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Swarm of bees tells Hillary Clinton to 'buzz off'

Published time: August 06, 2012 13:58
Edited time: August 06, 2012 18:09
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) dances with the Chairperson of the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, Emmie Phiri (AFP Photo / Amos Gumulira)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) dances with the Chairperson of the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, Emmie Phiri (AFP Photo / Amos Gumulira)

Hillary Clinton’s six-and-a-half hour trip to Malawi literally went by in a buzz. The US Secretary of State has received not-so-warm welcomes from several countries she’s visited, but in Malawi she was reportedly chased onto her plane.

Chased onto her plane by a swarm of bees, that is.

Clinton ran for cover and boarded her jet to escape the bees, which attacked her at Malawi’s international airport, the local Nyasa Times quotes witnesses as saying. The Secretary was preparing to board a Johannesburg-bound flight when the stinging swarm forced her to make a quicker entry than planned.

Clinton wasn’t the only one spooked by the bees: “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,” a witness told the Nyasa Times.

The Secretary of State visited Malawi as part of an 11-day tour of Africa. While there, Clinton held bilateral talks with President Joyce Banda and pledged $36 million to strengthen Malawi’s agricultural value chain, the Nyasa Times reported.

Clinton began her African tour in Senegal, and has already been to Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. She is expected to end her tour in Ghana on August 10, where she will attend the funeral of the country’s President John Atta Mills, who died on July 24.

Though her visit to Malawi was just a few hours long, Clinton will likely remember the trip for a while to come.