THE coming elections won’t be easy with the 50 per cent plus one clause in place, bonse abatemwa ukweba abanenu that they are not a factor, mukaisanga muli mwamoneni, says Miles Sampa.
The Matero PF member of parliament said this on Saturday at Kasama airport when ruling party supporters welcomed him in the district where he went to launch the Michael Chilufya Sata Christmas Football Tournament, barely a week after he launched another tournament in Mpika.
Among those who welcomed him were district chairlady Hilda Banda, constituency chairlady Mary Kapoko, district youth chairman John Bwalya, and other senior district PF officials.
Before proceeding to Kasama Sports Complex which was the venue of the tournament, Sampa met with some PF district officials at the secretariat at their request before he could go to the stadium where hundreds of soccer fans and PF supporters were waiting for him.
At the secretariat, Sampa told the PF members that the 2016 general elections would not be easy for anyone.
“I have come here to open the Michael Chilufya Sata football tournament like the one we had in Mpika a few weeks ago. People in Kasama requested that even here I bring them the tournament and this is the reason for my coming,” Sampa said.
“But one thing I want to tell you is that these coming elections won’t be easy. We need to work very hard. With 50+1 in place, bonse abatemwa ukweba abanenu that they are not a factor muleke. Nomba everyone is a factor, otherwise mukaisanga muli mwamoneni (all of you who like telling others in the party that they are not factors, you should stop. This time, everyone is a factor otherwise, you will remain in shock regretting).”
And some PF supporters spoken to said they wanted Sampa to be President Lungu’s running mate in next year’s elections.
“Apa niba Miles fye (it’s just Miles), and we will make sure that at the convention, he wins as a vice-president. Miles is an asset and without him in the party next year, we are headed for an exit,” said Ted Bwalya.
Another Kasama resident Mildred Miti said PF needed a serious running mate who could also help the President to win.
“Our constitution will now have a running mate clause and in PF – especially here in Kasama – we want a serious running mate who will make the President win and that person is Miles Sampa,” said Miti.
On his way back to the airport, Sampa made a stopover at Kasama market to buy mushrooms, where traders thronged to take pictures with him, a scenario which brought business to a standstill, with over 30 taxis joining the convoy through town.