ATLANTA, US—The US State Department has dismissed as untrue a story that there was ‘panic’ as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was leaving Malawi on Sunday.
An eye witness was quoted by Nyasa Times saying: “There was a slight panic as the bees winged across the airport. People could be seen running away to keep cover as the Secretary of State swiftly boarded her plane to avoid any stings.”
The publication said “both Malawians and Americans including security agents scampered in different directions to take cover.”
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was quoted by ABC News Radio dismissing the story, saying: "There were some bees but no attack, no panic."
ABC Mews Radio said the press traveling with the secretary reported that a small swarm passed the motorcade as they drove up to the airport, lasting a few seconds at most.
Journalist Ayelet Waldman tweeted, according to ABC News Radio: "I was there. Hillary Clinton was NOT chased out of Malawi by bees. We saw a TINY swarm the van windows. End of story."
Clinton, the first secretary of state to visit Malawi, held discussion with Pres Joyce Banda and pledged continued US assistance to the southern African nation.
She told Banda the Unites States “strongly supports you and your government and your efforts on behalf of the people of this absolutely wonderful country.”
Clinton was in Malawi as part of her 11-day tour of Africa. The following are the country’s on Clinton’s itinerary: South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin.
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