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Summary

  1. Nigeria soldiers stop suicide bomb attack
  2. Kenya demonstration against 'extrajudicial' killings
  3. Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe capital
  4. Israel's prime minister meets six heads of state in Uganda
  5. Twitter suspends account of Nigerian militant group
  6. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 4 July 2016

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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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:

The weight of the head is only felt by its owner."

A Luo proverb. Sent by Fred Obondo, Nairobi, Kenya

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this image of a group of volunteers from a church in Egypt's capital, Cairo, providing free meals to Muslims during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Young woman serving food
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Nigeria's army thwart suicide bomb attack

Nigeria's army says its soldiers have averted a suicide bomb attack.

In a statement it says that three female Boko Haram militants were trying to attack internally displaced people as they were collecting water at a borehole near a town in Borno state, north-east Nigeria.

Soldiers shot two dead and the army says that two civilians were injured when the suicide bombs went off.

The third attacker did manage to go further along the road and blow herself up, but the statement does not reveal if anyone was injured.

Nigeria's Musa 'to play for Leicester'

English Premier League champions Leicester City have agreed a deal with CSKA Moscow to sign Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa, according to the player's agent.

The 23-year-old, who joined CSKA in 2012 and scored 54 goals in 168 games, is set to sign for what BBC Sport understands is a Foxes club-record fee.

"Everything has been finalised and Musa will be in England for his medical on Wednesday," Tony Harris told BBC Sport.

BBC Sport understands Musa turned down Southampton, Everton and West Ham.

Read more: Ahmed Musa: Leicester City 'agree fee'

Ahmed Musa
AFP

Senegal's authorities try to clear the streets of child beggars

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

Child welfare advocates and regional grouping Ecowas have applauded Senegal President Macky Sall’s decision to order the removal of all child beggars off the streets. 

Since Thursday, 150 beggars have been taken to a children's centre in Senegal's capital, Dakar. 

Their parents or their koranic teachers have been warned that they could be fined or jailed for up to six months the next time their children are caught on the streets. 

Mmany religious leaders and koranic school teachers have resisted a ban in the past.

They argue that begging is a way of teaching humility to koranic school students.

But many NGOs have denounced the practice, calling it child exploitation.

Macky Sall
AFP
President Macky Sall tweeted that he had "ordered the immediate removal of children from the streets"

Is this the White Saviour Complex?

A piece about a white British student's volunteering experience in Africa published in the UK's Telegraph newspaper is getting a lot of attention on social media.

Louise Linton spent a year in Zambia and writes about her experience:

I learned some of their language, planted a vegetable garden and created a little school under a Mukusi tree, writing about my experiences in my diary.

She then writes about how conflict in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo had an impact on Zambia.

But I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger. I witnessed random acts of violence, contracted malaria and had close encounters with lions, elephants, crocodiles and snakes."

And it's her "Africa is a country" style of writing has got some people on Twitter angry:

Having a great holiday and then I stumble across [this] and it ruins my morning. What is this Zambia she speaks of?"

@kabwejulianna

There's absolutely no indication that the article is satirical."

@TheFiveAlmighty

We need to start telling our own stories, and not leave them in the hands of those that are just out there to make a quick buck."

@LydiaNgoma
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Video shows protesters confronting Kenyan police spokesperson

Kenya's Star newspaper has shared a video showing protesters confronting the country's police spokesman Charles Owino during a march against alleged police killings.

The protesters blocked Mr Owino's car and demanded that he get out and join their march, according to the report

On alighting, they poured red paint on the spokesman and forced him to carry a coffin which had "stop extra judicial killings" written on it, the Star adds. 

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Kidnapped Sierra Leonean diplomat 'alive' and 'in good health'

A senior Sierra Leonean diplomat who was last week kidnapped in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna is "alive and in good health", AFP news agency reports.

Maj-Gen Alfred Nelson-Williams, Sierra Leone's Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, was believed to have been travelling there for a ceremony at a military base.    

