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Summary

  1. Shooting of Angolan schoolboy 'must be probed'
  2. Ethiopian swimmer at Rio draws 'Eric the Eel' comparisons
  3. Burkina Faso bans lucrative donkey hide exports
  4. Uganda's chief of police ignores court summons
  5. Nigerian blogger Abubakar Sidiq Usman freed on bail
  6. South Africa rugby team continues successful Olympic campaign
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 10 August 2016

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By Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleming

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That's all from the BBC Africa Livepage 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:

The wisdom of the elderly is a cure"

An Etxuabo proverb sent by Gabriel DeBarros in Quelimane, Mozambique

Click here to send in your African proverbs.

And we leave you with a picture of Malawi's Areneo David during an elimination round of the individual archery competition in Rio:

Malawi's Areneo David releases his arrow during an elimination round of the individual archery competition
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Kenya doping probe: Athletics official 'to be held for a month'

Kenyan Olympics Athletics Manager Michael Rotich
AFP

Kenya's athletics manager, who was sent home from the Rio Olympics, is to be held by police for four weeks as they investigate allegations that he had warned athletes about drugs tests in return for cash, Reuters news agency has reported.

A court has approved a police request to keep Michael Rotich, who had requested bail, in custody.  

Mr Rotich has denied the accusation published in the UK's Sunday Times, which said he had been filmed by undercover journalists, posing as athlete representatives, some months ago.

Zimbabwe protest over missing anti-Mugabe activist

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Protesters in Zimbabwe
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Flower-carrying demonstrators in Zimbabwe gathered in central Harare today to demand that the whereabouts of missing prominent pro-democracy human rights activist Itayi Dzamara.

He has not been seen since he was abducted by five men in Harare in March 2015.

Officials have denied any state agents were involved in his abduction.

The marchers blew whistles and walked towards the anti-riot police, but unlike scenes seen last week when officers attacked demonstrators calling for President Robert Mugabe to leave office, the police remained calm and returned to their vans.

Zimbabwe anti-riot police
BBC

Read more: 'Mugabe must go' protests

Why is there a demand for donkey skin in China?

Fuchsia Dunlop

BBC News

Donkeys pull wheelbarrows as villagers cross a muddy path
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Burkina Faso says the soaring exports is threatening the animal's population

Burkina Faso has seen its donkey-hide trade with China soar in recent years, but it has now banned all exports (see earlier post).

The reason behind the booming trade is perhaps the demand for gelatin, made by boiling donkey skin, which is highly prized in China as a medicinal tonic. It is thought to nourish the blood, boost the immune system and act as a general pick-me-up.  

It is sometimes referred to as one of the "zi bu san bao", meaning three nourishing treasures, along with ginseng and the antlers of young deer. 

Donkey gelatin is sometimes mixed with walnuts, goji berries and other tonic foods and sold in dark, gummy slabs that can be eaten as a snack. 

Health and longevity is a Chinese national obsession, and tonic foods like this are often lavishly packaged and presented as expensive gifts.

Aside from gelatin, donkey meat is a delicacy in some Chinese regions, especially in the north of the country where it is often simmered in a richly spiced broth, and then cooled, sliced and served with a refreshing dip of chopped garlic and vinegar. 

In northern Hebei province, one famous snack is the "lu rou huo shao", in which chopped, spiced donkey meat is mixed with fresh green chilli and stuffed into a layered pastry: Its name is  sometimes translated into English as a "donkey burger". 

Libya forces 'capture key IS base'

Libyan forces battling to oust so-called Islamic State (IS) from Sirte say they have made significant gains, taking control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the militant group.

"Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou [convention] complex - they even advanced some distance beyond the complex," Reuters news agency quotes Rida Issa, a spokesman for the forces, as saying

Sirte's hospital and university compound had also been captured, he said.

According to the AFP news agency, capturing the Ouagadougou centre has been the key goal of the anti-IS forces.

Readmore: Why Libya is so lawless

Soldiers fighting IS in Sirte
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A coalition of militias is fighting IS in Sirte

Who is your Olympic body match?

Who is your Olympic body match?
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More than 10,000 athletes are taking part in different events at the Rio Games. As you gasp at their feats, have you ever wondered if you could match up to them? 

Well now you can use the BBC's interactive database to compare your biographical information with the Rio Olympians. Click here to give it a go.

