Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa, Wed, March 12, 2014i
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March 12, 2014 6:30 PM
Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss women’s empowerment, gender equality, and the complex challenges women are facing in Africa and around the world. Guests: Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies

Straight Talk Africa, Wed, March 12, 2014

Published March 12, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss women’s empowerment, gender equality, and the complex challenges women are facing in Africa and around the world. Guests: Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies

Straight Talk Africa

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Join us every Wednesday as Shaka and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

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Straight Talk Africa is broadcast live every Wednesday from 1830-1930 UTC/GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.


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On our Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Program:


"Presidential Term Limits in Africa"

 

According to a report by Afrobarometer, a non-partisan pan-African research organization, a majority of Africans says they favor presidential term limits despite an alarming trend that a number of African leaders are bending the rules and amending constitutions to stay in power.  Rwandan lawmakers earlier this month approved a measure that would pave the way for President Paul Kagame to seek re-election when his second term ends in 2017.  In neighboring Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza's recently won his bid for a controversial third term. Burundi's constitution, like Rwanda's, has a two-term limit for presidents. But Burundi's constitutional court, however, ruled Mr. Nkurunziza eligible to seek re-election because he was first elected by parliament, not voters, in 2005.  Meanwhile, elections are also looming in several other African nations whose presidents have already served two or more terms. These include Gambia, Djibouti, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which have no term limits.

 

Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the reluctance of some African leaders to relinquish power when their terms are nearing an end.

 

 

VOA Reporter:

Edward Rwema

VOA Central Africa Service

 

 

One on One with Newsmaker Guest:

Willy Nyamitwe

Senior Advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkrunziza

Via Phone:  Brussels, Belgium

 

 

Washington Studio Guests:

Major Robert Higiro

Coordinator for Belgium, Democracy in Rwanda Now

and former Rwandan Army Major

 

Kenneth Mwenda

American University's Washington School of Law Adjunct Professor

 


 

Question of the Week:
Many Africans favor presidential term limits, tell us why you think the restrictions are good or bad for your country?


Send an email to africatv@voanews.com or post your comment on our Facebook or Twitter pages. And, maybe we will read your response on Wednesday's program!

 

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In the competitive and changing television industry, nothing is more valuable for job-seekers than "real world" experience. The Straight Talk Africa internship program offers motivated and outstanding students exciting opportunities to experience practical journalism.  In addition to helping to get our weekly studio programs on-the-air, interns also produce a final project for their portfolios. Projects include writing and producing promos, stories, and even full-length documentary or magazine shows.

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A Straight Talk Africa Special

About the Host

Shaka, a Ugandan-born American journalist, holds a doctorate in cross-cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and has received numerous honors, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism. Other awards include VOA's Best Journalist Award and Kigezi College Butobere's first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication. Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.
 

During his career, Shaka has interviewed and hosted many presidents and prime ministers.  Among them:  General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom;  Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.
 

He has also hosted newsmakers and policy makers who interact with Africa, including:   Norbert Mao, President, Uganda Democratic Party; Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nobel Literature laureate Wole Soyinka; Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School; Professor Ali Mazrui, SUNY; Professor George Ayittey, American University; Professor Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; Uganda Supreme Court Justice George Kanyeihamba; Dr. Rebecca Nyandeing de Mabior, a Southern Sudan government official and widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang; Jeff Sharlet, author, The Family; Bob Hunter, Associate, Fellowship Foundation; Mbulelo Rakwena, former South African Ambassador to Brazil; Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine.