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Summary

  1. Zimbabwe's President Mugabe threatens to punish dissent
  2. South Africa ANC candidate killed
  3. A Somali bomber behind airport explosions used to be MP - militants
  4. Gabonese teenage boy wows Celine Dion
  5. South Africa's public broadcaster agrees to reinstate sacked censorship journalists
  6. Exam cheats behind Kenya school arson - education minister
  7. Burundi’s ruling party youth wing committed many gang rapes - rights group
  8. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 27 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 BBCAfrica.com

A reminder of today's wise words:

He who takes responsibility becomes the target of the people"

A Somali proverb sent by Abdi Rahman Young in Mogadishu, Somalia

Buhari Abdullahi told us on Facebook that he wasn't entirely clear what the proverb meant. 

But Mbewe Chikhulupiliro Collen from Malawi is convinced it means: "If you present yourself to the public in an organised manner you will always excel because people take you as their potential leader."

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

And we leave you with this picture from Instagram of a man on a beach in Senegal's capital, Dakar, enjoying the beautiful view... of his phone screen:

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P-Square apology trending in Nigeria

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

A video by Nigerian singer Peter Okoye, one half of the R&B duo P-Square team, is trending on social media in Nigeria.

He released it this week to ask forgiveness from fans for a bitter quarrel with his twin brother and singing partner Paul.

But he tells them not to worry as P-Square is now back together.

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Malawi's president shocked by 'hyena man'

The story of a Malawian HIV-positive man paid to have sex with girls as young as 12 years old has shocked Malawi's President Peter Mutharika, he has told the BBC's Anne Soy.

Not that he had never heard of the practice of "kusasa", when families in southern Malawi pay sex workers to take their daughters’ virginity, but because he thought country had left such a harmful practice in the past. 

It would seem the president was also embarrassed after the BBC feature about Eric Aniva, a sex worker known in Malawi as a "hyena", went viral.

Eric Aniva
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Eric Aniva told the BBC that he planned to stop taking part in sexual cleansing practices

Mr Mutharika personally ordered for his arrest, we reported yesterday

Read: The man hired to have sex with children

Koffi Olomide to see judge in four days

There's still a lot of interest on social media in the music star Koffi Olomide, who was detained in DR Congo days after he was deported from Kenya for allegedly kicking one of his dancers. He denies the assault. 

Fans have been sharing this image of the singer, posted on his Facebook page with the appeal to his supporters to post it on their social media accounts as an expression of support.   

Koffi Olomide
Koffi Olomide

Our reporter in Kinshasa, Poly Muzalia, says he will remain in custody at a police station for the next four days until he appears before a judge, who will decide whether to charge the rumba star over the kicking incident, which was filmed and went viral.

Nigeria bank denies link to Turkey coup attempt

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

UBA, one of Nigeria's biggest banks, has denied any link to the recent coup attempt in Turkey.

The denial follows allegations in one of Turkey's pro-government newspapers that the bank was used to move funds for the plotters.

UBA is aware of the on-going spurious media speculation linking our institution to recent events in Turkey. In the light of this, we believe it is necessary to categorically state that UBA has no involvement in or connection to these accusations, which are clearly false.

We remain focused and firmly committed to delivering on our strategy to build Africa’s premier banking institution."

Charles AigbeUBA's head of communications
People occupy a tank in Istanbul, Turkey - Saturday 16 July 2016
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The coup attempt in Turkey on the night of Friday 15 July failed

Find out why most koras have 21 strings, not 22

The album 22 Strings, by Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, won this year's Songlines Music Awards in the Africa and Middle East category.

BBC Africa's Manuel Toledo met him recently as he was touring Europe with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, presented by Africa Express and asked him why 22 strings when koras - the West African harps - are usually known as 21-string instruments.

Nigerian Olympic canoeist makes it to Rio

We reported on Monday that Nigerian canoe slalom athlete Johny Akinyemi was stranded at Germany's Frankfurt airport while on his way to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He had missed his connecting flight meaning he was already late for training and it was looking doubtful that he would be able to compete at the Olympics. 

