Chishima Kabwili official photo on Zambian Paliament website
|Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services|
|Succeeded by||Kampamba Mulenga|
|Minister of Agriculture|
|Born||3 June 1969|
|Political party||Patriotic Front (2001–present)|
|Alma mater||University of Hull|
Dr Chishimba Kambwili (born 3 June 1969) is a Zambian politician and member of the National Assembly of Zambia for Roan Constituency (Luanshya), and held the office of Minister of Sports and Youth in the Cabinet of Zambia.
Early life and education
He was born on 3 June 1969 in Luanshya where he subsequently completed his education. He later studied Industrial Relations, Business Administration and Trade Union Studies.
Kambwili was first appointed Minister of Foreign affairs however was then moved to Ministry of Labour, then Minister of Sports and Youth. Kambwili was also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services since 2015 and spokesperson of the PF government and party.
On 8 November 2016 President Edgar Lungu terminated the services of Kambwili as Minister of Information and Broadcasting and was immediately replaced with. Hon. Kampamba Mulenga, Member of Parliament for Kalulushi Constituency on the Copperbelt Province. Kambwili became the first minister to be fired from the new cabinet after President Edgar Lungu was re-elected into power in the August 2016 elections. No reasons were given for the dismissal.
On 11 November 2006, the Ndola High Court threw out a petition in which losing United Party for National Development (UPND) Roan parliamentary candidate Andrew Kayekesi challenged the election of Chishimba Kambwili as member of Parliament (MP) in the August 2016 elections. High Court judge Charles Chanda ruled that Mr Kayekesi’s allegation that Dr Kambwili bribed the electorate did not hold because his evidence and that of his witnesses was at variance.
On 14 November 2016, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) confirmed placing former minister Kambwili under investigations for the accumulation of vast wealth since he started serving in government. This came a few days after President Edgar Lungu warned that he will fire all Ministers engaged in corruption. In a statement, ACC Spokesman Timothy Moono said, “Following recent media queries on whether the Anti-Corruption Commission is conducting investigations on alleged corrupt practices against Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, former Information and Broadcasting Minister, I wish to inform you that there has been an inquiry against Hon. Kambwili on allegations of corrupt practices.”
Expulsion from the PF
On 22 July 2017 Kambwili was expelled from the ruling Patriotic Front, a move he described as illegal. His expulsion was announced during the PF Members of the Central Committee meeting at State House which was chaired by President Edgar Lungu. Kabwili planned to hold a press briefing the following day at his house in Woodlands but canceled it citing security concerns. On 24 July 2017, Kambwili announced he was going to contest his expulsion from the Patriotic Front in the courts of law and stated that he would not leave the PF because he is among the people who “suffered for it”. Also expelled at the same meeting was Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge.
Awards and honours
In 2016 Kambwili was conferred with an honorarily doctorate at the California University FCE’S awarding ceremony in Lusaka whose theme was, "Cerebrating our Heroes who have impacted lives and carry their vision to the next generation”.
Kambwili has 4 daughters and 1 son. He is married to Carol.
On 20 April 2017, Kambwili was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Luapula Province. The accident happened at Kapena Village in Mwense District. He was traveling with his elder brother for a funeral when their vehicle lost control and overturned several times. He was rushed to Mwense Hospital where he received medical treatment.
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- President Lungu fires Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili
- President Lungu fires Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili, Lusaka Times, 8 November 2016
- Kambwili duly elected MP – court, Zambia Daily Mail, 12 November 2016
- ACC confirms probing Kambwili for corruption, Lusaka Times, 14 November 2016
- Kambwili expelled from PF, Lusaka Times, 22 July 2017
- Kambwili cancels press briefing citing security concerns, Lusaka Times, 23 July 2015
- Chishimba Kambwili to contest his expulsion from PF in the courts of law, Lusaka Times, 24 July 2017
- Call me Honourable Dr. Chishimba Kambwili Mwebantu, 25 April 2016
- Meet Honourable Chishimba Kambwili’s Family in Pictures LusakaVoice, 9 June 2015
- Kambwili survives another traffic road accident, Lusaka Times, 21 April 2017