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Zambia gets first Female LAZ President, Linda Kasonde wins Election

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Linda Kasonde

Lusaka lawyer Linda Kasonde was on Saturday night elected President of the Law Association of Zambia during the association’s fifth annual conference at Livingstone’s Avani Victoria Falls Hotel.

Ms. Kasonde beat two other contenders Sydney Chisanga and Kafula Mwiche to become the first female President of the association.
Eddie Mwiitwa was elected Vice President.

Ms. Kasonde takes over from George Chisanga who has completed his mandate.

She thanked Mr Chisanga for the leadership he provided to the association and she said she is equal to the task.

And in his final address to the LAZ AGM, he said “as this is my last formal report to you as your President, allow me a moment for the record to state what an honour it has been for me to lead this Noble and Dignified profession. My interaction with counsel of different standing and with all other stakeholders in the affairs of this profession both at home and abroad has taught me a great deal and i must acknowledge that I take with me something of substantial value from my Presidency of our Association.”

“As to whether I have discharged my functions well and to the expectations of the membership, that I leave to the judgment of you who the Right Honourable Chief Justice Sir Edward Coke of the celebrated Dr Bonham’s case would describe as “an infinite series of grave and learned men and women” Then my members did what i dreaded and expected. They gave me a standing ovation and waved me goodbye. You don’t easily get that from LAZ.”

He added, “I leave the Presidency of LAZ totally convinced that my successor in office Linda Kasonde and her Veep Eddie Mwitwa are equal to the task to lead us for the next two years. Congratulations to the new president of LAZ and all new Office bearers”

Linda Kasonde and two other contenders for the LAZ Presidency Kafula Mwiche and Sydney Chisenga

Linda Kasonde obtained her LLB Degree from the University of Leicester in England in 2000.

In 2007, Ms. Kasonde obtained a commercially-biased Masters Degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Cape Town.

Since her admission to the Zambian Bar, Ms. Kasonde has worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women and was employed at her current firm in 2004 and rose to the position of partner in 2009 and in 2014 became the first female to be elevated to the position of named partner in a top ranked firm in Zambia.

Ms Kasonde is an alumnus of the Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme 2013.
She has also undergone training in law practice management on the IE University’s Lawyers’ Management Programme in Madrid and London in 2012.

Ms. Kasonde is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) in England and Zambia.

Ms Kasonde is also an officer of the Women’s Interest Group committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and Convenor of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Committee of LAZ.

She is a former member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, a 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, a 2014 alumni of the United States of America State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP), Director of Fashion Retailers (Zambia) Limited (a member of the Foschini Group), a board member of a Zambian NGO called Alchemy Women in Leadership.

