Vice President Guy Scott has issued an emotional apology to the Tonga speaking people of Southern Province for his recent tribal remarks in a BBC interview.
This was during the 30 minutes Vice President’s Question Time in Parliament Friday morning.
Dr Scott issued the apology which surprised many Members of Parliament present after Cheembe MMD MP Mwansa Mbulakulima asked him to clarify his recent statement against the Tonga speaking people.
Mr Mbulakulima asked, “Your Honor the Vice President, your office is a bridge between Government and the Zambian people, meaning even your language should be civil and unifying. When you were in England, your comment on South Africa raised a lot of dust in this country. Secondly, your comment on the Tonga people of Southern Province has annoyed the people of Southern Province. The other day your comment on Mulenga Sata has also raised a lot of noise, do you have a problem in the selection of words, or it is deliberate or it is your disease?”
In his response, Dr Scott said he was sorry for the words he uttered directed at the Tonga speaking people of Southern Province.
“I can say without any hesitation to the people of Southern Province to the Tonga people in particular who have taken this personally, sorry and I think it is the right word. You know I’m quite a high profile person and am quite a straight forward when I talk. So if I used a wrong word and I’ve now found a new one I will be using that,” Dr Scott said amid cheers and applauds.
At this stage, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini commended Dr Scott for putting the matter to rest.
Meanwhile, Dr Scott has revealed that the forensic audit of the mining industry will be sponsored by the Norwegian Government.
He said preliminary results of the audit which will start next week will be available within 60 days.
“I actually spoke to the ZRA Commissioner General to get latest on the implementation of the forensic audit as I was coming here (Parliament). The Norwegian are definitely supporting us, they are just sorting out whether we need three or four specialists to supplement the four specialists from the ZRA who will be undertaking the audit,” Dr Scott said.
He added, “Any information coming out like the judgement in the U & M and KCM London Judgement will be taken into account will be looked at. A forensic audit is basically like a criminal investigation, you look at all the finger prints, all the numbers. You look at all that seems to be a promising trail and you try to identify what the evidence of the suspicion was in the first place, whether it was tax evasion or whatever. I don’t think there is any mystery what a forensic audit is. The mystery is, who is paying, the answer is the Norwegians. We launch the audit next week and preliminary results within 60 days of that.