By Bright Chikele:
Dr Scott claimed that he had left the Patriotic Front (PF) for the UPND because, according to him, the ruling party had messed up but he would not hesitate to abandon Hakainde Hichilema if he did not win the presidency.
He said he had a right to leave a political party and join another one which was more progressive and had better plans for Zambia.
Dr. Scott, who is former republican vice-president, told the Daily Nation in an interview that politics was not a static game, stressing that one had to move on if discontented with one’s current position.
“If things do not work out for me in the UPND, I will leave and go to a better party and that is just political life in Zambia. It is all about defecting. Do you think Edgar Lungu started his political life in PF? Even late President Michael Sata did not start his political life in PF, such is life in politics.
“So politics is not a static thing; only for those with no imagination it remains static. But for us who have imagination it’s beautiful, it changes all the time just like fireworks,” Dr. Scott said.
He stated that he had no regrets leaving PF to join UPND because, according to him, the ruling party was sinking, as all the ‘‘big brains’’ had left the party.
Dr. Scott said PF had no chance of bouncing back to power after the elections, saying the party had been hijacked by strangers who had no better plans for the country. “Come what may, I will never go back to PF and I do not ever regret leaving the party. Why would I want to go back to a party that is sinking? Unfortunately, the best people in PF have all left and what would I want to go back for?’’ he wondered.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scott has expressed optimism that UPND would form government next month because it was the only party which had proven to be committed to the progress of the generality of Zambians.
He said the people of Zambia needed change and were angry at what the PF government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu had turned the country into.
“I know the UPND will wipe the floor next month because the people of Zambia are fed up of PF, and the only hope they have now is UPND,” Dr. Scott said.