GUY Scott has with immediate effect been fired from his position as Patriotic Front (PF) vice-president.
PF president Edgar Lungu yesterday sacked Dr Scott as the ruling party’s vice-president hours after he authored a letter directing acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Irene Mambilima to reject Mr Lungu’s nomination papers for the presidential election next month.
Mr Lungu’s action has effectively relegated Dr Scott to an ordinary member of the party although he remains the Acting President.
Mr Lungu said in a letter to Dr Scott that it had come to his attention that the Acting President authored a letter to Justice Chibesakunda and Justice Mambilima purporting to have directed the rejection of his nomination which is scheduled to be filed on Saturday this week.
He said the letter to Justice Chibesakunda was provocative and an act of indiscipline which had created despondency in the minds of party members.
Mr Lungu said the letter to Justice Chibesakunda and Justice Mambilima had no authority or consent of the Central Committee or himself (Lungu) as the party president.
“This action has threatened the peace, law and order of the party and the nation. In pursuance of article 19 (c) and 61(i) of the party constitution, you are hereby informed that you have been removed from the position of vice-president with immediate effect and will henceforth remain an ordinary member of the party,” Mr Lungu said.
Mr Lungu said Dr Scott was aware that he (Lungu) had been elected president of the PF at the general conference on 30 November 2014 and that the High Court had passed a consent judgment declaring him the duly and legitimately elected party president.
He however said he had referred the matter of Dr Scott’s gross indiscipline to the Central Committee.
Soon after the dismissal of Dr Scott as vice-president of the PF, the Central Committee held an emergency meeting at which the ruling party’s chairperson for Labour Davis Mwila was expected to move a motion to expel the Acting President from the party.
The irate Central Committee members convened at Blue Nile Lodge last night to discuss Dr Scott’s letter to acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda in which he directed the head of the judiciary as presiding officer not to accept presidential nomination from Mr Lungu until after the conclusion of the court cases.
Mr. Mwila said Dr Scott was being insubordinate to party president Lungu to write such a letter to Justice Chibesakunda without informing the leader of the party.
Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba warned that Dr. Scott had taken party members for granted and had therefore deserved to be expelled from both the party and Cabinet. Traditional and Chiefs Affairs minister Nkandu Luo said Dr. Scott’s action could be understood because he was not an indigenous Zambian.
Tourism and Arts minister Jean Kapata said the action by Dr. Scott was the reason late President Michael Sata used to allegedly refer to him as a “whiteman” who did not care about the political stability of the country.