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  1. Riot police disperse anti-government protesters in Zimbabwe
  2. Nigerian pastor says men should not marry women who cannot cook
  3. Schools 'order parents to pay' for torched buildings in Kenya
  4. China 'strikes $46m deal' with Zimbabwe to build new parliament
  5. IS announces new leader for Nigeria's Boko Haram group
  6. South Africa holds crucial local government elections
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The powerful pastor at the centre of controversy

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye speaks during the crossover watch night church service at the Redemption Camp on Lagos Ibadan highway on Janauary 1, 2014.

Pastor Adeboye keeps trending on social media and reactions range from sarcastic to cautious. 

But so far only a few prominent women activists have challenged Enoch Adeboye on his views about the role of women in a marriage. 

Many of the vocal women activists seem so far to have looked the other way. 

And prominent female blogger Toke Makinwa said the pastor was right in asking women not to marry jobless men, adding: 

Pastor Adeboye did not say anything bad, if anything I would hope the women take the advice on men seriously."

Reactions to Pastor Adeboye's marriage tips, or the lack of them, show how powerful he is in Nigeria. 

Widely called "Daddy", he runs the Redeemed Christian Church of God, seen as the biggest church in Nigeria. 

His church owns a huge prayer ground on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, and the main city, Lagos. 

It is run in a business style. The church also owns a university. 

In May 2011, Forbes magazine reported that in March 2009 Pastor Adeboye spent $30m (£22.5m) on a Gulfstream jet.

Pastor Adeboye is also politically powerful.

In presidential election campaigns, some candidates have made it their duty to visit his prayer sessions and to be seen praying and shaking hands with him. The majority of his followers are middle-class urbanised Nigerians. 

See earlier post for more details

Chinese nationals attacked in Kenya stay away from work

Chinese railway workers attacked in Kenya refuse to return to work

Fourteen Chinese railway workers who were attacked in Kenya's south-western Narok county have refused to return to work. 

The workers were assaulted yesterday by local youth who were protesting against the lack of job opportunities for them in the construction of a $3.8bn (£2.8bn) railway project. 

The BBC's Abdinoor Aden reports that government officials today held a meeting with local leaders and the Chinese workers’ representatives to assure them of their safety but they are yet to be persuaded to resume work.

The government has promised to arrest those involved in the attack.

The workers were treated at a local hospital following the attack.

Chinese railway workers attacked in Kenya refuse to return to work

Nigerian team 'set to fly to Brazil'

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Nigeria's football players have been told they will fly out of Atlanta today for Manaus, the venue of Thursday's opening game against Japan in Rio 2010.

The squad was stuck in the US with the charter airline refusing to leave in a dispute over payment.  

The Nigerian sports ministry insists a new payment has been made to the airline.

With packed bags, players and officials are waiting in their hotel rooms. 

Some players are worried that lack of rest could have a negative impact against Japan. 

Olympics women's football match on

Sofia Jakobsson of Sweden (C) battles Stephanie Malherbe (R) and Nothando Vilakazi of South Africa during the Women"s Group E first round match between Sweden and South Africa during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The score is still nil-nil in the match between South Africa and Sweden at the women's Olympic football tournament in Brazil.

You can follow the result is here 

Seven African Olympians you should know

BBC Africa's Mark Sedgwick has put together a video of some of the most significant African successes at the Olympic Games. 

Seven African Olympians you should know

Polling stations 'blown away' in South Africa

Heavy winds have blown away nine tents serving as polling stations in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, the local News24 site reports

The governing African National Congress (ANC) has asked the election commission to extend voting in the affected areas to 19:00 GMT, it quotes a party official as saying.

Otherwise, polls have officially closed in the local government elections seen as a referendum on the leadership of President Jacob Zuma. 

A women with a child on her back casts a vote during tense local munincipal elections in Vuwani, South Africa"s northern Limpopo province, August 3, 2016.
More than 22,000 polling stations were set up across South Africa

His support is mainly in rural areas, and the ANC is under pressure from the opposition in South Africa's cities, including Johannesburg. 

