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Summary

  1. Ghana's president to be probed for receiving car from businessman
  2. DR Congo football boss and presidential aspirant sentenced
  3. Zimbabwe 'restricts imports'
  4. Sudanese found guilty of entering UK illegally through Eurotunnel
  5. Top Zambian newspaper shut over unpaid taxes
  6. Nigerian lawmakers want inquiry into US sex claims
  7. Al-Shabab 'kills top Somali security officer'
  8. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 22 June 2016

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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:

There is no god like one's stomach; we must sacrifice to it every day."

Sent by Kingsley Oje, Benin City, Nigeria.

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

And we leave you with this image of people scavenging parts from a bus torched during protests in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, against the governing party's choice of mayoral candidate: 

People from Mamelodi scavenge parts from the charred remain of a bus that was burnt during the 3 days long protest in Mamelodi on June 22, 2016
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Call to toughen ban on drugs cheats

Sayon Cooper
BBC

Liberia athletics coach Sayon Cooper, pictured above, has told the BBC that authorities must get tougher on drug cheats. 

He was speaking on the opening day of the African Athletics championships in Durban, where athletes will continue to try and make Olympics qualifying times. 

Sayon Cooper said a two-year ban was not enough:

First offence should be four years, and second time means you're done with the sport of athletics."

His comments come as the International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that Kenyan athletes would have to undergo extra tests to take part in the Rio games, due to their country's poor anti-doping record (see previous entry). 

Kenya Olympics chief: Jealousy behind doping criticism

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Small group of children watch Kenyan runners go past
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Kenya's success in athletics is a source of national pride

The head of Kenya's Olympic delegation says that he is not surprised by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to require Kenyan and Russian athletes to undergo extra testing if they want to take part in the Rio games in August.

Both countries have been affected by serious doping scandals in the past year.

Stephen Arap Soi told the BBC that Kenyan sports authorities would ensure that only clean athletes went to to the Olympics. 

He also suggested that envy was contributing to an attempt to derail Team Kenya's preparations for the games:

Not everybody likes us because of our performances, especially in track and field."

Leader of Kenyan Rio Olympics delegation

If Kenya were to be excluded from the Games, some of the world's top athletes would miss out on medal chances.

The country topped the medal table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing with seven gold medals.

Read full BBC Sport coverage

Ghana's Mahama to be investigated over car gift

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama arrives at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan prior to his meeting with Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara on June 1, 2016
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The president admits receiving a car as a gift

An official body in Ghana says it will investigate President John Mahama for receiving a vehicle as a gift from a Burkinabe businessman who has won government contracts in Ghana. 

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) said it would conduct an investigation following petitions by private citizens and the youth wing of the opposition Convention Peoples Party. 

Anti-corruption institutions have in the past week condemned President Mahama after he confirmed reports that he received a Ford Expedition vehicle worth $100,000 from a Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe. 

The government has denied there was any wrongdoing or that the gift influenced the awarding of contracts to Mr Kanazoe.

The vehicle was now part of the presidential motorcade, it added.  

Ethiopia to throw away millions of condoms

condoms
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Condoms are seen as a vital precaution in the battle against HIV

Ethiopia is to dump 69 million condoms, bought for $2m (£1.3m), because they were of a poor quality, the government's Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency of Ethiopia said, according to a local news site.

Steps are being taken to recover the money, obtained from the UN-backed Global Fund, from the supplier, the agency's director-general, Meskele Lera, is quoted as saying.

David Beckham: 'You need to wear a condom in the fight against HIV'

Angola in financial crisis

Angola's president has said the state oil firm has been unable to pay revenues into the country's budget since January and low oil prices have caused a lack of foreign currency, Reuters news agency reports. 

Managing the affairs of Angola had, as a result, become "extremely complicated", Jose Eduardo dos Santos said. 

Reuters says he made the comments, published by Portuguese news site Rede Angola, on the sidelines of a meeting of his Council of Ministers. 

Earlier this month, Mr Dos Santos appointed his daughter, Isabel, as head of the state oil company, Sonangol, ignoring accusations of nepotism. 

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Isabel Dos Santos has been named by Forbes magazine as Africa's richest woman

Read: Cult of Dos Santos  

Zambian newspaper staff tear gassed

Tear gas in Lusaka
Makokwa Kozi

Zambian police have fired tear gas to disperse staff protesting against the closure of leading daily newspaper, The Post.

