The PF elections chairperson Jean Kapata’s warning to the Matero law-maker Miles Sampa ‘PF bigger than Sampa –Kapata’ and I cannot agree more than what she said (Daily Nation, January 18, 2016).
I think political leaders in the PF need to learn the simple lesson: ‘you may think you are done with history but history is certainly not done with you’.
That is what the PF Matero stalwart should keep in mind.
However, is Jean Kapata’s warning indicating that matters have not been rosy in PF?
Has the Matero law-maker decided to go against the PF grain? Is he losing friends fast in PF?
Observers say Sampa’s using the Donchi Kubeba Part II occasion in the ruling party to judge his popularity after fallout with the Head of State.
In a related mini-reshuffle, president Edgar Lungu had his way, when he seemingly side-lined Sampa who was not promoted to a full cabinet portfolio, but remained a deputy minister of commerce from which he has since sorely resigned.
That matters have not been rosy for Sampa in PF and is now Zambia’s worst-kept secret.
The frosty relations in PF were fuelled by the appointment of the UPND Member of Parliament, Richwell Siamunene as defence minister.
This move, rather than cement cracks that existed in the PF following the death of President Michael Sata, widened the rift.
This facet has rankled the PF president’s loyalists, who have come out strongly in his defence.
They’re complaining that whoever is pushing Sampa’s agenda is not doing it for the unity of the party but is on a deceptive and personal agenda.
It is also a serious display of poor judgement for a party member to threaten a departure that never happens.
Two years is a long time to be packing your belongings while issuing threats to your spouse.
But Sampa and his allies have seemingly moved fast to assuage his presidential ambition predicament, to the chagrin of Jean Kapata, whose own party president has his eyes set on Zambia’s presidency,
Nonetheless, for failing to douse his presidential embers, Sampa would have to go an extra mile, to either regain or recruit new allies to replace a sizeable lost chunk of his former electoral constituency.
As he shuttles to the 2016 general elections his chances of the ultimate prize are compromised by his vacillation to quit PF and his inability to keep friends in the ruling party.