African presidents in US for UN assembly

Several African presidents have arrived in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu, Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema, Ghana’s Nana Akufo, Botswana’s Mokgweetsi Masisi and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari have so far confirmed attendance.

Some of the presidents have already landed in New York.

President Samia and President Hakainde are making their debut in the meeting.

Zambia’s president was scheduled to have a meeting in the sidelines with President Joe Biden.

The meeting will now be held be held with Vice-President Khamala Harris, according to the Lusaka Times newspaper.

The change of schedule came days after Zambia’s Vice-President Mutale Nalumango told parliament that the country would not entertain gay rights, the newspaper reports.

This year’s assembly has been scaled down to have most heads of states joining in virtually because of coronavirus.

Last year, the assembly was made almost purely online because of the pandemic.

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