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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: Eswatini defends jail sentence for members of parliament - July 19, 2024

7/18/2024
On Daybreak Africa: The Eswatini government defends a 43-year jail sentence for two members of parliament. Plus, Central African Republic officials say 300 rebels disarm as the country tries to organize local elections. The Nigerian government and labor unions agree on an estimated $50 a month minimum wage. Recent Africa internet outages highlight the urgent need for strengthened infrastructure. Former President Trump addresses delegates at the Republican Party National Convention. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:30:00

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Central African Republic rebels disarm, peace still elusive - July 19, 2024

7/18/2024
Officials in the Central African Republic say at least 300 rebels have dropped their weapons in the past month in an operation jointly organized by United Nations peacekeeping forces and government troops. Although the number adds to about 5,000 fighters who have put down their arms within the past decade, peace seems to be a distant hope for the troubled nation. Moki Edwin Kindzeka reports from neighboring Cameroon.

Duration:00:03:51

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Nigeria Labor strikes minimum wage deal with government - July 19, 2024

7/18/2024
The Nigerian government and the country’s labor unions have agreed on a N70, 000 (about $50) a month pay raise. The minimum wage was originally 30,000 naira. Labor staged a series of nationwide strikes last year and early this year to demand a new rate and force the government to act on the high cost of living. The Nigeria Vanguard publication says the new wage agreement was reached at a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and labor leaders on Thursday. Emmanuel Ugboaja, secretary general of the Nigeria Labor Congress, tells VOA’s James Butty, that while labor did not get everything it had wanted, it is satisfied with the agreement.

Duration:00:02:00

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SSudan’s peace talks on course despite disagreements - July 19, 2024

7/18/2024
Delegates at the Kenyan-sponsored South Sudan talks in Nairobi say the gathering is not going through a crisis. This after the SPLM IO, loyal to the country’s First Vice president Riek Machar, recalled its team from the talks. Kuel Aguer Kuel, former governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and co-founder of the civil society group called People’s Coalition for Civic Action, tells VOA’s John Tanza, the delegates should forget their differences and focus on the search for peace in South Sudan

Duration:00:02:30

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Daybreak Africa: Critics say Rwanda’s elections neither free, fair - July 18, 2024

7/17/2024
On Daybreak Africa: Opponents and critics say Rwanda’s elections were neither free nor fair. Plus, the Eswatini government defends a 43-year jail sentence for two members of parliament. And a new study says women in East Africa are marginalized when it comes to roles in the media. Republican vice-presidential nominee, Senator J.D. Vance, addresses the party’s convention. The media work to combat disinformation on the Trump shooting. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:24:59

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Eswatini spokesperson defends jailing parliamentarians - July 18, 2024

7/17/2024
The spokesperson of the Eswatini government says international partners and friends should respect the country’s sovereignty and rule of law. This week, the US Embassy in Eswatini and Amnesty International expressed concern after the Eswatini High Court sentenced two members of parliament -- Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube -- to a combined 43 years in jail. They were arrested in July 2021 while delivering a petition calling for democratic reforms and charged with promoting political terrorism. Spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo tells VOA’s James Butty, the two men received a fair trial and that anyone wanting to criticize should utilize the proper channels.

Duration:00:03:33

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Study highlights bias against East Africa women in media workforce - July 18, 2024

7/17/2024
A new study says women in East Africa are marginalized when it comes to roles in the media. The Uganda Monitor reports that the study was conducted by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications. It focused on the progress that women have made and gaps in how they are portrayed across the media landscape. The study focused on women within the media workforce in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Professor Nancy Booker, an associate professor and Dean in the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University, tells VOA’s James Butty, more opportunities in the form of education scholarships should be provided to women so that they will be able to get their education and succeed.

Duration:00:04:40

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Opponents question Rwanda’s President Kagame’s overwhelming victory - July 18, 2024

7/17/2024
Paul Kagame’s win in Rwanda's presidential election this week was widely expected, although critics say the vote was neither free nor fair. VOA's Nairobi bureau chief, Mariama Diallo, spoke to analysts regarding Rwanda’s political landscape and files this report from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali

Duration:00:05:22

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Daybreak Africa: Rwanda's President Kagame cruising to a fourth term - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
On Daybreak Africa: Rwandan President Paul Kagame is on the verge of re-election for his fourth term. Plus, Nigeria plans to resume the local refining of crude oil in early August, according to an announcement by the national petroleum authorities. South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister assures dignified service for refugees. The Eswatini High Court sentences two members of parliament to 43 years in jail. We’ll get a reaction. Guinean lawyers embark on a two-week strike to protest what they say are “arbitrary arrests”. The Republican Party National Convention continues in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. US voters react to the assassination attempt against former president Donald Trump. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00

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Nigeria plans local refining of crude oil - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
Nigeria plans to resume the local refining of crude oil in early August, according to an announcement by the national petroleum authorities. The process, when it starts, will end years of idleness at Nigeria’s state-owned refineries and analysts say if successfully implemented, could lower fuel prices. Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja.