Rio 2016: Tonight's Africa medal prospects

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Big night for Mauritius" Kennedy St Pierre
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Big night for Mauritius's Kennedy St Pierre

Boxing:

Mauritius Kennedy St Pierre fights Vasily Levit of Kazkstan  (Heavy) Quarter-final – Winner guaranteed at least a silver. 22:30 GMT

Also in action this evening

  • Kenya's Benson Gicharu (Bantam) Prelim -  20:45 GMT
  • Algeria's Fahem Hammachi (Bantam) Prelim - 21:00 GMT
  • Congo's Dival Malonga (Light Welter) Prelim - 21:15 GMT. 

Women's fencing:

Tunisia's Ines Boubakri has made it to the semi-finals of the women’s foil event in the fencing at the Olympics.

She first beat Egypt's Noura Mohamed and then beat Japan’s Shiho Nishioka in the last 16 and then Leanor Harvey of Canada in the quarters – she will now fight Italy’s Elisa Di Francisca in the semi-finals at 20:30 GMT (a win will guarantee at least a silver medal). 

The final is at 23:15 GMT. If she loses, she fights for the bronze at 22:20 GMT.

Rugby sevens

South Africa will play Australia (again) in the quarterfinals at 21:30 GMT  

The Kenyan bus driver who stops for disabled people

A matatu driver is helping people with physical disabilities get to work in Kenya where many of the drivers of the private buses will not take disabled passengers. Watch his story:

Kenyan matatu driver who helps disabled people get to work

How far away can a lion's roar be heard?

If you're into horoscopes you'll know that those born between 23 July and 22 August fall under the sign of Leo... so it fitting that today to World Lion Day.

BBC Earth has been working out how far away a lion's roar travels:

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On Twitter, other people have been sharing lion facts:

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One tweeter turned to Disney classic The Lion King to mark the day:

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Rio 2016: Tunisia's feisty fencer

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Ines Boubakri of Tunisia celebrates winning the match
Reuters

Tunisia's Ines Boubakri has made it to the semi-finals of the women’s foil event in the fencing at the Olympics.

She first beat Egypt's Noura Mohamed and then beat Japan’s Shiho Nishioka in the last 16 and then Leanor Harvey of Canada in the quarters – she will now fight Italy’s Elisa Di Francisca in the semi-finals at 20:30 GMT.

A win will guarantee at least a silver medal, a loss and she fights for the bronze.

Other results:

  • Algeria's Anissa Khelfaoui LOST in round of 32
  • Morocco's Youssra Zakarani LOST in round of 32

Picturing South Sudan's 660% inflation

The Wall Street Journal correspondent in East Africa has just shared a picture of some South Sudanese pounds to illustrate the war-torn country's chronic inflation. 

The civil war has wrecked the economy, thousands of foreign workers have left the country and the falling oil prices have also reduced government revenues. 

So this is what 660% inflation looks like. This is $100 #SouthSudan

So this is what 660% inflation looks like. This is $100 #SouthSudan

Rio 2016 rugby sevens: Kenya knocked out

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.
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Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.

Kenya lost 7-31 to Japan in Pool C – to complete a miserable time in Rio for the East Africans.

They have lost all three of their matches heavily (5-28 to New Zealand and 7-31 to Great Britain). 

Earlier in the year Kenya had impressed with a win in Singapore on the World Seven’s series.

The Kenyans will now take part in the matches to decide the third places from 9-12 August.

Ousted CAR leader's son freed on bail

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa

The son of the Central African Republic's (CAR) ousted leader Francois Bozize has been released on bail.

Jean-Francois Bozize was the defence minister in his father's cabinet when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels took power in 2013.

He is accused of being involved in the violence committed in the following years by the mostly Christian anti-balaka militias thought to be close to his father.  

He went into exile and international arrest warrant was issued for him.

But he returned to CAR last week and handed himself in to the UN mission.

He faces charges including involvement in extra-judicial killings, torture and corruption. 

His lawyer says there is no evidence against him – and he will respond to the allegations during his trial.

Francois Bozize
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Francois Bozize was ousted as CAR's president in 2013

Rio 2016 rugby sevens: SA lose to Australia but top group

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Henry Hutchison of Australia is tackled by Seabelo Senatla of South Africa
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Henry Hutchison of Australia is tackled by Seabelo Senatla of South Africa

South Africa's impressive start did not intimidate Australia who have just beat them 12-5. 

