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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

    Burkina Faso leader calls for calm after mutiny

    Burkina Faso leader calls for calm after mutiny

    Burkina Faso’s military leader has called for calm and has said he was in talks with disaffected troops after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months.

    The East African court has dismissed a case brought by Maasai pastoralists to stop the Tanzanian government from evicting them from their ancestral land. But their lawyer tells us they will appeal.

    And as the South African born comedian Trevor Noah announces he is quitting his popular US show, we hear from performer known as the Queen of Zulu comedy on why he is an inspiration.

    • 32 min
    Uganda rules out lockdown to contain Ebola

    Uganda rules out lockdown to contain Ebola

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has decided against putting the Ebola-hit central region under quarantine to prevent the virus spreading to the rest of the country. He says lockdowns are not necessary and that they will tackle the virus “differently”.

    Félicien Kabuga, who is one of the last main suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide – and once one of Rwanda’s richest men - has refused to attend the opening of his trial before a UN tribunal at The Hague, but judges have ruled that the case will proceed.

    And we hear from Gambian rap musician ST who drops tunes and plants trees.

    • 26 min
    Local forces join the Somali army against Al Shabab

    Local forces join the Somali army against Al Shabab

    In today's podcast: We look at the local forces aiding the successful Somali government onslaught against Al Shabab.

    As Uganda waits for a presidential statement on the ebola outbreak, we'll hear from someone living in Mubende where the outbreak started.

    Plus: the famed forth plinth on London's Trafalgar Square will be home to a statue of a Malawian anti-colonial freedom fighting priest.

    More on those stories in this podcast with Audrey Brown.

    • 27 min
    Uganda's Medical Association issues guidance

    Uganda's Medical Association issues guidance

    In today's podcast:  Uganda's Medical Association tells members not to treat ebola patients without PPE, and asks the Government to quarantine hotspot areas after doctors and interns are exposed to the deadly disease.

    Also, Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who was facing witness interference charges at the International Criminal Court is found dead at his home. The police are now investigating.

    Plus, how and why is former president, Jacob Zuma trying to make a political comeback in South Africa?

    More on those stories in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.

    • 24 min
    Seleka leader stands trial at the ICC

    Seleka leader stands trial at the ICC

    Mahamat Abdel Said, leader from the Seleka rebel movement in the Central African Republic, has appeared before the International Criminal Court for the first day of his war crimes trial.

    Also, Ugandan authorities confirm that twenty-three people have now died of ebola. Other patients are awaiting diagnosis, but now, some doctors and nurses are striking.

    And it's twenty years since nearly two thousand people drowned on the Joola ferry in Senegal. We hear from a survivor and family members who want closure, but why is one of the World's worst shIpping disasters not known by many?

    Those stories and more in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.

    • 32 min
    22 Kenyans rescued from trafficking in Laos

    22 Kenyans rescued from trafficking in Laos

    Kenya is warning its citizens against applying for jobs advertised online for positions in South East Asian countries. It comes after they rescued a group of people in Laos, who say they were duped by human traffickers.

    Victims of a massacre that happened in Guinea 13 years ago will finally get their day in court as the trial is set to begin.

    We meet UK former bantam weight boxing champion, Francis Ampofo born in Ghana and now selling hens on his farm.

    Plus, why are crocodiles dying in South Africa's Loskop Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga province?

    And on our Resident presidents- Olushambles is in a dancing mood.

    • 28 min

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Hard questions

Thank you to Bola Mosuro for always asking the hard questions and for pressing officials for the answers in spite of their evasiveness and in denials

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23 August 2022

Thank you, I enjoy your podcast immensely. However, I do think China is taking advantage of many countries and projects in Africa at large. Clear projection of your stories on a regular basis.

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Impacts felt from War in Ukraine

Thank you for featuring the impacts felt by the agricultural sector from the war in the Ukraine. I am curious to know if the environment will benefit from less application of industrial fertilizer, less nitrogen runoff and such. Regenerative agricultural practices may be part of a solution.

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