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Summary

  1. The Kenyan boxer brave enough to fight "The Greatest"
  2. Ugandan academic found guilty of misconduct after naked protest
  3. Kenyan owner of collapsed building charged with 52 counts of manslaughter
  4. Nigerian doctors hit out at President Buhari's 'medical tourism'
  5. Surge in albino killings in Malawi condemned
  6. Niger declares three days of mourning after Boko Haram attack
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 7 June 2016

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By Uwa Nnachi and Lucy Fleming

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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 don’t let your friend cross and reach his destination, you will not cross and reach yours."

An Akan proverb sent in by Opey Abednego Brandy, Kumasi, Ghana

Click here to send us your African proverbs.   

And we leave with this photo of a man reciting from the Koran at a mosque in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on the second day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

A man reading from a Koran in a mosque in Kenya
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Traditional sports on the rise in Ugandan schools

A group of sports enthusiasts in Uganda are trying to revive a traditional game they played in the playground at school. 

Simon Peter Tumukunde and his team are taking "kwepena" or dodge ball into schools across the country with very positive results. 

He told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire he believed kwepena could soon be as fashionable as football:

Ugandan schoolchildren are helping to revive kwepena.

Kenya opposition to defy demonstration ban

Kenya's opposition Cord alliance says it takes great exception to the interior minister's banning of its demonstrations (see earlier post), and adds that it has a democratic and constitutional right to demonstrate.

His utterances smack of an old colonial order that is laden with the impunity of the past."

Cord statement

It said it would continue with planned demonstrations next week on Monday and Thursday.

SA's anti-corruption head wants cash to probe Gupta family

South Africa's public protector Thuli Madonsela, who heads an anti-corruption body, has asked for additional resources to investigate the relationship between the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma.  

She told reporters that her office has been asked to probe "whether or not the government of South Africa, in this particular case the president, unlawfully helped the Gupta family to choose ministers and other occupants of higher offices'', reports the Associated Press news agency.

The Gupta family has been in the spotlight for years because of its closeness to Mr Zuma amid accusations it received preferential treatment.

Thuli Madonsel
BBC
Thuli Madonsel is tasked with investigating corruption

Read more about the Guptas and their links to President Zuma.

Get Involved: The race to become East Africa's biggest port

A port in Tanzania
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Neil Ford's piece about the rivalry between Kenya and Tanzania in the battle to become East Africa's biggest port has generated many comments on the BBC Africa Facebook page.

Winning or not, Kenya is a superior economy. Kenya has... a big economy , bigger educated population , professionals , best population in hard workers."

Faisel Kichuna

Kenya has been corrupt all the years but still maintains its position as an economic hub in East Africa. That was when we had no oil, no goods transport, no county govts etc which we have today. Tanzania has potential to grow but I don’t think it will overtake Kenya."

Asigo Livingstone

I think Tanzania deserve it because its government has created an enabling environment for business by fighting corruptions and coming up with good policies that is good for development to boost."

Glenn Akuerter

Tanzania will win the battle cause Kenya is too corrupt and they encourage tribalism."

Rajab Mnyimwa

To be sincere Kenya had dominated the market all the previous years but due high taxes imposed on imports and also the political atmosphere worsening, I think Tanzania will take advantage."

Geofrey Owori

Read: The battle of the ports

Six-year-old albino boy killed in Mozambique

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

A six-year-old albino child has been murdered in the central Mozambican city of Chimoio and his body dismembered.

Relatives found what remained of the child’s body on Monday morning.

He had gone missing on Sunday and had been dumped in a sack but without his hair, arms and legs.

This is not the first time a person with albinism has been killed for their body parts in Mozambique.

Recently those found guilty of killing an albino were sentenced to 40 years in jail in the north of the country.

The police say work is under way to find the criminals and bring them to book.

Attacks have been driven by the belief - advanced by some witchdoctors - that albinos' body parts have properties that confer wealth and good luck.

An albino holds hands with her best friend - archive photo
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Earlier, Amnesty International warned of a surge of albino killings in Malawi

Danish art gallery removes 'offensive words'

The National Gallery of Denmark is to remove the word "negro" and "Hottentot" - a derogatory name for the Khoikhoi ethnic group - from titles and descriptions of artwork, the AFP news agency reports.