However, they top the group on points difference after finishing level with France in second and Australia in third – all three had seven points from their three matches.  

South Africa now move to the quarter-finals as winners of their group, they play their next game today at 21:30 GMT. 

Their opponent will be one of two teams with the best third place finish. 

Rio 2016: Mixed results for DR Congo judoka refugees

Popole Misenga moves to the next round
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Popole Misenga moves to the next round

We reported earlier about judokas Popole Misenga and Yolande Bukasa, from DR Congo, who are representing the Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes. 

Their events have finished. Popole won the men's 90kg judo event and moves into the next round later today along with 15 other judokas. 

However, Yolande Bukasa Mabika lost her judo match in the women’s 70kg. 

Uganda orders chain of low-cost private schools to close

Ugandan Education Minister Janet Museveni, who's also the country first lady, has announced that the government is closing Bridge International Academies, a chain of low-cost primary schools, for not meeting standards.

The schools are popular with poorer families who believe they offer a higher standard of teaching than state schools in East Africa. 

Some Ugandan MPs have accused Bridge of promoting homosexuality. Uganda has strict anti-gay legislation.

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Bridge International Academies has not responded to such accusations but describes its mission as:   

The world’s largest education innovation company serving the 700 million families who live on less than $2 (£1.5) per day. More than 100,000 students who attend Bridge’s more than 400 nursery and primary schools across emerging markets in Africa and (soon to open) in Asia."

The school has appealed to Mrs Museveni to keep them open:

We are working with the MoE to protect the jobs of 800 Ugandans and futures of 12,000 Ugandan children - bridgeinternationalacademies.com/wp-content/upl…

If Bridge closes, 800 dedicated Ugandans will lose their jobs. Calling on @JanetMuseveni to work with us to #KeepBridgeOpen

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Read more about Bridge International Academies and its move into Liberia

Andela's founder leaves to start a new company

Famous Nigerian tech-entrepreneur Iyinoluwa "E" Aboyeji has left Andela, one of Nigeria's best known start-ups. He founded it in 2013 to train African developers and connect them with big tech firms around the world. 

He is leaving the company weeks after it raised $24m (£18m) from investors including the foundation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Mr Aboyeji is moving on to run a new payment platform, Flutterwave, that will aggregate payment methods in Africa, Quartz reports

Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji has left Andela
Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji
Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji has left Andela

Five Malian soldiers found drowned

The bodies of five Malian soldiers have been recovered days after the same number went missing during clashes with Ansar Dine Islamist militants, the army's spokesman has said, the Reuters news agency reports. 

Souleymane Maiga told the news agency that four of the soldiers were found near Tenenkou on Tuesday evening and a fifth near the town of Mopti, about 75 km (47 miles) away on Wednesday morning. 

Officials did not confirm whether the drowned soldiers were the same soldiers who went missing near Tenenkou village in Mopti region.

The militants said in a statement that it had ambushed the army, killing and wounding soldiers, according to SITE Intelligence Group, the report adds. 

Ansar Dine and other Islamist groups seized most of northern Mali in 2012 but were driven out of the region's towns by French forces a year later. 

Islamists rebels of Ansar Dine in Mali
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Islamists militants of Ansar Dine

Rio 2016: Zimbabwe goal celebration celebrated

Zimbabwe's female footballers may not have won their game against Australia in Rio, but the Mighty Warriors sure know how to celebrate when they do score.

"You will never see a better goal celebration than this even if you lived for another 150 years!" says BBC Africa's Farayi Mungazi, himself a Zimbabwe.

BBC Sport has tweeted the clip, though because of rights issues it may not play in some areas: 

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Angola demolition shooting: Boy's death 'must be investigated'

Student card of Rufino Antonio, 14, who was killed by gunfire from the military police during a peaceful protest against home demolitions in Luanda, Angola
Human Rights Watch
Rufino Antonio's student card

Angola’s authorities should investigate the shooting dead of a 14-year-old boy last Saturday during a peaceful protest against the demolition of homes for a development project in the capital, Luanda, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. 

Without warning, military police fired live ammunition in the air and at protesters’ feet to disperse the crowd, witnesses said. 

One bullet fatally struck 14-year-old Rufino Antonio in his neck.

One of the soldiers was listening to us as we begged them not to demolish the houses.

