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Summary

  1. Didymus Mutasa backs Mugabe's long-time opponent Tsvangirai
  2. Naira 'hits six-month high' on the black market
  3. Senegal TV station says sabotage led to the showing of a porn film
  4. Four Ugandan policemen on the run after killing child
  5. French prosecutors drop sex abuse case against peacekeepers in CAR
  6. Hackers accused of siphoning millions of dollars in Kenya
  7. Bemba sentenced to one additional year for trial corruption
  8. Several dead after explosions in north-east Nigeria
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 22 March 2017

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That's all from the  BBC Africa Live  page 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:

An elderly person might miss you with a stone but not with a word of advice."

Sent by George Mubanga, Jonas Kaunda, Katele Chimpinde and Joseph Tembo, all from Zambia

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs .

And we leave you with this photo of workers in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town installing a giant image of Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in honour of the role he played in the campaign to end apartheid in the country:   


          Workers install a giant image of Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on the side of the Civic Centre in Cape Town, South Africa 22 March 2017. The artwork by artist Linsey Levendal is in honour of Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah Tutu for their great sacrifices and contribution to South Africa and stands alongside one of former president Nelson Mandela
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'More than 400' Egyptian children hit by food poisoning

At least 435 students are suffering from suspected food poisoning in Egypt after eating government-supplied food at schools, health officials are quoted by AP news agency as saying. 

A total of 312 of the children had been hospitalised after consuming the meals yesterday and today at schools in Cairo, Aswan, Suez, AP reports. 

It is the latest in a series of mass food poisoning incidents caused by school meals produced by a military-owned company, the news agency adds. 

Some 2,200 students were treated last week for the same symptoms in the southern province of Sohag.  

Should you pay for a prophecy?

Self-styled prophets seem to be increasingly popular in Kenya. 

Time for What's up Africa satirist Ikenna Azuike to find out more about prophecies and whether people rely on them more than the weather channel, or their local bookmakers...  

Sierra Leone diamond pastor pledges to build a school

The Sierra Leonean pastor whose workers found one of the world's largest rough diamonds has pledged to build a new school and bridge in the village where it was found.

Diamond found by the pastor
AP

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh brought the 709-carat precious stone , found in the eastern Kono district, to the capital, Freetown, last week.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said Sierra Leoneans should benefit from the discovery and said it will be auctioned next month.

It's hard to say what price it will fetch, but last May, diamond-mining firm Lucara sold a 813-carat stone for $63m (£51m) at a closed auction in London. 

Pastor Momoh told the BBC's Umaru Fofana what he hopes to do with his share of the money:

I have an action plan. I have to give my tithes. I promised God. I know that God still has a plan for me.

After giving my tithes, the village where we got the diamond, we have to make a bridge, we have to build a school, we have to improve the lives of the people."

Pastor Momoh
BBC

Pastor Momoh also said he will build a "magnificent church".

The diamond is thought to be the 13th largest rough diamond ever to be found.

Hackers target Kenyan money

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's government says it has has unearthed a hacking syndicate that has been stealing money from its online financial systems.

The revenue authority has been the major victim in the scam, reportedly losing nearly $40m (£32m) this year.

IT expert Alex Mutungi Mutuku, 28, appeared in court today accused of electronic fraud but he denies any wrongdoing.  

Mr Mutuku
Daily Nation
Mr Mutuku's lawyers want him to be released on bail

Other government agencies affected by alleged hacking include the e-citizen online payment portal where people pay for government services.  

The cybercrime investigations unit has revealed that Kenya lost $165m through hacking last year.  

The government has admitted that its officials, including police officers, have been colluding with hackers. Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told the BBC the government has now embarked on a thorough background check of employees.

Earlier this month, a group of people, including foreign nationals, were arrested in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, over their alleged involvement in the theft of money through hacking. A total of 10 suspects have so far been charged in court. 

The government maintains there is a larger ring, including expatriates from the United states and other countries, which is involved in the hacking. 

