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Daybreak Africa is a 30-minute breakfast show looks at the latest developments on the continent and provides in-depth interviews, and reports from VOA correspondents.

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Daybreak Africa is a 30-minute breakfast show looks at the latest developments on the continent and provides in-depth interviews, and reports from VOA correspondents.

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Daybreak Africa: South African electorates begin early voting - May 28, 2024

5/27/2024
On Daybreak Africa: South African voters voice their expectations as early voting begins for Wednesday’s presidential elections. Plus, we will tell you the results of Afrobarometer’s latest survey of South African voters. Zambian police say they have found a missing independent member of parliament. UN agencies warn of the deteriorating humanitarian situation for an estimated 800,000 people in city of El Fasher in Sudan’s Darfur region. Thomas Sankara’s brother says Burkina Faso is not ready for elections in the current environment. Biden and Trump campaign for Black votes. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00

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Sankara: Burkina Faso not ready for democratic polls - May 28, 2024

5/27/2024
The younger brother of Burkina Faso’s late head of state, Thomas Sankara, says the country is not ready for elections in the current environment. Paul Sankara’s comment comes after Burkina Faso’s current military ruler Captain Ibrahim Traore announced on Saturday that the military will stay in power for five more years following consultations with civil society and transitional lawmakers. Paul Sankara denies his position is favoring security over democracy. He tells VOA’s James Butty, that while the country has made some progress, it is not enough to hold elections at this time.

Duration:00:03:07

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Zambia Police locates missing opposition lawmaker - May 28, 2024

5/27/2024
Zambian police say they have found missing independent member of parliament Jay Banda. The MP went missing on Saturday (May 25) when his abandoned vehicle was discovered and reported to police. Some social media accounts described the missing PM as a critic of President Hakainde Hichilema and his government and suspect foul play. Others speculate that the MP might have faked his own abduction. Home Affairs Minister Jack Mwiimbu said Sunday that the government had no hand in MP Banda’s disappearance. Police spokesman Rae Hamooga tells VOA’s James Butty, MP Banda was discovered Monday lying on the kitchen doorstep of a farmhouse with bruises on his back. He had since been moved from a private health facility to a military hospital.

Duration:00:02:57

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UN warns of worsening conditions for thousands in Sudan’s El Fasher - May 28, 2024

5/27/2024
United Nations agencies warn the humanitarian situation for an estimated 800,000 people in the Sudanese city of El Fasher and surrounding areas is rapidly deteriorating as fighting escalates between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva

Duration:00:02:43

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Survey says jobs, outage, fraud top concerns for South African voters - May 28, 2024

5/27/2024
Afrobarometer, the Pan-African research network, has just published its latest pre-election survey of South African voters. Jan Hofmeyr, Head of Research and Policy at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Southern African core partner of Afrobarometer, tells VOA’s James Butty, voters want the next government to address unemployment, the unreliable electricity supply, and corruption. This, as Special voting for South Africa’s national and provincial elections began Monday. The South African Mail & Guardian newspaper quotes the country’s electoral commission as saying the process got off to a good start.

Duration:00:03:25

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Daybreak Africa: Mali opposition declares government in exile - May 27, 2024

5/26/2024
On Daybreak Africa: Malian opposition politicians announce the formation of a transitional government in exile. Plus, South Africa’s leading parties held their final campaign rallies over the weekend ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Zambian police investigate the mysterious disappearance of an independent member of parliament. Meanwhile, Zambia’s High Court rules on the leadership of the main opposition party. The WHO urges countries to do more in reducing under-five years mortality rates. Former President Trump faced sharp skepticism while addressing Libertarians on Saturday. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00

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Zambian court throws out challenge to opposition president’s election - May 27, 2024

5/26/2024
The acting president of Zambia’s main opposition Patriotic Front (PF) party says the country’s High Court missed the point when it dismissed the case brought by six PF presidential candidates challenging the election of Miles Sampa as the party president. According to the Lusaka Times, the court said the plaintiffs failed to respond to Sampa’s application to dismiss their case. Patriotic Front acting president Given Lubinda tells VOA’s James Butty, the court did not address the petitioners’ complaint that they were denied their constitutional right to participate in the party leadership election by Miles Sampa.

Duration:00:02:47

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Zambia Police probes fate of missing member of parliament - May 27, 2024

5/26/2024
Zambian police are investigating the mysterious disappearance of independent member of parliament Jay Banda. Some social media accounts described the missing PM as a critic of President Hakainde Hichilema and his government and suspect foul play. But Home Affairs Minister Jack Mwiimbu told the Lusaka Times Sunday that the government had no hand in MP Banda’s disappearance. Police spokesman Rae Hamooga tells VOA’s James Butty, the case is being investigated.

