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Lesotho holds parliamentary elections

Parliamentary elections have taken place in Lesotho. More than 50 parties are vying for power in the landlocked kingdom inside South Africa.

We hear from the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Beth Van Schaack, who has been visiting Liberia. Could the country be closer to setting up a special court to prosecute alleged war criminals?

And we meet a young man from Sierra Leone who arrived in South Africa with next to nothing and has now helped to create the first humanoid robot on the continent.

Global alert over cough syrups

The World Health Organisation issues a global alert warning that four cough syrups manufactured in India could be linked to the deaths of dozens of children in The Gambia. We hear from the director of Health Services.

Also, why does the insurgency in Northern Mozambique continue five years on?

Plus, the prestigious Makrere University is 100 years old.

More on those and other stories in this podcast with Paul Bakibinga.

Ethiopia to enter peace talks

The Ethiopian government has accepted to enter peace talks with Tigray brokered by the African Union;

Also in the pod: the Liberian administration is in trouble deep following a protracted shortage of rice in the country; Our correspondent travels to central Somalia to report on the famine that's hit hundreds of thousands of people there; the South African parliament discusses new restrictions on smoking and vaping in the country; We take a look at what's at stake in Burkina Faso following a second coup there this year.

President Museveni's son's tweets raise eyebrows

In today's podcast:

Ugandans' tongues are wagging after a day which saw the President's son first demoted and then promoted to full General after a series of bizarre tweets that threatened to cause a diplomatic rift with neighboring Kenya.

Also, a $100 million dollar cocaine haul has been seized in Liberia by the Drugs Enforcement Agency, and a number of arrests made after a tip-off from the Americans, and it seems to point to a global syndicate.

Plus, thirteen women who'd been abducted from between three weeks to six months are rescued from their captors in Zambia.

Those stories and more in this podcast with Bola Mosuro.

Suicide bombs hit town in central Somalia

Several people have been killed in bombs attacks in Somalia hours after the authorities announced they had killed a top Al Qaeda commander. We will hear from a government minister who says the commander's death is a big blow for the militant group.

A delegation from the West African regional body Ecowas arrives in Burkina Faso after a second military coup in eight months, what can they really achieve?

And the former president of Botswana, Ian Khama, tells us why he feels it is in the interest of African leaders to take a clear and unambiguous position on the war in Ukraine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Floods in South Sudan stop food deliveries

Heavy rains in South Sudan have destroyed roads, interrupting precious food deliveries around the country. Our correspondent speaks to truck drivers stuck on the road

Also in the pod: The Democratic republic of congo and Rwanda agree to cooperate on border security issues; Our colleagues on The She Word program shine a light on alternative forms of family making in Kenya; Uganda battling a rare strain of Ebola and a community infection of scabies; We unveil an online scam recruiting men to lure men on adult websites.

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