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Museveni Off to South Africa As Other Leaders ‘Boycott’ Meeting Amid Xenophobic Attacks

President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet on Wednesday left for Cape Town in South Africa, to attend 28th World Economic Forum on Africa.

The Forum is expected to bring together over 1,000 world leaders, start-up founders, development experts, artists and activists.

It will be running under the theme, ‘Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.’

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be opening the Forum today and President Museveni is among the key speakers.

Museveni trip to South Africa comes as the nation reels from recent violence that has been linked to xenophobia.

South African Police yesterday confirmed that at least 5 people were killed in these xenophobic attacks which target foreign business people in different parts of Johannesburg.

President Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down on what he described as “acts of wanton violence”

Police arrested more than 91 people on Monday after protesters torched cars and looted dozens of shops.

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News24, a South African news agency, said Monday’s riots came after hundreds of people marched in Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) demanding foreigners leave. They targeted “shops they believed to be owned by foreign nationals”

Following the attacks, South African media reported that a number of African leaders had opted out of the Cape Town Conference.

Rwanda leader Paul Kagame, who is also the chairman of the African Union will not be attending.

His handlers, said yesterday that Kagame would be occupied by other businesses, but that a “strong Rwanda delegation” would attend

There were also reports that DRC leader Félix Tshisekedi and Malawian President Peter Mtharika also pulled out of the event.

In a statement on Tuesday, the African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat called for “immediate steps to protect the lives of people and their property, ensure that all perpetrators are brought to account for their acts, and that justice be done to those who suffered economic and other losses.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari instructed his foreign affairs minister to summon South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria over the violence.

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