AFP quotes a spokesman for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari saying that he was "certain that he is alive".

A Sierra Leonean official is quoted as saying that the diplomat was in "good health".

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in Sierra Leone doesn't confirm the news but reports that the Maj-Gen Nelson-Williams' driver has apparently escaped and is being interrogated by the Nigerian police. 

Map of Nigeria, highlighting Kaduna state
BBC

Israel-East Africa security meeting

Israel's Prime Minister has travelled to State House in Uganda where he is taking part in a security summit with regional leaders.

His office has been tweeting pictures:

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's press person has also been tweeting photographs of some of the leaders arriving:

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Mixed reactions on Netanyahu's 'historic visit' to Africa

We reported earlier about Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu starting what he described as an "historic" visit to Africa. 

People have been reacting to our Facebook post on the story.:

I have nothing against Bibi, you are welcome to Zambia. But I hear Africans are ill treated in Israel. I have a number of friends who have suffered racial discrimination at the hands of your people, I hope you'll say something about that."

Muzo Kazembe

If you read in the Bible when things got hot in the Middle East, Africa became the hide out for Israel. During famine God led the Israelites to Africa... Now Benjamin is back to celebrate with us. These are God's miracles! Your warmly welcome Africa."

Philip Mkundi

Netanyahu is bringing his country's advanced technology to help Africa. Despite the hate propaganda, we will stand tall with Israel. Israel is helping our agriculture sector in Plateau state in Nigeria."

Emmanuel Ishaku

Move to ban street hawkers in Nigeria's Lagos state

The government of Lagos state in Nigeria is cracking down on street vendors. 

The authorities are enforcing a previously widely-flouted law. 

Street hawker selling water
BBC

Street hawkers and those who buy from them face a fine of more than $300, or six months in jail. 

A BBC correspondent in Lagos says there are far fewer hawkers in the streets today than usual because they are scared of being arrested. 

Many hawkers have complained that if they are not able to work, they will not be able to support themselves.   

Zimbabwe police beating caught on video

We posted earlier about police and demonstrators clashing in the Epworth township of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Trouble started after minibus taxi drivers were protesting over an alleged increase in police harassment.

Demonstrators in Harare
AP

Police fired tear gas to try and quell the violence:

Policeman firing tear gas
AP

People have been sharing videos of police beating up alleged protesters in Epworth:

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Twitter suspends Nigerian militant group account

The Nigerian militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, has been making its presence felt over the past few months by attacking oil installations.

It has often announced its attacks on Twitter - the most recent being at the weekend - but now its account has been shut down.

This is what you see if you try to visit it:

Suspension notice
Twitter

The Reuters news agency quotes a Twitter spokesman confirming the closure.

He would not give the exact reasons but said company policy on the suspension of accounts does include a "specific rule pertaining to violent threats... you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism".

Madonna to partner with Kenya's first lady on maternal health

US pop icon Madonna will partner with Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta to expand her initiative, Beyond Zero, that supports maternal and child health programmes.

A statement from the first lady's office says Madonna described the Beyond Zero initiative "as an amazing movement and a natural partner for advocacy". 

The first lady's Twitter account has shared some pictures from the meeting: 

The First Lady and Madonna discussed issues revolving around the #BeyondZero campaign.
The First Lady and Madonna discussed issues revolving around the #BeyondZero campaign.
The First Lady and Madonna discussed issues revolving around the #BeyondZero campaign.
The First Lady and Madonna discussed issues revolving around the #BeyondZero campaign.

The First Lady and Madonna discussed issues revolving around the #BeyondZero campaign.

Did Museveni mean Israel when he said Palestine?

We've been covering extracts from what President Yoweri Museveni's said when he welcomed Israel's prime minister.

But it seems that some journalists covering the visit think the president may have got Israel and Palestine mixed up: 

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Museveni speaks about Middle East peace

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been welcoming Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his country.

