14 November 2012

Zambia: HH Threatens to Take Sata, Jere to ICJ

UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has threatened to submit names of President Michael Sata and deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for alleged selective justice and violation of human rights.

Mr Hichilema said at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that despite President Sata having immunity he would submit his name to the ICJ, and the same applied to Dr Jere whom he attacked on accusations of selectively harassing opposition political members.

But Chief Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni said there was no crisis in Zambia that would warrant the attention of the ICJ.

Mr Sakeni, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, advised Mr Hichilema not to trivialise operations of the ICJ by claiming that the situation in the country had deteriorated.

He disputed assertions that Zambia had a crisis which required the attention of the ICJ and advised Mr Hichilema not to mislead the international community by making false alarms.

"He (Hichilema) is a wrong person to start talking about the ICJ. If he doesn't understand how it operates, he should just keep quiet and concentrate on preparing for the 2016 general elections. As Government we will continue on the development path we have taken for the country instead of listening to continued attacks from the opposition," Mr Sakeni said.

Mr Hichilema said his party members did not take part in the fracas that took place in Rufunsa where a Patriotic Front (PF) member Menyani Zulu lost his life.

On the arrest of party members including Lusaka Province chairperson, Adrian Bauleni, Mr Hichilema said the action amounted to of harassment.

Mr Hichilema speaking from his party secretariat in Rhodespark accused Government of using the police to 'silence' the opposition through arrests.

On his party's relations with the MMD , Mr Hichilema said he would address issues of concern between the two parties through a meeting unlike discussing matters through the media.

"I will not discuss through the media, I prefer we discuss any matters in a meeting and find a way forward. I campaigned in Mufumbwe with other party members for the MMD candidate and in most areas where he claimed victory, I was on the ground campaigning," he said.

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