By Bodwa Mbingo | 2019-03-16
Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi yesterday jetted into the country with his plane touching down at the Matsapha Airport at exactly 12:45pm, amid huge applause, especially from the Mozambican community living in the country.
He was welcomed at the airport by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini.
As soon as he alighted from his plane and waved to all those that came to welcome him, he was welcomed with a huge ovation from locals and Mozambicans living in the country alike.
The president is here on a three-day State visit as a special guest to His Majesty King Mswati III.
He is booked at the spacious Royal Villas at Ezulwini.
Upon his arrival, he took time to greet the Mozambican community living in the country and also appreciated dances by members of Lutsango, Imbali and Lacwebetelako.
The excited president then drove straight to the Royal Villas before proceeding to make a courtesy call to the King at Mandvulo Hall in Lozitha later in the afternoon.
That is where a communiqué between the two Heads of States was signed and a press briefing was then held.
A state banquet was then hosted by His Majesty in honour of his special guest.
President Nyusi is expected to meet the Mozambican community living in Eswatini at The George Hotel in Manzini tomorrow.
On the same day, he is also expected to make history by being His Majesty’s special guest during the finals of the Ingwenyama Cup at the Somhlolo National Stadium.
This is where both Heads of States will appreciate both great football on offer as well as cultural activities in the form of culture competitions in categories of sibhaca, ingadla, lutsango, praise singers and others.
Capital city giants Mbabane Highlanders will lock horns with army side Young Buffaloes in the soccer final of the richly sponsored tournament.
Meanwhile, this morning, the visiting president is expected to begin his day by listening to a presentation by Eswatini Sugar Association (ESA) at the Royal Villas before proceeding to attend the Business Forum official opening at the Royal Swazi Sun.
He will also attend a guided tour of the forestry processing industry with the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Manqoba Khumalo at Bhunya.
That will be before he makes a courtesy call to Her Majesty the Indlovukazi at Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
In the afternoon, President Nyusi will proceed to a guided tour of Eswatini Meat Industries with the Minister of Agriculture Jabulani ‘Buy Cash’ Mabuza before proceeding on another guided tour of the Sidvokodvo Dairy Farm with the same minister.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of Filipe Nyusi as the fourth President of Mozambique took place on Thursday, 15 January 2015.
The inauguration marked the beginning of the first term of Filipe Nyusi as President.
He is expected to jet out of the country tomorrow evening through the Matsapha Airport.
Buses availed to ferry local Mozambicans to meet Nyusi
Buses will be availed in all the country’s four regions to ferry members of the Mozambican community living in the country to meet their visiting President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi at The George Hotel in Manzini tomorrow.
The buses will be available as from 7am.
According to an excited Mozambique Association Eswatini President, Domingo Thomo, they are expecting at least 500 of their members to avail themselves to meet their president tomorrow.
He said as leaders of the local Mozambican community, they expect each one of them to be present to express their appreciation to his visit to the country as well as voice out any problems they could be facing in the country.
“As leaders of the association we may not know all the problems that are faced with some of us, but this is a chance for them to express them to our president.
This is our chance to allow our president to know all our problems and joys while staying here in Eswatini. We’re also expecting that our president will bring with him some good news to us,” he said.
Thomo also highlighted that amongst their problems is having a huge number of aged Mozambicans who arrived and worked in the country while still able-bodied, but can no longer fend for themselves.
He said they need their president to bring hope by offering a solution on how these senior citizens can be relocated back to their country of birth.
“Here we are talking about people who have worked in Eswatini, but are not pensionable because they do not have the required documentation.
“The world has become very digital and global, but we still have Mozambicans living in Eswatini who are without IDs (Identity Documents). We are hope that with our president’s visit, such will be corrected,” he said.
The Mozambican community living in the country will meet their president at 10am tomorrow.
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