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Ethiopia: TPLF reject peace talks

We have the latest from Ethiopia where hopes for peace talks have faded as the TPLF claim that a new offensive is underway in Tigray.

Five years on from a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone, our correspondent Umaru Fofana has been catching up with families in the affected area.

Plus a sustainable innovation for beverage lovers in South Africa – compostable coffee pods.
16
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More confusion over Kenya's presidential election

Kenya's presidential election result is caught in a quagmire, as candidate Raila Odinga alleges foul play... We'll be asking what happens next?

Plus, we preview elections in Angola.

And we will introduce you to a star called Nutty O, whose fresh music is making people dance to the beat in Zimbabwe.
15
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William Ruto declared Kenya election winner

William Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election, narrowly beating Raila Odinga. The announcement in Nairobi was delayed by several hours, and there was further controversy with some electoral commissioners saying reporters that they did not agree with the final count.

Plus, we hear the harrowing story of the Nigerian farmer who was abducted, while her fiancé was murdered. Some 350 farmers in the country have been killed or kidnapped in the past year.

And we meet the BBC News Komla Dumor Award winner for 2022, Zambian journalist Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya.
13
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Deaths in protests in Somaliland

At least three people were killed in protests in Somaliland. But why was this normally peaceful territory engulfed by violence?

Also, Sierra Leone's main opposition APC says it is not responsible for deadly protests earlier this week. They blame the government's economic policies instead.

And we take the pulse of Kenya's parliamentary election results.
11
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Sierra Leone imposes curfew following protests

In Sierra Leone, at least 27 people are known to have died, Six of them police officers during violent protests in the capital, Freetown, and other towns in the north of the country on Wednesday; The US Secretary of State tries to soothe tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; More than 800 prisoners are set free following a prison break in the DRC. We look at who may be behind it and why; Can South Africa develop its growing cannabis industry fairly and profitably? Kenyan comedienne Elsa Majimbo talks about fame and the people who inspire her. You can listen to the Focus on Africa edition edited by Elsa here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172ydvmchjtv8r

This edition of Africa Today is edited by Hassan Arouni, produced by Marco Oriunto and presented by Audrey Brown.
10
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Protests over rising cost of living in Sierra Leone

Demonstrations against the rising cost of living, corruption and police brutality have taken place in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, as well as several other towns in the country. The government has declared a nationwide curfew in response to the protests.

Plus, votes are being counted in Kenya, following Tuesday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Turnout is estimated at around 64%, well short of the 80% in the last election five years ago.

And seven men are charged with rape in South Africa, after an attack on several women at an abandoned mine outside Johannesburg. The case has caused outrage in the country.
09
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Polls close in Kenya's general elections

Voting has ended in Kenya's elections where 22 million have cast ballots to vote for their next President, MPs and Governors... Did delays due to a biometric system cause major problems?

Plus, African art lovers mourn the death of Nigerian playwright, author and director, Biyi Bandele, who's died suddenly at the age of 54.
08
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Chaos in Kenya ahead of polls

Hundreds of Kenyans rush to collect national identification cards necessary to cast their vote, while many others experience travel woes on the eve of the country's general elections.  Observers highlight a few issues ahead of the polls as the Electoral Commission suspends voting in four areas over ballot paper issues.  Plus  some Kenyans tell us about the panic-buying that's now started.

Also, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is the latest international diplomat on  a charm offensive to woo the continent.. We hear from South Africa.

And Ethiopia's Rophnan, DJ turned musician fuses electronic with traditional sounds.
05
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Has Senegal finally resolved the Casamance question?

The Senegalese government has signed a peace deal with rebels from the southern region of Casamance. Will it hold this time?

Also, warnings of a hike in the price of rice. Can African countries step up to the plate production-wise?

Plus, will Kenyans get leaders that tackle corruption this time around?

And our resident presidents discuss Zimbabwe's new Chinese-built parliament, and they're not impressed!
04
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Outrage in South Africa over gang rapes of women

Angry mobs on the rampage in a South African township, following the vicious gang rape of a group of women in the town of Krugersdorp last week.

And it's fifty years since Asians were forced to flee Uganda's Idi Amin and settle in Britain.
03
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DRC displacement response lacks funding

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people in the world. But the UNHCR says less than 20% of its budget for the country is covered.

Kenya’s Shona community will have the opportunity to vote for the first time.

And South Africa’s Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness. BCUC, reflect on their performance at the 40th Womad Festival.
02
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DRC reviews MONUSCO peacekeepers' presence

President Etienne Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo is reassessing when MONUSCO peacekeepers should leave the country. We hear from his spokesman.

Also, with news of the killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, survivors of the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam express disappointment at receiving no compensation like American victims.

Plus Somalia's new cabinet includes a former Al Shabab leader.

Those stories and more in this podcast.

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