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Summary

  1. Uganda's leader in surprise cabinet appointments
  2. Nigeria's ex-president probed for corruption
  3. Current president to see ear specialist in London
  4. AU troops in Somalia arrested for selling military equipment
  5. Deadly protest in Kenya against electoral commission
  6. Boko Haram captures key key town in Niger

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By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

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

A reminder of today's wise words:

If you neglect a small pot, it will boil and quench the fire."

An Igbo proverb sent by Emeka Emmanuel, Ogidi, Nigeria.

Click here to send us your African proverbs

And we leave you with this picture from Senegal's capital Dakar:  

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Giant ants crawl over dress at Dakar Fashion Week

Senegal's capital Dakar is in the middle of its own fashion week - which wraps up on Wednesday.

The BBC's Raissa Ioussouf has been at the catwalk shows all weekend - which included this see-through dress covered in giant ants by Moroccan designer Inass Saghdaoui:

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The designer wants to show that Morocco's fashion is not only about traditional clothing.

Conversely Senegalese designer Bineta Sallsao's specialty is African print weaving: 

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Boko Haram 'offensive' in Niger

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Regional forces have battled to defeat Boko Haram

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has retaken the town of Bosso in south-eastern Niger following overnight fighting with troops from Niger and Nigeria, the mayor of Bosso and a military source have said, Reuters news agency reports. 

The group first captured the town near the border with Nigeria on Friday, killing 30 soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria, Reuters reports. 

Soldiers regained the town on Saturday, only for it to fall to the militants again, Niger's defence ministry was quoted as saying. 

Read: The town that lost its girls

Ugandan president's wife made education minister

President Yoweri Museveni and Uganda's first lady, Janet (L) greet supporters at Kololo airstrip 15 December 2005 following his nomination at Namboole Stadium.
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has appointed a new cabinet, giving his wife a top post. 

The BBC reporter in Kampala has been picking out the most surprising appointments:

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Woman charged over 'IS-linked plot' in Kenya

Police in Kenya have charged the wife of a medic suspected of planning an anthrax attack of being a member of the militant Islamic State (IS) group, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

Nuseiba Mohammed Haji, wife of medical intern Mohammed Ali Abdi, is accused of being an accomplice in a foiled plan by IS-linked extremist medics to carry out an anthrax attack in Kenya. 

Haji, a medical student extradited from Uganda, denied the charges when appearing before a magistrate in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. 

Read: What does IS want? 

'Looters not protesters' shot in Kisumu

Protestors burn a vehicle on June 06, 2016 in Kisumu, during demonstrations led by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD's) opposition party
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Blockades were set up in the middle of Kisumu streets

A spokesman for Kenya's  presidency has got in touch with us to dispute our previous reports on shootings in western Kenya's Kisumu city.

Manoah Esipisu said that those shot were looters and not protesters. 

He added that they had stormed and looted two supermarkets, barricaded roads and harassed motorists.

Nigeria's ex-leader 'investigated for corruption'

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Mr Jonathan was widely praised for giving up power

Nigeria's ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has said he has been investigated for corruption by his successor Muhammadu Buhari's government.

"Of course, obviously, they investigated and I’ve been investigated,” he said in a Bloomberg Television interview. 

He declined to say what the investigations might reveal, saying he wanted to leave Mr Buhari's government to do its job. 

Mr Buhari has accused former government officials of stealing billions of dollars, but Mr Jonathan said his administration had done "very well" in curbing corruption.  

Mr Jonathan denied Mr Buhari's claim that he left behind a "virtually empty treasury" when he left office last year. 

“There’s no way he would have inherited an empty treasury. It’s not possible,” he said.  

Mr Jonathan was succeeded by Mr Buhari last May. He was the first president to hand power voluntarily after losing elections. 

Read: Profile of Jonathan

Egypt police cancel metal band's 'satanic party'

Guitarist Andreas Kisser of Sepultura performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 9, 2015 in Las Vegas,
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Police shut down a “satanic party” in Egypt's capital Cairo featuring Brazilian death metal band Sepultura, reports IQ music news site.

It goes on to say an Egyptian musician and concert promoter was arrested on Saturday night.

But Septura goes only so only go as far as to say on Facebook that last weekend's show was cancelled due to "bureacratic unresolved issues". 

Australia 'warn of SA terror attack'

A South African journalist tweets:

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We reported earlier that the US and the UK have warned of terror attacks in South Africa.

South Africa has said their is no imminent danger of attack.

