Ronnie Shikapwasha

Ronnie Shikapwasha

Ronnie Shikapwasha

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Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha (born December 25, 1948) is the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services of Zambia. He has held that post since 2008. A retired Lt General of the Zambia Air Force, he was previously the home affairs minister of Zambia, from February 9, 2003 until January 2005, when he switched positions with Kalombo Mwansa in a cabinet reshuffle and became foreign minister. He served as foreign minister for nearly two years, until another cabinet reshuffle in October 2006 which occurred after Levy Mwanawasa’s election to a second term as president. Shikapwasha returned to the position of home affairs minister and was replaced as foreign minister by agriculture minister Mundia Sikatana. Shikapwasha hails from Zambia's Central Province and is believed to be a relative to the former First Lady, Maureen Kakubo Mwanawasa. Gen Shikapwasha is a staunch Christian.

Before becoming Air Force Commander in 1991, Shikapwasha served as a diplomat and defence attache to Tanzania but fell out of favour with former president Kenneth Kaunda. During his tenure, former president Kaunda had the General investigated and found no wrongdoings. It is believed that he was sent back to Zambia where he was supposed to face charges but there was nothing to charge him on.

Shikapwasha served as the Zambia Air Force Commander under former president Frederick T. Chiluba. He was subsequently relieved from his duties while lying in a hospital in South...
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