A woman whose son is purported to be the child of Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Miles Sampa, has angrily dismissed the online media reports as unfounded.
And police in Lusaka are holding Esnart Ngoma, 21, a woman also purported to be one of Mr Sampa’s girlfriends.
Ms Lucy Kombe of Ibex Meanwood in Lusaka says she is the mother of the baby pictured on the online publication which claimed that the child is Mr Sampa’s.
Ms Kombe, who sounded quite annoyed on the phone said the child’s father is Mr Gilbert Kombe.
“It is very important for these people (online publication) to verify issues before publication. How can my son belong to Mr Sampa, when he has a father – Gilbert Kombe,” she said.
Ms Kombe said Ms Ngoma recently visited her and took a picture of herself (Ngoma) with her (Kombe’s) son.
To her surprise, barely two days after getting the picture of the boy, she read a story about Ms Ngoma and that Mr Sampa is the father of her (Ms Kombe’s) son.
Ms Kombe has vowed to get to the root of this matter by working in with Mr Sampa and his wife.
Lusaka Province Commissioner of Police Nelson Phiri said in an interview yesterday that Ms Ngoma is being held for her own protection.
He said following Ms Ngoma’s appearance on one of the online publications as one of Mr Sampa’s girlfriends, some people had started trailing her.
“The police is here to protect people and property, when she sought police protection, we gave it to her. We will do this as long as she is in danger,” Mr Phiri said.
He said like Ms Ngoma, any person can seek police protection and they will get it.
Ms Ngoma is a former journalism student at Lusaka’s Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Trust (ZAMCOM) and is now studying Mass Communications at Cavendish University.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda said investigations have been launched and police will soon issue a comprehensive report.