President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak via telephone to two African leaders today.
Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari – who is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom, and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are the two leaders in question. The US President’s first African engagement was a call with Egyptian President, Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi.
A journalist with The Globe and Mail, Geoffery York, referred to the sessions as Trump’s ‘Africa Day’. The call to Buhari will be at 9:45 am Washington time which translates to 3:45 pm Abuja time.
No details of what the meetings will center on have been released yet. The two presidents head Africa’s largest economies. Both were also on very good terms with the erstwhile administration of Barack Obama.
It will be recalled that his first physical meeting with an African leader was reported to be with Republic of Congo’s, Sassou Nguesso, in January days before he took office. The information relayed by Congo’s government spokesperson was disputed by the Trump team later.
Thierry Moungalla, disclosed via Twitter that there was a meeting scheduled between Sassou and Trump. He said at the time that the meeting between the two leaders was to center around Libya’s security situation and other African issues but failed to disclose any further details.
Trump officially took office as President on January 20 after winning the polls in November 2016. he has since ruffled African feathers by his travel ban which affected three African countries. Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
The ban has however been suspended by a US federal judge.
Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike
Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.
Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.
An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.
Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.
The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.
This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe
“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”
The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance
Algeria sets date for presidential election
Algeria’s Ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned after massive street protests demanding his 20years of rule terminated.
A source says, Algeria would hold a presidential election on Dec. 12, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah said in a televised speech on Sunday.
Weekly mass demonstrations forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April, leaving Algeria in constitutional limbo and facing a stand off between the protesters and the army-backed government.
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