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Africa News of Sunday, 20 June 2021


Zambia CJ dies while on official visit in Egypt - Local media

Zambia's Chief Justice, Ireen Mambilima, has died in Egypt whiles on official duty to the north African country.

The 69-year-old has been head of the southern African nation's judiciary since 2015 after serving as depyuty CJ for seven years prior to her elevation president Edgar Lungu.

Mambilima also oversaw elections in 2006,2011 and 2015 as the country’s electoral commision chairperson.

Zambia’s first female chief justice has considerable international experience having served as a sessional judge of the Supreme Court of Gambia, and taken on election observer missions in Liberia, Kenya, Mozambique and Seychelles.

At the time of her demise, she was one of Africa half dozen group of women Chief Justices across the continent.

Zambia is already in a state of mourning following the death of its first president Kenneth Kaunda who died in a Lusaka military hospital at the age of 97.