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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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