Dr. Munyama in the Polish Parliament
Killion Munyama won a seat in Sunday’s polls, held just two days after he turned 50.
Munyama stood in a rural constituency near the northwestern city of Pila for the governing centrist Civic Platform, which has become the first incumbent party to won a second term since the 1989 demise of Poland’s communist regime.
Hon Munyama at work
Born in 1961 in Makala, outside the Zambian capital Lusaka, Munyama came to communist-era Poland in 1982 to take an economics degree. As Poland shifted rapidly to the free market, he stayed on to do a PhD on the role of the International Monetary Fund in Zambia’s economic reforms, graduating in 1994.
He has since been a lecturer in international finance and also runs a consultancy preparing bids for funding from the European Union, which Poland joined in 2004. Munyama entered politics in 2002 as a local councillor in the town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski, in charge of its international relations and EU funding bids. Out of a population of 38 million, there are about 4,000 black people in Poland.
Posted by AC Torokwa, Southampton (UK)