The Government has constituted the full Governing Board for the Zambia Revenue Authority [ZRA] and Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe has been elected as Chairperson to be be assisted by Mr. Alfred Lungu who was elected as Vice- Chairperson.
Commenting yesterday afternoon, Minister of Finance Felix Mutati congratulated the board on the successful deliberations at their inaugural meeting and noted further that, “the election of Ms. Kapwepwe is historic because she becomes the first woman to chair the board since the formation of ZRA in 1994.”
“It gave me great pleasure to constitute the board,” stated the Minister of Finance, adding that, “the election of Ms. Kapwepwe by the ZRA Governing Board to the position of Chairperson, also gives me pride and confidence that the authority will become stronger at all levels and help us to seal the gaps in tax administration.”
The Minister further added that Ms. Kapwepwe brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of public policy, financial management and governance following a career spanning over 25 years in the local and international private and public sector organisations.
Mr. Mutati congratulated Ms. Kapwepwe and described her as, “a well-trained professional who is profoundly gifted and through whom leadership talent among women in Zambia will be viewed positively by the tax paying public.”
Her previous roles include that of Executive Director for the International Monetary Fund [IMF] Africa Group One Constituency in Washington USA, Deputy Minister of Finance and National Planning, Managing Director of the National Airports Corporation, and Contracts Manager – SGS Societe General de Surveillance. She also served on various other Boards namely Bank of Zambia, BP Zambia Plc, and the Zambia Privatization Trust Fund.
A Chartered Accountant by Profession, Ms Kapwepwe; the new ZRA Board Chairperson, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants ACCA (United Kingdom), a Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA), and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath (United Kingdom).
The full board, appointed by the Minister of Finance, is as follows;
1. Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe: Member of the Public
2. Mr. Alfred Lungu: Member of the Public
3. Fredson Yamba: Secretary to the Treasury
4. Dr. Denny Kalyalya: BOZ Governor
5. Ms. Tandiwe Oteng: PS Ministry of Justice
6. Mr. James Koni: Bankers Association of Zambia
7. Mr. Kamalesh Shah: ZACCI
8. Mr. Musenga Musukwa: Law Association of Zambia