UPND presidential petition to ICC, ICJ uncertain

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HH at the National Totalling Centre. Photo: Owen Miyanza

HH at the National Totalling Centre. Photo: Owen Miyanza

There is uncertainty and lack of tangible information surrounding the United Party for National Developments intended petition to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Initially after the Constitutional court threw out the Opposition political party’s presidential petition on technicalities, the party announced it’s intention to challenge such a ruling in an International Court. The party further complained against judicial officials including Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima for agreeing to swear in President Edgar Lungu as Republican President.

UPND members earlier petitioned their leaders, asking that the matter be taken to ICJ. But there has been no official communication from the party if they have finally launched its petition to the International court.

When Zambian Eye contacted UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka, he excused himself and said he can’t discuss as his phones battery has discharged.

But speaking at state House on Tuesday, Presidential Press Aide Amos Chanda alleged that ICC is coming for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba for what he termed ethnic cleansing, which took place in Namwala after the August elections.

The UPND has refused to recognise Lungu as duly elected president after a controversial decision by the court to deny the petitioners time to present their case before the jury.

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35 Responses to UPND presidential petition to ICC, ICJ uncertain

  1. There is no need to announce every stage of progress, even in your house you don’t. Whatever the way forward will be known soon. It maybe a shaking time.

    Nevy Kabs
    October 27, 2016 at 11:05 am
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    • Ba Nevy – Where do you have a case where the accused is not informed of anything pertaining to the case? This is total confusion on your part. You were informed that a private citizen petitioned the ICC to investigate the Namwala tragedy – and investigators have come. So, just be ready, you are on defence.

      OneNation
      October 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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  2. It’s not your problem about what is going on as regards the activities of the UPND? Why poke your theft noses into their affairs? Imwe ba PF just collect all the data and tell the IMF the truth about the external debt at about 10bn dollars you have accrued in 5 years as well as the internal debt.

    Kamau
    October 27, 2016 at 11:29 am
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  3. This article is purely PF Propaganda. There is hardly any connection between the title and the contents of the story. It is clear that that PF does not wish to have this case heard in any court but they must remember that world is now turned into one village. Amos Chanda is also panicking and contradicting himself. At the same press conference he tells his audience that the International court has no jurisdiction in Zambia but is the quick also to indicate that the ICJ is coming to investigate HH and GBM. Why then is the Government allowing ICJ to investigate HH and GBM if it has no jurisdiction in Zambia. In my opinion ECL made a grave mistake by listening to those that planned to rig the elections. We know that when it comes to the real case, they will even distance themselves from the illegalities now taking place.

    Choongo Mulenga
    October 27, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    • I agree what choongo is saying. pf is going to regret what they did during the election. does lungu have the money to bribe the icc? The answer is no. The truth shall come for everyone to see it.

      mathews
      October 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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  4. whether the pf like it or not they will dance to the tune wait and see.

    melitah
    October 27, 2016 at 11:51 am
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  5. But why are these pf cadres panicking? Its only a dull person who can tell his enemies where he keeps his weapons. VIVA UPND

    Sampa
    October 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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  6. is it true that pf wants to extend the presidential tenure of office, mates?

    Gatman
    October 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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  7. Mwilaikoselesha ba poor fools,time has finally come.u are now feeling the heat ba koswe imwe mulenya amenshi,wapya baisa ba ICC

    Monkey sausage
    October 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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  8. Hahaha de expect us to tell them every thing — let them go to ICC en find out.

    Robert Sulamoyo jr
    October 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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  9. Convincing icc this was ethnic cleansing will be like trying to convince them that amos chanda is a virgin. HH-tonga/ila, GBM- bemba, Canisuis banda-ngoni, maybe chewa, olo tumbuka, he was part of the group that time , i wonder why chanda has not mentioned him.

    Dundumwezi
    October 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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  10. Mr Miyanza, you very well know that one does not discuss cases that are in court. I respect you , but on this one wa dununa reverse

    chinga Muutu
    October 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm
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  11. GOD, HELP THE WELL MEANING ZAMBIANS BY PUTTING HH AND UPND IN GOVERNMENT

    Jata Noiluma
    October 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm
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  12. Mwampya ba pf icc/icj abwela. Mwaononga zambia ba kawalala imwe.

