PF welcomes reporting HH, GBM to ICC


By Nation Reporter

THE Patriotic Front (PF) says Zambians who have reported Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity have a genuine fear that should the two opposition leaders be left free, a culture of impunity would be created in the country. 

Frank Bwalya, the PF deputy spokesperson, said the governing party acknowledged the fact that Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba had been reported to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC for crimes against humanity.

Last week, Lewis Nathan Advocates, a law firm in Zambia wrote to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court to consider prosecuting Mr Hichilema, his vice-president Mwamba and the UPND for allegedly committing crimes against humanity.

In a letter dated August, 25 addressed to ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor in The Hague, Lewis Nathan Advocates said several crimes against humanity had allegedly been committed by Mr Hichilema, Mr Mwamba and the UPND.

And Mr Bwalya said yesterday the PF took cognizance that members of the public and private citizens were free and had the right to report Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba to the ICC because the duo were allegedly sponsoring or abetting violence.

Mr Bwalya said the Zambian law firm Lewis Nathan Advocates had a genuine concern that the violence that erupted in Southern and parts of North-Western provinces was allegedly being perpetrated by UPND leadership.

He said the PF was hopeful that Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba would be deterred from allegedly abetting violence that had left dozens of families displaced through the ICC.

“Those who have reported Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba to the ICC are genuinely concerned that the two have been perpetrating violence after the general elections,” Mr Bwalya said.

He said the kind of violence that was reported in the UPND stronghold was unheard of in modern Zambia and that the report to the ICC was born out of genuine fear that if nothing was going to happen to the two, a situation of impunity could be created.

He said Zambians should continue praying for the victims of violence as well as for peace and co-existence regardless of political affiliation.