By Ogova Ondego
Published September 24, 2013
Is democracy always the best form of governance in Africa?
That is the question the monthly BBC Africa Debate shall be seeking to answer when the international multimedia broadcaster records the programme—to be broadcast by BBC World Service at 19.00 GMT on Friday, September 27 and repeated at 12.00 GMT on Sunday, September 29—in Lusaka, Zambia, on September 26, 2013.
“The subject for this edition of BBC Africa Debate has been one of the most popular topics suggested by listeners. In fact, these questions have come up time and again in past programmes. In Zambia – whose image of a working, peaceful African democracy appears to be under threat lately – we will ask whether democracy is delivering for Africa and what the alternatives are,” says Alex Jakana of BBC Africa service.
The discussion shall be co-chaired by Jakana and Dan Damon, presenter of the BBC World Service daily radio programme, World Update.
The moderators will speak with an audience of 100 people drawn from government, opposition politicians, civil society, journalists, academics and voters from Zambia and from other African countries living or working in Lusaka.
The Kiswahili version of the debate shall be moderated by Baruan Muhuza and Dinah Gahamanyi.
Social-media audiences are expected to engage in conversations on Twitter #bbcafricadebate, @bbcafrica, on Facebook and via Google+ Hangout.