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  1. Zimbabwe demonstrators to face "full wrath of the law"
  2. Zimbabwe protest leader 'arrested'
  3. Museveni roadside phone photo gets people talking
  4. Calm reported in South Sudan capital
  5. Uganda opposition leader granted bail
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 12 July 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:

A fat sheep does not worry about the drought."

A Somali proverb sent by Ahmed Lag, Garissa, Kenya

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

And we leave you with this image of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spending her birthday with Somali girls at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. 

Malala visiting a classroom in Daadab refugee camp in Kenya, July, 2016

Ugandans answer to the #M7Challenge

We posted earlier how Ugandans are mocking President Museveni's unusual photo of himself sitting by a roadside while making a call using the #M7challenge hashtag.

People have shared with us their versions:

@BBCAfrica I was there during #MuseveniPhoneCallChallenge #MuseveniChallenge #M7Challenge

@BBCAfrica I was there during #MuseveniPhoneCallChallenge #MuseveniChallenge #M7Challenge

@BBCAfrica while at my farm in Rukungiri doing the #M7Challenge 😂😂😂i love HE @KagutaMuseveni

@BBCAfrica while at my farm in Rukungiri doing the #M7Challenge 😂😂😂i love HE @KagutaMuseveni

And the challenge is catching on, Kenya's top comedian has pulled a sit-in in the middle of a road in Nairobi, blocking traffic, while engaged in an animated phone call:

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What does the proverb mean?

We start and end the day on the Live Page with a proverb. It's also posted on our Facebook page where people are invited to send in their own interpretations.

This morning we kicked things off with:

A fat sheep does not worry about the drought."

Some interpreted as a warning to be mindful of the future:

It is good we work hard to have reserves for the unknown hard times."

Emekacharles Ugochukwu

But others thought that it was directly referring to recent events in South Sudan:

More poor people suffer and die in times of war than rich people."

Sahr Millimuno Fallah

It clearly means rich people don't care about the death of poor people."

Abdihafid Wadaad

The human cost of the recent Juba fighting

There's no accurate figure, but it's thought hundreds died in the recent violence in South Sudan's capital, Juba.

We've been reporting that the guns have gone quiet today. Sadly, a chance for people to bury the dead.

One man has been tweeting about how he buried a friend today who had fought in the war for South Sudan's independence and who died in the weekend's clashes:

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View more on twitter

Niger Delta Avengers 'attacks' another oil facility

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) says it has blown up another oil facility in the country's oil-producing region. 

In a short message posted on its website, the (NDA) said it blew up an export pipeline belonging to Exxon/Mobil. 

Spokesperson of the group, self-styled Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo who posted the statement asked: “When will these international oil companies learn to listen? We said no to export.” 

The new militant group says it is fighting to gain a better share of the wealth accruing from oil production in the region.   

Nigeria security agencies are yet to confirm the attack.

Fifa lifts the threat of a global ban for Uganda

Fifa says any imminent threat of Uganda being banned from global football for government interference has now been lifted.

The news comes after a meeting on Tuesday involving two representatives from football's world governing body.

A warning was issued in June when the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations was being asked to sign as a trustee with the government.

Fifa deemed this would be government interference which is prohibited under its statutes.

"We are happy the government has agreed not to interfere and will work for the development of football in the country," Luca Nicola, the Manager of Member Associations at Fifa said.

Read more from BBC Sport.

Uganda Cranes
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'At least 40,000 people were displaced' in Juba fighting

Forty-two thousand people have been displaced by the fighting in South Sudan's capital, Juba, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 

Many people remain displaced although some have returned to their homes, the organisation says. 

The displaced people are sheltering at various locations throughout the city, including several churches: 

  • UN House in Jebel, WFP compound in Jebel
  • Unmiss base in Tongping
  • Adra compound, St. Joseph's Parish Church
  • All Saints Anglican Cathedral 
  • St. Theresa's Catholic Cathedral
South Sudan refugees, July 2016

Zimbabwe protesters to face "full wrath of the law"

The BBC's Brian Hungwe in Harare has sent us photographs of the government statement about the protests planned for the next two days.

Interior Minister Ignatius Chombo said: "Let me warn the instigators behind the intended protests that they will face the full wrath of the law."

Photo of statement

He also alleged the protests are being backed by the West.

He said "the Western-sponsored regime change agenda has intensified... It is in this context that foreign elements are being warned against interfering in Zimbabwe's internal affairs".

Photo of statement

Ugandans mock Museveni's photo

It was inevitable that the unusual picture of President Yoweri Museveni sitting at a roadside making a phone call would take on a life of its on, some predicted it would morph into a meme, but none predicted it would inspire similar poses.

Now we have the #M7Challenge. 

Here's a series of Ugandans taking their cue from the president "sitting at a roadside and making a call":

And here goes my #M7Challenge

And here goes my #M7Challenge

@Amina_Kenya on that #M7Challenge

@Amina_Kenya on that #M7Challenge

Hapa ni kuchill kando ya barabara #M7CHALLENGE accepted

Hapa ni kuchill kando ya barabara #M7CHALLENGE accepted

my #M7Challenge #Musevenichallenge

my #M7Challenge #Musevenichallenge

Zimbabwe minster threatens protesters

Zimbabwe's Interior Minister Ignatius Chombo has warned that groups calling for a repeat of last week's strike will face what he called the full wrath of the law. 

Activists have called for another national shutdown on Wednesday and Thursday in protest at unpaid salaries, poverty and corruption. 

This morning, the leader of the campaign Evan Mawarire was charged with inciting public violence and disturbing the peace.   

Interior Minister Ignatius Chombo
Interior Minister Ignatius Chombo talked to journalists this afternoon

'More than 20 truck drivers killed' in South Sudan fighting

At least 16 Kenyan truck drivers and six others from Uganda were killed in the recent violence in South Sudan, an official of a truck driver's association in Kenya has told the BBC's Wanyama wa Chebusiri. 

Nicholas Mbugua, the secretary general of Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers and Allied Workers Union, told our reporter that the drivers were shot dead in South Sudan's capital, Juba, during the weekend fighting. 

Mr Mbugua says he had spoken to a driver who had witnessed the killings. 

The drivers were caught in the crossfire on their way from Juba as soldiers allied to President Salva Kiir battled their counterparts loyal to first Vice-President Riek Machar. 

The fighting claimed the lives of more than 200 people. 

Wreckage of a military truck from recent violence in South Sudan, Reuters July 2016
Wreckage from the fighting can be seen in Juba

March against Ghana MP's allegedly sexist remark

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

A group calling itself Concerned Women of Ghana have been protesting in the capital, Accra, against an allegedly sexist comment reportedly made by an MP about the chairperson of the country’s electoral commission, Charlotte Osei. 

The MP Kennedy Agyapong is alleged to have made the comment during a political rally.

Mr Agyapong has been on the receiving end of sharp criticism from civil society organisations. 

Woman carrying a sign on the demonstration

Today, hundreds of women marched through Accra's main streets demanding that the MP be disciplined. They said the reported remarks could discourage women from taking up leadership positions in the country.  

Mr Agypong has made no comment.

Who's following Mugabe on Twitter?

South African TV station eNCA has published a cartoon on the eve of a planned two-day stay away in protest at the state of the country.

The organiser behind the protest Evan Mawarire has been arrested (see earlier post).

The demonstration has been organised through social media and the WhatsApp messaging service:

View more on twitter

Situation remains dire in South Sudan

The situation is South Sudan is remains desperate and tense, Lagu Joseph, the editor of the Juba Monitor Newspaper has told the BBC's Outside Source programme. 

He says that people who had sought refuge in churches, schools and UN compounds are returning to their homes because food and water supplies are running out. 

He also told the BBC's Nuala McGovern that people were not feeling safe and some were planning to cross the border. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

Cameron and Africa: Five things the UK Prime Minister could be remembered for

The UK is preparing to say farewell to Prime Minister David Cameron, who is stepping down tomorrow.

Most comment about his legacy will focus on the Brexit fallout, but what about his impact in Africa?

