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  1. Tsvangirai has cancer of the colon
  2. Michelle Obama in Liberia to promote education
  3. Two powerful Nigerian politicians in court
  4. Zuma told to repay $510,000 for Nkandla upgrades
  5. Bodies of Ethiopian migrants who suffocated to death return home
  6. Boy bitten on face by hyena in South Africa
  7. Foreign workers abducted in Nigeria freed
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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 a child that is not yet mature tries to know what killed his father, whatever killed his father might kill him too."

An Igbo proverb sent by Nwogu Chukwuemeka, Imo State, Nigeria.

Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

And we leave you with a photo of a hawker preparing a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in South Africa's Soweto township:

A hawker prepares a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in Soweto, South Africa January 27, 2016.

Photos of torched Kenyan dormitories

Here are pictures of the dormitories set ablaze by students in Kenya apparently after teachers refused to allow them to watch a Euro 2016 football match on television on Saturday night:

Box burning
Daily Nation
School roof collapses
Daily Nation

Read the full BBC story here

Tsvangirai receives chemotherapy

Zimbabwe main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gives a press conference in Harare March 25, 2014
Mr Tsvangirai is a long-standing opponent of President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is receiving chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer of the colon (see earlier post). 

AFP news agency quotes the 64-year-old as saying: 

This health condition is unfortunate but can be faced by anyone. I intend to confront this development with the determination to overcome it."

Life after Mogadishu beach attack

Somalia's popular Lido beach in the capital Mogadishu was the scene of a deadly attack by  Islamist militant group al-Shabab in January.

Twenty people were killed -  many died from their injuries in the days following the attack.

The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga has visited the beach, where she spoke to young Somalis.

Life is returning to normal in some parts of Mogadishu

Michelle Obama in Liberia

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

US First lady Michelle Obama has visited a leadership camp for girls in Liberia on her latest trip to Africa. 

"I am just so thrilled to be here with you,'' she told the young women at the US Peace Corps-sponsored project in Kakata  in north-western Liberia. 

Earlier, traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colours of both countries' flags welcomed her in in the capital, Monrovia. 

Mrs Obama met President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, before travelling 70km (43 miles) along a heavily potholed road to Kakata. 

The first lady is travelling with her mother and daughters Malia, 18, who recently graduated from high school, and Sasha, 15. 

The central theme of her trip is education for girls. She is also due to visit Morocco. 

Liberia's oldest vocational high school, located in Kakata and named after African-American civil rights activist Booker T. Washington, suspended mid-term exams that were scheduled to start today so that students could give Mrs Obama a "rousing welcome", said principal Harris Tarnue. 

He added: 

She will be a real inspiration to the young girls around here."

EgyptAir crash: Paris prosecutor open manslaughter inquiry

EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on 19 May

French prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation into the EgyptAir plane crash last month.

Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo came down in the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May, killing all 66 people on board.

The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the Paris prosecutor's office said it had no evidence so far of terrorism.

Read: Who were the victims?

South African out of Wimbledon

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa's number 20 seed Kevin Anderson has been knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round by Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

Istomin beat Anderson 3 sets to 2.

Kenya's popular open garages

Garages out in the open are common in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Mechanic checking brake pads
Auto mechanics at the garage do daily checks on brake pad conditions.

The mechanics say they can repair any vehicle - from the most common mode of transport, the 'Matatu' taxi, to the king of the jungle, the Land Rover.

And they also re-spray vehicles at cheaper priced than the big car dealers.

Mechanic spray paints a Land Rover
Vehicles awaiting repair

The mechanics, known locally as Jua Kali (hot sun) because they work outside in the sun, are said to be the masters of their art.

They carefully prepare each car before the start working on it.

Mechanic preparing car for painting

And if your car is beyond repair there is plenty of room to leave it.

Scrapped cars

SA opposition leader welcomes Nkandla report

Mr Zuma and one of his wives
Mr Zuma is a polygamist who has married six times

South Africa's main opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has welcomed the Treasury's proposal that President Jacob Zuma should repay the government $510,000 (£380,000) for upgrades to his personal home in rural Nkandla. 

In a statement, Mr Msimane said:  

The fact that President Zuma is now legally obliged to pay back a portion of the money spent at Nkandla is to be welcomed. President Zuma must pay this amount without delay, and he must pay it personally."

Mr Maimane said the $510,000 was just over  3% of the total spent by the government on Mr Zuma's home. 

