Miles Sampa

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Miles Sampa
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Personal details
Born (1970-12-26) 26 December 1970 (age 50)
NationalityZambian
Political partyPatriotic Front

Miles Sampa (born 26 December 1970) is a Zambian politician and the current Mayor of Lusaka, having been elected in August 2018.[1][2] Previously, he served as Member of Parliament for Matero Constituency from 2011 to 2016.[3]

Career

After the death Michael Sata, the Fifth President of the Republic of Zambia, who was Sampa's uncle, Sampa was elected as President of the Patriotic Front at a controversial Patriotic Front general party conference. His election was later deemed illegal by the High Court of Zambia, and Defense Minister Edgar Lungu, who would later be elected President of Zambia, was declared the rightful president of the PF. Sampa was later appointed as Deputy Minister of Commerce in Edgar Lungu's government. He resigned and quit the Patriotic Front shortly before the 2016 general election.

Sampa attempted to form a party named Democratic Front, but the name already belonged to another party. After deliberating and searching for a party name, he founded the United Democratic Front (UDF). Sampa entered alliances with Elis Chipimo's NAREP and Eric Chanda's 4th Revolution Party, before eventually throwing his weight behind Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND. After the UPND lost the election, Sampa attempted to rejoin the PF.[4][5]

Sampa is known for vocally speaking against inhuman working conditions of Zambians working for Chinese owned factories. Sampa reported that Zambian workers working in Chinese owned factories and manufacturers were only allowed to sleep on mattresses in a container, 6 people per container. Beijing owns 44% of overall Zambian debt, so it is common to have Chinese established industries in the capital of Lusaka. Sampa criticized the treatment of labourers as 'slavery' as they did not allow labourers to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sampa has been a good mayor of late as he has empowered a lot of people especially from the time he was suspended from the party

References

  1. https://zambiareports.com/2018/07/27/confirmed-miles-sampa-wins-mayoral-race/ CONFIRMED: Miles Sampa Wins Mayoral Race | Zambia Reports
  2. https://www.znbc.co.zm/miles-sampa-installed-as-lusaka-mayor/ Miles Sampa installed as Lusaka Mayor | ZNBC
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