Susan Nakazwe

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Susan Nakazwe is the former Mayor of Lusaka, Zambia. She was expelled from her position after meeting with the President of China, Hu Jintao, despite being under party instructions not to. She subsequently left the Patriotic Front party, and joined the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy party.

Political career

Susan Nakazwe was named Mayor of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, in October 2006 while representing the Patriotic Front (PF) party. She won the poll of the members of the municipality by 31 votes to seven. This made her the second women ever to be the Mayor of the city, while Steven Chilatu was named as her deputy.[1] She dissolved the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy party (MMPD) dominated board at the City Market, and replaced it with one led by members of the PF following accusations by her party leader who considered it "corrupt".[2]

In March 2007, she and city councillor Boniface Musondamwaume was suspended from the PF after she was among Zambian officials who greeted President of China, Hu Jintao, at the airport when he arrived for a visit in February 2007. Nakazwe had been told by party officials to avoid any contact with Jintao, as the PF was boycotting him due to their stance against Chinese interventions in Zambia and because the president of the party had not been invited to attend.[3]

In response, she joined the MMPD. This led to accusations that the MMPD had been seeking her defection all along, as three serving Zambian Mayors had been among those who had defected from the PF to the MMPD over a recent period.[4]


  1. "Zambia capital elects new opposition mayor". IOL. 23 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. "Zambia's opposition-dominated councils urged to work with central gov't". People's Daily Online. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  3. "Mayor axed for welcoming Hu". News 24. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  4. "Who Stole Mayor of Lusaka?". US Fed News Service. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 

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Preceded by
Levy Mkandawire
Mayor of Lusaka
2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
Steven Chilatu