It will affect 14 works at the Copenhagen museum, and the words will be replaced by either a nationality or noting that the person depicted is of Afrian descent.

"At the time, it was the word that was used [but] you no longer do," the art museum's head of collections and research, Peter Norgaard Larsen, told AFP.

However, original titles by an artist will not be changed. 

Critics of the move have accused the museum of  "cleansing history".

Egypt puts former auditor on trial over corruption claim

Egypt's former top auditor, who was sacked after highlighting government corruption, has gone on trial accused of spreading "false news".

Hisham Geneina was fired in March, soon after estimating corruption cost Egypt $67.6bn (£46.3bn) over four years.

Mr Geneina said the figure was based on an exhaustive study, but a presidential commission concluded that he had misled the public with "foreign" help.

The former judge denies the charges and says they are politically motivated.

Critics say the prosecution raises questions about President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's avowed commitment to fighting corruption.

For more, read the BBC News story.

Hisham Geneina
AP
Reporters were barred from the opening of Hisham Geneina's trial in Cairo

Has Tanzania overtaken Kenya?

Tanzania is on the cusp of an infrastructure boom as the power dynamics in East Africa shift in its favour, reports the BBC's Sammy Awami.

Has Tanzania overtaken Kenya?

New mass grave evidence in CAR

Peacekeeping troops from Congo-Brazzaville killed at least 18 people, including women and children, whilst serving in the Central African Republic (CAR), the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

The discovery of a mass grave, exhumed in February 2016, contained the remains of some people identified as having been detained by the peacekeepers, the rights group said.

Despite this evidence the Congolese government has failed to launch an investigation, it said.

The government spokesman told the BBC French Service today that he would respond to the allegations once he had read the report.

HRW researcher Lewis Mudge told the BBC's Newsday programme the killings date back to 2014 and the case was not being taken seriously:

Human Rights Watch says at least 18 people were killed in the Central African Republic

Burundi sacks high-ranking police officers

Burundi's security ministry has sacked 25 high-ranking police officers.

The police spokesperson told BBC Great Lakes said they had absent without leave - some failing to return to Burundi after training abroad.

The spokesperson, Pierre Nkurikiye, said the police expected a high standard of behaviour from all officers and those who failed to maintain it would face the consequences.

The police have been under scrutiny from human rights groups after a crackdown on opposition elements in the last year.

Police in Burundi
AFP
President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in office last year, which angered the opposition

Kenya bans all opposition demonstrations

BBC Monitoring

The Kenyan government has banned all opposition demonstrations.

Kenyan Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the move was to save lives and protect properties.

Current demonstrations pushing for the dissolution of the electoral commission were violent, he said.

Attorney General Githu Mungai was also at the press conference, which was broadcast live – reiterating that the constitution only allowed peaceful demonstrations and picketing, not violent protests.

People disobeying the order would be arrested, Mr Nkaissery said.

Several people have been killed in recent demonstrations organised by the opposition alliance Cord.

Led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, it wants members of the electoral commission to resign ahead of next year's presidential election.

Police chase protesters in Kisumu, Kenya - 2016
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Angola pledges action as bushmeat trade rises

Angola hosts Africa's biggest ivory and bushmeat market but now steps are being taken to stop the illegal trade, reports the BBC's Karen Allen in Luanda. 

Steve Boyes, a scientist from the Okavango Wilderness Project and the leader of a National Geographical Society expeditionary team, who monitor the trade told our reporter that, "it is not about judgement, it is about conservation," adding that $6 (£4) will buy you a monkey and $60 a fine cut of snake.

Angola has become a flourishing hub for bushmeat from across the region, with billions of dollars netted globally from what has been dubbed "environmental crime." 

The UN estimates that the value of environmental crime has risen by 26% in two years and now stands at $258bn, only behind drugs, counterfeited goods and human trafficking in terms of criminal enterprises.  

Read: Inside Africa's biggest bushmeat market in Angola

Cooked Bushmeat in the market in Angola
BBC
The bushmeat trade is illegal in Angola

The only Kenyan brave enough to fight Muhammad Ali

John Nene

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Mohammed Abdalla Kent
BBC

Mohammed Abdalla Kent was the only Kenyan brave enough to take on Muhammad Ali when he visited the East African nation in February 1980.

