Episode 62: Do Africans have the right to complain about Covid-19 vaccine hoarding?

President Kagame attends Mo Ibrahim Foundation Dinner in London ahead of the Foundation’s board meeting | London, 6 October 2018
Sudanese-born billionaire businessman Mo Ibrahim (L) with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda at Mo Ibrahim Foundation dinner in London. Photo: Paul Kagame

Of the 1.3 billion people in Africa, only about 7 million have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-born billionaire, blames rich countries for hoarding vaccines. What if instead he redirected that $5 million prize he gives annually to African presidents for leaving office to areas like healthcare, where it’s desperately needed?

In this episode we also look at what happened to Konza, a smart city Kenya was supposed to begin building 13 years ago but is nowhere to bee seen.

Episode 58: Chad’s dictator meets ‘heroic’ death, as God summons Covid-19-denying Kenyan doctor

President Idriss Déby of Chad, who was killed recently, is sworn in for his fifth term in 2016. Photo: Paul Kagame

Word from the motherland is President Idriss Déby, Chad’s ruler for the last 30 years, dies in the front line fighting rebels in the northern part of the country. Do we at Africa Straight Talk believe it? One thing we believe, though, is that Dr. Stephen Karanja, the infamous chairman of Kenya Catholic Doctors Association who swore in the name of the Virgin Mary that Covid-19 was a hoax, died of — you guessed it …

Episode 54: Will Africa learn any lessons from Magufuli’s death?

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses nation on developments in South Africa’s strategy to control he spread of COVID-19. Photo: GovernmentZA is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Whenever anyone in the west tries to express concern over the state of affairs in our continent, our leaders often begin chanting the “African solution for African problems” mantra. Now that President John Magufuli of Tanzania tried the African solution of prayers and failed miserably by dying of suspected of Covid-19, will our leaders start looking for real practical solutions?

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