“London bus affair”: on Twitter, an amateur video shows a disciplined Congolese president waiting for the signal to board a bus, under the mourning sky of the British capital. Unaccustomed to seeing presidents thus trivialized, a tweeter wonders if the organizers “do not recognize Sassou”, while another ironically: “Whose whole charisma remains in Africa”. But the head of state of the Congo is not the only leader to have been housed in such a sign.
Elizabeth II and Africa: from the waltz with Kwame Nkrumah to face to face with Amin Dada
So what many luminaries were to go to Westminster Abbey, on this day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, protocol had chartered this coach for leaders from abroad. As the individual vehicles are parked in West London, the bus was intended to be the best option for the end of the route, due to organizational and safety issues, not ecological sobriety. The Congolese was therefore only one name on the long list of leaders of the continent present at this historic funeral, such as the South African Cyril Ramaphosa, the Ghanaian Nana Akufo-Addo, the Tanzanian Samia Suluhu Hassan or the Senegalese Macky Sall . No Congolese xenophobia therefore, pictures taken on the bus clearly showing the Kenyan William Ruto or the Lesothian Letsie III sitting quietly, like students on a back-to-school day.
Joe Biden et The Beast
Quickly, members of frequently approximate social networks begin to whisper that only Africans would have been forced to carpool. But the conspiracy theory evaporates when photos of Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron on public transport begin to circulate. The plus paranoids point out all the same that the American president Joe Biden came aboard his armored limousine, nicknamed The Beast…
Highlighted by some media on the continent, the melodrama of “busgate” demonstrates less the presumed servility of degraded African presidents than a humility tinged with ecological awareness. All things to which some are unaccustomed, a surfer affirming: “It would have been in Africa, the rulers would have requisitioned all the 4×4s in the city. »
United States – Africa: for Biden, the ball is in Mnangagwa’s court
Everyone seeing noon at their doorstep, some countries on the continent have had their own analysis of the behavior of their leader in London. Many Sudanese, for example, have denounced the hypocrisy of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, present at the Queen’s funeral shortly after demanding a public apology from the United Kingdom for colonial crimes which, according to him, to “genocide and ethnic cleansing”. But a putschist does not shun the opportunity to appear in the photo of a collective of elected officials…
Many heads of state continued their journey to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Did they borrow the subway ?