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Summary

  1. Nigeria police enter parliament over corruption claims
  2. Uganda to soon get 'anti-porn machine'
  3. Kenyan man accused of chopping wife's hands off in fertility row
  4. Ugandan troops go on trial in Somalia for stealing
  5. Nigeria 'restarts payments' for former Niger Delta oil militants
  6. Three men charged with doping Kenyan athlete Jeptoo
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  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Tuesday 2 August 2016

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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

A reminder of today's wise words:

It is the wise we send on errands, and not the long-legged."

An Akan proverb sent by Acheampong Owoahene Kwame, Kumasi, Ghana

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

And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o in Bali taken for a magazine and shared on her official Twitter account. 

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Dramatic video of building collapsing in Nairobi

We have been reporting about a residential building that collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, this morning. 

It's been reported that no-one was injured.

We've already posted a video from Citizen TV, and now another TV station has shared a video from a different angle that captured the moment the building went down: 

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Tweeters react to Uganda's proposal to buy 'a porn-detection machine'

We reported earlier about a plan by Uganda ethics ministry to buy what it calls "a pornography detection machine".

As expected tweeters have reacted, many are wondering where the government's priorities lie:

So #Uganda govt can buy a porn-detecting machine (whatever that is) but won't buy one that treats cancer? #ThingsWeLostInTheWar

Pornography detection machine arrives August - while Cancer machine is nowhere to be seen! #Uganda #Priorities | bit.ly/2aZJlri

Where are those Africans who say our govts are slow in adopting new technology? Uganda is leading the way ...newvision.co.ug/new_vision/new…

"#Uganda cannot feed 10 million people but paid for a porn machine" by @mlnangalama on @LinkedIn linkedin.com/pulse/uganda-c…

Secret police seal off offices in Nigeria's parliament

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja bureau editor

Nigeria's secret police have sealed off some offices in the country's lower house of parliament, the House of Representatives, following allegations of misconduct by some senior MPs while working on this year's budget.

The crisis started after the speaker sacked the head of the budget committee Abdulmumini Jibrin, who then filed a petition accusing the speaker of the house and other senior MPs of padding the budget with expensive items that do not exist.

Mr Jibrin has been publishing a series of documents online to support his claim, which the speaker and his team have vehemently denied.

Reports say the country's anti-corruption agencies are also looking into the matter.

The ruling All Progressive Congress party has been meeting the warring factions in an attempt to resolve the crisis. 

The controversial $30bn budget was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in May after months of wrangling amid claims of mismanagement and kickbacks among the officials who drew it up.

Nigeria election poster
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President Buhari fought last year's election on a pledge to fight corruption

Nigerian-British filmmaker's new magic-realist web series

A new series by Nigerian-British filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion is being streamed online, the OkayAfrica website is reporting.

It says that Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha grew out of Igbinedion's short film Oya: Rise of the Orishas, which won an award last year.

OkayAfrica says that the series focusses on "junior doctor Amina who’s life is turned upside down when her patient, a politician’s son, dies under her care".

The trailer on YouTube reveals a series that is full of mystery and magic realism:

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Kenyan athletes' coach allowed to go to Rio despite drugs charges

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa Sport

An Italian athletics agent who has been charged with doping offences in Kenya is being allowed to travel to Brazil for this month's Olympic Games. 

Federico Rosa, who denies the charges against him, had argued that he had to be in Rio to help the athletes under his control. 

Mr Rosa must return his passport to a court in Nairobi by 26 August, and his case will be heard early next month.

Federico Rosa
AFP

Meanwhile also in Kenya, Italian athletics coach Claudio Berardelli has been formally charged with doping related offences. 

He is accused with two local men, including a pharmacist, of "administering prohibited performance-enhancing substance to marathon runner Rita Jeptoo" - who is currently serving a doping ban. 

All three have denied any wrong-doing.

Senegal family of maid Mbayang Diop in Saudi 'feel helpless'

The brother of a Senegalese maid who may face the death sentence in Saudi Arabia has told the BBC that the family feels helpless and cannot speak to her.

Mbayang Diop was arrested several weeks ago accused of killing the woman she worked for in Saudi Arabia.

Her brother, Mamadou Diop, said that traffickers had deceived her, promising her a well-paid job but instead she was mistreated.

The 22-year-old woman is in jail in the eastern city of Dammam awaiting trial.

