Vice President Guy Scott continues to come under sharp criticism for saying that he hates South Africans, the latest being from Mr. Joe Mwale an ex-diplomat.
In a press statement sent to various media houses Mr. Mwale says that Dr. Scott’s rantings have serious consequences as they compromise the safety of Zambians living in South Africa as well as those that take business or leisure trips to that country. “I fear that xenophobic attacks on our citizens in that country may not be ruled out,” he says. Mr. Mwale states that Dr. Scotts reckless ranting also carry with them very serious racial overtones as they are targeted at the black South Africans. “It is clear the South Africans he loves are his fellow white skinned people. He is simply a racist as evidenced by the slanderous and derogatory remarks he throws at his farm workers in Lusaka, referring to them as kaffirs and so on,” he adds.
Mr. Mwale has praised the South African government for indicating that they will use all available diplomatic channels to express their displeasure on the uncalled for and unwarranted attack. According to him the South African government has shown exemplary leadership which has left a mark but doubted if the Zambian government under the leadership of President Michael Sata would react in a similar manner if it was on the receiving end.
He has further encouraged the South African government to take a further step by referring the issue to the Southern African Development Community, SADC, troika for peace and security as such careless ranting have the potential of drawing Zambia and South Africa into very serious tension. He stated that ordinary Zambians only have one country whereas Vice President Scott has a choice of taking off to his ancestral home, the United Kingdom, in the event that things became ugly between the two otherwise friendly countries. He cites Uganda’s Idi Amin who had a very trusted aide in Bob Astles who fled in the heat of the moment and a scenario in Zambia where James Skinner, then Chief Justice, fled when he felt threatened.
“If Nevers Mumba and Hakainde Hichilema were at the center stage of being attacked at a public event like Labour Day celebrations by President Michael Sata, it is clear the South African government and people would have been viciously attacked in public,” Mr. Mwale continues in his statement. He further says that he leaves it up to the people of Zambia to judge who is backward between the South African government’s way of handling sensitive diplomatic issues and the Zambian government’s style.
Mr. Mwale has also called on President Sata to immediately fire Dr. Scott and send him packing to his ancestral home. He ends his statement by asking whether the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was far from the truth when he recently referred to Scott as a stupid white man.