First photos of Gambia's ousted ruler

A pro-democracy activist who played a prominent role during Gambia's post-election crisis has tweeted a photo of the former President Yahya Jammeh him with Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema:  

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Mr Jammeh fled to oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in January after regional troops threatened to capture him, following his refusal to accept defeat in presidential elections won by former estate agent Adama Barrow.

Africanews has published a series of photos of Mr Jammeh on a farm.

Protest in Mozambique over petrol price rises

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

Some private taxi operators in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, went on strike today following a 12% rise in the price of petrol.

A litre now costs the equivalent of $0.80.

The bus stops were packed with school children and commuters and some of them were forced to walk.

The price of other liquid fuels has also gone up.

The government has been hesitantly increasing  fuel prices, since earlier this year, after about six years of keeping the price steady.

In 2010, there were deadly riots sparked by fuel and food price increases. This led to government to maintain subsidies.

Rioters in Mozambiqe
AFP
Riots broke out in 2010 after petrol and food price increases

Third of Africans still without piped water

On World Water Day the research organisation Afrobarometer has published figures showing what's changed in the last 10 years when it comes to access to clean water and sewerage and what still needs to be done.

While the proportion of people with access to piped water has risen by 14 percentage points in the last decade, still more than a third of Africans do not have easily available clean water.

And when it comes to sewerage, nearly 70% of Africans still do not have access to good sanitation.

Charts showing the figures
AfroBarometer

In a tweet Afrobarometer describes the situation in Ghana:

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Islamic TV channel blames 'satanic trick' for hardcore porn

Screengrab from YouTube
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A religious TV channel in Senegal has accused an unidentified saboteur of taking over its programming in a "satanic trick" that led to a hardcore porn film being shown on Monday. 

Touba TV's viewers were shocked when explicit sexual content appeared on their screens between 13:10 and 13:30 local time.

In a statement, the channel  said it had laid a complaint with the office of the prosecutor to identify the culprits: 

"As a religious channel, the management of Touba TV and all our audience members are outraged and unreservedly condemn this criminal act which seems to be sabotage and a satanic trick designed to undermine a channel which is known to stand for Islamic values and teachings."

The privately run TV station had initially said that a troublesome "network bug" had led to the porn film being broadcast.

It usually broadcasts religious programmes promoting Islamic values and teachings. 

Is the dress really from Morocco?

Model wearing the pink dress
Inditex

"Made in Morocco" says the label on the pink Zara shirt dress.

While this may be where the garment was finally sewn together, it has already been to several other countries.

The material used to create it came from lyocell - a sustainable alternative to cotton. The trees used to make this fibre come mainly from Europe, according to Lenzing, the Austrian supplier that Zara owner Inditex uses.

These fibres were shipped to Egypt, where they were spun into yarn. 

This yarn was then sent to China where it was woven into a fabric. 

This fabric was then sent to Spain where it was dyed, in this case pink. 

The fabric was then shipped to Morocco to be cut into the various parts of the dress and then sewn together.

Map showing the route of the shirt
BBC

Read more from BBC News Online.

Men deny breaking into SA chief justice's office


          South African President Jacob Zuma (R) listens to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ahead of Zuma"s inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria May 24, 2014.
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President Zuma (R) took the oath in front of Chief Justice Mogoeng in 2014

Two men arrested in South Africa over the burglary at the office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mgoeng ( see earlier post ) deny being involved in the crime, their lawyer Sammy Mahlangu has said. 

Fifteen computers were stolen from his office on Saturday morning, in a robbery which fuelled speculation that security agents were trying to intimidate judges who had given damning rulings against President Jacob Zuma and his government. 

Given Msimango, 20, and Bigboy Jose, 37, appeared in court today, but Mr Mahlangu said the charge sheet made no mention of the theft. 

He added:       

The charges against them relate to firearms and no mention was made in the media about any firearms having been stolen at the chief justice's office. On this basis they were not linked to the crimes."

Mr Maglangu said a third accused was released without being charged.