51 COMMENTS

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    • Mushota
      I dont like her at all She thinks she is all that, well you are not lady I just cant stand her , sorry Thanks Bb2014
    • loadist
      GOOD DEVELOPMENT. NOW CAN WE HAVE A PROFESSIONAL BIO JUST SO THE REST OF US CAN KNOW MORE ABOUT HER AND WHAT SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED. WHERE WAS SHE EDUCATED? HOWLONG HAS SHE PRACTICED? WHAT KIND OF LAW DID SHE SPECIALIZE IN? HOW MUCH LITIGATION HAS SHE BEEN THROUGH? WHATS HER POSITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN ZAMBIA. MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ROLE SHE THINKS LAZ SHOULD PLAY IN SAFE GUARDING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE AS ZAMBIA GOES THROUGH THE CONSTITUTIONAL EVOLUTION PROCESS. ALL IN ALL CONGRATULATIONS MADAM AND WE HOPE YOU SERVE YOUR PROFESSION WELL AND WITH INTELLECTUAL INTERGRITY AND DIGNITY! !!
    • Promote Africanism, Not tribalism
      Congrats. Though the Association is no longer as powerful and relevant as used to be. They`ve lost it.
    • The General
      @The Trueth: What exactly is your problem? Sounds like you are mumbling incessantly and it a quite annoying, you know....
  1. Mr Kudos
    All this thanks to the progressive pro-gender balance agenda of the PF government under our humble president, Edgar Lungu who is from a Law background. In Kaunda or Chiluba days you couldn't even dream of such. Kudos Mr President.
  2. Chitembeye
    And Ms. Kasonde, can you now start performing. We all know your achievements in terms of paper qualification. But can you please show us what you can do practically on the job?
    • Jay Jay
      Immediately she starts making noise the politicians will appoint her to the Judiciary to keep her quiet like what they have done to Ireen Mambilima...she has now turned into a parrot and a tool for the Executive enjoying her salary and allowances.
    • Peter Njobvu
      Small question, is LAZ Bemba dominated? Former president=Bemba. New president=Bemba. All aspiring presidential candidates=Bemba. Vice-president=Bemba.
  3. MyZambia
    Congratulations Ms Kasonde. I wish you the best. You have paved the way for other female lawyers to aspire to that position and higher offices. We have had two male lawyer Republican Presidents, perhaps a female one isn't far off.
  4. Tutu
    Is she married?. How many Children does she have?. "Bushe is she contributing Mkuisusha Isonde?" She has got all the qualifications. What we need now is her contribution to society. Let's not be buried in qualifications alone. Let's begin to judge leaders by contribution to society. However, congratulations Linda. You have got a point to prove.
    • Peter Njobvu
      Marriage is optional. The former acting chief justice Chibesa Kunda never got married. Linda, dont worry, if you dont want to get married just enjoy your profession and long as you can derive satisfaction from it
  5. 2020vision
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    • Patriot Abroad
      Yes you are right access to justice must be improved. But let me assure you that in the UK Judges rarely entertain Defendants or claimants in Person. They go through the motions but will always err towards their own legal kind. You might eventually win after appeals ( they make you earn it) But I suppose the fact you can is better than taking a stick to the Judiciary! Frequently, it's ethnic minorities that are affected to shabby treatment. The law in Western countries just knows how to lock us up!
  6. Wantanshi
    In addition to her superior academic and professional credentials, what's even more important is integrity, ethics and high moral standing for a person in such a position. We don't want to hear and see, when she decides to venture into politics lots of skeletons come tumbling out of cupboards, as is the case with the current ruler of Zambia.
  7. james
    CONGRATS MAMA YOU HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE HEAD OF STATE WHOSE DESIRE IS TO EMPOWER AS MANY WOMEN AS POSSIBLE MORE STILL WOMEN OF HIGHER CALIBER LIKE YOU. ALL WE ASK PLEASE BE PROFESSIONAL AND GUIDE THE NATION ON HEATED CLAUSES SUCH AS GRADE 12 AND ITS EQUIVALENCY RATHER THAN KEEPING QUITE. BRAVO
  8. Inde
    am re one Tonga is going to cry foul ati another Bemba. So far they are just quiet and just burning inside. But they wont contain it any longer, you will see
    • Amazing
      @Inde Shallow minds always find a way of exposing their mediocrity. What has tribe got to do with the topic at hand? The amount of trubalism in you is so poisoning your thought processes....if at all any are functioning!
  9. copperbullet
    wow great to have a Young woman we a strong background to be in such a high positions.....there a lot of old uneducated dinosaurs that prevent young talented and educated Zambia getting these positions
  10. 2020vision
    Ctn...some ancient practices which we inherited from Colonialists must be done away with. Let us have a afrocentric approach to how justice is dispensed by the Legal System. The traditional approach in many African cultures was to let both parties represent themselves before a council of elders. Let us in one way or another try to get back to our roots, after almost 100 years of following blindly a system that even where it is coming from today is being greatly reformed. Adaptation is needed.
  11. Collins
    Isn't she the one who as LAZ vice president and chair of some committee ganged up with her tribesmen to try and block ECL's appointment of current AG Kalaluka for no apparent reason other than tribalism (don't crucify me, this conclusion was made by one learned Elias munshya is a detailed analysis of LAz's rejection of kalaluka's appointment as Attorney General. ). That incidence left a bitter taste in many mouths madam LAZ President and we will be watching your two year reign very closely. Otherwise CONGRATULATIONS
    • Observer
      Collins - I was waiting for someone to point this out. I am surprised that until you, nobody is talking about this.
  12. Patriot Abroad
    Let's hope she remember to open doors to her female friends where they are deserving. For surely this being Year of Women has helped to propel her forward even with all her Learning it has taken conscious thought to bring her forward.
  13. Buck Teeth Lungu
    How many consecutive LAZ presidents have been Bembas? How does this tie in with the lawlessness that has befallen Zambians in general and clients of lawyers in particular? When you have lawyers like Lungu stealing client's money and such a thief becomes a President, you know the country is finished. This woman and that Mulenga thief on the Constitutional Court are the nail in the legal coffin. Justice is for sale now.
  14. Maverick
    Congratulations to her, although I know nothing of her. She sounds like she has rich academic papers but could the writer please also list her practical experience and achievements. Like what high profile court cases she was involved in and which ones did she win or lose? Law like many other disciplines (I would like to believe) is competence based and demonstrated experience is more important than book smarts unless you want to be a lecturer. Anyway good luck to her. Mushota jealous now, huh?
  15. Talker
    ZAMBIA get 1st female LAZ president? Imwe ba LT just say LAZ gets 1st female president. Your heading sounds like we have plenty of "LAZ" beyond Zambia.
  16. Pharnwell M.H.Haadinke
    It is never too late to say! Congratulations. The Haadinke family wish you the best! God guide you as you help to clean the mess in Zambia and don't forget the less privileged. God bless you. -Haadinke

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