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US calls Africa to thwart Putin

Vladimir Putin

The United States of America Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly Phee, has called on African states to rise to the occasion by voicing out against Russian following its invasion of former fellow Soviet Union state, Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Assembly voted to rebuke Russia over its expropriation of Ukraine and demand Moscow to withdraw its military forces.  Several African countries including, South Africa abstained from voting while Botswana voted against Russia.

Addressing African media, Molly Phee indicated that they as the US are sensitive to the legacy of the cold war particularly in Africa. She said that Putin’s unprovoked aggression is an assault on world order.

“We are not asking you to choose sides, we are asking Africans to join us in choosing the people who are now suffering from this assault,” Phee said when addressing a virtual press briefing for African journalist on Russian aggression in Ukraine.

She said that the US strongly believes that African voices matter in the international community and global conversations.

“We recognize that this conflict, this early days of war are nearly having an impact on African economy as there are in the US and elsewhere in the world. We see the rise of fuel prices come out increasingly and we know that this disruption is doubly hard given the earlier impact of COVID pandemic,” she said.

Phee further indicated that they have already engaged in efforts to promote the stable energy to commodity prices working on supply chain and President Biden joined the other international leaders in releasing strategic oil reserves in effort to manage fuel price.

“I also know that there have been genuine concern and alarm about the treatment of Africans who have been studying in Ukraine and I want you to know that we are proud of Ukraine Foreign minister who has made clear that all individuals who are caught up in the chaos of this war must receive equal treatment, the government of Ukraine has established an emergency hotline for African students,” she indicated.

She continued to state that they have also talked to neighbouring countries about the need for a VISA-free entry to help the victims caught up in the chaos. She said they are working with their partners in the UN who are providing assistance to individuals without regard of their race, religion and nationality.

“This is a difficult time for the international community but we are proud of the global response, the global rejection of this aggression and we are grateful to Africans for being partners with us and other members of the international community in dealing with this unprecedented action,” she said.

For his part the ambassador of the United States in Botswana, Craig Cloud indicated during the listening session with Botswana Journalists, that Botswana like other African countries will heavily be affected by this war.

He said that the US has chosen the path of using sanctions to deliver the consequences to Russia.

“We believe that the sanctions are very very severe and will have an impact on Russia’s ability to  conduct any business in the world ,essentially we have already seen  a dramatic impact on Russia’s economy and currency and we want to hold them accountable for this war ” he said.

Cloud said that Russia being the number one diamond producer in the world will definitely affect Botswana’s diamond industry.

He also indicated that there are going to be impacts on supply chain and that certainly the European countries are going to be affected by the fuel shortages as Russia historically has been a large petroleum exporter.

“Seriously, I think everyone is going to be impacted by this and I think everyone who voted against Russia this week realize their vote will have an impact on them but standing up for the principles is more important that having to abstain from voting because they might be afraid that fuel prices are going to increase or commodity prices are going to rise.” he concluded.

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In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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