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  1. South Africa anger over #RacistRant video
  2. Kenya sex offender jailed for 90 years
  3. Zambian politicians warned over election violence
  4. Congo opposition politician arrested
  5. US ambassador in Nigeria in warning to lawmakers
  6. Kenyan MPs charged over hate speech
  7. Email stories and comments to - Friday 17 June 2016

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By Clare Spencer 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:

It is by persistence that the termites build their nest."

A Luo proverb sent by Michael Oduor Wod Ajuang, Siaya, Kenya

And we leave you with this picture from Ivory Coast of customs officials who look happy to have found elephant tusks in some cargo from Nigeria - the largest seizure in a decade. 

It's in our collection of the best photos from across Africa this week.


Warning over election delay in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A group of UN experts whose job it is to forecast what may happen in the next six months have put the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo high on the list of issues of concern, the Reuters news agency reports.

They are concerned about the possibilty that elections - due in November - could be delayed.

They say this "would likely trigger wide political unrest in a situation similar to that of post-electoral Burundi".

Joseph Kabila
There are concerns that President Joseph Kabila will not relinquish power at the end of the year

Mother of South African #RacistRant woman speaks to media

We wrote earlier about the controversy in South Africa over a video showing a white woman ranting about black people using derogatory and racist language.

The hashtag #RacistRant has been trending in South Africa as people take to Twitter to share their feelings.

As the argument rages, South Africa's News24 website has spoken to the mother of the woman in the video.

She said she was "absolutely shocked" to hear her daughter speak that way.

"What they said there and what I saw, it is not what I agree with, definitely not. Who would do a thing like that in their right mind?"   

News24 has put the interview on YouTube:

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What will the UK's EU referendum result mean to South Africa?

On Thursday the UK will vote in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union. 

So why does this matter to South Africa?

One word. Wine. 

Wine harvesting

If the UK votes to leave the EU it could mean South African wines have a better chance of competing against Italian and French wines.  

But then it could also mean that French, Spanish and Italian wine exporters might see an opportunity to squeeze South Africa out of the UK market in trade deals.

And as around a quarter of the wine from the Western Cape is imported to the UK, the uncertainty has been causing winemakers concern.

Watch more on the effect of UK's EU referendum result mean on Africa Business Report.

Nigerian lawmaker 'shocked' by sex assault allegations

Member of Nigeria's House of Representatives Mohammed Garba-Gololo was named by the US ambassador in Nigeria as being involved in a sexual assault while on an official trip to the US (see earlier entry).

Mr Garba-Gololo told the BBC that the allegations were "false and unfounded".

He said he was "shocked and embarrassed" by the claim and has threatened to take legal action himself.

Hear the interview he gave to the BBC's Isa Sanusi:

Virginity bursary scheme in South Africa ruled illegal

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

A commission in South Africa has ruled that a university bursary offered to virgins is “unlawful, unfair, unreasonable and unconstitutional”. 

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) ruled that the maidens' bursary fund offered by the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal should be discontinued. 

News of the bursary caused an outcry earlier this year, with some saying it was discriminatory. 

The scheme was meant to encourage girls to remain “pure”, it was reported. 

Virginity testing is practiced in some South African cultures and is consitutionally protected provided it is done with the girl’s consent. 

But the commission was worried that how the municipality was using the practice was unfair to the girls concerned.

"Culture and cultural practice should not be used as a factor to exclude those who do not subscribe... from benefiting or receiving from services provided by government," CGE head Keketso Maema told media. 

The recipients had to undergo virginity testing every holiday to show that were not sexually active. 

Mayor of South African town
uThukela municipality mayor Dudu Mazibuko mayor introduced the scheme

Turning Africa upside down

Africa was split up "like it was a chocolate cake" by colonialists who knew nothing about the continent, apart from how to loot it, says our satirical President Olushambles.

So he has decided to redraw the map.

First he turned the map upside down and then he couldn't resist expanding his own country.

Listen to his expansionist plans in our regular comedy series Resident Presidents:

Olushambles goes berserk with a pair of scissors

'We do not accept discrimination'

Fama Ka, who's visually impaired, is a disability rights campaigner in Senegal.

She says: 

People used to believe that the blind should stay home or beg. We do not accept this anymore."

This week we've been profiling some people who are doing pioneering work on disability rights on the continent:

We've also been holding a Facebook discussion in the last hour on the issue.

Mozambique asks Malawi to use their roads despite attacks

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

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Mozambique's army is patrolling the Gorongosa mountains

Mozambique's transport minister has called on landlocked neighbours to continue using Mozambican roads, railways and ports. 

Carlos Mesquita was reacting to the news that the Malawian government plan to quit using Mozambican roads due to attacks.

