President Klaus Iohannis and his wife ended their visit to Tanzania by witnessing a unique ritual, at the end of which a local man throws himself into the ocean holding a painting of the head of state, writes spotmedia.ro.
Klaus and Carmen Iohannis attending a traditional dance at a high school in NairobiPhoto: Presidential Administration
At the end of their visit to Tanzania, on Sunday, Klaus and Carmen Iohannis witnessed a ritual of some locals, gathered around a painting of the Romanian president and then of the first lady, the size of those with Ceaușescu on the walls of public institutions during the dictator’s time, according to spotmedia.ro.
At the end of the shouts you can clearly hear “Hakuna matata, Iohanes” (Everything is fine), a greeting used on the east coast of Africa, in countries such as Kenya or Tanzania. After shouting “Hakuna matata”, one of the locals runs to a pontoon and jumps into the water while holding the painting of Klaus Iohannis.
On Monday, Klaus Iohannis began his visit to the Republic of Cape Verde, the penultimate stage of his African tour, the previous ones being Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. The last stop of the head of state in the ten-day tour of Africa will be in Senegal.
Iohannis began his tour of Africa on November 14 and will end it on November 23, with the president checking off four countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Cape Verde and Senegal.
According to the Presidential Administration, Iohannis’ visits to Africa represent “the first political-diplomatic approach at this level in the last 30 years and aims to relaunch Romania’s relations with the African continent, both in our country’s direct relationship with African states, and as part of the effort common at the European level, in the wider context of the need to revive relations between the European Union and Africa in the spirit of a new partnership”.
It is the third tour that the head of state makes this year, after those in Asia (March) and South America (April).