But the canoeist wasn't stuck in Frankfurt without a paddle, so to speak, as he has tweeted that he has finally made it to Brazil:

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The refugee guitar maker

Patron Palushang has always loved to make musical instruments. 

And even though he had to flee from his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he kept on making guitars. 

He told BBC Outlook started his own business in a camp for displaced people in Malawi, earning himself the title "Refugee Guitar Maker":

Indonesia to execute drug convicts from Nigeria and Zimbabwe

Indonesia has confirmed it will execute 14 people on death row for drug crimes in the coming days, including citizens of Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

UN human rights officials have expressed concern over the planned executions, urging Jakarta to put an end to "unjust" capital punishment.

They will be executed at Nusakambangan prison island.

The prisoners have been notified of the plans for their executions, in accordance with Indonesian law, and could be put to death as early as Friday.

Read the BBC News story for more

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Staff at Nusakambangan prison island have been preparing for the execution

Kenya's ice hockey team eye Olympics

The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is sometimes called the city in the sun.So it may be surprising to learn that it has had an ice rink for a decade.It may be even more surprising to learn that there is an ice hockey team trains at the rink and they are aiming to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2018.   

Watch them play:

US cash for drought-hit southern Africa

Karen Allen

BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

The US is earmarking $127m (£97m) to provide food, seeds and other emergency assistance to millions of people in southern Africa at risk from the effects of changing climate conditions.   

Farmer in Lesotho, 13 July 2016
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Southern Africa has been experiencing its worst drought in decades

The drought caused by El Nino weather phenomenon has put about 18 million people in six southern African countries, including Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, at a "heightened risk" of hunger over the next three to six months, USAid says.

The money from the US development agency is part of a $300m commitment to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to try to insulate farmers and communities against drought and to safeguard some of the recent development gains. 

These include rolling out new technologies such as solar power, more sophisticated irrigation systems and changed farming techniques, designed to make farmers more resilient to increasingly erratic weather patterns. 

Countries such as Zimbabwe - once the breadbasket of Africa - already face a one million tonne food deficit.

Experts say without preemptive action the economy and healthcare sectors are likely to be hardest hit - proving more costly to restore in the long run.

Analysis: Mugabe rattled but firm over party divisions

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace at the gathering at Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe - 27 July 2016
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Mr Mugabe's wife Grace was at his side today

President Robert Mugabe was subdued when he emerged out of his Zanu-PF headquarters to see the thousands of ruling party supporters.

He must be experiencing one of his most trying times.

For six days he has been silent on the subject of the war veterans, who last week urged him to step down, saying they were withdrawing their support for him.

It was a statement that must have rattled him as the usually buoyant 92-year-old did not look himself.

However, as provincial party chairperson after provincial party chairperson began relaying messages of solidarity, asking him to continue his rule, he looked more rejuvenated.

At that point, he smiled back, briefly had a chat with his wife before confidently walking to the podium to address the crowd.

His message was aimed at war veterans, who have divided into factions over the battle for succession within Zanu-PF, but most of those in the audience were from the party’s youth and women’s leagues.

He threatened to deal firmly with his detractors, punish wayward war veterans, warned foreign embassies not to undermine his government before preaching for unity within his party’s ranks.

By the end he looked more like a man in control of his destiny.

Celine Dion applauds Gabonese mimic

A video of a Gabonese teenage boy singing Celine Dion's The Power of Love has been viewed more than two million times on Facebook.

He was filmed by a friend of his sister at the bottom of the stairwell in the capital, Libreville.

The Huffington Post is among those saying he sounds exactly like the Canadian singer:

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In less than a week, the 17-year-old was become a bit of a national star and was invited on Gabonese TV shows. 

But then last night, Samuel's vocal doppelganger Celine Dion herself, shared the video, saying, "Samuel, your talent is as big as your voice."  

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Samuel told the BBC's Charles Stephane Mavaoungou that he used to sing during break times at school.

During one break he was belting out a tune and his classmates overheard and couldn't believe it was him singing.

