Mama Chibesa Kankasa Has Died


Former Freedom Fighter and Politician Mama Chibesa Kankasa has died. She was 82 years old.


Dora Siliya took to Twitter to confirm the news this morning.


For many Mama Kankasa was see as a pioneer for women in politics. Mrs Kankasa was not only a young female freedom fighter when Zambia fought for independence but was a charismatic fighter for the rights of fellow women and children. She dressed elegantly and popularised the Chitenge dress that matched with her characteristic head dress.


As the first female Member of the Central Committee and Chairperson of the Women’s league, Mrs Kankasa offered distinguished service to her party UNIP and was an icon to many young female politicians.


Known to many as Mama Kankasa, she worked with former First Lady Betty Kaunda and Ms Julia Chikamoneka during the freedom struggle and was the first Zambian High Commissioner to Kenya after independence.


As recent as the last elections in 2016, Mrs Kankasa encouraged women to take part in the elections at various levels.


She will be sorely missed but her contribution never forgotten.

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