Duration:00:01:28

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Parties end campaigns ahead of South Africa’s crucial poll - May 27, 2024

5/26/2024
Two more days before South Africa’s May 29th elections. The parties, including the ruling African National Congress (ANC), held their final campaign rallies over the weekend. President Cyril Ramaphosa appealed to South Africans that if they give the ANC another chance, it will do better. Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said his party will fight corruption and give jobs and land to South Africans. Professor Sipho Seepe , political analyst and former deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Support at the University of Zululand, tells VOA’s James Butty, it is looking more likely that the last week of campaigning may have moved the ANC’s poll numbers upward, but that it is likely that Wednesday’s vote will produce a coalition government led by the ANC

Duration:00:03:32

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Mali’s pro-democracy member supports extension of military rule - May 27, 2024

5/26/2024
A member of Mali’s M5-RFP pro-democracy movement says the military government should be encouraged to stabilize the country before holding free and fair elections. The M5-RFP is a coalition that led protests demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The statement comes after Malian opposition politicians announced over the weekend that they had formed a transitional government in exile. This happened after the military failed to meet a March deadline to hold elections, according to the French News Agency (AFP). Ramata Sissoko Cisse, member of Mali’s M5-RFP movement, tells VOA’s James Butty, she supports military action to stabilize the nation prior to a return to civilian

Duration:00:03:12

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Daybreak Africa: US President Biden holds talks with Kenya’s President Ruto - May 24, 2024

5/23/2024
On Daybreak Africa: President Biden welcomes Kenyan President Ruto to the White House. President Ruto defends his decision to deploy Kenyan police to Haiti as both leaders held bi-lateral talks. We’ll get analysis of President Ruto’s visit to the United States. Plus, populist parties could see gains in South Africa’s May 29 elections. Guinea’s military government closes four radio and television stations. Are US veterans better off under Biden or Trump? For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:29:59

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Kenya’s President Ruto appeals for US security support, defends Haiti mission - May 24, 2024

5/23/2024
Kenyan President William Ruto has appealed for US support to strengthen democracy and security in Africa, reduce debt, and enhance its investment in the institutions of Africa integration. Ruto spoke Thursday when President Joe Biden welcomed him to the White House for the first state visit by an African president to the White House since 2008. Ruto defended his decision to deploy Kenyan police to Haiti.

Duration:00:02:21

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Guinea’s junta spokesman defends closure of media stations - May 24, 2024

5/23/2024
A spokesperson says the government of Guinea Conakry is committed to freedom of the press but believes such freedom must be exercised within the context of the law. The government this week closed three private radio stations and a television station. Spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo, tells VOA’s James Butty, the stations were shut down because they failed to comply with regulatory and contractual obligations.

Duration:00:01:21

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Populist rhetoric rises ahead of South Africa’s poll - May 24, 2024

5/23/2024
Analysts say populism is on the rise the world over, and South Africa is no exception. From Johannesburg, Kate Bartlett reports on how many political parties are using populist rhetoric ahead of what is being slated as the most important election in 30 years

Duration:00:02:51

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Guinea radio boss seeks reasons for state ban - May 24, 2024

5/23/2024
Daouda Mohamed Camara, editor-in-chief at Espace FM, one of the stations that have been closed by Guinea’s junta government, tells VOA’s James Butty, the government has yet to clarify the reasons for the closures Guinea’s military government this week closed three private radio stations and a television station. Spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo told VOA the stations were shut down because they failed to comply with regulatory and contractual obligations. The government last November closed some stations for threatening national security. It also arrested and jailed the secretary general of the Private Press Association for protesting economic hardship in the country.

Duration:00:02:13

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Daybreak Africa: US rolls out red carpet for Kenya’s President Ruto - May 23, 2024

5/22/2024
On Daybreak Africa: Kenyan President Ruto visited the White House Wednesday, the first day of his three-day state visit. Plus, Liberia’s heath ministry establishes a National Health Sector Taskforce. An exiled Eswatini journalist exposes corruption. Today is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Chad’s Prime Minister resigns. The plans of President Biden and former President Trump for the state of Pennsylvania this year’s presidential election. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00

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Liberia sets up task force to curb theft of donated medicines - May 23, 2024

5/22/2024
Liberia's Ministry of Health has established a National Health Sector Task Force. As Rita Jlogbe Doue reports from Monrovia, the announcement comes over a month after the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed that “90% of pharmacies in Liberia are selling stolen medicine donated by aid organizations

Duration:00:03:32

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Chad’s opposition vows to hold government accountable - May 23, 2024

5/22/2024
The Vice President for Political Affairs and the Diaspora of Chad’s opposition Transformers party says it will continue to be a force in politics for years to come. Ndolembai Njesada’s comment comes as Transformers leader Succes Masra resigned Wednesday as Chad’s prime minister. His resignation follows the victory of interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby in the May 6 election. Njesada tells VOA’s James Butty, he resigned in line with Chad’s constitution

Duration:00:03:07

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US to designate Kenya key non-NATO ally - May 23, 2024

5/22/2024
Kenyan President William Ruto visited the White House Wednesday, the first day of his three-day state visit. Reuters quotes a source as saying that President Joe Biden is expected to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO ally during Ruto’s visit. Johnnie Carson served as United States ambassador to several African countries, including Kenya. He tells VOA’s James Butty, Ruto’s visit symbolizes the strong connection between the United States and Kenya.

Duration:00:03:05

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Daybreak Africa: UN blames insecurity, conflict for mass displacement in Somalia - May 22, 2024

5/21/2024
On Daybreak Africa: The UN says tens of thousands of Somalis are internally displaced primarily due to insecurity and conflict. Plus, the White House welcomes Kenya’s President Ruto for first African state visit. Liberia begins repatriating its citizens from Ghana. Meanwhile, President Boakai says he does support an increase in the price of rice in Liberia. Women in Botswana watch from the sidelines as the country prepares for elections. Biden and Trump compete for women’s votes. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00