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Summary

  1. Thousands rally in support of Mugabe
  2. LRA 'seizes 349 people' in CAR this year
  3. Demonstration in South Sudan against planned AU force
  4. WFP declares drought emergency in southern Africa
  5. Zambian police raid opposition leader's home
  6. French troops killed in Libya
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  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 20 July 2016

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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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A reminder of today's wise words:

"A family is like a forest. When you are outside it is dense. When you're inside you see that each tree has its place."

Sent by Joseph Macfoy, Kenema, Sierra Leone.

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

And we leave you with this image of activists protesting for the rights of sex workers in Durban, South Africa, during the international Aids convention:

Sex work activists protesting in Durban
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South Sudan warns AU

A spokesman for South Sudan's army has warned the African Union (AU) not to send peacekeepers without the approval of the government. 

Lul Ruai Koang said that "any deployment of a foreign force that is not authorized by the political leadership is going to be resisted", the Associated Press news agency reports.

Members of the civil society and political parties participate in a protest against foreign military deployment to South Sudan in the capital Juba, July 20, 2016
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Hundreds of people rallied in the capital, Juba, to protest against the AU's plan to send troops with a "robust mandate" to end conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar. 

Mr Kiir is opposed to the plan and AP quotes protest organiser Ajongo Ajongo as saying: 

If the international community continues to bring in all their alleged military in South Sudan, we will fight them whether they come by air or by road

We will be malicious. South Sudan will become an even worse place than Afghanistan. Let the peace come from us. Don't impose things on us. It will be regrettable."

Zimbabwe rally a 'boost for Mugabe'

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

A supporter of the ruling party Zanu PF holds a poster outside the party headquarters to show support for President Robert Mugabe following a wave of anti-governement protests over the last two weeks in Harare, Zimbabwe July 20, 2016
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The march in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, must have been a huge psychological boost for President Robert who is facing growing calls to resign as the economic crisis in the southern African state worsens. 

The 92-year-old Mr Mugabe was not in attendance, but the ruling Zanu-PF party's youth wing - which organised the march - announced that he had donated 1,000 hectares of residential stands for the building of homes. 

Youth leader Kudzai Chipanga said that by the 2018 election, young people would own homes and be landlords, not lodgers. 

Talk of the 2018 election was a dominant theme at the rally, with supporters of Mr Mugabe calling on Zimbabweans to unite behind him. 

One man at the rally told me:

Mr Mugabe is my hero. We are happy with his leadership."

This is not the view of many other Zimbabweans who point out that the country is facing such a severe financial and economic crisis that civil servants aren't even paid on time.

They question whether solidarity marches are enough to save Mr Mugabe - and the country.

They say Zimbabwe needs solutions - and quickly.

See earlier posts for more details

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Analysis: Western nations may get entangled in Libya conflict

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya
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Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 revolution, has been at war for two years. During this time Gen Khalifa Haftar, head of the armed forces backed by Libya's eastern administration, has sought to oust a mix of mainly Islamist militias, including those with IS affiliations, from the city.

In recent months, his fighters have made significant gains, which analysts suspect are largely thanks to logistical support from the French special forces operating there.

Some members of the various militias they are fighting have recently regrouped, now calling themselves the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB).  

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 revolution
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Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 revolution

A social media news account affiliated to the BDB has reported that the group was responsible for shooting down the French helicopter. Whatever their affiliations, they show the conflict is a long way from being resolved.

Foreign special forces from a number of countries have been operating in or over Libya for quite some time now, but the nature and extent of these operations have largely been secretive.  

The death of the French soldiers is likely to trigger hard questions for Western nations getting entangled in a war with multiple and complex dimension.

SA's great white shark under threat

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

20/07/2016 Reuters Researchers Leonard Compangnio and Stephen Swanson perform an autopsy on a 3.5 meter long female Great White Shark found in fishing nets off the coastal town of Mossel bay, 400 kilometers east of Cape Town, South Africa, in this July 17, 2001
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An autopsy is conducted on a shark found in fishing nets

The most feared of animals. Now one of the most vulnerable.

The South African white shark faces extinction with new research conducted over six years along the country’s shoreline showing that its population was between 353 and 522, half the level previously thought.

University of Stellenbosch researcher Sara Andreotti, who spearhaded what is the largest study in South African waters to create the first ever database of the shark population, said that if  "we don't do something drastic now, legislation wise and management wise, we risk losing this iconic predator”. The impact of nets and baited hooks used by fishing vessels on the eastern seaboard of South Africa are among the reasons for the dwindling shark population.  Other contributing factors are poaching, pollution and over-fishing depriving them of their food sources.