And in his speech he addressed Israel-Palestine relations:

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Ugandans debating 'Israel taking over security at Entebbe airport'

Ugandans are debating a story on the Daily Monitor Facebook page that Israeli security officers have taken over security at Entebbe airport.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on an 'historic visit' to Africa.

Picture of the plane carrying Israel Prime Minister
Daily Monitor

You don't know what you are talking about! The Israel security operatives have been in Uganda for more than a month."

Kanyeibare

Funny when these presidents come, our roads are closed, airport security taken over, their national flags are on every street, but when our president goes to their countries nothing happens."

Sebyala Yunus

The Senegalese Muslims who don't fast

It's the final week of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims around the world refrain from eating while the sun is up.

But in Senegal, members of one branch of Sufi Islam, known as the Baye Fall, haven't been fasting.

Instead, they have been preparing food for others.

The BBC went to visit them in the holy city of Touba.

Video Journalist: Efrem Gebreab

Netanyahu unveils Entebbe plaque and announces aid to EAC countries

Two plaques have been unveiled in Uganda during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

The BBC's Patience Atuhaire reports that one plaque has the names of those who were killed during the Entebbe raid on 4 July 1976. 

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu speaking in Uganda.
BBC

The other is for the renovation of the trauma centre at the country's main referral hospital in the capital, Kampala.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu speaking in Uganda.
BBC

The Israeli Development Agency is to invest $13m (£10m) in aid to Uganda and other East African countries, our reporter adds. 

Hundreds of Kenyans march to protest over 'police killings'

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Hundreds of Kenyans have poured onto the streets of Nairobi and Mombasa today to protest against extrajudicial killings. 

The protests were triggered by the recovery of three bodies belonging to people reported missing last week.  

The demonstrators splattered their t-shirts with red paint. They sang, they chanted and they wailed. 

People holding holding a mock funeral to police killings in Kenya
BBC

They carried mock white caskets with crimson red slogans calling for an end to extrajudicial killings and what they described as police executions.

People holding banners protesting police killings in Kenya
BBC

Three bodies recovered from a river last week have been identified as Josphat Mwendwa, a man who had sued a senior police officer for shooting him in the shoulder, Willie Kimani the human rights lawyer who represented him, and their taxi driver. 

Three policemen have now been arraigned in court and charged with their murders. 

Lawyers in Kenya have begun a court boycott for a week to pressure the government to act and activists hope the demos will pile pressure on the judicial services to ensure the killers are brought to trial.  

The issue of extrajudicial killings has caused growing alarm in Kenya ahead of next year’s elections.

People holding banners protesting police killings in Kenya
BBC

US singer Madonna visiting Kenya

American singer Madonna is in Kenya. 

She has been sharing updates from her visit on social media: 

Hugging Mama Sopfie. This Amazing Woman lives in a 10 by 10 dwelling in Kibera...instagram.com/p/BHaa_9Ohkq3/

Hugging Mama Sopfie. This Amazing Woman lives in a 10 by 10 dwelling in Kibera...instagram.com/p/BHaa_9Ohkq3/

It seems local media were initially unaware of her visit. 

One newspaper is speculating that she's in the country to adopt a child as she did in Malawi. 

Good Morning Kenya! 💚😂🐗🐒🐯.

Good Morning Kenya! 💚😂🐗🐒🐯.

Kenya's State House has just tweeted that the celebrity is meeting the country's first lady:   

American singer @Madonna, currently meeting @FirstLadyKenya @StateHouseKenya.Details to follow. Karibu Kenya

Netanyahu to visit Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda

Israel's prime minister has tweeted his itinerary for a four-day visit to Africa:

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It just began in Uganda where he was welcomed with a guard of honour and a gun salute, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire who is at the airport.

Arrests in Zimbabwe after clashes with police

The BBC's Brian Hungwe is in the Epworth township of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare in the aftermath of a clash between police and minibus taxi drivers.

They were complaining over alleged increase in police harassment after they set up more roadblocks in the city.

