Miles Sampa has resigned from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party calling it ‘a sinking ship’. In a press release issued yesterday, the Matero lawmaker announced that he would no longer be serving in the party and has therefore decided to part ways with the PF.
Below is a press statement issued to the general public and the nation at large by Mr. Sampa.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: 21st January, 2016
RE: RESIGNATION FROM THE PATRIOTIC FRONT
I would like to inform the general public of my decision to resign from the Patriotic Front (PF) effective 21st January 2016.
My decision came about as a result of the intolerance, hate, vengeance and violent conduct towards party members; including those who supported me at the Kabwe convention in 2014.
As a firm believer of peace and democracy, I feel a number of people were not and have not been accorded the right to express themselves freely and that in itself has created disharmony from within. My efforts to unite the party have proved futile last 12 months.
The current PF in looks and conduct reminds me of the MMD of 2011 that instilled fear in the general public. I choose to disassociate myself from such a grouping and wish them well.
To the beloved people of Matero, be assured that there will be no by-Election in Matero as a result of my resignation. The new constitution effectively implies that I will be with you to finish off all the pending projects and programmes until the general elections.
I will be holding a press conference tomorrow where I will be issuing a comprehensive statement.
Miles Bwalya Sampa
Political spectators and observers including the usual rhetoric’s are wondering what is next for Miles? Will he join a formidable opposition front or will he endeavor to establish his own political party in hopes of becoming republican president in the near future?