Images of former Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa going to extraordinary lengths to go and kneel before President Edgar Lungu to seek forgiveness at Nkana Stadium on Wednesday made for interesting reading.
Sampa went an extra mile even in the face of extraordinary barriers around President Lungu to seek the face of the Head of State and beg for forgiveness. There could not have been a more befitting occasion than one staged on the national day of prayer with reconciliation at the very core of it for Sampa to press his case for re-admission in the Patriotic Front.
There is not one person who has gone these miles to be re-admitted in the Patriotic Front. Sampa has confessed to missing the Patriotic Front family and has in the last one year been pleading for re-admission.
Just in case we are not on the same page, Sampa had gone ‘astray’ in the aftermath of the Patriotic Front succession wrangles and in anger went to form a political party that turned out disastrous.
With the National Democratic Focus’ (NDF) catastrophic political experiment failing to hold, he went into an alliance of convenience with the UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema. That, too, spelt doom when Hichilema lost elections leaving Sampa previously so used to privilege and comfort devastated.
Everything that came with the privilege of power dried up including a chain college concubines.
Sampa lost his political self-esteem and publicly declared a sabbatical from politics. But he has spent the last year scheming a comeback to the PF family with heavy resistance from his former colleagues.
To be fair to Sampa less deserving personalities have been re-admitted to the PF with ease while he continues knocking on the door when he is one of those founders who worked so hard to ensure his uncle, late Michael Sata’s party, assumes power.
He happens to be the only former PF member who has been given a three year ban to prove his repentance before he can be considered for re-admission. Sampa has done almost about everything to win back the right to re-admission.
Having pulled that extraordinary stunt at Nkana Stadium, there is no doubt that if asked to go the biblical route of tearing his clothes as a sign of repentance Sampa may just do it. After all other members that had jumped ship like Edwin Lifwekelo and Edward Mumbi have been welcomed with open arms.
But then again we are left wondering what it is that Sampa is going through to reach all these extraordinary levels to get back to the PF? Why has the PF been so reluctant to re-admit Sampa to the party that he ran away from?
What value would Sampa add to the PF if he were to be re-admitted? Is the PF scared Sampa represents the Bemba brand that seeks to stop President Lungu’s bid in 2021?
Of course the PF may not have forgotten Sampa divulging PF bedroom issues in his short lived marriage with Hichilema.
Is it a question of once beaten, twice shy for the PF? Well maybe Sampa may have to go one more step in his journey with a ‘kiss feet act’ to be welcomed back? Maybe then his market value can shoot back to the top of the college stock exchange.