LILONGWE — Hillary Clinton and her team of crack security agents were driven onto a plane and out of Malawi after being attacked by a swarm of bees on Sunday. The US Secretary of State was due to leave
the southern African state when the insects sparked panic among her detail. She ran for cover and boarded her jet before flying out of Kamuzu International Airport in the capital, Lilongwe, to Johannesburg, South Africa. It brought a swift end to her historic six-and-a-half hour diplomatic mission, which is part of a whistlestop 11-day African tour. According to eyewitnesses, scores of both Malawians and Americans, including security agents, scampered in different directions to take cover.
“There was a slight panic as the bees winged across the airport. People could be seen running away to keep cover as the Secretary of State swiftly boarded her plane to avoid any stings,” a witness told the Nyasa Times.
A State Department official didn’t respond to an immediate inquiry about the accounts. Mrs Clinton undertook three engagements in Malawi, which included holding bilateral talks with President Joyce Banda at State House.
The US Secretary of State has, among other things, pledged a financial support of US$36 million to strengthen Malawi’s agricultural value chain.
Mrs Clinton made the pledge when she visited dairy farmers under the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, 8km north of Kamuzu International Airport, the Nyasa Times reported.
The group is one of the US government’s funded food security programmes under the recently launched US Feed the Future Presidential Initiative. Mrs Clinton, who is also the chairwoman of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation, said the financial support would be given to Malawi stretched in three years time.
Malawi is a recipient of more than US$200 million US Government aid in health, education, agriculture, economic growth and governance, among other sectors. The US Secretary also visited Lilongwe Girls Secondary School in the capital where she addressed children who are part of another US project, Camp Grow Malawi, which was initiated in the country by US peace corps. Clinton began her 11-day African tour in Senegal and has already been to Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya and her focus has been on terrorism, Chinese economic development in Africa and democracy. — Nyasa Times/Daily Mail.