DR Guy Scott’s first appearance in Parliament yesterday since the session resumed on Tuesday temporarily interrupted business in the House as opposition members shouted “Yeah, yeah, welcome Your Excellency!” And Vice-President Inonge Wina says the transfer of instruments of power from Edgar Lungu to Dr Scott at the time Michael Sata died was done within the law.
Meanwhile, Vice-President Wina told the House that it was wrong to insinuate that President Lungu had a hand in the arrest of Director of Public Prosecutions, Mutembo Nchito. As Dr Scott, who acted as president following Michael Sata’s death last October, entered the House, opposition members of parliament cheered. Kalomo Central UPND member of parliament Request Muntanga was heard saying, “This is the real president.”
The Lusaka Central PF member of parliament, who looked calm, then moved to the second row of the ruling party backbench and sat between former ministers, Emmanuel Chenda and Wylbur Simuusa.
During the whole time, the members of parliament from the government side were all quiet. Monze Central member of parliament Jack Mwiimbu added to the flare when he took time to recognise the presence of Dr Scott in the House. “First of all, may I recognise the presence of His Excellency, the former president of Zambia, who performed exceptionally well under trying circumstances without the support of the PF. Welcome Dr Scott,” said Mwiimbu, as the opposition members of parliament shouted “Yeah, yeah”.
Mufumbwe PF member of parliament Stephen Masumba also added to the merriment for appearing in the House following a presidential pardon that saw him leave jail.
And Vice-President Wina told the House that it was within the law that President Lungu agreed to hand over instruments of power to Dr Scott when Sata died. “What happened at that time is provided for by the law. It was not a strange thing that instruments of power were transferred [to Dr Scott],” she said during the Vice-President’s question and answer time.
But at the time the transfer of instruments of power was being done, Vice-President Wina was among those that opposed Dr Scott’s acting position. Meanwhile, Vice-President Wina said it was not correct for the executive to interfere in the issue of the DPP as it was before the courts of law.
She was responding to a question by Kapiri-Mposhi PF member of parliament Eddie Musonda, who asked her whether government had a hand in the arrest of the DPP. “I believe that the honourable member of parliament is aware of the separation of powers of the arms of government.
The case of the DPP is in court and as such, it’s not correct for the executive to interfere,” said Vice-President Wina. “Government has no hand in the process of the law pertaining to the case of the DPP. Insinuations that President Lungu has a hand in it are false.”