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Summary

  1. Turkey pushes for closure of Gulen-funded schools in Nigeria
  2. Convoy with food and drugs attacked in northern Nigeria
  3. Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators 'probed for alleged corruption'
  4. Ugandan inspectors 'cane men for misconduct'
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  6. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 29 July 2016

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

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Notwithstanding the pain, women still long to give birth." A Swahili proverb

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We leave you with a picture of the Kenya rugby team posing for a selfie during a sendoff event for the Rio Olympics team:

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Western Sahara singer performs at the Womad festival

Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim.
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One of the artists presenting workshops at the UK’s Womad Festival today is Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim. 

Her parents left Western Sahara following its annexation by Morocco in 1975 and she was born in a refugee camp in Algeria. 

She now lives in Spain and her music is influenced by Saharan and Mediterranean rhythms. Her latest album is Abbar el Hamada. Aziza Brahim and her band will also perform at the festival later today.

BBC's Manuel Toledo is attending the festival and has snapped a few pictures:

Kenya school fires: Residents 'whip' students

We have been reporting about the ongoing crisis of school fires in Kenya and the inability of the authorities to stop it. 

Well, a headmaster in central Kenya took the unusual step of seeking the help of residents living near the school to stop students burning it, according to the Star newspaper

Francis Wanene's call was answered by 100 residents who whipped and chased the rowdy students out of the school compound, the newspaper reports. 

The principal then invited the residents to eat the food of the students, it adds.

A resident was quoted saying that they had invested money to put up the school and that they would not allow the students to destroy it.  

Three students have been arrested for allegedly inciting the other students, according to the Star. 

SA man 'planned suicide attack'

One of the South African twins charged with terrorism-related offences had allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing in the country on behalf of the militant Islamic State (IS) group. 

 The allegation is contained in an affidavit presented to a court in the main city, Johannesburg, to show that prosecutors had enough evidence to arrest Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie for planning attacks.

A journalist has tweeted about it: 

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A rights group has denied that the twins were holding real guns:

The brothers were arrested about two weeks ago for allegedly plotting to attack a US diplomatic mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa.

They have instituted court action to declare their arrest unlawful. 

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Their sister has expressed a similar view, as this tweet shows:

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The brothers were arrested about two weeks ago for allegedly plotting to attack a US diplomatic mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa.

They have launched a court action to declare the raid on their home in Johannesburg's Newclare suburb unlawful. 

Neighbours 'bury the hatchet'

James Copnall

Africa editor, BBC World Service

urkina Faso"s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) and Ivory Coast"s President Alassane Ouattara (R) walk after a summit between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso on July 29, 2016 in Yamoussoukro
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Burkina Faso"s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara are trying to forge a new relationship

Cooperation agreements are usually fairly routine, but the 13 treaties signed by Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in the Ivorian capital Yamoussoukro today are significant, not least for what they symbolise.

The relationship between the neighbours has been rocky recently.

Blaise Compaore was given refuge in Ivory Coast after the Burkinabe people overthrew him, and then handed Ivorian nationality, apparently to block his extradition to face charges in Ouagadougou.

The Burkinabe also accused the speaker of the Ivorian parliament, Guillaume Soro, of involvement in last year’s failed coup.

All these difficult issues were ignored in Yamoussoukro. Instead the presidents smiled, and spoke warm words: we are friends again, was the message.

Egypt FGM doctor arrested

Campaigners have welcomed the arrest of Egypt's first doctor to have been convicted of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM).

Raslan Fadl was sentenced in January 2015 over the death of Souheir al-Bataa, a 13-year-old girl who was subjected to the illegal procedure.

However, he avoided arrest and was said to have carried on working as a doctor.Domestic and international pressure apparently prompted Fadl to surrender, campaign group Equality Now said.FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008 but the country still has one of the highest rates of the practice in the world.

More than 90% of girls and women aged between 15 and 59 in the country have undergone the procedure in recent years, according to UN estimates.

Read the full story here

Five tips to succeed in farming

South African Dimakatso Nono, 34, left her job in finance to return to the family farm. 

For anyone thinking of following in her footsteps, she gives BBC Africa five tips on how to succeed as a farmer.

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Five tips to succeed in farming

Turkey puts Nigeria on the spot

Mohammed Kabir Mohammed

BBC Africa, Abuja

A police officer stands next to an armoured vehicle that was used by soldiers during the coup attempt at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016
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Loyalist forces put down the coup attempt

When the attempted coup in Turkey unfolded, Nigerians debated the issue vigorously on social media, mostly condemning it.  

