Matero PF Member of Parliament Miles Sampa is in the process of registering a new political party to be called the Democratic Front (DF) with the aim of splitting PF then negotiate to be running mate, if the country will go for a second round of voting.
The Watchdog understands that former vice president Guy Scott will be floated as Sampa’s deputy president while former Women in Mining chairperson Namakau Kaingu will be Secretary General.
Sources close to ground works have disclosed to the Zambian watchdog that the documents for the application are likely to be submitted by Sampa’s proxies in the course of next week or early January 2016.
The source further said that initially the party was supposed to be called the Zambia Patriotic Front but there was advice that it may be rejected by the PF cadres running the registrar of societies and therefore frustrate their plans.
“Miles Sampa is the leader of the party but there are also many other MPs and ministers in the PF who will support him and if they are expelled they will go to court with the hope that they hold on to their parliamentary seats until when parliament is expected to be dissolved about May or June,” said the source.
According to the plan, Sampa knows that he would not win the election but in the event that there is a run-off then he would use that as a bet to negotiate that he becomes the running mate for either President Edgar Lungu or UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, the two most likely front-runners.
Sampa is also banking on the fact that some PF MPs may not be adopted on PF ticket because Lungu will be faced with the challenge of accepting the candidates to be imposed on him by former President Rupiah Banda.