The researchers hope that the study could be replicated on an international scale - that white sharks will be more closely monitored and better protection measures will be put in place. 

If not, they warn that the king of the ocean will be on the brink of extinction.

'Send me back to Africa' - a unique response to racism

Larry Mitchell
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African-American man starts fundraising petition in response to racist comments.

This is the phrase being used by a crowdfunding campaign, currently going viral, which is being seen as a unique response to racism.

 The campaign seems to take racists at face value, and asks for donations in order for its black founder to be able to go "back to Africa."

Larry Mitchell, an African-American man from Kokomo, Indiana, started the clearly ironic GoFundMe petition, and has had his page shared more than 30,000 times on various social media platforms. In the blurb for the petition Mitchell wrote:

"If you want me to go back to Africa I will gladly go… you can help make your dream and mine come true… accepting all donations. KKK, Skin Heads and anyone else with like mind thinking are welcome to donate… Thank you.. God bless you and America… #putyourmoneywhereyourhateis."

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Larry Mitchell

'Send me back to Africa' - a unique response to racism

African-American man starts fundraising petition in response to racist comments.

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South African Meintjes moves up in Tour de France

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes
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South Africa’s Louis Meintjes has moved up to 10th place overall in the ongoing Tour de France after today’s 17th stage that covered 184.5 Kilometres. 

He is now 6 minutes 07 seconds behind the overall leader Kenyan-born Chris Froome with four stages left of this year’s race. 

Meintjes who races for the Italian team Lampre-Merida. He finished 15 on today’s stage and despite moving up the overall standings he lost 11 seconds to Britain’s Adam Yates in the race for the White Jersey for the best under-25 rider – Mientjes is still second to Yates but is now 3 minutes 14 seconds behind. 

The race finishes on Sunday in Paris and Meintjes set to the highest placed African ever on the Tour.

Zimbabwean churches hit out at government

Women beat a pot as they demonstrate on 16 July 2016 in front of the City Hall in Bulawayo
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Women beat pots during a protest on Saturday to draw attention to growing hunger

Zimbabwe's churches have issued a hard-hitting statement against the government, saying citizens have lost confidence in it. 

Six groups - including the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Council of Churches, which includes Anglican clerics -  called on the government to address the grievances of people rather than arresting and "demonising" clerics. 

In a joint statement, they said the government should enter into all-inclusive talks to hammer out solutions for the following problems:

  • The unemployment rate of "more than 80%"
  • The $15bn diamond revenue reported to be missing
  •  Moves to impose bond notes despite "clear resistance" from the business sector and citizens  
  • "Loss of trust" in the government's ability to pay civil servants
  • The "collapse" of state-owned firms caused by "rampant and high levels of unaccountability and impunity"
  • "Lack of consultation" over the National School Pledge, leading to "resistance and constitutional challenges" from citizens
  • Restriction of imports, thus "crippling" cross-border trade and "destroying livelihoods of thousands" and
  • "Unnecessary" police roadblocks.  

See our earlier posts for more details

Tunisia 'militant cell cracked'

Tunisia's security forces have dismantled a cell linked to the militant Islamic State group that was planning attacks against sites in the coastal town of Sousse, the interior ministry has said. 

A South African village blighted by Aids

In one village in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa, every household has been affected by HIV.

As South Africa hosts a major HIV-Aids conference, the BBC's Karen Allen has been to one of the country's HIV hot spots in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The South African village blighted by Aids

Photos of torched Kenyan schools

We reported earlier that Kenyan students have been burning their schools because they want extended holidays. 

The BBC's Muliro Telewa has been visiting schools in Kisii county in western Kenya, which has been mostly affected by the recent fire incidents. 

He has sent us images of the aftermath of the fires:

Burnt books after school fire in Kenya.
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Burnt books after school fire in Kenya.
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Aftermath of school fire in Kenya.
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Aftermath of school fire in Kenya.
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Mugabe will rule 'until he dies'

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Mugabe (archive photo)
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Mr Mugabe led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 92, will die in office, the youth leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party has said. 

Kudzai Chipanga made the comments while addressing about 5,000 people at a rally in the capital, Harare, in what appeared to be an attempt to counter opposition-organised protests. 

He said:

Mr Mugabe will die in office. It was written in the Bible that he won't just rule the country, but would die in office."

Crowd in Harare
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Not surprisingly, #ThisFlag campaigner Pastor Evan Mawarire incurred the wrath of Mr Chipanga who said: 

Nowhere is it written that pastors would rule this country. Let me warn you - these protests must stop forthwith.

