Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed., August 13, 2014i
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August 13, 2014 6:30 PM
Host Shaka Ssali and his guests review the historic U.S.-African Leaders Summit. One on One Guest: Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Guests: Hermine G. Zossoungbo, Founder of African Immigrants and Amini Kajunju, President & CEO, Africa-America Institute via remote: New York, NY

Straight Talk Africa Wed., August 13, 2014

Published August 13, 2014

Host Shaka Ssali and his guests review the historic U.S.-African Leaders Summit. One on One Guest: Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Guests: Hermine G. Zossoungbo, Founder of African Immigrants and Amini Kajunju, President & CEO, Africa-America Institute via remote: New York, NY

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, May 27, 2015 Program:
 

“Political Instability in Burundi and Regional Implications

 

Despite a failed coup attempt, and sporadic, violent, nationwide protests, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza remains steadfast in his plans to run for a third term.  Burundi's existing political structure were founded on the 2000 Arusha agreement, which brought to an end the civil war between Hutu and Tutsi factions that had killed up to 300,000 people.  That agreement states the president can serve no more than two terms in office. But the 2005 constitution states the president must be elected through “universal direct suffrage” – interpreted to mean a popular vote.  President Nkurunziza was elected by parliament to his first term, so, his supporters argue, he is eligible to run again.  Demonstrators say he has had his chance and most of the international community agrees.  Last week, the Secretary General of the East African Community and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister called for the June 26th election to be postponed until the nation is stable and to respect the country’s constitution.  In recent weeks, the Great Lakes region has had to bear brunt of the Burundian conflict with over 100,000 people fleeing the nation to escape political violence.  Many of the refugees have crossed into Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the regional implications of Burundi’s political instability.

 

VOA Reporter:

Edward Rwema

VOA Central Africa Service

via Phone: Bujumbura, Burundi

 

Washington Studio Guests:

John Manirakiza

Burundian Diaspora Political Analyst and Independent International Development Consultant 

 

Rev. Aniedi Okure, OP, Ph.D.

Africa Faith and Justice Network Executive Director and Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies Fellow

 

 

 

 

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How do you feel about Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to run for a third term?

 

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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.