Then, this other soldier just pointed his gun at me. The boy was right behind me and I told him to run. We ran to hide behind a mango tree. That shot was directed at me. It missed me, it missed the mango tree, and unfortunately struck the boy."

Lucas, a protester whose surname was withheld for his safety

A graphic video posted on social media by Angolan activists shows Rufino lying on the ground under a mango tree with blood flowing behind his head or neck. A crowd is gathered around, and a man says, “Get their mother, get their mother”, HRW says. 

Security officials removed his body without explanation and the family located it in a hospital morgue the next day, the rights group said.

Military commander Lt Gen Simon Carlitos Wala told Voice of America the incident was under investigation.

“The authorities need to promptly investigate why the soldiers opened fire, prosecute those responsible for any wrongdoing, and take steps to avoid such bloodshed in the future,” HRW's Daniel Bekele said in a statement.

South Africa strike at power company

Matthew Davies

Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

Thousands of workers at South Africa's power company, Eskom, have gone on strike in a dispute over pay, in defiance of a court order.

The state-run firm has called the strike illegal but says its operations are, so far, unaffected.

Around 15,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers, a third of Eskom's workforce, are taking part in the industrial action.

The strike, over pay and housing allowances, is just the latest in a long line of woes that have beset Eskom. It is strapped for cash and has struggled to update the country's ageing power infrastructure.

However, earlier this week it was celebrating having managed to go a year without implementing load shedding - the rolling blackouts which have damaged South Africa's economic growth in recent years.

A woman carrying firewood past power lines in South Africa - 2016
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South Africa has had difficulty producing enough energy to meets its needs

Rio 2016: The A-Z for Africa this afternoon

Congolese judoka Popole Misenga
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Congolese judoka Popole Misenga is in the Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA)

It's another busy day ahead Rio for African teams - but two judokas from Democratic Republic of Congo, representing the Refugee Team, may be the biggest attraction.

Popole Misenga will compete in the men’s 90kg Judo event and Yolande Bukasa Mabika in the women’s 70kg event from 14:00 GMT.

Here's a list of other upcoming events:   

Archery:

  • Egypt's Mansour Reem women's 1/32 12:26 GMT
  • Malawi's David Areneo men's 1/32 14:36 GMT

Cycling - men's individual time trials

  • Namibia's Dan Craven (13:00 GMT)
  • Algeria's Youcef Reguigui (1300 GMT)
  • Morocco's Mouhssine Lahsaini (13:06 GMT)

Fencing -women:

  • Algeria's Anissa Khelfaoui (12:35 GMT)
  • Morocco's Youssra Zakarani (13:00 GMT)
  • Egypt's Noura Mohamed v Tunisia's Ines Boubakri (13:25 GMT)

Football:

  • Algeria v Portugal (Group D) 17:00 GMT (Algeria cannot qualify for last eight)

Judo coverage started at 13:00 GMT:

Men:

  • Algeria's Abderrahmane Benamadi, 90kg, rnd 62
  • DR Congo, part of the Refugee Team, Popole Misenga 90kg, rnd 32
  • Sudan's Iszlam Monier Suliman, 90kg, rnd 32
  • Kenya's Kiplangat Sang, 90kg, rnd 32
  • South Africa's Zack Piontek, 90kg, rnd  32
  • Benin's Celtus Dossou Yovo, 90kg, rnd 32

Women:

  • Morocco's Assmaa Niang, 70kg, rnd 32
  • Angola's Antonia Moreira, 70kg, rnd 32
  • Tunisia's Houda Miled, 70kg, rnd 32
  • DR Congo, part of the Refugee Team, Yolande Bukasa Mabika, 70kg, rnd 32

Rugby Sevens, Men:

  • South Africa v Australia - Pool B 14:30 GMT (To decide who tops the group)
  • Kenya v Japan Pool C 15:00 GMT (Kenya must win to have any chance of a best third-paced team and progress to last eight).

Read more: DR Congo's judoka refugees

Lawyers evacuated from Ugandan court

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Gen Kale Kayihura's supporters outside a court in Kampala, Uganda
BBC
The police chief's supporters do not want to be prosecuted

Lawyers are being evacuated from the magistrate’s court in Kampala where they have been holed up this morning after bringing a case against Uganda’s police chief (see earlier post).

The team of lawyers representing those who say they were beaten by police had been unable to leave because the crowd outside turned rowdy and started throwing stones.

