Chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni today again tried to tell another lie like he always does, when he claimed that Vice-President Guy Scott could have made the derogatory remarks on South Africa when he was a leave and so it was in his individual capacity.
Sources at cabinet office and State House have disclosed that Scott was on duty and had just returned from UK where he went to represent president Michael Sata at the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher in UK.
“In any case, even when a Minister or senior government official is on leave, they are held accountable for all their activities and conduct wherever they are. They are on duty 24 hours. What more the Vice-president of the country. In any case, did he tell the UK journalist that he was speaking in his individual capacity,” sources said.
According to sources, Mr. Sakeni himself was being forced to issue statements from his hospital bed even when he was on sick leave and wondered whether his statements should not be taken seriously which he issued while at UTH on leave for medication.
In reaction to the recent diplomatic spat between South Africa and the Zambian government arising from the statements Scott gave to the UK newspapers, Sakeni tried to tell another lie that he needed more information because the Vice-president could have issued the remarks while on leave.
The South African government have summoned the Zambian High Commission in that country to clarify on the insults on their government by a Zambian high ranking official.
Scott has in the past called Zambians corrupt people and thieves who should not be trusted.