"When they entered the classroom, they began to applaud," he said.

Burundi youth wing 'not a gang of rapists'

Burundi's government has dismissed a report by Human Rights Watch alleging that the ruling party's youth wing, Imbonerakure, has been carrying out gang rapes since April 2015 (see earlier reports). 

Presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe posted a series of tweets describing it as "a publication of falsehoods", adding that the allegations were not new. 

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Translation: "#Imbonerakure is not a gang of rapists. @hrw's branding is dangerous and jeopardises its credibility. # Burundi"

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Translation: "These false allegations are not new and have been denied. The lack of substance diminishes @hrw. # Burundi"

Supermodel's big farm in South Sudan

Nykhor Paul
BBC

The supermodel Nykhor Paul has a big farm waiting for her in Akobo, South Sudan, which she could return to "if they stop the war right now".

She revealed this when asked if she would return to South Sudan on BBC Trending's Facebook Live interview.

She also compared what's been happening in South Sudan to the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement in the US.

 You can watch her answering anyone's questions from the live video.

Ghanaian radio presenter and panellists jailed

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana’s Supreme Court has sentenced a radio presenter and two panellists who contribute to Montie FM, a radio station in the capital, Accra, to four months in prison for threatening to kill judges.

According to the court, the threats were made during a morning show just as the Supreme Court was about to deliver a judgement about irregularities in the voters' register.

One panelist threatened to kill the Supreme Court judges if they were biased in their judgement.  

The three were charged with contempt of court.

Analysis: Why is Etiennes Tshisekedi returning to DR Congo?

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa

Etiennes Tshisekedi
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Etiennes Tshisekedi stood up to former President Mobutu

Earlier we reported that hundreds of people are at the airport in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, to welcome home veteran opposition leader Etiennes Tshisekedi.

Mr Tshisekedi is something of a myth in the DR Congo. 

The 83-year-old played a political role throughout the country's post-colonial history, famously standing up to former President Mobutu Sese Seko at a time when opposition parties were banned. 

He went on to become the runner-up in the 2011 presidential election against Joseph Kabila

He says he won that poll and many of his supporters consider him to be the country's rightful ruler. 

He left the country in 2014 for medical treatment in Belgium.

He's now expected to take part in an opposition demonstration this weekend and call on President Kabila to stand down in December.

Opponents suspect Mr Kabila will go against the constitution and try to extend his rule.  

It is expected Mr Tshisekedi's presence at the opposition demonstration will attract thousands and increase pressure Mr Kabila to hold a vote this year.

SABC agrees to reinstate sacked journalists

We have just heard from the BBC's Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg that South Africa's public broadcaster has agreed to reinstate seven of the eight journalists it sacked.

We reported earlier that the broadcaster said it would appeal against yesterday’s ruling made by a labour court that journalists should get their jobs back.

They had been sacked after criticising SABC for banning footage of violent protests.

SABC argued it had taken the decision to maintain public order as the TV images might encourage others to join in.  

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People protests outside the boradcaster's office at the beginning of the month

Aubameyang flies home from China to attend birth of his child

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has flown home from his team Borussia Dortmund's tour in China to attend the birth of his second child. 

He will miss a friendly against Manchester City on Thursday. 

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Manchester City, but Borussia Dortmund's coach, Thomas Tuchel, says he is "totally confident" the striker will remain at the German club.

Zimbabwe's stock exchange traded just $105

Zimbabweans are reacting to the news that the Zimbabwean stock exchange traded just $105 (£80) yesterday.

Newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube can't quite believe it:

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This tweeter says the low trade levels tell a wider story:

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Another tweeter says it is time for change:

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And, to put it into perspective, is this comparison:

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Mugabe: 'I am still in charge'

Zanu-PF supporters
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President Mugabe has finished speaking, ending his address by saying:

Journalists tell those you are representing, that Robert Mugabe is here to stay – I am still in charge."

He has warned dissenting war veterans, a faction of whom last week withdrew their backing for the 92-year-old leader, that they would be punished.

“Once we find out who wrote that statement, the party will punish them.

