SA company cancels infrastructure development in Zambia due to Scott’ Insults

A South African organisation that was supposed to help with infrastructure development in Zambia has withdrawn from coming into the country following remarks by Vice-President Guy Scott that the country is backward. Paragon Architects director Henning Rasmuss, who was invited to Zambia to meet Vice-President Scott and other government officials, was expected in the country this month to discuss infrastructure development and financing of modern markets considered to assist vendors.
Rasmuss was also organising workshops for district commissioners for infrastructure development. He said in a message to the Refugee Help Desk, a Zambian organisation based in South Africa that was facilitating his visit, that his company would not carry out its infrastructure development plans in Zambia after the remarks by Vice-President Scott. “We have been going ahead with the planning of the workshop in Zambia. However given the ill-timed comments of the Vice-President of Zambia Dr Guy Scott, it would be a complete waste of time to come to Zambia under these conditions and until the political storm has died down,” Rasmuss said. “We can certainly not promote South African development solutions. Politicians always play their own games but this storm will pass.”
And Rhoda Nsama, who is the ambassador for the Refugee Help Desk and an associate member of Amnesty International which is helping 20, 000 Zambians living in that country as asylum seekers said Vice-President Scott’s remarks had derailed the good relationship between Zambia and South Africa. “The remarks by the Vice-President have really derailed the good relations that the two countries have enjoyed for a long time.
Economically we know that the powerhouse of the Southern African economy right now is South Africa. So if he had a problem with the country, he should have dealt with it at a diplomatic level,” said Nsama who received the message from Rasmuss. “If you look at the message that Mr Rasmuss sent, it’s almost like they are questioning the position of the Vice-President. It does not augur well. He has raised a lot of doubts on the relationship between Zambia and South Africa.” The UK Guardian reported that Vice-President Scott said South Africans were backward and that the country was the cause of the much trouble on the African continent.
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165 Responses to "SA company cancels infrastructure development in Zambia due to Scott’ Insults"

  1. Habeenzu   May 7, 2013 at 07:25

    Scot must just swallow his pride and apologise. Govt must also take a concrete step and apologise. If a diplomatic rift arises from his careless statement between the two countries, the end loser will of course be us. No one can accept to be insulted just because you assisted him in the past. South Africa is economically far better than Zambia. They have tremendously improved their economy from where the apartheid regime had left it, is the most industrialized country on the continent. Today South African run shops in Zambia are always jampacked with shoppers because our locall manufacturedgoods are substandard.

  2. Sir Jeff   May 6, 2013 at 20:18

    We need diplomacy everywhere one goes. It was necessary for VP talk like that. Let apologise. Infact we demand that he apologises

  3. Tuso   May 6, 2013 at 13:24

    Its fine we dont need them we can manage ourselves.

  4. GORE RA RE KUSIGIRA E MASIMBA A VANHU   May 6, 2013 at 10:11

    Scott had inhaled some substance….!!!

  5. JS   May 6, 2013 at 09:39

    No need to resign, Vice President Guy Scott. JUST APOLOGISE! That being said, I think South Africa has all to lose if she walks on Zambia. Infrastructure building in Zambia can be done also by other very willing companies like the Chinese for example. Last time, South Africans were killing other nationals there, did we isolate her? STOP ACTING TOUGH SOUTH AFRICA, YOU ARE NOT OUR MOST DEPENDABLE DONOR! The issue at hand can be resolved diplomatically the way your xerophobic killings were resolved.

  6. THE GENERAL HK   May 6, 2013 at 09:28


  7. BULLU SIAJONGOLO   May 6, 2013 at 09:07

    My question to MEMBE OR m’MEMBE is Guy Scott not a foolish white man?

  8. Mwenya mwaume   May 6, 2013 at 08:48

    U fools who are talking about shoping malls those shops were not built by the SA govt but by individuals for their personal benefits of which the SA govt also benefits.what has SA done for Zambia.Zambia helped SA to gain its independence,to hell with that contractor the Chines wil help & i dont see anything wrong with the VP’s comments anyway the truth hurts.

