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“Guy Scott was responsible for the Fuel crisis early this year”

Filed under: Breaking News,Politics |
Amos Chanda

Amos Chanda

The President’s Special Aide for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has maintained former vice president Guy Scott was behind the fuel crisis Zambia faced early this year.


Chanda says it is clear that at any given time, a country is supposed to have a minimum of 16 days of fuel stocks but that at the time that President Edgar Lungu assumed office in January this year, the country only had fuel supplies for one day.


He has told Qfm News by telephone that this means that if there were any incompetence, fraud or corruption behind the fuel shortage in the country at that time it must have taken place in the three months that Dr. Scott acted President following the death of President Michael Sata.


Chanda says having been the one in charge of the running affairs of the country Dr. Scott should answer the question as to whether these facts are in dispute or not.


He has wondered whether Dr. Scott can also dispute whether it is a fact or not that the current contract for supplying fuel in the country was signed when he was acting republican President.


Chanda says he personally does not see at what point the fuel shortage experienced early this year could have been the problem caused by President Lungu.


He states that President Lungu’s only involvement was to sort out the fuel crisis and which he did.


The President’s Special Aide for Press and Public Relations says for the fact that he deals with facts he is not bothered by Dr. Scott’s ranting about what he thinks of him.


He says this is because he knows very Dr. Scott’s complexes and what he thinks of indigenous Zambians and therefore his judgments do not trouble him.


And 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.


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.


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.


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.’


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