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Summary

  1. Zimbabwe’s war veterans’ spokesman arrested after President Mugabe criticism
  2. Funeral held for Nigerian football legend Stephen Keshi
  3. Cameroon to give university students free laptops
  4. Girl dies after elephant throws rock in Morocco zoo
  5. Ghana-US Guantanamo detainee pact 'must be revealed'
  6. Funeral for popular South African racing driver Gugu Zulu
  7. Lion which was roaming suburbs of Kenya's capital returns to park
  8. Elephant killings in Africa 'stabilise'
  9. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Thursday 28 July 2016

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By Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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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 check out BBCAfrica.com

A reminder of today's wise words:

The world is a bone which you can only bite and leave"

A Bemba proverb sent by Kelvin Kasongo in Kitwe, Zambia

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

And we leave you with this image of a member of a Nigerian dance group performing during this week's African-Chinese cultural festival in Egypt's capital, Cairo.

A Nigerian traditional dancer in Egypt
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MTN to list shares in Nigeria after paying fine

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

South African Telecoms giant MTN will list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017.

It said the listing was part of a settlement arrangement with the Nigerian government

The company has already agreed to pay a fine of $1.7bn  (£1.2bn) to the government for failing to deactivate more than five million unregistered sim cards in Nigeria.

The fine, which was originally $5.2bn, was imposed last year for missing a deadline to disconnect them amid fears that criminals and militants were using the phone lines.

'I will get there alive by the grace of God'

The year 2016 could be the deadliest so far in the migration crisis, according to figures from the International Organisation for Migration.

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have perished so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

But many others are still willing to risk death in the search for a better life.

One migrant told her story to Orla Guerin in Tripoli:

'I will get there alive by the grace of God'

Read Orla's feature: Nameless dead of the Mediterranean wash up on Libyan shore

Cameroon university students to get free laptops

Randy Joe Sa'ah

BBC Africa, Yaounde

University students in Cameroon will receive free laptops as part of a government plan to promote research and entrepreneurship. 

President Paul Biya government plans to distribute 500,000 laptops.

The laptops will be produced by a Chinese company as part of a $126m (£95m) loan from China's EXIM Bank, which the government will have to repay over 20 years.

Ghana-US Guantanamo detainee deal 'must be made public'

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to make public its agreement with the US government to accept two former Guantanamo Bay detainees, who were transferred to the country in January.

It made the ruling in a case brought by two people suing the government for "illegally accepting to accommodate two Guantanamo detainees".

The attorney general had argued that releasing details of the agreement could undermine national security. 

But the court disagreed, saying the government was not protected by the secrecy act of 1962.

The two Yemeni detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, were transferred as part of the US government plan to close down the detention facility in its naval base in Cuba.

Their arrival continues to generate a lot of controversy in the country.

Read more: Ghana's footballing connection to Guantanamo Bay

The US Guantanamo Bay facility
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The Guantanamo Bay facility has been used to detain what the US government called "enemy combatants"

The 'callous indifference' of South Sudan's leader

South Sudan faces ongoing political turmoil, following the replacement of Riek Machar as first vice-president.

After his soldiers clashed with President Salva Kiir's forces earlier this month, he was forced out of the capital, Juba.

Earlier this week a senior official from his SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) party, Taban Deng, was sworn in as first vice-president in his place. Mr Machar has objected to his sacking.

So how has the oversight body of the peace agreement that was supposed to end the recent civil war responded? Festus Mogae, Botswana’s former president, is head of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, gave the BBC's James Copnall his views:

South Sudan faces ongoing political turmoil after the first vice-president is replaced

Kenyan pupils ordered to learn the East Africa Community anthem

Kenya's cabinet has today decided that all schools in the country should fly the East African Community (EAC) flag and sing the regional body's national anthem at public events.

This will be in addition to flying the Kenyan flag and singing the Kenyan anthem.

And this flag ruling now applies to all government institutions in Kenya with immediate effect, the cabinet said.

