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  1. Zambia pre-election violence condemned
  2. Kenya athletics official in court over doping allegations
  3. Nigerian blogger detained by EFCC
  4. Rising temperatures blamed for fish decline in Lake Tangyanika
  5. South Africa swimmer Le Clos wins silver in Rio
  6. Nigeria militants "want ex-president dead"
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  8. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 9 August 2016

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. 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:

Don't divide with your teeth what you won't eat."

An Urhobo proverb sent by Michael Esegba, Ughelli, Nigeria

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We leave you with this picture from an Olympic judo bout with Morocco's Rizlen Zouak (left) taking on Mongolia's Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren:

Mongolia"s Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren (white) competes with Morocco"s Rizlen Zouak during their women"s -63kg judo contest match

Africans in the Olympics tonight

So we are going to leave you with a whole night of sport ahead of us in Rio. 

Here are a few highlights:

  • Egypt's Ahmed el-Nema and Libya's Ali Elghrari are competing in the fencing at 18:13 GMT and 19:31 GMT respectively.
  • Zimbabwe women's football team are playing Australia at 19:00 GMT while South Africa's women's football team compete against Brazil at 01:00 GMT. Both teams need to win to have a chance of progressing as a best third-placed team.
  • Nigeria's Aruna Quadri is competing against China's Ma Long in men's singles table tennis quarter-finals at 01:30 GMT
Aruna Quadri
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Quadri is the first African to ever get this far in Olympic table tennis

Africa's day at the Olympics

Spain's Igor Genua (R) tackles South Africa's Cecil Afrika in the mens rugby sevens match between South Africa and Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016.
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So we're half way through Olympics day four and here are some of the results of the competitions we have been following:



  • Ghana's Judoku Szandra Szogedi lost to Brazil's Mariana Silva
  • Kenya's rugby sevens team were beaten by Great Britain in the preliminaries
  • Egypt women's beach volleyball team lost 2-0 to Italy

Bostwana athlete's final preparations

Botswana's 800m runner Nijel Amos won the country's first-ever Olympic medal at London 2012 when he came in second.

He's due to run in the 800m heat in Rio on Friday and he posted this picture of himself on the last day of his training camp in Blumenau, southern Brazil.

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DR Congo 'trying to muzzle rights investigations'

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has responded to the news that one its researchers, Ida Sawyer, has not been allowed to renew her visa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (see earlier post).

HRW's executive director Kenneth Roth said in a statement:

This is about more than forcing Ida Sawyer out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but is a brazen attempt to muzzle reporting on the government’s brutal repression of those supporting presidential term limits.

Locking up Congolese activists and forcing international rights monitors out of the country are the tactics of abusive governments."

Opposition rally in Kinshasa
There have been concerns about the treatment of the opposition in the run up to elections expected later this year

Egypt's beach volleyball team lose to Italy

Marta Menegatti of Italy and Doaa Elghobashy of Egypt view for the ball during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Pool A match on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Egypt's women's beach volleyball team have lost 2-0 to Italy in the Olympics preliminary round.

Egypt had already lost to Germany in Sunday, also 2-0.

We wrote earlier that the pictures from that match of the contrasting bikini and full length outfits got a lot of attention.

Egypt are scheduled to play Canada on Thursday.  

South Sudan looking for loan from China

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

The South Sudan government has appealed for $1.9bn (£1.5bn) loan from China to boost development in the country reports privately-owned Eye Radio website

Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Alor said that South Sudan had put forward a list of priorities to the Chinese government. 

He said the money will be used to boost education, health, transport infrastructure among other sectors. 

Mr Alor said they are waiting for response from the Chinese government. 

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Zambia election violence 'unprecedented'

The head of Zambia's electoral commission has been responding to reports of violence in the run up to Thursday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

We posted earlier about an attack on an opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) campaign bus by what appeared to be supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF).

Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Esau Chulu told journalists:

The acts of violence that have charectised the 2016 election campaigns is unprecedented and have marred Zambia's historic and peaceful elections."

Mr Chulu called on the party leaders to keep their supporters under control.

The BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo in the capital, Lusaka, says that election violence does not appear to have gone away despite last month's 10-day ban on campaigning in Lusaka, which was supposed to have brought the violence to an end.

Zambian election poster
Incumbent President Edgar Lungu is being challenged by eight candidates including the UPND's Hakainde Hichilema

Kenya lose to Great Britain in rugby sevens

Kenya's Biko Adema (R) tackles Britain's Phil Burgess in the mens rugby sevens match between Britain and Kenya during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016.
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We just reported that South Africa thrashed Spain at rugby sevens at the Olympics games in Rio.

