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ICC Consultative meetings commence on the Copperbelt

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President Edgar Lungu receives an affidavit of Oaths from newly appointed Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga during the Swearing in Ceremony at State House yesterday-PICTURE BY KACHA MIYOBA/ZANIS
President Edgar Lungu receives an affidavit of Oaths from newly appointed Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga during the Swearing in Ceremony at State House yesterday-PICTURE BY KACHA MIYOBA/ZANIS
Government has called on members of the public to turn up and contribute to the ongoing Consultative process on Zambia’s position on its membership to the International Criminal Court.

Copperbelt Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga who advised against politicizing the exercise made the call when he officially opened the consultative meeting in Ndola at the Civic Centre this morning.

Mr Kamanga emphasised that it was a good and progressive gesture that government was consulting the citizenry on the decision that the country should take.

The Copperbelt Permanent Secretary further said government had opted to remain neutral on the issue and left it to the general public.

And Consultative meeting Chairman, who is also Ministry of Justice Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel Mwewa Chola, explained that the Ministry of Justice is carrying out a countrywide consultative exercise on whether or not Zambia should withdraw its membership from the ICC.

He explained that the consultative process had been necessitated following the resolution which was passed during the 28th summit of Assembly of African Union which resolved on a non-binding recommendation for a mass withdrawal of African country from the ICC, citing alleged impartiality of the court.

Mr Mwewa further said it was encouraging that members of the public in Ndola had responded favourably to the call and had by press time made various petitions.

14 COMMENTS

  1. This is a clear waste of tax payers money and should be stopped forthwith. There are more needy areas that need to be addressed than this. What is the problem in remaining in ICC as we have done all along?

  2. Unlike the International Court of Justice ICJ, which is also based in The Hague but settles legal disputes between states, the ICC ADDRESSES MASS ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS. So, to avoid prosecution, these national leaders too often ruthlessly threaten, corrupt, or compromise judges and prosecutors in their home Countries’.
    This is happening in Zambia.
    It is in the Zambian public interest that our Country remains a member of ICC.

  3. Imagine,K2million down the drain, these nincompoops are up to no good. Are these not misplaced priorities? That explains why the IMF is dillydallying to give these criminal $1.3billion. This is totally nonsensical and sheer maladministration of epic proportions. What did we do to deserve this kind of mediocrity kanshi? Ba Lungu bena kuwawafye.

  4. Why are they moving at such a speed? I can smell something here. Something is cooking somewhere. Why Why Why and again Why Why.

  5. The PF government spending K2million for consultations over pulling out of ICC that’s seriously been sick in the head..what does it have to do with the poor farmers without inputs and hospitals without medicine honestly..why do politicians behave as if they don’t reason properly and where are the technocrats to advise that such a thing is irrelevant to the many suffering people..whether we remain or not it doesn’t affect us in any way did the government consult before joining..governance of this country is just a circus..a serious circus in fact!!!

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