Colin Cameron returns to Malawi after 60 years at the invitation of President

6 Jul 2017

Colin Cameron at Scotland Malawi Partnership 2015 AGM.jpg

SMP member, Colin Cameron, has been invited to return to Malawi as a guest of the Malawi Government, to take part in the 53rd independence day celebrations.

Colin is one of the last surviving member of Malawi’s original 1964 Cabinet, having played a key role in negotiating Malawi’s independence, sitting at Dr Kamuzu Banda’s right-hand side. 

Colin and his wife Alison are taking part in the 2017 independence day celebrations which are taking place precisely 60 years to the day after they first arrived in Malawi on their honeymoon, on the 6th July 1957.

Colin and Alison’s 60 year friendship with Malawi is a powerful example of the shared living history Scotland and Malawi continue to enjoy.

To learn more about their inspiring story, watch the special series of video interviews we recorded with Colin in 2014 to mark 50 years of Malawian independence, in which he recounts the months leading up to independence.

And read Colin’s own incredible account of the key events between 6th July 1957 and 6th July 2017.

It truly is a remarkable story.

Both Colin and Alison remain wonderful ambassadors of the Scotland-Malawi relationship.  Their 60-year story of solidarity and friendship remains an inspiration for all involved in the bilateral relationship.  We are delighted that they are both being honoured by the President of Malawi in this way and we look forward to supporting their return to Malawi.

Colin and Alison will be in Malawi 3-30th July.  Their first week will be in Lilongwe as guests of the President.  They are then very kindly extending their trip to visit and support contemporary Scotland-Malawi projects and catch up with old friends.  Their second week will be in the north and their third and fourth week in the south.