Kenya weren't so lucky.

They have just lost 7-37 to Great Britain.

They have another game later tonight with New Zealand. 

So it's time for a team huddle...

Kenya's players gather in a huddle before the mens rugby sevens match between Britain and Kenya during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016.
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DR Congo bars human rights researcher from the country

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa

The immigration authorities from the Democratic Republic of Congo have refused to renew the visa of a prominent American human rights researcher. 

Ida Sawyer, who works for New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), was a vocal critic of the ongoing crackdown on dissident voices in DR Congo, where tension is mounting as the country approaches an electoral deadline. 

A government spokesman did not say why Mrs Sawyer would no longer be allowed in. 

HRW has published several reports on restrictions of freedom linked to the electoral process, and regularly called on the government to release political prisoners. 

It also accused security forces of committing summary executions during a police operation against street gangs. 

The Congolese communications minister told the BBC that the visa restriction only applied to Mrs Sawyer, but that HRW was not banned from the country. 

Protesters stand next to tyres set on fire on January 20, 2015 in Kinshasa, during a protest against moves to allow Democratic Republic of Congo's president to extend his hold on power
There have been protests against alleged moves to extend President Joseph Kabila's time in power

South Africa thrash Spain at rugby sevens

Joan Losada of Spain is tackled by Juan de Jongh (12) and Cecil Afrika of South Africa during the Men's Rugby Sevens Pool B match between South Africa and Spain on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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South Africa have thrashed Spain 24-0 at rugby sevens at the Olympics. 

They are due to play again in just four hours, this time against France.

But if you're worried about them being exhausted, don't be - the matches are just 14 minutes long.   

This is the first time rugby sevens is being played at the Olympics.

If you have no idea what the game is, read the BBC Sport guide for all you need to know.

Sudan groups sign peace roadmap

Sudanese rebel groups who operate in the south and west of the country have signed an AU-brokered roadmap aimed as ending the fighting in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions, the AFP news agency is reporting.

It quotes the rebel groups as saying that they signed the document on Monday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, five months after the Khartoum government agreed to the roadmap.

The three that agreed were the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA-Minnawi).

AFP says the agreement envisages a permanent ceasefire and looks towards the delivery of much needed humanitarian aid.

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That hijab volleyball photo that swept the internet

Egypt's women's beach volleyball team may well get more media attention than they bargained for at their Olympic match against Italy coming up at 15:00 GMT.

That's because pictures of their full covering outfits against the German team's bikinis swept across the internet as people discussed whether it showed a culture clash or the unifying nature of sport.

Doaa Elghobashy and Kira Walkenhorst

"I have worn the hijab for 10 years," Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy said. "It doesn't keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them."

Her partner, Nada Meawad, chose to play bare-headed:

Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad

What may surprise some is that Brazil had already opted for the full length kit at London 2012 which the first year it was allowed.

In that case it was the British weather that drove them to do it.

April Ross (L) of the United States and Jennifer Kessy of the United States shake hands with Larissa Franca of Brazil and Juliana Silva of Brazil
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Rowing Micheen into Olympic semi-final

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Micheen Thornycroft
Zimbabwe's Micheen Thornycroft is through to the single sculls semi-finals

Here are the latest results for African rowers in Rio:

Men's single sculls

  • Winner: Egyptian Olympic rower AbdelKlhalek Elbanna is into Thursday's main semi-finals of the men's single sculls 
  • Loser: Algeria's Sid Ali Boudina is out of medal contention for those same races

Women's single sculls

  • Winner: Zimbabwe's Micheen Thornycroft has rowed her way into the main semi-finals of the women's single sculls on Thursday
  • Loser: Egypt's Nadia Ngem, Algeria's Amina Rouba and Nigeria's Chierika Ukogu all lost out and are only into secondary semi-finals where there is no medal chance

Men's pairs

  • South Africa's Lawrence Britain and Shaun Keeling competed in first semi-final and have got into the final of the men's pairs on Thursday
Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling of South Africa compete during the Men's Pair Heat 1 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Lagoa Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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South Africa are through to the men's pairs final

Kenya athletics official in court over doping allegations

Kenyan athletics official Michael Rotich who was secretly filmed apparently offering to give athletes prior warning of drugs tests in return for $13,000 (£10,000) has made an initial appearance in court.

He had told the newspaper behind the investigation he was only going along with it because he wanted to find out who the undercover reporters were and "protect" athletes.

According to the Twitter account of Kenya's public prosecutions office Mr Rotich was arrested on doping allegations after returning from Rio.

