18 February 2013

Zambia: PF Not Greedy, Says Scott

VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott says he cannot tolerate corruption and that he could have spoken out if there had been any illegal practices in the Patriotic Front (PF).

Dr Scott said the PF spent its own resources transparently when it was in the opposition for more than 10 years.

He said the ruling party would not betray Zambians but maintain good governance values.

The Vice-President was responding to questions from callers in Livingstone yesterday when he featured on Falls FM Radio 'Check Point' Programme.

"I am completely intolerant of corruption and if there was anything going on in PF which was not being attended to properly, I would have made noise even though I am Vice-President.

"We are not greedy or materialistic people. Even President Michael Sata is not materialistic," he said.

Dr Scott urged Zambians to give the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) time to investigate corruption allegations within PF as opposed to concluding that the ruling party had corrupt elements.

"It doesn't mean that allegations on high profile people in PF are true. People make a lot of claims including saying that the recent accidents are as a result of Satanism," he said.

On the use of public resources during by-elections, Dr Scott said the PF would not use Government resources on party activities.

"During the presidential by-election in 2008 when President Levy Mwanawasa died, Rupiah Banda had access to helicopters as Vice-President then and if you want that system to be changed, then you have to change the Constitution," he said.

He also said the position of PF was that the August 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly should be held successfully.

Dr Scott said the PF Government had initiated a lot of development in Southern Province such as the relocation of the provincial capital from Livingstone to Choma which had so far boosted the housing

administration to Choma.

And speaking at a public rally in Livingstone's Simoonga Ward yesterday, Dr Scott said he had collected a list of challenges which should be addressed.

Dr Scott, who also introduced PF candidate for the Livingstone Constituency Lawrence Evans, urged the voters to give the PF a chance.

Gender Minister Inonge Wina and former Southern Province minister in the MMD government Daniel Munkombwe were among speakers at the rally.

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