Power and Politics

PF Power Tussle: Sampa initiates contempt of court proceedings against factional officer, Mwamba


Patriotic Front (PF) faction Publicity and Information chairperson, Emmanuel Mwamba, faces contempt of court for allegedly commenting on the legality of Miles Sampa’s ascendency to party presidency, a matter before court.

Sampa has commenced contempt of court and committal proceedings against Mwamba alleging that he hosted a podcast which featured political commentators, Victor Kapungwe, and Chama Amerika, and made comments on the legality of the October 24, 2023 extraordinary general conference.

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“That the podcast hosted by the the Petitioner was premised on establishing the illegality and legality of my election as party president of PF, a matter that is a subject of litigation before this court,” he said.

Sampa said the one minute, 57 seconds podcast video by Mwamba deliberately disrespected the sanctity of the on-going proceedings when he brought into discussion the matter coming up for trial before the court by questioning the legality.

“That the second Petitioner ought to respect the due process of the law and allow for the matter to be adjudicated upon fairly without presenting a narrative to the public that might cause conflict and embarrassment to the court,” he said.

This is in a matter in which Mutotwe Kafwaya, Mwamba, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Chishimba Kambwili, Greyford Monde, Chitalu Chilufya and Brian Mundubile have challenged the election of Sampa as party president.

The petitioners sued Sampa who allegedly convened an illegal gathering and Morgan Ng’ona, who he later appointed as Secretary-General of the Party.

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