For the first time, Minister opens International Trade Fair

In the 48 years history since Zambia became Independent, the country’s International Trade Fair has not been opened by a Head of State.

President Michael Sata who has been in power for two years last year opened the Trade Fair but for this year he sent his Minister of Commerce to open the International event, a very unprecedented move. Emmanuel Chenda officiated at the 2013 Trade Fair that was officially opened on June 29, 2013.

This has however not gone well among citizens saying the major event has been belittled saying Sata could have officiated if he failed to invite a Foreign Head of State as per custom. From the time Sata became president only President Robert Mugabe has visited Zambia

There are unconfirmed reports that the new Zambian leader is being isolated by his colleagues in SADC due to alleged reports of human rights abuse violations by his government. Zambia which has been a shining example of democracy in Africa since the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1991 seems to be heading towards the one-party rule. Opposition parties have been denied to have public rallies by President Sata’s regime and these cases have been reported to the Commonwealth and SADC.

Law has broken down in Zambia something needs to be done urgently to address this, an International Lawyer Robert Amsterdam who also represents former president Rupiah Banda says.