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28th October 2020

Professor Kenneth Mwenda (1992, BCL) awarded Zambia’s highest civilian honour

On 25 May 2019, Exeter College alumnus Professor Kenneth K Mwenda (1992, BCL) was conferred upon the prestigious Presidential Insignia of Meritorious Achievement (PIMA) by the President of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. President Edgar C Lungu. It was the first time that such an award had been conferred on a legal scholar.

The PIMA award is Zambia’s highest civilian honour for meritorious achievement and ranks as the equivalent of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Professor Mwenda was conferred upon the PIMA award in recognition of his distinguished scholarly achievements in the field of law, as evidenced by the extensive body of scholarly publications he has produced. A widely recognised thought-leader and author of 25 scholarly books, he is also author of more than 90 articles in leading law reviews and academic journals worldwide.

In 2008 Professor Mwenda was admitted to the rarely awarded Higher Doctorate degree of Doctor of Laws at Rhodes University following examination of selected scholarly books and peer-refereed journal articles he has published. In 2014, following a similar process, he was awarded Doctor of Science in Economics by the University of Hull. He also holds a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick. In 2015, Professor Mwenda gave the 2015 Distinguished Lecture at the University of Nairobi Law School in Kenya.

At the World Bank in Washington DC, Professor Mwenda has served as Senior Counsel for many years and now serves as the Programme Manager and Executive Head of the World Bank Voice Secondment Program (VSP). He holds concurrently the position of Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria, and has taught at American University Washington College of Law, the University of Warwick, the University of Miskolc, the University of Cape Town, the University of Western Cape, and the University of Zambia.

Professor Kenneth Mwenda awarded Presidential Insignia of Meritorious Achievement by Zambian president Edgar Lungu

Professor Kenneth Mwenda (left) is awarded the Presidential Insignia of Meritorious Achievement by President Edgar Lungu

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