Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism

The truth lies here


Makanday has two permanent reporters and two administrative staff members. In addition, Makanday encourages freelance contributions and articles from journalists. The editor of Makanday is Charles Mafa, the chief editor John Mukela decides on all questions of content.

Makanday is registered as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. The centre is based in Lusaka.

Charles Mafa
Charles is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and a 2016 (USA) Edward R. Murrow Fellow. He has more than 15 years work experience in the media industry having cut his journalism teeth at Yatsani Radio. His journalism has appeared on the BBC, in the Mail and Guardian Newspaper, the New York Times, and several international publications. He was Associate Editor and Environmental Columnist for the Bulletin and Record Magazine until its closure in 2016. In his other previous work, he was Production Manager, cameraman and script writer for Catholic Media Services TV Studios.
John Mukela
John is an international Zambian journalist and newspaper editor. He joined the Zambia Daily Mail as a news reporter in 1978 and has covered news and current affairs for a wide variety of newspapers, news agencies, news magazines and radio stations in Africa and Europe.


Makanday is governed by a five-member advisory and policy board, of which Professor Ackson Kanduza is chair and Mr. Reuben Lifuka is deputy chair. Other members include Ms Buumba Mwela Kaunga.

Prof Kanduza
Professor Ackson Kanduza is a lecturer of history at the Zambian Open University. After his PHD he returned to work at the University of Zambia from 1983 to 1988. He then migrated to Swaziland and spent 18 years working at the University of Swaziland and later taught at the University of Botswana. He has written various research studies in social-economic history.
Mr. Reuben Lifuka
Mr. Lifuka studied architecture at the Copperbelt University. He also has a Masters Degree in Integrated Environmental Management. He is current president of Transparency International Zambia (TIZ). Previously he worked for the National Heritage as a Conservation Architect. He now runs his own consultancy firm dealing in environmental management. Mr. Lifuka has a long history of service in the NGO world, including serving on the boards of the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC), Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Transparent International, Zambian Governance Foundation, Media Council of Zambia and Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia.
Ms Buumba Mwela Kaunga
Ms Kaunga is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of experience in financial matters. She is a fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and is currently engaged as Finance and Resources Manager at the British Council head office in Lusaka. Among her many responsibilities and duties at the British Council are managing financial systems and controls, procurement, management of fixed assets, financial planning and reporting and grants management – both large and small of up to £26 million. She has a wealth of experience in the NGO world, and has coordinated various projects with relevant partners such as the European Union.