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  1. Indian tycoon unfazed by risk of investing in Zimbabwe
  2. Floods wash away 'entire villages' in Sudan
  3. Zimbabwe's ruling party expels senior war veterans
  4. South Africa's governing party heading for 'worst result ever'
  5. UK man charged in Kenya with trafficking cocaine
  6. Split in Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram
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Pepsi tycoon's Zimbabwe investment will 'pay off'

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

Ravi Jaipuria

The confidence that Indian business tycoon Ravi Jaipuria has shown in Zimbabwe, where he plans to open a multi-million dollar Pepsi bottling plant early next year, is not surprising. 

Zimbabwe is desperate for investments and is under pressure to remove bottlenecks which deter companies. In Mr Jaipuria's case, President Robert Mugabe personally intervened to ensure things moved quickly.

The Indian billionaire is not the only one to see business opportunities in Zimbabwe, despite the worsening political climate. 

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote is also looking at making several multi-million dollar investments in Zimbabwe, including opening a cement plant.

Zimbabwe has extremely high levels of unemployment, but its people are known to be hardworking - something that Mr Jaipuria has noted.

Huge profits can be made, outweighing the political risks. 

See earlier post for more details

House guest realised he was 'staying with Gambia's most famous family'

When a British drummer travelled to The Gambia to check out the music scene he found out that the family he was staying with was what he called "probably the most famous family" in the country.

But it wasn't until he returned to the UK that he got to collaborate with the family's Jali Bakary Konteh, who is based in London.

The band Bafula was formed.

The mix of djembe virtuoso Seneke Sillah, frontman Gambian griot Jali Bakary Konteh, Londoners Danny Michaux on bass and Patrick Oddi on drums, plus Israel-born guitarist Dotan Cohen makes a mix of rock, funk and jazz.

DJ Rita Ray met them to hear their newest sounds:

DJ Rita Ray presents our monthly Focus on Music slot

'Wake-up call' for ANC

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The municipal election result is probably the biggest wake-up call the governing African National Congress has received since it ushered in democracy in South Africa in 1994.

Clearly the ANC still commands huge support across the country but that support is waning. It can no longer take it for granted that the black majority will blindly follow it.

Its power and influence is in decline.

In-fighting, public squabbles and a host of corruption scandals have been slowly eating away at the reputation of a once glorious movement of the people.

An ANC party vehicle appeals for votes as locals are seen outside a voting station during the Local Government elections in Diepsloot township, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. August 3,2016

The best example is in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality where the ANC is lagging behind in a city which has a rich history of anti-apartheid struggle. The man poised to be the new mayor is the Democratic Alliance's Athol Trollip, who is white.

Twenty-two years after the end of apartheid, black people are now voting on issues and not on race. 

Mr Trollip, who speaks fluent Xhosa, would not be where he is if the vast majority of black people had not voted for him.

South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip (C) shows his ID prior to vote in the municipal election at a polling station on August 3, 2016 in Port Elizabeth
Mr Trollip is the DA's mayoral candidate in Port Elizabeth

IEC brushes aside ANC concerns

South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has dismissed concerns raised by the African National Congress about ballot papers being found behind a tent in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. 

IEC deputy CEO Sy Mamabolo said the ballot papers were behind the results centre, adding: 

That’s where they ought to be. They were within our custody."

Boko Haram split is most serious so far

Nasidi Adamu Yahya

BBC Hausa Service, Abuja

A staff inspects on August 6, 2013 a burnt student hostel in the Government Secondary School of Mamudo in northeast Nigerian Yobe state where Boko Haram gunmen launched gun and explosives attacks on student hostels on July 6, 2013, killing 41 students and a teacher
Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has split before but the current dispute over its leadership is the most serious division to hit it to date.

The outburst by Abubakar Shekau, whose leadership has been challenged by former Boko Haram spokesman Abu Musab al-Barnawim, clearly shows that there are deep disagreements, which could translate into clashes between the foot soldiers loyal to the two leaders.

It is also a sign of the weakness of the group, possibly foreshadowing an eventual collapse.

Military officials say the split is an indication that the group is breathing its last breath.

But some security analysts caution that the internal wrangling could make it more deadly and unpredictable.

