AU expresses dismay

The African Union says it is “frankly alarmed” by President Donald Trump’s statement in which he used vulgar language to question why the US would accept more immigrants from African countries and Haiti.

“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice,” AU spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said.

“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”

She added that “we believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding”.

Africa is waking up to find President Donald Trump has finally taken an interest in the continent. It’s not what people expected.

Trump has questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting an immigration deal.

African governments find themselves in an awkward position. As top recipients of US aid, some hesitate to jeopardise it by criticising Trump.

In South Sudan, government spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny says that “unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say.”

African media outlets and the continent’s young, connected population are less shy.

“Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate,” South African media outlet Daily Maverick says.

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  • chinos

    The result of 37years of misrule is a ####. If the little foreign currency that a country has is used to pay hit squads then its hard to avoid the resurgence of slavery like have seen in Libya. If token service if paid to employment creation then our youth will sink in the Mediterranean sea trying to reach Europe. If we have ego of individuals, not communities and nations we produce RGMs who have to be worshipped and will do anything to own everything in the country. Wealth concentrated in a few individuals in no better than wealth spread in communities. Entrepreneurship in our countries is the answer. ### is what this generation of leaders who can not speak out against excesses by their peers has created. DRC will not have elections, neither will Burundi while Uganda leader will soon gravitate to senility in that presidential seat like our own RGM. Our ruling parties live in the past drooling on past achievements. Self renewal is buried. The youth does not feature in those parties except for a youth league of thugs who are used against political opponents by the ruling elite. Unconstitutional regime changes by the North have not been the answer but the root of untold suffering. Libya Egypt come to mind. Shitholes indeed while our AU has become a begging bowl not a centre of excellence. African youth will have to be more aggressive and demand their space. Septic tanks indeed.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      It is true that in Africa we have our weaknesses in our polities, etc. But that should not make us overlook the historical underdevelopment and looting of Africa by colonial powers . We should also stand against neo colonial forces that militate against Africa. Africa should also rise and ask for reparations from EU and US on slaves who were used to build the “mighty “ US/EU. Yes we should improve how we govern our countries and utilize our natural resources.