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  1. Nigeria president concerned over failure to pay public worker salaries
  2. South Africa court rules that Zuma charges could be reinstated
  3. South Sudan's new unity cabinet meets for first time
  4. Kenya president says poachers are 'besieging' elephants
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  6. Email stories and comments to - Friday 29 April 2016

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That's all from BBC Africa Live for this week. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

Today’s African proverb:

Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand."

Martin Manyiel Wugol, Juba, South Sudan

And we leave you with this photo of an entertainer during celebrations in In Togo's capital, Lome, on Wednesday to mark 56 years of independence from France.

Man in yellow trousers with facepaint, a curly green wig and

To see the rest of Africa's week in pictures, click here

Fuel tanks lined up in Lagos

One of our readers has sent us this picture of fuel tanks lined up at a filling station in Nigeria's main city of Lagos.

Line of petrol tanks waiting at at a filling station
Ajewoles Sola John

Ajewoles Sola John told us that the fuel scarcity is lessening but petrol stations are refusing to fill up jerry cans.  

Instead, people have to bring the fuel tanks from their generators.

He says that a litre can cost anything between $0.45 and $070.

Please send your pictures and stories to our Whatsapp number +44 7341 070 844.

Burundi postpones political dialogue

Long-delayed peace talks aimed at ending violent political unrest in Burundi have been delayed again, East African regional mediators have said in a statement.

It follows further violence on Thursday, when five people were killed in a gun and grenade attack in an opposition stronghold in the capital, Bujumbura.

More than 400 people have been killed and a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision a year ago to run for a third term. 

The BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge has sent us a copy of the statement confirming the news: 

Copy of the statement

Presidents try to beat ivory trade

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged an end to Africa's illegal ivory trade, saying it means death for elephants and death for tourism. 

He spoke at the beginning of a summit aimed at curbing the trade.

Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba is also at the meeting.

The BBC's Anne Soy asked him what he's doing to tackle the trade.

Facebook leases satellites for wifi across Africa

Facebook's Free Basics already offers free access to a few websites
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Facebook has started to lease three satellites to provide more w-ifi internet in sub-Saharan Africa, reports Quartz.

The business news site points out that this is slightly different from Facebook's Free Basics which offers free access to a limited number of websites.  

That proved controversial and India's telecoms regulator blocked Facebook's Free Basics, ruling that data providers should not favour some online services over others.

It is still available in 37 African countries.

Facebook is experimenting with high-altitude long-endurance planes, satellites and lasers to increase access to the internet. 

The ballet dance troupe started in a Nigerian garage

Lerato Mbele

BBC African Business Report

Off the bustling streets of the Nigerian city Lagos I encountered something totally unexpected - ballet dancers.

A community centre squashed somewhere between a street market selling clothes, a Catholic church and a primary school houses the dancers.

In a derelict building, off the main thoroughfare of the Marina district on Lagos Island is a three-storey block that now houses the Society of Performing Arts Nigeria (Span).

It's a space Sarah Boulos found affordable a few years ago, when she created Span.

Lebanese-Nigerian Mrs Boulos was born in Burkina Faso but moved to Nigeria when her family relocated to expand their business.

Read the full story and watch the video below: 

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Four die after wall collapses during heavy rain in Nairobi

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Four people have been killed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, after a perimeter wall collapsed following heavy rains that are pounding parts of the country. 

Several other people were also injured during the incident. 

Thousands of commuters have been stranded for hours since yesterday after major roads in and out of the capital were flooded. 

Visibility has been very poor on Nairobi's roads.

Is African sport in crisis? BBC Africa Debate

For this month's BBC World Service Africa Debate, which comes from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, our panel of guests has been considering: Is there a failure of leadership in African sport?

With a bit more, here's one of the presenters Farayi Muganzi, explaining why it's such a big issue: 

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You can listen to the full debate on the BBC World Service at 19:00 GMT. 

