Video of US Secret Service screening at Jubilee Lounge surfaces ahead of Kamala Harris' arrival in Ghana

United States Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on arrival in Ghana, March 26, 2023
  • US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Ghana on Sunday as part of her weeklong tour to Africa aimed at deepening US ties.
  • The US Secret Service ensured individuals entering the Jubilee Lounge were properly screened ahead of her arrival, which has generated mixed reactions on social media.
  • Harris is expected to deliver a speech in Accra, visit Cape Coast Castle, and meet with leaders of Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia to discuss issues such as food security, climate change, and investment.

As the US Vice President Kamala Harris embarks on her weeklong tour of Africa, a video surfaced on social media showing the US Secret Service taking over security screening at Jubilee Lounge in Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

According to reports, the Secret Service ensured that individuals entering the lounge were properly screened ahead of the arrival of the Vice President. While some Ghanaians expressed concern over the Secret Service's involvement in security screening, others praised their efficiency.

One Twitter user, @cyril_klevs, expressed his scepticism, "They have taken over the airport and are screening our security men who are supposed to do the screening... I wonder if we will do the same if we get to their country."


Another Twitter user, who goes by the handle @SteveFr69314074, was critical of the Ghanaian president, "Akuffo Addo is a sellout president. A total disgrace to Ghana. Our sovereignty has been sold by Akuffo Addo."

The video has sparked a debate on social media, with some users condemning what they see as neocolonialism and others applauding the use of intelligence and technology.

Despite the controversy, Harris arrived to cheers in the Ghanaian capital on Sunday, her first stop on her African tour. The Vice President was welcomed at the airport by schoolchildren waving Ghanaian and American flags.


In her speech, Harris expressed her excitement about the future of Africa and discussed issues such as increasing food security, climate change, and growing investment on the continent. She is also due to visit Cape Coast Castle, where enslaved Africans were once loaded onto ships bound for America.

The Vice President's tour of Africa comes as the US seeks to repair ties with the continent after relations deteriorated under the previous administration. The US unveiled an African strategy in August last year, with an eye on bolstering democracy on the continent. Harris' visit is seen as a move to counter China and Russia's expanding influence in Africa.


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