22/08/2019 – The Birth of the Institute of Directors (IoD) – Zambia Chapter – Just in case, we need to document our Zambian History factually for our future generation, lest, our posterity may judge us unfairly and harshly.
Twenty One (21) years ago, (June 1998) in the Lusaka District of the Republic of Zambia, the Commonwealth Programme on Corporate Governance and the Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance in collaboration with the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Zambia Association) oragnised a 3 day workshop, conference and Seminar at Intercontinental hotel in Lusaka, Zambia and invited key stake holders from across a spectrum of various sectors of the Zambian Society with different professional backgrounds.
Mr. Michael Gillibrand who then was a Special Adviser – Management and Training Services Division at Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Mohan V. Thomas who was Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Mr. Geoffrey Bowes who was the Executive Director for Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance were amongst the organisers of the Conference.
Among the notable presenters who inspired the audience (conference and workshop participants) was a fine gentleman by the name of Mr. Boyman Machama from the neighbouring Country Zimbabwe. One most important and cardinal action point and way forward of this ground breaking workshop was a firm resolution to assemble a “TASK FORCE” on the formation of the INSTITUTE of DIRECTORS (IoD) in Zambia. This collection of fine brains and minds was established in June 1998 by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in Zambia with the specific responsibility of drawing up a constitution and rules for the IoD of Zambia and incorporating the Organisation.
As Zambians are no doubt fully aware, “we have successfully put together a Constitution for the IOD of Zambia and we have also incorporated it as a Company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act. In short, we have delivered our mandate in full, In thanking you for the excellent work done, I think that it is also appropriate that I should announce the formal dissolution of the Task Force, In consequence, I am by copy of this letter advising the Chairman of the ICSA (Mr. Stephen Ndhlovu, FCIS) to proceed with the appointment of an interim Board of Directors of the Institute so that it can commence functioning” stated Mr. Patrick D. Chisanga (FCIS) who was Chairman – Task Force on the formation of the Institute of Directors in Zambia on 10th February 2000. Kindly take note that as of September 14th 1998, the Interim Task Force members who used to meet at Zambia Privatization Agency Board room after 18.00hrs and worked tirelessly to ensure IOD was created were
1. Mr. Patrick D. Chisanga – Chairman
2. Mr. Kenneth Chibesakunda
3. Ms. Joyce Muwo
4. Mrs. Mary T. Ncube
5. Mr. Mohan Thamas
6. Mr. Kunda Emmanuel Kalaba (Author of this article)
7. Mrs. Elizabeth Jere
8. Mr. Michael Daka
9. Mr. Stephen Ndhlovu,
10. Mr. Charles Mate
11. Mr. Satish Gulati
12. Dr. Herrick Mpuku
13. Mr. Luke Mbewe
14. Mr. Robert Mwambwa
15. Ambassador Mumba S Kapumpa SC
16. Mr. Isaac Ponde
17. Mr. Fabian C. Lukashi (Secretary).
In normal societies similar to ours, all the above should be “Honoured” with at least life “HONOURALLY” membership of the IOD Zambia for being pioneers and Founding fathers and mothers of IOD Zambia which was established in the new millennium– January 2000 to be specific. The Institute of Directors of Zambia was officially launched on 7th April 2000. The Institute of Directors is a leadership forum, committed to the development of members through education, and training; and exchange of information in order to enhance the quality of leadership and Corporate Governance in the private and public sectors in Zambia.
The Institute promotes sound Corporate Governance principles and ethics in order to ensure proper management, control, and accountability for affairs of private and public enterprises in the country and, in the process, preserve and secure the interests of all stakeholders.
We say job well done for your selfless and sacrifice and unflinching support for your 2 years long period of hard work which ensured that the desired result of formation or creation of the IOD is established and flourish in its operations in Zambia. The task Force among others had an enviable task of studying the Codes of Best Practice which were received from the Institutes of Directors in New Zealand, Zimbabwean and South Africa. I just thought of putting the record straight for the new generation and generations to come. Many thanks and God bless.