Former Zambia VP endorses opposition leader for polls

Mr Scott said that the country was in a wrong direction under the Lungu administration.

Wednesday March 30 2016

Former Zambia Vice President Guy Scott waves upon his arrival at the White House for a group dinner during the US Africa Leaders Summit on August 5, 2014. He has endorsed the candidature of main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, claiming that incumbent President Edgar Lungu has lost direction. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

Former Zambia Vice President Guy Scott waves upon his arrival at the White House for a group dinner during the US Africa Leaders Summit on August 5, 2014. He has endorsed the candidature of main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, claiming that incumbent President Edgar Lungu has lost direction. PHOTO | FILE | AFP 

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LUSAKA, Monday

Former Zambian Vice President Guy Scott on Tuesday endorsed the candidature of main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and claimed that incumbent President Edgar Lungu has lost direction.

Mr Scott, a founder member of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) along with late President Michael Sata in 2001, endorsed the candidature of Mr Hichilema, leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) together with Mr Miles Sampa, Mr Sata’s nephew who recently resigned from government ahead of the August 11 general elections.

Mr Scott, who also served as acting Zambian president when Mr Sata died on 2014, said during a press briefing in Lusaka that the country was in a wrong direction under the Lungu administration and that Zambians will perish if they don’t change the government.”

MAKE ZAMBIANS PERISH

‘‘I told all Zambians that Edgar Lungu and his administration will make the people of this good country perish, this is not a joke, I saw it coming, don’t blame me or Sata, blame Lungu because he created this suffering,” he said.

Mr Sampa, whose party, the Democratic Front, he formed after resigning from the governing party and has been deregistered, said he will work with Mr Hichilema to unseat the current government.

He said change of government was inevitable because of the current economic problems in the country.

Mr Lungu won last year’s presidential election necessitated by Mr Sata’s death after defeating Mr Hichilema.

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