EIGHT candidates yesterday successfully filed their nomination to contest the position of the Executive Mayor of Lusaka, in what looks set to be a bitter battle for the seat which is now considered more powerful than that of a Member of Parliament.
Those who have applied to contest the position include Wilson Kalumba (PF), former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa (UPND), Rev Alfred Banda (UNIP), Sirre Fofana Muntanga (FDD), Andrew Masiye (PP), former Lusaka mayor Fisho Mwale (Independent), ZAAA president Elias Mpondela (Independent) and Kauta Mwale (Independent).
The candidates started filing in their nominations at the Lusaka Civic Centre’s Nakatindi Hall at 09:00 with Mr Fisho P. Mwale being the first one to do so ahead of the general election on August 11. Mr Mwale told journalists soon after successfully filing his nomination papers that he would bring a new era in the way matters concerning the city were being managed.
Mr Mwale also emphasised the need to allow planning to take centre stage in the development of the city.
And PF candidate Wilson Kalumba said his top priority would be to make the council relevant to the city’s development.
Mr Kalumba said he would ensure effective and timely delivery of services such as water and sanitation.
And Mrs Mwanawasa said she would ensure that the council established business ventures to collect enough revenue for its smooth operations.
Mr Mpondela, who is Zambia Amateur Athletics Association president, promised to transform the way Lusaka City Council was being managed.
“My first priority is to scan the way the council operates, look at the administrative structures and how they must respond to the new Lusaka which people want to see,” he said.
“We want to remove all the structural absurdities that hinder progress in developing Lusaka,” Mr Mpondela said.
He said he wanted Lusaka to be dominated by the private sector which required smooth council operations that supported growth and entrepreneurship.