For those Kenyans who need to brush up on the EAC anthem, take a listen to this choral version loaded on to YouTube:

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It is envisioned that the EAC, made up of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda, with eventually become an East African federation.

#EndSchoolFires trends in Kenya

The Kenya Red Cross has just tweeted that another school is up in flames - this one in the county of Meru in central Kenya.

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The hashtag #EndSchoolFires has just started trending in the East African country where more than 100 schools have been set on fire this year (see earlier posts).

Coach on Zimbabwe's cricketing challenges

Former English cricket star Alan Butcher spent three years coaching Zimbabwe cricket and wrote a book about his experiences called The Good Murungu?: A Cricket Tale of the Unexpected. 

It celebrates the country's beauty and energy - as well as the limitations of its cricket team. 

Butcher tells BBC's Stumped presenters Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Charu Sharma about a player not turning up for a match because he couldn't afford the bus fare.

Listen to the full interview here: 

Missing players and car chases - Alan Butcher's rollercoaster ride as Zimbabwe coach.

Keshi funeral: Nigerians mourn 'the big boss'

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

A banner in tribute to late football legend Stephen Keshi in Ogbe Stadium, Benin City, Nigeria - 28 July 216
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The funeral has been held today for Nigerian football legend Stephen Keshi, who died in Benin City on last month at the age of 54.

He was one of only two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.

There was a requiem mass for him this afternoon at St Paul's Catholic Church in Benin City in southern Nigeria.

His body was later laid in state at the city's main stadium and was followed by a football match in his honour.

The coffin of Stephen Keshi being carried in the stadium in Benin City, Nigeria - 28 July 2018
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Last night, sports personalities, including the sports minister, gathered at an event in the capital, Abuja, to remember and praise Keshi for his outstanding career.

He was popularly known as “the big boss” and captained the Super Eagles for 11 years and coached Togo and Mali’s national teams as well as Nigeria’s over the years.

He is due to be buried tomorrow in his home town of Illah in Delta State.

Malawians debate sex-cleansing rituals in the country

A Malawian man who was arrested for having sex with young girls as part of a traditional initiation ceremony has sparked an animated discussion in the country.

Debating on the BBC's World Have Your Say programme some said that the girl's parents should also be arrested. 

Others suggested that it would be best to work with communities to help them stop the entrenched cultural practice. 

Listen to the debate here:

A women's rights advocate describes the custom as 'pernicious, vicious and ongoing'

Morocco killer elephant 'bored or frustrated'

We have sort out the opinion of an elephant expert after a seven-year-girl was killed this week at a zoo in Morocco after an elephant threw a stone at her head (see earlier post).

He says that targeted throwing of stones and branches by elephants is very unusual:

It can happen when elephants are frustrated or bored.

In my opinion, it's unlikely the elephant was directly targeting the girl - but exhibiting frustration.

You can't predict what animals in captivity will do."

Phyllis Lee, scientific director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants

Kenya film board bans 'only girls party'

The controversial head of Kenya's film board, a government body that regulates film content, is trending again on Twitter.

Ezekiel Mutua has been dubbed "the moral policeman" for his campaign to weed out what he perceives to be immorality in Kenyan society. 

He has been criticised for giving himself powers that he does not have, banning things he finds offensive. 

Earlier this year, had tried to force Google to block a gay-themed video from Kenya.

Today he announced that the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) had banned an "only girls" party advertised as "rainbow speed dating".

He said he believed it would be a gathering of lesbians where pornography would be filmed.

Someone's tweeted Mr Mutua's Facebook statement: 

Ezekiel Mutua, what exactly is the mandate of the KFCB? Because banning parties isn't one of them

Ezekiel Mutua, what exactly is the mandate of the KFCB? Because banning parties isn't one of them

Here are some of the responses to the ban on Twitter:

Ezekiel Mutua is actually imposing on us his own moral beliefs not Kenyan moral codes. He has evolved into a moral police of some sort

What have lesbians done to Ezekiel Mutua? Why can't he enjoy his government perks in peace like all other government employees?

