Too many empty chairs at UN general assembly

By: VERONICA ONJORO

When some leaders from Africa addressed the United Nations General Assembly, they encountered empty chairs.

The UN should explain why the chairs were empty. Did world leaders decide to boycott the addresses? Did the secretary-general not urge them to listen to the meetings?

Why did only particular leaders address empty chairs? Was it deliberate? Did the leaders return later to listen to certain presidents? Were they protesting? Was the protest beneficial to Africa in any way?