Brian says that the police have made several arrests in Epworth:

Zimbabwe police making arrests
BBC

He has photographed community leader and businessman Nelson Masiiwa holding a tear gas canister.

He says the situation in Epworth resembles what can seen in Gaza city. 

Man holding a tear gas cannister
BBC

Kenyan government denies presence of police death squads

Kenyan government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe has denied allegations that the police run death squads. 

He told BBC Newsday that investigations over the killing of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others was ongoing. 

He also defended the police over allegations of extrajudicial killings: 

There are no death squads in the Kenya police, the few who commit crime are subjected to the rule of law."

Kenyan government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe

Salim Lone, a Kenyan journalist and at one time spokesperson for the former prime minister Raila Odinga, said that killings like that of Mr Kimani was not the work of rogue policemen but was part of a "state sanctioned policy".

Listen to the full interviews here: 

Willie Kimani had been representing a client making a complaint against the police

Netanyahu lands in Uganda

A Ugandan TV station is tweeting from Entebbe airport as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plane arrives:

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It tweeted earlier when South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrived.

He's in Uganda for a security summit: 

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Analysis: Netanyahu's visit to pursue mutual benefits with Africa

Jonathan Marcus

BBC Diplomatic and defence correspondent

The death of his brother who commanded Israel’s hostage rescue mission at Entebbe changed the course of Benjamin Netanyahu’s life and set him on a trajectory that was ultimately to make him his country’s prime minister. 

Hostage carried in a stretcher
AFP
Hostage rescued during the raid on the Ugandan airport of Entebbe is transferred onto a stretcher by Israeli soldiers in 1976.

But this is much more than a personal pilgrimage or the commemoration of a bold military operation. 

Mr Netanyahu’s swing through Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia is intended to mark Israel’s “return to Africa” ; a region that is figuring more and more prominently on the international stage. 

Israel’s ties with Black Africa were strong during the early 1960s but withered under pressure from the oil power of the Arab states.

Israel’s security links with apartheid South Africa also didn’t help. But now there are mutual benefits for both sides with African states eager to develop economic and security ties and Israel eager to make new friends and develop ties in a region where Islamist extremism is also on the march    

Prayers ahead of Netanyahu's arrival

BBC's Patience Atuhaire, who's at Uganda's Entebbe airport waiting for the arrival of  Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, has shared a video of a small Jewish group praying close to the runway.

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'Tear gas fired in Harare'

Zimbabwe police have used tear gas in the capital, Harare, to deal with protesting taxi and minibus drivers angry at what they call police harassment, the AP news agency reports.

It adds that the drivers blocked roads into the city forcing many people to walk to work.

Protests in Zimbabwe over police roadblocks

Protests have broken out in the eastern suburbs of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, over increased police road blocks in the city, according to NewsDay newspaper.

Hundreds of city-bound commuters are stranded, the report adds. 

People protesting
NewsDay Zimbabwe

Netanyahu's entourage arrives in Uganda

The entourage who will accompany Israel Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to Uganda has arrived at Entebbe airport, a local TV station reports:

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Mr Netanyahu is due to attend a memorial for his brother who died during a commando raid in 1976 at Entebbe to rescue hostages who had been on a plane that was flying from Israel to France.

He will then go to a security summit with six regional heads of state.

Muslims in Kenya prepare for Eid celebrations

Residents of Garissa county, in north-eastern Kenya, are preparing for Eid al-Fitr celebrations, which mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.. 

The BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay reports that business is booming in Garissa town as people get ready of the feast.

Men buying goats
BBC
Women in the market
BBC
Women in the market
BBC

Bashkas says that if the moon is seen today then Eid will be declared tomorrow.

Security tight in Uganda ahead of Netanyahu visit

The BBC's Patience Atuhaire says security is tight close to Uganda's Entebbe airport as people wait for the arrival of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Police officers
BBC
Security is quite tight on Kampala -Entebbe highway

Mr Netanyahu has called it an historic visit to Africa.   

