Sunday, July 06, 2014

Malawi - 50 years of independence

 Malawi gained its independence from Britain on July 6, 50 years ago. Malawi still relies on donor aid to finance about 40 percent of its budget.

 Eighty-two-year-old Harry Maseko remembers vividly how Malawi gained its independence
 "To tell you the truth, I cannot point out the benefit of being independent for 50 years, with the exception of 20 years ago, when we were able to fight for and won the freedom of expression, which was suppressed by Banda's autocratic rule. But freedom without food on the table is nothing." (our emphasis)

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