Egypt has demanded the dismissal of a Kenyan diplomat over her “fabricated” charge that an Egyptian official had referred to sub-Saharan Africans as”dogs and slaves” during a conference in Nairobi.
“Intensive investigations conducted by the ministry offoreign affairs over the past few days showed accusationsagainst the representative of Egypt … proved baseless andfalse,” said ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.
“The representative of Egypt did not utter anyinappropriate or offensive words against African countries,”he said, adding that “the minutes of the meeting sessions andvideo and audio tapes prove that the accusations … werefabrications.”The spokesman said the Egyptian embassy in Nairobi hadbeen instructed “to request the dismissal of the Kenyancoordinator responsible for this grave mistake from theircurrent position”.
Kenyan diplomat Yvonne Khamati accused an unnamedEgyptian official of making the remarks when the UNenvironmental conference went beyond its schedule last weekendand ministers were unable to vote on resolutions.
Khamati, a member of Kenya’s representation to the UNEnvironment Programme, made the allegations in a memocirculated on social media whose authenticity she confirmed toAFP.
She demanded that Egypt be banned from representingAfrican interests “in any negotiations” as a result of theallegations, which sparked an outcry on social media.
In response, Cairo said on Tuesday that its foreignminister, Sameh Shoukry, had ordered an “immediateinvestigation” into the allegations.