President Rupiah Banda is on Thursday expected to travel to Maputo, Mozambique, to attend a Heads of State and Government Troika Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
President Banda’s press aide Dickson Jere has announced that before attending the SADC summit, the President will join other Heads of State and Government at the inauguration ceremony of Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique who was re-elected President last year for the second term.
After the inauguration ceremony, the SADC leaders will retreat for a one-day summit, which has been called ahead of the African Union summit scheduled for the month-end.
According to Jere, this is the first SADC Troika meeting that President Banda, who is Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will be attending since he was elected to the position in June 2008 at the Kinshasa Summit. President Guebuza is current Chairperson of the organ.
“The President will be accompanied by First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Kabinga Pande, MP, and other Senior Government Officials. President Banda and his delegation are expected to return as soon as the summit concludes its scheduled business, said Jere in an email press release.