Guy Scott Pressured on Rights at US-Africa Summit
Vice President Guy Scott is visiting Washington DC this week for the US-Africa Leaders Summit, but some problems from home have followed him there.
The Coalition for the Defence Democratic Rights (CDDR) released a statement yesterday demanding that U.S. officials exercise more scrutiny toward the PF government of Zambia, pointing out that the nation has not had an active president performing duties of governance in several months now.
The CDDR also attacked the U.S. funded group YALI, which was expelled from the Grand Coalition after siding with the PF government and calling for the constitution to be delayed until 2017.
“It’s a disgrace. People are suffering under this incompetent and brutal PF government, but the United States continues to give its tacit support,” said Robert Amsterdam, international counsel to the CDDR. “The U.S. administration must wake up to the worsening situation in Zambia. During his visit to Washington, Vice President Guy Scott must be grilled on critical issues such as President Michael Sata’s health, the PF’s failure to deliver the draft constitution, and the widespread harassment of journalists and opposition MPs.”
Delegates to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit should ask Dr. Scott why multiple judges have been fired and the independence of the judiciary violated just to help Post newspaper owner Fred M’membe and Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito avoid having to pay a K14 billion debt to the Development Bank of Zambia, Amsterdam says.
The CDDR went on to criticise the U.S. government’s track record of supporting the PF in light of tribalist statements by Vice President Guy Scott to the BBC as well as Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba’s recent statements to ZNBC separating “educated” Zambians from other Zambians.