The authors

The authors

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The authors: Archibald Kapote Mwakasungura (left) and Douglas Miller (right).

Archibald Kapote Mwakasungura – Kapote was a student activist who fled Malawi for exile in Tanzania in October 1964 as Kamuzu Banda installed his brutal dictatorship. Kapote lived and studied in Dar es Salaam and later taught at the Mzumbe Institute of Development Management in Morogoro. In 1974, he was a founding member of LESOMA and served as its highly respected Secretary General until the democratic dispensation in 1992-94. He became a key player in shaping the transition from a one-party state and the constitution of the second republic and served as High Commissioner to Zimbabwe from 1995 to April 1998. He is now retired and active in Karonga as Chairman of the Uraha Foundation which oversees the Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga. He is also the Group Village Headman of Kasoba.

Doug Miller – Originally from Ottawa, Doug taught in Malawi from 1968 and married Nellie Saka, a fellow teacher from Kasungu. He was Country Director for Canadian University Service Overseas in Malawi for a year in 1975-76 but fled with his family into exile because the level of oppression had become unsafe and unbearable. There, he became active in LESOMA, the Socialist League of Malawi. In the early 1990’s, Doug and Nellie were deeply involved in the Malawi Action Committee and the Canadian Friends of Malawi, advocating and lobbying governments and international organisations to bring about an end to the Banda dictatorship. In retirement, he has been active as Director of Makupo Development Group in Montreal, which supports education, health, water, and income generation projects in the Chilanga area near Kasungu.