We, as Zanu-PF, we reacted to colonialism in 1980 and won. We are still in charge and nothing is going to change."

African organisations feted for Aids work

Several African community organisations working on HIV-Aids projects have been named winners of the UNAids' Red Ribbon Award

The award, given every two years, to groups which have made a positive impact in reducing the spread and impact of Aids. 

The winning organisations are from Burundi, Kenya and Nigeria.

They were presented with their prizes in a special session at the global Aids summit in Durban, South Africa. 

The head of UNAids, Michael Sidibe, acknowledged the organisations for helping end or reduce the impact of the epidemic:

Across regions and cultures, communities are showing the world that ending Aids is possible. Their courage, innovation and leadership is helping us overcome barriers and better respond to the needs of those most affected by the epidemic.”

The UNAids Red Ribbon Awards is given every two years
UNAIDS

Child labour still a problem despite decline in numbers

The BBC's Tulanana Bohela has been visiting a child rescue centre in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam. 

The centre provides shelter to children who have been exploited for their labour.

Child labour still a problem despite decline
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According to the latest report by the country's statistics office, child labour has been decreasing in the last 10 years. But not by very much and it's still a big issue. 

Of the 15 million children between the ages of five and 17, 4.2 million Tanzanian children are in work.

The sectors that continue to use children are agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Child labour still a problem despite decline
BBC

Court rules against SABC over censorship

Demonstrators rally outside the offices of South Africa"s public broadcaster on July 1, 2016 in Johannesburg to protest against alleged bias and self-censorship in news coverage ahead of key municipal elections
AFP

A court in South Africa has blocked the public broadcaster from implementing its controversial decision  to stop showing images of violent protests on its television stations and news site.

The Helen Suzman Foundation brought the case against the SABC, accusing it of censorship. 

The broadcaster said it took the decision to avoid inciting violence. 

South Africa has been hit by a wave of protests ahead of local government elections next month. 

The governing ANC is facing its biggest challenge from the opposition in South Africa's cities - including Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

A BBC reporter has been tweeting about the court order: 

View more on twitter

See earlier post for more details. 

'Big' show of support for Mugabe

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Crowd at Harare rally
BBC

Thousands of youth are rallying at the headquarters of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party in the capital, Harare. 

The reason? To protest against stay aways organised by the opposition.

Addressing the crowd, Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga said that President Robert Mugabe had responded to pleas for homes by allocating 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of land for housing projects. 

See earlier post for more details

'100% electric car' arrives in Kenya

We spotted this Instagram post by marieeveassuncaodenis "I saw an electric car in Nairobi!" and asked our reporter in Kenya's capital to check it out.    

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The BBC's Ruth Nesoba in Nairobi has just spoken to the team leader at Knights Energy, the company promoting the car in Kenya. 

He says it's a Nissan brand, costing $10,000 (£7,600) and is simple to drive, has zero emissions and very cheap on maintenance. 

Only five people in Kenya have the car.

It is 100% electric, has electric chargers and is also solar powered. 

The company has invited our reporter for a test drive tomorrow. Be sure to check in for the pictures. 

Pro-Mugabe march in Zimbabwe

Supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party are rallying in the capital, Harare, in a show of solidarity with President Robert Mugabe. 

A foreign correspondent is tweeting from there: 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Yesterday, the 92-year-old president who has been in power since 1980 lambasted Pastor Evan Mawarire, who is behind the #ThisFlag social media campaign accusing him of mismanaging the economy and demanding his resignation. 

The pastor backed a stay-at-home strike earlier this month, one of the largest anti-government protests in years.

Read: From preacher to 'Captain Zimbabwe'

'Rise' in LRA abductions in CAR

A file photo taken on November 12, 2006, shows the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, answering journalists questions in Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan
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LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted for war crimes

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group kidnapped 344 people in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first six months of the year, the highest mid-year figure since 2010, a campaign group has said. 

The increase in violence comes as Uganda is considering withdrawing its troops from a regional force hunting down LRA commanders, including its leader Joseph Kony.   

The LRA began in Uganda, but now mainly operates in the CAR and Democratic Republic of Congo. 

In a statement, LRA Crisis Tracker said that of the 344 people abducted in CAR, 65 were children - 39 of whom remained in captivity or were still unaccounted for.

It added: 

Many of the children were abducted on direct orders given by Kony in late 2015, according to LRA fighters who defected this year.

Several others were abducted by an LRA splinter group led by veteran commander Achaye Doctor, which reportedly operates independently of Kony."

Mr Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

The LRA is notorious  for using child soldiers, and sex slaves.       

Last month, Uganda said it planned to withdraw from the regional force as the LRA's military capabilities had been significantly degraded. 

