On April 14, the African Studies program and ISD welcomed Zambia’s ambassador to the United States, H.E. Palan Mulonda, for an informal lunch conversation with students and faculty. The talk was part of an ongoing series of lectures at Georgetown featuring African ambassadors.
Ambassador Mulonda, the former director of the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, was recently named a Constitutional Court Justice. He detailed some of the features of Zambia’s new constitution, which adds to the electoral and governance reforms of earlier constitutions. Ambassador Mulonda highlighted the increased accountability of Zambia’s president under the reforms, as well as the creation of an independent judiciary. He noted that Zambia’s new constitution has seven languages, and mentioned the enormous challenge of engaging the country’s diverse population, with its different languages and degrees of literacy, to make informed electoral choices.