THE Patriotic Front (PF) would value the contribution of former vice-president Guy Scott in next year’s general elections because as a founding member of the ruling party, he still has a lot to offer to the continued growth of the party, Jean Kapata has observed.
Dr Scott has reunited with the PF and has since been brought back into the central committee of the ruling party, a move that has cheered the ruling party’s members.
Ms Kapata who is PF elections chairperson said it was in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation that Dr Scott had been given his space in the ruling party’s central committee.
Ms Kapata said the PF had healed from its differences that almost left the party fractured during the transition last year following the death of president Michael Sata because President Edgar Lungu had been a strong proponent of peace, unity and forgiveness in the ruling party.
She said Dr Scott was one of the founders of the PF and it was only politically correct that the former vice-president should remain a member despite what the party went through when he (Dr Scott) acted as republican president.
She stated that the PF was starting afresh and was open to all the members who had left the party during the confusion that rocked the ruling party after the death of President Sata.
“Dr Scott is one of the founding members of the PF and the party missed him when he retreated following the differences the party suffered from during the transition period. He stopped attending central committee meetings but it is good that he has come to terms with the reality that the majority of Zambians want President Lungu. He is more than welcome and we need his contribution,” she said.
And PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri said although Dr Scott had not officially left the central committee, he had not been attending central committee meetings.
Mrs Phiri said Dr Scott exercised his democratic right to reject the candidature of President Lungu but that he had now realized