Here's a taster of the discussion, featuring Mwangi Muthee, the former chairman of Rugby Kenya, attempting to tackle the question at hand: 

Read more: Own goal? Africa's shambolic sports management

Floods causing chaos in parts of Kenya

A second day of heavy rain in parts of Kenya has flooded roads and damaged buildings.

The Red Cross has tweeted that a perimeter wall has collapsed near the Department of Defence.

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Kenya's Star Newspaper is saying that four people died when the wall collapsed and has posted dramatic footage:

Footage of wall collapsing

The Red Cross is also reporting that roads have been cut off to Turkana, north-west Kenya.

View more on twitter well as partly blocking a road to Garissa in the east:

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UN: People with albinism in Malawi 'face being wiped out'

People with albinism in Malawi "face the risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done,” according to the UN's independent expert on the condition.

“Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack," Ikponwosa Ero said on a visit to the country. 

“The frequent involvement of close relatives in cases of attacks is highly disturbing, and persons with albinism are unable to trust even those who are supposed to care for and protect them," she added.

According to the police, 65 cases have been recorded since late 2014.

The British High Commission in Malawi has been tweeting from a meeting it held with Nigerian Ms Ero, who was herself born with albinism:

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In pictures: Albinism and perceptions of beauty

Fancy a round of golf in northern Nigeria?

Have you got any plans for the weekend?

Well, if you find yourself in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, you could try out the golf course.

We've been contacted by one of our readers, Lawrence Coelho, who sent us photographs of the course, including the greens, which he says are more like browns.

Brown putting green
Lawrence Coelho

Lawrence writes that the course was built by the British in 1908.

There is also a metal chair, on which its said that Prince Edward sat when he visited the course.

Chair saying 'Prince Edward Chair'
Lawrence Coelho

Lawrence (pictured second left) says that the temperatures are currently reaching 41C and there is no watering system in place.

He says that the golfers are trying to keep some things green using water from a borehole.

Group of golfers
Lawrence Coelho

And according to the club records it looks like Lawrence is quite a player, getting two holes in one in 2012.

Hole in one board
Lawrence Coelho

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Algerian president back after medical trip

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has returned home after a five-day medical visit to Geneva, Switzerland, according to the country's state news agency, the Associated Press news agency reports.

No further details were given about the president's condition, with the visit described as a "periodic medical check-up''.

President Bouteflika suffered a stroke in April 2013, after which he spent three months in France receiving treatment. 

Since wining a fourth term in 2014, he has only been seen in footage and photographs carried on state television, feeding rumours about the state of his health.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Motorcycle ambulances for Ugandan patients in remote areas

Siraj Kalyango

BBC Swahili, Kampala

Due to a lack of ambulance services in some remote parts of Uganda, locals have come up with ingenious way of transporting the sick, using motorcycle ambulances. 

They are called Boda Boda Ambulances, after the popular motorcycle taxis of the same name. 

I spotted this one at Kyetume community health centre, in Uganda's central Mukono District.

Uganda motorcycle ambulance

Former South Sudan enemies sit down together

Pictures have come through of South Sudan's new unity government holding its first meeting today.

President Salva Kiir can bee seen chairing the meeting:

President Kiir chairing cabinet meeting

His former rival and leader of the rebel forces during the civil war, Riek Machar, who is now the new first vice-president, was also at the table.

Riek Machar at the table

The August 2015 peace deal divided the 30 ministerial posts between allies of the two men, as well as members of South Sudanese opposition parties.

Ministers standing up at meeting

Nigeria's Buhari 'disturbed by hardship of state workers'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he was "very disturbed by the hardship which state government workers across the country and their families were facing due to the non-payment of salaries", according to a statement on his Facebook page.  

He said that nearly two-thirds of the country's 36 states are having trouble paying salaries.

Nigerians writing on the BBC Africa Facebook page are not impressed:

The so-called "change" of the APC government in Nigeria is becoming a total disaster. Most of the states that have funds are APC controlled and today they can't even account for the money they received from the federal government. "

Joshua Spreeding

But in response Lawrence Agusah said this is not just an issue connected to Mr Buhari's governing APC party:

It will interest you to know that this problem started way before Mr Buhari became president, and it was as a result of massive looting of government money. The economy was, and still is, in a bad shape."

