Daybreak Audio Clips
Monday 6 February 2023
February 01, 2023
‘Investigate Maseko’s Death’- SADC Leaders to Eswatini
Leaders of the Southern African Development Community are calling on Eswatini to investigate the death of Thulani Maseko, a prominent opposition leader and are calling on the kingdom to “urgently initiate” a peaceful national dialogue with pro-democracy groups as a means of strengthening democracy. For more updates, host of VOA’s Daybreak Africa James Butty spoke to Busi Mayisela, the leader of the Swazis First Democratic Front Party.
January 31, 2023
‘We Are Ready for Pope Francis' – DRC Authorities
Pope Francis Tuesday departed Rome for his visit to Africa which will start in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he will meet with survivors of conflict, authorities, religious and civic leaders. The pontiff will be in the Central African nation until Friday and there after travel to South Sudan. For more, host of VOA’s Daybreak Africa James Butty spoke to Abraham Luakabuanga, the spokesperson to DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi.
January 30, 2023
Tunisia’s Opposition Calls for Saied’s Removal
Opposition parties in Tunisia have turned to civil society groups to aid their push for the removal of President Kais Saied from office, soon after the north African nation experienced a second round of parliamentary elections that witnessed a 11.3 percent turnout. For more, host of VOA’s Daybreak Africa James Butty spoke to Elizia Volkmann, a freelance journalist based in the capital Tunis.
January 27, 2023
M23 Rebels Speak on DRC Offensive
M23 rebels operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo recently launched an offensive in the region that has displaced over 450 people in Kitshanga town, an action taking place despite rising calls by the international community to cease hostilities and withdraw from the central African nation. In a recent press release, officials of the rebel movement say they had no option but to launch an offensive in reaction to the “genocide” against Congolese Tutsis by the central African nation’s military and its FDLR rebel allies. For more, VOA’s James Butty spoke to Lawrence Mukanya, the political spokesman of the rebel group.
January 25, 2023
DRC Condemns Rwanda Fighter Jet Attack
The Democratic Republic of Congo has condemned what it calls an attack on one of its fighter jets by Rwanda on Tuesday in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. The DRC government denied Rwanda's claims the fighter left national territory and said the jet was attacked, in what Kigali called “defensive measures,” as it was beginning to land at Goma International Airport. VOA’s James Butty Kigali spoke to Abraham Luakabuanga, spokesperson for DRC President Felix Tshisekedi, who says Kigali is creating a false narrative to cover up for an attack earlier Tuesday by the Rwandan army near the town of Kitchanga.
December 22, 2022
Attempted Coup Foiled in The Gambia: Authorities
The government of The Gambia says it has arrested four soldiers linked to an alleged plot to overthrow President Adama Barrow’s administration. The government says it is also pursuing other accomplices who, it says, are on the run. Barrow came to power in 2016 after defeating long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh in elections. People have grown frustrated with the administration’s failure to reduce poverty and the rising cost of living. VOA’s James Butty spoke with government spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh.
December 22, 2022
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Addressed a Joint Session of the US Congress
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed a joint session of the US Congress Wednesday, his first outside address since Russia invaded his country. Earlier Wednesday, Zelenskyy met with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office and held a joint press conference. The United States, along with more weapons and ammunition for Ukraine’s military, announced an additional $374 million in humanitarian winter assistance for civilians whose homes and infrastructure have been bombed by Russia. VOA’s James Butty has more.
December 21, 2022
The First Woman in Eswatini to Change the Social Democratic Ideology
The first woman to form a political party in Eswatini says the time has come for women to stop being in the kitchen and take center stage in the struggle to democratize the kingdom. The new party comes as politicians, civil society, and students have been holding consistent protests to demand direct participation in the democratic process. Although there are political parties in Eswatini, candidates can only run for office as individuals, not as official members of the parties. VOA’s James Butty spoke with Busi Mayisela, founder and president of the Swazis First Democratic Front.
December 21, 2022
The UN Relaxes Its Arms Embargo on DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo says it welcomes a decision by the UN Security Council to relax a nearly 19-year-old arms embargo on the country. Tuesday’s decision comes as the government is battling the M23 and other rebel groups in the eastern DRC. The resolution says UN member states would no longer be required to notify the Security Council of arms sales or military support to Kinshasa. However, sales to non-governmental armed groups will still be banned. VOA’s James Butty spoke with Journalist Al Katanty Sabiti Djaffar.
December 20, 2022
A U.S. Congressional Committee Recommends Trump’s Prosecution
The congressional committee that investigated last year’s January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol recommended Monday that the Justice Department criminally prosecute former President Donald Trump. The committee accused him of trying to illegally scheme to upend his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden and promote violence to stay in power. VOA’s James Butty has more.
December 20, 2022
Ramaphosa Could Be Plagued by Investigations, Analysis
President Cyril Ramaphosa might have won re-election as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), but analysts say he will be a weakened president, especially come the 2024 national elections. VOA’s James Butty discussed the president's chances with Professor Sipho Seepe, at the University of Zululand.
December 19, 2022
US-Africa Summit an Opportunity to Establish War Crimes Court in Liberia, Rights Campaigner Says
A Liberian human rights and justice campaigner says the recently concluded U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit provided an opportunity to appeal to the Biden administration to support the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia to prosecute alleged crimes committed during the country’s long civil war. Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended in 2009 the establishment of the court, but since then, successive governments have failed to do so. For more, VOA’s James Butty spoke with Adama Dempster, a secretary general of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia.