HAKAINDE Hichilema and his vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have been accused of committing crimes against humanity by perpetrating violence in areas where the UPND is strong in Southern Province.
This is in a case in which a concerned citizen William Mubanga of Brentwood Drive in Lusaka has sued Mr Hichilema, Mr Mwamba and the party’s secretary general Stephen Katuka in the Constitutional Court and wants the trio, at their own cost orally and via audio, to denounce the alleged post-election violence, killings and displacements to some people by their cadres in Southern, North Western and Western provinces.
Mr Mubanga further stated that in the event they failed to denounce the violence, they should be held responsible and liable for compensation in their personal capacities for all the personal injuries and damage to infrastructure and loss including damage inflicted by their cadres, supporters and sympathizers in the named provinces.
He also wants the court to disqualify the party from participating in future elections for preaching, condoning and perpetrating violence before, during and after elections.
Mr Mubanga also wants a declaration that all presidential candidates and their running mates have a duty in future to openly and publicly denounce violence and to
restrain their cadres, sympathizers and
supporters from perpetrating pre- and post-election violence.
In his affidavit in support of summons, Mr Mubanga has submitted that he was aware that the violence was being perpetrated by Mr Hichilema’s supporters and party cadres.
He said he was also aware that Mr Mwamba had been openly preaching violence even against the Head of State and had been appearing in the Lusaka Magistrates Court for a similar offence.
Mr Mubanga submitted that he was informed that as a result of the said violence emanating from the loss of elections, Government buildings and infrastructure had been destroyed by suspected UPND cadres in Lukulu district of Western Province.