Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #484) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #484)
Transcript: got up, took two books, autographed them and gave them to us. They were copies of the Principles of the Democratic Party. He then dismissed us. We were angry but by 3 p.m. up comes Walter Mbayi, head of the Department of African Affairs to the hotel with a suitcase full of cash and personal expenses. We were elated.
From there we proceeded to Senegal where we saw Daboussier, the Minister of Justice, and one time member of the central committee of the French CP (?). That evening Oliver had a particularly severe attack of asthma. The next morning we were due to see the President,leopold Senghor, and I had to carry Oliver to the meeting. Senghor was extremely concerned to notice the condition of Oliver and insisted that he should be attended by Senghor's personal doctor. Before the visit my impression of Senghor was an unfortunate one. In Algiers we met a Senegalese soldier and found that Senegalese soldiers were serving with the French forces in Algeria. But Senghor disarmed me. I found him simple, friendly, intelligent, and he flattered my personal pride when he told us that he was collecting research material on Shaka and asked us questions about him. With regards to our mission he said that they had never had a visit like that before, had made no provision for that type of request, and that parliament would be meeting in July. He promised that he would arrange for that and asked us to come back by then. He paid our fares from Dakar to London and on to Khartoum. He also gave me a diplomatic passport. He asked us to discuss the question of training with Daboussier (N.B. allocated white girl incident, also incident at Daboussier's office). We saw Daboussier alone.
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