Political analyst Steven Friedman told the Associated Press news agency that the election ws "about whether the ANC is going to remain a party that is strong in both the cities and the countryside, or whether it is going to be a party that's mainly based in the country areas and might have to concede the cities to the opposition parties". 

'Millions' of illegal weapons in Nigeria

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

M249 light machine gun used by Libyan rebels in the Western front line town of Gualish is seen at the entrance of the deserted town July 12, 2011
Weapons from Libya are said to have been smuggled into Nigeria

The UN says it estimates there are more than 350 million illegal light weapons in Nigeria.

The UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa said this accounted for 70% of illicit small arms in West Africa. 

Some of the weapons are said to have originated in Mali and Libya, where there are ongoing conflicts. 

The UN said the presence of so many illegal arms in Nigeria threatened its existence.

 Nigeria is affected by three separate conflicts - an Islamist insurgency in the north-east, militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta, and clashes between nomads and farmers.

Dramatic photos of Zimbabwe protest

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

A man, holding a cross, tears a $1,000,000 note bearers" cheques during a protest by several hundred demonstrators gathered in Harare in a fresh outbreak of opposition to President Robert Mugabe, on August 3, 2016.

The wording on some banners at the protest in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, read: “Mugabe Must Go”. 

The rare directness is an indication of how the voices of protest against 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe are growing. 

A petition was presented to the ministry of finance, opposing the impending introduction of bond notes,  a local equivalent of US dollars, which are in short supply as the economy contracts. 

A man wears a hat with old Zimbabwean dollar notes during demonstrations in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

Opponents fear it could devalue what few dollars are left in circulation and worry of a return to hyperinflation.   

A jobless university graduate poses for a photo while holding a banner with a message directed at Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during protests in Harare Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

A group calling themselves “unemployed graduates” joined the march which was dispersed by police with batons and jets of tear gas-laden liquid fired from water canon. Journalists were also targeted.   

A cameraman is hit by the police during demonstrations in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Zimbabwe police officers clash with protestors and journalists, in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Anti-riot police are seen trough a broken car window after they clashed with protesters during a march against President Robert Mugabe"s government"s handling of the economy in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 3, 2016

Social media has been driving the protests. Many demonstrators were wrapped in the national flag, a symbol of the calls for change.     

A man prays while holding a cross before demonstrations in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

See earlier post for more details

Olympics: Taribo West recalls how Nigeria created history in 1996

Since wining gold at the 1996 Olympics Nigeria claimed silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing
Since wining gold at the 1996 Olympics Nigeria claimed silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing

On 3 August 1996, Nigeria made history as the first African nation to become Olympic football champions at the Atlanta Games.

For Taribo West, the former Auxerre, AC Milan and Inter Milan defender, that 3-2 triumph over Argentina in the final is still fresh in his memory.

"The Olympics in 1996 is one of the most fantastic periods in my career," West reminisces to BBC Sport.

"We had a team that could match any in the world."

Read the full story

No voters at a polling station in SA

Some 26 million people were registered to vote in South Africa's fiercely contested local government election, but in one poor neighbourhood wracked by protests residents preferred to play football than vote. 

A local newspaper has been tweeting:  

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Olympics women's football kick-off

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

South Africa's Zamandosi Cel
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South Africa and Sweden in Group E at the Olympic stadium in Rio

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics may well be on Friday but the action in Brazil gets under way today with the women’s football tournament kicking off at 16:00 GMT. 

The first two teams in action are South Africa and Sweden in Group E at the Olympic stadium in Rio and then at 1900GMT Zimbabwe face a daunting task against Germany in Group F in Sao Paolo.

Also playing today in Group E are hosts Brazil against China while in Group F Canada Face Australia The two Group G games are USA against New Zealand and  France taking on Colombia. 

