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Summary

  1. South Sudan rebels 'beaten up' in Juba
  2. Two Zambian journalists charged with defaming president
  3. IMF predicts slower growth for Africa
  4. Yellow fever spreads from Angola to DR Congo
  5. Mozambican public prosecutor is murdered
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  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 12 April 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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Today's African proverb:

Hunger in your brother's house does not prevent you from sleeping."

A Luo proverb sent by Mercy Opar, Nairobi, Kenya, and Maryano Otto, Kampala, Uganda

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China 'offers Nigeria $6bn in loans'

China has offered Nigeria loans worth $6bn (£4.2bn) to fund infrastructure projects in Africa's biggest economy, the Nigerian foreign minister said on Tuesday, Reuters news agency reports.

"It is a credit that is on the table as soon as we identify the projects," Geoffrey Onyeama told reporters travelling with President Muhammadu Buhari to China, Reuters adds.

"It won't need an agreement to be signed; it is just to identify the projects and we access it," he said.  

Buhari meets Xi
Reuters
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing earlier

#HarambeeStarlets trending in Kenya after qualification

#HarambeeStarlets, the name for Kenya's women's football team, is trending on Twitter in Kenya as people congratulate the team on their first-ever qualification for a continental championship final.

Most people have been comparing the team to their unsuccessful male counterparts - the Harambee Stars. 

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One Tweeter re-purposes CNN's controversial "hotbed of terror" description of Kenya to mark the victory:

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French solider killed in northern Mali

Two French army helicopters
AFP
More than 3,500 French troops are based in West Africa as part of a force to combat Islamist militancy

A French soldier stationed in Mali has been killed when his armoured car drove over a landmine.

France's defence ministry said that the officer was travelling in a logistics convoy heading north from Gao when the explosion hit.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the blast. 

The office of the French president said in a statement on Twitter: 

"President Francois Hollande has learned with sadness of the death of a French soldier, killed this morning in northern Mali".

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Read more: France - the Saharan policeman

Yaya back from injury in time for PSG crunch match

Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be available for his side's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night (18:45 GMT).

The Ivory Coast international has been out for the past few weeks with a knee injury.

Man City and French champions PSG drew 2-2 in the first leg in Paris.  

Thanks to those two away goals in the first leg, a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, or any victory, will be enough to take Manchester City through.  

Read the BBC Sport preview

Yaya Toure
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Mozambican prosecutors 'will not be put off by murder'

Mozambique's attorney general has responded to the murder of a public prosecutor, Marcelino Vilankulo, who was investigating a wave of kidnappings in the country, reports the BBC's Jose Tembe from the capital, Maputo.

He was shot dead outside his home on Monday evening (see 11.30 entry).

Taibo Mucobora said the crime would not affect the work of the Public Prosecutors' Office:

This act will in no way weaken our determination to enforce the law and fight against crime."

Two years ago, a judge was shot dead in Maputo, shortly after authorising the detention of a businessman suspected of involvement in the kidnappings. 

Two presidential candidates claim victory in Comoros election

BBC Monitoring

Two of the three candidates who ran in Sunday's presidential election run-off in Comoros have declared themselves winners of the poll before the announcement of official results, local news website Habarizacomores reports.

Vice-President Ali Soilih and former President Azali Assoumani have both urged their supporters to celebrate, the site adds.

people crowd round a car carrying
Mohamed Ali Soilih
Vice-President Ali Soilih posted photos of supporters gathering around his car early on Monday morning

Official results from the national electoral commission are expected this week.

Children pose for a photo, one with bananas on his head
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The three islands of Anjouan, Grande Comore and Moheli that make up the Comoros have a total population of just under 800,000 people.  

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Kenya women's football team in historic qualification

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Kenya qualified for their first-ever women’s continental football finals with an away goals win over Algeria on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw in Nairobi made the aggregate score 3-3. 

The visiting Algerians took the lead in the first-half with a goal on 21 minutes from Naima Bouheni just after Kenya had a goal disallowed for offside. 

