Guy Lindsay Scott is a Zambian by birth who was the acting President of Zambia between October 2014 and January 2015 and as the 12th Vice President of Zambia from 2011 to 2014. He was born on 1 June 1944 in the border city of Livingstone, the pre-1935 capital of what was then Northern Rhodesia and Zambia today. His father, Alec Scott was a doctor who had emigrated to Northern Rhodesia from Glasgow, Scotland in 1927 to work on Cecil Rhodes’ railways, while his mother, Grace, had emigrated from England in 1940.
Scott’s rise in politics in Zambia was inspired by his father, who had been an ally of Zambian nationalists and had even founded several newspapers that opposed the colonial rule. Scott was named Acting President upon Michael Sata’s death in office on 28 October 2014, for an interim period of no more than 90 days until a new election could be held to permanently fill the office, making him the first white president of Zambia and the first white president in sub-Saharan Africa since F. W. De Klerk of South Africa’s presidency during the apartheid era. However, the Zambian Constitution which requires that both parents of presidential candidates must be Zambian by birth or descent automatically disqualified Scott to stand for the presidential office in the 2015 election. On the 17th of December 2014, Scott rejected calls from cabinet members asking him to resign as acting president. Edgar Lungu eventually won the presidential election in 2015 and succeeded Scott as Zambia’s 6th President.
Since his dethronement, the former Zambian VP has switched political parties and has been in a constant feud with the current President, Edgar Lungu, who he once dismissed as Secretary General of the Patriotic Front political party during his term as Acting President, but later reinstated Lungu the next day.
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