29 people have filed their nomination papers for adoption to stand as Lusaka Mayor on the ruling PF ticket.
According to a list obtained from the PF Lusaka District Secretariat, the 29 party members have successfully filed in their nomination papers.
Leading the pack is former Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Miles Sampa, Former Lusala Province Minister Mulenga Sata and former Lusaka Mayor Fisho Mwale.
Others are Lusaka Business man Trevor Ngandu commonly knows as Uncle T, current Deputy Mayor Chilando Chitangala and youth activist Munir Zulu and Brian Hapunda.
The list also includes former Mayor Daniel Chisenga and losing 2016 Kabwata aspiring Member of Parliament Clement Tembo.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front has issued guidelines to all Mayoral aspiring candidates and their supporters ahead of the elections.
PF Media Director Sunday Chanda said in a statement the aspiring candidates must not attack or villify other contestants in the Lusaka Mayoral Race.
“Following the guidelines by the Party and the subsequent filling of applications by respective members of the Party vying for nomination on the Patriotic Front ticket, we have witnessed intense debate, which is indeed as it should be in a democracy such as the one which prevails in the ruling Party,” Mr Chanda said.
He added, “We have seen with pride our members taking to respective media houses to debate their personal ideas for the Greater City of Lusaka. This is part of the democratic space existing in the Patriotic Front which we must all guard jealously and ensure it leads to the unity and strength of the Party.”
“There is however concern that some of our Comrades have resolved to attack or villify other contestants in the Lusaka Mayoral Race. Please note that while members are free to support a candidate of their choice in this democracy, this must not give rise to character assassination and derogatory remarks.”
“On the contrary, we wish to encourage conversations among members of the Party focussing on ideas to make the Greater City of Lusaka better under the Patriotic Front,” he said.
Mr Chanda stated that the Candidate for the Mayoral Race on the Patriotic Front ticket will be adopted by the Central Committee.
“As we may be aware, insulting in order to market ones candidate of choice only works to the disunity of the Party and could potentially affect the member in question. This is therefore a clarion call for unity of purpose, issue-based intra-party debates void of insults and character assassination. The Patriotic Front is one family and let this season confirm that we are indeed a shinning example for intra-party democracy.”