The Cabinet Crisis and its repercussions on the political situation in Malawi 1964 -1975


  • Ali Hadi Abbas Al-Mahdawi
  • Shaima Jaber Radi Al-Hilali


Malawi, crisis, Cabinet, Hastings Kamuza Banda, parties opposition


After the emergence of Malawi as an independent state in 1964, on the political map of the African continent, it, like other newly independent countries, went through a very important stage of political travail due to Prime Minister Hastings Kamuza Banda’s monopolization of power, which resulted in a ministerial crisis twenty days after independence, known as the Cabinet Crisis between President Banda and a number of ministers because of their objection to many of his policies, especially the interior, and his preference to rely on Europeans for most work and grant them important positions, led to the dismissal of a number of ministers and their expulsion from the country, which Banda has complete control over the ministers in all ministries, However, this did not limit the opposition's continued confrontation with President Banda. Chipember led a rebellion against the president, which he carried out in February 1965, but it ended in failure because they were exposed to an unexpected ambush. In November of the same year, Medson Selo Mbela launched hostilities against the Banda government, but the government quickly took control of the situation by attacking... He was arrested, and as a result of these rebellions, the government issued.Malawi Preventive Detention Law - i.e. detention without trial, the goalIt silenced the mouths of the opposition, as the people were no long able to oppose him. Never, otherwise the same fate will befall them as the men of the National Movement. However, this did not stop the men of the National Movement abroad from their goals of overthrowing Banda’s government. Accordingly, a group of opposition parties was formed outside Malawi, but those parties quickly disintegrated due to...Division among its members, and their persecution by the Malawi security forces, such as the killing of Yatuta Chisiza, which rendered the People's Revolutionary Movement in Malawi leaderless, as well as betrayal by members within parties affiliated with the Malawi government. All of these reasons accelerated the disintegration of the parties and Banda's complete control over the people in general, and the ministers. Especiall.