by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
About June 1967
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
11 pages
Contents: Purpose Of The Trip • General Observations on the Liberation Movements • Defense And Aid Projects • Miscellaneous Comments • 1. Kamuzu Banda • 2. Ambassador William Attwood’s book, The Reds and The Blacks • 3. The CIA controversy • 4. The Zambian/Tanzania Railroad • 5. Comments on Kaunda and Zambia • 6. Nigeria • 7. Ghana • 8. The U.N. Committee of twenty-four (24) and the U.S. Position • Comments on What Our Strategy Should Be • Houser reports that most of his trip was spent in Dar as Salaam, Lusaka, and Kinshasa and their environs, with briefer visits in Nairobi, Lagos, and Accra. The purpose of the trip was to meet with leaders of all the liberation movements in southern Africa, get the feel of the atmosphere in Africa, and explore possible projects for the Africa Defense and Aid Fund of the American Committee on Africa and the African Aid and Legal Defense Fund. Among the people with whom he met were: President Julius Nyerere and Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa of the Republic of Tanzania; President Kenneth Kaunda of the Republic of Zambia; Tom Mboya, Minister of Planning and Economic Development in Kenya; Dr. Eluardo Mondlane, President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo); Kanyama Chiume, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Malawi; Yatuta Chisiza, former Minister of Defense in Malawi; Oliver Tambo, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa (A.N.C.); Z.B. Molete and A.B. Ngcobo of the Pan-Africanist Congress of South Africa (P.A.C.); Dr. Agostinho Neto, President of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA); James Chikerema and George Silundika, of the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU); Herbert Chitepo, of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU); Emil Appolus and Solomon Mafimi of the South West Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO); Holden Roberto, President of the Revolutionary Government of Angola in Exile (GRAE); Mr. Bobo, in charge of foreign affairs for the Revolutionary Committee for Mozambique (COREMO); Smart Chata, First Vice-President of National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA); Rev. David Grenfell, former British Baptist Missionary in Angola who was deported by the Portuguese and who now works among Angolan refugees in the Congo; Godfrey Amachree, a lawyer in Lagos and formerly with the U.N. Secretariat; K.A. Gbedemah, former Minister of Finance in the government formed by the Convention Peoples Party in Ghana; and officials connected with U.S. embassies in Africa.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive