Zambia’s Patriotic Front Fires Scott as Party Vice President

Zambian ruling Patriotic Front leader Edgar Lungu said he removed Guy Scott as the party’s deputy president for indiscipline.

Scott was fired after writing a letter without permission, directing the chief justice to reject nominations for the PF’s presidential candidate in Jan. 20 elections until legal disputes surrounding the matter are resolved. Scott took over as Zambia’s acting leader after former President Michael Sata died in October, sparking a power struggle within the PF before next month’s national vote.

“The said letter to the acting chief justice was provocative and an act of gross indiscipline,” Lungu said in a letter dated yesterday distributed today via text message.

The ruling party is required to file the name of its presidential candidate on Dec. 20.

The majority of the PF’s senior leadership has rallied behind Justice and Defense Minister Lungu for president. Another group is backing Deputy Commerce Minister Miles Sampa, who has challenged Lungu’s nomination in the courts. The Supreme Court on Dec. 15 sent the case back to the Lusaka High Court, with a hearing set for tomorrow.

Scott fired Lungu as PF secretary-general in November before reinstating him a day later after protests broke out.

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