REPORT: PR/Angola: Marcelo took two hours to greet locals on his arrival in Lubango

The Portuguese president spent more than two hours today greeting the people of Lubango. At the University he addressed students by adapting a Zeca Afonso song

"I was hanging out of the car most of the time, thanking people, because there were thousands of people along the way," Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said when he finally arrived at the Huíla Government headquarters in southern Angola.

That's where most of the Portuguese president's entourage and the media accompanying him on this state visit to Angola waited for him, under a scorching sun, along with the 20 or so members of Kataleco - a 'cultural group' that played and danced all morning while waiting for Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, probably thinking he would never come.

Meanwhile, several hundred people had gathered along the road, just a few meters ahead, and when he finally arrived at 12.30 pm (local time), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa went immediately in their direction - only to be engulfed by a crowd of people who trampled each other to be near him.

Surrounded by this chaos, Marcelo told reporters about his slow trip from the airport, with several stops to greet the population, and added that the way he was received in Lubango was "exceptional, beyond everything."

"Now the schedule is ruined," Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said, as he hurried to the Huíla Provincial Government headquarters, flying past the MPLA Committee building, where he greeted some staff who were standing on the porch.

Nearby stood a poster with João Lourenço's face and the following "Message from the President" of Angola: "The evils to be corrected and, above all, to be fought are corruption, nepotism, blarney, and impunity".

Before entering the Huíla Government headquarters, Marcelo took some time to watch Kataleco dance. The word means something like "Go watch," in Nhaneca, but the Portuguese president did not watch it for a long time. As we walked by, he greeted a row of children with Portuguese and Angola flags who kept saying: "Welcome, welcome."

Two and a half hours late, Marcelo finally met with Luís da Fonseca Nunes, the governor of Huíla. Nunes is a businessman in the agriculture and livestock industry - a sector which João Lourenço's administration says must play a pivotal role in the diversification of Angola's economy.

He then walked to the old train station, and from there he went on to give a talk on law at Mandume Ya Ndemufayo University - named after the last king of the Cuanhamas (a people from southern Angola and northern Namibia) who fought against Portuguese colonial power in the early 20th century.

Addressing the students, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa adapted a line from Zeca Afonso's song "Grândola, Vila Morena" to summarize his arrival in Lubango: "In every corner, thousands of friends."

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