Scott sentiments personal – Sakeni
By VICTORIA PHIRI -
CHIEF Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says sentiments attributed to Vice-President Guy Scott in the foreign media on South Africa were made in his personal capacity and did not in any way reflect the position of the Zambian Government.
Reacting to a publication in the Guardian Weekly in which the Vice-President was alleged to have issued negative remarks against South Africa, Mr Sakeni said the Zambian Government had no reason to demonise South Africa as the two countries had shared cordial relations that dated back to the freedom struggle.
“Government has no reason to demonise South Africa, we also wouldn’t want anyone to demonise us, so this is just something that happened and will be sorted out diplomatically because of its nature, the Vice-President is currently on leave,” Mr Sakeni said.
He said Zambia and South Africa had been all-weather friends stating that the two countries shared a common vision to develop Africa.
He, however, said the utterances in the media couldnot be validated until the Vice-President, who was currently on leave, made his position clear on the matter.