|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of the study was to establish the extension of presidential term limits and its
consequences for political leadership in Zambia’s Lusaka district. The objectives of the study
were to investigate the root cause of extension of presidential term limits in Zambia’s political
space since 1964, to establish the perceptions of Zambians on the extension of presidential
term limits in Lusaka District and to describe how to enhance positive public perceptions in
politics in the light of the usual attempts to extend presidential term limits in Zambia.
The research employed a qualitative approach. Data was gathered using semi-structured
interviews and documentary/content analysis. A case study design was used The target
population included: members of political party groups such as Patriotic Front, United Party
for National Development, National Democratic Party, Democratic Party as well as secretary
generals of the same political parties, political scientists, lecturers in political science from
the university of Zambia and civil society organizations such as Non-Governmental
Organization Coordinating Committee, Young African Leaders Initiative and Alliance for
Change, a sample of 20 people was used in the study. Purposive sampling techniques was
used to select the participates. The research employed semi-structured interviews and
document analysis. Data was analyzed thematically.
The study found the following findings: causes of the extension of presidential term limits in
Zambia’s political space since 1964 was linked to selfishness of the politicians; People were
not happy about the extension of presidential term limits and current status quo should stand
where a president serves only two terms in office should stand; Zambians don’t want the
extension of presidential term limits because the political space is already polarized were the
ruling polity yields enormous power to manipulate the electrical process as this would keep
them in power perpetually.
The study concluded by recommending that Current status quo should stand where a president
serves only two terms in office should stand; Zambian citizens should be educated and well
informed on the constitution of the country. People’s participation in politics should be
enhanced and there should be a consensus agreement between people and the government.
Keywords: Extension, Presidential term, limits, Consequence, political leadership, Zambia,