Zambia has really taken a long stride since the country gained independence from the hands of her colonial masters in 1964. We all know how big an effort has been put down to keep the country going. Zambian leaders have so far proven to have the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose while also inspiring confidence to the citizens of Zambia. We are well familiar with the history of Zambia and the great leaders who worked tirelessly to get us this far, but know absolutely nothing or little about the profile of these men especially their academic qualification. Nonetheless, we bring you the academic qualifications of all the Zambian presidents starting from Kenneth Kaunda to the present president.
Kenneth Kaunda (1924):
Kenneth is a College graduate. He attended Munali Training Centre in Lusaka (August 1941–1943) where he was trained as a teacher. He then attended Munali Training Centre in Lusaka (August 1941–1943).
Frederick Chiluba (1943–2011):
He had his secondary education at Kawambwa Secondary School in Kawambwa before he was expelled from the school the second year for political activities.
Warwick University, MPhil.
Levy Mwanawasa (1948–2008):
He attended Chiwala Secondary School in Ndola district, obtained a law degree from the University of Zambia in Lusakafrom 1970 to 1973 and was qualified for the bar in 1975.
Rupiah Banda (1937):
President Banda had his secondary education in Munali Secondary School Zambia.
He was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Addis Abba in Ethiopia and also to study at the Lund University, Sweden 1960.
He earned a BA in Economic History from the Lund University in 1964.
He attended National Institute for Public Affairs (NIPA) for a course in Diplomacy and International Relations.
In 1977 Rupiah Banda read Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies at Wolfson College University of Cambridge.
Michael Sata (1937–2014):
Sata attended Mpika Education Authority School from 1941 to 1947.
In 1947, he entered Katibunga Seminary for a year.
He moved to another Catechists school called Kantensha in Isoka close to the Tanzanian border and spent three years from 1948 to 1951.
In 1951, he passed on to Lubushi Seminary on the Kasama Luwingu Road, the school offered Form 2 external examination.
Sata left Lubushi in 1956 at the age of 19 after he had obtained a Junior Certificate (Form 2).
In 1957, he joined the Northern Rhodesia Police Force.
Sata went to Russia and Eastern Europe from 1963 to 1965, received his trade union training in Russia. However, some recorded that he went to Russia to train as a pilot. How true this is yet to be unveiled as nobody really knows much about Micheal Sata.
Whether or not Michael has a degree is still controversial as rumor has it that he attended London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied (political science, Corporate Law) between 1970 and 1973 and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Contrary to this, in 2009, Michael Sata’s degree became questionable when the Zambian government tried to enact a law that would require presidential aspirants to be holders of academic degrees. During this time, most Zambians accurately suspected that the then opposition leader Michael Sata had not acquired one but he boldly responded to the challenge at the Post newspaper by saying that he had a degree. Information later came up that he enrolled at an unaccredited online university to obtain a Bachelors degree in political science. It was recorded that he enrolled in 2009 and graduated in 2011. Which Michael later said that his reason for the enrolment was to take part in the election.
Guy Scott 1944 (acting):
He completed his education at Peterhouse in Southern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe)
In 1965, he attended Trinity Hall, United Kingdom at Cambridge University where acquired a degree in economics.
He obtained a Masters in Agric Econmics in 1975 at The University of Canterbury
Afterwards, he went on to study robotics at Oxford University during the 1980s.
He attended University of Sussex, where he also acquired a PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 1986.
PhD (2001) in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington (Thesis: Economic evaluation applied to health policy in New Zealand)