Nigeria and the other regional forces will now need to turn this factionalism to their advantage.

Read more on the BBC News website

The mosque constructed by church-building freed slaves

Grand Mosque
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It's not a coincidence that the Grand Mosque in Porto-Novo, Benin, looks like a church. 

The people who built it were freed slaves who had been building churches in Brazil, historian Moubarak Mourchid told the AFP news agency.

"They converted to Islam as a show of rebellion against their masters," Mr Moubarak adds.

But he says that this rare architecture is at risk, and complains that the area is not a world heritage site.

Benin Grand Mosque
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Benin Grand Mosque
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UN accuses South Sudan army of ethnic killings

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

South Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier patrols in Malakal on 21 January 2014.
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South Sudan has been unstable since its independence in 2011

The UN's top human rights official has accused the South Sudanese army of ethnically targeted killings and rape during the latest fighting in the capital Juba. 

Zeid Raad Al Hussein said troops loyal to President Salva Kiir, who is Dinka, specifically targeted Nuer people. Mr Kiir's main rival, Riek Machar, is a Nuer. 

In some cases, soldiers reportedly went from house to house killing Nuer civilians. They're also accused of raping Nuer women and girls. 

The UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan has been accused of not doing enough to protect civilians during the violence.

Read: South Sudan's men of dishonour

ANC raises concern about ballots

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) says it has found marked ballot papers behind a tent in Port Elizabeth city. 

The ballot papers were found "unstacked" and "unsecured", and this was worrying, said Nceba Faku of the ANC.

Latest results from the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area, which includes Port Elizabeth, show that that the opposition Democratic Alliance is leading with 49.49%, the ANC is second with 39.25% and the Economic Freedom Fighters party is third with 4.87%.  

About 85% of votes have been counted. 

The ANC has controlled Nelson Mandela Bay, named after South Africa's first black president, since minority rule ended in 1994. 

voter gets her thumb inked at a polling station during municipal elections at VD Zamukuthula Primary School in Wembezi township near Estcourt, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, on August 3, 2016
Some 26 million people were registered to vote in South Africa's municipal elections

Record football transfer off

Diafra Sakho
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Senegalese footballer Diafra Sakho will now not be transferring from English Premier League club West Ham United to West Bromwich Albion because he has a back problem.

It is understood he did not fail his medical test but he would not have been fit for the start of the season.  

As we reported earlier, if this deal had gone ahead it would have been a record fee for West Brom of £15m ($20m).

Read more on the BBC Sport website.

Losing in Nkandla 'big blow' for Zuma

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) shows President Jacob Zuma (R) waits to cast his vote at Ntolwane Primary School, during the municipal elections in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 03 August 2016.
The bespectacled Mr Zuma upgraded his home in Nkandla with public money

The defeat of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) in Nkandla is a big blow not just for the party faithful but to the village’s most famous son, President Jacob Zuma. 

At a polling station in Nkandla yesterday, Mr Zuma stood in the scorching sun with old and young residents portraying himself as the man of the people. He did the unusual thing of not jumping the queue. 

Earlier today  ANC deputy secretary-eneral Jessie Duarte prematurely declared victory but as the results from the far-flung rolling hills of Nkandla trickled in, a different picture emerged. 

There is no doubt that Mr Zuma scored an own goal when he used government money to renovate his private residence in Nkandla, resulting in South Africa's highest court ruling that he breached the constitution by ignoring the order of anti-corruption czar Thuli Madonsela to repay a portion of it.

Read: the colourful and controversial Mr Zuma

Zuma's party fails to win vote in his home area

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South African President Jacob Zuma's party has failed to win the election in his home district.

All votes have been counted in Nkandla for the local elections. 

The Inkatha Freedom Party retains its control of the district. 

It won with 54% while Mr Zuma’s ANC came second with 44.25% followed by the EFF with 0.79%.

The word Nkandla has become synonymous with the scandal surrounding President Zuma spending public money to fund refurbishments of his own home in the area.

Read more: How President Zuma's Nkandla home has grown

South Africa is entering 'era of coalition politics'

A leading political analyst in South Africa predicts "the era of coalition politics" in three major cities in the country. 

Daryl Glaser told Reuters news agency that he expected the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) to be the biggest single party in Nelson Mandela Bay, ending the governing African National Congress' dominance there. 

However, the DA will fail to obtain a clear majority, resulting in a coalition running the municipality, he added. 

Mr Glaser said he expected the ANC to remain the biggest party in Johannesburg and Tshwane (which includes the capital, Pretoria). 

However, it will fall to below 50% in both cities in what would be a major setback for the party, he added. 

Supporters gather and cheer as Leader of South Africa"s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane, is seen addressing some of the thousands of people who attended the parties final pre election rally in Soweto, Johannesburg , South Africa, 30 July 2016.
The DA could emerge as the biggest party in Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time

Cocaine accused is a sugar trader in Kenya

Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian arrives in Kibera Law Court in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Aug. 4, 201
Mr Marrian denies trafficking nearly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of cocaine

The UK national charged in Kenya with trafficking cocaine is a sugar trader who lives and works in the East African state, reports the BBC's Alastair Leithead from Kenya's capital, Nairobi.  

Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian denied the charge when he appeared in court. 

A Kenyan national was also charged, after the drugs were found last week in a container, supposedly carrying sugar from Brazil to Uganda, at the port of Mombasa.     

Cocaine seizures are rare in Kenya, but the United Nations says it has become an important hub for smugglers over the past few years on the route from South America to Europe and Asia, our correspondent adds.

See earlier post for more details

ANC in lead in SA poll

The BBC correspondent in South Africa has been tweeting the latest results from the most tightly contested local government elections since minority rule ended in 1994: 

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In the last municipal elections in 2011 the ANC won more than 60% of the vote. 

ANC and DA pleased with poll results

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) have both expressed satisfaction with local government election results that have come in so far, as their tweets show: 

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Risk of flash floods in Niger, Chad and Nigeria

We reported earlier that entire villages have been swept away by floods in Sudan in recent days.

BBC Weather's Ben Rich says these same rains could cause flash floods in Niger, Chad and Nigeria in the next few days. 


He explains the floods are due to seasonal downpours which have been made worse by an extra pulse of energy called an African easterly wave. 

As this African easterly wave moves over the west of the continent there is also a risk of quite severe dust storms across parts of the Sahara. 

Watch more on BBC Weather.

Rio 2016 Olympics: African teams in action today

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

The men’s Olympic football tournament begins today with all three African representatives in action as they aim to do better than the women’s sides yesterday, when South Africa lost 1-0 to Sweden and Germany easily beat Zimbabwe 6-1. 

Algeria begin their Group D campaign against Honduras at 18:00GMT; then an hour later in Group A South Africa face hosts Brazil, who will have Barcelona star Neymar playing for them. 

Finally, Nigeria are due to play Japan at 01:00GMT in Group G, provided the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations winners can arrive in Manaus in time.

See earlier post for more details

Fireworks are seen during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 3, 2016
Fireworks are seen during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Big cities are the battle ground for South Africa's vote

Karen Allen

BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

South African voter
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With more than 60% of ballots counted in the key South African municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has a significant lead at 54% with the  African National Congress (ANC) trailing behind at 36%. 

The two other big cities making headlines in this high stakes race - Pretoria and Johannesburg  - currently see the two major parties running neck and neck. 

The pace of vote counting is far slower so the picture could change once more votes come in from the poorer black townships. 

If neither the DA nor the ANC secure an overall lead, the Economic Freedom Fighters – a relatively new party led by firebrand politician Julius Malema – could find itself in the position of kingmaker.

UK national charged in Kenya after cocaine bust

A British national Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian appears at Kibera Law Court in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

A UK national has been charged in Kenya with trafficking nearly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of cocaine seized last week at the country's main seaport. 

Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian denied the charge in court. The prosecution opposed bail, saying he was a flight risk. The court will rule on the bail application on Monday. 

Kenyan police and US Drug Enforcement Agency officials seized the cocaine last week in the coastal city of Mombasa. 

It was apparently hidden in ship containers, supposedly carrying sugar from Brazil to Uganda.  