"Other heavyweights were all afraid to have the sparring session with him," he told the BBC.

So Kent agreed to trade blows with three-time world heavyweight champion at an exhibition match which was part of a controversial US diplomatic mission to persuade African countries to boycott the Moscow Olympics.

In the third round, he actually floored the legend – but Ali rose to give him a hard left punch to the neck.

Mohammed Abdalla Kent fighting Muhammad Ali
The Standard
When Kent shows people photos of his 1980 match with Ali, he gains automatic respect

Kent said he whispered Ali was hurting him and it was just meant to be an exhibition match, but he replied: "No you must guard yourself."

It was called a draw after the fourth round.

Now 62, Kenya’s former international boxer said that he cried when he heard about Ali’s death on Saturday morning.

"It is the second person for whom I have shed tears since I was born - the first time was when my mum passed away," he said.

Mr Kent said the great boxer had had a powerful influence on his life, and he too changed his name and converted to Islam, changing his name from Simon Kent.

He is appealing for support to help him attend Ali's funeral in the US town of Louisville in Kentucky.

Mohammed Abdalla Kent
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Benin football association confirms election date

The Benin Football Federation (FBF) will hold elections for a new executive committee on Thursday. 

Fifa suspended the FBF from global football in May after a court ruling in the country blocked previous elections. 

If Thursday's elections go ahead as planned, Benin will be able to play an Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

Read more on BBC Sport:

Benin national team
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Benin's national team may soon resume their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign

Kenya lawmakers to investigate police 'brutality'

The Kenyan Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro has approved plans to investigate allegations of police brutality during opposition demonstrations in the country, in recent months.. 

Two people were killed and five injured in the western city of Kisumu on Monday. 

A bullet was removed from the body of a young boy caught up in the protest. He survived the injury.  

Police shot dead three people in similar protests in May. They said they were acting in self-defence, and to end looting. 

Mr Ethuro said the House Security Committee would reveal its findings in a report in 60 days.

Angolan separatist rebel leader 'dies in exile'

The leader of a rebel movement seeking independence for Angola's oil-rich region of Cabinda has died in exile in France, Reuters quotes a statement from the group as saying.

Flec said Nzita Henriques Tiago, 88, would be buried in France on Friday as he only wanted his body taken back to Cabinda if it was an independent state, Reuters reported.

It did not say exactly when Mr Tiago, who was president and co-founder of Flec, died. 

The group - in one form or another - has been fighting a low-level insurgency since the 1960s.

It first took up arms against the colonial power Portugal. Then when Angola gained independence in 1975 and Cabinda was absorbed into Angola, Flec rebels continued to fight against the Luanda government.

Cabina is an exclave bordered by DR Congo and Congo-Brazzaville
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Kenya and Somali leaders in Dadaab talks

The closure of Dadaab refugee camp topped the agenda during three hours of talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the capital, Nairobi, today:

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A statement from the Kenyan presidency says a second round of talks is planned for tomorrow.

President Mohamud visited Dadaab on Monday – it is the world’s largest refugee camp and home to about 300,000 Somalis. He is the only Somali president to have visited Dadaab that was set up more than two decades ago.

Nigeria plans peace talks with oil militants

Nigeria is planning peace talks with militants in the oil-producing south to end attacks that have slashed output, Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has said.

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group has been blamed for a string of attacks since February.

“Probably, we will suspend the operations of the military in the region for a week or two for individuals in the creeks to converge for the dialogue,” the AFP news agency quotes Mr Kachikwu as saying.

The government was determined to restore "genuine peace in the region where oil production has been significantly hurt by the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers".

Nigeria's oil production has dropped to 1.65 million barrels per day (bpd), as against the projected 2.2 million bpd. 

Read BBC Nigeria reporter Chris Ewokor’s piece on the Rise of Nigeria's Delta Avengers.

A Mend militant photographed by AFP in 2008 which the Niger Delta Avengers uses at its profile photo on Twitter
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The Avengers' Twitter account uses a Mend oil militant from 2008 as its profile picture

Who is the most powerful African woman?

Forbes magazine has chosen its 100 most powerful women. BBC Africa profiles the three Africans to make the list:

African women on Forbes Top 100 Power List

Migrant crisis: EU to boost Africa aid

Rescued African migrants in Tripoli, Libya, 8 Oct 15
AFP

The EU will shortly present a new aid plan to curb the influx of African migrants via Libya, building on the deal it reached with Turkey in March.

