PF neutral on ICC membership

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Mwila says the party has no position on whether Zambia should remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has urged members to submit their views as ordinary citizens.
Mr Mwila said at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the PF will never abuse the confidence Zambians have placed in it by disregarding their views on important national issues such as the current debate on Zambia’s position on the ICC.
He said President Lungu is a democrat who will never impose his will or that of the PF on Zambians.
“We wish to assure Zambians of President Lungu’s democratic credentials which make him value dialogue and consultations such as the on-going consultations regarding the ICC,” he said.
Mr Mwila said assertions by those opposed to the consultations on ICC are unfounded because President Lungu has not taken any position and that is the reason why Government has been convening meetings during which citizens are submitting their views on the matter.
“We know that some people in our country want to promote the ‘one-party’ mentality where what the ruling party wants carries the day and people are excluded from vital decision-making processes. On our part, we shall never abuse the confidence Zambians have in us by disregarding their views on important national issues,” Mr Mwila said.
He has since appealed to PF members countrywide to submit what they personally wish for because the party has no position on the matter.
“Therefore, we wish to urge our members who have not yet submitted to do so as their reasoning dictates,” Mr Mwila said.
Meanwhile, PF information and publicity committee member Sunday Chanda has been appointed as party media director.
Mr Chanda will head the media directorate under Mr Mwila’s office at the secretariat.
The position of media director is a full-time one.

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