    NASA
    October 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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  13. Every dog has his day.Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Some will be treated to a rude shock very soon on that glorius day of triumph when the tide turns against them.It will be like a thief who comes by night when you least expect him.Its happening believe you me.Its Amen.

    Chebi
    October 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm
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  14. Ba pf no skin of your Anus here .why are you panicking.Mwanya mulekakwa.Remember what happened Ivory coast and Australia.

    chewe
    October 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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  15. What is the meaning of “as his phones battery has discharged”?

    Kambwili
    October 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm
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    • Ba Kambwili so u dont know what it means?.Go ask Chagwa and the Dove.Kandile MuKuKuulu iwee.

      Voice of Chinsali
      October 30, 2016 at 6:05 am
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  16. I have not read the zambian eye for the past two months and it appears a lot has happened during this time. I cannot believe this story is emanating from the Zambian eye. For this reason I totally concur with Choongo Mulenga that the article is purely for PF Propaganda purposes. This article does not benefit anyone and therefore should not have been written.

    Mcgyver
    October 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm
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  17. Too many spokespersons in PF chanda,kambwili,bwalya,phiri,who do we have to listen to its confusing

    Fox trot alpha
    October 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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  18. Let us wait and see what will happen, they say if you want to plant bananas first you should make friends with the monkeys.

    Zambian ninja
    October 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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    • yeah let’s wait and see

      jocktan
      October 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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  19. This is not true, story is made up and the ICC doesn’t deal or work with political party issues. No genocide was ever recommended in the history of Zambia. No the Hague only take cases of COUNTRIES not individuals to court.

    Sr Hilda
    October 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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    • False

      OneNation
      October 28, 2016 at 9:14 am
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      • Learn about International law before showing your ignorance of the matter.

        Denning
        October 29, 2016 at 3:37 am
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  20. Nonsensical story

    Sr Hilda
    October 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm
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  21. Lungu Is going for treatment and review on medical isuses

    Short memory
    October 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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  22. Is it there somebody who has time to read Treaties and Statutes establishing ICJ and ICC before making irrelevant and 5tupid comments?
    It looks that both sides are involved in the war of “shadows” as neither meet basic requirement to initiate proceedings in either ICJ or ICC.

    Denning
    October 28, 2016 at 3:44 am
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  23. PF- Masipa a Linja za mukwan’guli.

    Chivundu Katotola
    October 28, 2016 at 6:56 am
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  24. I like it when the two plans come together.

    Mills
    October 28, 2016 at 7:39 am
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  25. We’re missing a point here. @ Choongo, do you understand the mandate of the ICC, it is there to handle all crimes against humanities and you don’t seem to understand why Amos Chanda indicated that the ICC can not precide or hear an election petition. Any election petition can not be deemed as crime against humanity and that makes it more sensible that ICC can not deal with election petition.
    The matter in which HH & GBM are probed is not an election petition but purely crime that occurred to NAmwala non-Tonga people who are human beings and beings and that clearly makes it sensible for ICC to investigate the alleged crimes against humans. Further more, it’s not government which petitioned or took the leaders of UPND to ICC but a private individual did that and there doe’sn’t seem any reason why government can’t allow investigations be conducted.
    We claim to be educated but our level of understanding to certain issues is very worrysome.

    Lasoma
    October 29, 2016 at 6:53 am
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  26. Ba Chanda ICC is coming for you fi PF so you didn’t know mwaliba dull sana iyi. All the people you and your thugs have brutalized maimed and killed so you the opposition is sitting idle just watch.every DOG HAS ITS DAY.

    francis farmer
    October 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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  27. DONT TELL US LIES HERE. HAVE’NT YOU LEARNT FROM THE 14 DAYS SAGA? JUST TAKE US TO THE ICC, OR ICJ. THEY WILL THROW YOUR FOOLISH PETITION OUT AS USUAL. TAKE US THERE. AND YOU WILL BE ASHAMED.

    Chisenga
    October 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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  28. The hour has come for. Lungu tto panick for his foolish ness he did.

    sisofondi
    November 5, 2016 at 7:51 am
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    • Soon and very soon justice will prevail

      jeff sitapelo
      March 8, 2017 at 8:04 am
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