The European Commission will boost partnerships with nine countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said project funding could eventually reach €62bn (£48bn; $70bn).

Controversially it may include security help for Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Read the BBC News story for more.

#JusticeForBabyJeremy trends after Kenya protests

The five-year-old boy having a bullet removed at hospital in Kisumu, Kenya
Hesbon Omollo
A doctor successfully pulled a bullet from the boy's back

The hashtag #JusticeForBabyJeremy is trending on social media in Kenya after a young boy was shot and injured in protests on Monday.

Two other people died when police opened fire to disperse opposition protests in the western city of Kisumu, a local reporter told the BBC.

Doctors at the Kisumu's main hospital removed the bullet and Jeremy survived the injury.  

Officers shot dead three people in similar protests in May. They said they were acting in self-defence.

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

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Nigeria doctors hit out at President Buhari's 'medical tourism'

A group of doctors has condemned Nigeria’s President Buhari for seeking medical attention for his ear infection in London.

Dr Osahon Enabulele, vice-president of Nigeria’s Commonwealth Medical Association, said in a statement:

This foreign medical trip flies in the face of the federal government’s earlier declaration of her resolve to halt the embarrassing phenomenon of outward medical tourism, which as at the end of the year 2013 had led to a humongous capital flight of about $1bn [£685m], particularly from expenses incurred by political and public office holders (and their accompanying aides), whose foreign medical trips (most of which are unnecessary) were financed with tax payers’ resources.

Mr President has lost a golden opportunity to assert his change mantra through a clear demonstration of leadership by example, by staying back to receive medical treatment in Nigeria and thereby inspiring confidence in Nigeria’s health sector which currently boasts of medical experts that favourably compare with medical experts anywhere in the world, if not even better

President Buhari
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President Buhari promised to tackle corruption and cut down on waste when elected

It was announced on Monday that President Buhari was taking a 10-day break during which time he would see an ear, nose and throat specialist for a persistent ear infection in London.

Read: Cutting Nigeria's 'big men' down to size

Kenya building collapse: Owner charged with manslaughter

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The owner of a building which collapsed in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in April has been charged with 52 counts of manslaughter.

Samuel Karanja Kamau denied the charges at Nairobi’s High Court and is due to appear at a bail hearing tomorrow.

The six-storey building, which had been declared unfit for human habitation, was in the city's Huruma district and collapsed after heavy rain.  

Three other people were taken into custody after the collapse - officials from Nairobi City County and the National Construction Authority – but their charges are not yet known.

Huruma is made up of narrow streets, which made it difficult for rescue workers to reach the scene.

Read more: Kenyans beg for mercy

Someone rescued from the collapsed building in Nairobi in May 2016
EPA
Six days after the collapse three people were pulled out of the rubble, but 52 people were killed

Zimbabwe FA gets new name to clear debts

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has folded with a debt of more than US$6m (£4.1m) and has reformed under a different name, the president of the governing body has said.

The new body is called the National Football Association of Zimbabwe, its president Phillip Chiyangwa said.

He said that the debt, which he blamed on the organisation's previous leadership, will now be dealt with by a liquidator.

At one point Zifa had to sell off assets, including an artificial training field, to raise money to pay its debts.  

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa
BBC Sport
Phillip Chiyangwa says the FA no longer owes any money

Read the BBC Sport story for more.

South Africa mine production suspended after stabbing

A platinum mine in South Africa has suspended production after a worker was fatally stabbed during a clash between rival union members over the weekend.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) now say they will not return to work until their safety is assured, Reuters news agency reports.

A confrontation between an NUM member and a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is believed to have led to the incident, according to public broadcaster SABC News. 

Woman walking past mine is South Africa
Getty
The platinum mine has been hit by union clashes

Uganda naked protester found guilty of gross misconduct

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Ugandan academic Stella Nyanzi, who stripped naked as a protest against the way she had been treated by Makerere University management, has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

In April, she stripped to her underwear in protest at being evicted from her office at Institute of Social Research by her boss over a contractual dispute.

Ms Nyanzi, who was suspended for the investigation, is likely to face further disciplinary action.

