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Continued………..By Belliah K Theise

A look at Mr. Felix Mutati

The Hon. Felix Mutati, Deputy Minister of Finance, Zambia

The Honourable Felix Mutati recalls a number of highlights in his career.
The first was winning a scholarship from Zimco, a leading company in Southern Africa, to study ACCA in the UK.
“Being one of five top students at the University of Zambia to win a scholarship was a great incentive to work hard,” he recalls.
Unfortunately, Felix was soon caught up in the excitement of living in a new country and too much of his time and energy were diverted away from his studies.”
My return home was devastating,” he says. “Because I had not passed the ACCA exams, I was only given an assistant accountant position at Zimco.
That was humiliating, so I sold all my possessions in order to return to the UK to complete my studies.”This time, his return to Zambia was very different.
“I had passed the ACCA exams and could hold my head high,” he explains. After spells as a management accountant and finance manager, Felix rose to become Finance Director of the National Hotels Development Corporation – the first Zambian to be promoted to an executive position within the Zimco group of companies.
When Felix was appointed Finance Director at Zesco, Zambia’s largest power utility company, the company had a negative balance sheet and staff morale was low.
By the time he left, the company had a new accounting system and a clean bill of financial health. Felix retired in 1998 but only for a short time.
To keep him busy, he became a consultant and invested in a number of businesses.

Another highlight in Felix’s career came as quite a surprise. “One evening, I got a call on my phone. The person on the line said please hold for the President,” he reports, adding: “I was thinking ‘this must be a joke’ when the President started speaking to me.

He told me that he had put forward my name as parliamentary candidate. It was a shock, but I decided to make a go of it.

The next day, I was in the papers and my phone wouldn’t stop ringing. I was now in politics.”

After campaigning in the Lunte constituency and winning 75% the votes, Felix was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance. “I wouldn’t be able to perform this role as effectively without my ACCA qualification,” he asserts, explaining: “I am able to analyse the Budget and speak with authority about finance to my civil servants, members of the public and my peers.”

Felix hopes to make an enduring contribution to the development of Zambia. He is introducing an accounting system to improve management of public resources and is aiming to harmonise donor funding.

“If people want to help us, we must tell them where it hurts most,” he explains. Felix is also committed to making it easier for people to understand the Budget so they know exactly what they are approving.

“I’m going on a roadshow to educate members of the public on what the numbers represent. It’s all about the Government becoming more transparent. I think that’s important.”

A Look AT Mr. Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema (born June 4, 1962) is the President of Zambia’s United Party for National Development (UPND).  

He replaced Anderson Mazoka after an interparty election, organized by then functioning party president Sakwiba Sikota, which followed Mazoka’s death in May 2006.  

He is also President of the opposition alliance United Democratic Alliance (UDA) which comprises FDD, UPND and UNIP. 

Mr. Hichilema popularly known as Sammy by his close associates is married to Mutinta Hichilema and they have three children, daughter Miyanda (12), and sons Habwela (9) and Chikonka (6). 

He is a graduate of UNZA where he studied economics and business between 1981-1986 after which he went to the United Kingdom where he did his Masters in Business Administration – MBA. His professional career includes positions such as assistant consultant at Equator Advisory Services. At Coopers & Lybrand he held various positions including that of director, corporate advisor and he also served as CEO from 1994-1998. When Coopers & Lybrand changed its name to Grant Thornton, he was named Managing Partner of the firm. 

Mr. Hichilema is Chairman of the board(s) for Sun International, Greenbelt Fertilizers Ltd, Media Trust Fund, Export Development Program and sits on various boards as director including the Zambia Investment Board, Seedco Zambia, African Financial Services Limited, Zambezi Nickel or Bermuda Limited (Bermuda) and West Lake Investments (Mauritius).  

He also sits on seven other boards in member capacity which include but not limited to the Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Zambia Business Forum, etc.  

As a presidential candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA)  he ran against incumbent president Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Patriotic Front candidate Michael Sata.  

Mr. Hichilema received the endorsement of former president Kenneth Kaunda. The elections were held on September 28, 2006, and Hichilema took third place with about 25% of the vote while other estimates say he actually come in second when the final tally is scrutinized.

In this week’s memo, he and Felix Mutati is being contrasted with Mr. Michael C Sata.

Here is a look at Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata ‘s  Profile:

Michael Chilufya Sata (born 1937 in Mpika, Zambia). He worked as a police officer, railwayman and trades unionist before entering politics in 1963.

He worked his way up through the rough-and-tumble rank-and-file of the former ruling United National Independence Party to the governorship of Lusaka in 1985. As Governor he made his mark as a man of action with a hands on approach.

He cleaned up the streets, patched roadways and built bridges in the city. Afterward he became a Member of Parliament for Kabwata constituency in Lusaka.

Though once close with then President Kenneth Kaunda, he became disillusioned by Kaunda’s dictatorial style and he left UNIP to join the MMD during the campaign for multi-party politics.

After Frederick Chiluba defeated Kaunda in 1991, Sata became one of Zambia’s most instantly recognisable faces. Under the MMD, he served as minister for local government, labour and, briefly, health where, he boasts, his “reforms brought sanity to the health system”.

In 1995, he was appointed minister without portfolio, the party’s national organising secretary during which his political style was described as “increasingly abrasive”.

However, when Chiluba nominated Levy Mwanawasa as MMD candidate in 2001, Sata left the MMD and set up a new party, the Patriotic Front (PF). He contested the 2001 elections but did not do well – his party only won one seat in parliament. classy-daddy-3.gifWe hope pundits will look at a veracity of issues pertaining to both qualities as well as qualification of who we should put forward as the nation’s chief executive officer for the Zambian Enterprise in these perilous times.

That’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle

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