THE Patriotic Front (PF) would want its Matero member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa to stay in the party and support President Edgar Lungu who has done everything humanly possible to unite the party that suffered serious fractures during the transition following the death of president Michael Sata, Frank Bwalya has said.
Fr Bwalya who is the PF deputy spokesperson has advised Mr Sampa to desist from using what he termed a hostile media house to engage the ruling party and its leadership over his real or perceived problems with the PF.
Fr Bwalya, a PF member of central committee said the ruling party noted that Mr Sampa barely weeks ago passionately talked about the PF and his desire to forever remain in the ruling party.
The PF was willing to have Mr Sampa remain a member of the ruling party but would respect his decision if he decided to resign because it was his democratic right to belong and interact with any political organization of his choice.
Fr Bwalya said President Lungu had remained open to all members of the PF who could have had grievances and that if Mr Sampa was aggrieved as was being suggested, he could have easily sought audience with the Head of State instead of using hostile newspapers to engage the ruling party.
“As the PF we have forgotten about the past and we have reconciled in order to move together as a united family. We want Mr Sampa to stay in the PF which is a party with a clear vision and of national character where people are not made uncomfortable because of the region they may from. We are surprised however that Mr Sampa who just weeks ago passionately spoke about how he would not leave the PF and die as a member is now using language contrary to his pledge. Nevertheless, it is Mr Sampa’s decision to remain in the PF or leave and as a party, we shall respect his decision,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya advised Mr Sampa to guard his statements and avoid