Kagame to Trump on WHO: Save us the politics


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File image of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. PHOTO/ COURTESY

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has come out to disapprove of remarks made by US President Donald Trump crititizing the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump on Tuesday accused WHO of  being too focused on China and issuing bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak, further threatening to cut U.S. funding for the agency.

“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?” tweeted Trump.

“They called it wrong. They really – they missed the call. And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see.”

Taking to Twitter, President Kagame said at the moment focus should be on fighting the coronavirus which continues to ravage the world instead of politicization of the crisis

“…Is it Dr. Tedros, WHO, China… under attack or all of them together? Let’s focus on the fight against this pandemic, whoever should be held accountable will come later and done properly. Save us too much politics Africa does not need it. Who does?” posed Kagame

At the same time, the Rwandan president echoed sentiments made by the African Union Commission Chairperson declaring support for the measures being taken by the WHO through its Director General Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus.

The AU commission Chairperson expressed shock at the US President’s remarks saying: “Surprised to learn of a campaign by the US government against WHO’s global leadership. The African Union fully supports WHO and Dr. Tedros. The focus should remain on collectively fighting #Covid19 as a united global community. The time for accountability will come.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations through spokesman Stephane Dujarric has also come out to reject the criticism of the WHO by Trump.

“For the Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres), it is clear that WHO, under the leadership of Dr. Tedros, has done tremendous work on COVID, in supporting countries with millions of pieces of equipment being shipped out, on helping countries with training, on providing global guidelines – WHO is showing the strength of the international health system,” he told reporters.

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