Here are five things he could be remembered for:

  1. Libya - David Cameron, along with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was at the forefront of the Nato campaign which supported Libyan rebels against Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. US President Barack Obama said recently that Mr Cameron was distracted in the aftermath which saw the country descend into chaos.
  2. Somalia - In 2013 the British prime minister hosted a summit on Somalia in London, which brought together Somali politicians and the major global players. In 2015, a small group of British soldiers was sent to Somalia to help the AU force there. 
  3. Aid pledge - Mr Cameron made sure that the UK government committed to spending 0.7% of the country's GDP on aid. He stuck to the promise despite being under pressure to drop it in the face of a large government deficit. He also encouraged other countries to match the UK commitment.
  4. Nigeria's corruption - The prime minister's 2016 anti-corruption summit may be best remembered for his description of Nigeria as being "fantastically corrupt". He made the comments to the Queen. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he did not want an apology, rather he wanted the return of stolen Nigerian money.
  5. The selfie - There was a lot going on at the memorial service for South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela in 2013, but one thing it will be remembered for is Mr Cameron, Denmark's PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and President Obama sharing a moment at the service. Mrs Obama did not look impressed.
David Cameron and Barack Obama selfie

Athletics coach facing doping allegations in Kenya released on bail

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Athletics coach Claudio Berardelli has been released on bail in Kenya after he was detained on allegations of being involved in doping.

Mr Berardelli has not commented.

The judge set the bail at $5,000 (£3,800) and ordered him to hand over his passport and return to court on 18 July.

Kenyan athletics has been hit by a series of doping allegations in recent years.

The trombone-playing jazz singer

Every year the small town of Grahamstown in South Africa’s Eastern Cape hosts the National Arts Festival. 

The 11-day festival showcases the best of what the country has to offer in the creative arts sector. 

One of this year's performers, jazz musician Siya Makuzeni, sings and plays the trombone. 

She told the BBC's Taurai Maduna how she balances the two. 

Ghana boy to get life-saving surgery for rare condition

A three-year-old born with his organs outside his abdomen is to undergo life-saving surgery later thanks to a chance meeting with an English couple.

Ethan Suglo, from Ghana, has exomphalos which can be fatal but is routinely treated in the UK.

Last year his father Charles met doctors David and Jacquie Williams when they were visiting Ghana and asked them to examine his son.

The parents helped raise £39,000 ($51,000) to fly Ethan to the UK for surgery.

Ethan on a swing
Ethan's Life-Saving Surgery

He is due to have an operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after doctors in Ghana and neighbouring Nigeria proved unable to help.  

Read more about Ethan's story.

Museveni's phone call picture gets Ugandans talking

People have been reacting to our story about Uganda President Yoweri Museveni's unusual picture sitting on a rural roadside making a phone call.  

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni 11, July, 2016
Uganda State House

Here's a sample of the comments from our Facebook page:  

Not all of us Ugandans are fooled... Why not him sitting alongside Kampala's dusty potholed roads for a phone call rather than photographing himself on a few-well constructed roads in western Uganda, where he hails from? Mzee, better join Hollywood "

Jemba Denis

Museveni is the best president in Africa.You will never be forgotten sir. Thanks for keeping Ugandans safe."

Mawien Marko

Well, I think this was aimed at showing his rivals that he is free to make a call anywhere in Uganda cause he is a Ugandan and the president at that."

Gideon Bahati

Talking on the phone at the roadside won't solve the problems of Uganda for sure."

Hisham Khalloqi

Kenyan based in South Sudan pleads for rescue

A Kenyan based in South Sudan has been tweeting about his experience after the recent violence. 

He has been seeking help from his government and none seems to be forthcoming. 

In one of the updates he says that he wants to take advantage of the evacuation planned by the Ugandan army

Here's a sample of some of the tweets:

4. Museveni has sent his soldiers to evac Ugandans from Nesitu by road. We Kenyans plan to join this convoy, its our only hope

18. We are still asking, is it possible for GoK to coordinate with Uganda's UPDF to secure Juba-Nimule road? Create a humanitarian corridor

7. We spoke to the ambassador at 11am and he said GoK has NO plans to evacuate us; get your own means e.g. KQ. And road not safe @oleitumbi

Kenya to investigate doping claims

Kenya's sports minister says investigations have been launched following media alleging that two Kenyan doctors had given performance enhancing drugs to British athletes.  

Kenya's Sport Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, February 2016

The UK's Sunday Times and German television channel ARD alleged that doping is rife at Kenya's elite training center in Iten. 

In a statement the minister said:

Our security agencies have invited UK Anti Doping agency to partner in the search for the British athletes mentioned in the documentary as having been involved in doping in Kenya, so as to aid the on-going investigations in Kenya."

Kenya's Sport Minister Hassan Wario

He added that the allegations, "were aimed at denting Kenya's image as a great sporting nation and dampening the spirits of the country's 'clean' athletes". 

