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Watch: Govt officials stand in heavy rain at the airport to see off Gabon President

By Sylvania Ambani September 29th, 2022 2 min read

Netizens have reacted to a video capturing Gabon President Ali Bongo being seen off at the airport by officials standing in the rain.

In the video, one person is holding an umbrella over President Bongo with everyone else lined up to see him off had to bare the heavy downpour.

The video was shared in a tweet by veteran Ugandan journalist Charles Onyango-Obbo.

“President Ali Bongo of Gabon being seen off at the airport by top government officials as he departs for France. God save Africa. There is some music in the background, so presumably, the traditional dancers and singers are also doing their thing in the rain,” Onyango-Obbo tweeted.

The video is not dated as to when the event happened but it did not fail to arouse mixed reactions from the online community.

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“Hehehe Africa will show us things,” @WOTIENO13 said.

“Oh… Africans, we complain about how the colonizers treated us, but look at how we perfectly wear their shoes and even outperform them in treating our fellow Africans!” @KorongeG stated.

“Did you say, top government officials? Why would they take rain for him?” @PriscillaMutheu asked.

“Very sad,” @Raymondkaptich said.

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“Africa needs a hard reset… something akin to what World War Two was to Europe,” @MulungwaSP wrote.

Other events by African president that have shocked many include the time when a video emerged online showing Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dishing out brown envelopes to elderly citizens who knelt before him to receive the handouts.

Among the recipients is an elderly man who not only knelt before the head of state, but also gave a slight bow before walking away.

“This is what our people have been reduced to; kneeling before Ssabagabe (King of Kings) in line to get a small handout in a brown envelope,” President Museveni’s former doctor turned political opponent Kiiza Besigye said then.

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