Zambia’s Deputy Minister causes an uproar

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Musamba Mumba

Musamba Mumba

Miles Sampa

Miles Sampa

By Zambian Eye UK Correspondent

Ministry of Commerce Deputy Minister, Miles Sampa, last Thursday, January 2, 2014, caused an uproar on his facebook account when he branded former Zambian Eye staffer, Barbara Musamba Chama Mumba, a prisoner of war (pow) and an internet criminal.

The posting on his Facebook Page received more than 300 comments, most were of those that were dismayed at the deputy minister’s behaviour for stooping so low by engaging a private citizen.

The minister posted, “PoW1: Proud Mushi Musamba (internet Criminal): inbox known nearest bus, tube or train station or car details used. Inbox family and village details in Zambia.”

The posting carried two of Musamba’s pictures. It is not known as to why the deputy minister sort Musamba’s details and that of her family, as efforts to get clarification from the deputy minister proved futile as his phone and Facebook message went unanswered at the time of publication.

Musamba, a Zambian UK based social media activist for accountability, good governance and an anti-corruption campaigner, fears for her life and that of her family following the posting.

When contacted, she had this to say, “I am very fearful for the lives of my family in Zambia and that of mine when I go back to Zambia to stay visit”. “It is worrying that Ministers could threaten citizens and their families in such a manner in a democratic country like ours”, she lamented.

“Labeling me an internet criminal when I have never been convicted before anywhere in the world is injurious to my character which could affect my employment and hinder future prospects in whatever field I would want to venture”, she further said.

Musamba was one of those that were instrumental in bringing down the former MMD government in the past general elections of 2011 who tirelessly campaigned for the then main opposition political party, PF, through social media, mainly facebook.


8 Responses to Zambia’s Deputy Minister causes an uproar

  1. @Lincoln Ngoma: What evidence do you have for the false allegations you are levelling at the innocent woman? Does being a minister and having money give him the leeway to threaten innocent citizens, hire a mercenary and take another life? You are the evil dwellers that have destroyed mother Zambia. Are you aware that she can report him to the police and to be prosecuted for cyber bulling? What he has done is a criminal offence.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

  2. The minister work on tip offs and every blogger should in mind that the comments we write are closely monitored by the the special be careful……Sampa cannot woke up and mention a woman without any strong links….is he mad?

    January 6, 2014 at 4:54 am

    • Yes he is mad! Is he going to remove her skin? Skin her alive?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:43 am

  3. Proud Musamba, Cynthia Neal, Lwanzi Milimo are desparate characters who are languishing in diaspora. Forgive them. They want to vent their anger on innocent people as if they are responsible for the
    hardship they are going thru in diaspora.

    Mwine mushi 2
    January 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  4. Please Sampa and Barbara know your limits in your anger expressions as you may step on someone’s toe. Understand your rights and act responsibly. You are both adults with sound education, remember your basics and avoid such issues in public.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • She sounds schooled but not educated. Education is about the entire being. School is at times about papers.

      On their debate I have noting to say since I have no information on what they are talking about. But one thing is clear, they are using the social media for fruitless arguments which non of them can win.

      John Chinena
      January 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  5. after losing the battle with the zambian wachdog he goes on to another battle with citizen.sampa will lose this one again for defametory & internant bulling . this is acuse in the court of law.

    January 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    • i think pf mps do’nt know laws or they think they are above the law.kaya

      January 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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