Scot returns to Malawi 60 years after helping win independence

A Scot who served in the cabinet of Malawi's first government after gaining independence has been invited to return to the African nation in honour of his anti-apartheid work.

Colin Cameron (left) will return to Malawi for the first time since 1964. The Scot was a minister in the country's first independent government. Picture: Matt Fothergill

Colin Cameron, 84, received an official invitation 60 years to the day after he first arrived in the country on July 6, 1957.

A law graduate of Glasgow University, Cameron moved to work as a solicitor and legal practitioner.

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During his time in Malawi, he became unhappy with apartheid practices and became actively involved in the movement for independence.

In 1959, a State of Emergency was declared in Malawi - then called Nyasaland - and members of the Nyasaland Africa Congress – those supporting independence - were outlawed.

After leaving Malawi in 1960, Colin was invited back to stand in the 1961 elections with the support of local leader Hastings Banda, and subsequently appointed minister of works and transport on his victory.

Colin and his wife remained in Malawi until 1964, the year the country declared independence.

David Hope-Jones, chief excecutive of the Scotland Malawi Partnership said,: “It truly is a remarkable story. 60-year story of solidarity and friendship remains an inspiration for all involved in the bilateral relationship.”