The women’s tournament features the full international teams while the men’s event that begins tomorrow is under-23 sides with a maximum of three overage players permitted. Africa’s teams in the men’s event are Nigeria, Algeria and South Africa.

Who is new Boko Haram leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi?

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the new leader of Boko Haram
In a Boko Haram video from January 2015, Abu Musab al-Barnawi was described as the group's spokesman

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who has been named as Boko Haram's new leader, is something of a mystery but here is what we do know:

  • He appeared in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as the group's spokesman   
  • He wore a turban and his face was blurred out and it was filmed as a sit-down studio interview
  • Unlike former leader Abubakar Shekau, his delivery in the Hausa language was considered and softly spoken
  • Mr Shekau was often filmed in the open, surrounded by fighters, loudly proclaiming his threats, victories and giving rambling ideological lectures
  • However, Mr Barnawi pulled no punches, warning that towns which resisted Boko Haram in its mission to create an Islamic state would be flattened
  • He also spoke of being against democracy and foreign education
  • In his most recent magazine interview, he again objected to the name Boko Haram, by which local people call the group, as it means "Western education is forbidden" in Hausa
  • He maintained IS was still strong in the region and promised to continue fighting West African governments.

Voters want to punish ANC in municipal elections

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

In Orlando West high school voting station, voting is more than just about municipal issues.

People here are voting for history too. They tell me that there was too much sacrifice under apartheid and although they are angry with their ANC, they are unwilling to openly support the Democratic Alliance, which they still see as a white party.

Others say they are voting to punish the ANC.

Voting South Africa's municipal elections

It reminds me of some of those who voted for Brexit as a protest vote about immigration but who did not actually want to leave the EU.

Some people are voting for the opposition to send a warning to the ANC about poor governance and corruption but they don't really want it out of power.

But whatever the reason, the ANC is facing its toughest contest since democracy came in 1994.

Voting South Africa's municipal elections

Nigeria's Pastor Adeboye at centre of Twitter storm

Pastor Adeboye is trending on Twitter in Nigeria after the popular Nigerian cleric warned bachelors: “Don’t marry a girl who cannot cook.” 

In a television message earlier this week, Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God added:

“Don’t marry a girl simply because she can sing. Marry a prayer warrior. If a girl cannot pray for one hour, don’t marry her.

Don’t marry a girl who is lazy. Don’t marry a girl who cannot cook. She needs to know how to do chores and cook because you cannot afford to be eating out all the time."

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There's strong reaction on Twitter to his comments, not all of it negative.

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Officials of Kenya's electoral body offer to resign

Opposition parties have accused the officials of bungling the 2013 elections
Opposition parties accuse electoral commission of bungling the 2013 election

Kenya's electoral commissioners have agreed to resign if they are given a pay deal and a dignified exit, the country's privately-owned the Star newspaper reports

Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan is quoted as saying: 

"Commissioners are few and the country is bigger than us. The commission will not stay in the way of a political settlement,"

A parliamentary committee has been discussing the fate of the commissioners following opposition protests earlier this year demanding their resignation ahead of next year's general election. 

Beaten up protester
Police were accused of using excessive force to crush the protests

Opposition parties accused the officials of being politically biased and bungling the 2013 elections. They denied the allegation.  

The chairperson of the parliamentary committee told the officials that a pay deal would be reached.

Nigeria's footballers to arrive late at the Olympics

Flight problems mean Nigeria are expected to arrive in Brazil less than 36 hours before their opening match of the men's Olympic football tournament.

The delay has been blamed on a "logistical mix-up" with operators of a charter aircraft.

Samson Siasia's squad are due to play Japan at 0100GMT on Friday in Manaus.

But the squad are still in Atlanta with the charter airline refusing to leave until full payment has been made.