    • chilufya   May 6, 2013 at 08:59

      PF Carder

    • inga   May 6, 2013 at 09:55

      Oh get off that wagon of how Zambia helped SA back in the days blah blah blah how can you people be so ignorant? Stop trying to act like everything is fine at the moment with the PF when it is not, you are not understanding where people are coming from with the talk of Shopping malls, we have a lot th thank SA and i really do not know what the big deal is when its ZAMBIA that is backward as far as i can see. So that old fart can go jump or apologise period. He has to be diplomatic about it enough of this Government embaracing us like this and just blabbering anything left righta nd centre these are the days you are so ashamed to even call one self Zambian. Look who is leading us and you can blame Scott (and yet ni chi muzungu) ya ba FAKE!!!

  9. SIZIDZABWEZEDWAPONSODI   May 6, 2013 at 08:42

    (Englisi)is a good language also i do not know why Ba Scott decided to make a plain and direct insault to a sovereign state in that way.This will continue causing trouble to our poor economy. Remember it took Mbingu Wamutarika’s commet to destroy Malawi and later take an intelligent man’s life and we just heard ba Bwana Mbingu Bakazimina!!!!!!!!!!!!!Let him watch out because this’ just the begining of such denying concerned citizen development or education in that line.Archtectuaral improvements or changes are no easy things to come up with.Oky Chabwino..

  10. Bolt   May 6, 2013 at 08:38

    Go to hell RSA #%*¥ u!

  11. Goodman   May 6, 2013 at 08:25

    Lets be serious people, how much infrastructure has SA put up in Zambia? Apart from shopping malls built by private companies which are meant for their own benefits.

    • Sikufele   May 6, 2013 at 08:46

      You are right. Some of the shopping malls in fact are operating in former buildings once belonging to Zambian chain stores like Mwaiseni, ZCBC etc… What is there to lose? Absolutely nil.

  12. James Phiri   May 6, 2013 at 08:19

    You know what? Everyone has his own feeling towards someone and if that’s the feeling that our Leader has towards SA then well and good but please be careful on how you express yourself ’cause many Zambians are still in that country as we or You attack it. solve differences wisely PLEASE…

    NOTE: To humble oneself is not to hard ’cause you’ll laugh last

    • Eagle   May 6, 2013 at 08:39

      I think it is unwise to express a personal opinion on such sensitive issues while in an official position without clearly stating that the opinion is personal.

  13. mr real   May 6, 2013 at 08:12

    You fools you think you can manage to divide sata from scot you and SA go to hell what is SA to zambia scot is free to say anything

    • Amphawi Onjoya   May 6, 2013 at 09:42

      Everyone is free to say anything, but still what you say matters bwana.

  14. Don Vito   May 6, 2013 at 08:07

    I’m a PF sympathizer, but Sata has to fire Scott. No one is indispensable.

  15. Chimangeni Napapaata   May 6, 2013 at 07:55

    While Scott’s comments were both outrageous and uncalled for, my advice to South Africa is that they should learn to co-exist with other people because are now living in global village.

    It pains to see how many Zambians have been harassed, injured, and even killed in a country that we suffered for so much and yet no South African has been reported injured or killed in Zambia.

    However revenge belongs to God. Our President should call his counterpart and apologize on behalf of the country.

  16. Mwana Mfumu   May 6, 2013 at 07:42

    I would like to advise Mr. Sata in the interest of the nation to drop Mr. Scot and send him into foreign service and then apologize to South Africa.

    • Falcon   May 6, 2013 at 08:01

      Dotty Scotty cannot go into foreign service, lest he calls the country he will be posted to as backward!

