The UPND has welcomed the move by a law firm which has reported their President Hakainde Hichilema and his Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to the International Criminal Court.
UPND General Secretary Stephen Katuka said his party welcomes the independent scrutiny of the ICC and those bodies concerned with the protection of human rights in light of the current situation in the country.
Mr Katuka said it is the PF who have been abusing their members as opposed to the claims of the law firm which has reported their leaders of the said crimes.
“Moves to report UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity are surprising given the levels of abuse and discrimination our party and its supporters are currently receiving, as well as the numerous calls by HH for peace and unity at all costs.
“Nevertheless, as UPND we would welcome the independent scrutiny of the ICC and those bodies concerned with the protection of human rights in light of the current situation in Zambia. We want an open door on such matters, where no one is allowed to hide violations that infringe the rights of our people with media closures or the co-option of police officers,” he said.
He has since said his party is ready to fully cooperate with the ICC and provide them evidence of the PF’s involvement in crimes against humanity.
“Further, we are ready to fully cooperate with the ICC and provide them with countless witness testimonies, photos and video evidence of the PF’s involvement in crimes against humanity.
“We feel sure that the relatives and loved ones of the many victims of such violence to date will welcome any such attempt to identify and punish the culprits, particularly as we have reported numerous cases to the police but they have been unable to act against the PF Government since they are in power,” he said.
Lewis Nathan Advocates, with Liaison Offices in Dubai, Johannesburg and Cape-Town has written to the ICC on behalf of some Zambians who are victims of attacks in some strongholds of the UPND.
The Law Firm have alleged that there is a reasonable basis to believe that Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba have committed ,aided and abetted ,ordered or incited crimes of torture and persecution and damage to public and private properties of Zambians.