Edgar Lungu and ministers that support him are said to be plotting to remove Guy Scott as acting republican president. Lungu and his minsters met earlier in the morning but in the absence of the attorney general failed to make any lawful resolutions. The plan was to declare Lungu president.
The outgoing ministers then made a statement calling on Scott to resign.
Lungu and his ministers met at Harry Kalaba’s office to call for Scott’s resignation.
Kalaba who spoke on behalf of others said Scott has failed to govern the county. He apologised to the country for choosing Scott as acting president.
Kalaba said he and his ministers will make further arrangements to remove Scott as president.
While cabinet has powers to appoint an acting president when the substantive officer holder dies, it does not have the power to remove the acting president, as that is treason.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY CABINET MINISTERS AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT FOREIGN AFFAIRS BOARDROOM
17TH DECEMBER 2014
SUBJECT; AN EXPRESSION OF VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN DR. GUY SCOTT AND PROPOSED REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF ACTING PRESIDENT
We have called this Media Briefing to make profound pronouncements to the nation.
Following the death of our beloved President, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, the subsequent transition has been led by Dr. Guy Scott, in a dangerous and haphazard manner without due regard to the peace, security, unity and stability that this country is renowned for.
We have noted with deep concern that since Dr. Guy Scott assumed the office of Acting President, he has carried out his duties without regard to the law, to the principles of collective responsibility, and without consultation with his Cabinet colleagues as is expected in such a transition.
He has taken numerous actions that endanger the peace, unity and security of the country. Dr, Scott has persistently taken advice from known private individuals disregarding established institutions and bodies such as Cabinet.
With hindsight, it has become apparently clear that it is for good reason that President Michael Chilufya Sata never gave Dr. Scott an opportunity to act as President.
Because of the above-mentioned matters, the Ministers unreservedly take responsibility and tender their strong apologies to the Nation for selecting and affirming that Dr. Guy Scott should act as President on its Cabinet Meeting held on 29th October 2014.
Clearly the confidence and trust we reposed in Dr. Scott was totally misplaced and he has since abused our trust and confidence repeatedly.
And as Cabinet we have noted that Dr. Scott has persistently worked against the interest of the party that sponsored him as a Member of Parliament and allows him to be Vice-President of the country and subsequently as Acting President.
Dr. Scott’s actions have clearly been inimical to the interests of the nation. His actions have the potential to stoke instability in a nation that has been anchored on peace and profound human fellowship.
We urge Dr. Scott to immediately resign from his position as Acting Republican President on moral grounds.
As Cabinet Ministers, we have decided to express a clear Vote of No Confidence in his leadership and in his ability to carry out the remaining duration of the transition.
By virtue of this statement, the Ministers are informing the Central Committee of the Patriotic Front of the Vote of No Confidence against Dr. Guy Scott and are advised to take notice of our decision.
Further, we direct the Secretary to Cabinet working together with the Attorney General to ensure that an urgent Cabinet Meeting is immediately convened with the agenda to discuss the possibility of replacing Dr. Scott as Acting President.
CABINET MINISTERS THAT SIGNED THE ACCOMPANYING PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED AT MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2014
1. HON. ALEXANDER CHIKWANDA- Minister of Finance
2. HON. NGOSA SIMBYAKULA- Minister of Home Affairs
3. HON. EDGAR LUNGU- Minister of Defence. Minister of Justice
4. HON. HARRY KALABA- Minister of Foreign Affairs
5. HON INONGE WINA –Minister of Gender and Child Development
6. HON. CHRISTOPHER YALUMA- Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development
7. HON. FACKSON SHAMENDA- Minister of Labour and Social Security
8. HON. JEAN KAPATA- Minister of Tourism and Arts
9. HON. JOSEPH KASONDE- Minister of Health
10. HON JOHN PHIRI- Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood Education
11. HON. NKANDU LUO- Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
12. HON. JOSEPH KATEMA- Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services
13. HON. EMERINE KABANSHI- Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health
14. HON. YAMFWA MUKANGA- Minister of Transport Works Supply and Communications