And we leave you with this Instagram image from Guinea-Bissau's carnival from Miguel De Barros. The pre-Lent celebrations and parades are usually a chance for music, dance and culture of the country's different ethnic groups to be shown off.
Then, under his command, the army did not offer any resistance when a West African regional force moved into The Gambia.
The regional troops played a part in persuading Mr Jammeh to accept his electoral defeat and leave the country.
General Badjie has reportedly been replaced by his predecessor General Masanneh Kinteh.
Kony is in Darfur, says LRA leader's ex-bodyguard
Today the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, began a visit to Uganada to meet victims of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The Hague-based court is currently trying a former LRA commander, Dominic Ongwen.
And it still has a warrant out for the arrest of the infamous LRA leader Joseph Kony.
The group tends to operate in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR) after being driven out of northern Uganda several years ago.
But what is it like being under Kony’s command?
One of his bodyguards, Peter Kidega, who recently
surrendered to US and Ugandan forces in the CAR, told me about how he was forcibly recruited into
the LRA and about the rebels' current operations:
The only thing the Lord’s Resistance Army does is get commodities from civilians' homes. They look for diamonds, gold, money and mercury from people here, in the Central African Republic. In the Congo they send people to hunt for elephant tusks – but nowadays Joseph Kony lives in Darfur and works with people there.”
The bodyguard spoke of the likelihood of the LRA leader surrendering:
Joseph Kony will not see reason when it comes to this because he says he’s going to die in the bush until the Ugandan government changes. But who is supposed to take over the government if he himself says he's a rebel of the Ugandan people, he's going to fight for the development of Uganda, and yet he stays out of the country? What can he do where he is?"
He also spoke about Mr Ongwen’s ICC case:
He should be forgiven because he was captured. But I don't think he will be, because of the role he played and because his conduct. Because he was a commander-in-chief there, he was giving orders to his troops. He took orders from his boss Joseph Kony and carried them out."
Mr Kidega lived with the LRA leader between 2014 and 2016:
I went to Joseph in 2014, at the time he said he loved me. In 2014 he loved me and was very nice to me. But in 2015, he changed his character. I handed myself in because Joseph Kony wanted to kill me for talking to his wife.
He didn't want anyone to love his wife. Even if you just wanted to be friends with her, they would say you are a bad person.”
The bodyguard said he had been in the group for 14 years before surrendering:
Joseph kept on saying that we were going to fight to bring down the Ugandan government. That we would fight and then lead Uganda. And I kept on waiting for this to happen, I waited until this year. But all Joseph wants is to stay alive.”
Satirist Ikenna Azuike is back… this time in Kenya. Catch him every Wednesday and Friday on BBC World News:
South Africa sees decline in rhino poaching
Poaching of rhinos in South Africa fell by 10%, according to a statement by the environment ministry.
The decline marks the second year in a row that killings of the endangered species have declined, but conservationists still warn that levels remain high.
Poaching registered a record high in 2014 when 1,215 were killed to feed the demand of Asian countries such as Vietnam, where the animal's horn is prized as a key ingredient in traditional medicines, compared to 1,054 killed in 2016.
The success was attributed to vigilance of park wardens:
This decrease can be attributed to the efforts of our men and women on the ground, especially our rangers."
South Africa has more than 80% of the world's rhino population with about 18,000 white rhinos and close to 2,000 black rhinos, which is why it has been at the front line of the poaching crisis.
In the Kruger National Park, the epicentre of the slaughter, 662 rhino carcasses were found dead in 2016, an almost 20% fall from 826 in 2015, the statement adds.
Cameroon vigilantes 'preventing suicide attacks'
In northern Cameroon, where attacks by Boko Haram killed more than 1,500 people since 2011, vigilantes have been at the forefront of the fight against the Nigerian-based Islamist militant group, the AFP news agency reports.
The vigilante groups are made of civilians who have voluntarily taken up arms to back up the government in its efforts to drive Boko Haram from the country.
They are mainly active in the northern city of Kolofata, where they have erected five checkpoints to monitor movements into town - day and night.
Kolofata made headlines in July 2014 when more than 100 Boko Haram fighters from the neighbouring Nigerian town of Kerawa launched an attack and abducted the wife of a Cameroon's deputy prime minister.
Kassala Mahamat, a vigilante group leader, told AFP:
We search all those arriving here from Kerawa. If we identify a suicide bomber who intends to proceed, we shoot at him."
Mr Mahamat says vigilante groups prevented several suicide attacks and ensured a low number of casualties when Boko Haram succeeded occasionally in striking.
Togolese striker Francis Kone saves opponent's life
Togolese striker Francis Kone
saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly swallowed his
tongue during a Czech league match.
Bohemians 1905's Kone acted fast after Berkovec had collided with his Slovacko team-mate Daniel Krch.
