10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guy Scott

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  1. Guy Lindsay Scott was born on the 1st of June 1944 in the border city of Livingston.
  2. He is a Zambian politician who was the acting President of Zambia between October 2014 and January 2015 as well as the 12th Vice-President of Zambia from 2011 to 2014.
  3. Scott married his wife, British-born doctor Charlotte Harland Scott, in a ceremony at the Lusaka Civic Centre in 1994.
  4. Guy was named acting President upon Michael Sata’s death in office on 28 October 2014
  5. He was the first white president of Zambia and the first white president in sub-Saharan Africa since F. W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, left office in 1994.
  6. Scott’s eventual participation in politics was largely inspired by his father, who had been an ally of Zambian nationalists and had even founded several newspapers that opposed colonial rule.
  7. On 3 November 2014, Scott dismissed Edgar Lungu as Secretary General of the Patriotic Front; however, he reinstated him a day later after street protests in Lusaka.
  8. Guy Scott rejected calls from cabinet members asking him to resign as acting president on the 17th of December 2014.
  9. In 1996, Scott resigned from the MMD to form the Lima Party together with Ben Kapita, the president of the ZNFU. He piloted the merger between the Lima Party and other parties including Dean Mungomba’s Zambia Democratic Congress to form the Zambia Alliance for Progress.
  10. Scott returned to politics and joined the Patriotic Front in 2001, returning to the National Assembly after being elected MP for Lusaka Central in the 2006 general election.