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Opposition trying to tarnish Zambia, says Scott

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Vice President Guy Scott
Vice President Guy Scott

POLITICIANS, claiming that democracy in Zambia is under siege, are using political tactics to tarnish the reputation of Zambia’s government and perhaps have the country sanctioned, according to Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott.

Mr Scott, speaking in Johannesburg, on Thursday addressed concerns about the direction of Zambia’s political and business policies under outspoken President Michael Sata’s administration.

Opposition leaders earlier this year accused the government of jeopardising Zambia’s democracy after a series of investigations — and harassment — of opposition members. The recent deportation of foreign business people has also seen the Zambian government being accused of backdoor socialism.

The immunity of former president Rupiah Banda was withdrawn and he was arrested on charges of corruption in recent weeks.

The development was labelled politically motivated, but is not new in Zambian politics.

The immunity of former president Frederick Chiluba was lifted by the Zambian parliament in 2002.

Mr Scott’s comments were in part directed at a press briefing called by opposition leaders, including Nevers Mumba of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Zambia Direct Democracy Movement leader Edwin Sakala, earlier this year, at which they accused Mr Sata of being a dictator and urged the international community to help defend democracy in Zambia.

They also said that the Public Order Act was being used to prohibit them from gathering in Zambia and encroached on freedom of expression and association.

Mr Scott said the act was legacy legislation that the Zambian government would put under judicial review. “People have a very long memory when it comes to the nightmare days of the past. These acts are bits of legislation that we have inherited. It’s a colonial piece of legislation.… We don’t lock people up on the president’s say-so.”

Mr Scott said the opposition often exploited the international media and appealed to international bodies such as the Commonwealth to have the country censured.

Earlier this month the Movement for Multiparty Democracy said it would boycott parliamentary by-elections which started this week, citing intimidation and harassment of their supporters.

75 COMMENTS

  1. PF in a panic mode. You guys have completely failed to run the country. Excuses after excuses! We are fed up

    • Typical Zambian mentality. Always seeing things in reverse mode.
      Not sure whether this person knows what development is all about. These are the type of people who will always call Man U amakula.

  2. muzungu opusa! what are doing jo`burg wasting tax payers money? you better be sealing bussines deals there, not those stupid statements you are making,, am still waiting for the outcome sugar case you reported to zambia competition commission

  3. Wells said Scott.It is just a pity that the bitter-man(HH) and his stooges have adopted insulting credible and outstanding men like you as a campaign strategy.Wish you all the best.

  4. FACT; nobody has done more to tarnish zambia’s image than PF itself.Its endless electioneering,arrests of opposition,isolation by neighbours afraid of close association with Sata and PF’s willful neglect of the economy.Zed is a horror movie.

  5. What would HH say, if Scott called him a stupid , black inexprienced little politician who thinks sp is zambia. HH is aspiring to be president of zambia, this will not happen for as long as he discriminates others on basis of colour,tribes,region and many other such barbaric vices. For him and others would have rushed to UN, sadc and other international bodies. As a person aiming at plot 1 you are sending wrong signals to the general electorate. You would do well to retract your statement, but that’s impossible due to your pompousness that has always ve, had negative implications on your political career. Why should you refer to someone by their colour of skin? That’s racism, which you are championing. Scott like many others in his situation are zambians. Your talk is cheap and…

    • @kapoma… dont give some DONGO NA SUNDU explanations and excuses here,,, Scott himself understands that the word stupid is not an insult and its not discriminatory. That word is used to correct people like him (scott) when the roll off the rails.. OK!!!

      OOhhh sorry!!! kapoma.. you are in ukraine,, too much nuclear radiation there,, sorry for tumors on brain, they shows in your comment

    • @kapoma… dont give some DONGO NA SUNDU explanations and excuses here,,, Scott himself understands that the word stupid is not an insult and its not discriminatory. That word is used to correct people like him (scott) when they roll off the rails.. OK!!!

