Vice President Inonge Wina says Zambia still remains a member of the International Criminal Court.
Mrs Wina said the status of Zambia’s membership to the ICC has not changed.
She was speaking in Parliament Friday morning when answering a question from Bwana Mkubwa PF Member of Parliament Jonas Chanda during the Vice President’s Question Time.
Mrs Wina said the ICC is a creation of several countries around the world including Zambia and that nothing has changed in that regard.
Some African counties such as Gambia have followed South Africa in signalling their intention to exit the ICC accusing the court of having anti African agenda, after Burundi signaled its intention to leave the ICC.
According to the UK Guardian newspaper, the claim that the international criminal court unfairly targets Africans is gaining significant traction following announcements from Burundi and South Africa, who informed the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, of their decision to quit the court last week, making them the first countries to begin the year-long exit process in the court’s 18-year history.
Of the 10 cases being investigated by the court, 9 involve African countries, including all three trials. So far, ICC arrest warrants have only ever been issued for Africans. As a result, the court is facing what appears to be a coordinated revolt that risks destroying its legitimacy.
On Wednesday, gambia’s Information Minister Sheriff Bojang described the ICC as a court that is being used “for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders” while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
He singled out the case of former British prime minister Tony Blair, who the ICC decided not to indict over the Iraq war.
“There are many Western countries, at least 30, that have committed heinous war crimes against independent sovereign states and their citizens since the creation of the ICC and not a single Western war criminal has been indicted.”
The withdrawal of Gambia, he said, “is warranted by the fact that the ICC, despite being called International Criminal Court, is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”.