Thursday, April 17, 2008
By KASUBA MULENGA
THE Citizens Economic Empowerment (CEE) Commission has appointed Chartered Institute of Marketing president, Mabel Mung’omba, as its director general. Former International Chemicals (Z) Limited general manager and current Commission chairperson, Jacob Sikazwe, announced Mrs Mung’omba’s appointment at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday. Mr Sikazwe said Mrs Mung’omba had 18 years of experience in the private sector at senior executive management level and was highly qualified in business management.
“I wish to congratulate her on this appointment and charge her with the responsibility of providing strategic leadership and vision to the commission in ensuring that its objectives are met,” he said.
Mr Sikazwe said the CEEC had the vision of promoting the broad based economic empowerment of targeted citizens and companies which Mrs Mung’omba should work towards accomplishing.
And accepting the appointment, Mrs Mung’omba said she received the news with humility and great honour.
She said her understanding of the new role was that the CEEC was supposed to promote the second wave of Zambia’s independence.
“The first was political independence and the second wave is economic which translates into access to good education, water, food and various means of livelihood,” Mrs Mung’omba said.
She felt privileged to serve the CEE as it would support Government and help Zambians to achieve the economic independence of their families.
“I am also aware of the challenges that will come with the job because it is the desire of every Zambian to see it work so that the economic landscape of the country is changed,” she said.
And Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary, Davison Chilipamushi, who is also a CEEC commissioner, said Mrs Mung’omba should work towards ensuring that any possible existence of bureaucracy in the commission benefited the people.
Mrs Mung’omba holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Copperbelt University and three postgraduate qualifications.
She has among other qualifications a Masters in Business Administration with a major in Multinational Finance and International Business, diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom (CIM) and a Cross Sector Partnership qualification from Cambridge University.
She also worked as chief executive for the Africa Health Services, an Anglo American Corporation subsidiary, before joining the start-up team that led to the vision and development of Celtel.
Mrs Mungomba is currently serving as an in-country, African and global consultant on a British Council led Interaction Leadership programme running in 19 African countries.
Government has allocated K120 billion to the CEE, which is supposed to be accessed by successful Zambian applicants for economic empowerment projects.