The US also has special forces in the research to searching for LRA commanders.  

Read: My family's curse

WFP launches emergency food aid appeal

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Drought-stricken southern Africa region.
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The El Nino weather phenomenon has been blamed for the drought

The World Food Programme  has launched an emergency appeal for the drought-stricken southern Africa region. 

WFP said this is a level three emergency, it's the highest. 

It is appealing for $204m (£105m) immediately, to purchase food and to transport it to the region to help millions of hungry people. 

About 18 million people across seven countries affected by the El Nino-induced drought need emergency food assistance. 

WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin said countries Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Swaziland Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi were severely affected. 

She said they were seeing alarming increases of people facing hunger and malnutrition rates were rising.

Video of Italian coast guard in dramatic rescue of migrants

More than 3,200 migrants were rescued yesterday from the Mediterranean, in an operation led by the Italian coast guard ,the AFP news agency reports. 

The latest arrivals take the number of migrants to have landed in Italy this year to more than 80,000, according to the UN's refugee agency. Most of them are Africans. 

The BBC has obtained a video of one of the recent dramatic rescues by the Italian coast guard:

Migrant rescue call in the Med: '30 minutes to survive'

Zambian police fire tear gas at opposition supporters

Hichelema
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Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is hoping to win elections

Zambian police have fired tear gas and arrested 28 people during a raid on the home of opposition vice-presidential candidate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

The police said they were looking for people who had vandalised election posters and fled to the house.

During the raid they found five petrol bombs as well as spears and machetes, a police spokesperson added.

There have been growing concerns over political violence in Zambia ahead of next month's general election.

 Mr Mwamba is the running mate of the United Party for National Development's presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.  

The party said the petrol bombs were planted at the house.

Mr Mwamba, who was not in the house in Kasama in the country's Northern Province at time of the raid, said his grandchildren were injured during the raid.

On his Facebook page, he said: 

My small grandchildren have been taken to hospital as they have been victims of this barbaric act carried out by the police."

North Province Police Commissioner Bonnie Kapeso said the police officers had to use tear gas in order to get the people they were chasing out of the house. 

 They made 28 arrests, he added. Zambians go to the polls on 11 August to elect a president and a new parliament. 

President Edgar Lungu, from the Patriotic Front, is facing a tough challenge from Mr Hichilema.

China sends special envoy

China is sending a special envoy to Africa to support efforts aimed at resolving the political crisis in South Sudan, the Reuters news agency reports.

Veteran diplomat Zhong Jianhua will be visiting Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. He is expected to meet "relevant parties" and discuss how to continue to support African mediation efforts, the report adds. 

China is a major investor in South Sudan's oil industry. 

Uganda evacuates '21,000 from South Sudan'

Uganda People"s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers ride atop their military truck enroute to evacuate their citizens following recent fighting in Juba at Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016.
Reuters

Ugandan troops have evacuated 21,000 people - mostly its nationals but also some Kenyans and Rwandans - from South Sudan, army spokesman Paddy Ankunda has said. 

The state-owned New Vision newspaper reported that the evacuation process had ended, with the final group arriving in Uganda.  

Mr Nkunda said that hundreds of Kenyans and Rwandans were among the 21,000 people who had been evacuated. 

Troops crossed into South Sudan last week after heavy fighting broke out in the capital, Juba. 

Ugandan citizens living in South Sudan pack their belongings on a bus at a closed market serving as a temporary camp as they wait to be evacuated by the Uganda People"s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers in Juba, South Sudan, July 15, 2016
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Many Ugandans went to live in South Sudan after its independence in 2011 to seize business opportunities

See earlier posts for more details

Ghanaian financial trader faces deportation from the UK

Kweku Adoboli
AFP

Ghanaian citizen Kweku Adoboli, who was convicted of fraud in 2012, has lost his appeal against being deported from the UK.

He has lived in the UK since the age of 12.      

Adoboli was sentenced to seven years in jail in the UK on two counts of fraud. His unauthorized trading lost UBS, a Swiss bank, $2.2bn (£1.4bn). 

He was released in 2015, but foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years are automatically considered for deportation.

The decision by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber pointed out that "while he was socially and culturally integrated into the United Kingdom, his family was in Ghana" and that Mr Adoboli "had not established that there would be very significant obstacles in his reintegration into life in Ghana".    

Read the full BBC story here

SABC challenged in court over censorship

A court case is under way in South Africa over the decision by the public broadcaster to ban showing footage of violent protests. 

The Helen Suzman Foundation is behind the court action, arguing that the SABC is guilty of censorship and undermining media freedom. 

