Brigadier Siachitema

Lawyer, Socio-Economic Rights Cluster lead

Brigadier Siachitema joined SALC in January 2015. Mr. Brigadier has 13 years of experience litigating land rights disputes, property grabbing and gender-based violence.

Prior to joining SALC, he spent 6 years as an advocate at the International Justice Mission (IJM) protecting indigent victims of succession and inheritance land rights violations in Zambia, mostly widows and orphans, through litigation. At IJM, he trained and equipped over 8,000 police officers, prosecutors, magistrates, church leaders and community members at over 800 training events in responding effectively to property grabbing and other forms of gender-based violence. He also reached tens of thousands of Zambians through innovative media engagements to increase awareness and change attitudes and beliefs regarding women’s rights, property grabbing and gender-based violence.

Since 2015, he has been the legal advisor and an ex-officio board member for the Zambian Land Alliance, a network of Zambian Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working with rural and urban poor communities to ensure that land policies, laws and practices take their interests into account. In September 2020, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights appointed Mr. Brigadier as an Expert Member of its Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violation in Africa.

Mr. Brigadier holds an LL.B degree from the University of Zambia, an LL.M degree in Extractive Industries Law in Africa from the University of Pretoria, and an LL.M degree in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Commonwealth Scholar.