Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa, Wed, March 26, 2014i
March 26, 2014 6:30 PM
Host Shaka Ssali and his guest examine land reform to reduce poverty on the African continent. Guests: Daudi Migereko, Uganda Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development Joan Cuka Kagwanja, Ph.D., Chief, Land Policy Initiative, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Straight Talk Africa, Wed, March 26, 2014

Published March 26, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guest examine land reform to reduce poverty on the African continent. Guests: Daudi Migereko, Uganda Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development Joan Cuka Kagwanja, Ph.D., Chief, Land Policy Initiative, UN Economic Commission for Africa

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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On our December 17, 2014 Program:


"Constitutional Reform and Term Limits in Africa"


The constitution of a nation sets and sustains a foundation for democratic governance and provides a balanced distribution of power.   But, it can also serve as a solution to political and developmental challenges.  In October, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign after a failed attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year rule.  Political observers say Burkina Faso is a symptom of a shift already happening across the continent.  For years, African presidents have tinkered with constitutional term limits with few consequences.  However, In Niger, in 2010, it was a military coup that ousted President Mamadou Tandja after he pushed through a constitutional referendum to extend his current mandate and remove term limits.  In Senegal in 2012, it was the ballot box that ousted President Abdoulaye Wade as he sought a third term. He had changed the constitution during his first term, which he then argued didn’t count against the new two-term limit.  Civil society and opposition politicians held months of sporadic protests – and Wade was voted out.


Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss constitutional reform and term limits in Africa.




Kenneth Mwenda, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law


Eric Kashambuzi

New York University's Consultant for the Center on International Cooperation

Via Remote:   United Nations



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In your view, what are the fundamental issues that must be addressed when amending a constitution so that it reflects the will of the people?


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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.