'Trying times' for Mugabe

Brian Hungwe

BBC Africa, Harare

Mr Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980

The expulsion of four senior war veterans from Zimbabwe's ruling-Zanu PF party was inevitable after they issued a statement withdrawing their support for President Robert Mugabe.

There is no doubt that the 92-year-old leader is facing trying times ahead of the 2018 elections, and he is slowly loosing his grip on power.

Zanu-PF is deeply split, and Mr Mugabe will have to do more to keep the party together. 

But he is a survivor and the four were expelled despite the fact that he was warned by war veterans, at a meeting which was also attended by army commanders, not to needlessly kick out party cadres. 

See earlier post for more details

South Africans 'voted peacefully and passionately'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South African voters
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With nearly 80% of votes counted at 09:00 GMT in South Africa's local government elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says voter turnout stands at about 58% of eligible voters - slightly more than the previous municipal election in 2011.

IEC boss Mosotho Moepya appealed for patience as people waited for final results, saying the election body wanted to make sure there was "due diligence and accuracy”.

Mr Moepya also thanked over 200,000 election officials for their work as well South Africans for voting peacefully and passionately.

As the votes trickle in, the picture emerging at a national level is that the governing African National Congress is holding a firm lead. 

But it is still losing votes to the Democratic Alliance and  Economic Freedom Fighters.

The fiercely contested metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth are showing the opposition in the lead but counting is still continuing.

Nigeria football team boarding flight to Brazil

Nigeria's men's football team have fourteen hours to get to their first match of the Olympics but they haven't even arrived in Brazil.

Sports journalist Colin Udoh says they are boarding their plane in the US:

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We reported earlier that there had been a dispute about payment followed by a cancelled flight because the plane was too small.

Entire villages swept away in Sudan floods

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The authorities in Sudan say 76 people have been killed by floods in the past few days. 

Thousands of homes have been destroyed and in some cases, entire villages have been swept away. 

At least 13 of Sudan's 18 provinces have been affected. The water and irrigation ministry says the River Nile is at its highest level in more than a century. 

More heavy rain is expected.

ANC victory declaration in Nkandla premature

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The South African governing party's declaration of victory in Nkandla, the rural area at the centre of controversy after President Jacob Zuma upgraded him home there with government money, may be premature.

The ANC had lost the lead to the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) by 09:00 GMT, as counting continued.  

The party had 41.7% of the vote compared with the IFP's 56.1%. 

The IFP says it is confident that it will take the Uthungulu district, which includes Nkandla.

A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) shows President Jacob Zuma (R) talks with an electoral official before casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School, during the municipal elections in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 03 August 2016.
Mr Zuma was registered to vote in NKandla

Pepsi billionaire 'unfazed by Zimbabwe’s risk'

Glass of cola

There has been surprise recently at the plan to build a Pepsi bottling plant in Zimbabwe, given the country's economic instability.

But, in an interview published today in Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette, the main funder, Ravi Jaipuria, implied that he can afford to let the plant fail:

“Zimbabwe will be a very small investment. It is not something that will kill the company if something goes wrong. There will be a risk factor but I am prepared to take the risk looking at the positives against the negatives.

The newspaper says the plant will cost $30m (£22.5m) but the interview suggests that it is small change for Mr Jaipuria, who it dubbed India's bottling king.

The Indian investor also spoke highly about Zimbabweans:

Zimbabwean people are hardworking and very intellectual. I think I must hire more Zimbabweans to work in other countries which are English speaking."

And he gave some insight into the problems of travelling around Africa:

The connections are not good so if you want to connect in Africa you need a private jet. We do seven countries in Africa so it is mostly necessity than luxury. It took me one hour to fly from Maputo to Harare but [one of my executives] took eight hours to get here [in a commercial flight].”

Will Abukar Shekau switch to al-Qaeda?

Aliyu Tanko

BBC Hausa

The audio message by Abubakar Shekau, in which he insists he is still the leader of Boko Haram, is an indication of the sharpest ever division to hit Nigeria's militant Islamist group since the death of its founding leader Mohammed Yusuf in 2009. 

Shekau's denunciation of Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom the Islamic State (IS) group has declared the new leader of Boko Haram, as an "infidel" suggests that their may be no room for compromise and the rival factions may take up arms against each other. 