Kenya looked like they would be knocked out until the 79th minute when a free-kick from Cherish Avilla secured the draw the Harambee Starlets needed. 

They join hosts Cameroon as well as Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Egypt in November’s finals of the Africa Women Cup of Nations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has tweeted about the qualification:

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Kenyan media have been tweeting pictures from the game:

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Kenya Airways boss promises turnaround

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya Airways boss Mbuvi Ngunze has told the BBC that the airline will return to profitability in a year. 

The carrier is in the middle of a critical recovery plan following more than three years of massive losses. 

During the last financial year, the airline lost more than $250m (£175m).

But, in a twist, last weekend it was named the leading African airline at the prestigious World Travel Awards, unseating South African Airlines for the first time in more than 20 years. 

Mr Ngunze says Kenya’s national carrier had been caught in a perfect storm in the last four years as travel was hit by security concerns and fears about Ebola. 

Mbuvi Ngunze
Reuters
Kenya Airways boss Mbuvi Ngunze says the airline's fortunes will change

Are Rwanda's buses first stop towards a cashless future?

Rwandan buses are switching to cashless payment. 

A victory for technological progress, but what will happen to the traditional bus conductor?

Read the full story from journalist Chris Matthews.

Picture of inside of a bus fitted with the new cashless payment system
AC Group
Rwanda's new cashless Tap and Go awards
AC Group
The cashless bus card may be a sign of more technological advances to come in the Rwandan capital, Kigali
new cashless ticket machine on bus in Rwanda
AC Group
Money that goes to drivers and conductors in the cash system now goes direct to the bus company

Two Zambia journalists charged with defaming president

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

Zambian police have officially charged two journalists working for the privately-owned Post newspaper for defaming President Edgar Lungu.

Funga Mukosha and Joan Chirwa have been jointly along with Erick Chanda, leader of the opposition 4th Revolution Party. 

They are due to appear in court on 18 April. 

This is in connection with a story where Mr Chanda is said to have defamed President Lungu in comments he made last year about a holiday the president took shortly after his inauguration.  

The journalists have both been released on a police bond.

Edgar Lungu
AFP
President Lungu faces an election in August

DR Congo agree to play at Cosafa Cup

African Nations Championship winners Democratic Republic of Congo have accepted an invitation to participate in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup in Namibia in June.

DR Congo will replace the Comoros Islands, who withdrew for a second successive year.

Originally scheduled for May, the tournament is now being staged from 11 to 25 June after hosts Namibia requested a change of dates.

DR Congo celebrate their CHAN victory
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DR Congo won the 2016 Chan

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South Sudan rebels 'beaten up' in Juba

Mr Kiir (L) and Mr Machar
Reuters
Rivalry between Mr Kiir (L) and Mr Machar transformed into open conflict in late 2013

A spokesman for rebels in South Sudan says security officials have arrested and severely beaten members of their publicity team, days before the expected arrival of rebel leader Riek Machar (see entry at 09:03), the Associated Press news agency reports. 

Mr Machar's arrival in the capital Juba is being viewed as a vital step towards ending the country's civil war.

He is due to take up the position of vice-president in a new unity government, agreed as part of a peace deal. 

The second most senior member of Mr Machar's SPLM-IO rebel group has arrived in the capital Juba in the past few minutes. 

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Their attempt to canvass support ahead of his arrival led to their arrest, according to an SPLM-IO spokesman, quoted by local Radio Tamazuj.

Italy foreign minister meets new Libya government in Tripoli

The Italian foreign minister has held talks in Tripoli with the head of Libya's new unity government, Fayez Seraj. 

Paolo Gentiloni is the first European official to visit Libya since a UN-backed government was installed in the capital two weeks ago. 

Libya's former colonial ruler, along with other Western governments, has offered support to the new government, in the hope that it will unite the country and combat Islamic State militants. 

The unity government is meant to replace two rival governments backed by armed factions, which established themselves after the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Italian foreign ministry has been tweeting photos from the meeting:

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AFP news agency's own reporter is excited about the significance of the visit:

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Read more: Has Libya pulled back from the brink?

