Scott’s language

Vice President Guy Scott should mind his language if he has to live in peace with citizens and the international community.

However, since Dr Scott was appointed as number two in Zambia, he has uttered words which one would normally not expect from a man holding such a position.

Those who follow Dr Scott’s public statements would agree that our Vice President rarely pays heed to what he says.

Most times he would discard his prepared speech to state what he thinks about a particular issue.

What our Vice President does not realize is that he is in Government and his words should represent Government position.

While he can digress from his prepared speech, he has the responsibility of stating Government position on issues of national importance.

Zambians can vividly remember that it was our own Vice President who labeled South Africans as being backwards, effectively throwing diplomatic etiquette out of the window.

Only last week, Dr Scott issued two controversial statements in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

One was that he did not know what President Sata was suffering from because he neither slept with him nor was he married to the Head of State.

The other was that the ill-health of President Sata was being peddled by a minority grouping from the South of Zambia.

Obviously, there are better ways or language Dr Scott can use to respond to queries when people ask questions.

What Dr Scott should realize is that Government is not his creation but is a product of Zambians who have enshrined the structure and form in the constitution.

Even Dr Scott’s position in the land is also a product of the constitution which the people of Zambia created.

When the public is demanding answers from their elected leaders, Dr Scott should not answer to belittle or demean the people he is addressing as though he was addressing workers at his company.

Even workers or children have a limit to which they can tolerate language that shows little respect otherwise when they sense that they are being abused, they react.

If the Vice President does not like being asked questions, he can do the honourable thing of vacating the position and allow President Sata to appoint those who would represent Zambians with dignity.

We do not agree with the labeling of some tribe as minority in Zambia and Dr Scott should know better.

First President Kenneth Kaunda fought against this cancer for 27 years when he was in power and Presidents who have come after him have also fought against tribal remarks.

Certainly, Dr Scott should not hide in the name of political campaigns but ensure that whatever he says in public is in good taste and conforms to acceptable diplomatic standards.