By Nation Reporter
“IT IS indeed a laughable matter for the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to attempt to take the presidential petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because taking the matter to the ICC is not tenable under international law,’’ Democratic Front (DF) president David Chanda has said.
Mr Chanda, who is also an expert in international criminal law and a lecturer of public international law, has explained that the International Criminal Court could only intervene where a State was unable or unwilling to carry out the investigation and prosecute the perpetrators involved in criminal offences such as international crimes against humanity, torture, genocide, war crimes, rape and grave breaches of the Geneva Convention of 1969 common article 3 and it’s additional protocol of 1977.
He further stated that the ICC had no jurisdiction over civil matters like the election petition and that it was in that respect that he absolutely agreed with those terming the UPND’s decision to take the civil matter to the ICC as laughable.
He urged Mr Hichilema and his party to just concede defeat and move on and that he must give chance to party members to go to the convention and elect a new leader who may give a new lease of life to the party.
Last week , in a bid to take the presidential election petition to the ICC in a matter in which he was challenging the re-election of President Edgar Lungu, UPND members wanted to undertake a procession from the party’s secretariat to Mr Hichilema’s residence.