Zambia’s new President Lungu axe white vice president: Female VP appointed

Zambia’s newly-elected President Edgar Lungu dropped vice president Guy Scott – who was briefly Africa’s only white leader – from his administration when he announced his cabinet on Monday.

President Lungu (left) sacks Scott
President Lungu (left) sacks Scott

As interim president since the death in office of Michael Sata in October, Scott had been the first white leader on the continent since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

He was replaced as vice president by Inonge Wina, a former gender minister and chairwoman of the ruling Patriotic Front.

Scott had sacked Lungu from his position as party general secretary during a power struggle after Sata’s death, but later reinstated him after rioting by supporters.

Scott, who is of Scottish descent, was prevented by the constitution from standing for the presidency himself as his parents were not born in Zambia.

He had told local media that he saw his role as interim president as largely ceremonial and was looking forward to handing over power so that he could enjoy his “gin and tonic”.

Lungu made several other new appointments to the cabinet after winning last week’s election, but retained Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda and Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba.

Ngosa Simbyakula becomes Justice Minister and is replaced as Home Affairs Minister by Davies Mwila.

The new president reiterated his pledge to serve the people of Zambia equally regardless of tribal affiliation.

“I love every part of Zambia and we won’t look at tribe when it comes to development,” he said.

Lungu, the former defence minister, takes over the helm for the remainder of Sata’s term until a general election scheduled for September 2016.

He has promised to focus on building the economy of the continent’s second biggest copper producer, which has been hit by declining prices.

The new president inherits a slowing economy and high poverty levels, with the key mining, tourism and agriculture sectors all struggling.

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kate
kate
5 years ago

kikikikikikiki hehehehehehehe. Bwana Lungu mukanakhala kuno ku Malawi bwenzi anthu akunena kuti ndinu wakuMpoto . hahahahahhahhaha.

kate
kate
5 years ago

No 21 you are right. The new president’s health is very worrying. Mwaganiza bwanji ma Zambians? Mukonzekere another state funeral posachedwa koma mwina poti mpandowu ndiwonona akhala bwino.

shubert mwafulia
shubert mwafulia
5 years ago

zabwino zonse mr lungu, show them that you can do and for the fire aaaah no problem because anakuchita zooooooopsya ameneyu

Kenkkk
Kenkkk
5 years ago

APM can learn alot from Lungu’s views on tribalism and development. Scott did a very bad thing to Lungu, he should actually consider himself lucky for just getting the sack. To that effect Lungu has been very kind and generous!!!

Patriot
Patriot
5 years ago

Zinali chonchonso kuno ku Malawi chaka china chake, koma zinakhota.
Ndiye paja Zambia ndi Malawi share the same events, tiziona.

Kenkkk
Kenkkk
5 years ago

APM can learn alot from Lungu’s views on tribalism and development. Scott did a very bad thing to Lungu, he should actually consider himself lucky for just getting the sack. To that effect Lungu has been very kind!!!

musisipala
5 years ago

President Lungu has done the right thing at the right time. Honorable Guy fired a bonafide person who is now a president. Guy should follow his foot steps (to scotland)

Mazibuko Msyali
Mazibuko Msyali
5 years ago

Muyambe kumumeta ndevu ndi kusamba bwana president

maxweljula
maxweljula
5 years ago

revenge is not nice alwys….y u fired him mr president/were u not feeling comfortable the then vp b4 u become 1st citizen of zambia?ok if its part of development go ahead

Azijo
5 years ago

This Lungu from the face is a drunkard. In SiZulu we call it pkuza face. Drunkards are bad rulers mostly they rule under the influence of beer.

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