A Lusaka Law firm has written the International Criminal Court (ICC) citing United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and party vice-president Geofrey Mwamba for alleged crimes against humanity.
Lewis Nathan Advocates, with liaison Offices in Dubai, Johannesburg and CapeTown has written to the ICC on behalf of some Zambians who are victims of attacks in some strongholds of the UPND.
The Law Firm have alleged that there is a reasonable basis to believe Hichilema and Mwamba have committed, aided and abetted, ordered or incited crimes of torture and persecution and damage to public and private properties of Zambians.
Lewis Nathan Advocates has argued that the ICC has a mandate to handle the the allegations of crime against humanity by Hichilema and Mwamba because Zambi is a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
Hichilema and Mwamba are yet to respond to the attempt.
UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has told ZNBC that Zambian Courts have jurisdiction to handle allegations of crime against humanity.
Lifwekelo also said the UPND leadership has denounced the violence allegedly being committed by its members in some regions in the country.
He further said the onus is on both the UPND and Patriotic Front leadership to restrain party members from engaging in violence.
Police has arrested about 300 people in Southern province alone for post election violence charges.
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