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

But it is clear that there is unhappiness within Boko Haram's ranks with Shekau's leadership, resulting in some militants reaching out to IS in their bid to topple him. 

What is not clear though is the extent of support that al-Barnawi has within Boko Haram. 

Shekau pledged allegiance to IS last year, giving it its first presence in sub-Saharan Africa - only for it to now betray him.  

With global jihadists competing for support, it will not be surprising if the Shekau-led faction now switches allegiance to al-Qaeda or another militant group.   

West Brom set for record Sakho move

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

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Senegalese footballer Diafra Sakho's move from English Premier League club West Ham United to West Bromwich Albion could be formalised today, once West Brom know the results of medical tests undergone by the 26-year-old striker.

Sakho, who has had injury problems in the past, had scans at a Birmingham hospital last night.

It would be a club record fee for West Brom of £15m ($20m).

If the Sakho deal goes through, that will pave the way for Crystal Palace and Stoke to pursue Saido Berahino as West Brom will not release the striker until a replacement is bought. They will be looking for at least £20m for Berahino.

Nigerian team due for a late arrival at Rio 2016 Olympics

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Nigeria’s men’s football team are only due to arrive in Brazil's Manaus city hours before their match against Japan at the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

They are due to leave Atlanta in the US at around 11:00 GMT to fly for seven hours and then start the match at 01:00 GMT.

The squad was stuck in the US because the plane was too small for them.

They had previously had a dispute over payment, which had been sorted out.

The Nigerian sports ministry insisted a new payment had been made to the airline.

ANC declares victory in Nkandla

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's governing party says it has taken control of Nkandla - the rural area from where President Jacob Zuma comes - from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in local government elections. 

A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) shows President Jacob Zuma (C) talks to an elderly voter as he waits to cast his vote at Ntolwane Primary School, during the municipal elections in Nkandla,
Mr Zuma queued with voters in Nkandla yesterday

South Africa's highest court ruled earlier this year that Mr Zuma violated the constitution by using government money to upgrade his home there and ordered him to repay about $510,000 (£383.000).  

* An earlier version of this entry incorrectly suggested that official results showed that the ANC had won. We regret the error. 

South Africa beaten by Sweden in Olympic opener

South Africa women's football captain Janine Van Wyk says on the Fifa website that the team's next match in the Olympics against China is "do or die".

It comes after they lost 1-0 to Sweden last night.

The match was the first event to open the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

Ms Van Wyk tweeted her disappointment at the result:

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Read more on the BBC Sport website

Boko Haram splits over leadership

Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau released an audio message on Wednesday, the first time he had been heard from for a year

Abubakar Shekau says he is still in charge of Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced.

He denounced the IS declaration of Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the leader in an audio message released on Wednesday.

Shekau accused al-Barnawi of trying to stage a coup against him.

Read more on the BBC News website.

ANC vote share 'sharply down'

BBC World Service

frican National Congress ( ANC) and South African Communist Party ( SACP) supporters dance and sing in celebration at Wembezi township near Estcourt some 215 kilometres west of Durban on August 3, 2016
The ANC has dominated South African politics since minority rule ended in 1994

With nearly half the votes counted in South Africa's local elections, the governing African National Congress (ANC) appears to be heading for its worst result since the end of apartheid. 

It's secured about 50% of the vote so far, down more than 10% on the last municipal polls five years ago. 

Its main rival, the Democratic Alliance, has so far won about 30% and is challenging for control of major cities, including Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. 

High unemployment and corruption scandals surrounding President Jacob Zuma have dented the ANC's popularity. 

Read: Could ANC lose capital?

Zanu-PF 'expels' war veterans

Zimabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has expelled four senior war veterans from the party, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports

The move comes after President Robert Mugabe vowed to punish members of the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association for issuing a statement denouncing him as "dictatorial" and demanding an end to his 36-year rule.

The four war veterans, including the association's secretary-general Victor Matemadanda, were among nine Zanu-PF members expelled from the party, the Herald reports.  

Victor Matemadanda reacts as he is escorted by Zimbabwean Policemen to a court hearing on August 1, 2016 in Harare after being arrested
Mr Matemadanda has been accused of criticising Mr Mugabe

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