Opposition condemn Kabimba’s ICC remarks


Opposition political parties have condemned calls by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba for African countries to reject the International Criminal Court.

MMD president Nevers Mumba says Zambia’s membership to the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be preserved.

Mr Kabimba has been quoted advocating for the African governments to reject the ICC because it was not established on good faith as it is only meant to humiliate Africa leaders.

Mr. Kabimba who was speaking his capacity as Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) president said his organization supports Kenya for pulling out of the ICC and that other African Countries should also be urged to follow suit.

Dr Mumba however notes that the concept of the ICC should be preserved because it holds accountable governments that abuse their people’s fundamental rights.

Dr. Mumba has told Qfm in an interview that the PF government is also a good candidate for the ICC because it has allegedly among other things been abusing people’s rights and using the Zambia Police Service to oppress the opposition.

He has however called for the reforming of the ICC for it to also start hearing cases of leaders from countries outside Africa such as former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who allegedly committed war crimes during 2003 military invasion of Iraq.

And the United Party for National Development (UPND) has described as ill intended calls by CAPP president Wynter Kabimba that African governments should now start rejecting the ICC.

UPND Secretary General Winston Chibwe notes that such calls will imply that the PF wants to continue abusing its power in governing the country.

Mr. Chibwe says if the PF pushes for the withdrawal of Zambia from being a member of the ICC, it will be as bad as the decision that the previous MMD government made to remove the Abuse of Office offence from the ACC Act to suit its interests.