Tear gas in Lusaka
Makokwa Kozi

Staff had been outside the offices of the newspaper in the capital, Lusaka, to protest against the authorities' decision to close it over an unpaid tax bill of  $6.1m (£4.1m).

See earlier posts for more details.

Deaths in South Africa protests

A torched truck near Pretoria, South Africa
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Two people have been shot dead and 40 arrested during violent protests in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, against the governing African National Congress' (ANC) choice of candidate for mayoral elections in August, according to police.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) tweeted:  

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Looting of shops, including those owned by immigrants, has continued today, but on a far lower scale than yesterday and Monday. 

 A local broadcaster has been posting footage from the scene:

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In pictures: Pretoria burns amid SA mayoral protests

Jail sentence for DR Congo football tycoon and presidential hopeful

Moise Katumbi
AFP

Moise Katumbi, the opposition presidential hopeful in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for the illegal purchase of a flat in the eastern city of Lubumbashi. 

He was also given a $6m (£4.1m) fine.

Mr Katumbi was not present for the sentencing, having flown to South Africa for medical treatment a day after authorities issued an arrest warrant on separate charges last month.

He was accused of hiring foreign mercenaries in an alleged plot against the state, which he denied.  

Mr Katumbi has condemned the charges against him as an attempt to derail his campaign to replace President Joseph Kabila in elections due in  November.

Mr Kabila, in power since 2001, is nearing the end of his second term and he is constitutionally obliged to step down by December.

Moise Katumbi profile

Rwandan refugee becomes landscape painter

Erick Karangwa was born in Rwanda but spent much of his childhood in refugee camps. 

He ended up in South Africa, working as a car guard in Cape Town. 

At night he would gaze into the gallery windows in upmarket neighbourhoods. 

Finally, Mr Karangwa made contact with landscape painter Andrew Cooper, who has become his mentor.

Our reporter Mohammed Allie has been to meet the two artists:

Rwandan refugee Erick Karangwa became an artist while working as a car guard in Cape Town

Togo support LeRoy despite jail threat

The Togo Football Federation will not sack coach Claude LeRoy despite French prosecutors demanding he go to jail.

LeRoy is facing a case about his involvement in the fraudulent transfer of players at French club Racing Club de Strasbourg in the 1990's and 2000's.

Prosecutors asked the High Court of Strasbourg last week to jail LeRoy for two years, with 18 months of the sentence to be suspended.

LeRoy has denied the charges. 

Claude LeRoy
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Veteran coach Claude LeRoy has been in charge of several African nations including Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and DR Congo

Read the full BBC Sport story 

UN troops 'confused' during South Sudan attack

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The United Nations says the preliminary results of an inquiry into a deadly attack on one of its compounds in South Sudan show that confusion over command and control affected the response. 

The medical charity MSF said the peacekeepers took up to 16 hours to react. 

Displaced people residing in the United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, demonstrate against the violence in the camp in front UN police officers and a UN delegation on February 26, 2016
AFP
The UN has battled to stem the violence in the world's newest state

At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 wounded during the attack in February.

More than 50,000 civilians were seeking refuge in the camp in Malakal. 

In a separate investigation, the UN blamed South Sudanese government troops for the attack.

Read: Men of dishonour 

World's priciest cities for expats revealed

Hong Kong
BBC

Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for expats, leapfrogging Angola's capital Luanda in the annual chart compiled by consultancy firm Mercer.

Luanda, which had consistently topped the list in recent years, fell in the ranking owing to the weakening of its local currency.

Zurich and Singapore were third and fourth on the list, unchanged from a year ago. Tokyo rose to fifth.

The survey is designed for companies to calculate expat workers' allowances.

It weighs up the cost of living in 209 cities across the world, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing and entertainment.

Read the full BBC story here

Plea to save Zambian newspaper

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

Copies of The Post
BBC
The newspaper was published this morning despite it being closed

Zambia's Human Rights Commission (HRC) has appealed to the authorities to reconsider their decision to close down one of the country's leading newspapers, The Post. 

The paper was shut down yesterday by the Zambia Revenue Authority for failing to pay $6.1m (£4.1m).

Calling for The Post to be reopened, HRW's information chief  Mweelwa Muleya said: 

It has over the past 25 years played a pivotal role in safeguarding and consolidating democracy and development

It is hoped that there will be high level intervention in this matter aimed at giving The Post newspaper an opportunity to meet its tax obligation while continuing operating."