He said Mr Zuma should repay the rest of the money:

Zuma and his cronies still owe the South African people hundreds of millions of rands [the South African currency]."

Mr Zuma's home in Nkandla
Mr Zuma's home in Nkandla has caused him a big political headache

Read: How Mr Zuma's home has grown

Why is Nigeria's Senate leader in trouble with the law?

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

For allies of Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki, his legal problems are not unconnected to the way he rose to the post last year. 

A former governor of Kwara state in north-central Nigeria, he was accused of undermining the position of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) by running for the post after it took power in elections last year.

The APC, to which Mr Saraki belonged, has wanted the position of the Senate President to be given to a politician from the north-east. 

What angered the APC leadership most was his alleged complicity in allowing a member of the opposition, Ike Ekweremadu, to emerge as his deputy. 

From that point on, Mr Saraki has said, there have been attempts by the party hierarchy and the presidency to unseat him, although the presidency has denied having any hand in his legal problems which started when the Nigerian government filed 13 charges against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. 

He went to the High Court and Supreme Court to stop the case, but failed. 

Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki sits in the accused box during a hearing of corruption charges against him at Code of Conduct tribunal in Abuja, on September 22, 2015
Mr Saraki holds the third most powerful position after the president and deputy president

He was a two-term governor in Kwara before being elected to the Senate. He was required to declare his assets before taking public office as a public officer. 

He is accused of having failed to sufficiently comply with the Code of Conduct Act. He has strongly denied the allegation. 

He is now being accused of changing the Senate standing orders to help him and Mr Ekweremadu secure their posts. 

Both pleaded not guilty in court today, and will have to convince the court of their innocence. Otherwise, they could be jailed for up to 14 years

See earlier post for more details

Zuma 'must repay $510,000' over Nkandla upgrades

Zuma and Nkandla residence
Mr Zuma was under pressure to resign for spending government money on his private residential complex

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma should pay back $510,000 (£380,000) of public funds which he used to upgrade his private residence, the Treasure has said. 

It worked out the amount at the request of South Africa's highest court, which ruled earlier this year that Mr Zuma had breached his oath of office by failing to repay the money used to build a swimming pool, amphitheatre, visitor centre, chicken run and cattle enclosure at his home in rural Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province. 

A total of $23m (£15m) of public money had been spent on renovating the home.   

Opposition parties called for Mr Zuma's resignation over the scandal, but he refused, insisting he did not behave dishonestly. 

Read: Colourful and controversial Zuma

AU troops in Somalia not paid

Au soldier
Amisom troops are not being paid properly despite the high risks involved with serving in Somalia

The allowances for African troops fighting al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia have not been paid for at least six months, the BBC has learned.

The 22,000-strong African Union force (Amisom) fighting the Islamist militant group al-Shabab is funded by the EU.

An European Union source told the BBC that last six-month payment was being withheld over "accounting issues".

Read the full BBC story here

Senegal authorities want Karim Wade property in France

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

A Paris court will hear a case brought by the Senegalese government to repossess two apartments that it says belong to former minister Karim Wade.

Last week, Senegalese President Macky Sall pardoned Mr Wade, the son of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, after he served half of a six-year sentence for corruption.  

Authorities in Senegal say they will continue their attempts to recoup the amount Wade is accused of embezzling. 

Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba said on Friday that the government had already recovered assets worth 50bn CFA francs ($110m, £68m) since they launched the probes against corruption in 2012. 

Wade, a former minister under his father's presidency, was found guilty of illicit enrichment amounting to more than $200m.

He flew to Qatar after his release.

Karim Wade
Karim Wade hid money in offshore companies

Caine Prize finalist Abdul Adan

Kenyan-Somali writer Abdul Adan is among the five shortlisted authors for this years Caine Prize for African writing.

His short story, The Lifebloom Gift, is set in America and reflects on the magical powers of a character called Ted Lifebloom.

Hear an extract from his story:

Kenyan-Somali writer Abdul Adan is one of five finalists for the Caine Prize.

We'll be featuring each of the writers on the shortlist throughout the week.  

The winner will be announced next week.    

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai 'has cancer'

Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists at his home in the capital Harare on May 10 2016 in Harare

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed that he can cancer of the colon, Zimbabwe's private NewsDay newspaper reports

It quotes a statement by the 64-year-old opposition leader as saying: 

On 8 May 2016, my Zimbabwean doctors referred me to South Africa, where a further diagnosis revealed that I am suffering from cancer of the colon."

Could Kenya burn?