Oh no! Not him again! Not Ezekiel Mutua. I was having a good day!

Kenyan schools to remain open despite fires

Bashkas Jugsooday

BBC Africa, Nairobi

So far some 100 secondary schools have been burnt by suspected protesting students
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Many dormitories have been set alight

A consultative meeting organised by Kenya's education ministry has resolved not to order a national closure of schools following the recent crisis. 

The meeting, which was attended by religious leaders and teachers, agreed that closing down schools would set a bad precedent. 

So far some 100 secondary schools have been burnt across the country. 

Ministry officials say that the school fires have been caused by a cartel behind examination cheating which is protesting against the stringent measures recently introduced to curb the vice (see earlier post). 

However, the main teachers' union blames them on the changes made to the school calendar by the ministry, shortening the August holidays by two weeks. 

At least 150 students have been arrested in connection with the fires.

Zambia ballot papers delivered

Meluse Kapatamoyo

BBC Africa, Lusaka

It's all set for Zambia's elections on 11 August as the ballot papers have started arriving in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, from Dubai where they were printed.

The process of printing took almost a month. 

A close contest is expected between President Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) and opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).  

Here are some pictures of the material being unloaded at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Ballot papers being delivered
Courtesy/ Hermit Nkhosana Hachilonde
Ballot papers being unloaded.
Courtesy/ Hermit Nkhosana Hachilonde

Zimbabwe war veterans' spokesman arrested

Zimbabwe’s war veterans’ spokesman, Douglas Mahiya, has been arrested.

He was taken into custody on Wednesday, the day President Robert Mugabe threatened to punish those war veterans who last week said they were withdrawing their backing for him.

Mr Mahiya, along with about 150 others, attended the meeting of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association which came up with the communique accusing Mr Mugabe of being dictatorial and egotistical.

The BBC’s Brian Hungwe in the capital, Harare, says he has yet be formally charged.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told the AFP agency that he may be charged with “subverting a constitutional government and insulting the office of the president”.

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

Zimbabweans holding up a poster of President Robert Mugabe
AP
Mr Mugabe, 92, says he plans to run for president again in 2018 and rule until he dies

'120 women raped in South Sudan fighting'

At least 120 women were raped in South Sudan's capital Juba following the recent fighting, according to the UN, the Reuters news agency reports. 

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the peacekeeping mission in the country continued to receive "deeply disturbing reports of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes against civilians, including minors, around UN House and in other areas of Juba".   

Women were attacked near the UN camp in Juba
AFP
Women were attacked near the UN camp in Juba

A story by US-based publication Daily Beast says the UN had failed to protect civilians. 

One woman told how she was attacked near the UN compound and did not receive any help: 

I tried to run to the UN gate and passed some of the shops, but when I almost reached I was captured,” said Mary. “I was less than 100 meters away and I saw the [private security guards], and even the UN police at the main gate.”

 Read the full story  

Nairobi lion driven back to park

Odhiambo Joseph

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Nairobi residents can breath a sigh of relief as the lion which was roaming through the Kenyan capital has returned to the nearby park.

Eyewitnesses in the upmarket suburb of Karen have told the BBC that a lioness was padding around this morning.

KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu told the BBC she was driven back by rangers.

He said that lions had strayed out into residential areas before and often go back unnoticed and without causing any harm.

This is the third incident of a lion straying into residential areas of the city, which is separated from Nairobi National Park by a main road.

On one occasion in March, an elderly man was attacked.

Rangers searching for two lions in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2016
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These rangers were out in February searching for lions in Nairobi

It is estimated that about 30 lions live the park, in an area spread over 117 sq km (45 sq miles).  

In the past, drought and lack of food have been led to lions straying out of conservation areas, but the KWS official could not explain the recent incidents.

"Maybe it is caused by human interfering with their habits," Mr Gathitu said.

