Dr. Nevers Mumba - Acceptance Speech
Zambia's High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Nevers Mumba, has been elected as the new President of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association (ODA).
acceptance speech Dr. Mumba
thanked the delegates at the XII General Assembly of ODA
for the confidence placed in him by the members.
stated that, he
accepted the honour on behalf of his
country Zambia, and Africa as a whole.
Dr. Mumba is the first African Head of Mission to ever hold the Presidency of ODA.
The nominated candidate's name is circulated through the various regional groups, for endorsement, i.e. the European Union, the Americas
, the African, the Asian, the Arab, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
It is then floated at the Annual General Assembly.
consists of Diplomatic Agents of Foreign Countries and members of International Organizations
accredited to Canada.
The Governor General of Canada is the Patron of the Organization.
Dr. Mumba's team includes, among others, First Vice-President, H.E. Johann Georg M. Witschel, German Ambassador, H.E. Akbar Zeb, Pakistan's Ambassador to Canada.
A copy of Dr. Mumba's
Acceptance Speech can be viewed here.
Current High Commissioner - Dr. NEVERS S. MUMBA (2009- present)
was sworn in as Zambia's
High Commissioner to Canada on March 29th, 2009 by His
Excellency Mr. Rupiah B. Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia
, and officially took office on July 8th, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.
came into prominence in 1989 when he
launched a nationwide television broadcast called, "Zambia Shall
became the first member of the Zambian Clergy
to get on national television with a Christian message that "Zambia
can be and should be better.
charismatic messages immediately set him apart as a reformer and commanded a huge following both in Zambia
and the surrounding nations.
Presidents both prayed and consulted with him.
Between 1989 and 2001, Dr. Mumba
established more than 52 Churches in Zambia
, Namibia and Botswana.
pioneered the Victory College
which is now transitioning into a Premier Christian University
He founded the Zambia Shall be Saved Foundation which has concentrated on humanitarian efforts across the country.
In 1997, Dr. Mumba together with several eminent Zambians founded the National Christian Coalition (NCC), a Christian movement aimed at encouraging men and women of integrity to participate in National Politics.
A year later in 1998, the movement was transformed into a political party and changed its names to National Citizens Coalition and Dr. Mumba was elected its first President.
In 2001, Dr. Mumba
contested the Presidency on the NCC ticket but was unsuccessful.
In 2003, the late President Levy Mwanawasa invited Dr. Mumba
and the NCC
to integrate and work together in the fight against corruption.
Dr. Mumba was appointed Vice President of the Republic of Zambia on May 28th, 2003.
As Vice President, Dr. Mumba assisted the late President in communicating the vision of government to the population through a deliberate public relations program.
introduced the live Government Forum Radio Broadcast in which each Cabinet Minister was expected to face the nation once per month to answer questions on their performance.
This brought government closer to the people.
helped to champion the review of the new electoral law and assisted in the establishment of the constitutional review process which is meant to expand on the liberties of Zambians both in the electoral process and social welfare.
As Vice President he represented Zambia in many International Fora and articulated Zambia's Foreign Policy.
current posting as High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Mumba
has announced an open door policy for all Zambians living in Canada, and has encouraged them to fully participate in making Zambia
the greatest destination of all time.
Nevers Mumba was born on May 18th, 1960 in Chinsali, Zambia.
secondary education at the Prestigious, Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in the tourist capital of Livingstone in 1978.
studied instrumentation under the mines between 1979- 1981.
He then obtained an Associate Theology Degree at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas between 1982 and 1984.
He was further awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by International Seminary, Flint Michigan in 1995.
He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Regent University in Virginia, Beach, VA.
wife Florence have five children, Shumo-el, Tehillah, Ye-hoshua, Mica-el and Natasha.