Scott must resign or be fired-Fr Bwalya

Vice-President Guy Scott must with immediate effect resign on moral grounds or be fired for having gone to the Judge Rhoyda Kaoma Tribunal investigating former Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo to defend corruption, abuse of authority and violation of the Constitution, Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya has demanded.

Father Bwalya has charged that Dr Scott knew very well that what Masebo did was wrong and against the laws of the country but found time to appear before the Tribunal to defend acts that were clearly in breach of the constitution and the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct.

Fr Bwalya said Dr Scott’s position as Vice-President had become untenable after lying before the Tribunal that it was government’s position to dissolve the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) board and cancel  19 Safari hunting concession tenders.

The ABZ leader said Dr Scott was no longer fit to be President Sata’s vice because it had become clear that he was misrepresenting him in most of his actions and decisions.

Fr Bwalya said if Dr Scott did not have the moral conscience to resign on his own for defending corruption and impunity, President Sata should go a step further and fire his Vice-President because he had become an enemy of the fight against corruption.

He said if President Sata was truly allergic to corruption, he should not allow government officials such as Dr Scott to be part of the his cabinet because they were frustrating the fight against the scourge that had left many Zambians wallowing in poverty.

‘Dr Scott must resign on moral grounds for having gone to the Judge Kaoma Tribunal to defend corruption , abuse of authority and blatant violation of the Constitution. This is when he appeared before the Judge Kaoma Tribunal that was set up to investigate the prima facie corrupt conduct against Masebo. He is no longer fit to occupy the office of the Vice-President as it has become clear that he is misrepresenting President Sata in most of his actions and decisions. If President Sata is truly allergic to corruption, he must go a step further and fire Dr Scott for defending corruption,” Fr Bwalya said.

He said the ZAWA tendering process had incorporated an officer from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and another from the Office of the President (Special Division) and that President Sata could have been comprehensively briefed to take appropriate decisions without taking the route of a tribunal that was costly on the Zambians.

Fr Bwalya said he understood that  President Sata had taken the tribunal route to get rid of Masebo from his government stating that the Head of State needed a reason to dismiss Masebo so that he not could be seen to be personally making the decision.