Trump will only use Africa to advance American interests
BY KWESIGA ESHBAN
A high-profile columnist in Uganda
Besides the feel good effect of having a black man in the White House, going by appearances and media coverage, Clinton and Bush appear to have done more for Africa than Obama. The Clinton years were characterized with massive aid, Bush made efforts to advance AGOA; Obama on the other hand mainly had YALI to show for himself.
While YALI is a great platform to build the next generation of leaders, it’s watered down by the Obama administration’s actions in Libya in which he openly backed rebels to remove the legitimate president of a functional country.
Obama might have given the Americans Bin Laden’s capture, but Libya (what was arguably one of Africa’s strongest states) is now a territory with two governments and four militia.
What, then, to expect from the next president? Because America has an institutionalized and entrenched foreign policy, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Clinton, Bush or Obama. This president will continue with the tradition of keeping close ties with Israel, Saudi Arabia and only using Africa to advance American interests.
Kwesiga Eshban is a huge fan of Youth Innovation as seen in his work at LEO Africa Forum and Germinate Africa—all innovations that he has been a part of since their inception. He is also a columnist who has been published by one of Uganda’s dailies, “The Daily Monitor.”