Joseph Kasonde

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Dr Joseph Kasonde
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Minister of Health
In office
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PresidentMichael Sata (2011–14)
Edgar Lungu (2015–16)
Preceded byKapembwa Simbao
Succeeded byChitalu Chilufya
Personal details
Born(1938-01-30)January 30, 1938
Died August 25, 2017(2017-08-25) (aged 79)
Lusaka, Zambia
Political partyPatriotic Front
Spouse(s)Mary Chazi Kasonde
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen (MB ChB)
ProfessionMedical doctor

Joseph Mwenya Kasonde (30 January 1938 - 25 August 2017) was a Zambian politician who also served as the Minister of Health from October 2011 to 2016 in the Patriotic Front administration.[1]

Early life and education

He was born on 30 January 1938.[2] He studied at the University of Aberdeen in 1966 where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Medicine and Surgery. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.[1] He thereafter attained his Doctor of Medicine degree by thesis in 1976[3] from the University of Oxford.

Medical and political career

From 1977 to 1984 Dr Kasonde served as Director of Medical Services, combining this position with that of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 1979. From 1985 to 1998 he worked for the World Health Organization as Responsible Officer for Research Capacity Strengthening in Developing countries in the Special Programme for Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction.

In 2011 Dr Kasonde was nominated as member of parliament and appointed cabinet minister by late republican President Michael Sata and reappointed to the same position by President Edgar Lungu.[4]


Dr Kasonde died on 25 August 2017 at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka after a battle with liver cancer.[5] He was survived by his wife, Mary, five daughters and several grandchildren.[4] He was accorded a state funeral and was put to rest on 29 August 2017 at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka.


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  2. Joseph Mwenya Kasonde National Assembly of Zambia
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  4. 4.0 4.1 DR. JOSEPH KASONDE HAS DIED, ZNBC, 25 August 2017
  5. Former Health Minister Dr Kasonde has died, Lusaka Times, 26 August 2017