Egyptian policemen 'jailed' over detainee's death

 A court in Egypt's capital, Cairo, has sentenced six policemen to jail for torturing a detainee, 26-year-old accountant Saed Said, to death in 2012, the AFP news agency reports. 

One policeman was sentenced to five years in prison, another to one year, and four others to three years, a judicial official is quoted as saying. 

They had been convicted of beating to death Mr Said in a police station in 2012. 

SA restaurant apologises to woman in viral racially-charged attack

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The South African restaurant chain Spur has apologised to a black woman filmed being threatened by a white man in their restaurant. 

The video of the argument between the pair inside one of their Johannesburg eateries, went viral on Tuesday. 

Screengrab from the video
YouTube

It was unclear what had caused the altercation at the time but many believed the attack was racially motivated. 

The restaurant chain said according to their CCTV footage, the man “aggressively grabbed” the woman’s child prior to the row adding that this was consistent with the woman's version of events. 

In a statement it said:

We affirm our decision to ban the male customer from our stores‚ physical aggression towards our customers‚ particularly against women and children will not be tolerated."

In addition to the statement, Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder said: “We will also offer her and her family trauma counselling and any other support where we can."

#CCTV is trending on social media in South Africa following the release of the statement by the popular restaurant chain. 

The film of the incident recorded by another customer on a mobile phone shows the two arguing and hurling insults at each other, while children were sitting at the table watching the row unfold. 

Martin McGuinness remembered by ANC veteran

A special sitting of the Northern Ireland Assembly is to be held today to allow politicians to reflect on the life of Martin McGuinness. 

The IRA commander-turned political leader died on Tuesday, at the age of 66, after a short illness. 

In the immediate aftermath of South Africa's democratic era, the two sides in the Irish conflict travelled to the country for talks.

ANC veteran Mac Maharaj told the BBC's Newsday programme that Martin McGuinness managed to convince the two sides to sit together in the same room:

People share their high school stories on Twitter

#MyHighSchoolConfession is trending on Twitter in Kenya and South Africa as people discuss their school day memories.

Most people seem to be dwelling on their failings:

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And then there is the tardy one:

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Nigerian currency 'hits six-month high'

Nigeria's currency, the naira, reached its highest black market level against the dollar for six months earlier today, the Reuters news agency reports.

Traders were quoting a price of 430 naira to the dollar.

This comes as the central bank is trying to close the gap between the official rate, just over 300 naira to the dollar, and the black market rate.

Reuters says that last month one dollar could buy 520 naira on the black market.

In November 2014 Nigeria's central bank began to devalue the currency as the official rate was unsustainably high.

Naira cash
AFP

Creating a garden on a table top

Coumba Diop is a micro-gardener from Senegal. 

In this week's African Women You Need to Know, she explains how she grows crops on table tops to fight poverty and malnutrition.  

Ex-Mugabe ally endorses Tsvangirai

A former powerful ally of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has thrown his weight behind his rival Morgan Tsvangirai in next year's presidential election, reports the BBC's Shingai Nyoka from the capital, Harare. 

Didymus Mutasa, who was expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party in 2015, said he wanted Mr Tsvangirai to lead an opposition coalition against the 93-year-old Mr Mugabe, who is seeking to extend his 37-year rule in the poll.

Mugabe (archive shot)
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Mr Mugabe is the world's oldest ruler

Mr Mutasa attended a rally, along with Mr Tsvangirai and other opposition politicians, in Harare, to demand electoral reforms. 

Mr Mutasa played a key role in forming the Zimbabwe People First party after his expulsion from Zanu-PF, but has since fallen out with its leader Joice Mujuru. 

Nigeria bombers targeted people fleeing violence

Habiba Adamu

BBC Africa, Abuja

An official from Nigeria's emergency agency, Muhammad Kanar, has told the BBC that five suicide bombers, all of them male, carried out this morning's attacks in Maiduguri city, in the north-east of the country.

He said eight people were killed, including the bombers, while 20 other are receiving treatment at a local hospital. 

