South Africa, Kenya back Huawei
2 August 2019
Kenya's Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications Joseph Mucheru has described Chinese multinational ICT and telecommunications firm Huawei as a scapegoat in the US-China trade war, which he said has more political than technological overtones.
"Our policies are not dictated by US policies in technology. We choose what is best for us. We will not be tied to what other people say, but we will make sure our citizens get their monies' worth," said Mucheru.
Adam Lane, Huawei's chief public affairs director in Kenya, said the US government's restrictions will not affect the company's business in Africa.
"We will continue to work with suppliers around the world and diversify our supply chain to prepare for all scenarios," Lane said.
Meanwhile South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, through his spokesperson Khusela Diko, also pledged the government's support.