Secret Adoptions: The Case Of Zambia’s 2016 Polls

Pres. Lungu-Unadopted CandidatesWith nominations set for Tuesday, Zambia’s leading political parties – the ruling PF and UPND – have kept their lists of adopted candidates a secret. There has been no official names announced to contest parliamentarian, civic and mayoral.

Zambians on the street are speculating who is contesting where. Some names have been pushed in public domain while a few with adoption certificates are flaunting them on the market to confirm the speculations.

It seems dishonesty, corruption and greed have characterized the adoption process of parliamentary and local government candidates ahead of this year’s general elections by leading political parties.

There has been some sporadic intra –party protests and demonstrations have broken out in various parts of the country spearheaded by supporters of candidates who have been left out despite having proved their popularity at grassroot level and mobilizing party members to campaign for their respective parties.

It is now abundantly clear to all observers that Zambia’s democracy is under threat because of the greed and selfishness of political party leaders some of whom have sat at the helm of their parties for over 10 years without subjecting themselves to a democratic intra-party election process thereby literally turning the parties into their personal to holder institutions.

They can decide to sidestep the will of the people at grassroot level in favour of their friends. What factors have led to the flawed adoption in the PF and UPND and why is there more discontent in the UPND camp than in the PF camp?

Interestingly, President Lungu yesterday met over 300 people who were not adopted in ther respective constituencies.

Here is list of some of the confirmed PF candidates


1. Muchinga Dr Simbyakula

1. Roan Dr Chishimba Kambwili
2. Kabushi – Mr Bowman Lusambo
3. Chimwemwe – Mwenya Musenge
4. Kalulushi – Kampamba Mwenya
5. Kantashi – Yamfwa Mukanga
6. Luanshya- Stephen Chungu
7. Wusakile – Ackson Simwizye
8. Kwacha – Joe Malanji

1. Kasenengwa – Victoria Kalima
2. Chasefu – Gerald Zimba
3. Chipangali – Vincent Mwale

1. Solwezi Central Dawson Kafwaya

1. Mansa Central – Dr Chitalu Chilufya
2. Pambashe – Ronald Kaoma Chitotela
3. Mwansabombwe – Rodgers Mwewa
4. Bahati Harry Kalaba
5. Bangweulu – Anthony Kasandwe

1. Nakonde Simwanzi Yizukanji
2. Kasama Central Kelvin Mutale Sampa
3. Mporokoso Central – Brian Mundubile
4. Lukashya – Ms Alfridah Kansembe

1. Kanchibiya – Dr Martin Malama
2. Shiwang’andu – Steven Kampyongo
3. Chinsali Central – Kalalwe Mukosa
1. Munali – Prof Nkandu Luo
2. Kafue – Gibson Sinkala

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