OPINION: Mayoral Crown Offers Miles Sampa a Window for Self Redemption


Miles Bwalya Sampa is almost certain to be crowned Lusaka Mayor on July 26 after the electorate have their say in the poll. Sampa has had a troubled political trajectory. For a man of his academic standing and experience, Sampa has made monumental political errors that have reduced him to almost a figure of fun in politics. Some of the scorn poured on him are only second to the now deceased father of politics of benefits Daniel Chibbwalu Munkombwe.  He fleetingly at the whims of his emotions jumped from one political party to the next and even experimented with forming his own.

But unlike many others that have gone to their graves without having an opportunity to rectify their errors, Sanpa has a rare opportunity to bounce back and win over his doomsayers. The former Matero lawmaker still has age and time to retain his political shine and be the mayor that Lusaka has been hoping for. Sampa knows the political ins and outs of Lusaka like the back of his hand and also has the advantage of having served as Member of Parliament for Matero Constituency in Lusaka. Knowing that the microscope is fully on him to weigh whether his political reformation is authentic could spur Sampa to work harder.

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He has the energy and drive of a teenager as his diverse initiatives in Matero Constituency showed at the time he served as Member of Parliament for Matero. President Edgar Lungu has taken the front seat role in the campaign for Sampa which could be the master stroke for Sampa to seal victory in the election. President Lungu has also cast aside the verbal abuse that Sampa lumped on him in the period of his political madness and offered Sampa a second chance at political and economic survival.  That too could drive Sampa to work harder. In any case why would society want Sampa crucified for his political naivety forever? Surely everyone deserves a chance at redemption and for Sampa Lusaka offers him that lifetime opportunity to repent from his political sins. Samps should know better that his conduct will either open or shut the door the many prodigal sons waating to return to PF.

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