Human rights activists fear she may be executed.

It is unclear if she has appeared in court or has pleaded to the charge.

Read more from BBC News Online

Senegal demonstration
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Supporters of Mbayang Diop held a demonstration in Dakar on Monday

Kenyan youths assault Chinese rail workers over jobs

Fourteen Chinese railway workers have been attacked by youths protesting about being sidelined for job opportunities, the Daily Nation reports

The attack happened at a construction site in Narok County, in the south-west of the country. 

More than 200 club and sword-wielding youth descended on the workers, chanting and shouting, the paper reports. 

The victims have sought treatment at the Narok Referral Hospital following the attack.

A journalist who was covering the event for a local television station was also attacked.

Local youths have been demanding a share of the construction jobs that have come as a result of a $3.8bn (£2.8bn) railway project currently ongoing in the country. 

This is the second such case to be reported in the area.

Youths assault Chinese rail workers over contracts
Nation Media Group

Kenyans react to news of woman allegedly assaulted by her husband

Kenyans have been tweeting about the story of a woman, Jackline Mwende, who was allegedly assaulted by her husband and had her hands chopped off because the couple were unable to conceive. 

Some are suggesting that a fund should be set up to help her get prosthetic arms, while others are lamenting about the patriarchal and religious attitudes that could have led to the assault. 

Here's a sample:

I wish Jackline Mwende quick recovery & call upon GBV activists to support the creation of Mwende Fund to help her get prosthetic limbs

Narrative now should be about Jackline Mwende's recovery & helping her get prosthetic limbs, not comparing her case with Koffi Olomide's

My heart goes out to Jackline Mwende. Stuck in the worst situation possible: abusive man,idiot pastor/counselling&ignorance of law

South Sudan peace monitors 'told to re-open offices in Juba'

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudan’s government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth has threatened to deny entry to the commission that monitors the ceasefire (JMEC) or to expel the group altogether, unless it reopens its office in the capital, Juba, and stops carrying on business in other places outside the country, reports Dutch-based Radio Tamazuj website.

This comes after a meeting of diplomats of the JMEC Partners' Forum - the guarantors of the August 2015 peace deal - was held recently in Sundan's capital, Khartoum, as well as meetings by the JMEC Chairman Festus Mogae at the African Union summit and elsewhere.

The peace process is in a very fragile position at the moment after the first vice-president in the unity government, Riek Machar, left Juba and was replaced.

This followed clashes in the city between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Mr Machar.

Uganda's anti-pornography machine 'to arrive soon'

Ugandans will not have to wait much longer before what is being called an anti-pornography machine arrives in the country, Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo has told the partly government-owned New Vision newspaper

Mr Lokodo is reported as saying that the government had contracted a South Korean company to supply the machine. 

Uganda to spend to buy 'anti-pornography machine'
New vision

He also revealed the ministry's plans:  

We have appointed the anti-pornography committee, but it had not been launched due to lack of finance, but the government has now approved the money to activate the operations."

The machine will be used to detect pornographic pictures, videos or graphics taken or saved on a phone, computer or camera in any form and those found guilty will be charged. 

But exactly how it will work is not clear.

It is illegal for a person to produce or broadcast pornography in Uganda.

Analysis: Nigeria to resume payments to ex-militants

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

The Nigerian government has told the BBC that it will resume payments to former militants in the Niger Delta later today in a bid to end attacks on the country’s oil infrastructure. 

Under an amnesty in 2009, 30,000 fighters were paid monthly stipends if they agreed to lay down their arms. 

It was only six months ago that the government stopped paying the fighters. But since then there have been a series of attacks on oil pipelines, slashing the country’s production.  

Critics regard these payments as nothing more than a bribe for peace, which reward militancy rather than trying to tackle it.  

It’s not clear though whether the resumption of payments will satisfy militants currently carrying out attacks.

Some of them were never included in the amnesty. 

And many argue that the Niger Delta should get a far greater share of the oil wealth than is currently allocated to the region.

Oil pipeline
AFP
The militants argue that the oil wealth has not been evenly shared

Ever tried fish biscuits?

Fish biscuits are quite literally biscuits partly made from desiccated fish and they might just be part of a solution to a pressing problem - malnutrition.

Watch BBC Africa’s Sophie Ikenye having a bite:

Ever tried fish biscuits?

Meet Mikel or John or Obi?

