Miles eats humble pie, says will quit social media

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In a remarkable twist, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa says he has realised that the encounter he had with angry PF cadres on Monday does not amount to kidnapping but threatening violence.

Sampa has since apologised for posing with a pistol on his Facebook page yesterday, calling it poor judgement on his part, and says he will close all his social media accounts.

Following the altercation he had with PF cadres, Sampa told various media houses, including the BBC, that 20 known PF youths ambushed and kidnapped him on his way back from a tour of duty in Matero where he had ordered a stop to construction works on a suspected illegal plot.

But Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo rubbished Sampa’s claims in a statement today, saying Lusaka was a very peaceful city and that no kidnapping report has been filed at any police station in Lusaka or anywhere else.

Withdrawing his kidnapping claims, Sampa said: “It has come to my attention that the incident I encountered on Monday does not amount to kidnapping but threatening violence. As I felt my life was in danger and out of consequent trauma, my immediate reaction may have been out of context. I therefore wish to apologise unreservedly to all that I may have offended consequently. I regret and am sorry to all that had reservations on my response out of the ordeal. It was poor judgement on my part and I take full responsibility.

“I have just come out of a meeting with one of my spiritual mentors Father Charles Chilinda and will keep seeking wisdom, guidance and counselling from all my seniors.

“These include His Excellency the President Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, The Vice President Her Honour Inonge Mutukwa Wina, The SG Mr Davies Mwila, The PF Chairman Mr Samuel Mukupa, MCCs and Ministers among others.

“The office I hold on behalf of the people of Lusaka demands highest degree levels of integrity and decorum both in speech and actions. This I will keep aspiring to achieve on a daily basis.”

Sampa has also withdrawn the formal complaint he had lodged against his alleged abductors yesterday.

“As to my young brothers that attacked me, I hereby forgive them unconditionally and look forward to enjoying brotherhood and love with them. I therefore withdraw my formal complaint I lodged on them yesterday.

“I am keen to work for a win win for all stake holders in the City and these are the President, the Government, the Patriotic Front Party, The Council, all the people of Lusaka and in this context the youths and their aspirations.

“I remain open to advice and counselling for the good of all the people of the City.”

On closing his social media accounts, Sampa said: “In line with good order and decorum of the Office of Mayor, I will be shutting my personal social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. All my communications will be via the Lusaka City Council official channels.”


3 Responses to Miles eats humble pie, says will quit social media

  1. Honestly your worship,don’t tell the nation that you can not distinguish between kidnapping and being violently attacked. If not correct l stand to be corrected, are you not a for student of Harvard university? Why then stoop so low to an extent of risking your life just because of a piece of bread.

    m m
    August 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm

  2. This chap is very weak in mind and in action. Everything he is doing is working against himself. Mark my words! Street vendors have just usurped power from him. They will dictate terms to him which he will hence forth abide by. Illegal land allocation will be the order of the day as the council’s authority has been clipped at the highest level. He has officially become inert!

    August 30, 2018 at 9:05 am

  3. Sampa appears to be childish. He lacks stability and too impulsive

    August 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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