Fwanyanga Mulikita

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Fwanyanga Mulikita
Speaker of the National Assembly
In office
Preceded by Robinson Nabulyato
Succeeded by Robinson Nabulyato
Minister of Education
In office
Minister of Power, Transport and Works
In office
Minister of Labour and Social Services
In office
Minister for Luapula Province
In office
Member of the National Assembly for Mongu
In office
Preceded by Mufaya Mumbuna
Nominated Member of the National Assembly
In office
Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations
In office
Succeeded by Joseph Ben Mwemba
Personal details
Born24 November 1928
Sefula, Northern Rhodesia
Died2 September 1998(1998-09-02) (aged 69)
Lusaka, Zambia
Political party UNIP
ProfessionTeacher, writer, civil servant

Fwanyanga Matale Mulikita (24 November 1928 – 2 September 1998) was a Zambian politician. He held several ministerial positions during the late 1960s and 1970s, and was later Speaker of the National Assembly



Mulikita was born in Sefula in the Barotseland region of Northern Rhodesia in 1928. [1] He attended Barotseland National School for his primary education, before moving onto Munali Secondary School in Lusaka. [2] He then attended the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, earning a BA. [2] After obtaining a scholarship, he studied at Stanford and Columbia University in the United States, earning an MA in psychology. [2]

Upon returning to Northern Rhodesia, Mulikita worked as a teacher and an education officer. After taking a correspondence course in journalism he started writing short stories. [1] Following independence in 1964 he was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education. [1] He was later posted to the United Nations as the country's first Permanent Representative, [3] before returning home to become Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1967. [1]

Following the 1968 general elections, Mulikita was appointed as a member of the National Assembly by President Kenneth Kaunda, and was also made Minister for Luapula Province. [1] He subsequently became Minister of Labour and Social Services in 1970 and Minister of Power, Transport and Works in 1971. [1]

Mulikita was appointed Minister of Education in August 1973. In the December 1973 general elections Mulikita was elected to the National Assembly in the Mongu constituency. In 1976 he left the cabinet.

In 1988 Mulikita returned to the National Assembly after being elected as its Speaker. He held the post until being replaced by Robinson Nabulyato in 1991. In 1992 he became Chancellor of Copperbelt University. [2] He died at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka on 2 September 1998. [4]

Personal life

Mulikita was married with four children and owned a farm at Chilanga. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 John Dickie & Alan Rake (1973) Who's Who in Africa: The political, military and business leaders of Africa, African Development, pp600–601
  2. 1 2 3 4 Ng'ona Mwela Chibesakunda (2001) The Parliament of Zambia, p39
  3. Former Permanent Representatives Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations
  4. 1 2 Ex-speaker Mulikita dies Times of Zambia, 3 September 1998