MILES Sampa had a long meeting with Orange Alliance leaders Eric Chanda and Elias Chipimo in an attempt to auction the alliance to the United Party for National Development (UPND) but his scheme was strongly rejected by the alliance members, it has been revealed.
Mr Sampa has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the UPND in which the two political parties have agreed to work together to fight the PF and President Edgar Lungu.
Mr Chanda who is president of 4TH Revolution and a vice-president of the Orange Alliance said it was not going to make political sense for the alliance to abandon its values and beliefs and forge yet another alliance with the UPND.
He said as an astute politician, he did not believe in what he termed the Daniel Munkombwe formula of participating in the political affairs of the country and had therefore differed with Mr Sampa.
Mr Chanda said he could not be coerced into leaving the Orange Alliance and form another alliance with the UPND because the act was politically perilous and was going to defeat the essence of having formed the alliance between NAREP, DF (deregistered) and 4R.
He explained that he was not in politics for survival and that he was not going to accept to move to the UPND and endorse Mr Hichilema because Zambians were going to lose the trust and respect they had for him as a political leader.
“Zambians must know that Mr Sampa met with me and Elias Chipimo with the view to convince us to endorse the candidature of the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema. But we realized that it was going to defeat the essence of having formed the Orange Alliance. I am one who does not believe in the Daniel Munkombwe formula who has served in each and every government except the Edgar Lungu administration. I am in politics to serve and not for survival and I refused to move to the UPND because I do not want to practice politics of the belly, ”Mr Chanda said.
He said rejecting to endorse Mr Hichilema was not an easy decision but was happy that he remained in the Orange Alliance which he said would soon be announcing its presidential candidate as well as its running mate for the August general elections.
Mr Chanda said the departure of Mr Sampa from the Orange Alliance had not changed the complexion of the alliance and that the leadership had since embarked on identifying its presidential candidate and the running mate.
He said the Orange Alliance was now feeling betrayed by Mr Sampa’s move to the UPND and that Zambians would have to judge the Matero MP for who he was.
“We are asking all aspiring candidates who would want to contest all the elective political positions from councillors, mayors, members of Parliament to bring their applications. The aspiring candidates should take their application to the Orange Alliance secretariat housed at the NAREP offices,” Mr Chanda said.