Ceremonial Vice-President Guy Scott on Friday confirmed the “silent” but deepening differences in the PF leadership when he refused to accept he was Zambian President Michael Sata’s chola boy.
Scott has recently opposed his boss Sata’s interference in the judiciary which aims to save the business interest of his political allies Fred M’membe and director of public prosecutions Mutembo Nchito.
PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba, who is the defacto number two to President Sata but does not hold an official government position, said the vice-president was a chola boy, literally translated as a bag carrier or what Zambians refer to as “a yes bwana”.
Kabimba’s comments were made public when he commented on the presidential running mate which is subject for inclusion in the on-going constitution review process.
Although Kabimba and Scott are opposing the inclusion of the clause, the Vice-President has however disputed that his basis to oppose the running mate provision was because of the chola boy tag.
Scott on Friday promised Zambians that they assess whether he was a chola boy or not based on his performance in the government.
The government owned and PF controlled Zambia Daily Mail quoted Scott in its Saturday edition saying Zambians should assess his performance and determine whether he was a chola boy to the President after he leaves office.
Dr Scott said as far as he is concerned, a chola boy is an individual who carries a bag for another individual.
The Vice-President was responding to a question from Chadiza member of Parliament (MP) Allan Mbewe (MMD) during the Vice-President’s question time.
Mr Mbewe wanted to know Dr Scott’s position following a statement by Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Wynter Kabimba that a Vice-President is a chola boy of the President and should thus not be a running-mate with constitutional powers.
“So I will leave it to Zambians to judge at the end of my service. They should rate me depending on how I will perform,” he said.
There is growing dissent within the PF top leadership on the manner in which President Sata is making some decisions on behalf of the government and Scott, according to sources, is among the officials that is critical of his leader.
This has partly led to Scott being sidelined from effectively playing a role in major decisions whether Sata is in the country or not. Sata, who shares a distant relationship with finance minister Alexander Chikwanda and defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, opts for the two to act in his absence, as he is more comfortable with them.
However, Chikwanda is being singled out by party functionaries led by Kabimba to be siding with Scott and that is why the duo have publicly not fully supported the suspension of judges.