Scott explains his support for UPND

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Scott with Miles Sampa and HH

Scott with Miles Sampa and HH

Former Vice-president Dr Guy Scott says working with UPND was a hard decision to make but that it was a practical way forward for the county.


In an interview, Dr Scott said the election of President Edgar Lungu was  merely driven by the mourning period  and its immediate need to replace Michael Sata and not necessarily based on serious scrutiny of the state of affairs.


“If you look at the map of this country, half of the country is green and the other half is red. If you take the line to the Copperbelt, including towns down to the corner where Luangwa flows into the Zambezi, you will find every district on the left has majority of its people for Hakainde. Every district on the right is for PF or Edgar. So that tells you something. Do you want your country split into two?” Dr Scott asked.


“We want to put an end to that split. We don’t want a split country where the majority of PF is on one side and the other majority for UPND is on the other side. If we can spread across the divide, it is a powerful unit. So the UPND is a natural factor in this because we are bringing different people to the areas. It is a complimentary situation. What you must get first and foremost is a government with strength but that has also got integrity in view of the corruption that we have in this country at the moment and the craziness.”


He said he could not join the Rainbow Party because it had no members, hence his decision to support Hakainde Hichilema’s candidature.


“We have to have something that works. It is no use, for example, joining the Rainbow Party because the Rainbow Party does not have members. Are we going to be talking about Fidel Castro everyday in the newspapers or Cuba? Or Bolivia or Venezuela?” Dr Scott asked.


He said one of the reasons he differed with President Lungu was political violence.


“I told the President that if you want me back, allow all Sata’s people to come back. I went all the way to Western, North-Western , Copperbelt and I can’t just leave them. My other condition was ‘get rid of violence’. We don’t want this country to be like Zimbabwe. Why should we voluntarily become like Zimbabwe, where the President can lose an election and eight years later, he is still there?” Dr Scott wondered.


“I know it’s not trivial. You have to be committed to stopping violence. I admit part of it is my fault because when I wanted William Banda out of Bauleni, I went and recruited people and say ‘can you protect the people in Bauleni’  but they themselves became thugs. I apologise, because they thought they were more powerful than police, so they started getting money from buses.”


And Dr Scott said it was nonsensical for members of the PF to charge that he was a finished, old politician who had no political influence left in him.


“They are saying I am aging, who is not aging? Rupiah? Chikwanda? Inonge Wina? Who is not aging among us? Let them have a sweep of all the old people, then we can have a political party of people who have grade twelve certificates and less than 60 years old and another party of  the madalas and under grade 12s. Which group will have more people?” he asked.


Dr Scott said it was lack of gratitude for the PF to accuse him of not supporting President Lungu in the January 2015 elections.


“The last 14 days [before the election], I went to Copperbelt every single day and addressed rallies. I told people that the election was not about politics, I said ‘we are in mourning so let us choose a leader and we can talk politics later’ and they agreed. If they are now telling us that I did not support Lungu, they are liars. Let us see their diary of movements over that period of  election. What were they doing apart from listening to my phone calls in State House?” asked Dr Scott.


4 Responses to Scott explains his support for UPND

  1. Reading through Dr. Scott’s interview you get the feeling that this man needed to retire from politics long time ago or atleast when Edgar became president. Infact it is sad to see him sink so low to support a party such as UPND. I believe he is beyond that. The people Dr. Scott mentions in his interview like Chikwanda, RB, Inonge Wina need to be above party politics. That is why I get saddened when I see people like Vernon Mwaanga still lining up streets waving placards for a party. Ofunanji? These people have contributed their best for Zambia and they cannot be boxed into a party. They require our respect. VJ should be free to go to state house and advise Edgar but how can he do that now without Edgar seeing him as a UPND cadre? We expect Dr. Scott to retire from politics so that when he speaks people listen but now how can we when we see him as another UPND cadre? I therefore have issues with people who want to take Kaunda on their campaigns or those people who want to force him to endorse them. That is not fair. Should Zambia be the only country with no Elder Statesmen or women? Why do they behave the way they behave? Ni njala tu? Or is it just the hangover of power? Are people like Chikwanda, VJ, RB, Guy Scott and now Inonge still having hangovers of power that they want to remain perpetually drunk? Have they became alcoholics of power?

    April 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • Immediately you mentioned KK in your comment, you deflated me completely, initially l wanted to harangue you over your comment about Scott leaving out others. Thank you for being very objective bwana!

      April 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    • “To sink so low to support a party such as UPND”. With due respect comedians you so tribal that I can compare you to a dog. You are so stupid and an idiot. When Rupia Banda supported PF,he did not sink so low? When Kaunda supported and endorsed Edgar Lungu under PF he did not sink so low? Think before you open your dirty mouth regardless of your hatred for UPND.Go to hell with your tribalism.

      April 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

  2. @ comedian if dont have things to say beater keep quait that’s way mamwisa they always destroy things like u ,Scot and sata a funder is one who make to u stealing in PF u re enjoy becoz of scot

    April 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm

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