Seven heads of state arrive in Dar es Salaam for the SADC conference

Dar es Salaam. Five heads of state from Angola, Zambia and Seychelles have arrived today Friday for the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), 39th heads of state summit scheduled for August 17 and 18 in Dar es Salaam.

The five  presidents in no particular order are Seychelles’ President Danny Faure, Zambia’s Edgar Lungu, Zimbabwe's Emerson Mnangagwa,  Angola’s João Manuel Lourenço, Namibia's Hage Geingob and DR Congo's Felix Tshisekedi who arrived on Friday.

They join South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa who arrived on Wednesday evening for a two-day state visit ahead of the SADC meeting on a special invitation by his Tanzanian counterpart Dr John Magufuli. 

The heads of states arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal 1 at different time and were received by high ranking government dignitaries.   

On the other hand  Mauritius’ foreign affairs minister  Nandcoomar Bodha will represent his country at the SADC conference which kicks of tomorrow.

Also on the cards later in the afternoon was the Eswatini Prime Minister who arrived shortly after 300pm to represent King Mswati.