Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

2016 Goma Annual Lecture: Brian Raftopoulos

prof-brian-raftopoulosLameck Goma Annual Lecture Series Presents Prof. Brian Raftopoulos

The Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) is hosting a public lecture series to honor the legacy of the late Professor Lameck Goma.

The third annual Lameck Goma Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday 13 October 2016 at 18:00 hours at Mulungushi International Conference Centre. The lecture is a public event. It will be open and free for anyone to attend, but seating is limited, so attendees are requested to arrive early.

The Lameck Goma Annual Lecture Series is hosted annually in dedication to Professor Goma’s academic legacy. The aim of the lecture series is to bring to Lusaka specifically, and Zambia as a whole, outstanding individuals of international and local distinction in their fields to share their knowledge and experiences with the Zambian society.

The speaker in the lecture series will be the prominent scholar of Zimbabwean development studies, Prof. Brian Raftopoulos. Brian Raftopoulos is a leading Zimbabwean scholar and activist. Formally a Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe from 1990-2006. He is a founder member of the National Constitutional Assembly in 1998, and the first Chair of a broad civic coalition called the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from 2001-2003. He moved to South Africa in 2006 to serve as Director of Research and Advocacy in the human rights NGO Solidarity Peace Trust. Raftopoulos was also Mellon Senior Research Mentor at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape from 2009-2013.

The lecture will be entitled: The Changing Politics of the Labour Movement in post-colonial Zimbabwe. At the lecture, the public will be able to consider the genesis of Zimbabwe’s labour movement history and its contemporary challenges. The lecture will feature time for questions and discussion on a topic that is of great contemporary significance for Zambia as well.


About Professor Lameck Kazembe Haza Goma

Professor Goma was born on April 8, 1930 in Lundazi, Zambia. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa and his Doctor of Philosophy degree at University College of London, in the United Kingdom. He taught zoology at Makerere University, Uganda and at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He joined the University of Zambia at its founding in 1966. He served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia from 1968 to 1969 and in 1969 was appointed Vice-Chancellor, becoming the first Zambian to hold the position. Professor Goma was also a distinguished public servant. He served at the Ministry of General Education and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology under President Kenneth David Kaunda. He passed on January 11, 2004 survived by his wife, two sons, and grandchildren.

Professor Goma was a great scholar, an excellent researcher, and a distinguished public servant. He displayed extraordinary leadership and worked tirelessly to build the University of Zambia. One of Professor Goma’s lasting legacies is the Staff Development Fellowship Programme at the University of Zambia, which he established in 1970. The programme gave many Zambians an opportunity to access higher university education abroad and to join the academy.



The Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) is an independent, educational research and development oriented research centre. Through interdisciplinary research, publications, seminars, and dialogue facilitation, the Institute seeks to contribute to improved policy-making, research capacity, and governance. The Institute aims to be a catalyst for new ideas and concepts on good governance and development in Zambia and Southern Africa and a documentation centre to serve as an indispensable partner on research and policy analysis.

For further clarifications, please contact SAIPAR secretariat on Telephone Nos. +260 211 267790 or + 260 977 700072.

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