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Monday, 3 November 2014

A complete circus

A few stories you may have missed.

There's circus in PF today. Guy Scott fired PF Secretary General Edgar Lungu MP and appointed Davies Mwila MP. Only for Mwila to decline the appointment publicly saying, "he cannot belittle the late head of State by not mourning him with dignity". Information reaching us is that Edgar Lungu has also in fact refused to step down.

Cabinet Ministers are lining up behind Edgar and are calling on Guy Scott to rescind his decision. Tourism Minister Jean Kapata says Scott should not make a decision alone without involving the central committee of governing party. Chishimba Kambwili MP says some cabinet ministers will be meet Scott to iron out the matter.

In two other related stories :

Constitutional Lawyer John Sangwa has told ZNBC that, as we have said before, it is wrong to call Guy Scott 'Acting President'  because the constitution does NOT provide for that position. He is still Vice President Scott and that should be the correct address.

Separately, Zambia Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says his organisation is taking  the succession matter to court contending that VP Scott does not qualify to exercise the delegated presidential functions. This follows revelations that the Attorney General misled the country, and possibly cabinet, over the George Mpombo precedent. It turns out there was no such precedent.

1 comment:

  1. I would urge Mr Tayali to move for the Chief Justice to institute a tribunal to delve into 1) the Attorney Generals advice to cabinet citing the precedent of George Mpombo as Acting President at the time LPM passed on, 2) how and why Wynter Kabimba acted as President when Sata went to Israel.
    I believe there's a strong case for treason to have been committed and I don't think this situation should be allowed to taper off lest we have a more serious situation in future.
    Why I would urge Mr Tayali is because he is heading an NGO and seems to have noted the occurrence.


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