He used his fingers to move Berkovec's tongue and stop him suffocating.
later thanked Kone on Facebook for his quick action:
During the ceremony, attended by current and former ministers, Mr Mbeki used his inaugural speech to condemn the violence seen during the university protests, dubbed “FeesMustFall” after the Twitter hashtag, and other protests for better services.
We must denounce the notion of burning a clinic because we demand better health care."
At a press conference afterwards he also condemned the recent xenophobic attacks on migrants.
As South Africans, we should never forget the enormous sacrifices that were made by the people of Africa to help us achieve our liberation.
We cannot now behave in a manner that treats other Africans, who are now residents in our country, as enemies or unwelcomed guests."
Mr Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s second democratically elected president in 1999 and stepped down in 2008, after nearly two terms.
The 74-year-old was the founding chairman of the African Union and established the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), aimed at making the continent less reliant on foreign aid and developing trade.
Somalia market fire raged for five hours
Mohammud Ali Mohamed
BBC Somali service
in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, are counting their losses following a huge
fire that destroyed parts of the country’s biggest open-air market this morning.
fire at Bakara market burnt
for more than five hours before it was contained.
broke out at around 04:00 local time, but it was not until daybreak that a
combined force of local authorities, residents and some private firms with their own standby fire engines began
residents, the inferno started at a section famous
for household goods and quickly spread to other parts.
no official estimate was immediately given, it is expected the losses will run
into the millions of dollars.
One of the
traders told the BBC he lost his clothing shop:
I only managed to salvage very few things, and I am not alone in this loss. It’s coming at a time when the country is dealing with a devastating drought."
There is not sufficient firefighting equipment in the city, which has been affected by more than half a century of war.
Ali Hussein Ibrahim, chairman of Mogadishu’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries, told the BBC that it was difficult to know the cause of the fire.
We have so many challenges in the market. For example people sometimes leave behind charcoal stoves unattended, also the cause could be electric fault which are not regulated, so it’s difficult for now to say what caused the fire, but we are investigating."
It is not the first time the market has caught fire, and some observers say it may not be the last, given the poor infrastructure.
'More foreign shops looted' in South Africa
Police in South Africa's largest city of Johannesburg say that about 100 people took part in looting incidents overnight, Reuters news agency reports.
Shops in Jeppestown area belonging to foreigners were attacked forcing owners to barricade themselves in for safety, one witness said.
Doors and windows were smashed, food and other items were strewn on the floor in stores believed to belong to immigrants, Reuters adds.
Abdul Ebrahim, a Somali shopkeeper who was hiding in his shop with others, said he did not know why the mob had targeted him:
We've been stuck inside here until the police came... no-one told us what they were looking for."
Police spokesman Mathapelo Peters said that at least one person has been arrested and that the investigations were ongoing.
South Africa has been facing renewed attacks and protests against foreigners with a group holding an anti-foreigner march last week in the capital, Pretoria.
The attacks have been condemned widely on the continent with a Nigerian government official calling for the African Union to intervene.
President Jacob Zuma has assured foreigners that their rights would be protected if they lived and worked according to the laws of the country and denied charges that South Africans were xenophobic.
Tanzania fails to publish gay list
The Tanzanian government shall not
be publishing a list of suspected homosexuals today.
Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, the deputy health
minister, has been behind the move, saying those who advertised homosexual activities online would be targeted and arrested.
Ruby town deportations: Mozambique police crackdown
BBC Africa, Kilamba, Tanzania
More than 5,000 Tanzanians and dozens of other foreigners have
fled Mozambique amidst a government crackdown on what it calls
"illegal" immigrants residing in the northern mining town of Montepuez, famous for its rubies.
Migrant workers have been drawn to the town, which is 800km (500 miles) from the Tanzanian border, to work in the mines thought to hold 40% of the world's known supply of rubies.
Two weeks ago, local authorities issued a five-day ultimatum for all foreigners regarded as illegals to vacate the area.
Those arriving at the border post at Kilamba village in Tanzania say the ongoing crackdown has been dominated by police
brutality alleging their property was stolen,
passports destroyed and even women being raped.
Other nationalities affected are Somali and Senegalese.
The returnees recounted tales of brutality that was meted on them by the security forces. One man said:
“I was sleeping in my shop when all of a sudden the door was broken then police officers entered and they started beating me. Luckily I got a chance to escape and fled to the forest. When I came back I found they’ve taken all of my stuff."
Dotto Michael told me he and some other immigrants were to be officially deported in buses:
“We were about to board a bus which was offered for free but the police decided to charge us. So when the bus was about to leave, this young man wanted to climb in without paying - and he didn’t have money at all, in fact he hadn’t even eaten for almost three days – so the police pushed him over and when he fell on the ground, the bus ran over him and he died instantly.”
