General Kingsley Chinkuli studied as part of the British Royal Military at Sandhurst Academy (RMAS) upon finishing school. Upon his return to Zambia he rose quickly through the ranks to become Commander of the Zambia National Defense Force in 1976, as well as Deputy Minister of Defense.
During this time his responsibilities also involved the coordination of liberation movements in a number of neighboring countries through the African Liberation Center.
In 1977, he changed position to that of Minister of Mines, then in 1978 he became Minister of Power, Transport, and Communications. In 1980 he started serving as Minister of Youth and Sport, and over the course of the 1980s also took responsibility for the ministries of Agriculture and Water Development, Labor, Social Development and Culture, and Home Affairs.
(Credit : Eugene Makai)