And yesterday, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs visited the Turkish ambassador in Nigeria to show their support for democracy in Turkey. 

Addressing the MPs, Ambassador Hakan Cakil called on the Nigerian government to close down 17 Turkish schools in the country. 

They were linked, he said, to the alleged mastermind of the coup plot, Fethullah Gulen. 

Mr Cakil said he had sent a letter to that effect to Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs. 

Closing these schools may be difficult because of the impact it will have on students. 

But Turkey is very influential in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. 

The deputy chairman of the committee, Shehu Sani, told the BBC that given the allegations the ambassador made - that the schools were used to "train terrorists" - Nigeria must investigate the matter before taking any action. 

As for the government, it has yet to comment. 

Kenyans sentenced to death

Two suspected members of a Kenyan separatist movement have been sentenced to death for the murder of four police officers in the coastal city of Mombasa during the 2013 election campaign, the AFP news agency reports. 

High Court Judge Martin Muya said it had been proven "beyond doubt" that Jabri Ali Dzuya and Bwana Mkuu Alwan Jabu were guilty of killing the officers who had responded to an alert in Mombasa's Miritini suburb on 3 March 2013. 

Two other suspects were acquitted due to lack of evidence.    

Kenya has not carried out a death sentence for several decades. 

The killers were accused of belonging to the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group seeking the secession of Kenya's coastal region, which is popular with tourists. 

Olomide 'denied bail'

Olomide (archive shot)
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The rumba star is known for putting on raunchy performances

Popular Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has failed in his bid to secure bail, his lawyer has said, reports the BBC Maud Jullien from the capital, Kinshasa. 

A judge turned down his request to be released on parole when he appeared in court in the city. 

On Monday, polce arrested Mr Olomide, 60, at his home in an upmarket suburb of Kinshasa after he was caught on camera purportedly kicking one of his dancers at the main airport in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

He was deported from Kenya on Saturday following Friday's incident.

It led to the rumba star's performances in Kenya and Zambia being cancelled.  

A judge is considering whether to charge him with assault. He denies the charge. 

Why are Egypt's military courts trying civilians?

In Egypt, more than 7,000 civilians have been prosecuted in military courts over the past two years.

Human rights campaigners say there is no guarantee of a fair trial under these circumstances. They also say that the Egyptian army's power is being increased in order to target opponents.

Listen to the BBC's Sally Nabil reporting from Cairo:

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More than 7,000 civilians have been prosecuted in military courts over the past two years

Uganda backlash over business bailouts

Plans by the Ugandan government to bailout distressed companies to the tune of more than $400 million have sparked a backlash. The figure is roughly the same as the country's health budget.

There has been lots of criticism from the public, including suggestions that it is a hand-out for those close to the government.

However, President Yoweri Museveni says it is important to support businesses which contribute to the economy.

BBC Africa's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.

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Plans by the Ugandan government to bailout distressed companies sparks a backlash

Is football the answer to peace in Somalia?

Osman Hassan

BBC Somali Service

Puntland team players in Mogadishu, Somalia
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The Puntland team came out on top

Football has achieved in Somalia this month what leaders and negotiators have failed to do in more than two decades.

Teams from all regions of the country came together in harmony and happiness to play in a football tournament.

It took place in Mogadishu, the capital, where clan politics has a habit of quickly descending into a bitter conflict.

However, fans in the stadium cheered on the teams, without incident over 12 days.

The team from the north-eastern region Puntland won the final 5:3 in a game against Jubaland that was decided by penalties.

The organisation of the event has been praised, so much so that the BBC Somali Service is holding its debate today on the topic: Is sport the answer to peace?

Huge pro-Kabila rally in DR Congo

Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
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Mr Kabila's supporters have put up a massive show of strength

Supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila have packed the Tata Raphael stadium in the capital Kinshasa. 

The meeting has been organised to showcase support for Mr Kabila's "national dialogue" initiative.

He has invited all political players and civil society group to take part in talks to avoid a political crisis, caused by fears in opposition circles that Mr Kabila wants to cling to power by delaying presidential elections due in November.  

The BBC's Maud Jullien reports from the rally that the leader of the national assembly told the crowd the president would respect the constitution.

Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
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The president has been in power since 2001

Mr Kabila is legally bound to stand down at the end of his second elected term, and not to contest the elections due in  November.