Last week four Malawian trucks were ambushed, and some of them set on fire, by Renamo armed militias on Mozambique’s national road number seven.

Mr Mesquita insisted that the security risks were temporary.

"The military and political situation in the country is something that will pass," he told me.


My near-death experience

The head of Somalia's journalists union Mohammed Moalimu was caught in a militant attack in January which left him in hospital for a month.

But he considers himself lucky because he survived.

He has been recalling the attack in a restaurant in the capita,l Mogadishu with BBC Focus on Africa:

A huge blast hit my head. I could hear everything but I couldn’t see anything. I could hear the militants phoning their colleagues and explaining the situation. They thought I had died and was just lying on the floor."

Listen to the interview:  

Kenyan MPs charged with hate speech get bail

Eight Kenyan politicians, who have been charged with hate speech and incitement to violence, have been given bail at the High Court in the capital, Nairobi.

The three government and five opposition parliamentarians all denied the charges.

They relate to alleged comments regarding the assassination of opposition leader Raila Odinga (see earlier entry).

Supporters crowded around the gates of the heavily-guarded court in the morning.

Crowds outside court gates

UN expert criticises Burundi's treatment of 'defenceless pupils'

Prime Ndikumagenge

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

In Burundi, a UN human rights expert has expressed serious concerns over the treatment of students accused of defacing President Pierre Nkurunziza's portrait in their text books.

Nine schools are being investigated in eastern Burundi after photos of the president were defaced in text books.

Today, more than 80 students were banned indefinitely from school in a region south of the country. In another school more than 230 pupils have been suspended 

Eleven students in other provinces are already being prosecuted for insulting the president by defacing his photo, punishable by five to 10 years in jail.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Bujumbura, Kristof Heyns said the authorities’ response was completely out of proportion:

One would expect teachers to talk to their students and solve the issue there... It looks like something that will have the effect of intimidation on the population as a whole if schoolchildren, who are really defenceless, are subject to very strong-armed action."

Portrait of President Nkurunziza
Students defaced President Pierre Nkurunziza's portrait in their textbooks

South Africa #RacistRant video attracts widespread crticism

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africans are reacting with outrage on social media to an incident in which a woman was filmed on camera hurling insults at black people. 

The film has been uploaded by South Africa's eNCA news channel.

The woman who had just been robbed in a smash-and-grab incident refused to be helped by black police officers. 

She repeatedly used a derogatory word for black people. 

She not only threatened to shoot black people but she also said she would run them over with a car.

The woman had not been identified - and the hashtag #RacistRant is now trending on Twitter:

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Boko Haram 'kills 18 women at funeral'

Islamist militants Boko Haram militants have shot dead 18 women at a funeral in Nigeria's northeast, rampaging through a village, setting houses on fire and shooting at random, witnesses and local government officials told Reuters news agency on Friday. 

The attack took place at about 5 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday in the village of Kuda in Adamawa State. 

Resident Moses Kwagh told Reuters that people waited until three hours after the attack and then counted 18 women's bodies. 

Some women were still missing, he said. A police source confirmed the attack but said it was not yet clear how many people had been killed. 

'Pretty Boy' the elephant survives bullet in the head

Frankie McCamley

BBC News


An elephant has survived being shot in the head by suspected poachers in Zimbabwe. 

The male, nicknamed "Pretty Boy", is thought to have been living with the wound for up to six weeks before he was rescued. 

Vets from Aware, an animal conversation trust in Zimbabwe, say they went into Mana Pools National Park to treat a few elephants with minor injuries - and one called Pretty Boy approached them.

Lisa Marabini told the BBC if the shot had been a few centimetres lower down it would have killed the animal. 

She said the bull was amazingly calm: "Generally elephants flap their ears at you but he didn't... no aggression whatsoever - it's like he knew we were there with the intention of helping him."

The vets hope the animal, who's thought to be around 25 years old, will recover fully from Monday's operation - but may need a second treatment. 

Mana Pools has long been a target of poachers who kill elephants for their ivory

West Ham sign Algerian Sofiane Feghouli

Sofiane Feghouli
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West Ham have signed winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old Algeria international spent six seasons at the Spanish club, scoring 42 goals in 243 appearances.

The 2012 Algerian Footballer of the Year, Feghouli has 40 caps and has played in three major tournaments.

Read more on the BBC Sport website.

Kenyan paedophile gets 90-year jail sentence

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

A 23-year-old volunteer primary school teacher in Kenya has been sentenced to 90 years in jail for sexually abusing his pupils.

John Gichia Mugi was charged with sexually assaulting 10 boys when he was their boarding master at a primary school in central Kenya in 2015. 

The judge said the teacher had betrayed parents' trust and committed a horrendous act on the boys he was supposed to look after. 

