U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads congressional team to Ghana, snubs traditional ally Liberia

NEW YORK –  A U.S. congressional delegation led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is visiting Ghana.

While in Ghana, the delegation holds high-level discussions with President Nana Akufo-Addo and also delivers an address to the Ghanaian parliament on Wednesday.

The trip coincides with the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America. The members of Congress plan to pay their respects at Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, and the “Door of No Return” in observance of the anniversary.

In a tweet posted from Ghana, Ms. Pelosi also thanked Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, for “fearlessly speaking the truth.”

The list of the visiting delegates includes House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, Civil Rights Icon Representative John Lewis of Georgia, House Finance Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters of California, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas who is no stranger to Ghana, flamboyant Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida, and Somali-born Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi Omar of Minnesota among others.

The U.S. delegation visits His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, and Pelosi is expected to address Ghana’s Parliament.

The congressional delegation ruled out visiting Liberia which has longstanding historical ties to the United States, a source revealed.

Liberia recently celebrated its Independence Day as the first independent nation in sub Sahara Africa. But poor governance, corruption, police and paramilitary brutality, mismanagement, the abuse of power and human rights violations in the country have turned U.S. Congressional and policymakers’ attention from the country which was once U.S. favorite nation in Africa.

According to reliable sources, the White House also does not currently view Liberia, an historical and traditional ally of the U.S., as a well-managed country to conduct serious official business with on a government to government level. As such, Ghana, Sierra Leone, which are former British colonies in West Africa and other African nations have drawn the attention and interests of the United States in terms of investments and international affairs.

Speaker Pelosi praises Ghana for good governance, matured leadership and fiscal responsibility as she commends President Akufo-Addo as a visionary leader.
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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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