President Michael Sata cannot continue to reward Dr Guy Scott as Vice President at the expense of all Zambians..We acknowledge the President’s need to reward a colleague he feels helped him and the PF get into Government..However the whole country cannot continue to suffer at the expense of one man. There must be other ways to reward Dr Scott.
The current debate on Dr Scott’s derogatory remarks is his failed attempt to correct a bad situation created by what is clearly an anomaly in Government and that is he, Dr Scott, is a ceremonial VP who cannot act as President of Zambia. It is also as a result of failed communication in Government whenever the President travels out of Zambia.
At the moment tension is high in the country due to the manner in which the President left Zambia for Israel. Everyone is questioning if indeed proper procedures were followed to handover power to an acting President..This speculation is clearly fuelled by the fact that the normal order of things, where the Vice President takes over, in the absence of the President, is not the case at the moment..No wonder the Secretary to the Cabinet has found himself between a rock and a hard place. This is because he cannot reveal the circumstances in which the President left the country, if the President himself, who is an elected official and accountable to the people of Zambia, does not see it fit, through the Presidency machinery to share this with the nation. Our colleague George Chellar seems to have no network where ever he is.
It is our considered view that all the speculations and innuendoes will disappear once the constitutional crisis caused by the current person in the Vice Presidents office is replaced with a bonafide Zambian who can act when President Sata is away..
We wish to urge President Sata to make this his first order of business upon his return so that Zambian families do not suffer unnecessary economic hardships at family level due to the uncertainty in the economy caused by speculation whenever he travels out of the country and does not leave a bonafide person in the office of the Vice President. Generally human beings like order and as Zambians we wish to see order in our Government.
It is time for the brave men and women in Government to advise the Presidency and all the Executive on the importance of Government procedures which are there purely to serve Zambians…Communication, and clear communication is critical at the moment to remove doubt from Zambians that all is well in our country..The alternative is that we will all continue speculating on the whereabouts of the President and who should act at the expense of dealing with real issues such as the high cost of food, rentals, transport and lack of jobs for the youth.
2 July 2014