Judge Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba


Justice Florence Ndepele Mwachande MUMBA  has held judicial office since 1980. She was the first woman to be appointed High Court Judge in Zambia.

After eight years as High Court Judge, she was appointed to the Office of Investigator General (Ombudsman) in 1989, whilst holding this office, she served as Director on the International Ombudsman Institute Board where she was elected Vice-President of the Board until 1996. 

Justice MUMBA served on the UN Commission on the Status of Women from 1992 to 1995; she participated in the formulation of resolutions to characterize rape as a war crime. 

In 1997, she was appointed Supreme Court Judge and was elected Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague where she also served as Vice-President from 1999 to 2001. 

From 2003 to 2005, Justice MUMBA served as Judge of the Appeals Chamber in the ICTY and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). From August 2008 to January 2011 she served as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia. She is currently a Supreme Court Judge in Zambia. As a distinguished lawyer and women’s rights activist, she has travelled extensively presenting papers and lectures.

Justice MUMBA has advocated the rule of law in governance throughout her career.