Antony Haramakwere says Nigerians are not feeling the benefits of the country's strong economic growth: 

It is at that moment people need to realise that being Africa's largest economy doesn't mean anything for the common people. It only has a meaning in the books of the World Bank."

President Buhari shakes hand of China's Xi Jinping
President Buhari was in China recently looking for more investment to support the economy

Guinea football brought under Fifa control

Fifa has appointed a normalisation committee to take charge of Guinea's Football Federation (FGF).

Football's world governing body acted following the "internal wrangles affecting the FGF that have halted all football competitions in Guinea".

The committee, whose members will be selected by Fifa and the Confederation of African Football, will be tasked to organise FGF elections by 28 February.

Guinea national team line up for photo

Read the full BBC Sport story

Police patrol Mozambique's capital but there is no protest

A researcher for rights group Human Rights Watch has tweeted an aerial video of police vehicles patrolling the streets of Mozambique's capital, Maputo. 

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They were out ahead of what was supposed to be an anti-government protest over the undisclosed debts that the government has recently admitted to having.

But Ms Machado has told the BBC that it turns out that there were just rumours of a protest.

The BBC's Jose Tembe in Maputo says that the police response has led to fewer public transport vehicles on the road and fewer people going to work. 

More rain in Nairobi as city tries to recover from deluge

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been hit by heavy rain for a second day in a row.

The rain came down just as the authorities were trying to clean up from the after effects of Thursday's downpour.

The BBC's Abdinoor Aden took these pictures of a digger trying to clear up the mess:

Digger trying to clean up the mud in Nairobi
Digger trying to clean up the mud in Nairobi

With the rain falling again, the BBC's Abdullahi Yusuf snapped the cars trying to make it through the water on one of Nairobi's main streets:

Cars driving through flooded street

What's on Zuma's spy mix tape

The cartoonists behind South Africa's satirical Madam & Eve strip have tweeted a Zuma court decision special.

The case at the high court revolved around whether the national prosecutor was correct to drop the charges against President Jacob Zuma after having listened to secretly recorded phone conversations. He said they suggested there was political interference involved in the case.

These have become known as the spy tapes.

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Kenyatta: We will not stand by as we lose our elephants

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been talking to heads of state and other dignitaries who have got together to discuss how to protect Africa's wildlife.

Extracts form his speech have been posted on his Twitter account:

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The meeting will be followed on Saturday with the burning of more than 100 tonnes of ivory - nearly the entire stock of ivory confiscated by Kenya, amounting to the tusks of more than 6,700 elephants.

Workers have spent the past week constructing the pyres which will be lit on Saturday.

The BBC's Abdinoor Aden snapped them doing their job:

Men moving metalwork structure for ivory pyre
Ivory pyre

It is actually very hard to destroy ivory, and it takes about a week to burn. Read more here.

Redknapp for Super Eagles rumours finally put to rest?

Nigeria's Super Eagles are looking for a permanent coach, but despite recent rumours, it looks like it definitely won't be ex-Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, as our BBC Africa Sports reporter tweets:

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Read more: Nigerian football flounders in the dark

Egypt's El Sherbini cruises into World squash final

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Egypt's Nour El Sherbini booked her place in tomorrow's final of the delayed 2015 Women's World Squash Championship in Malaysia, easily beating compatriot Nouran Gohar 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-5) in an all Egyptian semi-final.

El Sherbini will now face top seed Laura Massaro of England, who beat Raneem El Welily, also of Egypt, in today's other semi-final.

Nour El Sherbini of Egypt (L) plays a forehand against her compatriot Nouran Gohar (R) during their semi-final match
Nour El Sherbini of Egypt (L) in action against compatriot Nouran Gohar (R) earlier

Has an amateur diver found an ancient city off Tanzania?

An amateur diver believes he’s found what could be an ancient city off the coast of Tanzania, reports local newspaper the Dar Post:

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Alan Sutton said in his diving blog that he was in a helicopter on his way to Mafia island when he “spotted an unusually shaped formation in the water”. 

