Zambia’s ex-finance Minister, Magande, dies at 76. Here are 10 things to remember about him


Ex-Finance and National Planning Minister, Ng’andu Peter Magande, has died at the age of 76 after succumbing to a short illness, according to family members.

Here are some of the 10 things to know about him.

1.His educational journey began at Namaila, Chikankata, and Munali Schools before he pursued higher education at the University of Zambia, where he graduated with a degree in Economics and Mathematics in 1970.

2.He was a member of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and played a key role in the National Executive Committee, where he served as Chairperson of the Committee on Economy and Finance.

3.From 1983 to 1986, he assumed the role of Permanent Secretary for various ministries, including Commerce, Industry & Trade, Decentralisation (Central Province), Agriculture & Rural Development, and the National Commission for Development Planning.

4.Following his distinguished service in the government sector, Magande transitioned to the parastatal sector from December 1986 to March 1991.

5.Later, in June 1994, he returned to government service as a Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, under technical assistance from the African Development Bank.

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6.Magande’s influence extended to the international stage when, from July 1996 until February 2000, he served as the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP), headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

7.From July 2011 to May 2012, he joined a 23-person global think tank established by the Centre for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC, USA, to deliberate on “The Future of the International Development Association (IDA)” of the World Bank.

8.His extensive expertise allowed him to undertake consultancy work for various organizations, including SADC, COMESA, AU, UNDP, MEFMI, Maxwell Stamp, IMANI, and the governments of Zambia and Malawi between 2000 and 2003.

9.He served as the Finance and National Planning Minister of the Republic of Zambia from 2003 to 2008.

10.Magande served as a Member of Parliament for Chilanga Constituency from 2006 until 2010.

He played a key role is assisting Zambia to reach completion point in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in 2005.

This was after Zambia had satisfactorily implementated reforms agreed to when it reached the decision point in December 2000.

Family members confirmed the death of Magande who had been hospitalised the last few weeks.

He served as Finance Minister under Zambia’s third President, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa.

On the death of the late minister, President Hakainde Hichilema, said: “We deeply mourn the untimely passing of Hon. N’gandu Peter Magande, who served as our Nation’s Finance Minister from 2003 to 2008.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Hon. Magande’s family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

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