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The prosecutions office says that he will be held overnight and the court will decide whether he should be detained for another seven days while investigations are carried out:

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Ghana's Szandra Szogedi out of the judo

Szandra Szogedi, Ghana's first female judoka at the Olympics, has been knocked out by Brazilian Mariana Silva.

Sadly, she lasted 59 seconds against a home favourite:

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Read more: Judo's Szandra Szogedi: Ghana's unlikely Olympian

If Trump was an African presidential candidate... part II

There's been a lot of reaction on our Facebook page to our earlier post about reflections on Donald Trump by former US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Fraser.

She said:

When you have a presidential candidate who's saying things like 'ban the Muslims' and 'build a wall'... if a leader in Africa was saying such things we would be cautioning him to be careful of hate speech."

But not everyone agrees with her:

Really? African presidents do far worse things on a daily basis and stay in power. And you compare them with Trump because he says things you don't like?"

Imade Iyamu

Many African leaders are worse than Donald Trump. He speaks his mind and is not hypocritical. I am a Muslim and an African. He says he doesn't like us but I like him. Look at those who claim to love Africans and Muslims but in reality they don't."

Hamid Kiberu

But not everyone is sympathetic:

He wouldn't stand a chance in Tanzania, I'm proud to say that bigotry, Islamophobia and xenophobia are concepts that we only hear about in the news."

Sylvester Kihwele
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Ghana's fist female judoka at the Olympics

Ghana will see its first ever female judo athlete compete at an Olympic Games on Tuesday. 

Yet more remarkable is that Szandra Szogedi is in fact a former gymnastics champion from Hungary.

Szandra Szogedi
Chris Matthews

The 27-year-old, who first competed for the West African nation only five years ago, will take to the judo mat in the 63kg category in Rio at 13:00 GMT.

She hopes her qualification can help grow the popularity of the sport in a country where football and boxing dominate and funding remains scarce.

Szogedi became a competitor for Ghana after marrying a Ghanaian.

Read more about: Ghana's unlikely Olympian

Discrepancies found on Gabon's voter register

Liliane Nyatcha

BBC Africa

An analyst has found a lot more people are on Gabon's voter register than were counted in the census. 

Financial analyst and blogger Mays Mouissi found in one locality, Ndzomoe, 43 people were counted in the 2013 census but the electoral register listed 946 names.

And this was a pattern.

Gabon's presidential election is on 27 August.

The electoral commission has declined to respond to the BBC's request for a comment.

n aerial picture taken on 17 February 2015 shows the Ogooue River near Franceville, eastern Gabon.
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Some parts of Gabon are sparsely populated

Africa's Olympic action over the next few hours

Algerian Olympic rower Sid Ali Boudina is just about to get into the Brazilian water to compete in men's single sculls quarter final.

It's one of many Olympic competitions where Africans are competing in the next few hours.


  • Algeria's Sid Ali Boudina will compete in the Men's single sculls quarter-final at 11:50 GMT
  • Egypt's Nadia Ngem will compete in the women's single sculls quarter-final at 12:20 GMT
  • Algeria's Amina Rouba, Nigeria's Chierika Ukogu and Zimbabwe's Micheen Thornycroft will compete in the women's single sculls quarter-final at 12:30 GMT
  • Tunisia's Khadija Krimi and Nour Ettaieb will compete in the lightweight women's double sculls 14:30 GMT
  • Angola's Andre Matias and Jean-Luc Rasamoelina in the lightweight men's double sculls 14:40 GMT
  • South Africa will compete in men's four 15:00 GMT.


  • Zimbabwe's Camilla Kruger is currently 33rd (out of 48) going into today's show jumping - from 13:00 GMT

Judo preliminary bouts


  • Morocco's Rizlen Zouak will compete in the 63kg
  • Guinea's Mamadama Bangoura 63kg
  • Ghana's Szandra Szogedi 63kg


  • Gabon's Paul Kibikai 81kg 
  • Mozambique's Marlon Acacio 81kg
  • Egypt's Mohamed Abdelaal 81kg

  • The bouts start at 13:00 GMT

Fencing early rounds:

  • Men's Epee - Egypt's Ayman Fayez will compete at 13:45 GMT
  • Senegal's Alexandre Bouzaid will compete at 14:15 GMT

Beach volleyball

  • Egypt's women Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy play Italy at 15:00 GMT- Group D (lost first match)

Boxing preliminary rounds

  • Algeria's Ilyas Abbad will compete against Mpi Ngamissengue of Congo-Brazzaville in the middleweight 15:00 GMT

  • Cameroon's Wilfred Seyi Ntsengue will compete in the middle weight at 15:45 GMT

  • South Africa’s Lawrence Britain and Shaun Keeling will compete in first semi-final A/B2 of men's pairs 13:00 GMT

Men’s rugby sevens

  • South Africa will compete against Spain at 14:30 GMT
  • Kenya will compete against Great Britain at 15:00 GMT

Malian soldiers 'missing after militant attack'

Five Malian soldiers are missing after coming under attack in the central region of Mopti, the AFP news agency reports quoting a military source.

