Matiya Ngalande

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Matiya Ngalande
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Born (1932-06-02) June 2, 1932 (age 91)
OccupationTeacher, politician, diplomat
Spouse(s)Priscilla Mutwale

Matiya Ngalande is a Zambian veteran politician, diplomat and freedom fighter. He was the first United National Independence Party member of parliament for Kasempa after Zambian gained its independence in 1964.

Early life

Matiya Ngalande was born on 2 June 1932 in Kabemba village, Northwestern Province to Kabemba and Mandona Ngalande.


Ngalande started his career as a teacher at Mutanda Mission School in North western Province. He later moved to serve in other administrative positions and became clerk at the Provincial Administration at the Ndola Municipal Council from 1955 to 1956 in the Northern Rhodesia government.

Matiya Ngalande (r) with Zambia's 6th President Edgar Lungu and Daniel Munkombwe at State House in 2018

Political career

Ngalande joined politics and in 1957 he became the provincial president of the opposition African National Congress under the leadership of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula. After the United National Independence Party (UNIP) was formed in 1959, he joined the party and became the divisional president in Northwestern Province.

After Zambia gained independence in 1964, Ngalande became the first member parliament for Kasempa in Northwestern Province.

In 1968 he also served as Minister of State for Luapula Province.

Diplomatic career

  • 1966 - Zambia High Commissioner to Ghana
  • 1966—1967 - Zambia High Commissioner to Nigeria
  • 1970—1974 - Ambassador to Egypt
  • 1974-1975 - Zambia High Commissioner to Kenya
  • 1979 - Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Personal life

Ngalande lives in Lusaka and is married to Priscilla Mutwale with 8 children.

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