Interviews

Interviews

We question the people at the heart of the stories that matter to Africa.

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Zambia

Michael Sata

Opposition Patriotic Front party leader Michael Sata tells the BBC's Musonda Chibamba why he is going to court to get the election result - which awarded the MMD candidate, Rupiah Banda the presidency - overturned.

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African leadership

In this wide-ranging interview, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan talks to Joseph Warungu about the current state of leadership in Africa. Mr Annan discusses the ramifications of Kenya's post-election crisis, gives his views on Zimbabwe's power-sharing stalemate and condemns the African leaders who rewrite their country's constitiutions to prolong their stay in power. 20th October 2008

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South Africa

Former defence minister, Mesioua Lekota has announced his intention to break away from South Africa's ruling ANC and form a new party. The ANC has been wracked by internal division since its national congress at Polokwane last December when Jacob Zuma became party president. The situation was compounded with the sacking of President Thabo Mbeki in September. Mpho Lakaje asked Mr Lekota about plans for the new party. 8th October 2008

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Nigeria

Speculation has been rife in Nigeria in recent weeks about the state of the President Yar'Adua's health but his officials have been quick to assure that there is no problem. Ojo Maduekwe is Nigeria's foreign minister and heading the delegation to the UN General Assembly in New York. Our reporter Bessan Vikou, asked Mr Maduekwe how destabilising the speculation over the president's health had been for the country. 26th September 2008

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Mauritania

The daughter of the ousted president of Mauritania, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, has been calling for international support to help restore the country's first democratically elected government. She works as a communications assistant to her father and spoke to Uduak Amimo about her fears for her father's safety.

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Sudan/Darfur

Six months on since the deployment of the joint UN/AU mission know as UNAMID and it is still grappling with a lack of troops and equipment to maintain peace in the Darfur region of Sudan. A consortium of African experts and international rights groups has released a new report saying that without more support the force is doomed to fail. Josphat Makori asked the UNAMID force commander, General Martin Luther Agwaifor his reaction to the report. 28th July 2008

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Anglican church

Anglican bishops from around the world have been meeting in the UK for the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference. For the first time in nearly a century, about a quarter of Anglican bishops including those from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria are boycotting the gathering. Archbishop Peter Akinola is the Primate of the Church of Nigeria's 15 million strong Anglican communion. He explained to Chris Ewokor why he was staying away. 16th July 2008

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Ghana

Ghanaians head to the polls later this year to choose a successor to President John Kufuor whose second term in office is coming to an end. One of the party's fielding a candidate is the Convention People's Party (CPP). The party was founded by Ghana's first president and Pan Africanist Kwame Nkrumah. However, since Nkrumah's overthrow in 1966 the CPP has been very weak, getting only 3 seats in the 230 seat parliament at the last elections. Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, believes he can turn around the party's fortunes. Komla Dumor asked him why the party of Nkrumah was performing so badly in elections. 16th July 2008

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Cameroon

This year has also been a turbulent year for Cameroon. First there were days of bloody protests in February against the rising cost of fuel and food. And then in April, parliament passed a controversial amendment to the constitution making it possible for President Biya who has been in office for 26 years to run for a third term when his current seven year term expires in 2011. The country's opposition often complains about intimidation and harassment. Veronique Edwards asked Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni whether he thought there was democracy in Cameroon. 10th July 2008

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Cameroon's Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni was in London to seek investors who may help him develop the country. But Cameroon has long been criticised for being one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Veronique Edwards wanted to know from prime minister Enoni whether the country was ready for investors. 10th July 2008

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Sierra Leone

Voters in Sierra Leone went to the polls in local elections recently, nine months after the successful general elections. The country's 2.7 million voters were choosing new mayors and councillors to oversee the delivery of public services. These are the first municipal polls for the governing All Peoples Congress (APC) of President Ernest Bai Koroma and were seen as a test for his administration. Joseph Warungu asked the president how he felt the elections went for his party. 9th July 2008

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Liberia

During Liberia's civil war, Joe Wylie was a spokesman for the LURD rebel group, now he is working as an academic. He's just finished a book about his life and the politics of Liberia. He's also preparing to appear before Liberia's truth and reconciliation commission. When he came into our studio Audrey Brown asked him how he thinks the country can be healed. 7th July 2008

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Ethiopia

For opposition groups in Ethiopia, the situation in Zimbabwe is a painful reminder of their own experiences three years ago. After elections in Ethiopia in 2005, dozens of opposition supporters were shot dead by security forces, in protests against electoral fraud, and many others were jailed. Berhanu Nega is the man who would've been mayor of Addis Ababa, but he was also thrown in jail. Bilkisu Labaran Ohyoma asked him to compare the situation in Zimbabwe today with that of Ethiopia. 28th June 2008

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African Union summit

On the agenda at the African Union summit in the Egyptian town of Sharm El-Sheikh were high food and fuel prices, peace and security and Zimbabwe's election crisis. Elizabeth Blunt asked the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, whether the meeting had been too dominated by Zimbabwe. 1st July 2008

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Zimbabwe

Following the opposition MDC's withdrawal from the presidential run-off election just 5 days before polling day, the United Nations Security Council issued a presidential statement unanimously condemning the violence and intimidation against the opposition in Zimbabwe. Paul Bakibinga asked Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN, Boniface Chidyausiku if the election would still go ahead? 24th June 2008

