GOVERNMENT has advised former vice-president Guy Scott to refrain from attacking the Patriotic Front (PF) because as a founder member of the party, he has the obligation and responsibility to defend its performance, existence and growth.
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili said it was shocking that Dr Scott could attack the persona and character of special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda for stating the facts that there was an attempt to sabotage President Edgar Lungu soon after his victory in the January presidential election.
Mr Kambwili said while he was gravely disappointed by Dr Scott’s remarks about the performance of Government under President Lungu, he had refrained himself from attacking the former acting president because he had a lot of respect for him.
Mr Kambwili said the PF was still holding Dr Scott in high esteem as the former vice-president of the ruling party and the country and that it was surprising that the former acting president had not come to terms with the reality that President Lungu was given the mandate to govern Zambians.
He told the Daily Nation that Government did not want to enter into political altercations with Dr Scott because the former vice-president had contributed to the governance of the country.
He said if Dr Scott was of the view that things were wrong and that President Lungu had failed, he had the duty and obligation to advise Government instead of launching unwarranted attacks against the leadership of President Lungu.
“I am extremely disappointed with the attitude Dr Scott has adopted against the PF which is his own political party. He is a founder and as Government, we hold Dr Scott in high esteem because he contributed a lot to the growth of the party. It is our expectation that Dr Scott should refrain from attacking his own party and Government but should instead cultivate a culture of advising us for the good of the larger Zambia. We are not going to attack him but let him know that we respect him for his contribution to the party and the country,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili said Dr Scott should be working towards helping the PF succeed in delivering its promises to the people.
He said the PF was undertaking a lot of developmental programmes across the country and that the economic challenges the country was going through should not be apportioned to President Lungu who had been in State House only for seven months.’