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Scott to act as President

KELVIN CHONGO, CAROLINE KALOMBE, STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Edgar Lungu says Vice-President Guy Scott will act as republican President until the country goes for presidential by-election.
Mr Lungu, who is also Minister of Justice and Minister of Defence, said the Constitution of Zambia, Article 38 (2) provides that in the absence of the President, the Vice-President acts as Head of State.
He was speaking during a press briefing at his residence in Lusaka yesterday.
“As you are aware, the cold hand of death has robbed us of our patriarch, our leader, our commander, President Sata.
“This is a difficult period for Zambia and also for the party he founded and led until it formed Government,” Mr Lungu said.
He also said Government and the PF remain intact and appealed for calm among all leaders across the country and the need to mourn Mr Sata with dignity.
“That is the only way we can honour the legacy of our departed leader,” Mr Lungu said.
And the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has commended Mr Lungu for handing over the instruments of power which were left with him by late President Sata.
LAZ president George Chisanga said the law does not bar Dr Scott from acting as president.
He said the constitution is clear on who is supposed to act as President in the event of the death of a sitting President and that Dr Scott is not stopped from doing so.
“He is not inhibited in any way from acting as President,” he said.
Mr Chisanga said President Sata exercised his legal right to appoint anyone to act as President in his absence adding that he could, if he preferred, have appointed someone from outside cabinet.
He said the Vice-President can act as President as long as the instruments of power are handed to him by whoever was acting in the absence of the President.
SATA TIMELINE
July 6, 1937: Sata born
1985: Appointed Lusaka governor
1991: Joins MMD
2001: Forms Patriotic Front
Sept 22, 2011: Wins presidential elections
Sept 23, 2011: Sworn in as President of Zambia
October 20, 2014: Leaves for London
October 28, 2014: Dies at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.


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