A Lusaka Law firm has written to the International Criminal Court-ICC- to cite 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 Cape-Town 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 that Mr. Hichilema and Mr. 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 allegedly by Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba because ZAMBIA is a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
Efforts to get comments from Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba failed as their mobile phones went un-answered.
But UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo told ZNBC in a telephone interview that Zambian Courts have jurisdiction to handle allegations of crime against humanity.
Mr. 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-PF leadership to restrain party members from engaging in violence.