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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 is being contrasted with Mr. Michael C Sata whose profile was posted against Dr. Lewanika and we don’t see any sense in us reposting it.

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 … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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2007-05-16-zambia-3_200.jpgFollowing our last memo on Maureen Mwanawasa As Zambia’s First Female President  a lot of interest was generated as to what the qualifications for the CEO of the Zambian Enterprise should be. 

First of all, we wish we could say it was all about the academic and or professional qualifications that should dictate one’s ascension to the highest office in the land. Unfortunately that’s just not the case … 

flag.gifThere are a lot of variables in play that make up the right mix to that ascension, however, and we would like to explore some of those in this week’s memo.

There are only two primary qualifications; one being one’s age and the other one’s nationality as dictated by our current constitution.  Others are predicated upon a fundamental concept of systems theory, a way of thinking about the world, a model that is followed wherever party politics are practiced.

With the above in mind the rest are up for the grabs and whoever can work the system to the fullest extent apparently ends up being the president of the Zambian Enterprise. We say working the system because that’s exactly what it is. A system is a set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, forming an integrated whole.

Being man-made systems, democracies normally have certain purposes and or objectives. They are designed to work as a coherent entity and whoever aspires to the office has to have a good understanding of their operational capacities. 

Systems are determined by choosing the relevant interactions we want to consider, plus choosing the system boundary and or, equivalently, providing membership criteria to determine which entities are part of the system, and which entities are outside of the system and are therefore part of the environment of the system. 

There are also closed systems and open systems but in a political environment one has to work within a closed system called a political party. It is no wonder no one wakes up and says he would be president tomorrow because a system has to be in place for one to achieve such an objective. 

Now, within a closed system are also other variables to consider such as membership, name recognition, positioning, timing, synergy and a whole lot others. While membership and name recognition are  the basic requirements, positioning and timing feed on each other to be functional. 

Synergy on the other hand is group determined, in other words the people within the system decide to choose leadership based on the maximum good for the collective. It is at this stage that they look at one’s qualifications; academic, professional and or otherwise as the best sale for their franchise. 

What we see in the first lady is her ability to work the system if she wants to be the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise and with all operational capacities in place, the MMD as a  franchise can provide her the nomination which is hers for the taking unless of course she is not interested. 

classy-daddy-3.gifSo, with all the bluff and fluff about qualifications, it is all back to the basics otherwise we could have had the most educated and or professionally qualified person as the president of the Zambian Enterprise by now. 

Lastly, any such person wanting to make the grade can only be successful if they realized the importance of working within a system and that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion. 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa is pictured at the launch of the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, “Real Man, Real Woman”. Photo by Zambia In-Country TeamCan Maureen Mwanawasa be Zambia’s first female president? We think so!!!

Recently during the cabinet reshuffle HE Levy P Mwanawasa, SC. encouraged NEC (National Executive Committee for the MMD) to start thinking about his successor. 

Dr. Mwanawasa also mentioned that he had someone in mind that he felt NEC would have no objections to … whoever that person is and or could be, we at the Zambian Chronicle are not privy his choice.

But with the advent of female presidents around the globe, we think that the First Lady would have an easy sail through the MMD nomination process. 

There are several reasons why this might happen among them being that Dr. Mwanawasa’s popularity is at an all-time high within the Zambian Enterprise.  Thus at the end of his term, it goes without saying that whoever he endorses would carry the day as his successor. 

The other reasons are but not limited to the fact that, we Africans seem to love continuity more than change and should the current first lady be interested in running for State House, more of the president’s supporters would feel more comfortable with that scenario as they would still envision Dr. Mwanawasa at the helm. 

Also, world trends seem to be moving in that direction. In Argentina, former first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won the country’s presidential election in a peaceful vote, while Hillary R Clinton might be the first female US president next year in what may be one of the toughest races in history. 

Should Mrs. Mwanawasa seek the nomination, she would have a lot of things working for well for her. Among other things unlike our first two first ladies, she is more up to the task, educated, articulate, more diplomatic as well as classy-daddy-3.gifpresidential.

She is seen from inner circles as the brain behind a lot of good initiatives in the current administration and she is very likeable. 

UDA can then re-unite and let Nawakwi run so she can be beaten once and for all – sorry Edith but we just had to throw that one in; and that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion

 

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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zambia_01.jpgDid anybody remember what today is? It is September the 28th and the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise went to the polls a year ago.

It was a frenzy day, all the candidates had put in their very best, and their machineries were sitting at the edge.

The air was ecstatic, some tempers high in certain places and the world was watching … No one knew for sure who that actual victor would be … it ended up being the incumbent recapturing the crown.

We were the first ones to congratulate the president for his sweet victory even if our candidate of choice was HH for stood under UDA auspices. We are the first ones today to wish the president God speed on this first anniversary of his sweet victory in consolidating his party’s lead offering the much-needed leadership.

We have watched the president grow in eminence and grow comfortable in the job … Meanwhile, according to ZNBC 250 members of the ruling Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) who include the entire district committee in Chongwe in Lusaka province, have defected to the opposition UPND. 

Nevertheless, MMD chairperson for elections and chief government spokesperson Mike Mulongoti said while the cadres are exercising their right to join a party of their choice, the ruling party will probe the cause of their defections. 

Former Chongwe District MMD Chairperson Willie Shaila led the defectors. Mr Shaila said the ruling party was dead in the district hence their decision to defect.  And receiving the defectors at Chongwe grounds, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said the opposition party is committed to poverty eradication.

Mr Hichilema said the UPND has room to accommodate 12 million Zambians. When contacted for a comment, Mr. Mulongoti wished the defectors good luck saying it is their democratic right to do so. 

Mr. Mulongoti said the defections are not good riddance, as the ruling party will investigate why some of its members have defected to the opposition. 

Mr. Hichilema has been doing a lot of things right since the last election and like president Mwanawasa has grown on the job, we continue to see him growing into a formidable “politician” – it is not enough to be a good leader with weak political acumen. 

He recently donated vehicles to continue mobilizing and growing his party. He continues to grow more and more comfortable being a leader of party with fresh growth coming up and come 2,011; we see an appealing contender with the ability to be the next president and that is this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.   

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle  

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