Interview between Zambia’s ceremonial vice-president Guy Scott and BBC’s Akwesi:
Akwesi: …Where is the President of Zambia?
Scott: He is in Tel Aviv on a working holiday that is all I know that concerns anybody.
Kwesi: his presence in Tel Aviv is nothing to do with medical attention for cancer as is being speculated or suggested in Zambia?
Scott: No, I have heard and it would be very unreasonable and suddenly I know nothing about it, the people who are ridiculously speculating are more informed than me I think that it is extremely unlikely.
Akwesi: Would you know if the President has got cancer?
Scott: I would know if he had but I doubt if he has as far as I am concerned.
Akwesi: Is he unwell outside of cancer?
Scott: You are asking me that question I am not a Doctor, I am not married to him, I don’t live with him, I have no system to know he lives how long or forever.
Akwesi: Do you understand however the concern of the Zambian public? Do you
appreciate where these concerns have been coming from?
Scott: I think the generation of the rumours is malicious. I know the people are always concerned and I am hardly responsible for the people who spread rumours on the basis of nothing, on the basis of what they wish were the case.
Akwesi: So it is an issue of public concern?
Scott: Of course it is a matter of public concern if there was a concern there of course
everything is an issue of public concern, the rainfall surely we can’t predict the rain whether it’s normal or never.
Akwesi: Why do people say or begin to believe that the president is dying of cancer?
Scott: They are campaigning for the opposition, for a tribal minority in the South of the
country and want to take over and won’t actually they were in a coalition with us and thought they were bigger and now they are in opposition and certainly they are campaigning so that they can win the next election.
Akwesi: when are you expecting the president back in Zambia?
Scott: He will be back in two weeks, or a couple of days, for as long as it takes.
Akwesi: so for as long as it takes meaning, two weeks, a month, six months, a year?
Scott: No please don’t be so patronizing, for as long as it takes for him to have a break until he has had his break and carry on his work.