But the constitutional court ruled in May that if poll is delayed, Mr Kabila can remain in power. 

The electoral commission has already said that it is not ready to meet the November deadline for elections.

Supporter of President Joseph Kabila packed the Tata Raphael stadium
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There are fears that he is rallying support to postpone elections and stay in office

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who has been out of DR Congo for nearly two years, made a grand return to the country on Wednesday. 

Moise Katumbe, another opponent of Mr Kabila, fled the country earlier this year after being threatened with arrest. 

Tanzanians react to Dodoma move

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania's government has announced that it will move its headquarters from the main commercial city, Dar es Salaam, to the capital, Dodoma, about 450km (279 miles) away. 

The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli in less than a year since coming to office. 

The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli
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The move is yet another major political decision by President John Magufuli

Residents of Dar es Salaam have been reacting to the news:   

I think its time the government moved from Dar es Salaam, because it’ll reduce congestion in this city. Because everything, every office, is here.”

Abdallah Uledi

I think this is a good decision because this city is overwhelmed already. So if the government will move to Dodoma, the city will be relieved. But I also believe, many other regions in the country will be better and easily reached by the government’s services.”

William Shirima

As you are aware, right now the government has just launched the five-year-development plan. And it's focusing more on industrialization....If you look at the plan now, one thing that comes quickly is that you hope this Dodoma move would have been incorporated."

Blandina Kilama

'Air strike' on Nigeria's oil militants

Haruna Shehu Tangaza

BBC Africa, Abuja

Nigeria's military has confirmed to me that it carried out an air strike yesterday on a base of oil militants in the Arepo area in south-western Ogun State. 

Brigadier General  Rabe Abubakar declined to say how many people killed in the strike, and insisted that only armed men had been targeted. 

This morning, residents reported seeing a convoy of military vehicles going into the Arepo area - access to which has been restricted.

Militants have been demanding that the government spend more of Nigeria's oil wealth on poor communities in the oil-producing south. 

File photo taken September 17, 2008 shows fighters of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) as they prepare for an operation against the Nigerian army in Niger Delta.
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Nigeria's oil-rich states have often been hit by conflict

Read: Nigeria's newest militants

Ugandans caned 'for gambling'

A Ugandan health official has confirmed to the BBC that some men were caned in remote villages in the east, but has denied that this was because of their failure to build toilets at their homes (see earlier post). 

Instead, they were caned for gambling in the morning and failing to send their childern to school, Kassim Oyuu said, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire from the capital, Kampala.

The men preferred to take their punishment on the spot rather being arrested, he added. 

Mr Oyuu said that while some people were found to have no latrines on their properties, they had given a written undertaking to have them within three weeks. 

The inspection of villages in the Kaberamaido district was carried out jointly by health, education and security officials, he added. 

Nigerian woman 'breaks glass ceiling' to become student leader

Nasidi Adamu Yahya

BBC Hausa Service, Abuja

Amina Yahaya
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Amina Yahaya has been appointed to head Usmanu Danfodiyo University's student union

A female university student in northern Nigeria has broken a long tradition of male domination of student leadership.

Amina Yahaya has become the first woman to lead a student union in the north for more than three decades - and the first woman at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in the conservative state of Sokoto.

She takes over the position after her predecessor was suspended and later impeached for misconduct.

She was one of the vice-presidents of the union. 

Despite her notable achievement, Ms Yahaya told the BBC Hausa service that she does not always feel supported by her female counterparts:

When it comes to leadership issues we [women] are own enemies. We don’t support ourselves mostly because some of us assume that ‘women are arrogant’.”

However, Ms Yahaya is full of optimism and confidence about her abilities, saying that she hopes to join national politics one day:

When I came to this university, there was only one female professor in my department. She's been my role model."

Living with Sierra Leone's mine closures

Man walking outside mine in Sierra Leone
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Three years ago, Sierra Leone was one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa.

The country's iron ore exports were booming and at one point the economy was growing by 20% a year.

But then came the slump in commodity prices and the outbreak of Ebola and as a result, two of the country's largest mines closed and the economy shrank.

You can watch the report by the BBC's Marie Keyworth here.

Juvenile prisoners riot in Morocco

Moroccan police have put down a violent escape bid by prisoners at a juvenile detention centre in the city of Casablanca, resulting in nine inmates being wounded, the prison service has said, AFP news agency reports. 

