Zambia’s former Deputy Minister Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe is new COMESA Secretary General

THE Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa(COMESA) heads of state summit has appointed Zambia’s former Deputy Minister of Finance, Chileshe Kapwepwe as new Secretary General. She replaces veteran Zimbabwean administrator, Sindiso Ngwenya.

Kapwepwe is the the current Chairperson of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and served as Alternate Director at the International Monitoring Fund(IMF).

Congratulations to the new COMESA Secretary General, Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe But like many you will ask; which one of the Kapwepwe sisters is it?

1. There is Chilufya Kapwepwe, the former member of parliament. She is the Executive Director of the NGO-“Imiti Ikula Empanga”. She has served as a Public Health Nurse, as a Member of the Parliament and as a Deputy Ambassador in Namibia and China.

2. Then there is Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, the current chairperson of the ZRA and who also served as IMF Alternate Director in Washington. She also served as Deputy Minister of Finance.

3. And then there is Mulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe, Zambia’s matron of Arts. Mulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe is an author, co-founder of the Zambian Women’s History Museum.

She is also known for building libraries in Lusaka, to help young children educate themselves. She also served as the longest chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia from 2004 to 2017.

Chileshe and Mulenga are twins, hence their middle name-Mpundu. So, it’s Chileshe Kapwepwe.

Ms. Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, becomes the first woman to serve as SG for COMESA.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Egypt to Swaziland. COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing a Preferential Trade Area which had existed since 1981

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