The International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed the receipt of a report by “Team Pachedu” which to have president Emmerson Mnangagwa arrested over the August 1, 2018 shootings. This was revealed in an email the ICC sent to VOA Studio7.
Human rights lawyer and director of the Africa Regional Programme of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Arnold Tsunga has however said that the case is likely to be thrown out since Zimbabwe is not a member of the ICC. He said that The matter can only be referred to the UN Security Council where chances of it being considered are also very slim. He said that the matter is likely not to be accepted considering that the current Zimbabwean situation is, unlike that of Sudan, in a stable state.
Studio also spoke to the Minister of Justice, Ziyambi Ziyambi who argued that the report that was sent to the ICC was a waste of time. He said that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to deal with issues to do with non-state actors unless it gets a report from the United Nations Security Council.
He described the act of sending the report to the ICC as foolish. Ziyambi also said that the move reflects that the people who sent the report do not understand how the law operates.
Meanwhile, Motlanthe led Commission has since made a report and recommendations on the matter which the government is saying it is already implementing. The findings were however made known to the public. Listen to the audio below:
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