Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta has accused foreign powers of further creating division in Africa with their constant rivalries.
Kenyatta on Wednesday said that African nations should not be forced into deciding how they cooperate and trade with global powers like the United States and China.
China has in recent years deepened its presence in Africa to the dislike of the United States.
The USA has warned African countries against doing business with China saying the Asian giant is only piling up debts for Africa with its numerous aids and loans.
But during a visit to Washington, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he was “very concerned” about a Cold War era between USA and China over Africa.
“Western countries, and their counterparts in Asia and the Middle East, are returning to competition over Africa, in some cases weaponising divisions, pursuing proxy actions and behaving like Africa is for the taking.
“Well, I want to tell you it is not,” Kenyatta said at the Atlantic Council think tank event.
The Kenyan leader said African countries “don’t want to be forced to choose” as he responded to criticism over China’s influence in Africa.
“We want to work with everybody, and we believe that there is opportunity for everybody.
“There are those areas indeed where America stands out and has much, much better strengths in certain fields.
“On the other hand, you have the Chinese who build hospitals in seven days.”
Kenyatta is expected to meet President of the United States, Donald Trump and both leaders are to talk about trade policy among other matters.