Ronnie Shikapwasha

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Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha (born December 25, 1947)[1] is the former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services of Zambia.[2] He held that post from 2008 until his party, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD,) lost the elections to the Patriotic Front in September 2011. A retired Lt General of the Zambia Air Force, he was previously the home affairs minister of Zambia, from February 9, 2003 until January 2005, when he switched positions with Kalombo Mwansa in a cabinet reshuffle and became foreign minister. He served as foreign minister for nearly two years, until another cabinet reshuffle in October 2006 which occurred after Levy Mwanawasa’s election to a second term as president. Shikapwasha returned to the position of home affairs minister and was replaced as foreign minister by agriculture minister Mundia Sikatana. Shikapwasha hails from Zambia's Central Province and is believed to be a relative to the former First Lady of Zambia, Maureen Kakubo Mwanawasa. Gen Shikapwasha is a staunch Christian.[citation needed]

Before becoming Air Force Commander in 1991, Shikapwasha served as a diplomat and defence attache to Tanzania but fell out of favour with former president Kenneth Kaunda. During his tenure, former president Kaunda had the General investigated and found no wrongdoings. It is believed[by whom?] that he was sent back to Zambia where he was supposed to face charges but there was nothing to charge him on.[citation needed]

Shikapwasha served as the Zambia Air Force Commander under former president Frederick Chiluba. He was subsequently relieved from his duties while lying in a hospital in South Africa on the verge of death. Some[who?] believe that Chiluba decided to retire the general because he refused to join in Chiluba's corrupt practices and other believe that Chiluba wanted to blame certain corrupt practices on Shikapwasha if he had died. There were several articles published by Amos Mapulanga via one world newspaper insinuating the above.[citation needed]

His education of that of miliarty background, having attended training in England, Russia, China, former Yugoslavia, and India. He is world travelled and once served as the first republican president (KK) personal pilot. He has 8 children with his wife Jane.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rev. Lt. Gen.Ronald Shikapwasha". parliament.gov.zm. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Zambia: 'Banda's record too much for Sata'". Lusaka Times. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.