By JOHN SAKALA
The University of Zambia (UNZA) Council has appointed Tamala Kambikambi as Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) replacing Enala Tembo Mwase whose term of office came to an end on 28th February, 2020.
Prof Mwase served the institution for seven years in her capacity as DVC and acting Vice Chancellor (VC) for a one year period between June 2015 and June 2016.
Dr Kambikambi holds a PhD in Agronomy from UNZA (2015).
She also holds a Masters and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science both attained at the University of Zambia.
Dr Kambikambi started out her career in academia in 1996, at the University of Zambia, rising through the ranks to Senior Lecturer level.
She left UNZA and went to serve as DVC at Cavendish University from 2018 to February 1st 2020.
Prior to joining the University of Zambia, Dr Kambikambi worked in the private sector, in Zambia.
She has served in various public service roles including Board Chairperson of the Zambia Daily Mail Limited, Chairperson of the Zambia National Women’s Lobby and as Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Dr Kambikambi has also served before as the Trustee of the University of Zambia Lecturers’ and Researchers’ Union (UNZALARU).
Meanwhile, University of Zambia Caretaker Committee of Council Chairperson, Namucana Musiwa has congratulated Dr Kambikambi on her well-deserved appointment as DVC.
Ms Musiwa said that Dr Kambikambi joins the University of Zambia at a critical stage when UNZA is undergoing transformation and is confident that the incumbent will effectively contribute to this transformation and add value.
She said that with her vast experience spanning over thirty (30) years, gained in both the private and public sector, Dr Kambikambi joins the university at an opportune time to enhance the efforts that the Senior Management Team is making.
And University of Zambia Vice Chancellor, Prof Luke Mumba has also congratulated and welcomed Dr Kambikambi to the University of Zambia as DVC.
“We warmly welcome Dr Kambikambi to the team. We all look forward to working with her. Owing to her vast experience in running higher education institutions, we are very confident Dr Kambikambi is a valuable addition to the university’s management team,” he said.
Both the Council Chairperson and the Vice Chancellor have also thanked Prof Mwase for her many years of service to the university at management level.
They have both further wished Prof Mwase well and God’s blessings in all her future eadeavours as she reverts back to the School of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Professor.
This is according to a media statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Communication and Marketing Brenda Bukowa.