The 90-year jail term may be one of the longest and jail term given to a sexual offender in Kenya.

Warning against campaign violence in Zambia

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia's Electoral Commission has threatened to suspend all political party campaigns if political violence continues ahead of the 11 August general election. 

The commission's spokesperson Chrispin Akufuna told local media that politicians' supporters must stop all acts of violence:

It is unacceptable that at this stage of our democracy we should have blatant disregard for the code of conduct as has been exhibited by some political party supporters.

It is the responsibility of all political parties participating in elections to restrain their members and cadres from provoking their opponents and inciting violence. "

There have been several recent incidents involving supporters of the opposition United Party for National Development and the governing Patriotic Front.

These include the disruption of rallies, fighting and attacking cars branded with party colours.

President Edgar Lungu and his main rival Hakainde Hichilema (both pictured below) have been out on the campaign trail ahead of August's vote.

Edgar Lungu at rally
Edgar Ngoma
Hakainde Hichilema
Brian Mwiinga

Mozambique agree to use foreign mediators in peace talks

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

Renamo soldiers are usually stationed in a camp in the Gorongosa mountains

The Mozambican government has conceded the ex-rebel Renamo movement's demand to involve foreign mediators in peace talks.

Last year Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama returned to his former bush military headquarters in the central Sofala province from where he has been ordering his armed militias to attack government and civilian targets.

These included looting and ambushes.

The attacks were intended to pressurise the government to hand over to the governance of six provinces to Renamo.

President Filipe Nyusi said that he finally accepted the demand for foreign mediators because he could no longer bear the suffering caused by Renamo. 

Experts back plan to stretch yellow fever vaccine

Girl getting immunised
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The vaccine has been depleted this year after a yellow fever outbreak in Angola

Independent experts have recommended using a fifth of the standard dose of the yellow fever vaccine because of a global shortage to combat the worst outbreak in decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, Reuters news agency reports. 

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said one fifth of a dose would be sufficient to provide immunity for at least 12 months.

The global stockpile of yellow fever vaccines currently stands at six million doses, WHO said in a statement. 

Read the latest WHO situation report.

Nigerian lawmakers' alleged behaviour 'leads to poor impression of Nigerians'

We've already posted about the letter from the US ambassador to Nigeria criticising the alleged behaviour of Nigerian parliamentarians while on an official trip to the US.

One of them, Mohammed Garba Gololo, was reportedly involved in a sexual assault incident, which he has said are "totally false, baseless and unfounded".

The US letter has some very strong words for Nigerian officials in general:

While the majority of Nigerian visitors to the United States do behave appropriately, even a few Nigerians demonstrating poor judgement leads to a poor impression of the Nigerian people generally, though it is far from accurate."

BreakingSecond EgyptAir black box 'found'

A second black box has been found from the crashed EgyptAir flight, investigators say.

Further details to follow.

Mali plea for boost to peacekeepers

28 peacekeepers have been killed so far this year in Mali

BBC Afrique reports that Mali has appealed to the UN to bolster the peacekeeping mission there to combat an increase in deadly attacks by Islamist militants. 

The Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita told the UN Security Council that the deterioration was a threat to all nations in the region. 

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said losses could have been avoided if the troops had been equipped with armoured vehicles strong enough to withstand roadside bombs. 

Congo presidential challenger arrested for plotting against the state

One of the challengers to Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso in this year's election has been detained.

General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, who came third in the poll, was picked up for allegedly conspiring against the state.

General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko
General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko won 14% of the vote in March's election

A video has been circulating that purports to show him discussing a plot against the government.

His lawyer told the BBC that the general denies the charges and described the charges as politically motivated.

President Sassou Nguesso has been in power for more than 30 years.

Murdered British MP praised for Sudan work

Tributes are still coming in for the British opposition MP Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed on Thursday.

She had only been an MP for just over a year and before that she was a prominent voice in international development, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

The aid agency Oxfam, where she worked from 2001 to 2009, has released a statement in her memory:

She was an inspiring leader, really bringing the best out of all of us, always positive, always believing we could win, and always passionate for change. She was particularly brilliant at bringing huge energy to our campaigning around the desperate humanitarian crisis in Darfur."

Jo Cox
Jo Cox died at the age of 41

Read more about her here.

Pastor tells Zimbabwe bank governor to scrap bond notes

A pastor who shot to fame the last month in Zimbabwe has thanked the governor of the country's reserve bank for inviting him to a meeting on Thursday:

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Pastor Evan Mawarire didn't hold back in his criticism of the governor's plans to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country.

In his speech, which he posted on Facebook, he called it an immoral plan.

"We are asked to go to a place that we are too familiar," he said.

