Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda, the Prime Minister of Nyasaland, said last night that after independence next July his African country will steer a moderate course between Left and Right at home and East and West abroad.
The 61-year old physician, carrying an Eland-tail fly wisk and an intricately carved staff of authority, told a Winthrop House audience:
"Our foreign policy will be discretional non-alignment. Sometimes we will support the West. Sometimes we will support the East. It so happens that most of the time where there is a difference of opinion between them, I think the West is right. Most of the time I will give my vote to the West. But it will not be automatic."
With quick satisfaction Dr. Banda recounted his successful efforts to gain independence for his country and to dissolve the Central African Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland.
Nyasaland, an undeveloped, land-locked country of 3 million people and 45,000 square miles, is located in eastern Africa southwest of Tanganyika. After independence, it will be called Malawi.
With independence assured, Dr. Banda said, "There is no longer any cause of conflict between me and the British or the white people in Nyasaland."
"The future of the whites in Nyasaland is secure," he emphasized, "on one condition: This is a black man's country in a black man's continent. We are the majority and we must rule. Whites who accept that fact are welcome. But the other kind--those of the South African mentality who believe that because of to rule by God--to them we say: Get out of here, now, now, now. We will be our own lords and masters."
Dr. Banda stressed, however, that Nyasaland wished to attract European capital and would retain white civil servants after independence.
During a lively question and answer period, Dr. Banda refused to endorse any specific measures against white-ruled African countries or any definite means to promote Pan-Africanism.
Earlier yesterday, Dr. Banda received an honorary degree at Brandels University. Today he will attend a lunch in his honor at the Harvard Faculty Club