List of Presidents of Zambia

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President of the
Republic of Zambia
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Michael Sata

since 23 September 2011
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Kenneth Kaunda
Formation 24 October 1964
Deputy Vice President of Zambia
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The President of Zambia is the head of state and the head of government of Zambia. The office was first held by Kenneth Kaunda following independence in 1964. Since then the office has been held by four further people: Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda, and current President Michael Sata.

Since 31 August 1991 the President is also the head of government, as the position of Prime Minister was abolished in the last months of Kaunda's term.

The President of Zambia is elected to a term of 5 years.

Presidents of Zambia (1964–Present)[edit]


      United National Independence Party
      Movement for Multi-Party Democracy
      Patriotic Front

# Picture Name
Took office Left office Political Party
1 Kenneth David Kaunda detail DF-SC-84-01864.jpg Kenneth Kaunda
(b. 1924)[1]
24 October 1964 2 November 1991 United National Independence Party
2 No image.png Frederick Chiluba
2 November 1991 2 January 2002 Movement for Multi-Party Democracy
3 Levy Mwanawasa.jpg Levy Mwanawasa
2 January 2002 19 August 2008[4] Movement for Multi-Party Democracy
Rupiah Banda.jpg Rupiah Banda
(b. 1937)
Acting President[5]
29 June 2008 2 November 2008 Movement for Multi-Party Democracy
4 Rupiah Banda
(b. 1937)[6]
2 November 2008 23 September 2011
5 Michael Sata
(b. 1937)[7]
23 September 2011 Incumbent Patriotic Front


  1. ^ Served five terms. Elected by contested presidential election in 1968 and unopposed by presidential elections in 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1988
  2. ^ Served two terms. Elected by contested presidential elections in 1991 and 1996
  3. ^ Served two terms. Elected by contested presidential elections in 2001 and 2006
  4. ^ Died in office
  5. ^ Acting for Mwanawasa to 19 August 2008
  6. ^ Served one term. Elected by contested presidential election in 2008
  7. ^ Currently serving his first term. Elected by contested presidential election in 2011

Latest election[edit]

Rank by time in office[edit]

Rank President Time in office
1 Kenneth Kaunda 27 years, 9 days
2 Frederick Chiluba 10 years, 61 days
3 Levy Mwanawasa 6 years, 230 days
4 Rupiah Banda 3 years, 86 days
5 Michael Sata (Incumbent) 3 years, 7 days

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