He was referring to the period of hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe - when Zimbabwe went as far as issuing multi-billion dollar notes:

A Zimbabwean looks at a $50bn Zimbabwean issued on 13 January 2009

The pastor became an accidental celebrity in May when he took to social media and called for Zimbabweans to re-own their flag, to stop wishing they lived in another country, and to force the politicians to answer questions on their lack of accountability and corrupt ways without fear. 

Watch the BBC's Brian Hungwe explain how the bond notes will work.

Top Kenyan satirist back in the papers

One of Kenya's leading satirical cartoonists, Gado, is back after being dropped in March by the Nation newspaper.

His contract was not renewed. He alleged that the management were reacting to pressure from the government but the paper denied this.

The Standard newspaper has now employed him, and has devoted a full page spread to three of his cartoons.

He has also tweeted some of them, including this one suggesting there isn't much to choose from the country's two leading political alliances at the moment:

Screen grab of cartoon

'Cubs of the caliphate' used as IS recruitment tool

The Islamic State group phone app aimed at children that the Nigerian government warned about yesterday is just one of a plethora of ways being used to recruit people through their children, reports BBC Monitoring

We reported yesterday that the Nigerian government has warned parents that the Islamic State group has launched a new mobile phone application to promote jihad among children.

In a statement, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed urged parents to make sure their children stayed away from the application.

The IS spelling app for children uses images of military hardware to illustrate letters:

Screenshot from IS Android spelling app for children
IS Media
Screenshot from IS Android spelling app for children
IS Media

'We don't have to accept sub-standard leadership'

The man behind the $5m-prize for African leadership has been explaining why it wasn't awarded for a second year in a row.

The criteria for ex-presidents to get the prize are hard to meet and Mo Ibrahim is unapologetic: 

There's an issue of excellency in leadership - that's not an African phenomenon, it's a global phenomenon.

It's not because we're Africans that we have to affect sub-standards. Excellence is excellence."

Mr Ibrahim has been speaking to the BBC's Newsday programme:

Since its launch in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has only been awarded four times.

Supporters out in force at Kenya court

The BBC's David Wafula is sending more pictures through of the scene outside the High Court in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where eight parliamentarians are attending an initial hearing over charges of incitement to violence (see earlier entry).

Four are from the opposition Orange Democratic Movement, and this woman has turned out to support them:

Supporter of the Orange Democratic Movement

There are lots of other interested onlookers:

Supporters outside court

Fake phones turned off in Tanzania

Woman looking at phone
Tanzanians were given time to check if their phones were fake

Our reporter tweets that thousands of people in Tanzania will have woken up to find their phones aren't working:

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The government switched off counterfeit phones at midnight.

Fake handsets don't have authentic International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.

So Tanzania's communication agency launched a new system in December called the Central Equipment Identification Register, which contains a database of all IMEI numbers. 

Last night they paired it with the network providers' databases, which made it possible to block all counterfeit phones from accessing the network.

Kenyan MPs in court over incitement to violence

Seven Kenyan MPs, one senator and a student are in court in the capital, Nairobi, over allegations of incitement to violence.

The BBC's David Wafula says there is tight security outside the High Court:

Security at the court

And, he adds, supporters are singing outside the court compound calling for the release of the parliamentarians.

This stems back to comments that one MP, Moses Kuria, allegedly made last weekend saying that opposition leader Raila Odinga should be killed. 

Mr Kuria has denied this. He is in court, along with two other government MPs.

Four opposition parliamentarians responded saying they would organise protection for their leader themselves.

The police says that this amounted to incitement.

Soldiers outside the court

US warns Nigerian parliamentarians over alleged sex assault

The US ambassador to Nigeria has warned members of Nigeria's House of Assembly that their future official visits to the US could be in jeopardy over an alleged sexual assault that reportedly happened during a trip by some lawmakers to the US.

James Entwistle wrote a letter to the speaker outlining what allegedly happened and saying that when it was brought to the attention of other members of the delegation "they reacted very negatively... further calling into question their judgement".

But the lawmakers have denied the allegations and have threatened to sue the US government for character assassination.

Ten lawmakers were invited to the International Visitor Leadership Program held between 7-13 April in Cleveland, Ohio, and three of them were accused of gross misconduct. 

In a response to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Gololo dimissed the allegation as "totally false, baseless and unfounded". 

"I categorically deny that any such incident happened," he added. 

Mr Goloo said he was demanding an apology from the US government over the allegations or would take legal action to clear his name.

Nigerian and US flags

Wise words

Today’s African proverb:

It is by persistence that the termites build their nest."

A Luo proverb sent by Michael Oduor Wod Ajuang, Siaya, Kenya
Termites' nest

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