Donald Trump, President of the United States has in recent times been launching attacks on the World Health Organization headed by Dr. Tedros, an Ethiopian and first African to head WHO.
In a statement, Trump accused the international body of being biased towards China. According to him, “they’ve been wrong about a lot of things. They seemed to be very China-centric.”
He further stated that the “World Health Organization receives vast amount of money from US, they criticized & disagreed with my travel ban, at the time I did it.”
Consequently, President Trump disclosed his intentions to cut funding to the organization as a way of payback for his claims. He stated clearly that “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to WHO.
The World Health Organization denied the accusation that it is ‘China-centric,’. They clarified that the agency had to work with the country where the outbreak began and also added that, this period of the pandemic is no time to cut funding.
Trump’s comments did not go well with some African leaders and they had to jump to the defense of WHO and Dr. Tedros.
Mr. Moussa Faki Mahama, the AU Commission Chairperson twitted that, He is surprised to learn of a campaign by the US govt against WHO’s global leadership. He also added that “The African Union fully supports WHO and Dr. Tedros”. He reiterated that, “the focus should remain on collectively fighting #Covid19 as a united global community. The time for accountability will come.”
In response to this, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame twitted that he “Totally agree, and asking this: Is it Dr. Tedros, WHO, China… under attack or all of them together? Let’s focus on the fight against this pandemic, whoever she’d be held accountable will come later and done properly. Save us too much politics Africa does not need it. Who does?”
Apart from the AU Chair and Kagame, Namibian President Hage Geingob also expressed his views by saying the following: “I agree with you, my brother. WHO, under the stewardship of Dr. Tedros, has shown itself to be a true flag-bearer of multilateralism when global solidarity has become critical. Let’s hold hands in this crucial moment and focus on what matters, saving lives”
This shows an evolving spirit of love and unity among our leadership. No one must be left to stand alone. We stand together in everything no matter what the outcome is. We are Africans!