Africa to be hit by slower economic growth in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) economic growth forecasts for the continent have been revised downwards, in line with a less rosy view of global economic performance.

In its latest report it says that growth in sub-Saharan Africa's economy this year "is expected to remain weak" at 3%, which is lower than forecast last year.

The continent's oil exporting countries - especially Angola and Nigeria - have been particularly hard hit by a fall in the oil price.

Forecasts have been dramatically revised downwards for Nigeria.

The economy is now expected to grow by 2.3% this year as opposed to 4.1%, a figure predicted by the IMF in January.

Drought has also had an impact on some countries, notably Ethiopia.

Last year it was one if the fastest growing economies in the world at 10.2%, but this year growth is forecast at 4.5%.

Ghana is one of the positive stories - with the economy due to grow at 4.5% this year.

The IMF says that Ghana is emerging from problems caused by power shortages.

Oil worker in Nigeria
AFP
Nigeria's economy has been hit by a big fall in oil prices

Senegal Airlines to close after big losses

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

Senegalese authorities have announced that the country's national carrier Senegal Airlines will be replaced by a new one in the coming weeks. 

The move follows a decision by the aviation regulator to revoke the company's air operator's certificate due to major losses and mismanagement.

Finance Minister Ahmadou Ba made the announcement but did not give details on the new company set to replace Senegal Airlines crippled by debt. 

The airline, created in 2009, owes more than $78m (£550m) to creditors, and the union leaders, speaking on behalf of its 229 workers, say they are owed several months' worth of pay. 

Senegal Airlines plane
AFP

Several African airliners are feeling the effects of stiff competition from major carriers. 

Last month, Cape Verde's national airline announced plans to reduce its workforce and to review flight destinations. 

Kenya Airways also recently announced that it would lay off 600 workers.

Yellow fever spreads from Angola to DR Congo

Twenty-one people have died in a yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization says in a statement.

More than 150 people have been infected and some of the cases have been linked to the recent outbreak in neighbouring Angola.

The current yellow fever outbreak in Angola has killed more than 200 people.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito
AFP
Yellow fever is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito

People still queueing for fuel in Nigeria's north-east

The BBC's Stephanie Hegarty, who's on a reporting trip in Yola state in the north-east of Nigeria, says the fuel queues are still long there, and sent us a short video of cars lining up at the filling station.

The country is currently going through a fuel shortage, partly because there's a lack of foreign currency to import petrol and diesel.

Long queues have been seen in many parts of Nigeria.

Junior oil minister Emmanuel Kachikwu said the shortage should be over soon.

Read more: Why is Africa's largest oil producer short of petrol?

Inside Africa's tallest statue - in Senegal

When Africa's tallest statue was completed in Senegal six years ago, there were some critics who thought it was rather extravagant. 

The 49 metre African Renaissance Monument is said to have cost the country some $27m (£19m), which many said should have been spent elsewhere. 

But many tourists find the city's landmark very attractive - take a look inside and outside:

Claims that internet services cut in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region

People in parts of Ethiopia, including the troubled Oromia region, have been unable to use some web messaging applications, including WhatsApp and Twitter, for more than a month, the Bloomberg news agency is reporting.

Ethiopians rely on the state-owned telecoms monopoly Ethio Telecom for their connection to the internet.

Bloomberg quotes one frustrated user as saying that "the blackout is targeted at mobile data connections".

The current wave of protests in Oromia, which broke out last year, have claimed the lives of more than 200 people, according to rights groups, a figure the government disputes. 

The government told Bloomberg that the loss of service is due to connection problem and not a deliberate policy.

