In Zimbabwe, a popular singer has released a song condemning the country's security forces for their brutality in putting down last week's protests over a fuel price hike announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 25-year-old artist wrote the song after his pregnant wife was tear gassed and couldn't breathe properly, scaring the couple that she would suffer a miscarriage. As Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare, the song's release has raised fears over the singer's safety.
In this episode of Straight Talk Africa; host Shaka Ssali explores the concept and acceptance of democracy in Africa. His guests are Kenneth K. Mwenda, Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Azaz Elshami, Human Rights Advocate and from our London studio Prince Dickson Wasajja, International Lawyer and Envoy of the Ugandan main Opposition - the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to the UK and the European Union.
Comments by Italy’s deputy prime minister accusing France of 'impoverishing African countries’ have created a split between the two European nations. At the heart of the dispute is migration into Europe, following the deaths of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya in recent days. As Henry Ridgwell reports, the argument is likely a foretaste of bitter divisions that will be laid bare across the continent in the run up to European elections in May.