Patriotic Front Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri has sensationally revealed that President Edgar Lungu wants Zambia not to withdrawal its membership to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Mrs Phiri disclosed this on Wednesday evening when she stormed a live Hot Issue radio programme on Hot FM that was discussing whether the public consultations on the ICC withdrawal are necessary.
She said President Lungu told a recent PF Central Committee Meeting that he wants Zambia to remain in the ICC as there are no any other alternatives.
Mrs Phiri said it is therefore wrong for some sections of society to portray a picture that President Lungu has triggered the consultations to camouflage his pre-determined position to withdrawal from the ICC.
The PF Deputy Secretary General said she was driving home and listening to Hot FM and felt compelled to drive over to the studio after she failed to go through the phone lines which were congested.
“I am here to state that infact President Lungu wants Zambia to remain. His position is that he finds nothing wrong with the ICC especially that there is no any other alternative. He told us in the Central Committee meeting and please you can quote me on this,” Mrs Phiri said.
On the same programme, SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe wondered why Government has launched a haste consultation process over the ICC withdrawal if President Lungu wants to remain.
Mr Cheembe said the cost rationale of spending 2 Million Kwacha does not make sense especially that the same Government is refusing to launch a Referendum process on the enhanced Bill of Rights owing to lack of funds.
During the first district consultations held in Kabwe on Wednesday, 30 people who submitted want Zambia to continue in the ICC while only three people submitted that Zambia should leave.