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More African leaders jet off to the UK for a virtual conference advised to be attended online

Like Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, other African leaders together with their delegates have jetted off to the United Kingdom to attend a virtual conference themed the Global Education Summit.

According to reports, a communique from the organizers clearly stated that only the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, will be hosting the event live with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The communique further advised other leaders to participate in the conference online, inline with protocols against the pandemic.

However, the likes of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi have so far left their respective countries with delegates to physically represent at the event in London. In a bid to justify their trips, some of the leaders claimed they have other things to do abroad.

Adesina, spokesperson for President Buhari of Nigeria for instance told reporters that, “after the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by the second week of August, 2021.”
The Ghanaian President on the other hand who traveled with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Education and some officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry is reported to be honoring another invitation from the

Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Emerging Business Intelligence & Innovation (EBII) Group as Special Guest of Honor and is expected to deliver the keynote address at the 2021 African Investments Risks and Compliance (IRC) Summit on 30th July 2021 at the University of Oxford.

Their Malawian counterpart has been facing intense criticism since his departure to the UK mainly because of his claim that poor internet connection in his country will affect his participation hence the need to travel to the UK. “The said summit is virtual but the president needs to be in the UK physically as you know the internet connection in Malawi is not reliable.” The presidency said.

The Malawian local media reported that the President is currently in the UK with 10 additional delegates including his wife, Monica Chakwera, his daughter Violet Lillie and the President’s son-in law identified as Sean Kampondeni who also doubles as the State House director of communications.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian President revealed that, the conference themed The Global Education Summit: Financing GPE 2021-2025 will “provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.” Do you think it is necessary for the leaders to spend Taxpayers money on this trip, especially as it is virtual?

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