Another British newspaper highlights Zambian opposition fears clampdown by Michael Sata

By Andrew England in Lusaka
As traffic crawls along Cairo road in central Lusaka, a hawker wearing an African-print shirt emblazoned with the image of Michael Sata extols the virtues of his president. Another touts a stern-faced portrait of Zambia’s head of state to motorists caught up in the midday jam.
It is a scene that would no doubt bring some cheer to Mr Sata, a veteran politician whose combative style earned him the nickname King Cobra. The former colonial-era policeman was elected 18 months ago on a populist ticket vowing to distribute more equitably the mineral wealth of Africa’s largest copper producer and champion the poor.
The elections on September 2011 were hailed as an example of the small but growing number of democratic transitions on the continent as the septuagenarian and his Patriotic Front party peacefully ended the Movement for Multiparty Democracy’s 20-year grip on power.