  17. THE RUMBLER   May 6, 2013 at 07:34

    Our VP Guy Scot may have disadvantaged Zambia somehow but the truth of the matter is there is some truth on what he said about South Africa. The truth of the matter is South Africa is not a reliable be it on internatoinal fora or in SADC and Africa as a whole. On international issues, Irag was accused of having arsenals of mass destruction and she voted along with the West who had interest in Irag oil, yet there were no such weapons. The Libyian issue who can deny that South Africa contributed to the problems we are witnessing now,they voted along with the West to promote the destruction of the country of Libyia. Not long ago in the CAR, they stood for a rejected government and lost some innocent soldiers.In Congo DR, in Katanga Province, they are there and what do they offer nothing apart from causing confusion and illegally minig and smuggling the minerals.In Burundi what are they offering other than raping and murdering prostitutes as was a case with their soldier.

    • Semeki   May 6, 2013 at 08:06

      I think you guys are not faithful,appreciative and trustworthy of what South Africa has done for you today. look at the shopping mores in Zambia today and the its essential commodities that are flooded in and then you still support your crook Muzungu. How many Zambians are in South Africa? Can you compare your dusty roads with South Africa today. You have feld even to make your own railway transport in order but you go ahead to insult South Africa.

      • inga   May 6, 2013 at 09:47

        Amen!!!! I totally agree

  18. Semeki   May 6, 2013 at 07:17


  19. kenjay   May 6, 2013 at 07:12

    So HH was right. You see stupid this white pig can be.

  20. Wila   May 6, 2013 at 07:10

    We can talk as much as we like but the bottom line is that Guy Scott was way over the line. No man in his right senses can utter such words and expect no effect or consequence. South Africa has the right to act like they did, they keep alot of our brothers and sisters and the least our leaders can do is to show appreciation. Our relationship with SA has come from way back in the Colonial error and we cant watch it be torn down by a reckless talker who i feel doesn’t fit to hold that office.

  21. See Through   May 6, 2013 at 07:01

    A mouth that talks itself persona in trouble should talk itself out of that trouble.

  22. Alexander chilufya kaliyangile sata   May 6, 2013 at 06:35

    Even a witch by law deserves respect till that witch is proven guilty,u can’t just start to talk about your neighbours at a funeral In another village,you will frustrate them ,and they will stop giving u what ever little u were given because you are Not good at all.those were not personal remarks they were official because he was sent to represent Mr cobra at the funeral in uk and for that matter he had a state bodyguard and a journalist, if they were personal he was supposed to go to south Africa without a journalist or a bodyguard and start telling them live.

  23. inga   May 6, 2013 at 06:28

    All i can say is that we should be diplomatic about this and all that Guy Scott has to do is apologise, we can learn a lot from each other (South Africans and us) Why is he so so quiet, as much as i dislike Kabimba he had something godd to say mailo about the way some leaders should speck and i know that he was talking about chi scott indirectly. Lets just all grow up and work together and not forget to apologise and move on there is no harm in that, let us be the bigger people and show them that we are Christians after all…. Eish!!!!!

  24. Posapo   May 6, 2013 at 05:54

    Rasmus Henning can stay with his infrastructure so called modern markets,we have local architects who are capable if not better that can do the job.Only criminals like Henry Banda can live in RSA,is a crime ridden nation where human life is secondary.South Africans kill each other like chickens.

    • judge 1000   May 6, 2013 at 07:38

      ulicipuba iwe you local architects can even design a bole hole.

      • NOTONGA4PRESIDO   May 6, 2013 at 08:24

        are bore holes designed by architects or hydrogeologist? stop exposing your high levels of ignorance…..I have worked with these boers on so many projects around Africa, most they are very dull but very loud & racist….

    • PF Yosila   May 6, 2013 at 08:26

      You are the type of people that like speaking from ignorance. Clearly your ignorance about global affairs has shown 100% in this little contribution of yours. No body should speak about another country in a manner your PF Vice president did. He errored and should be magnanimous by offering an apology. As usual most PF cadres will never understand the importance of an apology. Their Satan given arrogance always prevails over normal reasoning. Guy scot (like Kabimba and Kambwili) is a disgrace to this nation and if Zambia was a normal state he could not (Ukwa as well) be allowed to be in leadership.

