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One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.

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One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.

    Why can’t Nigeria stop mob justice?

    Why can’t Nigeria stop mob justice?

    WARNING: This episode contains description of violence and death which some people may find distressing.

    “There could have been a dissenting voice saying no, no, no – don’t do that. Nigeria is a place where people don’t seem to have value for human life”.

    Ten years ago, the deaths of four young men – who became known as the ‘Aluu 4’ – shocked Nigeria, after they were viewed by thousands of people on a viral video.

    The men, in their late teens and early twenties, had been falsely accused of theft. After a mock trial they were brutally beaten and killed.

    The families of the men have been speaking to the BBC about their memories of that time – and their subsequent fight for justice.

    Despite mass calls for change at the time of the deaths, ten years on similar killings are still taking place - with more than 200 such deaths in the last three years.

    So can anything be done to change the culture?

    Presenter: Alan Kasujja (@Alan Kasujja)
    Reporter: Nduka Orjinmo (@ndukaorjinmo)

    • 14 min
    Can Burkina Faso solve its political instability?

    Can Burkina Faso solve its political instability?

    Burkina Faso is no stranger to coups. It’s had seven military takeovers since its independence from France in 1960.


    On September 30, a group of junior soldiers toppled a fellow military ruler in Burkina Faso.


    Announcing their takeover on national television, the putschists accused Lt. Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of failing to quell jihadist attacks in the country.


    Damiba had been in charge since he and the military toppled President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in January.


    This time the interim leader is 34-year-old Ibrahim Traoré.


    So, two coups in just eight months, with both leaders claiming to want to sort out the issues in Burkina Faso, but clearly not finding the right solution. Just yet.


    Alan Kasujja is asking whether Burkina Faso can solve its political instability.


    He’s been speaking to Burkinabé journalist Ouézen Louis Oulon and Niagalé Bagayoko, a security expert on the Sahel region.

    • 14 min
    Can police stamp out violence in South Africa’s taverns?

    Can police stamp out violence in South Africa’s taverns?

    When Alan visited Johannesburg in July, the city was reeling after a mass shooting at tavern in Soweto.
    Sixteen people were killed by gunmen while socialising with their friends.
    It a spotlight on increasing violence at drinking spots across the country.
    That month 25 people died in such incidents.
    Last week, five people appeared in court in relation to the shooting in Soweto.
    But the people Alan spoke to at a tavern nearby said they had little confidence that the police could keep them safe. Is that the case?

    • 15 min
    Could open skies boost African economies?

    Could open skies boost African economies?

    In the early 2000s, African Union members adopted what is known as the Yamoussoukro Decision.

    The treaty was designed to open up air transport between African countries by promoting fair competition among airlines.

    However, World Bank says this hasn’t really taken off, as African countries are still restricting their markets to prefer state owned carriers.

    But now, South Africa seems to be taking a different approach.

    Not only is it opening up its skies to fellow African airlines, it’s even striking deals with foreign carriers like Air Belgium.

    Is this the start of a fresh approach to air travel? And could open skies help body African economies?

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    • 17 min
    Can Uganda contain its Ebola outbreak?

    Can Uganda contain its Ebola outbreak?

    Uganda is facing an Ebola outbreak which has reportedly infected more than twenty people.
    And five people have died since the virus was detected last week.
    The association of medical workers in Uganda has called for the affected region - Mubende - to be quarantined.
    But on Wednesday evening, President Museveni said quarantines were not being considered as part of the response.
    He tried to reassure Ugandans that the government will be able to stop the virus spreading, citing experience gained with previous outbreaks.
    So, can Uganda contain its Ebola outbreak?

    • 17 min
    Why doesn’t Africa have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council?

    Why doesn’t Africa have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council?

    The United Nations Security Council is tasked with ensuring international peace and security.


    It has five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


    It also has 10 other members who are elected on a regional basis for a term of two years, and among those there at the moment representing Africa are Gabon, Ghana and Kenya.


    At the recent UN General Assembly – UNGA – among the many topics that were discussed, the question about having a seat on a permanent basis for Africa – which is the only world regions that’s not represented permanently - was raised.


    Today Alan Kasujja is asking why doesn’t Africa have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.


    He’s been speaking with Professor Carlos Lopes, who’s held various UN roles over the years, including policy director for former and late Secretary-General Kofi Annan.


    He’s professor in the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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