in Blantyre was vandalized--and there was anger when John Temwo, the main suspect, and other accomplices were brought to court. The "Mwanza Four" were publicly honoured in a military funeral ceremony in Lilongwe. There was a procession of women to the prosecutor to show sympathy for Kamuzu Banda, and to plead for leniency for the old man.
Contents
  • Pt. 1: Interview with UDF ministers after findings of the Commission of Inquiry have been submitted to the Head of State; destruction of the MCP office in Blantyre; interview with the person who discovered the car with the four bodies.
  • Pt. 2: "Concerned mothers of the Malawi nation" stage a protest march with the objective of having Banda's official hostess, Cecilia Kadzamira, also implicated in the murders; they are addressed by Vice-President Chihana; court scene in Zomba; interview with daughter of one of the victims.
  • Pt. 3: Several interviews: with a son and daughter of Chiwanga, with Nyasula, the High Court public prosecutor, and with a lady commissioner, Mrs. Emmi Chanik.
  • Pt. 4: Funeral ceremony in April, 1995 for the "Mwanza Four" in the presence of the Head of State, Bakili Muluzi, and many other government and military officials; reburial (April 8, 1995) of Aaron Gadama in Kasungu.
  • Pt. 5: Scene at the Blantyre High Court on April 24, 1995 as John Temwo and the other two accused arrive; protest march to public prosecutor's office by women sympathizing with Banda; court scene on May 2, 1995 as Banda fails to arrive a second time and police have difficulty restraining the crowd.
  • Pt. 6: An interview on May 28, 1995, with a South African physician on whether Banda
  • who is in poor physical condition, visually and hearing-impaired, and has a serious memory deficit
  • is mentally able to stand trial. Additional scenes at the High Court, April 24 to May 29, 1995; includes statement by defense lawyers after accused has been refused bail.
Notes
  • Poor audio quality, poor visual quality in part.
  • Not viewed.
  • Sources used: videocassette container; cataloging record from OvOp field office.
  • Received: 5-4-1996 from Nairobi OvOp Office purchase LC Purchase Collection.
  • Received: 5-15-1997 from Nairobi OvOp Office purchase LC Purchase Collection.
  • In Chewa, with some English.
Language
  • English
  • Nyanja
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