IN a dramatic turn of events, estranged Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa on Saturday launched his political party at mignight in Kitwe’s Riverside residential area, hardly 12 hours after he aborted his Copperbelt trip and flew back to Lusaka because of cadre trouble at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.
But questions are already being asked about the party financiers and their motives.
Mr Sampa apparently drove back to Kitwe at break neck speed from Lusaka to launch his party after he failed to disembark from the aircraft at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport
Mr Sampa’s political party, the Democratic Front, was initially registered as the Genuine People’s Platform with its interim president being David Chanda and its mission to fight corruption, poverty and empowering every Zambian by respecting their abilities and capabilities.
Mr Sampa has formed his political party with a declaration that Chinese investment in the country was not benefiting Zambians and that the country had remained one of the poorest in the world.
And the PF will be writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to stop Mr Sampa from representing the ruling party in the House following his decision to resign from the PF to form his own political party.
Meanwhile, police have challenged the Mr Sampa’s supporters who were alleged to have been assaulted to report to the police.
Mr Sampa said he had left the Patriotic Front (PF) because the ruling party had allegedly become intolerant to members who aspired to take up the presidency of the ruling party following the death of president Michael Sata.
Mr Sampa also said he decided to resign from the PF because he had been accused of attempting to make the ruling party a personal-to-holder institution apart from being banished from conducting PF mobilization activities outside his constituency.
“We shall not focus on political strategies that divide the nation to win the elections. We shall respect the traditions, values, norms, language and symbolic gestures of citizens.
‘‘Life has become too hard for the people under the PF due to economic mismanagement. Those of us who challenged our great humble leader (President Lungu) are now being humiliated and our supporters are being purged,” Mr Sampa said.
Copperbelt Democratic Front provincial chairman Dickson Ngandwe confirmed the launch of the party and declared that Mr Sampa would be Zambia’s seventh republican president after the August general elections.
Mr Ngandwe also said DF would scoop all the parliamentary and local government seats on the Copperbelt in the 2016 elections because it has a lot of support in the area and had laid a firm foundation for victory.
“I can confirm that our party, DF, was launched last night around 2300 hours in Riverside area along Jambo Drive. Among other things, our party will work towards sweeping corruption and poverty in the country. It will also strive to empower every Zambian by respecting their abilities and capabilities,” he said.
He said the ideology of the DF was inclusiveness of all Zambians because it would respect every available human and natural resources available in abundance for sustainable development.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said she had not received a report of DF cadres being beaten.
Meanwhile, PF secretary general Davis Chama has said the PF would soon be writing to Dr Matibini informing him that Mr Sampa, who is Matero member of Parliament, has ceased to be a member of the ruling party following the formation of the DF party of which he is the interim president.
And Mr Chama has described Mr Sampa as a deceptive man who had lied to the PF and the country that he was never going to leave the ruling party and would remain loyal to President Edgar Lungu.
“We will be writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly as the PF to ask him to stop Mr Sampa from representing the PF in the House because he has ceased to be a member of the ruling party. Mr Sampa has resigned from the PF and should not start masquerading as member of Parliament for the PF,” Mr Chama said.