Read the full BBC story here

Nigerian footballer
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Chelsea's Mikel John Obi will captain Nigeria at the Olympics

South Sudan president sacks Machar's loyalists from government

Salva Kiir decree sacks loyalists of his former deputy
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Salva Kiir decree sacks loyalists of his former deputy

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has issued a decree sacking ministers loyal to his former Vice-President and rival Riek Machar. 

Forces loyal to the two leaders were involved in renewed fighting in June which left hundreds dead and thousands displaced. 

After agreeing on a ceasefire Mr Machar went into hiding and was replaced as vice-president by Taban Deng, who was the mining minister, a move that Machar called illegal. 

The ministers who have been dismissed are: 

1. Alfred Ladu Gore, Minister of Interior

2. Duk Duop Bichok, minister of Petroleum.

3. Dr Peter Adwok Nyaba, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

4. Peter Marcello Nasir Jelenge, Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

5. Mary Alfonse Lodira, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development

6. Mabior Garang de Mabior, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation.

Running battles in Zimbabwe's capital

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe protesters

Zimbabwean riot police have had running battles with about 1,000 protesters in central Harare. 

The police were blocking them from marching to parliament in the capital. Tear gas was fired and water canons moved in to chase them away.

Zimbabwe protesters

The demonstrators fought back by throwing stones and the crosses they carried. The chaos disrupted traffic and car windows were broken. 

The police hit BBC producer Tendayi Musiya and damaged his camera. He was filming the demonstration, which was held to protest against plans to introduce bond notes and high unemployment levels.

Zimbabwe protests

Read: Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar

Zimbabwean police disperse protesters

Riot police in Zimbabwe have used water cannon and batons to break up a protest by several hundred demonstrators in the capital, Harare.

The protest was against the government's plan to introduce bond notes to deal with a severe cash shortage. 

Protesters also demanded the end of President Robert Mugabe's 36-year rule. 

Al-Jazeera correspondent Harugumi Mutasa tweeted that protesters threw toilet paper at the finance ministry building to show what they thought of the proposed bond notes. 

She has also been tweeting about the police action:  

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Oromo community calls for more protests in Ethiopia

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Activists from Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have called for more anti-government protests this weekend, days after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the northern city of Gondar. 

The Oromo's claim that hundreds of the community members have been killed
Activists say that hundreds have been killed in a security crackdown

They say they will hold countrywide protests against what they describe as continued killings and other abuses by the authorities.

In the latest incident earlier this week, at least six people were allegedly shot dead by police in the eastern town of Awaday.

Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn warned on Tuesday that Ethiopia was sliding towards ethnic conflict similar to that in neighbouring countries. 

Ethiopia's second largest ethnic group, the Amhara, held a large demonstration last Sunday in Gondar.  

The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front has been in power since 1991 and won all seats in parliament in last year's elections. 

Read: Ethiopia protests: What's behind the trouble in Gondar?

Burundi rejects UN police force

Burundi's government has rejected a decision to deploy a UN police force to the country in an effort to end more than a year of political violence.

The UN Security Council agreed on Friday to send 288 officers, despite Burundi saying it would accept no more than 50 unarmed personnel.

But a government spokesman said even 50 was now unacceptable and the move violated Burundi's sovereignty.

More than 400 people have been killed in unrest since April 2015.

Read the full BBC story here

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The UN Security Council wanted the police officers to deploy for an initial period of a year

MP says she sold cows and goats to buy expensive land

The hashtag #HowMuhangaGot10bn is trending in Uganda after an MP said that she sold her cows and goats to raise money to pay for land she's accused of obtaining fraudulently.   

The BBC's Patience Atuhaire reports from the capital , Kampala, that Margaret Muhanga told a parliamentary committee investigating the alleged fraud that she raised $3m (£2.2m) to pay for the 23-acre piece of land belonging to Uganda's national broadcaster, UBC.

Ms Muhanga also told the committee that she paid for the land transaction in cash.

Our reporter says that records at the land transaction's office show that the land changed ownership three times in the space of about four minutes, ending up with the MP's name. 

