Ester Banda

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Ester Banda
Member of the National Assembly
In office
Preceded byHendrick Liebenberg
Succeeded bySikota Wina
Personal details
Political partyUNIP

Ester Banda was a Zambian politician. She served as a member of the National Assembly for Roan from 1964 to 1968 and was jointly one of the first elected female members of parliament in Zambia.


A member of the United National Independence Party (UNIP), Banda was appointed Under-Secretary of the Women's Brigade, having rallied support for the party in Ndola.[1]

In the January 1964 general elections, Banda contested the Roan constituency as the UNIP candidate, and was elected to the Legislative Council, one of the three women elected alongside Margret Mbeba and Nakatindi Yeta Nganga.[2] At independence later in 1964, the Legislative Council became the National Assembly. She lost her seat in the 1968 elections and later served as a district governor and UNIP's provincial secretary in Copperbelt Province.[3][4]


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  1. Interdesciplinary Conference on Gender and Colonialism, University of the Western Cape, 1997, Volume 2, p106
  2. Mbuyo Nalumango and Monde Sifuniso (1998) Woman power in politics, Zambia Women Writers Association, p48
  3. Official verbatim report of the debates of the second session of the second National Assembly, Volume 2, Issue 2, Part 1, p2185
  4. Sub-Saharan Africa Report, Issues 2457–2463, p22