Linda KasondeLinda Kasonde


Zambia

Occupational Information


Occupation: Legal Practitioner

Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners

Professional History


 Linda Kasonde is a lawyer and a civil rights activist. In 2014, she became the first female partner - in the internationally recognised Zambian law firm, Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) and is now a named partner. She was the first woman to be elected as President of the Law Association of Zambia in the history of the Bar Association in Zambia. The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is the body that regulates the legal profession in Zambia. It also has a statutory mandate to promote and protect the rule of law, constitutionalism, good governance and social justice in Zambia.

She is currently the founder and Executive Director of Chapter One Foundation, which promotes and protects human rights, human rights defenders, constitutionalism, the rule of law, and social justice in Zambia.  The foundation does so through civic education, advocacy and strategic public litigation. Linda is also the owner and founder of the law firm LCK Chambers, which she runs as a social enterprise.

In April 2019 she was elected as the Vice-President for Africa for the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the first Zambian to hold that position.

Linda is a 2017 recipient of the IE University’s Extraordinary People Inspiring the IE Community (EPIC) Award in the Women Inspiring Women category. In December 2016, the prestigious The Africa Report named her as one of the people to watch out for in 2017 in Southern Africa. In the same month, she was awarded the Zambia Society for Public Administration’s Justice Irene Chirwa Mambilima Distinguished Award in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of public service excellence in Zambia. 

She has completed the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s International Leadership Programme. Linda is formerly an officer of the Bar Issues Commission and is currently an officer of the Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is the Chairperson of the University of Zambia’s staff tribunal and was formerly a member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal. 

 

Qualifications


LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester
LLM Law Degree from the University of Cape Town
Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme 2013

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow
2014 alumnus of the U.S State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Women in Political and Social Affairs
Stanford University’s Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Draper Hills Fellowship

Featured News

Norman Smit
30 March 2020

Two Fellows, Aderonke Onadeko of the Class of 2006 and 2007 Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli have partnered together to launch Nourishing Africa, a hub for entrepreneurs to accelerate their work, connect with funders, markets, talent, and celebrate their successes.

It connects agtech and digital innovators to ensure that Africa nourishes itself and becomes a net exporter of food by 2050.  On the site, they explain the simple math: by 2050, 2.4 billion people will live in Africa. If they spend $1 a day on food, this represents a $876 billion annual market. If they spend $10, its an $8.76 trillion annual market. A key goal is to empower Africans to sustainably grow and supply this massive market, reaping the benefits of local jobs.

Norman Smit
25 March 2020

2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

Norman Smit
23 March 2020

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum II has written a post titled Coronavirus: Amid the global pandemic, lessons for Africa which was published by the Brookings Institution on 20 March 2020.  Yap, who is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, started the article by saying that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, bringing enormous human, social, and economic disruption. It's been a busy time for Yap, with the Coronavirus pandemic following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was on the frontline in a Phase III trial ebola vaccine to reduce the numbers of people infected by the disease.

In the article, Yap says that for Africa, where most countries have relatively weak health systems, the relatively slow arrival of COVID-19 bought Africa time to prepare.

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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