Gershom Ndluvo on the recent elections writes :
Not sure about "slowly creeping in". This pattern has been known for a while - see Tribal Zambians? That said, I am interested to hear what others think on the "roots" of this tribal fragmentation. Is there underseated regionalism or tribalism to our politics ? If so what is the cause? More importantly what can be down to unseat it, if indeed it does exist?
What is clear though is that this election has given the nation a glimpse of the regionalism that is slowly but surely creeping into the nation’s body politic. It was not difficult to see that MMD’s Rupiah Banda, PF’s Michael Sata and UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema did particularly well from their regions although a simplistic argument would state that the particular political parties are not strong in some of those areas...But whatever the case, if voting will be regionally determined in future elections, Zambia risks serious fragmentation along regional lines which will ultimately mean that regions with lesser populations than others many never provide a president.