THE Patriotic Front(PF) has noted with regret that some of traditional leaders have decided to throw themselves into the political arena.
PF Member of Central Committee Charles Banda said yesterday that it was sad that traditional leaders wish to hold the political parties to ransom as to who they should adopt as Parliamentary and Local government candidates.
Mr Banda said some of the traditional leaders were fronting their children and grand children for adoption as candidates in the forthcoming general elections and declaring that if such adoptions were not adhered to, they would direct their subjects to vote otherwise.
“This attitude being exhibited by some of our traditional leaders is extremely regrettable and a danger to the existence of our political parties and their role to forward credible candidates to compete in the forthcoming coming high stake process of selecting good leaders for the development of our country,”he said.
Mr Banda who is PF National Chairperson for Mobilisation said PF would always discourage such kind of approach to politics and elections in the country.
He said all the traditional leaders should support the existing rules that politics be left to the politicians and their political parties while the continue offering guidance to the nation on matters of culture, custom and tradition.
He said the PF would always support the traditional leaders in their area of existence.
Meanwhile reports of corruption in the adoption process of candidates among some political parties have emerged in Eastern Province.
Caritas Chipata Governance Programmes Coordinator, John Mthaziko Zulu said in a statement that Caritas was saddened by reports suggesting daylight corruption taking place in the adoption process among competing candidates especially on the positions of Council Chairperson and Member of Parliament.
He said that information gathered by his organisation has revealed high levels of corruption, which have marred the primary elections at constituency and district levels.
Mr Zulu said that some aspiring candidates have corrupted electoral institutions of some political parties in order to give them massive votes.
Mr Zulu has criticized the illegal activities stating that corrupt people should not be allowed in Zambia’s governance system.
He has also called upon law enforcement agencies to get interested in the adoption processes of candidates in all political parties and arrest all those involved in corrupt activities