Oromo mourners
AFP
People in the Oromia region have long complained of marginalisation by the Ethiopian authorities

World's tallest man arrives in Mauritius

The tallest man in the world, Turkish national Sultan Kösen (8ft 3in; 2.51m) landed in Mauritius this morning, where he was greeted by crowds at the Indian Ocean country's  international airport, local news website Top FM Mauritius reports on its Facebook page:

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (left) from Nepal, the shortest adult to have been verified by Guinness World Records at 21.5in (0.54m) tall, poses with the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey who is 8ft 3in (2.51m) tall. The photocall in London was arranged to mark Guinness World Records Day.
AFP
The world's tallest man poses for a photo in London with the world's smallest man, Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, in 2014

Watch: World's tallest man finds love and settles down

Equatorial Guinea investigated over fielding ineligible players

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

The Confederation of African Football has confirmed to the BBC that they have opened an investigation into the players used by Equatorial Guinea in their qualifying for the Africa Women Cup of Nations. 

Equatorial Guinea qualified for the finals in Cameroon later this year with a 3-2 aggregate win over Mali that they completed on Sunday. 

Yesterday, Equatorial Guinea women's football team were banned from the 2020 Olympic qualifying after they were found to have fielded ineligible players in the qualifiers for the Rio Games later this year. 

They were also thrown out of the women’s qualifiers for the 2012 games in London for a similar reason.

Equatorial Guinea shirt
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Court challenge to early release of murderer of anti-apartheid hero opens

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

The South African government's case challenging the early release of the murderer of anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani has begun at the High Court in Pretoria (see 10:01 entry).

Justice Minister Michael Masutha believes the court was wrong when it ruled that Polish national Janusz Walus should get parole.

His parole sparked outrage in many parts of South Africa, especially when the judge told his widow Limpho Hani to “move on”. 

Ms Hani has described the decision as “very sad for South Africa.”

Chris Hani
AFP
Chris Hani's murder in 1993 threatened the peaceful transition to democracy

Mozambican prosecutor 'gunned down outside home'

The AFP news agency has some more details of the killing of a public prosecutor in Mozambique (see 10.26 entry).

It quotes police spokesman Emidio Mabunda as saying that "Marcelino Vilankulo was killed by gunfire on Tuesday evening as he was in his car and was about to enter his house" in a suburb of the capital, Maputo.

Mr Vilankulo was working on some high-profile abductions involving the kidnapping of businessmen.

The British High Commissioner in Mozambique has condemned the killing:

Shocking. Yet again. Another terrible blow to the rule of law in #Mozambique. Condolences to his family. twitter.com/zitamarnews/st…

Football manager to keep job after calling Nigerian striker 'black idiot'

Marko Nikolic
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A top-flight manager in Slovenia will keep his job despite making a racial slur against one of his own players.

Olimpija Ljubljana boss Marko Nikolic called Blessing Eleke "a black idiot" after the Nigerian scored an equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw against NK Zavrc.

Nikolic said he felt Eleke's goal celebrations went on too long. 

The Serb said he made "an emotional reaction" as it meant there was less time for a winner and "never intended to offend the player racially".

He added: "I spoke to Eleke and he said he understood my reaction because emotional outbursts of this kind can happen."

The club celebrated Eleke's goal with a post on its Twitter feed on Saturday: 

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Kenya 'forced Taiwanese onto China-bound plane'

Taiwan says Kenyan police used guns and tear gas to force 37 of its citizens on to a plane bound for mainland China.

It follows the deportation to mainland China of eight other Taiwanese on Monday, prompting Taiwan to accuse Beijing of "extrajudicial abduction".

Taiwan says some those deported to China had already been acquitted in Kenya on fraud charges. 

China has praised Kenya for supporting its "one-China policy".

China views Taiwan - self-ruling since 1950 - as a renegade region that must be reunited with the mainland.

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Springboks name new coach

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Allister Coetzee, a former assistant coach of the South African rugby team, the Springboks, has been named as the side's new head coach.   

He is the second black man, after Peter de Villiers, to coach an almost exclusively white squad.

The Springboks have always been accused of not having enough racial balance. 

He is seen as a good example of the changes within South African rugby. 

Coetzee said shortly after his appointment was announced that "young players across the colour spectrum are performing and I’m excited”.

Allister Coetzee
AFP

The 1995 Springboks world cup victory was used by President Nelson Mandela in an effort to help heal the racial rifts within the country, but there has been criticism of the slow change pace of change in the sport.  

