CHAPTER X: Conclusion

Chapter Ten: Conclusion

The respondents readily agreed to participate in this project and are remarkable for their courage and honesty. That they feel forsaken and forgotten is evidence of how the residue of the Banda period continues to enforce the regime’s rule of silence. The dearth of serious writing on the repression and suffering also confirms this legacy. Others before us have tried to publicise these issues but slowly and inexorably the cloak of silence about the crimes committed against the Malawi people envelopes the conversation and smothers public discussion and memory. The current trend to rehabilitate the dreadful legacy of Dr Banda and his acolytes is extremely offensive to the many people of Malawi who suffered detention, exile and a daily state of terror.