The prisoners attacked staff, set fire to beds and a bus, and tried to break into a weapons depot, it added. 

Police then intervened to end last night's riot at the Ain Sebaa detention centre, the prison service is quoted as saying.

A video of the riot is being shared on Twitter:

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Chad's Habre ordered to pay victims

This file photo taken on June 3, 2015 shows former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre gesturing as he leaves a Dakar courthouse after an identity hearing on June 3, 2015
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Habre was exiled in Senegal when was arrested and prosecuted

Former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre, sentenced to life in May for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been ordered by a court to pay up to $33,000 (£25,000) to each of his victims. 

A special court, set up by the African Union and Senegal to try Habre, ordered the compensation to victims of rape, arbitrary detention and imprisonment.

The court did not say how many people had to be paid. 

He was held responsible for the crimes committed during his rule from 1982 to 1990.  

Read: Who is Habre? 

Turkey asks Nigeria to shut down Gulen-linked colleges

About 2,000 Nigerians are employed by the colleges
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About 2,000 Nigerians are employed by the colleges

Turkey has asked Nigeria to close all schools and colleges that it says are associated with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of sponsoring the 15 July failed coup to overthrow President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Nigeria's Daily Trust reports

Turky's ambassador Hakan Cakil said a request had been made to shut 17 education institutions: 

We have formally and verbally made our demand to the Nigerian government through the Foreign Affairs Minister.

All the schools in Nigeria belong to the Gulen movement and not the Turkish government. They are using the schools to recruit followers for terrorism. This is threatening the peace in our country as they are using funds they are generating in Nigeria for terrorism."

Mr. Cemal Yigit, the spokesman of the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, said he was unaware of the request, but it would not surprise him:  

It is so unfortunate that the smear attack is even reaching Nigeria. Nigeria is a sovereign country and [it] is as if the Turkish Ambassador has the luxury of giving Nigerian authorities instructions..."

He said that college employed 2,000 Nigerians. 

Earlier this month, Turkey's announced that it would be taking over Gulen-linked schools and hospitals in Somalia after putting pressure on the government to expel its Turkish staff.

Mr Gulen has denied being involved in the coup plot.   

Tanzania debris 'highly likely' from MH370

A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister has said. 

The large wing part was taken to Australia for analysis after it was found by locals on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania last month. 

Australian and Malaysian officials examine aircraft debris at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau headquarters in Canberra, Australia, July 20, 2016
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Australia has been leading the search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean. 

It went missing in March 2014 while flying from  Malaysia to China with 239 people onboard.

Australian officials have also determined that four other pieces of debris found in Mozambique, South Africa and Mauritius almost certainly came from the plane, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished. 

Ugandans flogged 'for not building toilets'

Men who failed to dig pit latrines at their homes in remote villages in eastern Uganda have been caned, the state-owned New Vision newspaper reports.  

A man being caned in Uganda
New Vision

Health an sanitation officials meted out the punishment during surprises visits to homes in  the Kaberamaido district to see whether families had heeded calls to improve sanitation.

The newspaper quoted enforcement team head Kassim Eyuu as saying: 

We want all the villages to strive for 100% toilet coverage. Faeces from just one family or a poorly hygienic home can affect a radius that a fly from it can reach."

Inspector Moses Ebusu told the New Vision that some men managed to run away into nearby bushes to avoid being caught: 

When we visited different villages, some men took off and only women stayed behind. Worst of all, some women hid their men under beds to evade authorities."

The newspaper reports that some health workers and local leaders also did not have toilets at their homes, but it does not say whether they were caned. 

Mugabe on Trump

The senators said that Mugabe asked them why the US continued to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe
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The senators said that Mugabe asked them why the US continued to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe told US Senators who recently visited the country that they would regret not being friendly to him if Donald Trump was elected president in the November election.

Senators Chris Coons and Adam Schiff told  Politico, a US political publication that they were in the country to discuss wildlife trafficking and had asked to meet the 92-year-old president out of courtesy and were surprised that he agreed to meet them. 

Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again
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Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again

The senators said that Mr Mugabe had asked them why the US continued to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe to which they responded with a list of reasons. 

It's then, according to Mr Coons, that Mr Mugabe said: "Once Trump is your president, you’ll wish you’d been friendlier to me."

The story is being widely shared on social media. 

US gov't delegations the "object of derision" abroad as the result of Trump's candidacy. #Mugabe politico.com/video/2016/07/…

@SmithInAmerica @harumutasa The Irony of this is that Trump is a fan of Mugabe and other African Fascist Dictators like Mobutu and Banda.

