Joshua Kanganja

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Joshua Kanganja
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Born10 July 1948
DiedOctober 15, 2015(2015-10-15) (aged 67)
RelativesKakoma Kanganja (brother)

Dr Joshua Kanganja (10 July 1948—15 October 2015) was former Secretary to the Cabinet. He was a law graduate from the University of Zambia and served in various positions until 2011 when he retired.[1]


Dr Kanganja joined the civil service in 1970 and served in several positions among them Director at Zambia Institute of Legal Education (ZIALE) and Principal National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA).[2] He served under First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda as permanent secretary and was appointed High Court judge in 1989, a position he declined. He also served under President Frederick Chiluba as permanent secretary at the Public Service Management Division before he took over as Secretary to Cabinet from Lesley Mbula in 2004. On 30 November 2011, late president Michael Sata relieved Dr Kanganja of his duties following the expiry of his contract.[3]

Dr Kanganja also served as a lecturer in the school of law at the University of Zambia, Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia, Permanent Secretary for the UNIP Party Control Commission, the Ministry of Legal Affairs and at Public Service Management Division and as Chairman for the Public Service Commission. His public service career spanned over 40 years.


Dr Kanganja died on 15 October 2016 at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka after an illness and was buried at Leopard’s Hill Memorial Park. He was accorded an official funeral by President Edgar Lungu.[4] He survived by 9 children and 11 grandchildren.


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  1. Kanganja laid to rest Zambia Daily Mail, 21 October 2015
  2. Kanganja buried The Indeoendent Observer, 21 October 2015
  3. Former Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Joshua Kanganja Dies Mwebantu New Media, 15 October 2015
  4. Kanganja gets official funeral Zambia Daily Mail, 17 October 2015