Picking up the pieces in South Sudan's capital

As people start to emerge from their homes in South Sudan's capital, Juba, after days of clashes, life is beginning to return to some kind of normality.

This resident says the water delivery trucks are back on the road:

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Meanwhile there are a large number of people who have left their homes.

The UN said almost 36,000 people were displaced by the fighting

And some aid workers now have the grim task of dealing with those who have died:

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Ugandan lawyer persecuted by LRA, now defending the rebel commander

Ugandan lawyer Nicholas Opiyo was a child in northern Uganda when his family were persecuted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. 

He is now a leading human rights lawyer who's been involved in some of the country's most high-profile court cases. 

Now he has decided to defend a former LRA rebel Commander in court. But why?

Listen to the full interview from the BBC's Outlook programme:

Changing someone's life one book at a time

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Some Nigerian youths have started a book bank and are encouraging people to donate books that they no longer need so that they can be given to schools and students who cannot afford to buy books.   

People collecting books

Book Bank Nigeria head Fateema Bello told the BBC that they have identified schools in the capital, Abuja, which will benefit from the books. 

The group is also looking for more volunteers for the project. 

The plan is to spread this to other parts of the country.

Many parents cannot afford books and in many schools do not have enough for all the pupils.

"A single book can go a long way in improving a child's life," Ms Bello said.

Book Bank Nigeria has been tweeting images of some of the books it has received:

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More images of Malala's visit to Kenya refugee camp

Malala visits refugee camp in Kenya, July 2016

We reported earlier that Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is spending her birthday with Somali refugees in Kenya

The BBC's Bashkas Jugodsa’ay, who's covering the visit, has snapped more photos from the trip. This time of some of the girls waiting to meet the child rights campaigner:

Malala visits refugee camp in Kenya, July 2016
Malala visits refugee camp in Kenya, July 2016

Protesters killed in northern Mali

Soldiers in Mali have opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Gao. 

Reports say two people have been killed and several wounded. 

They were demonstrating against the introduction of a new interim authority in the region, which has been unstable following a rebellion by Islamist and Tuareg fighters in 2012. 

A Malian journalist has been tweeting details:

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It says: "Two dead, seven wounded, provisional assessment of the demonstration against the putting in place of the interim authorities."

Zimbabweans react to arrest of #ThisFlag movement leader

People in Zimbabwe have been reacting to news of the arrest of the leader of #ThisFlag movement on social media. 

Pastor Evan Mawarire has been charged with inciting public violence and disturbing the peace

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View more on twitter

Mr Mawarire had called for a two-day stay away protest starting tomorrow:

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Uganda opens hotline for citizens in South Sudan

Following on from the call by Uganda's president to evacuate its citizens from South Sudan, the country has now opened a special phone line:

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There are a lot of Ugandan traders and business people living in South Sudan.

DR Congo opposition leader says state tried to kill him

A leading opposition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moise Katumbi, for president says he was poisoned as part of a government plot to kill him, the AP news agency reports.

Moise Katumbi told AP that police injected him with an unknown substance during a demonstration in May outside a courthouse in Lubumbashi. 

He had been summoned to court on allegations he hired mercenaries to be his bodyguards, allegations he calls a  "big joke.'' 

Police fired tear gas outside the venue, and Mr Katumbi fell ill. He was medically evacuated to South Africa and has since sought treatment in London and Germany. 

DR Congo's communications minister Lambert Mende was unavailable for comment but has previously dismissed allegations that police harmed Mr Katumbi,  AP reports.

Moise Katumbi, DR Congo opposition leader. June 2015

Museveni's phone call photo excites Ugandans

The press secretary to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has shared an unsual picture of her boss. It shows him on a comfy seat, sat on the roadside making a 30-minute call. 

The photo, as expected, has got the Twitterati excited:

.@KagutaMuseveni acknowledges passersby as he makes his phone call, Kyeirumba Village in Isingiro @UgandaMediaCent

.@KagutaMuseveni acknowledges passersby as he makes his phone call, Kyeirumba Village in Isingiro @UgandaMediaCent

The jokes are currently referring to the decision to grant opposition leader Kizza Besigye bail:

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View more on twitter

This is how the press officer explained what is happening on her Facebook page:

"On the way from Isingiro District yesterday... President Museveni stopped at Kyeirumba Village to make a phone call. 

