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Trump's 'shithole' remark, a wake-up call for Africa - Museveni

Article Image Museveni professes love for 'straight-talking' Trump
| 25 January, 2018, 01:15

The Ugandan, who was speaking to lawmakers at the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, added: "I do not know whether [Mr Trump] was quoted correctly, but I like him because he addresses Africa's weaknesses with frankness".

Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as "shithole" countries during an immigration meeting.

He expressed his affection for the American president in response to the USA ambassador's reported apology for Trump's recent reference to African nations as "shithole countries".

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda isn't even sure Donald Trump called African countries shitholes - and neither is anyone else who wasn't in the meeting, since the renowned liar Durbin is the only on-the-record source saying he did - but Museveni doesn't seem too concerned about it. But Museveni is of a different opinion, describing Trump as honest and saying African nations only have themselves to blame for lagging behind.

He said: "Donald Trump speaks to Africans frankly".


"In the world, you can not survive if you are weak", added Museveni, who has led the country since 1985 and scrapped presidential term limits in 2005.

"America has got one of the best presidents ever, Mr. Trump". "And it is the fault of Africans that they are weak", he said. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted that Trump's language was "extremely unfortunate".

"Africa is 12 times the size of India with a lot of resources and with a growing population".

Earlier in the day, the United States ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, in a one-on-one with the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said Mr Trump's comment about the continent was insensitive.

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