Former ZANIS Director,Eric Harry Wightman dies


Former Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), the Zambia Information Services (ZIS) Director, Eric Harry Wightman has died.

Mr Wightman died last night at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka at the age of 81 years.

HE served in various positions in the Northern Rhodesia and Zambian governments before retiring from the civil service in the late 70s and went into private business.

The late ZANIS Director started his public service career in the then Northern Rhodesia Broadcasting Services and was later transferred to Zambia Information Service (ZIS) soon after Zambia became independent in 1964.

He was posted to London as Press attaché at the Zambian High Commission at the height of the Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration for Independence (UDI) crisis.

Upon his recall from London, he was promoted to Principal Information Officer (PIO) in Zambia Information Services and later on served as ZIS Director.

After his retirement in the late 70s, Mr Wightman went into private business but continued serving in public institutions as Board member at the Zambia National Broadcasting Services and the Zambia Daily Mail between 1991 and 2001.

Mr Wightman also served as a member of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy publicity committee in the run up to the return of multiparty politics between 1990 and 1991 and was the MMD’s candidate for Mkaika Constituency in Katete.

He lost the elections but won the petition in the High Court but was not adopted to re-contest the seat.
He is survived by four children.