      OOhhh sorry!!! kapoma.. you are in ukraine,, too much nuclear radiation there,, sorry for tumors on brain, they shows in your comment

  6. So is the Veep telling us that the combined PF propaganda machinery of The Post , The Times, The Daily Mail & ZNBC have been outwitted by the opposition parties? My advice to the beleaguered VP & his handlers is that Zambia’s battered image will only get worse if the PF Govt does not abandon its high-handedness & undemocratic tendencies.

  7. Shut up Gay Scott. Just clean up your image. The Stu.pid things you do are picked up by the international press instantly. It doesn’t need the opposition to tell the world. When you summarily deport people it will be picked up instantly. When you lock up opposition leaders it will be picked up instantly. When you introduce communist controls via statutory instruments it will be picked instantly. We live in a digital world. There’s no hiding for you. Just change your primitive and dictatorial behaviour, mambala.

  8. Guy Scot’s statement is incomplete. “The opposition is trying to tarnish the country’s image …. … Because they are bitter for losing an election”. No more excuses your Honor. Looks like your lies are catching up with your “party and its government”. Own up Sir.

  9. LT work on your site.It is very frustrating.This slowness for the page to open is now getting on my nerves.Please don`t let me lose my cool and start using derogatory terms like my uncle Hakainde Ichilema.

  10. let ceremonial veep say something at least. sakeni and summer have taken the lion’s share of pf propaganda vuvuzela

  11. you are a lost ***** becoz u dont understand Zambian voters.. Sata was insulting but pipo stil voted for him.. u *****

  12. how come this stupid foolish old man no longer makes sense? The Public Order Act has been the days of Roy Welenskey, his father’s compatriot and now he wants to insult our collective wisdom.

  13. The problem with this party and its government (the PIG), is that they don’t seem to see their own blunders !!! Nobody is giving the PF and government a bad name nor tarnish the country’s name EXCEPT the PIG itself !! So please STOP accusing the opposition for something that they haven’t done ! The PF is actually shooting itself in its foot !! While we wait for them to SELF DESTRUCT !!!!

  14. The collective spirit of most Zambians is that the PF succeeds in all its endeavours to strengthen democratic practices in the country. And so it shall be. Small-time politicians running minuscule tribal parties and without the necessary pedigree will only end up as rant- specialists.

  15. I agree with the rest. PF is tarnishing its own name and the bad news is that it take a long time t9 build a reputation but a very short time to tarnish it

  16. DOTI, MWA ZITAYA BABA. U WON’T RECOVER FROM THIS. LIKE UNIP/MMD, U R OROSO GOING DOWN. US DE YOUTH R NOT EASILY FOOLED. DE KAPIRI BY-ELECTION IS JUST A TIP ON DE ICE BERG. WE KNOW YO LIES AND IF U COME TELLING US HH IS TRIBAL WE WILL NOT BELIEVE U.

    KOPALA WILL BE TRYING HH IN 2016.

    MWANA ZIMANDOLA WILL TRY HH IN 2016.

    AND WE KNOW, LUZBERG WILL ALSO TRY HH IN 2016.

    WHAT HAPPENED IN LUKULU WILL ACTUALLY BE COUNTRYWIDE VERY SOON.

    GUYS, U HAVE FAILED US TOO EARLY. YO DOUBLE STANDARDS, LIES, LACK OF DIRECTION IS WORSE THAN THE HATED MMD.

    IF HH DOES THE SAME, WE WILL BOOT HIM OUT QUICKLY AS WELL.

    YOURS, BELOVED VOTER!

  17. Dott Scott my dear you’ve been mudding your own waters. With the entire national press in your control one wonders how opposition leaders without much of an outlet can spread propaganda against your mighty PF under the leadership of Sata, the so called King Cobra aka man of action. You know what; my dear Scott your government is just lousy. It is the worst government since independence. You guys are jokers. Honestly you are not even ashamed that the same useless opposition which you claim , on a daily basis, that will never rule Zambia is capable of inflicting so much damage on your government! I think by 2016 they would have damaged you beyond description. Super Ken has a name for cry babies like PF. He calls muppets like you , “frightened little men”. Grow a spine! Stop whining!

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