Here’s Kampala’s mayor Erias Lukwago, who is also a lawyer, being evacuated from court premises by police:

Erias Lukwago
BBC
Erias Lukwago, in the suit, is escorted from the court

Another prosecution lawyer's car was pelted with stones. About 20 lawyers are behind the prosecution.

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The protesters feel police boss Gen Kale Kayihura should not be prosecuted for police brutality.  

Somali woman set to make US history

Ms Omar beat a long-serving politician Phyllis Kahn in the election
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Ms Omar beat a long-serving politician Phyllis Kahn in the election

A Somali-born activist Ilhan Omar is on the brink of making history as the first Somali-American MP in the US.

She has unseated one of the Minnesota Legislature's longest-serving members in a Democratic primary. 

Phyllis Kahn has represented the DFL, affiliated to the Democratic Party, for 44 years in the state assembly.

Ms Omar, 33, and her family escaped Somalia's civil war and lived for four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the US and settling in Somali-American neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, in Minnesota state, the Star Tribune reports.

She will face Republican Abdimalik Askar, also a Somali-born American, in the November election.

Burkina Faso bans donkey exports

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

Burkina Faso has banned the lucrative export of donkey skins – trading with China which has soared in recent years.

The number of skins of donkeys exported to China increased from 1,000 to the first quarter of 2015 to more than 18,000 in last quarter, the Burkinabe authorities say.

And nearly 65,000 skins were exported in the first six months of this year.

The ban, which came into force on Tuesday, also includes the hides of camels and horses.

Donkeys are commonly used in farming and to transport goods - and the meat is popular with a few communities in Burkina Faso.

The export boom has pushed up prices - a donkey hide can now cost between 30,000 ($51, £39) and 50,000 CFA now, up from 2,000 CFA a few years ago.

Adama Maiga, the director for public veterinary health, also said in future all animals had to be slaughtered at “officially recognised" abattoirs, the AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

Last month residents of the village of Balole, on the outskirts of the capital, Ouagadougou, ransacked an abattoir set up by a foreign consortium in protest at the stench it was producing, the agency reports.

A boy pulling a donkey in Burkina Faso
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Donkeys are a common sight in Burkina Faso

Rio 2016: Ethiopian evokes memories of 'Eric the Eel'

Ethiopian Robel Kiros Habte
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Robel Kiros Habte said that it did not matter where he finished

Ethiopia's Robel Kiros Habte has evoked memories of Equatorial Guinea's Eric Moussambani, dubbed "Eric the Eel" for finishing last in 100m freestyle at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney in almost double the time the other competitors took. 

Robel participated in the 100m heats but finished half a lap behind everyone else:

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But the Ethiopia-based university student told the Reuters news agency that he was just delighted to have just participated as it was his first Olympics - and was happy to be able to do something different for his country:

Everybody, every day you wake up in Ethiopia, you run. Not swimming. But I didn’t want to run, I wanted to be a swimmer."

South African swimmer 'warm-up stunts' mocked

Michael Phelps (L) of the United States leads Chad le Clos of South Africa
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Michael Phelps (L) of the United States leads Chad le Clos of South Africa

South African swimmer Chad le Clos is the butt of internet jokes following his over-the-top warm-up stunts ahead of a 200m men's butterfly race.  

A video of Clos shadowboxing was contrasted to US swimmer Micahel Phelps, who sat the whole time giving a concentrated "no-nonsense stare":  

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The rivalry between the two swimmers reached its peak at the 2012 Games in London when Le Clos beat Phelps by five-hundredths of a second to take gold in the 200m butterfly.

Another image being shared on the internet is a shot of le Clos looking at Phelp's during the race with some saying he was trying to goad him. 

Some are using it as an opportunity to use the crying Michael Jordan meme again, superimposing the photo of the tearful US basketball player to mock the swimmer:

Michael Phelps left Chad le Clos in a pool of his own tears. #Rio2016

Michael Phelps left Chad le Clos in a pool of his own tears. #Rio2016

Phelps had the last laugh, he finished second in the qualifying spot with le Clos finishing fourth.    

Ugandan police move in to disperse court protesters

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Anti-riot police just moved in to herd away protesters outside the magistrate's court in the Uganda capital, Kampala, where the police chief failed to turn up for a court hearing (see earlier post).

The protesters have been threatening to attack the group of more than 20 lawyers who had filed the case on behalf of those who alleged they were beaten by police.  

