I WILL teach Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s daughter, Sibongile, a lesson that Zambia is not a monarch where one family determines the future of the country, Kasama Central Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Kelvin Sampa has vowed.
Mr Sampa told the Daily Nation yesterday that while Sibongile was basking in her father’s perceived popularity in Kasama, she was in for a rude shock because the people of Kasama knew what was best for them and would not give her votes on the premise of the family name.
He said the UPND’s decision to adopt Mr. Mwamba’s daughter had made the job easier for the PF not only in ushering him (Sampa) into power but winning votes for the PF presidential candidate because Sibongile was no match for him.
Mr Sampa said he was not scared to face opponents who were merely trying their luck because he had already done his ground work, adding that Mr. Mwamba’s self-proclaimed popularity will be tested and determined by his daughter’s performance.
He said he was anticipating and relishing a hotly contested by-election with Mr. Mwamba at the time he resigned from the ruling PF to join the UPND, adding that giving him his daughter as an opponent in this year’s general elections was a bonus.
“Zambia is not a monarch where one family determines how the country is run. Of course they (UPND) have been making noise that they are popular but I am determined to beat her in this coming election. She thinks that by banking on her father’s popularity she can win an election but things don’t work like that in this country.
“I am more than ready to battle it out with the opponents but I know I will carry the day because I have done a lot for the people here to give me the vote. For those who think they have what it takes to win, let them wait and see,” Mr. Sampa said.
Sibongile is said to have gone unopposed during the adoption process for the Kasama Central seat. Recently, UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka said Sibongile had been on the ground for a long time and that she had done sufficient work which was complimented by her father who helped improve lives of people in Kasama Central.
Mr. Katuka said the UPND membership in Kasama agreed that she should continue with her fathers’ works and support her 100 per cent because the aim was to have UPND Members of Parliament in Northern Province to show UPND had grown in what was considered PF strongholds.