Tear gas fired at protesters in Nairobi (2016)

Kenya is walking dangerously close to the "mass grave" it dug for itself in 2008, following the disputed election of 2007.

If nothing is done to pacify the society and cool the temperatures that have been recklessly raised by politicians, this nation could burn.

And if it does, the blaze will be a lot more fierce and destructive than in 2008.

That's the view of former BBC Focus on Africa editor Joseph Warungu. Read his article here.

Egyptian protest 'over exams'

Hundreds of students are marching in front of the offices of the Education Ministry in Egypt's capital, Cairo, over the cancellation of some high school exams, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

The protest comes after 12 ministry officials were detained after answers to the final exams for Arabic, religion and other subjects were posted on Facebook earlier this month by an anonymous user who said he wanted to expose corruption and inefficiency.

Nigeria's Senate leader in dock

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (L) shakes hand with the Senate President Olusola Saraki, (C) as Speaker House of Representative Yakubu Dogara looks after submiting his budget for 2016 in Abuja, on December 22, 2015
Mr Saraki (C) denies wrongdoing

There was a rowdy crowd  at the forgery trial of Nigera's Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu. 

It forced a 15-minute delay to the start of the case, as attempts were made to calm the crowd. 

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges read out to them (see earlier post). 

The Nigerian Government is accusing them of complicity in forging of the Senate Standing Orders to help them secure their current positions. 

They have been granted bail and the case has been adjourned to 11 July. The senate president has been battling another court case of false asset declaration, a charge which he denies.

Hong Kong 'to ban ivory trade'

Juliana Liu

BBC News, Hong Kong

Ivory on display
It is legal to buy and sell Ivory in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong government says it will completely ban ivory trading in five years time. 

Officials added that they do not intend to give any compensation to legitimate ivory traders. 

Currently some types of ivory can be legally sold but conservation groups believe this masks a flourishing trade in illegal ivory. 

Legislators and conservation groups welcome the proposal, but question why the ban cannot be enacted much sooner. 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) believes a complete ban can be enacted in two years. 

Kenya's leader visits Botswana

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Botswana for a three day state visit.

The visit, at the invitation of Botswana's President Ian Khama, is geared towards boosting trade and bilateral relations between the two countries, according to Kenya's privately owned Daily Nation newspaper.

Uhuru Kenyatta
President Kenyatta hopes to boost trade between the two countries.

SABC resignation: 'It was coming for a long time'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

I have known South African journalist Jimi Matthews, who has resigned as the acting CEO of public broadcaster SABC, for more than 20 years. 

He is smart, fun and very principled. Many have been asking why he has been silent during the shenanigans at the SABC, especially after it banned showing images of the "destruction of property" during violent protests. 

I have no doubt that writing the resignation letter must have been very difficult for him. I can only say that it was a long time coming.

Therefore it must concern every South African who cares about impartial and fair reporting that a seasoned journalist like Jimi had no option but to step down. 

Members and supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) carry a placard reading 'Luthuli is not SABC' (Luthuli house is the headquarters of the SABC) as they sing and dance before marching to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) headquartes to protest the banning of their election campaign advert on April 29, 2014 in Johannesburg
The opposition says SABC is too close to Luthuli House, the headquarters of the governing party

Of course, he is not alone. Three other senior journalists at the SABC are planning to take their employer to the Constitutional Court, challenging the controversial decision not to cover violent protests.

They blame SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for the ban. He has been criticised by advocacy groups, opposition parties and the Public Protector, but has refused to reverse the decision.

Jimi's resignation and the court action shows that not all SABC staffers are prepared to follow outdated editorial policies like a flock of sheep. 

Many of them are doing amazing work and are disgusted by what is happening to Africa’s biggest broadcaster.

Therefore, there’s hope – not all is lost.  

South Africa in top spot at the African Athletics Championships

South Africa Wenda Nel jumps as she runs the 400m hurdles for women during day 5 of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Championships held in Durban, South on June 26, 2016

The African Athletics Championships ended yesterday with South Africa top of the table with 33 medals, including 16 gold. Kenya finished second with 24 medals, including eight gold.  

The competition is seen as the convergence of Africa's best in track and field but many top stars didn't compete.

Kenya sent a team of fringe athletes without a single one of their superstars. Ethiopia did the same. 

The president of the Confederation of Athletics has already said that athletes who stay away from the next championships in Lagos in 2018 may be banned from representing their countries at global events like the Olympics.

