Zambia’s acting president sacks rival

Lusaka – Zambia’s acting president Guy Scott has fired the governing party’s secretary-general, who had been at the centre of a succession battle following the death of president Michael Sata.

Scott – who will lead the copper-rich country into elections within 90 days – sacked Edgar Lungu from his party functions, according to state radio.

Lungu, who is also justice and defence minister, had been tapped by Sata as caretaker leader when the late 77-year-old left the country for medical treatment last month.

Sata died in London of an unspecified ailment and will be buried next Tuesday.

In a Cabinet meeting after Sata’s death, Scott – then vice-president – was named acting president, making him Africa’s first white head of state since apartheid.

In a letter dated November 3, Scott sacked Lungu, who had earlier said he gave up power to promote peace and party unity.

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