The SABC is defending the action. It believes that showing footage of violent protests fuels more attacks.   

Read: Is South Africa’s public broadcaster using apartheid tactics?

'No deal' between Le Guen and Nigeria Football Federation

french coach Paul Le Guen
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Paul Le Guen will not be taking up a role as Nigeria's new technical adviser, despite an announcement from the country's football federation.

He had been named by the NFF, which said he would work alongside Salisu Yusuf, who was named chief coach.

But the two parties could not come to a deal over a contract.

The NFF said it had not been able to reach agreement on targets for the job, or over where the coach would be based.

The Secretary-General of the NFF told the BBC that Le Guen had "rejected our terms". Read more

South Sudanese protest against AU

A protest is taking place in South Sudan's capital, Juba, against the African Union's plan to send peacekeepers to the country to end conflict between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar.  

People have been sharing images of the march on Twitter:  

JUBA, happening now a group of SPLM Party youth marching to John Garang Memorial denouncing plans @AU peacekeepers

JUBA, happening now a group of SPLM Party youth marching to John Garang Memorial denouncing plans @AU peacekeepers

Live! 1000s in #Juba protest against AU decision 2 deploy troops in #SouthSudan
Live! 1000s in #Juba protest against AU decision 2 deploy troops in #SouthSudan

Live! 1000s in #Juba protest against AU decision 2 deploy troops in #SouthSudan

See earlier post for more details

Killed French troops were on a 'mission' in Libya

A short statement issued by the French defence minsisty has said the soldiers died "while on mission" in the North African country.

Earlier, ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed that French special forces were in Libya.

On Tuesday, Associated Press news agency quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter.

The attack on Sunday happened near the city of Benghazi, and left no survivors, AP reported.

BreakingFrench troops 'killed' in Libya

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya, the defence ministry has confirmed.  

Kenyan schools burnt for 'longer holidays'

Kenyan students are burning their schools because they want longer holidays, our correspondent Muliro Telewa has told the BBC's Newsday radio programme. 

Mulirio, who is in Kisii county in western Kenya which has been mostly affected by the arson attacks, reports that students from several schools have told him that peer pressure could also be playing a part in the copycat fire incidents. 

Local media reports that at least 70 fires have been reported at Kenyan schools since the beginning of the year. 

Authorities in the country are blaming political sabotage and drug taking as the reasons behind the attacks. 

Listen to Muliro's report here: 

School arson attacks carried out by students appear to have become a trend in Kenya.

Anti-AU protest due in South Sudan

AU troops
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AU troops will have a more robust mandate

Civil society groups and traditional leaders are due to hold a government-backed demonstration in  South Sudan's capital, Juba, against  the African Union's plan to deploy troops to the country to help end conflict, reports the BBC's East Africa bureau.

The AU said it planned to send troops with a "robust mandate" to bolster the 12,000-strong UN force in the world's newest state.    

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is opposed to the planned deployment.

At least 300 people were killed in four days of fighting earlier this month between forces loyal to Mr Kiir and his rival, Vice-President Riek Machar. 

Kenyan security forces in 'unlawful killings'

Hundreds of Kenyan lawyers march down a street in Nairobi on 6 July 2016 to protest about extrajudicial killingsy Kenyan police
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A leading rights group has accused Kenya's security agencies of abductions and extra-judicial killings of people suspected of links with militant Islamist group al-Shabab. 

In a report entitled "Death and Disappearances", Human Rights Watch (HRW)  said it had documented the forced disappearance of at least 34 people in counter-terrorism operations over the last two years and the deaths of 11. 

Some were taken from their homes by armed men wearing masks, while others were beaten in the streets and driven away in government vehicles, HRW said.  

It added: 

Concern for the well-being of the 34 people is compounded by at least 11 cases in the past two years in which dead bodies of people previously arrested by state agents have been found, in some instances far from the location of their arrest. "

The government has not yet commented on the report. 

HRW said those arbitrarily arrested during the security sweeps included young ethnic Somali Kenyans, Imams, and Islamic school teachers. 

They were detained, at least initially, in military bases and makeshift military camps in forests in the north-east and other parts of the country.

HRW executive director Kenneth Roth added: 

People in north-eastern Kenya deserve protection from al-Shabab attacks, not further abuse from the authorities.

Rounding people up and refusing to disclose their whereabouts is a serious crime and only compounds fears and mistrust in the security forces."

Today's wise words

Our African proverb o the day: 

A family is like a forest. When you are outside it is dense. When you're inside you see that each tree has its place."

Sent by Joseph Macfoy, Kenema, Sierra Leone.

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