Circus lions rescued from Columbia die

Two lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and brought to a South African refuge in April have died, reports Reuters. 

Animal Defenders International (ADI) said the lions, called Rapunzel and Kala, died from a botulism toxin to which most lions are resistant. 

Other cats in the group were also exposed to the toxin but responded positively to treatment.   

They were from a group of 33 rescued lions from South America:

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What does today's proverb mean?

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Every day we share a proverb from a reader. But some days we need a little help with interpreting the wise words.

Take today's wise words:

If you neglect a small pot, it will boil and quench the fire."

An Igbo proverb sent by Emeka Emmanuel, Ogidi, Niger

So we have turned to our trusty Facebook commentors to explain it to us.

Ellen Robbins suggests:

In general terms, it means to me that by ignoring a small responsibilty you risk losing your power."

While Lydia Richardson suggests:

The longer we wait to start treatment, it's likely the longer we wait for cure."

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send your proverb.

Three African women in the Forbes most powerful list

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has already received the Nobel Peace Prize

Three African women feature in today's list of the 100 most powerful women in the world compiled by Forbes magazine:

  • Folorunsho Alakija (80th on the list) swtiched from the fashion industry to oil, to get involved in one of Nigeria's largest deepwater discoveries as vice president of Famfa Oil.  
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (83rd on the list) is commended for being able to "negotiate settlements, rebuild infrastructure, and lift sanctions" as president of Liberia after the civil war.
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (96th on the list) is "working to advance awareness of global warming" as president of Mauritius and formerly a biodiversity scientist.

Kenyan opposition protest ends in Nairobi

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

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Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga addressed crowds in Nairobi

While demonstrations in western Kenya have become violence, protests in Nairobi have ended peacefully. 

Opposition leaders drove past the electoral commission's offices. 

There were no police officers on the roads used by demonstrators. 

There were a few inside the compound of the building that hosts the electoral commission.

The opposition party used so-called peace marshals to control protesters. 

I witnessed the marshals join hands to form a cordon outside the electoral commission's gate to prevent protesters from going near the building.

Five-year-old hit by bullet at Kenyan protests

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Bullet taken out of boy;s back
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Doctors in Kisumu, western Kenya, have pulled out a bullet from the body of a five-year-old boy after opposition protests there were violently disrupted by police.

A local reporter says two people are now confirmed dead, but the boy survived. 

The police have not commented.

We have been reporting all day that there have been clashes between police and protesters in Kisumu.

The opposition has been holding weekly demonstrations against the electoral commission, which it says is biased.  

Amisom confirm African Union troops arrests

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Amisom has over 22,000 peacekeepers in Somalia

In our 09:09 post we reported that Somali police had said African Union peacekeepers had been arrested for selling military supplies including petrol, sandbags and improvised detonators.

At the time the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) had only said that they were looking into the case. 

They have since confirmed the arrests.

Amisom has added in a statement they were working with the Somali police on the arrests.

The statement said that Amisom "exercises zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct" and those who break the rules "will be met with the full might of the law". 

Burundi journalist arrested

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Unrest started in Burundi when the president announced he would run for a third term last year

A Burundian journalist was arrested Sunday by police in the Cibitoke province in the north west of the country, reports BBC Afrique.

Egide Ndayisenga is a 28-year-old journalist for Bonesha FM, the report adds.    

Colleagues have confirmed the arrest, saying they were "concerned" about his fate after he was passed on to the "dreaded" national intelligence service.

Read: Tit-for-tat killings spread fear

Buhari: Should he be treated in the UK?

Opinion is strongly divided among our Facebook readers on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to fly to London to "rest" and receive treatment for an ear infection.  

Mose Ngumy says: 

He should go to local health facilities like every other Nigerian. That way he will see the need to improve health care for those who are not privileged to seek medical care abroad."

Njoku Bright Joe takes a different view: 

Get well soon Mr President. You need to come back quick, sir, and lead from the front like real generals do. Niger Delta Avengers are waiting! The economy is also waiting sir! Nigerians are waiting for you to deliver on your promises."

Blackstar Deng Bol adds:

Buhari was right to travel because he is not the first to do that. It is common among African leaders.

UK warns of 'terror attacks' in SA

The UK has warned of possible terror attacks in South Africa, 

 "There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town," Reuters news agency quotes a government statement as saying.  

The US issued a similar warning on Saturday, but South Africa said no "imminent danger" was facing the country. 

