Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Last week tourism minister Charles Banda drew thousands of dollars from the already exhausted national treasury of Zambia for shopping in Germany. This entire thing was done under the false pretext that he was attending the Internationale Tourismus-Börse, the world’s largest tourism fair. In reality, Zambia didn’t participate in this fair.
However, various sources in the Ministry of Tourism reported to the Zambian Watchdog that to justify his travel to Berlin which took place in March 8th and 12th, the Minister tried to hide behind the Botswana stand.
According to the sources, ‘’ we had the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) which is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies.) Zambia decided not to take part because of budget constraint therefore the Zambian Embassy didn’t have a stand at the fair.
A few days before the fair the Minister (Charles Banda) called the embassy that he was going to travel because he had been cleared by the President, but the embassy was not ready and they informed the Minister that this year ‘we don’t have a budget for ITB and we do not have a stand only individual private companies from Zambia are taking part and they make their own arrangements.”