PF cadres bay for Sampa’s blood, blocks him at airport

Miles Sampa (Deputy minister of Commerce)
Miles Sampa

FORMER Matero member of Parliament Miles Sampa yesterday had to make a U-turn from Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, where some Patriotic Front cadres gathered to express their displeasure at his sentiments about the ruling party.

Mr Sampa has recently been quoted in The Post issuing disparaging remarks against the PF, and on Thursday announced his resignation from the ruling party.
He was due to hold a press briefing at Kitwe’s Moba Hotel yesterday but could not alight from the plane as some PF members had gathered to protest against his remarks.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga said: “Mr Sampa arrived in Ndola this morning; he was scheduled to have a meeting in Kitwe but when he arrived at the airport in Ndola, I was told that some people suspected to be PF cadres had kept vigil at the airport. I advised him, through the security at the airport, not to alight from the plane until we were able to beef up security. But the latest I have is that he has decided to fly back to Lusaka,” Ms Katanga said.
And in Kitwe, HONE SIAME reports that Mr Sampa failed to show up for his first press briefing after his resignation from the ruling party.
There was tight security at Moba Hotel around 14:00 hours and entry was highly restricted.
Some United Party for National Development members were seen at the hotel but they all left by 14:45 hours after learning that Mr Sampa had returned to Lusaka.