Copies of newspaper
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See earlier post for more details

What would Brexit mean for Africa?

If the UK chooses to leave the European Union in Thursday's historic referendum, the impact of that decision is likely to be felt across the world.So what would be the possible consequences for Africa? The BBC's Rob Watson gives us his predictions.  

What would Brexit mean for Africa?

Ghanaian actor wins role in Hollywood blockbuster

Rising star Abraham Attah has been announced in the lineup for Marvel's reboot of the Spiderman franchise, due out in 2017. 

It's a big break for the actor, whose debut performance saw him star alongside Idris Elba in West African child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation. 

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Attah received critical acclaim for his performance in the drama, taking the Best Actor prize at the Venice International Film Festival.

He was discovered by chance by the film's director at a football match in Ghana. 

Attah playing a child solider alongside Idris Elba
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Leading Zambian newspaper closes

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The Post
The paper's website has not been updated since yesterday

Zambia's biggest independent newspaper, The Post, has been shut down over unpaid taxes, one of it editors has said.

Staff managed to produce the daily paper overnight with the help of a private printing company, managing editor Joseph Mwenda told AFP news agency.  

Police and tax officials physically shut its offices in the capital Lusaka late on Tuesday, after demanding $6.1m (£4.1m) of disputed tax arrears immediately, the newspaper said in a statement. 

The newspaper says it was shut down despite having almost paid its tax bill in full. 

Mr Wenda told AFP: 

This is a clear abuse of power because we have paid some money and we even have a court order stopping them from going ahead but they have disobeyed the courts.

It's clear that they want us shut down ahead of the elections."

Elections are due to be held in August.

Red more about Zambia

Zimbabwe 'restricts imports'

Zimbabwean shoppers retun to their home town Beitbridge after Christmas shopping in South African border town of Musina, on December 17, 2008
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Many Zimbaweans do their shopping in South Africa

Zimbabwe has imposed restrictions on mainly South African imports in an attempt to protect local industries and curb the outflow of scarce US dollars, Industry Minister Mike Bimha has said, Reuters news agency reports. 

Importers of the affected products, from canned beans to furniture, will now have to apply for special licences and explain why they need them, Mr Bimha told Reuters. 

Other listed goods included cereals, potato crisps and dairy products, building materials and steel products, the agency reports. 

Mr Bimha said:

What we are saying is that if you had already imported your products before 17 June, show us the proof and we will give you an import licence to bring the goods.

But going forward, if anyone wants to import these listed products then you need to provide justification before you are issued with a licence. We want to ensure our industries increase their capacity."

 The restrictions would last for six months but could be extended, Mr Bimha added.  

Obama's Kenyan father's American Dream revealed in letters

As a young man in Kenya in 1958 President Obama's father, Barack Hussein Obama, wrote to institutions in the US to ask for help to pursue his dream of studying in America. 

He was successful and went on to attend the University of Hawaii, where he met President Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, and their son was born in 1961.

His letters from 1958 to 1964, when he returned to Kenya, were found in the archives of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York in 2013, but have only just been described publicly this week.

Newsday's Lawrence Pollard found out more from the director of the Center, Dr Khalil Gibran Muhammad:

"It has been my long cherished ambition to further my studies in America"

Read the special report by the New York Times

Sudanese refugee sentenced for walking through Eurotunnel

Abdul Rahman Haroun
Reuters

A Sudanese man has been sentenced to nine months in jail by a British court after walking into the country from France through the Channel Tunnel.

Abdul Rahman Haroun, who pleaded guilty to obstructing a train, has been granted asylum in the UK. 

He had walked most of the way through the 50km (31 miles) tunnel by the time he was found. 

He will not have to go to prison because of time already served. 

See our earlier post for more details

#TshwaneUnrest: Buses torched

Buses were torched and shops looted in overnight violence in South Africa's capital, Pretoria as protesters rejected the choice of the governing party's candidate for mayor in elections in August. 

The protests first started on Monday night, with shops owned by immigrants among those targeted:

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South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that the violence was taking an ethnic dimension, saying: "We very very concerned that this whole problem is beginning to acquire tribalistic type of tones where it is suggested that somebody who was born in another province but lives in a city in a metro like Pretoria should not be a mayoral candidate of Tshwane." 

