Mundia Sikatana

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Mundia Sikatana ( 1938 – 14 June 2012; Lusaka) was a Zambian politician, diplomat and lawyer.[1][2]


In 2002, Siktana was appointed Minister of Agriculture. He and his government faced widescale media condemnation for banning genetically modified maize donations during a widescale famine in 2002.[3] Upon the re-election of President Levy Mwanawasa in 2006, Sikatana was appointed foreign minister on 9 August 2006. On 22 August 2007, the former ally of Mwanawasa was fired as foreign minister with Mwanawasa citing Sikatana's declining health.[4] However, on 3 September, Siktana refuted that claim, citing instead his reputation as an anti-Mugabe politician and Mwanawasa's better relationship with Mugabe following his appointment as head of the Southern African Development Community.

He trained as a lawyer and during the one party rule by the first president Kenneth Kaunda, Sikatana championed the cause for justice and the respect of human rights.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Zambia: Sikatana Was Fearless Voice of Reason - Scott". Times of Zambia. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sikatana dies". Lusaka Times. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Sara, Sally (13 November 2002). "Zambia rejects GMO maize". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (transcript from PM). Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zambian minister fired over Zimbabwe crisis". The Zimbabwean. 30 August 2007. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
Preceded by
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister of Zambia
Succeeded by
Ben Kapita
Preceded by
Ronnie Shikapwasha
Foreign Minister of Zambia
Succeeded by
Kabinga Pande