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The US and UK have warned that shopping centres could be attacked

Nigeria's ex-President Babangida 'not dead'

Habiba Adamu

BBC Africa, Abuja

An aide of Nigeria's former ruler Ibrahim Babangida has dismissed rumours that he was dead.  

Nma Kolo told me that Mr Babangida was in Germany for a routine medical check-up.

Earlier, the rumour was published on Twitter:  

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Nigeria blasphemy killings condemned

Muslim faithful observe afternoon prayers outside the central mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 29, 2014
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Roughly half of Nigeria's population is Muslim

Nigeria's most influential Muslim body has condemned the killing of Christians in religious riots which broke out last week. 

Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the killings were criminal, and could never take place in the name of Islam. 

It called on people to pray for peace in Nigeria, "bearing in mind that without Nigeria there will be no Nigerians".

Bridget Agbahime was killed on Thursday in the main northern city of Kano after being accused of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad. 

Earlier in the week, four people were killed in central Niger state in riots triggered by similar allegations.  

Warning to EU about working with Omar al-Bashir

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The New Statesmen reported last month that leaked proposals by the European Union aimed to give aid to Sudan, lead by Omar al-Bashir to curb migration to Europe.

But the Dutch peace organisation Pax warns today this could actually have the opposite affect - as it isn't tackling conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Eastern Sudan. 

PAX goes on to say in a statement that the new EU aid to Sudan Could "improve the capacities of an abusive regime".  

Kenya protesters 'wounded'

Six protesters in Kenya's western city of Kisumu are being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds, the Red Cross has said, AFP news agency reports. 

Police and protesters have clashed in the city as the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy protest nationwide against the electoral commission, accusing it of bias. 

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Protesters burnt tyres in the middle of the road

Dead protester's body 'used to close road'

 Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper is reporting about the situation in the western town of Kisumu following clashes between police and protesters:

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Reporter Achola Simon has taken these pictures of the scene recently:

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The presidents who get medical treatment abroad

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This clinic in Paris is reportedly where the Algerian president was treated

The news that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be seeking medical treatment abroad is nothing new for an African president.

We tend to learn that other presidents have travelled abroad to get medical treatment after they die in hospital.

In 2012 Guinea-Bissau's President Malam Bacai Sanha died in hospital in France.

The South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper gave Zambia "the dubious distinction" of having two sitting presidents die abroad.

President Levy Mwanawasa died in France in 2008 and Michael Sata in the UK in 2014.

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Mr Mwanawasa died after suffering two strokes

And current President Edgar Lungu has also travelled abroad for a throat operation in 2015.

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika spent nearly three months in France getting medical treatment after a mini-stroke in 2013. Then three years later he had five days of medical treatment in Switzerland.

And most recently, Zimbabwe's News Day reports that their President Robert Mugabe was in Singapore last week, where they say he frequently gets medical treatment.

'Two dead' in Kenya

Opposition protesters have been blocking roads with tyres
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At least two protesters have been shot dead at an opposition rally held in western Kenya's Kisumu city to demand the dissolution of the election commission, an opposition official has said, Reuters news agency reports. 

Police fired into the air to disperse a crowd trying to march to the commission's offices in Kisumu, a witness is quoted by Reuters as saying. 

"We have confirmed two people shot dead," said Dennis Onyango, spokesman for opposition leader Raila Odinga. 

Mr Odinga is expected to run against President Uhuru Kenyatta in election next year. He wants the commission to be replaced, saying it is biased.  

SA dismisses US terror threat

August 28, 2014 at the Sandton shopping center in Johannesburg, South Africa
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The US says shopping centres could be targeted

South Africa is not under "immediate danger" of attack by militant Islamists, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has said.

On Saturday, the US issued a terror alert, warning that militants were planning to attack places where US citizens congregated, like shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town, ahead of the Islamic month of Ramadan, which begins in South Africa on Tuesday.  

"We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert," Mr Mahlobo said in a statement.   

South Africa's News24 site says the US embassy came under criticism on Sunday from the Department of International Affairs spokesman Clayson Monyela for issuing the alert. 

"The last advisory by @USEmbassySA to US citizens in SA warning of an 'imminent attack' proved to be a false alarm. I see there's another 1," the tweet said.  

The tweet was later deleted. 

Buhari 's health announcement: Was it too late?

Jimeh Saleh

BBC Hausa service acting editor

Muhammadu Buhari
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Mr Buhari has flown to London for treatment

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's ear infection was first reported by local media last month after he cancelled an official trip to the commercial capital, Lagos. 

