Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected in Tanzania on a two-day official visit from June 10, 2021 in a response of an invitation from President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Speaking to journalists on June 9, Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Co-operation, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, said President Masisi would have talks with his host, President Samia, at State House in Dar es Salaam.
“The Heads of State are expected to have talks on co-operation issues, diplomatic relations, use of Swahili language in Botswana, business and economy and a better way to improve Southern African Development Community (Sadc),” she said.
Kiswahili is the national language in Tanzania and an official language of the East African Community which comprises Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan.
SADC countries – whose main languages are English, French and Portuguese – have been introducing Kiswahili in schools, with Botswana, Namibia and South Africa having already done so.
Ambassador Mulamula said President Masisi would leave the country on June 11 after visiting a business centre in Tanzania.
President Masisi becomes the second Head of State to visit Tanzania since President Samia was sworn in on March 19, 2021.
On May 20, 2021 Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni visited Tanzania on a one-day official visit and the two countries signed contracts to finalise an East Africa crude oil pipeline deal. The pipeline will transport crude from the western Ugandan oil fields in Hoima to Chongoleani peninsular at Tanga Port, Tanzania. – Citizen/The East African