Father of The Father of a Nation

For some reasons stories alleging that the former Malawi President the Late Hastings Kamuzu Banda was not fully a Malawian or was not Malawian at all keep popping up now and then. Nothing concrete has come up yet up to now.

Some of the stories question Kamuzu’s Malawianism because people do not seem to be able to confirm who his real father was. Well, for the sake of those who care, I hope that one day this issue will be resolved. Kamuzu Banda himself did not dwell much on stories about his father’s side of the family. He definitely had his reasons.

Almost all the people whom we know as Zidzukulu za Kamuzu (Kamuzu’s family or relatives) are descendants of his sisters or relatives of his mother. That should not be a surprise since Kamuzu was from the Chewa, a tribe where lineage, inheritance and succession pass through the matrilineal (mother’s and sisters) side of the family/clan. This is believed to be based on the premise that it is not easy to prove that the man whom one call father might not really be their father.

We are lucky in this day and age that we have the benefit of DNA tests if we so wish to calm our fears. Thus, without a DNA test to confirm any man of any race or origin as Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s father, any claims of who his father was shall remain the usual hearsay and speculation about the man.

What do you know? What do you think you know? What have you been told?


About Hastings Fukula Nyekanyeka Betha

Born in Malawian and advocate of community mobilization, citizens' active participation in sustainable community development, and youth empowerment. Primarily focusing on "Organizing Against Poverty" by encouraging a new generation of players to participate in and influence the development of our communities
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