Out of or­der mayor, slammed

…as he jus­ti­fies his not pay­ing for al­leged poor ser­vice

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON MUNTEMBA

LUSAKA mayor Miles Sampa has been roundly con­demned by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers for his pub­lic tantrums with the lat­est in­ci­dent in which he re­fused to pay K700 at Lusaka’s Roan Sable restau­rant af­ter eat­ing the food.

Mr Sampa has drawn the ire of the pub­lic for in­ci­dents some have de­scribed as child­ish and not be­fit­ting the of­fice he oc­cu­pies. In the lat­est in­ci­dent, Mr Sampa on his own ad­mis­sion re­fused to pay for food he had con­sumed be­cause the ser­vice was al­legedly poor even though the food was nice. Eco­nomic and Eq­uity party (EPP) leader Chilu­fya Tay­ali said Mr Sampa’s be­hav­ior leaves much to be de­sired as it has brought the of­fice of the mayor into dis­re­pute. And PF deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Mumbi Phiri who also cas­ti­gated Mr Sampa ad­vised the mayor to em­u­late Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s hum­ble­ness if he is to be lifted up by God. Mr Sampa, ad­mit­ted on a Hot FM show that he re­fused to pay the K700 at the Roan Sable restau­rant af­ter eat­ing the food, and left a note to that ef­fect. In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Mr Tay­ali charged that Mr Sampa should grow up to mea­sure up to the of­fice he holds. “His be­hav­ior is bring­ing the of­fice of the mayor into dis­re­pute. The prob­lem with Miles is that he is too overzeal­ous and im­ma­ture such that some­times he acts out of emo­tions rather than rea­son­ing. “Our ad­vice to him is that he needs to re­alise that the of­fice he oc­cu­pies is an of­fice of high deco­rum and he needs to grow up to mea­sure up to the of­fice be­cause huge re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­quire high lev­els of ma­tu­rity,” Mr Tay­ali said. He said the best Mr Sampa could have done was to en­gage the restau­rant man­age­ment if he was not happy with the ser­vice. And when she called to con­tribute .on Hot FM’s break­fast show af­ter Mr Sampa con­firmed that he re­fused to pay in protest of the poor ser­vice at the up­town restau­rant, Ms Phiri said the mayor’s be­hav­ior was un­called for. Ms Phiri cas­ti­gated Mr Sampa whom she de­scribed as her young brother say­ing lead­ers must al­ways ex­hibit ex­cep­tional be­hav­ior wher­ever they are. Speak­ing when he was fea­tured on Hot FM’s break­fast show via a tele­phone in­ter­view, Mr Sampa said he de­clined to pay the bill af­ter eat­ing be­cause he had ini­tially re­quested that they pack his food as he had an ur­gent en­gage­ment but the waiter dis­ap­peared for over 15 min­utes. The mayor how­ever said that he would still pay the bill with in­ter­est but in­sisted that Zam­bians should al­ways de­mand ex­cel­lent ser­vice when­ever they were pay­ing for some­thing.

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