During the war we had rebels who we punished... some by detaining them underground, feeding them there.”

He urged the war veterans to choose new leaders and urged them to be careful, saying “the enemy is trying to divide us”.

The president blamed the West for these divisions and masterminding the splits, in particular the British and US embassies.

He also threatened protesters with jail, as the country did not want violence.

They will taste prison food."

Pastors of new churches also came in for criticism, and he warned they were just after money unlike established churches which built missions.

He also warned his supporters against the likes of Evan Mawarire - the pastor behind the #ThisFlag social media campaign that denounces the government's management of the economy.

Once you go into politics, you are courting trouble."

He ended with usual gusto:

I will continue to serve… I have the blessings of the people

Africa's Francophone leaders 'are cowards' - Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe is addressing his supporters outside the Zanu-PF headquarters. His speech is making reference to the country's struggling credentials - these tweeters say he has criticised his "cowardly" Francophone contemporaries:

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Mugabe hits out at war veterans

Crowds at the Zanu-PF headquarters
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The crowds began gathering this morning

After several hours of waiting, the thousands of people gathered at the headquarters of Zimbabwe's ruling party have what they were waiting for - an address from President Robert Mugabe:

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Although the state broadcaster says most of those in the crowd are war veterans, the BBC's Brian Hungwe say it is mainly members of Zanu-PF's youth and women's leagues.

A Twitter account that reviews media content from Zimbabwe has been tweeting some of Mr Mugabe's speech.

The 92-year-old leader is addressing last week's letter from the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association, which said the group was withdrawing its backing for him.

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Pressure on Mr Mugabe is growing, with factions in Zanu-PF openly fighting to succeed him and protests about the failing economy.

Read more: What is behind the protests

Rattling cricket balls in Uganda

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Visually impaired children playing cricket at Lugogo Sports Complex in Kampala, Uganda
BBC

It’s not the traditional sound of willow on leather today in Kampala, where a cricket tournament for blind and visually impaired children is under way in the Ugandan capital.

The ball has a rattle inside it so the children know when it's coming towards them.

Their coach also claps to let the bowler know in which direction to throw the ball.

Visually impaired children playing cricket at Lugogo Sports Complex in Kampala, Uganda
BBC

The teams competing are from two schools in the city’s Mukono district and they are preparing for the country’s Disability Sports Gala later in September.

It is rare to find sports organised for people with disabilities here.

Innocent Tumwesigye, the general secretary of the Uganda National Paralympic Committee, says that there is hardly get any support from the government.

But making sports inclusive - starting with schools - is a way to change society's attitudes.

Visually impaired cricket team of children at Lugogo Sports Complex in Kampala, Uganda
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Burundi rape testimony

A 36-year-old woman has told Human Rights Watch how she was raped in Burundi's capital Bujumbura last October:

I was held by the arms and legs. [An attacker] said: 'Let's kill her, she is an FNL [opposition National Liberation Forces] wife' as they raped me."

The rights group has interviewed more than 70 rape victims in the Nduta refugee camp in western Tanzania. The camp is sheltering 140,000 Burundian refugees.   

Members of Burundi ruling party's youth wing have repeatedly gang-raped women since a wave of political protests last year, it said (see earlier post).

The majority of those targeted, it says, were family members of people thought to be from the opposition:

Attackers from Burundi's ruling party youth league tied up, brutally beat, and gang-raped women, often with their children nearby.

Many of the women have suffered long-term physical and psychological consequences."

Skye Wheeler, HRW women's rights emergencies researcher

ANC politician shot dead in South Africa

A politician for South Africa’s governing African Nation Congress (ANC) has been shot dead ahead of next week's local elections.

Nceba Dywili was “gunned down.. while dropping off an ANC volunteer” in the Zwide township of Port Elizabeth, the IOL news website quotes his tearful mother as saying.

The city's Herald newspaper tweeted a photo of him out campaigning to retain his position as an ANC councillor.

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The BBC’s Karen Allen says he was campaigning in the highly contested Nelson Mandela Bay area.