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Children 'increasingly viewed a a threat' in Boko Haram war

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

For the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, using young children to carry out suicide attacks, is increasingly becoming the weapon of choice.  

Between January 2014 and February 2016 there were 21 attacks in Cameroon, 17 in Nigeria, and two in Chad involving children.

These countries are all bearing the brunt of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed thousands and forced two million people to flee their homes.  

The UN's children's agency, Unicef, says the attacks are creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust. 

Children kidnapped by Boko Haram militants were once seen as victims. 

But now, with an increasing number of them being used for suicide attacks, they’re viewed as a threat.

young woman wearing a veil photographed from behind
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Children and women accounted for 37% of suicide attacks, Unicef said

Read more 'How I almost became a Boko Haram suicide bomber'.

Mozambican public prosecutor shot dead

A Human Rights Watch researcher has tweeted about the murder of a Mozambican public prosecutor.

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Marcelino Vilankulo was killed in front of his home, a Portuguese newspaper is reporting quoting Mozambique sources.

His death comes a year after prominent lawyer Gilles Cistac was murdered.

UN: One in five Boko Haram 'suicide bombers' children

The United Nations says the use of children to carry out attacks, in which they themselves are also killed, for the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram has increased tenfold over the past year. 

The UN children's fund, Unicef, says 44 children were used to carry out such attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria last year, compared with four in 2014. 

It said one in five of these attackers are now children, three quarters of them girls. 

Unicef said the girls are often drugged. 

They then have explosives strapped to their bodies and are forced to carry out attacks.

People queue for rations at an IDP camp
AFP
Child bombers have been used to target IDP camps

Hauwa's story: How I almost became a suicide bomber

Anti-apartheid hero killer's early release challenged

An appeal by South Africa's government against a court's decision to give parole to the killer of liberation hero Chris Hani is due to be heard, ENCA reports.

A judge ruled last month that Janusz Walus should be released after 23 years in prison for the 1993 murder of the South African Communist Party (SACP) leader.

Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha argues that Walus has not shown any remorse, EWN adds.  

The BBC's Omar Mutasa at the Pretoria court snapped Chis Hani's widow, Limpho, alongside the SACP's deputy leader Solly Mapaila, before the the beginning of the hearing.

Chris Hani's widow and others sit outside courtroom
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University of Nairobi suspends students after riots

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The University of Nairobi has suspended 62 students after riots which forced its indefinite closure a week ago.

Students burned down some university offices in protest at the outcome of the student leaders' elections.

In a statement, it said:

"The University of Nairobi has initiated disciplinary process against the following students for participating in student unrest and destruction of public property."

Mining giant challenges Zambians in London court

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

Vedanta Resources is set to challenge whether a court in London can hear a case brought by more than 1,000 Zambian villagers over pollution claims against one of its subsidiaries.

The villagers allege that their water source and farming land were contaminated by copper mining operations, causing them to fall sick and lose their crops. 

The judge will hear arguments from Vedanta that the case should be heard in Zambia because the claimants are Zambian and the damage occurred in Zambia. 

The villagers will say that as Vedanta is UK-based a London court does have jurisdiction.

The 1,826 villagers, represented by London based law firm Leigh Day, are members of four farming communities from Zambia's Copperbelt. 

US condemns South Sudan army attack

The US has condemned "recent attacks" by South Sudan's army (SPLA) on an opposition camp in Wau in the north of the country.

It says in a statement that "these attacks followed a surge of SPLA troops and military equipment into the area". 

It adds that they violate a ceasefire deal signed last year that is supposed to bring to an end to the civil war, which began in December 2013.

The opposition leader Riek Machar is supposed to arrive in the capital, Juba, next week to take up his place as vice president in a new unity government that was agreed as part of the deal.

The US statement also notes reports of opposition attacks on government forces.

South Sudan displaced
AFP
More than two million people have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan

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Today’s African proverb:

Hunger in your brother's house does not prevent you from sleeping."

A Luo proverb sent by Mercy Opar, Nairobi, Kenya, and Maryano Otto, Kampala, Uganda

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