The governing ANC has chosen ex-land minister Thoko Didiza, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal province as its candidate, angering supporters of current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

JostinaMohlamonyne stands outside her shop after it was looted by residents of Mamelodi, north-east of Pretoria,
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Photos show rare glimpse of everyday life in Eritrea

The BBC's Mary Harper recently returned from Eritrea, having gained rare access to the country during its 25th independence anniversary celebrations.

She writes about some of the people and places she encountered during her journey through the east African country: 

Although much of Eritrea is dry and rugged, it produces bountiful fruit. The women running this market stall in the capital Asmara said all their produce was grown locally."

Woman stands behind stall laden with oranges, bananas and other fruits
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Early morning training in a stadium in Asmara. Some of the athletes are headed for the Rio Olympics, including the youngest marathon world champion, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, 19."

Early morning training in a stadium in the capital Asmara
BBC

About half of Eritrea's population is Muslim, the other half Christian. Farmers, who keep goats and grow millet and maize, worship at this small mosque in a village near the coast."

Mosque near the coast
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Sudanese Eurotunnel refugee pleads guilty in UK court

Abdul Rahman Haroun outside court
PA

Abdul Rahman Haroun, from Sudan, has pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge in the UK after walking through the Channel Tunnel  last year.   

Mr Haroun was granted asylum in the UK on Christmas Eve last year, but prosecutors still decided to go ahead with the case. 

He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to "obstructing an engine or a carriage using a railway".

The 40 year old is thought to have walked most of the 31 miles from Calaisin France to Folkestone in the UK before he was found inside the tunnel on 4 August.  

 Eurotunnel spokesman John Keefe has previously described the decision to grant him asylum as disappointing.  

The PA news agency has posted video from this morning court case:

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Ugandan elephant 'electrocuted'

two elephants
AFP
Africa's estimated 500,000 elephants are under threat from poaching

An elephant in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park died after being electrocuted by a damaged ground transformer, the private Daily Monitor newspaper reports

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) spokesman Jossy Muhangi said:

The carcass of the elephant was on Monday morning found lying near a ground transformer with cables attached to a nearby electric pole.

The wire mesh fence surrounding the transformer... had been freshly smashed most likely by the jumbo trying to force his way through the enclosure."

Libya forces battle IS militants in Sirte

weaponry on the back of a pick-up truck, 21 June 2016
Reuters

Government-backed forces in Libya have made their largest gains yet into so-called Islamic State (IS) territory in Sirte city since their offensive began in May, officials say.

Troops advanced more than 1km (0.6 miles) into areas previously held by IS, re-taking residential districts.

Dozens of soldiers and IS fighters were reportedly killed.

Read the full BBC News story

'Snake tomato' to the rescue in Nigeria?

Nigeria is facing an agricultural emergency. The moth Tuta Absoluta has attacked one of the country's staple foods, causing tomato prices to soar. 

Scientists have found a pesticide that can kill the insect that carries the disease but some farmers believe pesticides could do more harm than good. 

The BBC's Stephanie Hegarty in Lagos has been hearing about how the "snake tomato" may be the answer:

Nigeria lawmakers demand investigation into sex claims

Three Nigerian lawmakers have called on the House of Representatives to hold a public hearing to investigate allegations by the US embassy that they tried to rape and solicit sex workers on an official visit to to the US, Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper reports

Mark Gbiullah said the allegation against him and the other two lawmakers were false and intended to tarnish their image. 

He added: 

I only have eyes for my wife. I never cheated on her. I wish she was able to come to this hallowed chambers to testify to this."

In a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives, US ambassador James Entwhistle wrote that Mr Gbillah and Samuel Ikon "allegedly requested hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes" while Mohammed Garba Gololo "allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex". 

The alleged incidents happened in Cleveland in April while the three were on an official visit to the US. 

Al-Shabab 'killed top Somali security chief'

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has said it was behind the killing of a top security official who was shot dead by one of his bodyguards, Reuters news agency reports. 

Abdiweli Ibrahim Mohamed, the head of national security in Somalia's Middle Shebelle region, was shot dead yesterday in Jowhar town, about 90km (56 miles) north of the capital, Mogadishu. 

"The assassin ran away, we are pursuing him,"  said police officer Ahmed Mohamud, adding that two bodyguards were wounded in the shooting.

Al-Shabab gunmen
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The al-Qaeda-linked militants are fighting for Islamic rule in Somalia

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

There is no god like one's stomach; we must sacrifice to it every day."

Sent by Kingsley Oje, Benin City, Nigeria.

Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

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