Letter to the Editor

Sampa should be welcomed back into the PF

Dear editor,
IT IS good that former United Democratic Forum party leader, Miles Sampa, who had gone political miles away from the ruling Patriotic Front has finally rejoined PF.
Sampa is such a brilliant and focused politician despite going into a political alliance with Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the major opposition political party, United Party for National Development (UPND) in the August 11, 2016 general elections.
The former Matero lawmaker and Commerce deputy minister apologised to the PF that his decision of resigning from the ruling party was made out of emotions. Whatever the case, Sampa should be welcomed in the ruling party as directed by President Edgar Lungu.
The point worth noting is that there are no permanent enemies in politics. Moreover, he is not the first one to rejoin the ruling party, neither is he the last one to take such a path. Truth be told, his rejoining PF has been received with mixed feelings.
Some people within the ruling party have welcomed Sampa’s move of rejoining the party. On the other hand, others are not for the idea, stating that late president Michael Sata’s nephew and the former Matero lawmaker traversed the country, strongly campaigning for Mr Hichilema in the recently held general elections.
But, according to Sampa, he said that the alliance between him and the UPND ended on August 11, 2016. For the spirit of peace, unity and development of Zambia, there is need to bury the hatchet and welcome Sampa, a high-profile politician, and move on. Moreover, it is said that to err is human and of course people learn from their mistakes. These mistakes in most cases arise from wrong decisions and those made in haste.
In conclusion, I wish to rebut the assertion by some people that Mr Sampa is miles away from political reality because he is not sure of what he wants in his political career. Reality is that the man is a potential and focused leader whom President Lungu and his team should embrace like anyone else.
The rejoining of the big political family, the PF, by Mr Sampa is a welcome gesture and he should not be painted black over his past mistake. Moreover, the man has apologised to the party.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka



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