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Zambia Gets a White President After Sata’s Death

guy-scott-zambia-reportsWith the death of Zambia President Michael Sata on Tuesday, the African continent now gets something it hasn’t seen since the days of apartheid: a white president.

Guy Scott, who was Sata’s vice president, takes over the reins from his boss and close friend after Sata died in London while undergoing treatment for an unknown illness. Scott is the first white president in Africa since 1994, when South African President Frederik W. de Klerk lost to Nelson Mandela.

Since the Zambian constitution calls for a new election within 90 days and says a candidate’s parents must have been born in Zambia — Scott’s parents were born in the UK — it’s not clear whether he can run to keep the seat. Scott, 70, was born in 1944 in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, which became Zambia after the nation won its independence from Britain 50 years ago.

Of a population of 13 million people, there are only about 40,000 whites in Zambia, a land-locked country in southern Africa surrounded by Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. But The Telegraph describes the Cambridge-educated Scott as “genuinely popular,” whose choice as Sata’s deputy was not considered a surprise. Still, there were many Zambians who weren’t pleased by the idea that the country could possibly be led by a white man if the president died.

When Scott was agriculture minister in the 1990s, he is credited with rescuing the nation from a food crisis caused by drought.

“I don’t think Michael thought it was a racial thing, he just thought it was a good idea,” Scott told The Telegraph in 2012 about his selection as Sata’s deputy. “I’ve been involved in politics here for a long time. As a schoolboy I was involved in the liberation movement.”

“You see people’s jaws drop, they think there’s been a mistake with the seating plan or something,” he said, describing a common reaction to him. “A white Zambian but not representing white interests, that’s the point.”

 

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4 thoughts on “Zambia Gets a White President After Sata’s Death

  1. Farntella Graham says:

    Damn. how did a white man become vice president? now, I have to wonder about the death of sata, if his death was even natural. how could they allow this to happen in zambia? what is wrong? don't we get it, yet?

  2. Hey sis farntella Graham, he ok, seen a documentary on him, his parents fought to free that country. He is very popular with the black Zambian.

  3. Jay Contreras says:

    We'll see. If a law is enacted between now and the end of those 90 days that overturns the law that only someone born in Zambia can be president–then we'll know. lol..but I find it telling that NO other predominantly white country besides THIS one has ever elected a black person as prez.

  4. Bwire Vincent says:

    In Africa, the oppressors are the Black ruling class. There's been cases where some Whites actively take part in the fight for the common man's rights, some to the point of being banished from those countries, or worse still, getting themselves killed.

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