"Stripping and staging a premeditated nude demonstration contravened section 5.1(a) of the institutions Human Resource Manual, which calls upon all staff to at all times act in a reasonable and responsible manner," reads the report.

Ms Nyanzi is a popular figure on social media in Uganda, especially on Facebook, where she posts commentary on social and political issues in very colourful language.

The researcher says she cannot work under a "misogynistic reign of terror" at the university.

Stella Nyanz
Stella Nyanzi
Stella Nyanzi is outspoken on social media

Burkina Faso drops warrant for Ivorian speaker

Burkina Faso has cancelled an international arrest warrant for Ivory Coast's former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.

Mr Soro, who is currently the Ivorian parliament speaker, was wanted over his alleged role in a short-lived coup in neighbouring Burkina Faso last year.

The warrant alleges telephone wiretaps revealed he supported the putsch - conversations Mr Soro denies having, according to France's Le Monde newspaper.

Military prosecutor Alioune Zanre said that Burkina Faso would be handing over responsibility for the matter to the Ivory Coast, the AFP news agency report.

He said that Interpol had refused to assist with the extradition of Mr Soro as the crime was linked to political offences and he may be tried in a military court.

The coup was staged by troops from a presidential guard loyal to former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in 2014, but was thwarted by street protesters and the army, which attacked the plotters' base.

Mr Compaore has sought sanctuary in Ivory Coast and has been granted Ivorian nationality.

Guillaume Soro
AFP
The arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, a former Ivorian rebel leader, was issued in January

Read more: Who was behind the Burkina Faso coup?

'LRA fighters kidnap' 100 people in DR Congo

BBC Monitoring

About 50 gunmen believed to be fighters of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), launched a raid over the weekend about 500km (310 miles) north of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN-sponsored Okapi radio is reporting.

About 100 people are believed to have been kidnapped in the attack on Bondo territory, it says.

Those captured are reported to have been made to carry off their loot.

Students, who had travelled from neighbouring villages to sit for their primary leaving national examinations, as well as traders and nurses who were carrying out the vaccination campaign against meningitis were among those who were kidnapped, the radio reports.

The administrator of Bondo said troops were pursing them into Adama forest, believed to be the rebels’ hiding place.

LRA leader Joseph Kony
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LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted for war crimes

The LRA was formed in northern Uganda nearly three decades ago, but retreated to DR Congo and other countries as it came under military pressure.  

Read more about LRA leader Joseph Kony, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court: From altar boy to LRA leader 

Niger declares three days of mourning after deadly Boko Haram raid

The authorities in Niger have declared three days of national mourning for soldiers killed by Boko Haram fighters in the town of Bosso, which is close to the country’s border with Nigeria.

Twenty-six soldiers from Niger and two officers from Nigeria were killed in the attack last Friday.

More than 100 soldiers and civilians were also injured. 

Around 58 Boko Haram militants were also killed as they fought to try and take the town.

Nigerien soldiers patrol Bosso, near the Nigerian border
AFP
Nigerien soldiers patrol Bosso, near the Nigerian border to curb Boko Haram attacks

Malawi's 'systemic police failures fuel' albino attacks

Albino woman in Malawi
AFP
Amnesty says police failure put people with albinism at risk

A surge in killings of people with albinism, whose body parts are used in ritual practices, has exposed a systematic failure of policing in Malawi, Amnesty International says in a report.

Since November 2014, the rights group says at least 18 people have been killed and at least five have been abducted and remain missing.

Their bones are believed to be sold to practitioners of traditional medicine in Malawi and Mozambique for use in charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck.

Amnesty International’s Deprose Muchena said more had to be done:

The unprecedented wave of brutal attacks against people with albinism has created a climate of terror for this vulnerable group and their families who are living in a state of constant fear for their lives.

“Malawian authorities have dismally failed them, leaving this population group at the mercy of criminal gangs who hunt them down for their body parts.

Police have a duty to protect all people against crime. Failure to effectively investigate crimes against people with albinism promotes a climate of impunity, an environment where horrific killings can continue."

Read: Challenging Africa's albino stereotypes

Wise words

Today's African proverb is:

If you don’t let your friend cross and reach his destination, you will not cross and reach yours."

An Akan proverb sent in by Opey Abednego Brandy, Kumasi, Ghana
A wildebeest jumping into a river with zebras looking on
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