Nevers Sekwila Mumba (May 18, 1960) is a Zambian politician and church minister. He served as Vice-President of Zambia 2003-04 under Levy Mwanawasa; he has also founded evangelistic campaigns and ministries and once served as pastor of the Victory Bible Church.
Nevers Mumba was born on 18th May 1960 in the northern part of Zambia. His late father, Sunday Peter Mumba, was a school teacher and his mother Martha, a housewife.
Although born in a remote part of Zambia, Nevers was privileged to attend one of Zambia's prestigious high schools—Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone. In primary school he was the troop leader for the boy scouts, in high school he was the commander of the cadet force in the whole Southern Province, and he later started instrumentation at the mining institute in Kitwe.
In 2001, Dr. Mumba was a candidate for president. He lost his bid for the presidency but remained active politically. Mwanawasa then appointed him as Vice-President in May 2003. He served in this position till October 2004.
He was Zambia's High Commissioner to Canada from 2009 until 2011.
On 25 May 2012, Mumba was elected as President of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) political party, which had been in opposition since its defeat in the 2011 presidential election. He defeated rival Felix Mutati along with several other candidates.
On 11 September 2016, Mumba went on hunger strike to protest against the court refusal to hear the presidential petition challenging Edgar Lungu’s victory in the disputed 11 August 2016 elections. This followed his arrest on 10 September 2016 where he was charged with criminal trespassing for allegedly forcing his way into ZNBC Studio in Lusaka on Thursday 8th September to verify a news item that had ran on the 1900hrs news bulletin related to the on-going Presidential Petition court.
He made his name as the first TV evangelist in Zambia. He studied theology at Christ for All Nations Bible College in the United States. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Regent University in the USA. For close to two decades, he pulled in huge crowds, preaching with eloquence a message of hope and dignity through Christ with a message of “Zambia shall be Saved”. He has written a book entitled “Integrity with Fire”.
Mumba is married to Florence Mumba with five children: Shumoel, Tehillah, Yehoshua, Micael, and Natasha.
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