Zambia Elections: Dialogue Series In conversation with Chris Maroleng
About The Webinar
Ahead of Zambia’s August 12 elections, GGA will be engaging with relevant political players and analysts.As always, our focus is on the most pressing governance issues of the day.
To kick off the series, Chris Maroleng will interview Bishop Mwamba, the new president of the late Kenneth Kaunda’s party, UNIP.
Bishop Trevor Mwamba
President of UNIP
Running for President of Zambia under the UNIP banner, Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba (born 1958), known as Trevor Mwamba, is an Anglican bishop. He was consecrated Bishop of Botswana in 2005. He tendered his resignation as Bishop of Botswana on 30 September 2012 — the day on which Botswana marks the anniversary of its independence from Britain. In April 2021, he was elected President of the United National Independence Party in Zambia.
Mwamba is a true citizen of the world, at home in many cultures. He is passionate about justice, equality and the empowerment of all God’s children. He’s outgoing, well-read and approachable, with a good sense of humour and strong diplomatic skills. He took up the post of Team Rector of Barking in the Church of England in 2014, a post he resigned in 2019. In 2013 he was made an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He made a cameo appearance on the third episode of the HBO and BBC co-produced miniseries The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. He appears in the episode entitled "Poison" as himself, thanking members of the business community of Gaborone for their donations to the fictional orphanage portrayed in the series. He was married to Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, a Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, from 2008 to 2014
Executive Director of Good Governance Africa
Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and is the SADC Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation.
Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
About GGA (Good Governance Africa)
Good Governance Africa is a research and advocacy non-profit organisation with centres in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
GGA’s aim is to improve governance performance across the continent; to inform and persuade the policy community that transparency and accountability are the basic building blocks of successful development; to strengthen the rule of law; and to build an active citizenry that institutionalises constraints on executive power. Why? Because improved governance results in better economic, social, and environmental performance, which leads to greater wellbeing for all citizens.
GGA conducts high-quality research and initiates critical discussions on a variety of thematic areas and partners with African governments and other non-government organisations to complement the building of more inclusive political settlements across the continent.
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