It adds that the militant group Ansar Dine was being blamed for the attack.

The group - along with other militant Islamists - were beaten back from their positions in northern Mali in 2013, but are still active in the area.

A Malian soldier patrols with French soldiers involved in the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane on March 10, 2016 in Timbamogoye.
Malian soldiers are trying to ensure that northern Mali is free from Islamist militants

Chinese guide 'kills tourist in Kenya after rowing about dinner seating'

A Chinese tour guide killed a Chinese tourist in Kenya after a row about where people should sit for dinner, the Daily Nation is reporting.

It says that the guide argued with a couple after insisting that he usually sat at the table that the tourists were seated at.

He then stabbed the couple, injuring the man and killing his wife, the newspaper adds.

The African boxing winners and losers at the Olympics

Algeria's Chouaib Bouloudinats (L) fights Mauritius' Kennedy St Pierre during the Men's Heavy (91kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016.
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Mauritius' Kennedy St-Pierre beat Algeria's Chouaib Bouloudinats

Two Africans got through to the next round of the boxing at Rio last night.

Kenya's light flyweight boxer Peter Mungai Warui beat China's Lu Bin.

And the other resulted from an intra-continental bout, meaning that an African was guaranteed to get through.  

In the heavyweight category Mauritius' Kennedy St-Pierre beat  Algeria's Chouaib Bouloudinats. 

When someone loses at the Olympics we very often don't hear more about them.

So, let's redress that. 

Here are the African boxers who didn't do so well last night in Rio.

  • Tunisia's heavyweight boxwer Hassen Chaktami lost to Italy's Clemente Russo and was eliminated
  • Light flyweight Mathias Hamunyela from Namibia lost to Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov and is not going through to the quarter finals
  • Egypt's Walid Mohamed lost in the welterweight category to Great Britain's Joshua Kelly and also won't be going through to the quarter finals

Anti-porn campaign hits the streets in Uganda's capital

Uganda is due to get a porn-detecting machine soon that is supposed to find pornography "on mobile handsets and other electronic devices", the New Vision newspaper has been reporting.

Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo is behind the plan, but some individuals have started their own anti-pornography campaign.

According to this Instagram post they are displaying their messages in the capital, Kampala:

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Zambia president promises election outcome will be accepted

We posted earlier about Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan saying, through a spokesman, that Niger Delta militants are threatening his life.

Meanwhile, the man himself is in Zambia to observe Thursday's presidential and parliamentary elections for the African Union.

He's been posting updates on his Twitter account - including a meeting with President Edgar Lungu who is running for re-election.

And Mr Lungu promised that he would accept the result:

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Mr Jonathan has urged the continent to organise free and fair elections:

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  Read more: What is at stake in Zambia's elections?

If Trump was an African presidential candidate...

An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump "would be the most reckless president" in US history.  

One of the signatories was Jendayi Fraser - a former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

She said that the US would have condemned some of the things he has said if he was a leader from elsewhere: 

When you have a presidential candidate who's saying things like 'ban the Muslims' and 'build a wall'... if a leader in Africa was saying such things we would be cautioning him to be careful of hate speech.

Now here we have our own presidential candidate doing things that we put pressure on other governments and other officials in other countries to not do."

Donald Trump
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National holiday commemorates South Africa women's march 60 years ago

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africans are celebrating Women's Day 60 years after the iconic women's march against the apartheid regime in Pretoria in 1956.

It's a national holiday here today and August is Women's month in the country.

The minister in the president's office responsible for women and children Susan Shabangu said "the day will also be celebrated through showcasing women's successes and achievements".

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the keynote address to celebrate women's role in the fight against racial oppression.

On this day in 1956 20,000 women marched to the capital Pretoria protesting against some of the pass laws imposed by the white minority government.

Children play on a slide in front of a portrait of Lilian Ngoyi, a late South African anti-apartheid activist, in Soweto on June 12, 2009 two days ahead of the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Johannesburg.
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Lillian Ngoyi, who led the women's march, is remembered throughout South Africa, including on this mural

Popular Nigerian blogger arrested

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a popular blogger for "offences bordering on cyber stalking".