In recent years, some people have been building houses close to the park.

See our earlier post about how to catch a lion.

From graduate to vendor in Zimbabwe

Some Zimbabweans have been sharing photos on Twitter this week of a vendor in the centre of the capital, Harare, who is dressed as a graduate.

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They say it a sign of how far the economy has deteriorated. With unemployment at more than 90%, many Zimbabweans have become vendors and rely on cross-border trading to make a living.

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It has spawned the hashtag #thisgown – a reference to the #ThisFlag campaign which was launched by Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire a few months ago to demand accountability from the government.

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

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Mr Mawarire was arrested in the wake of the stay away, but released when a court threw out the charges after his lawyers successfully argued he would not get a fair trial.

He is now in South Africa with his family.

Read: What's behind Zimbabwe's protests?

Zimbabwe's 'hero' preacher

Congo judge 'put under pressure to convict Kabila rival'

Moise Katumbi
Reuters
Moise Katumbi left the country in May, a day after an arrest warrant was isued for him

A judge in the Democratic Republic of Congo says she was put under pressure by her bosses and the intelligence service to convict the opposition politician and presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi. 

Chantal Ramazani was on a panel of judges which sentenced Katumbi in absentia last month to three years in jail for illegally selling a property in Lubumbashi, his eastern power base.

Ms Ramazani, who is now in hiding, believes the intention was to remove Katumbi from the Congolese political scene before presidential elections due in November. 

It was not immediately possible to get an official response to her accusations.

Katumbi flew out of the country on 20 May, a day after the authorities issued an arrest warrant for him on separate charges of hiring foreign mercenaries - allegations he denies.  

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

But there is growing political tension as it is not clear whether the elections will be held this year.

Katumbi has said he plans to return to DR Congo by the end of the week.

Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who was the runner-up in the 2011 polls, returned home yesterday after more than two years living in Belgium.

Sacked South African 'censorship' journalists return to work

Seven of the eight journalists sacked by South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC for speaking out against censorship at the corporation have returned to work today - to the joy of one of their colleagues who tweeted this photo:

Happy to have our comrade back!! #SABC8 @lukhanyocalata @Mosiaj1 @pamzoks

Happy to have our comrade back!! #SABC8 @lukhanyocalata @Mosiaj1 @pamzoks

SABC backed down over their dismissals after a labour court ruled on Tuesday that the sackings of the first four were unlawful.

A freelance TV anchor, who was also fired, has yet to be reinstated. 

The journalists were dismissed earlier this month for criticising the SABC for banning footage of violent protests.

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

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

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

Widow's tribute to Gugu Zulu

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Gugu Zulu
AP
Gugu Zulu died after experiencing breathing difficulties while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as mourners listened to Letshego Zulu’s final tribute to her husband Gugu at his funeral in Johannesburg this morning.

It was a letter addressed to her rally driver husband who died unexpectedly as the South African couple had tried to climb Mt Kilimanjaro earlier this month (see earlier post).

A close friend of the couple read it out on her behalf:

My heart has a constant ache - a piece of my heart has been scooped out of my chest - there lies a gaping hole."

The letter related how she had visited Gugu Zulu's body to hold him, touch him, kiss him one last time.

I know you’re looking down at me from heaven and you’re saying, ‘Oh my love I’m sorry, I never wanted to see you crying.’

You’ve left me a sense of peace – I need you to continue flying our flag high. I promise to do just that."

The couple, who were together for 15 years, were fondly known as the “adventure couple” because of their love for the great outdoors.

She promised to continue exploring South Africa with their one-year-old daughter, Lelethu.

The letter ended:

Your dreams are safe with us – we are now the adventure couple."

Girl dies after elephant throws rock in Morocco zoo

Elephant at Rabat Zoo
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A bystander filmed the area by the elephant enclosure after the incident

A seven-year-old girl has died after an elephant in a zoo in Morocco’s capital threw a rock at her.