People have been reacting to the story:

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#HowMuhangaGot10Bn Looks like selling goats and cows can get you 10 billion.. #Hon Muhanga margaret. That was very inspiring.

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Muhanga really...why didn't you tell us that rearing cows, goats was that lucrative. Middle income economy here we come. #HowMuhangaGot10Bn

BreakingIS appoints new West Africa leader

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

The so-called Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has announced a new leader for its West African branch, popularly known as Boko Haram. 

The latest issue of an IS magazine featured what it called its first interview with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who replaces the eccentric Abubakar Shekau. 

In a video clip released in January 2015, Mr al-Barnawi described himself as the spokesman for Boko Haram. This was before the Nigeria-based jihadist group pledged allegiance to IS. 

Now IS says he has replaced Mr Shekau, who has not made a verified appearance in propaganda production since August 2015.

Abubakar Shekau
Mr Shekau became Boko Haram's leader in 2009

Nigerian pastor tells men 'not to marry women who cannot cook'

Popular Nigerian pastor Enoch Adeboye has sparked conversation on Twitter after he said in a sermon that men should not marry women who cannot cook. 

In a video shared online the pastor also says that a woman "who cannot pray non-stop for one hour" is not marriage material. 

Here's a sample of the comments: 

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This Pastor Adeboye's message & the numerous interpretations clearly shows that some youths on Twitter have more data plan than a life plan

Those of you disrespecting Pastor Adeboye because of retweets.. Heaven doesn't know Twitter celebrities oh. Carry on ☕️🐸

LOL.. Pastor Adeboye finally joined the National Debate on "Cooking in Marriage"... Well, long overdue!

Tutu votes in SA poll

Some of South Africa's big names have cast their ballots in key local government elections, including Nobel Peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as this tweet shows:  

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President Jacob Zuma is still waiting to vote in Nkandla - a rural area which has been thrust into the political limelight following his controversial decision to use government money to upgrade his home there. 

Our reporter tweets:  

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Read: Could ANC lose capital?

South Africans vote in local polls

Boy rides bicycle in South Africa
The ANC has been in power since apartheid ended in 1994

South Africans are voting in local elections, which are being seen as a test of the popularity of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and President Jacob Zuma. 

Opinion polls suggest the ANC is facing a strong challenge for the first time since the end of apartheid, in the key urban centres of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. 

High unemployment and corruption scandals have dented the ANC's popularity, helping to raise the prospects of the opposition Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters parties.

Read the full BBC story here

Kenyan parents hit with huge bill after spate of school fires

More than 100 Kenyan schools have experienced arson attacks this year

Parents have been ordered to pay for the rebuilding of schools torched by arsonists in Kenya, The Standard reports

More than 100 schools have been affected since the beginning of this year. 

In one school, Itierio Boys High School, where students burnt their dormitory after being denied a chance to watch a football match, parents have been told to pay $98 (£74) each to meet the total cost of the repairs which has been put at around $79,000. 

Other schools have set the payments at between $40 and $100, which some parents have complained that they cannot afford. 

The school fires seem to have stopped after the government refused to relent to calls to close schools countrywide. 

Read: Why are Kenyan schools being torched?

China pledges '$46m to build Zimbabwe's parliament'

Zimbabwe parliament

Efforts to build a new parliament in Zimbabwe have received a major boost with China signing a $46m (£34m) deal to construct it, Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reports

The agreement was signed during a visit by a Zimbabwean government delegation to China to follow up on Chinese plans to invest in the southern African state, which has been hit by a deep economic and financial crisis. 

 The $46m would be the first tranche towards the building of the parliament in Mount Hampden, about 17km from the capital Harare, the Herald reports. 

In June, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said China would build the new parliament as the current colonial-era building was  too small to accommodate lawmakers.      

Macro Economic Planning Minister Obert Mpofu told the newspaper that plans had been submitted to secure Chinese investments in sectors which were the key to Zimbabwe's "economic revival", including agriculture and housing. 

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