Presidents arrival.

12:14 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

Yesterday was declared a public holiday as our district had a visit from the national leader President Armando Guebuza. We were asked by the local government administrator to use our truck to take people from our village the 30km to see the President. It was standing room only with much flag waving and singing on the way. We were grateful that the rain stopped the night before.
We arrived at 8:00 and crowd was growing steadily. It was a festival atmosphere. The national leader arrived by helicopter shortly after.
Much hand shaking, singing, dancing and speeches took place before President Guebuza addressed the crowd and then gave 10 people the chance to air grievances. Some serious issues were raised, hopefully prompting changes in the near future. These public grievances are taken seriously with President Guebuza responding to each issue and telling the crowd the process of resolution. In past years public officials have been removed from their positions as a result of this process. 
I needed to make two trips on our return as we couldn't fit everyone in it seemed everyone enjoyed the day and will talk about the time they got to see President Armando Guebuza.