Chelsea and Nigeria star John Obi Mikel has got fed up with people getting his name wrong so he has officially decided to change it to Mikel John Obi, the Daily Mirror is reporting.

It adds that, in fact, neither version of his name is correct. He is really called John Michael Nchekwube Obinna and the Mikel was created following a naming mistake by the Nigerian FA in 2003.

So, just to be clear we can now call him Mikel John Obi.

Mikel John Obi
AFP
"Call me Mikel"

Running against the ANC in Wednesday's election

Wednesday's Municipal elections in South Africa will be a major test for the governing African National Congress. 

And there's been surprise at the recent decision of one of the leaders of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings to run as an independent candidate, despite still being part of the ANC. 

The BBC's Gavin Fischer met Seth Mazibuko at his old school, to find out why he is standing against the ANC:

Seth Mazibuko is running as an independent candidate despite still being part of the ANC

Condemnation after Kenyan woman has hands chopped off

We posted earlier about the case in Kenya where a man allegedly chopped his wife's hands off because she "could not conceive".

The Daily Nation reports that the husband has been charged in connection with the violence.

Woman with hands removed
Daily Nation

The man has not commented, but there has been widespread condemnation of the alleged crime.  

Equality Now - an NGO which works on gender violence in Kenya - emailed this statement to BBC Africa Live:

We are glad that the police have made an arrest so quickly and hope that the law is now fully enforced. We can't afford to let perpetrators act with impunity...

We need to work even harder to ensure that every single Kenyan woman and girl is protected from all forms of violence and discrimination and is able to live her life safely and without fear."

Naitore NyamuAfrica Office, Equality Now

Jorge Costa returns as Gabon boss on a six-month contract

Jorge Costa has been reappointed Gabon coach on a six-month contract.

The 44-year-old Portuguese manager was originally installed as coach in 2014 but his contract expired on 30 June and Gabon initially sought a replacement.

Costa has been set a target of reaching the final of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, to be played on home soil.

"It is a contract with objectives and open to extension, conditioned by the course of the national team in 2017," said the Gabon Football Federation.

It added on its website that it would "ensure that other factors off the field of play do not affect the progress of the Panthers".

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Jorge Costa
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Nigeria militants deny receiving payments

We reported earlier that Nigeria's government will resume payments to militants in the Niger Delta after they were stopped in February. 

The BBC's Martin Patience has spoken to two former militants who say they have not yet received the payments. 

One former militant leader Pere Ejune said he has only heard rumours that the amnesty payments would start again today.

We are just hearing a rumour. ....this is a threat to the people of the Niger Delta, who are confused whether this is happening."

Nigeria government has been paying militants monthly
AFP
The amnesty programme was agreed in 2009

Gay Pride Week starts in Uganda

Catherine Byaruhanga

BBC Africa, Kampala

Events to mark the start of Gay Pride Week are taking place in Uganda today despite the country's strict anti-homosexuality laws. 

Celebrations will include parties in popular nightclubs and events to raise awareness about the health issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

The week will culminate in a parade which - for the first time - will be held in the capital Kampala, under tight security. 

The parade is expected to be attended by about 300 people, including some from neighbouring states. 

This is the fifth year Ugandans have marked the annual event. Police broke up the first parade in 2012. 

An activist has been tweeting about Gay Pride Week: 

#fashion @frankmugisha @KashaJacqueline @Prideuganda2016 the wait is over show some love.

#fashion @frankmugisha @KashaJacqueline @Prideuganda2016 the wait is over show some love.

Ugandan troops face stealing charges in Somalia

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

A Ugandan military court sitting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has this morning begun hearing a case against 17 soldiers serving with the African Union force (Amisom) who were arrested in June following a sting operation. 

The Ugandans, including three senior officers, are accused of selling military equipment, fuel and other army paraphernalia. 

Ugandan soldiers on trial in Mogadishu, Somalia
BBC

Seven judges are hearing the case at the Amisom headquarters in Mogadishu.

They are accused of selling military equipment, fuel and other military paraphernalia
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One soldier has already pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison.

It is the first time a military court connected to the AU mission has sat in Somalia since the troops were deployed nine years ago. 

It was decided to do so as an attempt to show Somalia's citizens that the Amisom force was being held to account. 

Uganda is the highest troop contributor to 22,000 strong Amisom force.

Uber strike: Company says drivers are better off with lower fares

The manager for Uber sub-Saharan Africa has responded after some drivers in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, went on strike today.

