ceremonial Vice President Guy Scott has apologized to the Tonga speaking people for referring to them as a minority tribe.
Scott said sorry during the Vice President’s question time in response to a question by Chembe Member of Parliament Mwansa Mbulakulima who wanted to find out whether he has problems in the selection of words to use or it is deliberate in view of his recent utterances which appear to have hurt the people of southern province.
Scott says the trouble is that he is quite a high profile person and is straight forward when he talks.
He has also thanked some UPND Members of Parliament for discussing the matter with him.
The vice President has come under heavy criticism over his utterances which have been viewed as divisive.
In a recent BBC interview, Dr Scott referred to the people of southern province as a minority tribe campaigning and insinuating that there would be a Presidential by-election in the country.
And Scott has told Parliament that Government has agreed that all statements on the President’s health or whereabouts will be dealt with by State House.
The Vice President was responding to a question by Muchinga Member of Parliament Howard Kunda who wanted him to update the house and the nation on the state of health of President Michael Sata.
Meanwhile International Fellowship of Christian Churches [IFCC] President Bishop Simon Chihana says the people of Sothern province should accept Dr Scott’s apology.
Bishop Chihana has told QFM News that the Vice President should however be mindful of the statements he makes considering it is not the first time his statements have sparked an uproar citing the statement he made on South Africans.
He says Dr Scott should guard against such statements to avoid sparking a worse situation.