Amusaa Mwanamwambwa

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Amusaa Mwanamwambwa
Speaker of the National Assembly
In office
1998–2011
Preceded byRobinson Nabulyato
Succeeded byPatrick Matibini
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
In office
1998–1998
Preceded byEdith Nawakwi
Succeeded bySureshi Desai
Minister of Tourism
In office
1996–1998
Preceded byGabriel Maka
Succeeded byKatele Kalumba
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services
In office
1996–1996
Succeeded byDavid Mpamba
Minister of Legal Affairs
In office
1995–1996
Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development
In office
1994–1995
Deputy Minister of Tourism
In office
1993–1994
Member of the National Assembly for Liuwa
In office
1991–1998
Personal details
Born (1940-05-15) 15 May 1940 (age 79)
Imwambo, Northern Rhodesia
Political partyMovement for Multi-Party Democracy
ProfessionCivil servant, diplomat, businessman

Amusaa Katunda Mwanamwambwa (born 15 May 1940) is a Zambian former politician. He was a member of the National Assembly for Liuwa between 1991 and 1998, also holding several ministerial posts. In 1998 he became Speaker of the National Assembly, a post he held until 2011.

Biography

Mwanamwambwa was born in 1940 into a family from Imwambo in the Kalabo District. He attended Mukola Primary School between 1949 and 1953, after which he was educated at Libonda Middle School, Lukona Upper Primary School and Mongu Secondary School, before going to Munali Secondary School between 1960 and 1964.[1] Whilst at Secondary School he joined the Youth Brigade of the United National Independence Party.[1]

After spending a year working as an Information Assistant at the Zambia Information Services, he enrolled at Middlebury College in the United States in 1965, earning a BA in political science in 1969.[1] In 1970 he was appointed Information Attache in the Office of the Zambian Permanent Representative to the Headquarters of the United Nations, going onto become Newspaper Manager for the Zambian Information Services in 1972. He later served as Chief Tourist Officer and Managing Director of the Zambia National Tourist Bureau and earnt a Diploma in Tourism Planning from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.[1]

Mwanamwambwa joined a family business in 1987, becoming its executive director.[1] He became a member of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in 1991 and was the MMD candidate in Liuwa in the 1991 general elections, which saw him elected to the National Assembly. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism in 1993, before becoming Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development the following year. In 1995 he was made Minister of Legal Affairs, and in 1996 he was appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services as well as becoming the Government Spokesperson.[1]

After being re-elected to the National Assembly in the 1996 general elections, Mwanamwambwa was appointed Minister of Tourism. He was later moved to becomg Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries in 1998. In November 1998 he resigned from his cabinet post and gave up his seat in the National Assembly so that he could be elected Speaker.[1] He held the post until retiring in June 2011.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ng'ona Mwela Chibesakunda (2001) The Parliament of Zambia, p40
  2. Speaker of the National Assembly, Amusaa Mwanamwambwa has retired Lusaka Times, 25 June 2011