Two of the explosions took place at an informal camp for people who fled violence from militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Tanzania press to boycott government official after radio station raid

News editors in Tanzania are refusing to publish stories about Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda after he burst into a radio station last week making demands of the journalists, the BBC's Sammy Awami reports.

CCTV footage showed him (in the cap), escorted by police officers, entering the studios of Clouds Media Group (CMG) on Friday night.   

CCTV footage
CMG

Reports said that Mr Makonda was unhappy that the station had failed to run a story that would have portrayed a local cleric in a bad light.

Mr Makonda and the religious leader have had a public disagreement over an alleged drugs scandal. 

The editors say the protestis gainast what they called blatant disrespect and infringement of media freedom in the country.

They have also demanded that Mr Makonda apologise saying his action was an abuse of power meant to intimidate the media.

Tsvangirai warns of mass protests

Tsvangirai
BBC
Mr Tsvangirai is expected to run for the presidency next year

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that his supporters will take to the streets if his demands for free and fair elections are not met, the BBC's Shingai Nyoka reports from the capital, Harare. 

Addressing his supporters on the outskirts of the central business district, Mr Tsvangirai accused the state of undermining the right of Zimbabweans to vote in next year's presidential and parliamentary elections, when he and his Movement for Democratic Change will once more try to end the long rule of President Robert Mugabe.

Previous elections have been marred by violence, intimidation and allegations of widespread rigging.

Zimbabwe's #ThisFlag movement pastor Evan Mawarire also addressed the crowd, saying Zimbabweans were longer afraid.

A court threw out charges of subversion against the pastor in July, 

Mr Mawarire has been at the heart of a social media campaign denouncing the government's management of the economy.   

Read: Flag fury in Zimbabwe

UN agency warns of worsening water shortages

Richard Hamilton

BBC News

On World Water Day, the United Nations children's agency, Unicef, is warning that around 600 million children across the world will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by the year 2040. 

For decades experts have warned about the impact of water shortages. In 1985, then-UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali famously said "the next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics".

This new report by Unicef, entitled Thirsting for a Future , paints an equally cataclysmic picture. 

It looks at the threat to children from depleted supplies and the ways climate change will intensify that threat. 

Warmer temperatures, more severe weather, rising sea levels, increased floods, droughts and melting ice will all affect water availability and sanitation. 


          A boy looks at a flock of dead goats in a dry land close to Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, on December 15, 2016. Drought in the region has severely affected livestock for local herdsmen
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Parts of Somalia have been badly affected by a drought

Nick Rees, one of the authors of the report, says that increasing industrialisation and urbanisation are draining water resources worldwide and that conflicts are also threatening children's access to them. 

This is turn forces them to drink unsafe water exposing them to diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea. 

Thirty-six countries - from as far afield as Afghanistan to Somalia - are currently facing high levels of water stress, which occurs when demand outstrips supply. 

Unicef says that governments need to plan ahead for changes in water availability and the effects of climate change.

Businesses, it says, need to prevent pollution and communities should explore ways to diversify water supplies and increase their capacity to store this precious resource. 

Nigeria protesters call for Amnesty to quit

Hundreds of Nigerian protesters are gathering outside the offices of human rights group Amnesty International in the capital, Abuja, for a third day, reports the BBC's Chris Ewokor.

The members of the Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative are demanding that the organisation leaves Nigeria as they say the human rights watchdog is biased against the Nigerian military.

Protesters at Amnesty offices
BBC

They say that Amnesty investigations into the behaviour of the army is aimed at demoralising the soldiers while they are engaged in trying to defeat the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

In its annual report Amnesty says the military continue to "carry out arbitrary arrests, detentions, ill-treatment and extrajudicial executions of people suspected of being Boko Haram fighters".

Today sees the end of the protesters 72-hour deadline for Amnesty to go. It is not clear what will happen if the organisation does not leave.

Protesters at the Amnesty offices
BBC

Unearthing Somalia's musical heritage

As life in parts of Somalia is beginning to return to some sort of normality after years of violence, people are beginning to delve into the country's musical heritage, OkayAfrica website reports.

