It is no longer news that Donald J Trump is the President-elect of the United States of America. The shock of Trump’s win in the recent US election has begun to abate.
However, although his policies regarding Africa are yet unclear, some African leaders, like other world leaders, have issued statements regarding the win if the billionaire businessman.
Some of them can be seen below:
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Uganda):
“I congratulate Mr. Trump on his election as the President of the United States of America. Elections in the US or any country are a matter for the people of that country. Our relationship with the United States will continue regardless of which leader or party is leading. I congratulate Mr Trump once again and look forward to working with him as we have been working with the other leaders before him.”
President Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria):
President Buhari congratulated the people of America on a successful election while also adding the desire to maintain ties with the US.
“The President looks forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.”
President Jacob Zuma (South Africa):
“President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the President-elect and looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries. He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to working closely with the new Administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent.”
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia)
President Sirleaf was “saddened” by Trump’s win while also expressing worries over where Africa stands with the new administration of the United States:
“We are concerned as to whether President-elect Trump will have an African agenda, will be able to build bridges with Africa. We can only hope that he will do so in due course. I’m worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa. I’m worried about investment and the special programs that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him, and we just don’t know what the policy towards Africa will be.”
Salva Kiir (South Sudan):
The president of South Sudan through the Minister of Information, Michael Makuei, expressed his optimism over Trump’s win while also highlighting his disdain for the Obama administration:
“I really doubt President Obama had any clear policy to South Sudan other than to destroy it. So we will definitely expect better relations with Trump … and the USA after the election.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya):
President Kenyatta congratulated both Trump on his win and Hillary Rodham Clinton on her valiant effort.
“The ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are close and strong. They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples. These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our friendship will endure.”