The government of Rwanda says it regrets to have heard comments attributed to US President Donald Trump targeting some African countries.
Speaking to journalists this afternoon, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, said such comments are demeaning.
“If these comments were made, it is deeply regrettable. Second, is that there are certain realities regarding Africa, that Africa has to come to terms with,” Mushikiwabo said.
“In other words, we on the continent must do certain things to bring the dignity of the people of Africa and assert our worth as a continent and so, you know, comments such as those again, I am not sure if those were actually uttered…those words….but if it is, of course for the continent it is demeaning and it is unnecessary.”
Mushikiwabo had accompanied multiple delegates to meet President Paul Kagame at his office in Village Urugwiro.
The delegates include a Chinese delegation, Horst Köhler – former German President and Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and Moussa Faki Mahamat the African Union Chairperson.
Yesterday, President Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the U.S. would take in more people from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa.
Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump’s comments.
For instance, a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations issued an extraordinary statement condemning what they termed as “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks” by President Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.
The statement was immediately shared by Former US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power on her Twitter handle saying it was strange to see Africa come together against a US statement.
“Whoa. I’ve never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States. After an emergency meeting today at UN, Africa group says it “is extremely appalled at…outrageous and xenophobic remarks” attributed to Trump and “demands a retraction and an apology.”
Several other African officials had expressed shock of trump remarks.
Moussa Faki Mahamat the African Union Chairperson tweeted last night: “I am appalled by the unfortunate remarks attributed to the President of the United States on migrants from African countries, Haiti and Salvador.”
He added: “I am all the more dismayed by these statements that the United States is a unique example of the contribution of migration to national construction based on the values of diversity, tolerance and opportunity.”
Akinwumi A. Adesina – the President of African Development Bank came out emotional to comment on President Trump’s statement.
He tweeted: “God made me African. I will live as an African, with pride in my heritage, die as an African and on resurrection day rise as an African!”
“I am an African and very proud of my continent. The opinion of others do not define Africa. Africa is beautiful and full of dignity.”
According to Adesina, some parts of America are poor. “US also has extreme poverty challenges too.
He quoted Prof Philip Alston as saying: “In Alabama, I saw various houses in rural areas that were surrounded by cesspools of sewage that flowed out of broken or non-existent septic systems.”