|Geoffrey W. Simukoko was recently elected and appointed as the African representative to the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.|
CIArb is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other private dispute resolution methods.
Simukoko’s appointment is in recognition of his contribution to the development and popularization of ‘alternative dispute resolution’ (ADR) which include arbitration, mediation and conciliation in Zambia.
Simukoko obtained his bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia 1973 and has been practicing law since being admitted as an advocate on the 6th of May 1974. He also holds a master of Arts degree (Management Studies) from University of Leeds which he obtained in 1983.
He became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK in 2000 and he also has a certificate in arbitration from the Forum for International Commercial Arbitration (FICA-Geneva) which he obtained in 1999. He was accredited a mediator under the High Court of Zambia court annexed mediation after pursuing a course in mediation by Chemonics International Inc. of the USA.
Besides his legal and arbitration achievements Simukoko has held executive management positions, and directorships in several companies and corporations in Zambia, among them managing director, Zambia National Building Society (1990 – 1998), general manager, Mansa Batteries Ltd (1986 – 1989), Group Corporation secretary and legal counsel, ZIMCO Ltd, (1989 – 1990), Group company secretary and legal counsel INDECO Ltd, (1983 – 1986) Corporate and Economic Planning manager INDECO (1982 – 1983) and legal counsel INDECO Ltd (1974 – 1982)
Simukoko is currently, a managing partner in the law firm Patmat Legal Practitioners. He has audience before the Industrial Relations Court, High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia. He is active in the practice of arbitration, mediation and conciliation and is an accredited tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in arbitration courses run by the Zambian Branch on behalf of the Institute.
Congratulating Simukoko on his appointment CIArb Zambia branch said, ‘It was proud to have one of its members as the Africa representative on the Board of Management of the Institute and would like to wish Mr. Simukoko the Best of luck on his appointment.’
Simukoko is married to Joyce Nonde Simukoko.
|Fayaz King, managing director Airtel Zambia since August 2010, will be moving on to take up a special business development project for Airtel Africa a press statement released to Commerce Gazette announced. |
King at the helm of the Zambian operation grew the telecommunication services provider’s network in both the urban and rural areas to unparalleled levels. The company currently has 1,089 and 794 telecommunications sites respectively.
During his tenure King oversaw tumultuous times when Airtel filed notice of Compulsory Acquisition to Minority Shareholders on February 18, 2011. The minority shareholders challenged the Compulsory Acquisition in the High Court and won on the grounds that Airtel had flouted the law by offering to buy shares from them at ZMK 710 per share without following laid procedures. The court stated that Compulsory Acquisition of shares should be in consonance with the law to attract a fair price. Airtel appealed to the Supreme Court but later discontinued their appeal.
Airtel now holds more than 97 percent of the company shares after getting 17 percent more from the 21 percent which were on Lusaka Stock Exchange soon after taking over the Zain Zambia unit.
Speaking about the transitions, Jayant Khosla, CEO, Airtel Africa Anglophone Region said, ‘As we continue to leverage Fayaz’s expertise regionally, we would like to congratulate him for the exceptional infrastructure he has put in place. Zambia has always been a key market with great potential for growth within the region.’