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Humphrey Mulemba was born in September 1932 in Lusaka. He was a career politician in Zambia. Mr Mulemba was one of the main political companions of Kenneth Kaunda and Simon Kapwepwe in the struggle for Zambian independence.
Mr Humphrey Mulemba in his early career worked in the Copperbelet, in Zambia’s copper mining industry. He served for years as Secretary General of the Mine Workers Union.
In 1959 he was detained for political activity by the British colonial government for a year. He played a key role in Zambia’s struggle for independence which was granted on 24th October, 1964.
In the 1964 election in Zambia, he won a seat in the Legislative Council (Parliament) and was appointed deputy speaker, serving until 1967 when he was appointed a deputy minister. He became a full Cabinet minister in 1968 as Minister of Luapula Province.
He later served as Minister of Trade and Industry, and Minister of Mines. On February 18, 1981 he was appointed Secretary-General of the United National Independence Party (UNIP). On April 24, 1985 he was replaced by Grey Zulu. Mulemba was then sent into diplomatic service.
In December 1990 Mr Humphrey Mulemba joined the the opposition party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), as UNIP’s popularity waned in the face of multiparty politics. This was a shock to many, as Mr Mulemba was considered a UNIP inner circle, and a founding member of UNIP.
In the historic multiparty election in Zambia of 1991, which ushered in the MMD, Mr Mulemba served under President Frederick Chiluba as Minister of Mines. In April 1993 he was dismissed. He later left the MMD.
He teamed up with Dean Mung'omba in 1995 to form the Zambian Democratic Congress (ZDC). In the 1996 election in Zambia, he joined the National Party (NP) as a presidential candidate and he reiceived 6.66 percent of the electoral votes.
1998, Mr Humphrey Mulemba retired from politics due to health reasons. Mr Mulemba, passed away in February 1998. He received posthumously the Order of the Eagle of Zambia: second division.
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