United States of America President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to Senegal, then do a ‘fly past’ on Zambia on his way to ‘backward’ South Africa and Tanzania in late June and early July to reinforce U.S. ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the White House said on Monday.
“The trip will underscore the president’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity,” the White House said in a statement.
Obama will meet with leaders from government, business and civil society, the White House said.
Obama traveled to Ghana during his first term. The first lady traveled to South Africa and Botswana independently.
Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas.
The president’s trip would go from June 26 to July 3, the White House said.
As a expected, Obama will not visit Zambia despite what we called strong 2011 democratic power transition that was heavily supported by Americans, especially after president Michael Sata publicly embarrassed former American President, George Walker Bush, by calling him a ‘colonialist’ who had come to ‘pay back’ in Africa.
Such comedy at State House by Sata normally miss an opportunity to make senior dignitaries be direct lobbyist to the American Presidency and Congress on Zambia’s development agenda.
For example, Paul Kagame of Rwanda has Tony Blair former British premier as one of his advisers on economic affairs and Rwanda now is staggering with social economic progress.
But by toying with Bush’s visit last year when Sata berated him with all kinds of bizarre accusations, Sata basically consigned this country to one not attractive to any high profile visitors except for fellow Zimbabwean dictator Robbert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, being the only president to have ever visited ukwa land.