Former Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa has settled K45,000 owed to Zulu and Company, a law firm run by former Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu.
This was Mr Sampa was sued for non-payment of legal fees dating back to 2014.
Mr Sampa posted a cheque issued to Mr Zulu and wrote on his Facebook that he was surprised that he was dragged to court over the matter.
“Seeing even when I stay mute someone will choose to bring me online, I may as well speak out. ‘Uncle’ Sebastian Zulu (former Minister of Justice) decided I owe him k45,000 and since he did not get a response from his messages on my 097 which I kept switched off to cool off after campaigns, he thought I was ignoring him.”
“He decided to sue me in the High Court which was most unfortunate as he was one of our gurus in PF since 2011. Anyways I immediately squared his books as soon as I was alerted of his court action. That said, I love him most dearly. He is very innocent minded and noble man and wish him a relaxed festive season and Merry Christmas.”
Mr Sampa who signed off his statement as a ‘party less citizen’ clarified that the legal fees were part of the legal representation he received during the PGF wrangles after the disputed outcome of the Kabwe convention.
“This was out of the 2014 PF Kabwe Presidential ‘fights’. I had many lawyers representing my case and he was just one of the 10 lawyers that took my case to the Supreme Court. I did make payments to all of them and only him is resurrecting two years later,” he added.
“As a former Banker, I have slight tolerance to various crimes except failing to pay Bills as they fall due. I learnt early in my profession that not paying bills is a No No. The perception therefore created by my ‘Uncle’ on me touches a raw nerve. But the guru should not be first to run to the public.”
He said, “We were always jovial when we met last 5 years but after these elections we had not met and he could not reach me on phone. Next he buys summons into court against me. He could have been more patient. I am not that hard to find.
Zulu and Company dragged Mr Sampa to court for failing to clear a K45,000 bill dating back to 2014.
The company had requested the Lusaka High Court to order Mr Sampa to immediately settle the legal fees owed by the former Commerce deputy minister.
This is contained in a statement of claim filed before court that despite numerous reminders, Mr Sampa has failed to settle the legal fees accrued during the legal suit that came about in the aftermath of President Michael Sata’s demise and who was to take over the leadership of the Patriotic Front Party.
The firm explained that it was engaged by Mr Sampa to represent him in High Court proceedings as a defendant in a consent judgment between Mrs Inonge Wina (as PF chairperson) and party secretary general Davis Chama.
This was in the power struggle that characterised the PF party where Mr Sampa emerged among other contenders for the presidency and challenged Edgar Lungu despite his being the preferred candidate.