She was hit on the head on Tuesday and died a few hours later at hospital, Rabat Zoo said in a statement.

Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable, and unusual. Accidents of this nature happened in international zoos, most recently in Disney World Orlando and the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States.”

Rabat Zoo

The statement said the enclosure met international standards with guardrails and ditches separating the animals from the visitors.   

A bystander filmed the girl receiving treatment at the scene - and footage has been posted on YouTube (beware the clip has graphic images.)

Al-Shabab 'destroys communication mast in Kenya'

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has attacked and destroyed a communications mast in Fino, a town in Mandera county in north-eastern Kenya, the country's Daily Nation newspaper reports

Bosita Omukolongolo, the region's police chief, told the paper it happened early this morning. 

"There was heavy fire exchange between the attackers and our officers guarding the area but no casualty has been reported, " he is quoted as saying. 

Somalia based Al-Shabab militants have conducted several attacks in Kenya
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Somalia-based al-Shabab militants have launched several attacks in Kenya since 2011

This is the second attack by the militants on a mast in the area in the last two months.

He asked for the government to boost security in the area as "the destruction of the mast could be a signal that they are going to attack again." 

Mandera borders Somalia, the base for the al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents who have launched attacks in the area several times.

Al-Shabab has been at war with Kenya ever since Kenyan forces entered Somalia in October 2011 in an effort to crush the militants.

No end to Kenya's school fires

Yet another emergency meeting has been called by Kenya's Education Minister Fred Matiang'i to try and find a solution to the ongoing cases of school arson.

More than 100 secondary schools across the country have been burnt blamed on students.

The Kenya Red Cross has tweeted a photo of school dormitory burning this morning:   

Garbatula High #School's dormitory in #Isiolo County burnt down this morning. Fire contained by locals. No #injuries

Garbatula High #School's dormitory in #Isiolo County burnt down this morning. Fire contained by locals. No #injuries

St Patrick's High School in Iten, renowned the world over for its links with Kenya's elite athletes, is one the latest to be affected.

Asbel Kiprop, the 1,500m world champion, took to Twitter last night to share concern about the ongoing crisis: 

Saint Patrick's Iten is the only Kenyan high school that's globally famous if I must say. stop school fires for what we treasure most.

Mr Matiang'i says the wave of arson has been caused by a cartel behind examination cheating - protesting against stringent measures he introduced recently to curb the vice. 

The main teachers' union disagrees, blaming the protests on the changes made to the school calendar by the education ministry which shortened the August vacations by two weeks.

Kenya's national newspapers today are leading with a call for the government to find a solution:

Kenya's newspapers are leading a calling on the government to find a solution to the school fires.
BBC

Read more: Why are Kenyan schools being torched?

Elephant killings in Africa 'stabilise'

Matt McGrath

Environment correspondent, BBC News

Elephants
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There has been a spike in illegal killings in Kruger National Park in South Africa

The rapid growth in the illegal killing of African elephants seen since 2006 seems to have stabilised and may be decreasing.

Two new reports indicate that across the continent, the numbers of elephants being killed for ivory has slowed.

But the picture is mixed as the slaughter in Central and West Africa shows no sign of moderating.

Some experts believe that the decline in deaths could be down to fewer elephants being alive to poach.

Read the BBC Science story for more.

UN accuses Boko Haram of 'unimaginable violence' in Nigeria

The United Nations has accused the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram of "almost unimaginable" violence and brutality in Nigeria.

Stephen O'Brien, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator, said the militant group's actions had forced thousands to flee and left unprecedented numbers in need.

From January to June 2016, more than 50 children have been coerced to carry out suicide bombings across the four countries."

Stephen O'Brien

The UN estimates that more than nine million people in the region need humanitarian assistance.

Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

Read the BBC news story

Boko Haram at a glance:

Boko Haram militants in 2014
Boko Haram video/AFP
  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education
  • Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, and hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls 
  • Joined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS's "West African province" 
  • Seized large area in north-east of Nigeria, where it declared caliphate
  • Regional force has now retaken most territory 

Zimbabwe five-star luxury 'compensates for days in the bush'

Zimbabweans are angered that one of their vice-presidents' continuous stay at a five star hotel in the capital, Harare. 

Phelekezela Mphoko has spent nearly 600 nights at the Rainbow Towers Hotel since he was sworn in as vice-president in December 2014, at a cost of $1,000 (£755) for his room and meals a day. 

He is from the country's second city Bulawayo, and does not own a home in Harare and has reportedly rejected official residences as inadequate.

The government says it owns the hotel and there is better security there.    

Rainbow Towers Hotel
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Rainbow Towers is not far from the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare

The country has been has been facing serious economic problems, with the government struggling to pay civil servants and its stock exchange under pressure after news that it recently traded a measly $105 in a single day

The BBC's Brian Hungwe in Harare has been out and about seeking the public reaction.

Some people told him the VP was a beneficiary of President Robert Mugabe's patronage, others blamed his "voracious appetite for luxury", while another said the Mr Mphoko felt entitled to such luxuriousness after spending years in the bush fighting for liberation. 

Sten Zvorwadza, an activist and chairman of the National Vendors Union, said it was "irresponsible and selfish" to use of taxpayers' money when other accommodation was available. Listen to his interview on the BBC's Newsday programme:

Vice-President Mphoko has spent nearly 600 nights in Zimbabwe's luxury Rainbow Towers

Cartoonist's take on South Africa's deadly campaigning

South African cartoonist Sifiso Yalo has tweeted his impressions of the deadly campaign in the run-up to hotly contested local elections in the country next week:

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On Tuesday night, a candidate for councillor was shot dead in Port Elizabeth, taking the total number of politicians killed in campaigning to 13 - most of them from the governing African National Congress (ANC) party.

Funeral for popular South African rally driver

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of Gugu Zulu, the South African rally driver who died while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

It is taking place at the Rhema Bible Church, one of the most well-known churches in Johannesburg.

Mr Zulu and his wife Letshego both descended the mountain when he experienced breathing problems whilst attempting the trip earlier in July for a Nelson Mandela-linked charity to raise funds to buy sanitary towels for girls.

The two known has as the “adventure couple” are well celebrated in sporting circles.

Social media has been flooded with message of support for Letshego and their one-year-old daughter Lelethu.  

Mr Zulu won the hearts of many South Africans with his warm spirit as a motorsport television presenter and was well-loved even by those who did not follow racing. 

Gugu Zulu and his wife Letshego
Instagram/ Gugu Zulu
Gugu Zulu and his wife Letshego were known as South Africa's "adventure couple"

Lion on the loose in Kenya's capital

Odhiambo Joseph

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A lion is on the loose in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, after escaping from a nearby national park.

It is roaming through the upmarket suburb of Karen.

The Kenya Wildlife Service is trying to lure the cat back towards the Nairobi National Park.

The park is separated by a main road from suburbs in the south of the city.

This is the third incident this year of a lion escaping the park.

How to catch a lion? 

A lion looking towards Nairobi, Kenya
AFP

  In less built-up areas bordering the park:  

  • Manually comb through areas of thick scrub, where lions tend to hide • Use helicopters to spot the animals and then fly low to steer them in a direction away from inhabited areas.

 In densely populated areas: 

  • Alert the public to report sightings and stay clear of big cats
  • Once located, lure the lion out into an open space with goat meat
  • Once easily visible, a vet should fire a dart with tranquilisers to sedate the cat
  • Never approach or irritate the animals - lionesses with cubs are most dangerous as they will attack if provoked even when not hungry. 

Source: KWS senior warden Nelly Palmeris 

Wise words

Today's African proverb:

The world is a bone which you can only bite and leave

A Bemba proverb sent by Kelvin Kasongo in Kitwe, Zambia
Vultures feeding on remains of a dead giraffe in South Africa
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