GUY Scott has ceased to be Patriotic Front (PF) vice-president and he will remain an ordinary member whom the party will consult from time to time with respect, Davis Chama, the ruling party secretary general has revealed.
Mr Chama said Dr Scott was removed from his position as PF vice-president before the presidential election last month and that President Edgar Lungu, who is the leader of the ruling party had not rescinded his decision to change the status of the former republican vice-president.
Dr Scott could not be reached for a comment as his mobile phone was switched off but the former vice-president had challenged his dismissal in the Ndola High Court but has since withdrawn the matter so that it could be settled outside court.
Mr Chama said the ruling party would be holding elections from the lowest organ of the party to the position of vice-president but hastened to state that President Lungu as head of the PF reserved the right to appoint his deputy in the party.
He said Dr Scott would remain an ordinary member of the PF but as the founder and father of the ruling party, the leadership would be consulting him because he was still relevant to unity of the party.
“Dr Scott is no longer the vice-president of the PF as he was removed before the presidential election.
President Lungu as head of the ruling party reserves the right to appoint any other member of the party as vice-president. As you are aware, Dr Scott challenged his dismissal as vice-president of the PF in the Ndola High Court but for the sake of unity and reconciliation, he has withdrawn the matter so that we can settle it outside court,” Mr Chama said.
And Mr Chama said there are still some disgruntled elements within the ruling party who were undermining President Lungu and the party was happy that the Head of State had sent warning that he would deal with such divisive people. He said President Lungu had appointed some ministers from the opposition in an attempt to unify the country that was drifting into serious and dangerous regionalism and that it was important for all Zambians irrespective of religious, political and ethnic affiliation to support the Head of State.
Mr Chama said Zambia needed to heal from politics of ethnicity and that those who were blackmailing President Lungu over his decision to unite and heal the country were not patriotic Zambians and should therefore be chastised.
President Lungu has appointed MMD Mwandi member of Parliament Michael Kaingu and his Chipangali counterpart Vincent Mwale as edication and sports ministers respectively while UPND’s Siavonga MP Richwell Siamunene and Greford Monde Itehzi-Tehzi as Western Province and agriculture deputy ministers respectively.