The prime minister will attend a memorial for his brother who was killed in the 1976 raid on Entebbe, which saw the rescue of hostages from a plane that was on its way to France from Israel but forced to land in Uganda.

Patience has snapped this picture of the old control tower that was bombed during the rescue mission:

Control tower
BBC

Kenyan protesters stage sit-in during march

The protesters in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, have sat down in the road at the country's Supreme Court.

They're protesting against what they describe as extrajudicial killings by police, including human rights lawyer Willie Kimani. 

Protesters sitting in the road
BBC

The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi is taking pictures at the demonstration including some of the dramatic props:

Bowl of what looks like blood
BBC
Demonstrators
BBC

Policemen arrested over killing of Kenyan lawyer to be held

Three police officers linked to the death of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others have been detained for 14 days pending investigations, Kenyan's Star newspaper reports

The three officers have been identified as Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku were presented at Milimani Law courts on Monday. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that investigations into the murder were complex and that they require more time do a thorough probe, the report adds. 

Police officers accused of involvement in killings
Star newspaper

Protests against 'extrajudicial killings' set off in Kenya

Marches are under way in Kenya over alleged extrajudicial killings in the country (see earlier entry).

A local TV station and others are tweeting from the rally in the capital Nairobi:

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Nigerian engineer explains his locally-made tractor

We reported last week here on the Africa Live page about Nigerian engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa's creation: a tractor, designed and built locally. 

Mr Terfa has called his tractor Ijodo which means labour in his native Tiv language. He explained his idea to BBC's News Day programme: 

I wanted to make farming a lot easier and to help increase productivity."

Timothy Addigi Terfa

Listen to the full interview here:

The Nigerian engineer hoping to solve the country's shortage of farm equipment.

'New chapter' for Uganda-Israel relations

Uganda's New Vision newspaper has a feature on today's visit of Mr Netanyahu:

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The prime minister's office is promoting this as a business trip:

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But there will also be talks about security concerns and the way that Israel may be able to help African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Some commentators see that there are other motives behind Israel's "return to Africa":

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Kenya NGOs gather to protest 'extrajudicial killings'

Civil society groups in Kenya are gathering in several cities to protest against what they call a pattern of extrajudicial killings by the police. 

The protests follow the discovery of the bodies of missing human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and his client Josephat Mwenda. 

His taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, whose body is yet to be found, is also believed to have been killed. 

The police have denied involvement in the killings but three officers linked to the disappearance of the three have been arrested. 

They also deny that there is a policy of extrajudicial killing.

The Law Society of Kenya had urged its members to boycott the courts to protest against the murder of one of their members. 

People taking part in the protests have been tweeting about the event:  

#StopExtrajudicialKillings in memory of Willie Kimani,Joseph Muiruri &Josephat Mwendwa. meet 2day freedomCorner @10

#StopExtrajudicialKillings in memory of Willie Kimani,Joseph Muiruri &Josephat Mwendwa. meet 2day freedomCorner @10

Protesting against the Executions of Willie, Josephat and Joseph #StopExtrajudicialKillings @IMLU_org @nchrdkenya

Protesting against the Executions of Willie, Josephat and Joseph #StopExtrajudicialKillings @IMLU_org @nchrdkenya

Netanyahu to start 'historic visit' to Africa

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to start what he described as an "historic visit" to Africa.

He is travelling to Uganda on the 40th anniversary of the Israeli commando rescue of passengers from a hijacked plane that was forced to land at Entebbe airport.

The plane had been en route to France from Israel.

An Israeli PM has not been to the continent for decades and during today's visit Mr Netanyahu will meet heads of state from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Sudan, plus Tanzania's foreign minister.

Mr Netanyahu's spokesperson has been tweeting pictures:

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Israel is describing this as a "return to the African continent".

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Wise words

Today’s African proverb: 

The weight of the head is only felt by its owner."

A Luo proverb sent by Fred Obondo, Nairobi, Kenya

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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