Guess Mugabe felt neglected, and had to chime in. Bet $ that Trump couldn't find Zimbabwe on a map. twitter.com/politico/statu…

You can watch the full interview below:

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South Sudan hideout attack order 'fake'

South Sudan's government has dismissed as "fake" a letter circulating on social media ordering the country's military to arrest ousted Vice-President Riek Machar "dead or alive".

The government has given '7 reasons' why the letter is fake.
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The government has given '7 reasons' why the letter is fake.

A government spokesman appeared on state TV and gave what he called seven reasons why the letter was forged including that: 

  • It goes against the cessation of hostilities that had been agreed
  • It has no reference numbers, authenticated agency signatures and is not stamped "secret" as would be expected.

Someone posted a video of him reading out the statement on Facebook. You can watch it here.

Indonesia executes Nigerian drug convicts

The bodies of the executed prisoners were brought back the mainland amid a tight police presence
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The bodies of the executed prisoners were brought back the mainland amid a tight police presence

Indonesia has carried out the executions of four drug convicts, including three foreigners.

The Indonesian man and the Nigerians were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT) at the Nusakambangan prison island.

A further 10 convicts who had been expected to be killed had a last-minute stay of execution.

Amnesty International condemned the killings as a "deplorable act" that violated local and international law.

Indonesia's Deputy Attorney-General Noor Rachmad said it was "not a pleasant thing but it was to implement the law".

Read the full BBC story here

More Kenyan schools torched

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Two more schools have been burnt overnight in Kenya as the country continues to deal with a wave of arson attacks. 

Bura East secondary school in the north-eastern Garissa county and St Pius seminary in central Meru county were set ablaze, adding to the more than 100 schools that have so far been burnt since the beginning of the year. 

I have just come back from central Kenya where dozens of schools have been closed after the attacks. 

Dozens of schools have been closed after the attacks
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I spoke to a student from one of the affected schools. He told me that there was nothing suspicious before the fire started in his school:  

"We were in the dorms and the teacher on duty came and told us that we could wake up and go to class.

At 5.30 in the evening we heard people screaming outside. People rushed out screaming and we rushed for buckets and started putting out the fire."

I also spoke to a parent whose daughter is due to sit for her final high school exam. She said she was anxious about the ongoing crisis. 

Dozens of schools have been closed after the attacks
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Dozens of schools have been closed after the attacks
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Read: Why are Kenya's schools being torched? 

Zimbabwe's anti-corruption investigators 'suspended'

Zimbabwe's anti-corruption commission has suspended 19 of its investigators for alleged corruption, insubordination, and divulging its secrets, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

The 19 denied the allegations, saying they were being victimised for pursuing a $1.5m (£1.1m) labour case for outstanding benefits and allowances. 

They also accused their bosses of blocking investigations into high-profile cases, the Herald reports. 

The 19 have been suspended on full pay for three months, pending the outcome of investigations, the newspaper reports. 

They have also been barred from leaving Zimbabwe's without the commission's permission, it adds. 

UN convoy ambushed in Nigeria

Unicef says the attack has forced it to temporarily suspend delivering aid
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Unicef says the attack has forced it to temporarily suspend delivering aid

Suspected militant Islamists have ambushed a military-escorted UN convoy carrying humanitarian aid in north-eastern Nigeria, wounding a UN worker, two other civilians and two soldiers, the army has said.

The UN children's agency, Unicef, said the attack had forced it to temporarily suspend delivering food and medicines to thousands of people in areas badly affected by the insurgency. 

"Suspected remnants" of Boko Haram were hiding in a village, before emerging to attack the convoy as it was returning to Maiduguri, the main city in the north-east, after delivering aid to civilians in Barma, about 70km (43.5 miles) away, army spokesman Col Sani Usman said.   

He added that the attack had been repelled, and the wounded taken to hospital. 

Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has caused much suffering, and many children have been diagnosed with severe malnutrition, reports the BBC's Chris Ewokor from the capital, Abuja. 

There are fears that this could worsen, as aid convoys are targeted, he adds.

Read: Boko Haram took my children

Wise words

Here's today's African proverb:  

Notwithstanding the pain, women still long to give birth."

A Swahili proverb sent by Charles Tanui in Eldoret, Kenya
A pregnant woman with her daughter kissing her belly
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