U.S. To Deny Visa To Corrupt Government Officials Across Africa

U.S. To Deny Visa To Corrupt Government Officials Across Africa

From FrontPageAfrica via AllAfrica

Barely weeks after the United States of America cancelled the visas of three Liberian officials, FrontPageAfrica has gathered as reported by GhanaWeb that corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the U.S. to clamp down on corruption in Africa.

According to the Ghanaian news outlet, the move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all. Africa has been battling with corruption for decades.

The West has been heavily criticized by civil society organizations for not doing enough to help the continent deal with the matter, among others. Most of Africa’s corrupt officials spend and stash their booty in the West.

Quoting a senior American official, the report states that the Principal Deputy Assistant secretary at the Department of State’s bureau of African Affairs for the US, Robert Jackson, told Citi FM’s Vivian Kai Mensah that America will not issue visas to government officials in Africa that are corrupt.

‘We are not giving visas to them anymore.’

Meanwhile, about forty African leaders, including Ghana’s John Mahama, will be meeting with US President, Barack Obama, next week for the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

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