President Lungu has rejected a proposal by a group of different emissaries who went to state house to suggest he should fire Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda or Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service Chishimba Kambwili and appoint Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa in either positions.
The President says the proposal by some emissaries that he should appoint Miles Sampa as either Minister of Finance or Information is absurd saying he will not make comments on the matter.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said the President does not want to comment on the departure of former Commerce Deputy Minister Miles Sampa but only want to put it on record that prior to his resignation some emissaries approached the Head of State to make proposals that he be appointed as cabinet Minister which he refused.
Mr. Chanda said the proposal was not made by Mr. Sampa himself but other people who met the president at state house as emissaries in recent weeks and a day before Mr. Sampa resigned.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, who could not disclose the names of the emissaries, said the President has decided not to comment on the resignation of Mr. Sampa from Government but noted that Mr. Sampa remains a member of the Patriotic Front.
He said the President finds the suggestion absurd because the emissaries proposed that the President appoints Mr. Sampa to his cabinet to settle the issue of the inclusion of Bemba speaking people in Cabinet saying Mr. Chikwanda and Mr. Kambwili are all Bembas hence the proposals were considered absurd.
Matero MP Miles Sampa resigned from his position as Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry but has maintained his membership with the ruling party.