They were complaining that the reduced fares that Uber was charging made it impossible for them to make money.

Uber's Alon Lits said more than 1,000 drivers were consulted before fares were lowered and that the small number of drivers in today’s protests do not in any way represent the voice of the majority of Uber drivers, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza reports.

He said they have seen increased earnings since the fares were slashed.

Drivers demonstrating
BBC

Numbers of South Sudan refugees fleeing to Uganda 'double over last 10 days'

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their country for Uganda has doubled in the past 10 days, the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, says.

It adds that 52,000 people have crossed the border since the fighting that broke out three weeks ago.

Another 1,000 have fled to Kenya and 7,000 to Sudan.

The UNHCR says:

The refugees bring disturbing reports that armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing South Sudan.

New arrivals from Yei say they received letters warning them to evacuate the town in anticipation of conflict between rebel and government forces."

Queue of displaced people
AFP
More than two million people in total have been displaced by fighting in South Sudan since December 2013

EU announces funding to support fight against Boko Haram

The European Union (EU) has announced a $55m (£41m) support for the MNJTF, the multi-national force fighting Boko Haram, a joint statement by the EU and AU says. 

It reads in part: 

We commend the countries of the region for the progress made over the past months in ensuring a coordinated regional response through the MNJTF. The agreement we have signed today will further strengthen the regional coordination of the response.

Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon
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Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon

We will also provide transport and communication assets to the force headquarters, allowing for effective coordination and command of military operations.... This should prevent Boko Haram's ability to move across borders when fighting uncoordinated bilateral operations. "

Boko Haram attacks have severely affected the north-east of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Petrol strike in South Africa leads to shortages

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Parts of South Africa's Gauteng province, which is the country's economic hub are experiencing fuel shortages due to a strike. 

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says the intimidation of non-striking workers at petrol depots in the capital, Pretoria, is affecting fuel deliveries. 

Shortages have been reported in Johannesburg, Pretoria as well as parts of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Petrol pums closed
EPA

About 15,000 workers affiliated to the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union downed tools last Thursday after they failed to get a 9% wage increase. 

Sapia says it is putting together “contingency plans” and has asked motorists to not panic.

UN condemns sexual violence during South Sudan clashes

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

The UN has condemned the latest reports of widespread sexual violence in South Sudan. 

Researchers have documented more than 100 cases of assault and rape by men in army uniform and armed men in plain clothes. 

The incidents are said to have happened right after fighting broke out between rival soldiers in early July.

The UN says it’s investigating allegations that its troops did not do enough to protect women and minors from rape. 

Witnesses said armed men raped dozens of women outside a UN camp for displaced people.

In at least one case, peacekeepers are accused of looking on as an assault happened.

UN tank
AP
The UN operates several camps for displaced people in South Sudan

Zephany gives evidence in sentencing hearing of woman who kidnapped her

The sentencing hearing of a South African woman found guilty of kidnapping a baby from hospital 19 years ago is continuing in Cape Town.

She brought up the child - known to the court as Zephany Nurse - as her own.

The newspapers have been covering the emotional proceedings after the biological mother of the child gave evidence on Monday. 

Newspaper fronpage
BBC

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko says that Zephany herself has now given evidence, but reporters were barred from proceedings at that point.

She had released a statement earlier this year which appeared to express sympathy with the woman who brought her up.

Her biological father - Morne - has also been giving evidence:

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Nigerian launches dating service for people with HIV

A Nigerian man has launched a dating service for people who live with HIV. 

Speaking to BBC's Newsday programme Michael Ugochukwu said he was driven to help people who were stigmatised. 

He however says that religious fanatics in Nigerian churches are critical of his initiative. 

You can listen to the full interview here:

Emmanuel Michael Ugochukwu provides a service to match-make people living with the virus.

Video shows moment Nairobi building collpased

We posted earlier about a building that collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. It's been reported that no-one was injured. 

One of the local TV stations has shared a video showing the moment the building came down:

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Nigeria resumes cash payments to former oil militants

Attacks on pipelines has reduced crude output by 700,000 barrels a day
AFP
Attacks on pipelines has severely reduced Nigeria's crude output

Nigeria's government has resumed cash payments for former militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta, an official said. 

The payments were agreed under a 2009 amnesty meant to end a wave a wave of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities. 

