Fear and resistance as Trump top diplomat Tibor Nagy tours Africa

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Tibor Nagy lives here in Washington D.C. Last year, he was sworn in by the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs.

He’s embarking on his second African tour since he was elevated by the Trump administration in August 2018.

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He visited Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, and Germany from November 27 to December 8, 2018.

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He embarked on another tour of Africa, this time, going from Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda from March 4–22, 2019.

But before he gets to Cameroon on March 17, an opinion article says Cameroon will not succumb to the dictates of the USA.

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The opinion argues that the U.S.A. under Trump does not have the moral right to lecture others on human rights and other social and political issues.

In Cameroon, President Paul Biya has been in power for almost 40 years.

He’s overcome crises upon crises, including a coup d’etat, election chaos, Bakassi dispute, a Boko Haram insurgency, riots, and various types of activism. He’s battling the Anglophones now.

Anglophone activists say they are fed up with a country that treats them as second class citizens and want to break up. As Biya has reacted since he was sent with a letter from France to join the administration of Ahidjo, he has unleashed security forces on the protesters. Cameroon is in danger, he says.

Anglophones speak English.Francophones speak French. The USA speaks English. Many fear Nagy is coming to help them.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr Nagy would be arriving following a disputed election and growing security threats from the eastern part of the country.

Rwanda remains a bit peaceful and stable although the President there Paul Kagame is accused of oppressing the opposition.

In Uganda, there are also human rights abuse concerns.

Mr Nagy is touring Africa this time after the Trump administration unveiled its US Africa policy in December, saying it will reduce waste and focus in trade and security threats.

But few details have emerged since the announcement was made in Washington D.C. by John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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