MATERO Member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa has pledged that he will vigorously and passionately campaign for Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu in the coming presidential election and vowed that he will never leave the ruling party because he is sentimentally attached to it.
And Mr Lungu has said Zambians across the country were resolved to vote for him so that the ruling party could continue with the developmental programmes initiated by late president Michael Sata.
Mr Sampa, who two weeks ago was reported to have branded the reconciliation between Acting President Guy Scott and Mr Lungu a sham, yesterday made emotional reconciliation vows with the Defence and Justice Minister, acknowledging the fact that there can only be one leader at a time.
Speaking at the Matero Old People’s Home where he met with Mr Lungu and Dr Scott, Mr Sampa said his time to contest the country’s presidency had not yet come and that he recognized and accepted Mr Lungu as the PF president and a candidate for this month’s presidential election.
He said he had no doubt that the ruling party was going to retain power after the coming presidential election and urged the residents of Matero to continue contributing to the victory and growth of the party because his desire was to become Zambia’s seventh president in 2020.
He said he would not be fighting over the presidency in the PF because this time was for Mr Lungu whom he described as a brother he had never differed with.
Mr Sampa said the succession wrangles the PF went through after the death of President Sata were normal but that he was not going to allow the differences to divide and destroy the party for which he was emotionally attached.
“There shall be one leader at a time and this time is for Edgar Lungu. I am glad to mark the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 on a special reconciliation tone. We lost our founding father Michael Sata and as a family, it was normal to fight. But I do not want the differences between us to kill the party. Let me tell you that I will campaign for Mr Lungu who is the president of PF and I know we are winning. I will never leave PF whether we are going to win or lose. I will campaign for Mr Lungu even in 2016 because my time will be in 2020,”Mr Sampa said.
Mr Sampa urged his supporters to stop listening to gossip because he was a new person and wanted a new beginning, adding that he would endeavour to follow the advice of those older than him.
And Mr Lungu said Zambians were unequivocally resolved to have the ruling party continue presiding over the country’s affairs under his leadership.
Mr Lungu rubbished assertions that the reconciliation in the ruling party was cosmetic stating that Dr Scott was determined to see unity and harmony permanently return to the ruling party.
Mr Lungu said he was not bothered by Chongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo’s decision to endorse UPND president Hakainde Hichilema for this month’s presidential election because she was not a factor in the political arena.
He said Ms Masebo had politically finished herself, stating that the Chongwe MP was nothing but a political opportunist who joined the PF after it had already crossed the finishing line in 2011.
‘‘I am the only man in this race and that is why everyone is talking about me. Give me your vote and you are going to see my true colours in leadership,”Mr Lungu said.