Linda KasondeLinda Kasonde


Lusaka, Zambia

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Legal Practitioner

Occupational Position: Partner at Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners

Professional History


Linda Kasonde is a legal practitioner based in Lusaka, Zambia, and a named partner of the law firm Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners. She was elected as the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia in April 2016, a position that she held until April 2018.

Linda was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2001. She had previously worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women, a project run by the Law Association of Zambia. She was employed by Mulenga Mundashi and Company in Lusaka in 2004, where she rose to the position of partner in 2009 at the age of 30.  At that time, she became the first female partner in an established and internationally-recognised Zambian law firm to be elevated to the position of named partner. 

She is a 2017 recipient of the IE University’s award, Extraordinary People Inspiring the IE Community (EPIC), in the Women Inspiring Women category. In December 2016, 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 is an alumna of the Harvard University’s Leadership in the 21st Century Executive Programme 2013. She is also a 2014 alumna of the prestigious U.S. State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP) on Women in Political and Social Affairs, and a 2017 alumna of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s International Leaders Programme.

Linda is an officer of the Bar Issues Commission and of the Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is also a former member of the inaugural Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal in Zambia.

 

Qualifications


LLB Law Degree from the University of Leicester
LLM Law Degree from the University of Cape Town

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

A mutiny is occurring in the notorious prison in South Sudan called Blue House, where people are being detained without trial.  The prison is also where 2016 Tutu Fellow and peace activist, Peter Biar Ajak, has been held since the end of July 2018.  He has yet to be charged.  News sources say about 200 detainees broke into a weapons store in the prison and are holding two guards.  They are demanding the government provide prisoners with due process. 

The detention centre called Blue House is at the headquarters of the National Security Service in South Sudan's capital, Juba.  A national security service statement released to the media says the standoff began when a prisoner, Keribino Wol, overpowered a guard and seized his weapon. 

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow John-Allen Namu has released a documentary exposing the complicity of individuals in the Kenyan and Ugandan elite in illicit financial flows in support of South Sudan's warlords. John-Allen is an award-winning investigative journalist and the co-founder of Africa Uncensored.

The powerful three-part documentary titled, The Profiteers, is an expose of how South Sudan warlords plunder public resources to live in opulence in Nairobi while ordinary South Sudanese live in abject poverty. The money looted from Sudan's public coffers is then siphoned off to Kenya and Uganda through banking institutions where the cartels are laundering it by investing in other businesses. 

Charles Sidambe
11 October 2018

The 2014 Tutu Fellow and chief architect at Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, has led a design vision and consortium to win a bid to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay.  Nelson Mandela Bay is an area in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape.  The project is to redevelop the area and simultaneously honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities.

The city hosted a competition open to all South Africans to submit their ideas, but it was Mokena's Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light concept that ultimately won.

Charles Sidambe
10 October 2018

2014 Tutu Fellow, lawyer, and activist, Linda Kasonde, is spearheading a social media campaign against sexual bullying, particularly against women in politics. The campaign hashtag is #StandUpToBullying.

The cyber bullying campaign initially arose from an incident where the Zambian Minister of Information was attacked online by political party cadres within her party, because of a public pronouncement that she had made. Civil society quickly issued a statement condemning the remarks and started a social media campaign under the hashtag #IStandWithHer, condemning the harassment, particularly the sexual harassment of women politicians.

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