‘HH makes us laughing stock’
Lusaka – Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema wants to take President Michael Sata and a top cop to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for alleged political intolerance; a legal challenge government officials say is laughable.
The state has responded saying Hichilema – often referred to as HH ‑ obviously did not understand how the ICJ operates, adding that his utterances would make Zambia a laughing stock in the comity of nations. HH said President Sata and Police Deputy Inspector-General Solomon Jere were abusing their offices to harass opposition politicians.
Spokesperson in the Presidency, George Chellah, told The Southern Times he hoped HH would acquaint himself with the ICJ’s operations.
“Mr Hakainde who is aspiring to be a leader of this country needs to educate himself on the operations of the ICJ because his comments trivialise the existence of the International Court of Justice.
“I’m sure even the outsiders who are familiar with the operations of that court are laughing at us.”
Information and Broadcasting Minister and Chief Government Spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni, added: “If he doesn’t understand how it operates, he should just keep quiet and concentrate on preparing for the 2016 general election.
“As government we will continue on the development path we have taken for the country instead of listening to continued attacks from the opposition,” Sakeni said.