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Chipata Waits No More: ZCCM IH CEO “Unveiled”

In compliance with the Securities Act No. 41 of 2016 and the Listings Rules of the Lusaka Securities Exchange (LuSE), the Board of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc hereby announces the appointment of Mr. Mabvuto T Chipata as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective 11 October 2019”, read a statement issued on SENS by Company Secretary Chabby Chabala on Thursday 17th October 2019.

Mabvuto Chipata ascended to the role of Acting CEO following the departure of Dr. Pius Kasolo in late January 2019. A stalwart in the company, Mabvuto “joined ZCCM-IH in July 2012 as Chief Financial Officer, the position he held until early 2018 when he was appointed Chief Investments Officer responsible for the Company’s investments function”.

According to ZCCM IH, “he has over the years been involved in a number of strategic developments in the Company leading different project teams”.  He also possesses experience in various senior management positions in sectors such as money and capital markets, Insurance, and manufacturing.

The new CEO’s performance will be assessed come end of the year as the company realigns its financial year-end albeit for only 8 months in the current 2019 financial year. “At the Meeting of the Board of Directors held on 16 August 2019, the Board of ZCCM Investments Holdings PLC resolved that the Company’s financial year-end, as well as that for all its subsidiaries, be changed from 31 March to 31 December with effect from 31 December 2019”, read a statement issued by the company on September 17th 2019 following a requirement from the Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 2018 (PFMA) which required it to align its financial year-end with the majority of ZCCM-IH’s investee companies including that of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the majority Shareholder’s tax year.

Since taking office, Mabvuto has been a very busy man. In February 2019, he charged up Mapatizya with the unveiling of equipment worth K6 million for its investment in Kariba Minerals Limited which is intended to shake up the industry. Later that month, ZCCM-IH and Urban Hotel Group partnered to invest K60 million in the construction of a mixed-development property in Lusaka. In March 2019, he delivered three dividend checks to the Ministry of Finance, NAPSA and IDC. In April 2019, the company announced it had been granted a license to explore oil and gas in Chasefu district in Eastern province.

As the ink dries on his appointment, he will be critically looking at the fate of Ndola Lime and the litigation around KCM. He no doubt will continue to have a busy Q4 as he continues to steer the company with continued focus and resolved mandate.

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