Duration:00:03:35

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South Africa minister pledges humane treatment of asylees - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
South Africa's new Home Affairs minister, Leon Schreiber, says those seeking asylum in South Africa will be treated with dignity and respect. Thuso Khumalo reports from Cape Town.

Duration:00:02:58

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Eswatini union official accuses government of harassment - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
A spokesperson for the Swaziland Transport, Communications and Allied Workers Union has accused the Eswatini government of carrying out institutionalized judicial harassment. This, after the Eswatini High Court on Tuesday handed down a 43-year jail sentence to two members of parliament. Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. They were arrested and jailed in July 2021 while delivering a petition calling for democratic reforms and charged with promoting political terrorism. They were found guilty in 2023. Amnesty International and the US Embassy in Eswatini have expressed concern about the sentences. Sticks Nkambule, general secretary of the Swaziland Transport, Communications and Allied Workers Union, tells VOA’s James Butty, the sentences are part of the Eswatini government’s effort to silence those calling for democratic reforms in the country. Government spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo did not respond to our request for comment.

Duration:00:02:11

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Guinea lawyers begin strike over ‘arbitrary arrests’ - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
Lawyers in Guinea have announced a two-week strike beginning yesterday Tuesday to protest what they say are the “arbitrary arrests” of Guineans by the military government. Two leading members of the civil society group, the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), were arrested last Tuesday. They were planning a protest to pressure the military junta, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, to return the country to democratic rule. This, after a junta spokesperson said the transition had no time limit. Daouda Mohamed Camara, editor-in-chief at Espace FM, tells VOA’s James Butty, the strike will likely disrupt the ongoing trial of the 2009 stadium massacre which is supposed to conclude on July 31

Duration:00:02:40

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Rwanda’s President Kagame on the cusp of fourth term win - July 17, 2024

7/16/2024
Rwandan President Paul Kagame is on the verge of re-election for his fourth term in office. This, as preliminary results from Monday’s presidential election show he has gained 99.15 percent of the vote. His two opponents, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party, received 0.53 percent, while independent candidate Philippe Mpavimana has 0.22 percent. President Kagame has ruled Rwanda since 2000. VOA’s Nairobi Bureau Chief Mariama Diallo is in Rwanda covering the election

Duration:00:03:55

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Daybreak Africa: Kenya on edge as youth groups vow “mother of all protests’ - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
On Daybreak Africa: Kenya's youth are planning to hold the "mother of all protests" across the country Tuesday to press home their demands. Plus, Malawi declares an end to the country’s deadliest cholera outbreak. Rwandan President Kagame takes a commanding lead in Monday’s presidential elections. Gambia’s parliament rejects a bill that would have ended a ban on female genital mutilation in the country. Analysts weigh in on a visit by the US advisory council on African diaspora issues to Nigeria. The Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, and also approves his vice-presidential running mate. For this and more tune to Daybreak Africa!

Duration:00:25:00

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US diaspora advisory council in Nigeria for investment talks - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
A U.S. advisory council on the African diaspora engagement is in Nigeria on a mission to discuss diaspora-led investments across sectors including education, health, technology and the creative industries. Timothy Obiezu reports as analysts weigh in on the purpose of the visit

Duration:00:03:49

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Malawi declares end of cholera outbreak - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
Malawi has declared the end of the country's worst-ever cholera outbreak, which has killed nearly 2,000 people since its onset in March of 2022. In a statement Monday, the Ministry of Health says the country has registered no cases and deaths from cholera in 26 of the country's 29 health districts for the past four weeks. Some health experts, however, say the outbreak could resurface if the country fails to address the sanitation problems that caused it. Lameck Masina reports from Blantyre

Duration:00:03:26

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Rwanda’s President Kagame on course for a landslide victory - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
Preliminary results from Monday’s presidential election in Rwanda show that incumbent President Paul Kagame has gained 99 percent of the votes counted. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) says Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party received 0.53 percent, while independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana received 0.32 percent. President Kagame has ruled Rwanda since 2000. VOA’s Nairobi Bureau Chief Mariama Diallo is in Rwanda covering the election. She tells VOA’s James Butty that voting was generally peaceful.

Duration:00:03:02

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Gambia’s parliament rejects FGM bill - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
The parliament of Gambia voted Monday to reject a bill that would have ended a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. Isatou Dea Sawanneh, chair of the Gambian National Women’s Council and an FGM survivor, tells VOA’s James Butty, the defeat of the bill means that practicing FGM in Gambia will from now on be a criminal offense

Duration:00:02:53

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Former President Trump becomes US Republican party’s candidate - July 16, 2024

7/15/2024
The Republican Party has officially nominated former President Donald Trump as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election. Delegates are meeting in the mid-western city of Milwaukee in Wisconsin for the convention. The nomination Monday came on the same day that former President Trump named Ohio Senator JD Vance as his vice-presidential running mate. VOA’s Carol Van Dam is covering the gathering

Duration:00:03:00