A 32-year-old economist has began a social media campaign dubbed “Moono for minister” wishing to succeed Lucky Mulusa as Minister of National Planning and Development.

Whilst others used social media to simply debate the reasons that led to Mulusa’s dismissal and moved on, Herryman Moono, saw an opportunity to present his rich CV to President Edgar Lungu, using the same platform, for consideration.

Moono’s hopes were temporarily shattered when a fake statement purportedly issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda emerged, claiming President Lungu had appointed Sports Minister Moses Mawere to that position.

But as soon as the statement was refuted, his campaign was back on as he posted a brief biography below on his timeline:

#Moono4Minister: Who is Herryman Moono?

Good morning colleagues.

It’s a wonderful day again that the Lord our God has granted us today as we continue our campaign. I hope you all had a goodnight sleep.

Our campaign continues to grow, and as with every process questions and concerns are raised. The key questions that many who don’t know us have raised are:

Who is Herryman Joe Moono? Where does he come from? What has he done? Why should His Excellency the President of the Sovereign Republic of Zambia nominate him as Member of Parliament and appoint him as Minister of National Development Planning under his leadership?

I thought we briefly answer these questions so that those who don’t know may now know and have the confidence to join our campaign to be part of Zambia’s development and leadership trajectory:

Who is Herryman Joe Moono?:

Herryman Joe Moono is a 32 year Zambian applied economist who believes in the ‘What Works’ ideology. A Rhodes Scholar, Class of 2009, Herryman graduated from the University of Oxford , England [MSc Global Health Science – with Distinction in Health Economics, 2011]. He also holds an MSc in Economics [With Distinction] from the University of Sheffield, England, 2010 and a BA in Economics [With Distinction] from the University of Zambia, UNZA, 2008.

A native of Livingstone, Herryman went to Linda Secondary School and graduated top of his cohort in 2002. He did his primary and junior level education at Maramba and Libuyu Basic Schools in Libuyu compound, Livingstone.

Professionally, Herryman Moono has worked as an economist for the London School of Economics as Country Economist in charge of research on Industrialisation under the International Growth Centre. He also worked in Zimbabwe under the Clinton Foundation as Health Care Financing Programme Manager with the Ministry of Health in developing Zimbabwe’s Health Care Financing policy. He has also served as Regional Programme Manager – Sub Saharan Africa – for the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on Social Protection.

In 2015, at the age of 29, Herryman Joe Moono was overwhelming elected as National Secretary of the Economics Association of Zambia, a position he served until October 2017.

As a development consultant, Mr. Moono has conducted consultancies for UNICEF, UNIDO, SADC and ILO on an array of economic development projects for the Zambian government.

Herryman Moono is an active economic analyst that has been featured in among others the 2017’s ‘The Business Year Magazine’; BBC Focus on Africa Business, Forbes Africa Politics, Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail, the New Vision , The Voice, and many other Newspapers. He also provides economic analysis on ZNBC, Diamond TV as well as both public and private radio stations.

Given his professional and academic background, Herryman Joe Moono believes that being an armchair critic when one can be part of a solution is not solving problems, but actually sustaining them. Raised by a father who believed in ideals of governance, Moono is passionate about being part of the solution to problems of development that each country, Zambia included faces.

Having been part of the drafters of the 7th National Development Plan, and upon the existence of a vacancy following the termination of the services of the former Minister in charge of National Development Planning, the #Moono4Minister campaign has been launched.

Our aim is to draw the attention of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to our existence and enlarge his selection pool for the Ministerial portfolio we seek nomination for. We believe his cabinet and government can benefit from our services: We are available and committed.

We hope that the above brief bio will cast out any doubts regarding our ability to serve the Nation in the capacity we seek.

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