Andrew Elias Kashita (1932 – 13 January 2020) was a Zambian politician. He served as Member of the National Assembly and held several ministerial posts.

Andrew Kashita
Minister of Works and Supply
In office
1994–1995
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
1991–1994
Minister of Mines and Industry
In office
1973–1975
Preceded byHumphrey Mulemba
Succeeded byAxon Soko
Member of the National Assembly for Bwana Mkubwa
In office
1991–1996
Succeeded byMathew Mulanda
Nominated Member of the National Assembly
In office
1974–1975
Succeeded byJames Mapoma
Personal details
Born
Andrew Elias Kashita

1932[1]
Zambia
Died13 January 2020(2020-01-13) (aged 87–88)
Political partyUNIP, MMD
ProfessionEngineer, civil servant

BiographyEdit

An engineer by training, Kashita became Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and then managing director of INDECO (Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia).[1][2] He was appointed Minister of Mines and Industry in 1973,[3] and was also given a nominated seat in the National Assembly. He was deemed by the United States to be an excellent technocrat and manager, but not a good politician.[4] As a result of his independence, he was dismissed from both positions in January 1975.[4] He later became executive director of Zincom.

In 1990 Kashita returned to politics as one of the founder members of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy. He was elected to the National Assembly in the Bwana Mkubwa constituency in the 1991 general elections, and was appointed Minister of Transport and Communications.[5] He was later moved to become Minister of Works and Supply in a cabinet reshuffle in January 1994,[6] but was sacked on 17 July 1995.[7] He did not contest the 1996 general elections.

Kashita died on 13 January 2020.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Only Zambian Professional Mechanical Engineer", Farming in Zambia, Volumes 3–6, 1967, p28
  2. ^ Night of long knives retold By ANDREW KASHITA Lusaka Voice, 19 May 2013
  3. ^ Miles Larmer (2013) Rethinking African Politics: A History of Opposition in Zambia, Ashgate Publishing, p170
  4. ^ a b Cabinet shuffle Public Library of US Diplomacy
  5. ^ Katongo Mulenga Maine (2018) The Life and Journey of an Entrepreneur, Gadsden Publishers, p127
  6. ^ "Chiluba reshuffles cabinet in bid to stem crisis over drug-dealing", South African Monthly Regional Bulletin, January 1994
  7. ^ Jacqueline Audrey Kalley, Elna Schoeman & Lydia Eve Andor (1999) Southern African Political History: A Chronology of Key Political Events from Independence to Mid-1997 Greenwood Publishing Group, p706
  8. ^ Former Cabinet Minister Andrew Kashita has died. Lusaka Times, 13 January 2020