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The Botswana government issued a press release today to say that the foreign minister had summoned the Zimbabwean ambassador to protest about arrests and detentions in his country. Hassan Arouni spoke to Botswana's Foreign minister Phandu Sekelemani to fin out more about the nature of his diplomatic protest. 13th June 2008

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is in London to attend a Commonwealth meeting to discuss ways of making international organisations more effective. He took time out to share his views on the crisis in Zimbabwe with the BBC's Kirsty Wark. 11th June 2008

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Somalia

In the last few months more than a dozen reporters have been killed whilst working in Somalia. Our reporter Mohamed Olad Hassan spoke to Komla Dumor about the dangers of reporting from Mogadishu. 17th June 2008

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Commission for Africa

Umaru Fofana met Tony Blair on his visit to Sierra Leone. The conversation touched on Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, good governance in Africa and whether Mr Blair's Commission for Africa has lived up to his expectations? 10th June 2008

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Uganda

The Congolese army is preparing to take military action against the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, after LRA leader Joseph Kony failed to sign a peace agreement with the government. In the capital Kampala, Sarah Grainger asked the Ugandan army spokesman, Major Paddy Ankunda if this meant the peace talks had failed? 4th June 2008

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The LRA 's new chief negotiator James Obita asks for one last chance to resolve the conflict peacefully. He spoke to Damian Zane. 5th June 2008

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Somalia

Can Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and the country's opposition, the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, agree to direct talks? 3rd June 2008

Abdirahman Warsame, head of the delegation for the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, told Veronique Edwards what it would take for the opposition to have direct talks with the government.

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Ahmed Abdisalam, Deputy Prime Minister in the Transitional Federal Government also spoke to Veronique Edwards and told her what they expected from the talks.

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Sao Tome and Principe

The tiny two-island state is facing a political crisis after a motion of censure, presented by the opposition, was approved by parliament and essentially brought down the three month-old coalition government of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada. Maimouna Jallow asked the leader of the opposition MLSTP, Raphael Branco, why his party presented the motion? 29th May 2008

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Sudan

Clashes between northern and southern troops at the town of Abyei have displaced some 50,000 people. Abyei lies on the border between the north and south and despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement three years ago, both sides have failed to agree its borders. The region's oil wealth, ethnic composition and grazing have also added to the tensions. Retired Kenyan general Lazaro Sumbeiywo brokered the peace agreement and spoke to Caroline Karobia about the problem of Abyei. 27th May 2008

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Zambia

The official leader of Zambia's opposition Patriotic Front party, Michael Sata says he and President Levy Mwanawasa have put their differences aside in the interests of the country. Mr Sata's recent bill for healthcare in South Africa was met by the Zambian government after he took seriously ill, nonetheless, members of his party have been taken by surprise by his announcement. The BBC's Musonda Chibamba asked Mr Sata whether he was considering stepping down after his recent heart attack. 27th May 2008

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Malawi

Malawian police have questioned former president Bakili Muluzi at his home on the outskirts of Blantyre in connection with an alleged coup plot. Uduak Amimo reached him on the telephone afterwards to find out what they wanted to know. 26th May 2008

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In Malawi the perennial issue of third terms for presidents in Africa has come up again with the United Democratic Front having to consider whether to choose former president Bakili Muluzi to stand in elections next year or not. Mr Muluzi has already had two terms in office. And now he wants a third - after his successor Bingu Wa Mutharika ditched the party and struck out on his own after winning the election in 2004. But the former president may be banned from standing again by the constitution. So why does he want to risk it? Former president Muluzi spoke to Raphael Tenthani. 24th April 2008

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Chad/Sudan

There are renewed tensions between Sudan and Chad which could turn to conflict. Sudan has cut off diplomatic ties with Chad after accusing it of backing the Darfuri rebels and Chad has since formally closed its border and cut off economic links with Sudan. Mahamoud Bechir, Chad's ambassador to the United States spoke to Komla Dumor. 13th May 2008

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Nigeria

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is in hiding from Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged health scam. The former president Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter has been declared missing by the Nigerian Senate. Despite this, she spoke to the BBC'sFidelis Mbah, he began by asking her how she feels about being called the queen of scandals in the Nigerian media? 22nd April 2008

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Ghana

The opposition NDC party's leader John Atta Mills has announced John Mahama as his running mate for the December 2008 elections. Joseph Warungu asks former president, Jerry Rawlings whether he approves of the selection? 11th April 2008

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Kenya

Raila Odinga's ODM party pulled out of talks with Kenya's government unable to reach agreement on the composition of the coalition cabinet as outlined by the peace agreement brokered by the former UN chief Kofi Annan. Amidst renewed fears of violence, Uduak Amimo asked him if it was not an irresponsible move? 9th April 2008

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Why can the two sides not agree on a new cabinet? Uduak Amimo continued the interview asking Mr Odinga whether he and his rival President Kibaki have been taken hostage by hardliners?

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Zimbabwe elections

Simba Makoni, independent presidential candidate and former finance minister in the government of Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, talks to Veronique Edwards about what he believes will happen next to find a way out of the election stalemate. 10th April 2008

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