At nine hours local time, a few minutes after writing this article, Zambian president Rupiah Banda will officially open the Great Lakes Region Summit at Mulungushi International Conference Center.
But by that time, only five presidents would have been in attendance. These are Tanzania’s, Kenya’s Mwayi Kibaki, Uganda’ Museveni and the prime minister of the Central African republic plus the host Rupiah Banda.
Other invited presidents have not come though the organizers were still hopefull that most of them would attend. By 08 00 local time, no head of State was set to arrive this morning.
There will be some former presidents like General Obasanjo former Nigerian President and Benjamin
The heads of state and government that make the core group are from Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
It would have been expected that presidents from problematic countries like Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Congo Brazzaville etc attend without fail.
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has the objective of finding a lasting solution to the multiple and endemic problems facing the region and to create a conducive environment and tools for security, stability, reconstruction and development.
It is possible that other presidents may still fly in but they will certainly miss the official openning by presidetn Rupiah Banda.