The circumstances of the shooting are still being determined.

More than 12 candidates have been killed during this election campaign and Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has set up a task team to investigate the violence.

Is Cape Town the brainiest place in the world today?

Brain surgeons are gathering in Cape Town in South Africa in what has been called the largest-ever gathering of neurosurgeons.

They are expected to discuss advances in stroke treatment and the genetic aspects of brain tumours. 

For the young brain surgeons, it seems the weather is distracting them from giving thought to craniopharyngioma.

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Craniopharyngioma, incidentally, is a type of brain tumour.

Trafficked children from Malawi rescued in South Africa

Karen Allen

BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

Fifty seven Malawian children have been rescued in South Africa by what the authorities believe was a group of child traffickers. 

Three Malawian nationals were arrested in North West province, when the police stopped their vehicle which was speeding. 

The children were found in the back of the windowless delivery van.

The police tweeted these photos:

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The youngsters aged between 11 and 21 are believed to be from one of the poorest regions of Malawi. Most of them were boys - 18 were girls - and they are all now in a safe house. 

South Africa's acting police chief Khomotso Phahlane says it is not clear whether the children were being trafficked for labour or sexual exploitation.

Each child had received a sum of up to $170 (£130) with promises of more in the future, he said.

The three accompanying adults are now in police custody, having been charged with trafficking offences. 

Central African Republic 'at a turning point'

UN peacekeepers in a vehicle in Bangui, CAR - December 2015
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The UN first deployed in 2014 to help restore order

The UN Security Council has extended its mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) until November 2017, maintaining numbers at 10,750 troops and 2,080 police.

CAR has experienced religious and ethnic unrest for several years.

The extension comes after France announced earlier this month that it was pulling out its last 350 remaining soldiers sent to quell violence in December 2013, the AFP news agency reports.

CAR's UN Ambassador Ambroisine Kpongo stressed that the UN mission must be “proactive” in protecting civilians, according to the Associated Press.

And the council called on CAR’s new President Faustin Touadera to urgently foster reconciliation between Muslims and Christians.

The Central African Republic is at a turning point in its history... We must succeed in the immense task that is before us."

Ambroisine Kpongo

Hundreds march to welcome DR Congo opposition leader

Hundreds of people are heading to the airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, ahead of veteran opposition leader Etiennes Tshisekedi’s arrival today.

The BBC's Poly Muzalia in the city took these photos of the march:

Opposition march
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Opposition march
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Protest van
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Bike
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The veteran politician has been in Belgium getting medical treatment for the past two years.

In 2012, Joseph Kabila was declared the winner of DR Congo's presidential elections, but Mr Tshisekedi said he was a victim of fraud - and held his own "swearing-in" ceremony.

South Africa tornado 'made 400 homeless'

People in South Africa are still sharing images on social media of a tornado in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg.

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Many people have been left homeless, as Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality spokesperson Themba Gadebe, is quoted by IOL news as saying:

The thunderstorm blew up roofs of about 200 households in Winnie Mandela, leaving an estimated 400 people displaced. Other areas damaged by the storm include 100 shacks and 20 houses in Hospital View"

This morning Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Ekurhuleni's Mayor Mondli Gungubhele visited those affected by the storm:

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South Africa censorship case: Journalists 'not welcome back'

Protesters outside the SABC's headquarters in South Africa - July 2016
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SABC's decision to ban footage of violent protests has proved controversial

“You’re still fired” - is the message the South Africa’s public broadcaster is sending this morning to four journalists it sacked earlier this month for speaking out against censorship at the corporation.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said it is appealing yesterday’s ruling made by a labour court that the four be reinstated.

This is the letter sent to the journalists' trade union Solidarity: 

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The journalists are among eight dismissed after criticising the SABC for banning footage of violent protests.

Last week, South Africa's high court ordered the SABC to lift the ban.  

SABC argued it had taken the decision to maintain public order as the TV images might encourage others to join in.  

But critics accused it of political censorship ahead of crucial local government elections next week.  

Read more: Is SA broadcaster using apartheid tactics?