Police outside a court in Kampala, Uganda
BBC

The police chief and the seven other accused officers did not turn up to the hearing – nor did they send a legal team.

Instead their placard-carrying protesters filled the court compound, chanting and singing that they did not back the prosecution.

The magistrate adjourned the hearing to give time for the Director of Public Prosecutions to take over the matter and decide whether to institute fresh investigations.

SA cartoonist on Malema enjoying courting rivals

Coalition talks are under way in South Africa after last week's local elections.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) lost control of major cities including Pretoria, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth - with the main opposition Democratic Alliance doing very well but not winning an overall majority.

So the party which took about 8% of the vote nationally, the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema, could be an important partner for both sides.

Here's cartoonist Sifiso Yalo's take on the talks:

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Rio Olympics: South Africa dominates rugby sevens

Justin Geduld of South Africa is tackled by Steeve Barry of France
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South Africa's rugby sevens team has had a great start at the Olympics in Rio. They have not just won their first two games but dominated the 14-minute matches and manged to stop their opponents from scoring a single try.

The Springboks beat France 26-0 after seeing off Spain 24-0 in their first match. 

Their next game is today at 14:30 GMT against Australia. 

The Wallabies beat Spain but lost to France in their second game.

Uganda's police chief snubs court

Uganda’s police chief Gen Kale Kayihura, who was summoned to appear in court in Kampala this morning, has not shown up.

The case is linked to allegations of police brutality against supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

Hundreds of people have turned out in support of the police chief, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire reports from the scene:

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The court was packed inside – and the magistrate has postponed the case until 29 August.

Human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo asked the court to issue orders compelling Gen Kayihura to appear at the next hearing.

The crowd outside is still unhappy, and the group of lawyers taking on the case appear to be stuck inside the court:

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Rio 2016: Africa's Olympic round-up

New Zealand holds off Humphrey Kayange of Kenya
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New Zealand holds off Humphrey Kayange of Kenya

It’s been a busy night of mixed results for African countries at the Olympics in Rio:

Swimming

  • It was not a good night for South Africa swimmers as Cameron van der Burgh and Jarred Crous both failed to reach the semi-finals of the men's 200m breaststroke. South Africa also missed out on the men's 4x200m final and the men's freestyle semifinals. 

Group B Basketball Men

  • Nigeria lost the second group match to Lithuania 89-80. Nigeria had lost the first  66-94 to Argentina.

Group B Basketball women

  • Senegal lost the second match 64-101 to China, after losing their first game against USA

Handball: Men's Group games

  • Group A Tunisia 23-31 Denmark
  • Group B Egypt 26-25 Sweden

Volleyball: Men's Group games

  • Egypt 2-0 Cuba

Handball: Men:

  • Tunisia 23 v Denmark 31
  • Egypt 26 Sweden 25

Denmark's left back Mikkel Hansen (L) challenges Tunisia's right back Aymen Hammed
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Denmark's left back Mikkel Hansen (L) challenges Tunisia's right back Aymen Hammed

Archery 

  • Egypt's Ahmed El-Nemar and Libya's Ali Elghrari were knocked out

Women Football Group Matches:

  • Australia 6-1 Zimbabwe
  • South Africa 0-0 Brazil

Rugby, Men's Sevens– Pool matches:

  • South Africa 26-0 France
  • Kenya 5-28 New Zealand

Boxing

  • Egypt's Hossam Abdin beat Mauritius Merven Clair men's middleweight category
  • Zambia's Benny Muziyo lost to Turkey's Onder Sipal in the middleweight category

Nigeria news blogger freed on bail

Abubakar Sidiq Usman's Twitter page
Abubakar Sidiq Usman

Prominent Nigerian news blogger Abubakar Sidiq Usman has been released on bail, the country's anti-corruption agency Wilson Uwujaren has confirmed to the BBC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arrested him on Monday accusing him of "offences bordering on cyber-stalking".

He was held in custody for 36 hours and has yet to be charged in court.

Last week, Mr Usman published allegations that EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu was bullying his staff.

His arrest sparked fury on social media and was criticised by both the governing and main opposition party.

Wise words

Today's African proverb:

The wisdom of the elderly is a cure

An Etxuabo proverb sent by Gabriel DeBarros in Quelimane, Mozambique

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Woman clearing land in Malawi
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