Reuben Kamanga

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Reuben Kamanga
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Vice President of the Republic of Zambia
In office
1964 – 1967
PresidentKenneth Kaunda
Succeeded bySimon Kapwepwe
Personal details
Reuben Chitandika Kamanga

(1929-08-26)26 August 1929
Chitandika Village, Chipata district, Northern Rhodesia
Died20 September 1996(1996-09-20) (aged 67)
NationalityZambia  Zambian
Spouse(s)Edna Mwansa Kabungo

Reuben Chitandika Kamanga (26 August 1929 – 20 September 1996) was a Zambian politician. He was educated at Munali Secondary School.

Kamanga was imprisoned several times during the independence struggle especially during the period 1959–60. He later went to live in Cairo from 1960–62. Before Zambia's independence he served as the deputy president of the United National Independence Party and as Minister of Labour and Mines. After independence in October 1964 he became the country's first Vice-President, serving for three years under Kenneth Kaunda. He was demoted to Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1967, and then became Minister of Rural Development in 1969. In 1983 Kamanga was appointed to the Central Committee in charge of Rural Development.

He retired from politics in 1991 and died at his home in 1996.


Political offices
Preceded by
Vice President of Zambia
Succeeded by
Simon Kapwepwe