But hours after the report, a presidential spokesman issued a statement insisting that the 73-year-old was “hale and hearty” saying he couldn’t make it to Lagos simply because of “scheduling difficulties”.

Concerns over Mr Buhari's health also grew after he cancelled a much publicised trip to the oil-rich Niger Delta last week.

The presidency has been tight lipped since then until last night’s confirmation of the rumours.

Many think news of their president’s illness should have first come from an official source rather the grapevine.   

When he was asked about his trip as he boarded a flight for London, Mr Buhari said: "Is there anyone who doesn't fall sick." 

Somali president arrives in Dadaab refugee camp

The BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay has taken these pictures of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arriving at Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya:

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Dadaab
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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Dadaab
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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Dadaab
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Kenya has said it plans to close the complex by November and repatriate some 300,000 Somali refugees.

The Somali president will later travel to Nairobi to meet his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss the decision.

'One killed' in Kenyan opposition protest

We are getting reports that one person has died at opposition protests in Kisumu, western Kenya.

We have not verified the reports yet, but this is one of various tweets giving details:

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The protesters are demanding the electoral body be scrapped and a new one be appointed.

The Citizen reports that one of the leaders in the opposition alliance is threatening to increase the frequency of protests:

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AU's Ramadan message

The African Union chief has sent out a message on Twitter to coincide with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset:   

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Why do African leaders go abroad for medical treatment?

In our 09:04 post we reported that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will take off the next 10 days to "rest" in London and to undergo treatment for an ear infection.  

So we asked on our Facebook page why African leaders have to go abroad for medical treatment and have had many responses.

Here are a few.

Yangora Adam Mani from Nigeria says: 

Because our hospitals have been ill equipped. I guess due to persistent corruption and the quest for a more classic luxurious life by our leaders, so they always want the best treatment overseas."

Rfred Manjawira from Malawi says:

Self denial, self hate and inferiority complex. Anything that comes from the West is the best. And it's also because they can't deliver good health services in their countries. Shame on African leaders."

Mark Scholes argues:

Because they can't be bothered to build such hospitals in Africa. They are selfish leaders."

Victor Kelechi from Nigeria adds:

The annoying aspect is that the Nigerian presidential villa clinic got the highest budget allocation this year, but it is not good enough for the president."

AU troops caught 'red-handed'

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AU troops are battling militant Islamists in Somalia

Somalia’s police chief Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud said the African Union (AU) soldiers were caught "red-handed" selling military equipment to civilians, including petrol, sandbags and detonators. 

The five had been under surveillance for a while, and police had been investigating "repeated claims" that equipment and other resources meant for AU troops were "ending up in the hands of people who were misusing them", he told reporters in the capital, Mogadishu.

It’s the first time that AU forces are arrested in Somalia since they were deployed nine years ago.  

Somalia’s Interior Minister Abdirizak Omar Mohamed said it was clear that AU forces were involved in illegal trade:

It may also explain why insecurity in increasing in Somalia. We have arrested those who were involved and we will bring them to book."

AU troops 'arrested' in Somalia

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

Somalia's security forces have arrested five African Union peacekeepers and 10 Somalis for allegedly selling military supplies, Somali police have said. 

The nationalities of the peacekeepers have not been disclosed and it is not clear whether the Somalis were civilians or soldiers. 

The AU force in Somalia said on Twitter: 

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Buhari has ear infection

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Mr Buhari was elected to office last year

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will take off the next 10 days to "rest" in London and to undergo treatment for an ear infection, his office has said. 

Speculation about the 73-year-old president's health has been growing for weeks after he cancelled three official engagements. 

"President Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London from Monday June 6th, to rest," his spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement

"During the holiday, the president will see an ear, nose and throat specialist for a persistent ear infection." 

Mr Buhari had been examined by his personal physician and a specialist in Nigeria and both "recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution," the statement added. 

Kenyan protesters block roads

Kenyan opposition protesters have blocked roads with burning tyres in the western city of Kisumu, reports Reuters news agency.

They are demanding the electoral body quit.

The police chief in the capital Nairobi had warned people not to come to the planned protest.

"Don't come, then you start talking about police brutality. Life is dear! Please, if you value your life, don't attempt it that way. You will be dealt with firmly" said Japheth Koome.

But people have reacted on Twitter by dubbing today #TeargasMonday:

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Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day: 

If you neglect a small pot, it will boil and quench the fire."

An Igbo proverb sent by Emeka Emmanuel, Ogidi, Nigeria.

Click here to send us your African proverbs

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