Govt vows to continue with the K2 Million ICC consultation

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Given Lubinda

GOVERNMENT has ruled out discontinuing the ongoing consultations on whether Zambia should leave or maintain its membership to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

Justice Minister Given Lubinda says the consultations will go on despite advice from the Civil Society Constitution Agenda to discontinue the process in view of President Edgar Lungu’s position on the matter, and the general view of the people of Zambia that Zambia maintains its ICC membership.

 

Mr. Lubinda is shocked and saddened that some civil society organizations want to curtail the process of citizens being involved in the governance process of their Country.

 

He has wondered how the civil society organizations could have known that people want Zambia to remain a member of the ICC without consulting them first.

 

In an interview, Mr. Lubinda told QTV News that government does not in fact think it would make sense to discontinue the consultations when it’s half way in the process of getting people’s views.

 

He said he is personally happy that the majority of Zambians want to take part in the governance process and have since seized the opportunity to be heard by making submissions.

 

Mr Lubinda stated that government has in this case also been vindicated that it has no pre-determined position on whether Zambia should leave or maintain its membership to the ICC.

 

Meanwhile Mr.Lubinda has said there was no active case involving Zambia at the International Criminal Court(ICC).He said that the ICC confirmed this when his office inquired, just before the commencement of consultations on whether Zambia should remain a member of the court.

 

Mr Lubinda said unlike in other countries whether presidents and government made the decision on their own, President Edgar Lungu has chosen to give Zambians the chance to make the decision.

 

He explained that this was because the ICC matter borders of security and can help keep politicians in check.Mr.Lubinda emphasized that it would not have been prudent for President Lungu to make a decision on his own on matter that concerns all Zambians, as the ICC mainly deals with serious cases against humanity.

 

Source: QTV News

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6 Responses to Govt vows to continue with the K2 Million ICC consultation

  1. The AU Records show that Lungu on behalf of Zambia voted infavour of the AU Resolution to leave ICC enmasse by member countries. Lungu committed Zambia without Consultation. Lungu is now looking for a scapegoat to stop Zambia’s withdrawal from ICC becoz of fierce opposition from Zambians.In South Africa Concourt has blocked Zuma’s exit from ICC. In Gambia the new President has rejoined ICC. These devts and the revelations that even if a country leaves ICC its leaders can be indicted to ICC as a Member of the UN has influenced Lungu’s decision to stop the withdrawal from ICC. Its therefore futile to withdraw from ICC. Lungu having promised a quick withdrawal from ICC is now serving face by embarking on a tactical retreat. Its all damage Control at work.

    Chando
    April 4, 2017 at 7:17 am
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  2. Were is the fear coming from? For lungu to withdraw Zambia from the icc? What wrong has he done.

    mushala
    April 4, 2017 at 8:28 am
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  3. KKKKKK….FYAMUCALO…..YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS, JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES….US LEADERS WE ARE BORN FOR NO ONE MADE US…..OTHERS ARE MADE

    YOUNG PRESIDO
    April 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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  4. Ba zayelo zoona,you must be shocked and saddened by how much you’ve lost touch with the people you govern sitting in your air-conditioned office up there signing away their meagre tax monies to be wasted on an exercise which is purely unnecessary,the outcome known and academic,truly power corrupts,absolutely,shame

    manluche
    April 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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  5. my question is does everyone has knowledge about the ICC

    pat dollar
    April 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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  6. If not then people need to be sensitised….because some still doesn’t know anything about this matter

    pat dollar
    April 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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