Valentine Shula Musakanya is a name post independence historians cannot forget or ignore at so many levels.
From being one of the young educated Northern Rhodesians ready to.make a contribution to an independent Zambia, Musakanya’s positive contributions came by way of his ascent in the civil service taking over positions from officers of Her Majesty’s Overseas Civil Service (HMOCS) who had administered Northern Rhodesia affairs.
Valentine Musakanya played a leading role in Zambia’s first post-independence government as Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service. He was subsequently a Member of Parliament, a Government Minister and Governor of the Bank of Zambia.
One of his early achievements for education and the culture of reading by young Zambians was the introduction of the ‘Orbit’ magazine a brainchild of his in collaboration with Wendy Bond and Peter Clark. This was when he was Mimister of State for Technical Education.
The darker side of Musakanya’s public life was his alleged involvement and conviction for the 1980 coup attempt against Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda’s government in the Second Republic of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) one party state. He was eventually acquitted but his disillusionment with UNIP are not a secret and highlighted in a posthumous Autobiographical publication called ‘The Musakanya Papers’.
Valentine Shula Musakanya 1932-1994