Award Winning Author & Aerospace Engineer

I'm an aerospace engineer and an author. But what does designing airplanes have to do with writing novels, you might ask? Strangely, quite a lot. After numerous years of leading aircraft design teams, I have come to learn that building airplanes is much like crafting a story. Both require patiently weaving together a patchwork of ideas to hopefully create something of beauty. It's my sincere hope that you will enjoy my stories and perhaps read one of my books as you fly on board one of the airplanes that I helped design and build. 

I have had the privilege of traveling widely and living on three continents; ample fodder for great stories! I  consider myself a global citizen with a heart firmly rooted in my beautiful homeland of Zambia. Umwina Kitwe through and through!


A Casualty of Power - A Novel (Winner of Best First Book & Best College Level Book)

Available on AmazonAfrican Books CollectivePlanet Books Zambia, Barnes & Noble, Bookworld Lusaka and Kitwe, & Twatimpa Book store in Ndola, Zambia.


A Casualty of Power tells the story of Hamoonga Moya, a Zambian college student, who is wrongfully accused of stealing precious contraband owned by a powerful political couple. He is unjustly incarcerated for the crime. When he is finally released, he moves back to his home town to start a new life as a laborer in a Chinese owned copper mine. It is a challenging time as tensions at the mine are simmering between the African workers and their Chinese supervisors over wages and unsafe working conditions. A tipping point is reached when a horrific accident sparks a bloody riot. Can peace be restored or will events continue to spiral out of control? Read more. . .


'In A Casualty of Power, Mukuka Chipanta explores subjects, that societies often prefer to keep buried, in an honest and unapologetic way. A Casualty of Power is a pacy, emotive and enjoyable novel that will keep the reader engaged until the last page.' Ellen Banda-Aaku, Penguin Prize Winner for African Writing.


'With wit and keen observation, A Casualty of Power explores how two worlds collide as modern day Africa embraces Chinese overseas expansion. Mukuka Chipanta's debut novel is wonderfully thought provoking, sombre and dark in places and yet laced throughout with hope.' Ekow Duker, author of Dying in New York and White Wahala.