It highlights the work of Nicolas Sheikholeslami who in 2015 pulled together a compilation of Somali music before the conflict.

He has now teamed up with the Ostinato record label to release another collection.

OkayAfrica says the music reveals "an untold history of the Somali music belt, which stretches from Djibouti to Hargeisa, all the way down to Mogadishu. Somali culture transcends artificial borders and groupings".

Enjoy!  

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Zimbabwe protest to demand free poll

Opposition activists are protesting in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, to demand that the electoral commission be disbanded and that next year's presidential poll be surpervised by the United Nations, African Union and the Southern African Development Community, reports the BBC's Shingai Nyoka from the scene. 

The activists, protesting under the banner of the National Election Reform Agenda (Nera), said the government and commission had failed to implement electoral reforms, and the poll was already being rigged. 

Zimbabwe opposition poster
BBC

Main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to address the protesters shortly.

He is expected to run against President Robert Mugabe, in power since independence in 1980, in the elections. 

Mr Tsvangirai's previous attempts to dislodge Mr Mugabe, 93, from office failed.     

Sons' plea to Rwanda's president over pregnant mother held in prison

Violet Uwamahoro
BBC
Violet Uwamahoro husband says she is not politically active

The young sons of a mother held in prison in Rwanda have written to the country's president asking for her to be released.

Violet Uwamahoro from Leeds was arrested on Valentine's Day after travelling for a family funeral.

The youth worker, who is five months pregnant, is charged with sharing state secrets and organising armed groups.

Her husband Faustin Rukundo said his wife is being victimised because of his role as a political activist.

He is involved with the  Rwandan National Congress  opposition group.  

Mrs Uwamahoro's children, Samuel, aged eight, and David, 10, have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, and Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, in a bid to help their mother.

They have also sent her Mother's Day cards, telling her how much they miss her.

Family writing letters
BBC

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Two German-born terror suspects to be deported

Germany says it will deport two men born in the country but whose parents are foreign - the first such case in German history.

The men, a 27-year-old Algerian and a 22-year-old Nigerian, were arrested last month on suspicion of planning a terror attack.

A gun and a flag of the so-called Islamic State were found at their homes during police raids in the central city of Gottingen.

But the men have never been charged.

The criminal proceedings were dropped because police never established whether the suspects had planned to carry out an attack. Police say the two men are "dangerous".

Read more on this from BBC News.

German police
Reuters
Germany has been on high alert since December's Christmas market attack in Berlin

French prosecutors 'drop' CAR sex abuse case against soldiers

French judicial sources say that prosecutors have called for the case against French soldiers accused of child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic to be dropped.

The assaults allegedly took place between December 2013 and June 2014 at a camp for displaced people near the airport in the capital Bangui.  

They were first revealed by the Guardian newspaper in 2015.

But in January, investigating judges found no evidence to warrant further investigation of the six accused soldiers.

The final decision about the case rests with the prosecutor's office, which now appears to want to close the case.

French soldiers in Bangui
AFP
French soldiers were sent to CAR after the outbreak of the civil war in 2013.

Bemba fined over bribery conviction

AFP news agency is reporting that former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President John-Pierre Bemba has been ordered to pay a fine of 300,000 euro ($323,500; £260,000) for bribing witnesses at his war crimes trial.

This is in addition to the one-year prison sentence he has been given for the crime. 

 AFP quotes Judge Bertram Schmitt as saying that Bemba must serve the sentence consecutively to an 18-year-term he is already serving after being convicted of war crimes related to conflict in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003. 

BreakingBemba gets one year sentence for corruption

Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been given a one-year sentence by the International Criminal Court for corruption to add to the 18 years that he is already serving for war crimes.

He was found guilty of trying to influence witnesses in his war crimes trial.

Three arrested over break-in at South Africa chief justice's office

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South African police have arrested three men following an investigation into the weekend burglary at the office of the chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Police boss Khomotso Phahlane told journalists that "various items, including unlicensed firearms and fake identity documents, were seized during the operations". 