      • NOTONGA4PRESIDO   May 6, 2013 at 09:08

        only after you cry uncontrollably will your bitterness (ichikonko) end….you sound so backward like your south african colleagues; @Posapo is very right in his observation unless you have proof to counter his views…

  25. The Binoculars   May 6, 2013 at 05:31

    The biggest problem with SA is the high rate of crime.Most black south Africans were denied better education during the Apartheid era.It is this backward population(the large chunk of black people which is not adequately educated)which is a problem in South Africa.Most of them due to backward foundation,have taken to crime as a source of livelihood.In Southern Africa,it is true South Africa has more savages in terms of crime.
    Do you remember our footballer Mweene was recently stoned just above the eye soon after a football match as he was boarding the bus .Levy Mwanawasa’s young brother was poisoned in SA and he died there.Then last year son to our Ndola DC -Rebby Chanda was murdered in South Africa.Chanda’s son was a truck driver in South Africa.Many other Zambians have either been robbed, maimed or killed in cold blood in SA.And yet these South African brothers and sister walk about freely when they come to zambia.None of them(South Africans living in Zambia)have been subjected to that type of savagery(backward)behaviour here in Zambia.This is what Guy Scott might have been refering to when he carelessly uttered that statement.Anyway he lacked diplomacy but there’s some truth in the Statement.The truth pains ooh.

    • MALOZA   May 6, 2013 at 07:13

      It’s not just blacks, even whites are backwards. They curse like gypsies. In every sentence, there’s “F” words & most are rude & don’t hesitate to start an altercation.

  26. mamama   May 6, 2013 at 05:31

    I can’t stand PF but on this one I can say if SA continue with this behaviour they will be proving him right. Comments were made in his personal capacity why should it be a diplomatic row? Atah let them go hang.

  27. Wakumbi   May 6, 2013 at 03:45

    And wen t comes to businss,thy benifit more thn we do.lets nt blame th Vip.Pipo forgt so fast

  28. Wakumbi   May 6, 2013 at 03:40

    Those 20000 wateva r nt Zambians.Thse r pipo frm unstable countries who use dubious means to get our passports.SA s nt a gud place fo foreigners

    • Atase   May 6, 2013 at 03:45

      You are so right. I wish here was a way to double like your comment.

  29. me   May 6, 2013 at 01:29

    This story is fake…this reporter must be hopeless and reckless. Where did you see 20,000 Zambians seeking asylum in Sa. That is crazy, do you even know what asylum means. This wrong statement makes the whole story fake and questionable

    • He he he   May 6, 2013 at 07:44

      True! The author received “BANTU” education… He, he, he!!!!

  30. what   May 6, 2013 at 00:25

    This doesnt make sense, not coming because of some comment, maybee they were just not selected to do the job cause they are not good enough. And by the way the country is backward.

  31. Moya   May 6, 2013 at 00:07

    I agree with dumbo, the vice may have erred, sa has been around doing bad to us, these unappreciative scumburgs, they gave us mbombela a desert of a stadium, insulted us on dstv blogs after our elimination, pictured us all sorts of backward people. They called our stadia Chinese funded in a derogatory and demeaning way those chaps on dstv. I see most of you blogers are just insulting the veep from an opposition point of view and not an objective one. Am opposition, opposition but if you gave me to choose between a Zambian and rsa’s concern then I choose a Zambian. Am among those that were shocked at the remarks of our veep, but now after sa’s reaction, forsake sa and viva Zambia and our veep.

  32. Steve   May 5, 2013 at 23:53

    Scott was just speaking like his boss, remember Sata started this when he said RB was seeking asylum in SAthe statement that never pleased the SA.

  33. Guy skoty   May 5, 2013 at 23:24

    We don’t nid that kind of rubbish from the muzungu