Emilia Jose, a Mozambican woman, married to a Tanzanian, told me she witnessed her friend being raped by the police in front of her children after they took the little money she had.
They told her, 'Give us money or else we’ll kill you!’ One of the policemen said, ‘Let's not kill her, let's rape her.’. Then they started raping her - not one policeman, but two of them."
tried to get a response from the Mozambican authorities about these
allegations, but they were not available for comment.
The minister said after recent heavy rainfall dam levels countrywide were looking promising:
The country’s drought outlook is looking up. Most dams and systems are showing recovery at different levels."
With Val Dam at 100% capacity, residents of Gauteng Province, which includes the country’s economic hub Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, are likely to see an easing on water restrictions imposed during the devastating drought.
But Sputnik Ratau, spokesman for the water affairs department, said: “What we want to caution is that we’d rather that the practice of water saving becomes second nature.”
The sluice gates are expected to remain open for at least the next couple of days
Kidnapped German archaeologists freed in Nigeria
Two German citizens who were rescued from kidnappers by Nigerian security forces over the weekend are in the care of the German embassy in the capital, Abuja, the German news site
Deutsche Welle reports
The two were kidnapped on Wednesday during a dig at Jenjela village in the northern state of Kaduna while working at an archaeological centre.
Two villagers who attempted to help the Germans were shot and killed by the kidnappers, the report says.
The BBC's Abuja bureau editor Naziru Mikailu says the kidnappers had demanded $200,000 (£160,000) for their release, but a police official said that no ransom was paid.
The police deployed a special unit and used aerial surveillance to secure their release, the officer said.
Deutsche Welle says the two archaeologists, from Goethe University in Frankfurt, are doing well, quoting an unnamed source at the German foreign office.
Bakara market's specialist streets
Firefighters have managed to extinguish the fire that
engulfed three sections of Bakara market in Somalia's captial, Mogadishu, this morning (see earlier
It is estimated that millions of dollars in damage has been caused.
BBC Somalia expert Mary Harper says Bakara market is a vast commercial district, covering a large area and comprising many streets,
alleys, open areas and buildings.
It is informally divided up into areas, like Suitcase Street
or Pharmacy Street, where the whole area is dedicated to that specialism.
Ruth Maclean's article in The Guardian today
quotes the mayor of Ouagadougou saying the city is "capital of African film" and President Roch Marc Kabore that Fespaco had become “the best vehicle for culture in our continent”.
'UN attack helicopter' disperses fighters in CAR
in the Central African Republic have prevented heavily armed militia launching
an attack on the town of Bambari.
spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission, Vladimir Monteiro, said about 40
fighters from the FPRC militia were spotted gathering in the town, armed with
AK-47 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades.
told the Reuters news agency that an attack helicopter had been called in to
the operation had been conducted under the UN's mandate to protect civilians
from being caught up in clashes between rival militias.
region has seen rising violence as the result of a conflict between the FPRC
and a rival group, the UPC.
to the AFP news agency, the two factions have been fighting for control of
taxes levied on Fulani herders during the current seasonal migration.
The are both former members of the mainly Muslim
Seleka rebel alliance, which ousted Francois Bozize as president in 2013, when the country descended into civil and religious conflict.
Kenya's government has announced a ban on state advertising in commercial media in the country, a move intended to cut costs.
It says it spends about $20m (£16m) on advertising on things such as state tenders, job positions and public service announcements.
A government memo has told all state agencies to advertise through a new government magazine,
Privately owned The Daily Nation reports, quoting the document, that the move followed a resolution to bypass private media organisations:
During the special cabinet meeting held on February 8, 2017, the cabinet discussed and approved establishment of a wide circulation newspaper to be known as MY.GOV that will articulate the government agenda in a deeper and more accurate way for a better appreciation of government’s effort to improve the livelihood of the citizens."
The move if implemented will lead to huge revenue losses and probably lead to more job cuts in the media industry.
The Nation reports that two main newspapers, The Star and The People Daily, have entered into an agreement with the government to distribute its advertising magazine for a fee.
The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in the capital, Nairobi, says some commentators are concerned about the move given that general elections are due in August when there is a need for strong and independent media coverage.
Firefighters battle Somali market fire
Firefighters and police are battling a
large fire at Bakara market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu- the biggest
open-air market in the country.
Witnesses say the flames have gutted three
sections of the market: those selling meat, vegetable and cutlery and crockery.
The fire started early in the morning and
it is not known if there are any casualties.
Plumes of smoke can be seen billowing all
over the city this morning.
The city authorities have appealed to people not to loot.
It is believed millions of the dollars will have been lost in the fire – the cause of which is yet to be determined.
Today's African proverb:
Hunger gets over but treachery does not."
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