He went back to the site at low tide and saw 2 miles (3.5km) of long ruins. He describes them as thousands of square and oblong blocks resembling sand stone.

If they are indeed sandstone the logistics of getting it there would have been “formidable”, he speculates.

He estimates that the ruins are at least 550 years old.

This is based on the size of the porites coral on the walls – some are 2.5 metres in width and he says they grow at 4.5 mm a year.

Kenya prepares bonfire of the ivories

Kenya is preparing to burn more than 100 tonnes of ivory on Saturday, as it hosts a high-profile summit focusing on how to save elephants from extinction.

The amount is equivalent to nearly the entire stock of ivory confiscated by Kenya, amounting to the tusks of more than 6,700 elephants.

The BBC's Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead, who has spent the past two months carrying out a special investigation into the illegal ivory trade, has been tweeting from the scene of tomorrow's burning:

Read more: The War on Elephants (special report)

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You can watch Alastair's Facebook Live video discussion from the burn site here

Analysis: Corruption charges now closer for Zuma

Karen Allen

BBC Southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

President Jacob Zuma is one step closer to having nearly 800 corruption charges reinstated against him, after the high court judge said that a move to withdraw the charges surrounding a multi-billion dollar arms deal, was irrational. 

It follows the decision in 2009 to drop corruption and racketeering charges against Mr Zuma just before he was sworn in as president because of claims that the decision to charge him was politically motivated. 

The judgement is a damning indictment of the prosecuting authorities back in 2009 and leaves the door open for President Jacob Zuma to face fresh battles in court over his integrity, just at a time when his political survival is being tested to the full.

Jacob Zuma
President Zuma could now face corruption charges

Central to the original dropping of the case were the so called spy tapes, secretly recorded conversations between South Africa's spy chief and the former top prosecutor, in which it's alleged they planned to block Mr Zuma's ascent to become South Africa's president. 

Today's move now means that the National Prosecuting Authority will have to decide whether to reopen the case against President Zuma. 

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, which asked for the dropping of the charges to be reviewed, said it was an important case for democracy and showed that no one was above the law. 

Mmusi Maimane
Mmusi Maimane hailed the judge's decision

Trans woman: 'I left Nigeria to save my life'

A Nigerian transgender woman says she tried to kill herself twice because of the pressure in her home country. 

Miss saHHara moved to the UK about 12 years ago. 

Learn more about the BBC's Identity season or join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #BBCIdentity.

'I left Nigeria to save my life'

SA judge: Zuma should face charges

In delivering his ruling that the corruption charges against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma should not have been dropped, Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said he should now face the charges.

He was commenting on prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe's decision to withdraw the charges saying there had been "political interference" in the case and Mr Zuma would be denied a fair trial.

This was based on tapes of phone conversations which it was alleged showed the head of the corruption busting Scorpions unit Leonard McCarthy trying to influence the timing of the case. 

The judge said:

Considering the situation in which he found himself Mr Mpshe ignored the importance of the oath of office which commanded him to act independently and without fear and favour.

It is thus our view that the envisaged prosecution against Mr Zuma was not tainted by the allegations against Mr McCarthy. Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment."

It is now up to the National Prosecuting Authority to decide on whether to reinstate the charges.

Saved circus lions head to South Africa sanctuary

Lion in a cage

More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru are to be flown to a sanctuary in South Africa.

The group organising the return, Animal Defenders International (ADI), says it will be the largest ever airlift of lions.

The US-based group says almost all of the animals have been mutilated in captivity. Some are declawed and have broken teeth, and one has lost an eye.

In South Africa, the lions will be released at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, the organisers say.

This is a hugely important rescue mission because it does make a statement around the world about the way people treat animals"

ADI spokeswoman Jan Creamer

Read the full BBC News story 

South Africa president to consider judgement

The office of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has now published a statement on the high court ruling that at decision to drop corruption charges against the president should be reviewed:

As a party to the proceedings, the president has noted the decision of the court and will give consideration to the judgement and its consequences and the remedies available in terms of our law."

