Monze Based Political Analyst, Timothy Chitupila has implored opposition political parties to look beyond one’s financial status when adopting candidates especially at presidential level.

He says the practice deprives communities of potentially good leaders, as they are segregated due to their economic status.

Chituplila has since urged political parties to focus on people’s manifestos, saying financial status is not an indicator of political acumen.

Meanwhile, the Continental Leadership Research Institute (CLRI) has condemned the habit of politicians dishing out money in exchange for votes.

Director, Paul Hakoola says the practice commercializes politics, hindering the participation of youths and women.

He calls for an end to the habit, saying politics should be a battle of ideas and not wallets.