A TRAINED COMMANDO AMONG THE 17 'REBELS' OF THE OCTOBER 1967 MWANZA 'WAR' WAS A MAN CALLED JB STENNINGS MSISKA.
One of atleast 3 trained commandos among the 17 'rebels' of the Mwanza 'war' of October 1967 was JB Stennings Msiska.
But what do we know about him?
He was one of the most successful African entrepreneurs in Nyasaland in the 1950s and early 1960s.
He was also among the financiers of the Nyasaland African Congress/Malawi Congress Party in the 1950s and early 1960s.
According to Historian Edward Zombe, when Kamuzu was returning to Nyasaland on 6 July 1958, JB Stennings Msiska collaborated with his entrepreneur colleague Roy Manda to arrange transport and public address equipment for Kamuzu.
Actually, from Chileka Aiport upon arrival, Kamuzu rode in JB Stennings Msiska's Zephyr Six Tax vehicle.
This vehicle was among JB Stennings Msiska's properties that were confiscated by the state when he fled into exile in October of 1964 following the cabinet crisis of 1964.
Upon his return to Malawi in February 1994, he sought compensation for his properties that were seized and confiscated by Malawi Government in 1964. These included Zephyr Six Tax vehicle that Kamuzu rode upon his arrival at Chileka Aiport on 6 July 1958, two houses, Bedford truck among other personal effects.
He first registered the matter before the Tribunal and eventually received some payment towards the settlement of his claims.
He nevertheless claimed a total of over K7,000.000.00 as damages in connection with the seizure and confiscation of his properties and then took the matter to the High Court.
The judgement of High Court Civil registered as Case No. 291 of 1994 ruled in his favour.
But the Malawi Government made an appeal at the Supreme court as Civil Appeal No. 42 of 1998 which was heard before Chief Justice Banda, R; Justice Unyolo L.E and Justice Tambala D.G .
The state was represented by Kenyatta Nyirenda while Bazuka Mhango served as the Counsel for JB Stennings Msiska in this case.
In its judgment delivered on 1st December 2000, the Supreme court disallowed the appeal by the state with costs.
JB Stennings Msiska later died on the 12th of November 2006 in Blantyre.