South Sudan's new cabinet poses for team photo

Members of South Sudan's newly formed government of national unity (see earlier post at 09:23), which it's hoped will help end more than two years of civil war,  have been posing for photographs in the capital, Juba, this morning. 

President Salva Kiir can be seen sitting in the middle, with his newly appointed First Vice-President Riek Machar beside him in the red tie. 

Mr Machar has been vice-president once before, but was sacked in July 2013. He fled Juba in December that year at the start of the civil war.

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ANC: Ruling is not about the merits of allegations against Zuma

South Africa's governing ANC has stressed that today's high court ruling "did not deal with the merits of any allegations against President [Jacob] Zuma".

A judge ruled this morning that a 2009 decision by the national prosecutor to drop corruption charges against the president should be reviewed.

In a statement the ANC added that the court did not make "any finding declaring guilt on any matter".

It goes on: "The ANC has consistently supported the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied... [and] is pleased that it now appears closer to a resolution".

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South Africa's President Zuma 'notes' court decision

The Associate Editor of South Africa's Daily Maverick has been tweeting the reaction of the presidency to the high court ruling that could lead to corruption charges against him being reinstated:

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SA court ruling 'not damaging to ANC'

South Africa's governing ANC has reacted to today's judgement that paves the way for corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma to be reinstated, Reuters news agency reports.

It quotes the ANC as saying that the judgement has not dented the image of the party ahead of August's local elections.

Zuma case relates to arms deal where there was 'no corruption'

The corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma that now could be reinstated relate to a 1999 multi-million dollar arms deal by the South African government, when he was deputy president.

The charges against Mr Zuma were dropped in 2009 before he became president.

But last week the president made public the finding of a commission of inquiry set up to look at the allegations.

He announced that it found no evidence against any government officials of the time.

He said money had been paid for consultancy services "and nothing else".

Buhari 'very concerned over failure to pay public worker salaries'

The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari says he is very concerned that nearly two-thirds of the country's 36 states are unable to pay their workers' salaries despite receiving a bailout from the federal government. 

Mr Buhari said he would try to make more money available, but warned the federal government was also facing financial difficulties. 

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, has been hit hard by the global slump in prices.

President Buhari at the lectern
State House

Read more: Nigeria's 'eight-year-old teachers' draw salaries

SA decision shows rule of law is 'alive and well'

Former leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille has been tweeting her reaction to the decision by the high court that paves the way for corruption charges against the president to be reinstated:

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It was the DA which brought the case to review the prosecutor's decision to drop the charges to court.

SA opposition leader: Zuma must face prosecution

The Leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance party, which bought the case in the high court, has been reacting to this morning's ruling. 

Mmusi Maimane called it "a great victory for the rule of law", saying: "ultimately we believe that Jacob Zuma must face prosecution."

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High Court judge: Zuma corruption case U-turn 'inexplicable'

Here's an excerpt from the ruling by a South African High Court judge, which has opened the way for the reinstatement of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, which were dropped in 2009:

The record reflects that he [the prosecutor] still had the view that the prosecution must continue even after he was briefed on the content of the tapes. His sudden inexplicable turn around on this matter is clearly irrational."

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba

The case focussed on why the prosecutor changed his mind.

Zuma corruption case: background

Today's case at the Pretoria High Court relates to corruption charges brought against Jacob Zuma over a multi-million dollar arms deal made in 1999 - before Mr Zuma became president.

The charges were dropped in 2009 when the chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe said phone-tap evidence suggested political interference in the investigation.

Mr Zuma then went on to become president.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance brought the case to have the prosecutor's decision reviewed.

This was after it had got hold of the tape recordings - now known as the "spy tapes".

Mr Zuma has always denied allegations of graft.

SA court ruling opens the way for charges to be reinstated

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

The judge has finished reading his ruling in the case on whether corruption charges should have been dropped against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma.

His ruling opens the door for the charges to be reinstated. 

The decision on whether to reinstate them rests with the the National Prosecuting Authority.