"Curious residents gathered to look at the president, who after 30 minutes on phone, briefly interacted with them. 

"They thanked the government for tarmacking the road linking Uganda to Tanzania through Isingiro.”

Zimbabwe #ThisFlag protest leader 'arrested'

Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper is reporting that the leader of the #ThisFlag protest movement has been arrested.

Evan Mawarire went to a police station in the capital, Harare, after responding to a police summons (see earlier story).

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One of the #ThisFlag Twitter accounts released a video to be used on the occasion of his arrest:

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#ThisFlag had called for a two-day stay away starting tomorrow.

Malala spending birthday with Somali refugees in Kenya

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who is also a global children's rights activist, is visiting Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. 

She will be spending time with girls at the camp on her 19th birthday. 

The BBC's Bashkas Jugodsa’ay has snapped some photos of Malala arriving at the camp: 

Malala arriving in Dadaab, July 2016
Malala arriving in Dadaab, July 2016

Juba airport 'reopens'

A radio station in South Sudan's capital, Juba, is tweeting comments that the airport has reopened. It was closed at the weekend after clashes between rival groups of soldiers broke out.

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Meanwhile, details of the humanitarian situation thrown up by the violence are coming out.

The Reuters news agency is reporting that the UN says that 36,000 people fled the violence and are seeking shelter at UN camps in Juba.

The UN has released images of some displaced people in one of the camps:

People at an IDP camp in Juba

Uganda's opposition leader Besigye leave courts

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye was waving to his supporters as he left court in the capital, Kamapla, after he was granted bail (see earlier post)

Our reporter there has shared two short videos on Twitter:

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Why did Africa boycott the 1966 World Cup in England?

England's World Cup victory in 1966 is the main thing that most English people know about the World Cup that the country hosted.

But there's a lesser-known story, about how it was boycotted by an entire continent - Africa.

Piers Edwards travelled to Accra, Cairo and back to London, to research what happened:  

Uganda to evacuate its citizens from South Sudan

Uganda will deploy its army to evacuate some of its citizens from South Sudan, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo and UPDF Paddy Ankunda have confirmed: 

#PresidentMuseveni has ordered the evacuation of #Ugandans in Nisitu, east of #RNile #SSudan by road @UgandaMediaCent @Jadwong

UPDF to conduct safe evacuation for Ugandans trapped in south Sudan

#UPDF will not deploy in Juba. Few troops to secure movement of evacuated civilians

Uganda opposition leader Besigye out on bail

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been granted bail after being in custody for two months on treason charges, the BBC's Patience Atuhaire reports from the capital, Kampala.

The judge set the bail at $30,000 and said Mr Besigye should end his party's defiance campaign, including demonstrations and weekly prayers at his party's headquarters.

He also told the opposition leader to live peacefully and not cause any violence.

Our reporter says he just came out of the court building and flashed a victory sign.

He said: "I'm very happy to be out."

The charges relate to allegedly declaring himself president and holding a swearing-in ceremony after February's presidential poll.

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Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag leader being held at Harare police station

Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire, who has been leading the #ThisFlag campaign, has taken himself to a Harare police station ahead of a planned two-day protest, starting tomorrow, reports the BBC's Brian Hungwe.

The campaign has mostly been organised on social media using the #ThisFlag hashtag.

Many workers observed last week's stay away which left Zimbabwe's main cities deserted

Our reporter says it's not clear what charges Mr Mawarire will be facing or whether he will be released.

A video of Mr Mawarire was shared on social media yesterday where he said that he had been summoned by the police and also listed the issues behind the #ThisFlag campaigning including:

  • Fire corrupt ministers
  • Pay civil servants on time
  • Remove police roadblocks and end brutality

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Ceasefire 'holding' in South Sudan

A ceasefire ordered by both sides in the clashes between troops loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar is reported to be holding. 

The capital, Juba, is quiet after days of intense fighting that has claimed hundreds of lives.

But aid workers say the humanitarian situation in the city is dire, with shortages of food and clean water, and thousands of civilians sheltering in churches. 

Both the president and the vice-president are now facing pressure from the United Nations, the US, and neighbouring countries to respect the peace deal they both signed last year in order to prevent South Sudan sliding back into civil war.

People in Juba have been tweeting about how things are this morning:

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View more on twitter
IDP camp
Some Juba residents fled to temporary camps when the fighting broke out