LONDON ––Zambia’s politics is taking on an international flavor as the country’s opposition political parties say they are reporting the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, and several of his ruling party officials, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for instigating political violence, intimidation, and abuse.
Ten opposition politicians, at a press conference in the capital, Lusaka, accused President Lungu and Zambia’s home affairs minister, Stephen Kampyongo, of ordering militias and misfit militants and ruling party’s supporters to attack the opposition during recent by-election campaigns.
Despite the serious nature of these allegations, no one from the governing party has so far responded to the allegations. Zambian political observers say no one willing and prepared to speak on these allegations for fear of being put on records.
Hakainde Hichilema, the main opposition leader, said last week that police had tried to assassinate him while he was out campaigning.
Multiple human rights groups say oppression has increased during President Lungu’s four years in office and that his government has turned out to be very repressive.