Nigeria stopped the payments in February.

An emailed statement quoted by the Bloomberg news agency says that President Muhammadu Buhari told the former fighters that he appreciated their patience.

Each ex-militant is entitled to  $200 (£150) a month plus job training.   

This comes as the government is dealing with a new wave of militant activity which has damaged the country's oil sector.

Kenya Uber drivers demand higher rates

Kenyan taxi drivers working for Uber are demonstrating outside the company's office in the capital, Nairobi.

They are complaining that Uber has reduced its prices too much.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza is there and says that there are around 150 drivers protesting.

Driver holding a placard
BBC

People can hail Uber taxis using an app on their smartphone and the service has been accused of undermining more traditional taxi operators in cities around the world.

Last week, Uber said it was lowering its prices in Nairobi in response to competition from other companies.

Drivers demonstrating
BBC

Will the real Idi Amin step forward?

Some eagle-eyed people in Malawi have spotted a slight picture error in the country's Daily Times newspaper.

In a piece about Uganda's former leader Idi Amin it has used a picture of American actor Forest Whitaker, who played the dictator in a film, rather than the man himself.

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And for a reminder, here's Idi Amin himself pictured in 1978:

Idi Amin
Hulton Archive

Kenyan woman hands chopped off for 'being infertile'

Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper is leading with a story of a woman, Jackline Mwende, who was assaulted allegedly by her husband and had her hands chopped off  because she "could not conceive".

The paper reports that the husband has been charged in connection with the violence.

He has made no comment. 

Ms Mwende is said to have been advised by her local pastor to stay in the relationship despite having been the victim of abuse. 

The Daily Nation also reports that the a doctor's report had found the man to be infertile.

Kenyan woman hands chopped off for being 'infertile'
Daily Nation

Activists plead for Senegalese held in Saudi Arabia for murder

The hashtag #SauvonsMbayang (Let’s save Mbayang) is trending in Senegal in support of a woman who was arrested a few weeks ago and charged with the murder of her employer's spouse in Saudi Arabia. 

The BBC's Nadege Sinarinzi in Dakar reports that the family of Mbayang Diop, 22, and human rights activists fear she might be executed. 

They held a rally on Monday at the Dakar central mosque where they have called on the government to plead her case. 

Activists plead for Senegalese held in Saudi Arabia
BBC

Kenyan Uber taxi drivers set to strike

BBC Monitoring

Uber taxi drivers in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, are set to hold a strike today over the transport operator's decision to cut fares.  

On 29 July, the US-based firm said it was lowering fares by up to 35% in Nairobi and drivers fear this could lead to lower earnings. 

Consequently, the drivers have formed the Kenyan Digital Taxi Association (KDTA), which has called for today's strike.

The KDTA has posted this photo on its Facebook page today:

Drover holding up a placard
KDTA

Local media are also reporting on the planned strike:

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Top South Sudan minister resigns

South Sudan's Agriculture Minster Lam Akol has resigned from the government over what he describes as there being "no more peace agreement".

The BBC Focus on Africa editor has tweeted his statement:

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Mr Akol's resignation comes in the wake of the the former First Vice-President Riek Machar leaving the capital, Juba, which followed clashes between his troops and those loyal to President Salva Kiir.

Mr Machar's inclusion in a unity government was supposed to signify the end of the country's civil war.

In his hard-hitting statement, Mr Akol said the attack on the vice-president's troops was premeditated and aimed at dislodging him.

Mr Akol, who once served as Sudan's foreign minister, was one of two non-armed opposition members appointed to South Sudan's unity cabinet.

Lam Akol
AFP

Building collapses in Nairobi

A residential building has collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. No causalities have been reported. 

Reports say the building had been earmarked for demolition following an incident in May where at least 50 people were killed after a building collapsed in the city's Huruma district. 

The Kenya Red Cross has shared pictures from the site: 

#RedCross Action team at #CollapsedBuilding scene in #Kariobangi, near Light Industry.
#RedCross Action team at #CollapsedBuilding scene in #Kariobangi, near Light Industry.
#RedCross Action team at #CollapsedBuilding scene in #Kariobangi, near Light Industry.

#RedCross Action team at #CollapsedBuilding scene in #Kariobangi, near Light Industry.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that a 5-storey #building marked for demolition has collapsed in #Kariobangi. #RedCross en route to scene.

Read more: Five reasons why buildings collapse

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