Why African Presidents Are Being Transported in A Bus As Biden Uses the 'Beast'
In a photo that has been seen to go viral, African presidents were seen board a private bus to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral while United States President Joe Biden was transported with the armored limousine 'The Beast'. This photo has elicited a wide range of reactions online, with many people wondering why this was the case.
In the picture, the presidents seen were; Kenya's President William Ruto, Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu among others.
The Queen's state funeral, which will take place at Westminster Abbey today, will be attended by a large number of world leaders. According to reports, world leaders were instructed to surrender their diplomatic cars and share a bus to the venue.
“Global leaders are being ordered to give up their diplomatic cars and, instead, share transport with their fellow Presidents and Prime Ministers as part of plans organized by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to enable safe travel to the funeral," a source reported.
Attendees were also told not to use their own vehicles to reach the service at Westminster Abbey or travel across London by helicopter.
Why US President Joe Biden Will Use 'The Beast' to Queen Elizabeth II'S Funeral
President Joe Biden will be able to travel in privacy as world leaders and dignitaries gather in a "remote" London location to board coaches for Westminster and the official service to farewell Queen Elizabeth II.
After US officials denied reports that Biden would ride the bus, the presidential motorcade will travel separately.
US President Joe Biden's official car. PHOTO FILE
Biden will be transported in "The Beast," the presidential limousine, for security reasons. The General Motors vehicle is specially armored and equipped to withstand gas attacks.
Joe Biden was reportedly the only world leader permitted to arrive in the Beast, the fortified presidential limousine, in a reduced motorcade of six vehicles, shortly after 10 a.m. local time.
Here are some reactions to this;
Why Joe Biden US president he is not there in the bus , this symbolise segregation, humiliation, to the African people— Mussa Stephens Ngulloh ???????? (@NguloMussa) September 19, 2022
It's just a vehicle like any other. As long as they are safe, there is absolutely no problem. That is why they should come back and build their countries so as to be proud of their countries. Some of them glorify Western nations so much and put no pride in theirs— sam (@samsamwels) September 19, 2022