Walter Kamba

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Walter Kamba
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Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe
In office
Preceded by Leonard John Lewis
Succeeded by Gordon Chavunduka
Personal details
Born 6 September 1931
Southern Rhodesia
Died 6 September 2007(2007-09-06) (aged 76)

Walter Kamba (6 September 1931 – 18 May 2007) was a Zimbabwean lawyer and academic. One of the few black lawyers practicing in the then British colony of Rhodesia, he fled following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Prime Minister Ian Smith. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he taught Jurisprudence and Comparative Law. He also served for some years as Dean of the Faculty. he was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 1982.[1]

He served as a legal advisor to the ZANU-PF and PF-ZAPU delegations at the Lancaster House Conference, after independence, he served as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe from 1981 to 1992. Under his tenure, the University expanded its overall size, its intake of black Zimbabweans and the range of academic disciplines offered,[2] he resigned in a controversial speech at the 1992 graduation, citing government interference and threats to academic freedom.[3]


  1. ^ "CMS 4/1/11/28 Professor Walter Joseph Kamba being presented for Hon. LLD by Professor C. Blake. Podium, microphone, potted plants". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lives in Brief: Dr Michael Haggie, Michele Petrone, Professor John Trounce and Professor Walter Kamba". London: The Times (UK). 14 August 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Campus shuts to students over polls". Times Higher Education Supplement (UK). 8 March 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
Educational offices
Preceded by
Leonard John Lewis
Vice–Chancellors and principals of the University of Zimbabwe
1981 – 1992
Succeeded by
Gordon Chavunduka