Pupils burn dormitories over 'Euro ban'


Kenyan authorities are investigating if pupils who set fire to their school dormitories did so after being told they could not watch a Euro 2016 match on television.

The trouble happened on Saturday night at a school in the west of the country, local media reports.

It began with a few students throwing stones and shouting "our rights", school principal Andrew Otara said.

Read the full BBC story here

Warning to game park visitors

Photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a spotted hyena and its cub resting in the Kruger National Park near Nelspruit, South Africa.
Hyenas are scavengers

Game park officials in South Africa have urged visitors to be careful after a hyena attacked a 15-year-old boy while he was alseep in a tent at the Kruger National Park. 

"People must be aware at all times that there are wild animals around them and they must make sure that their tents are properly closed," SANParks spokesman William Mabasa said, AFP news agency reports.

The boy underwent plastic and reconstructive surgery to his mouth and jaw following the attack at the Crocodile Bridge Camp.

Mr Mabasa said:  

The animal attacked him on his face. He screamed and his parents woke up."

Lionel Messi retires from International football

Lionel Messi
Messi has played 113 times for Argentina

Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has announced his retirement form international duty following his teams defeat to Chile in the Copa America.  

"It's not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old said after missing a penalty during the game.

With Barcelona, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

His only major international honour was Olympic gold in 2008.

Read more

Nigeria's Senate President in court over forgery claims

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Bukola Saraki
Mr Saraki denies wrongdoing

The president of the Nigeria's Senate and his deputy are in court in a forgery case which could have widespread political ramifications. 

Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu deny complicity in the alleged forgery of the Senate's Standing Rule last year in order to help them to secure their positions. 

If found guilty they could face up to 14 years in jail. 

Mr Saraki has also been battling another court case in which he is accused of false asset declaration, a charge he denies.  

South African broadcaster hit by shock resignation

Destroyed school
SABC has put a ban on showing images of protesters destroying property

The acting CEO of South Africa's public broadcaster, SABC, has announced his resignation with immediate effect.

"What is happening at the SABC is wrong and I can no longer be part of it," Jimi Mathews said in a statement.

He did not elaborate. 

His decision came just weeks after the SABC was accused of increasingly turning into a state broadcast following its decision not to broadcast the "destruction of property" during violent protests.

Read: Is SABC using apartheid tactics? 

Bodies of Ethiopian migrants back home

BBC Monitoring

The remains of 19 Ethiopian migrants who suffocated to death in a container in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week were brought back home last night, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation has reported. 

Government officials and family members received the bodies of the men - initially thought to be Somalis - at the Bole International Airport in the capital,  Addis Ababa. 

According to State Minister of Foreign Affairs Taye Atske-Silasie, the youngsters were among 95 people crammed into a container together with fish and groundnuts when they suffocated to death. 

They were believed to be heading to southern Africa. 

Hundreds of young Ethiopian illegal immigrants have been  arrested by police in Kenya and Tanzania and other African countries in recent months.  

This is the first time the government has officially received the bodies of Ethiopian migrants who have died on their way to Middle East or southern African countries. 

Hyena bites boy in South Africa

Hyena in South Africa
Hyenas are nocturnal animals

A 15-year-old South African boy has been bitten by a hyena while he was asleep in a tent at the world famous Kruger National Park, wildlife officials have said

The boy woke up to find a hyena around his jaw and the animal dragged him by the collar of his pyjama top before sitting on him, local media reports.

South Africa's willdlife agency, SANParks, said the boy was rushed to hospital where he received medical treatment. 

The hyena appeared to have crawled through a hole in a parameter fence to enter the camp, where visitors stay, it added. 

Abducted foreigners freed in Nigeria

Five foreign workers and two locals who were kidnapped last week in oil-rich Nigeria's Cross River state have been freed, police have said. 

The men included three Australians, a South African and a New Zealander working for Australian mining and engineering company Macmahon Holdings.

"Our men are at a safe location, but unfortunately five of them were injured during the incident," Macmahon chief executive Sy van Dyk said at a press conference in Perth, Australia.   

No further details have been given about their abductions or release.  

Kidnapping for ransom has been a long-standing problem in southern Nigeria, particularly in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, where criminal gangs target wealthy Nigerians and expatriate workers. 


Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:  

If a child that is not yet mature tries to know what killed his father, whatever killed his father might kill him too."

An Igbo proverb sent by Nwogu Chukwuemeka, Imo State, Nigeria .

Click here to send your proverbs. 

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