I’ll not resign-Scott

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Acting President Guy Scott says he will not resign as demanded by some Cabinet Ministers.

Dr. Scott said there was no provision in the constitution that can compel him to step down from the position of acting President.

He also charged that he will not succumb to blackmail to allow the illegal use of government resources for partisan interests.

In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, the acting President noted that the Supreme Court gave guidance in the case of Anderson Mazoka versus Levy Mwanawasa that during transition, Article 38 (2) should be followed.

He explained that under the said Article 38 (2), there is no provision for the removal of an acting President until expiration of the 90 days transition period.

Dr. Scott warned that people purporting to hold a Cabinet meeting in his absence face treason charges.

He explained that Cabinet meetings can only be called by himself through the Secretary to the Cabinet and chaired by the President or Vice President.

Dr. Scott has since assured the nation that he will abide by the constitution in ensuring peaceful, legal, transparent and constitutional presidential elections.

He further advised Zambians to respect the rule of law and maintain the legacy of torch bearer of democracy in Africa.

At least 14 Cabinet ministers held a meeting in Lusaka today and passed a vote of no confidence in Dr. Scott, who is also the Patriotic Front (PF) party Vice President.