In a short statement, the EFCC did not specify exactly what Abubakar Sidiq Usman is alleged to have done, but it said that the alleged offence contravened sections of the Cyber Crimes Act.

Mr Usman was a founding member of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APCYF) - a wing of the governing party, according to a statement published by the Sahara Reporters website.

The APCYF says Mr Usman's arrest amounts to an infringement on the freedom of speech.

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Abubakar Sidiq Usman is behind a popular website

Nigerian Olympic table tennis player's surprise win

Aruna Quadri
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We reported in our round-up of what Africa's Olympians have been up to that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri reached the quarter-finals in men's table tennis. 

This is a major upset.

The BBC's Muhammad Abdu points out that Quadri is the first African to ever get this far in this event.

Not only that but his competition was strong as he beat the London 2012 bronze medalist Germany’s Timo Boll. 

The 28-year-old defeated the world number 13 in 16 minutes, 4-2 in the fourth round.

Brazilian fans showed their support, chanting ‘Nigeria’, into rapturous celebrations.

Quadri, who is attending his second Olympics, defeated Boll 12-10 in the first set before taking the second and third sets 12-10, 11-5. 

Boll regrouped and won the next two sets 11-3, 11-5 but the Nigerian, who is currently ranked 40, took the sixth set 11-9.

Zambia political parties condemn election violence

A video has been circulating on social media in Zambia showing an opposition campaign bus, from the party of Hakainde Hichilema, being attacked.

Screengrab from video
Laura Miti

This comes ahead of Thursday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

People on the video can be heard saying that it was supporters of the governing Popular Front (PF) who were throwing stones at the bus.

The PF has condemned the violence in a statement and said it is "treating this matter very seriously and we hope the police can get to the bottom of the senseless inter-party fights".

It also has this advice:

Do not provoke others, stay in your corner and do your campaign peacefully, the votes will still listen to you."

Mr Hichilema has tweeted his reaction:

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There are nine presidential candidates, Mr Hichilema is seen as the main challenger to President Edgar Lungu in Thursday's poll.

Decline of fishing in Lake Tanganyika 'due to warming'

New research blames rising temperatures over the last century as the key cause of decline in one of the world's most important fisheries.

Lake Tanganyika is Africa's oldest lake and its fish are a critical part of the diet of neighbouring countries.

But catches have declined markedly in recent decades as commercial fleets have expanded.

However this new study says that climate warming and not overfishing is the real cause of the problem.

Estimated to be the world's second-largest freshwater lake, Tanganyika is an important resource for the countries that border it: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia.

Read more from BBC News Online

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Africa’a Olympic update: Second African medal

Silver medalist Chad le Clos of South Africa, gold medalist Yang Sun of China and bronze medalist Conor Dwyer of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Freestyle Final on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Chad le Clos, left, came second to Yang Sun

The big African Olympic news is that South African Swimmer Chad le Clos won silver in the men's 200m freestyle last night. 

This is now the second medal for Africa for this Olympics, adding to compatriot Cameron van der Burgh's silver for the 100m breaststroke.

Le Clos came second behind China's Sun Yang.

He had a busy night last night as he returned to the pool later compete in the men’s 200m butterfly semi-finals.

He came third in his semi-final, behind second-place American Michael Phelps and winner Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi.

He was fourth fastest overall.

The finals will be tomorrow evening. 

Other wins

  • Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri reached the quarter finals in men’s singles table tennis, beating Germany’s Timo Boll 4-2.

  • Angola beat Montenegro 27-25 in the women’s handball. This is their second win in the preliminaries, putting them second in the Group A league table.


  • Senegal lost 64-101 to China in the women’s basketball.
  • Nigeria lost 66 – 94 to Argentina in men’s basketball.

We'll bring you more of the details on these matches shortly.

Nigeria ex-President Jonathan says Niger Delta militants want him dead

Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan has said militants operating in the oil producing Niger Delta still want him dead.

Mr Jonathan, who stepped down last year, was responding to a claim that he was backing a group called the Niger Delta Avengers, which has been behind a recent spate of attacks that have severely damaged the country's oil output.

The former president, through a statement issued by his spokesman, said this was "a facile contrivance so badly concocted that any discerning mind would easily see through its disingenuous and duplicitous nature".

It points out that Mr Jonathan was the target himself of several assassination attempts by a group called Mend (Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta ) and adds:

We, therefore, have no doubt in our mind that Mend, as a group contracted to go after Jonathan with the mind of assassinating him, is yet to abandon this criminal and ignominious craving."

Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan stepped down after being defeated by Muhammadu Buhari in last year's presidential election

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