Salome Kapwepwe

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Salome Chilufya Kapwepwe (8 August 1926 — 8 May 2017) was freedom fighter and widow of former Vice-President and iconic freedom fighter the late Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe. She is hailed as a heroine who, with the cooperation of other great women, selflessly and significantly contributed to the country’s liberation struggle.

Early life and education

She was born Salome Chilufya Besa on 8 August 1926, at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, Muchinga Province, an area largely considered a birthplace of Zambian politics.

She went to school at Lubwa in Chinsali, gaining her Standard Five certificate there. Among her classmates were the late Professor Lameck Goma, Otto Vibetti, and Dingiswayo Banda. After completing her Standard Five, she underwent two years training as a teacher.


She started her career at Lubwa as a teacher in 1946. At Lubwa, she met Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe whom she married on 3 August 1946. After their wedding, Simon and Salome were sent to teach at Nkula, where Mr Barson Luo was headmaster. While teaching there, she gave birth to their first born, Mwamba Kapwepwe in 1947.


Mrs Kapwepwe passed away on 8 May 2017 in her sleep at the age of 90.[1][2] She was interred on 13 May 2013 at her home in Chinsali.

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