The supermodel who went to church with South Sudan leaders

While supermodel Nykhor Paul is paid to wear clothes, on her personal Instagram account you'll mostly see her wearing the same patriotic T-shirt again and again:

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She told the BBC's Megha Mohan that she is trying to use fame to make people think about the conflict in South Sudan.

"South Sudan stories do not trend. Hashtags like #PrayForSouthSudan don't tend to go viral."

She says that she believes the recent fighting is "something personal between powerful men".   

And she know has personal experience of those men she refers to.

Before her parents sent her to live with her uncle in the US from what is now South Sudan in 1998 and before she was "discovered" as a model when she was 14, she knew the recently ousted Vice-President Riek Machar and his replacement Taban Deng Gai - both of whom are part of a faction that fought President Salva Kiir during the civil war that broke out in December 2013:

When I was growing up, Riek Machar and Taban Deng Gai both used to visit my father's church. I remember them coming to sing hopeful songs about the country. And now they are part of the cause of chaos."

Read her full interview on BBC Trending.

'Exam cheats' behind Kenya school arson

Kenya's private Daily Nation newspaper is reporting one of many theories about why people have been burning down schools in the country:

Daily Nation front page
Daily Nation

The article quotes Education Minister Fred Matiangi as saying thwarted plans to cheat on exams have made people turn to arson:

Students who have been arrested and are facing charges have told police that they were protesting because they had paid for the papers but they have not received them”

More than 100 government secondary schools in Kenya have been set alight this year. 

Five dormitories were set alight overnight, the Daily Nation reports 

Last week, a student told the BBC he and his schoolmates burnt down their dormitory because they felt under stress because of their heavy workload and thought they would be able to get time off school if they burnt down some buildings.

Read more: Why are Kenyan schools being torched?

War veterans 'gather to support Mugabe'

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says that war veterans are out today to show their support for President Robert Mugabe.

It has tweeted photos of them gathering at the ruling party's headquarters in the capital, Harare.

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This comes nearly a week after a statement from the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association accused the 92-year-old president of being dictatorial and egotistical.

However, analysts say, as a group, the war veterans are deeply divided over the succession battle within Zanu-PF.

Burundi youth wing accused of widespread gang rape

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa

Burundi ruling party's youth wing has been accused by Human Rights Watch of carrying out gang rapes since a wave of protests begun in the country last year.

The majority of those targeted were family members of people perceived to be from the opposition, the rights group's report says.

In one of the cases, an eight-year-old is alleged to have been attacked and gang raped by four members of the youth wing in late April last year. 

Others are reported to have been tied up, beaten and gang raped at gun or knife point, as their families and children watched. 

Some of the refugees who fled to neighbouring countries like Tanzania also said they were raped while trying to leave the country or even once they reached the camps.   

The majority of the victims identified their attackers as members of the feared youth wing who have previously been accused of killings, beatings and intimidation of opposition members.

Policemen or men wearing police uniforms have also been accused of rape. 

Burundi's ruling party has yet to respond to the allegations.

Police man in march
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Burundi has seen an increase in violence since President Nkurunziza announced last year that he would run for a controversial third term

Somali bomber was an ‘ex-MP'

A former Somali MP was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near the main airport in the capital, Mogadishu, yesterday, al-Shabab says.

The Islamist militant group named him as Salah Badbado.

The 53-year-old served in Somalia's parliament from 2004 until 2010, when he declared at a press conference he was leaving politics to join the al-Qaeda-linked group, the AFP news agency reports. 

The militant Islamist group, al-Shabab, said it was behind Tuesday's twin blasts and its target was the African Union force's headquarters.

Those killed in the blasts are believed to include security guards at a checkpoint. 

A large plume of smoke rose into the sky after the blasts
Abdulaziz Billow Ali
A large plume of smoke rose into the sky after the explosions by the airport on Tuesday

Wise words

Today's Africa proverb:

He who takes responsibility becomes the target of the people"

A Somali proverb sent by Abdi Rahman Young in Mogadishu, Somalia

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