HC Deb 04 February 1964 vol 688 cc130-1W
50. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to permit the Mbadwa party in Nyasaland to conduct its electoral compaign unmolested; whether the murderers of Mr. G. Pondeponde, a Mbadwa party leader, has been arrested; and what investigations have been made into the recent series of attacks against leaders of the Mbadwa party.

Mr. Sandys

If incidents are reported, in which members of the Mbadwa party have been molested while conducting an electoral compaign, they are investigated by the police in the normal way. The Nyasaland police are actively investigating the murder of Mr. Pondeponde, but as yet no evidence is forthcoming as to the person or persons responsible. Three attacks on Mbadwa party leaders have been reported to the police. Two are currently under investigation and a case file on the third is under consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions.