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Zambia's Scott refuses to apologise over economic interpretation

11 December 2015, 10:55

Lusaka - Zambia's ex-president Guy Scott says he has no apologies to make over his interpretation of the economic meltdown plaguing his country, The Post has reported.

Scott said this after he lambasted current President Edgar Lungu last week over his efforts to boost the country's economy.

He said Lungu's attempts to strengthen the Kwacha by pumping more dollars into the market had only succeeded in making the price of whiskey cheaper.

Scott's remarks came after Lungu held a press conference recently and acknowledge the problems facing the country. Lungu tried to address issues relation to the country’s economic woes, which he said rose from both external and domestic events, according to Open Zambia.

Scott, however, discredited Lungu, saying the press conference was merely an attempt at providing the international community with a false impression of his strides to fix Zambia's ailing economy.

According to local newspaper Lusaka Times, Scott had since been called out on his comments, with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF)'s chairperson for information Frank Bwalya urging the politician to retract his statements and issue an apology.

Scott, who is also a member of the Lusaka Central Parliament, however, had hit back at Bwalya, saying his comments were based on facts and that he therefore had nothing to apologise for.

Scott was briefly Zambia's leader after the death of Michael Sata in October last year, making him the first white leader on the continent since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

- News24


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