In the burglary on Saturday, 15 computers containing confidential information about the country’s judges were stolen.

The theft raised suspicion because it came a day after the Constitutional Court delivered a judgement that was critical of the government.

But the police chief said there was no evidence that this was related.

The three men are expected to appear in court later today.

Meanwhile there has also been a suspicious break-in at the home of the former social development director-general Zane Dangor. 

Police are investigating if the two incidents are linked.

Mogoeng Mogoeng
AFP
Mogoeng Mogoeng was appointed chief justice in 2011

Ugandan police 'shoot dead' little girl

Ugandan police have launched a manhunt for four Flying Squad officers accused of shooting dead a three-year-old girl, and wounding her mother and a man at a village in the central Mityana district on Monday. 

A police statement said the four officers were not on "official assignment" when they allegedly murdered Viola Nakuwuka and injured her mother, Diana Nabakooza, and 23-year old Ivan Kito in Buluma village.

The motive behind the shooting is unclear, and the accused or their lawyers have not yet commented.

The police statement added: 

The four suspects are currently on the run and fugitives from the law."

The incident was as "highly regrettable", police would pay for the treatment of the wounded, the statement said.

Uganda's police chief has posted the full statement on his Twitter account: 

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Bemba to be sentenced for corruption

Anna Holligan

BBC News, The Hague

Jean-Pierre Bemba in court
AFP
Bemba has already been sentenced to 18 years for war crimes

Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is due to be sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) after being found guilty of bribing witnesses. 

Bemba is currently serving an 18-year jail term for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Last year he and four close associates were convicted of corruptly influencing witnesses and falsifying evidence in that trial. 

It was the first corruption trial in the ICC's history. 

The court heard that Bemba had masterminded a witness corruption network from inside his prison cell. 

His team used secret phones and coded language to bribe, coach and manipulate at least 14 key witnesses who came to give evidence.

The former vice-president's lawyer, his legal case manager, a fellow politician and a witness for the defence were found guilty of more than 100 combined charges. 

They face up to five years in prison, a fine or both. 

The ICC hopes this case will send a message to others, that those who seek to hamper the pursuit of justice will be punished. 

The hearing is due to begin at 10:00 GMT.

Read: Bemba in profile

Deadly explosions at Nigeria camp for displaced

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

At least four people have been killed and 18 others wounded in bomb blasts at a camp for displaced people and a residential neighbourhood in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, police say. 

Residents told the BBC they head three loud explosions -  two at the camp and one in the neighbourhood, both close to the Muna motor park.

Suspected suicide bombers linked to militant Islamist group Boko Haram are said to have carried out the blasts, but there is no confirmation of this. 


          Soldiers looks at a burnt vehicle on February 4, 2016 during a visit to the village of Dalori village, some 12 kilometres from Borno state capital Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, after an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the village left at least 85 people dead on January 30, 2016.
AFP
Boko Haram has carried out a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria since 2009

Kenya hack 'costs country millions'

A man has been charged in Kenya with hacking into the country's revenue authority and stealing four billion shillings ($39m; £31m). 

Alex Mutunga Mutuku, who is accused of electronic fraud, pleaded not guilty, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper reports.

The prosecution alleges that he is part of a wider network that is stealing money from several high profile Kenyan institutions and companies.

According to the  Standard newspaper  State Prosecutor Edwin Okello said:

The information we have is just a tip of the iceberg. The racket is big and involves people outside the country."

Man at computer
AFP
Governments and companies are under pressure to improve security measures to curb hacking

Wise words

Today’s African proverb: 

An elderly person might miss you with a stone but not with a word of advice."

Sent by George Mubanga, Jonas Kaunda, Katele Chimpinde and Joseph Tembo, all from Zambia

          A woman poses as she arrives to watch on tv the screening of the start of the ICC (International Criminal Court) trial of former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen in Lukodi, Uganda
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