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Summary

  1. South African pastor visits TB Joshua's church to seek redemption
  2. 'Scuffle' between bodyguards of Israeli and Togolese leaders
  3. Seven 'found dead in refrigerator lorry' in Libya
  4. China protests detentions in Zambia
  5. Uganda mining sector hit by 'widespread corruption'
  6. Zimbabwe's opposition says Mugabe's land grab threat is 'nonsensical'
  7. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 5 June 2017

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By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Keep up to date with what's happening on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

Anger kills but doesn't carry."

A Bukusu proverb sent by Masanja Innocent in Bukwa, Uganda

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Malian master puppeteer fears for his life

Religious fundamentalists in Mali consider village puppeteers to be the enemies of God, puppeteer Yaya Coulibaly tells the BBC.

He said that he fears for his life and now performs behind closed doors, not on the street:

Militant Islamists threaten the future of puppeteers, like Yaya Coulibaly, in Mali

UN experts killing: Two on trial in DR Congo

A 16-year-old student and a 30-year-old man have gone on trial in a military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the killing of two UN experts in March, their lawyer has told AFP news agency.

The two are being tried for war crimes, including murder and mutilation, as well as terrorism and taking part in an insurrection, Mr Kabangu said.

They appeared before the Kananga military court for the start of the trial which was then postponed to 12 June on the prosecutor's request, Kabangu added.

American Michael Sharp and Swedish-Chilean Zaida Catalan were kidnapped and found dead in March in the restive Kasai region where there were investigating mass graves following violence which killed hundreds of people.

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Hostages 'released' in DR Congo

About 11 people kidnapped by rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been released after days of fighting, a military spokesman has told AP news agency.

Capt Mak Hazukay Mongba said that 11 residents of Mamundioma village were freed near the Virunga National Park after the military intensified an operation against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

The ADF seized the 11 after an attack on Friday.

The released hostages said their captors told them to call on the military to halt operations against the ADF.

The group has killed more than 1,000 people in eastern DR Congo since October 2014, according to AP.

Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers march on December 31, 2013 towards the front line in Eringeti to fight against the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-Nalu), a rebel group opposed to the Ugandan government.
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Much of eastern DR Congo is lawless

Egypt 'bans Qatar flights'

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Egypt will begin its ban on flights to and from Qatar on Tuesday morning, the Civil Aviation Ministry told Reuters news agency.

Qatari flights will also not be allowed to pass through Egypt's airspace, the ministry said.

See earlier post for more details

Tributes pour in for Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA attends the launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2015 'Shelter From The Storm' at The Royal Society on December 3, 2015 in London, England
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Dr Osotimehin was married with five children

The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nigeria's Babatunde Osotimehin, has died suddenly at his home aged 68, the UNFPA has said.

In a statement, the UNFPA said:

This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria.

Dr Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a challenge and his strong leadership helped keep the health and rights of the world's women and girls high on the global agenda."

In his tribute, the UN chief said:

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The cause of death is still unclear.

Sudanese activist 'charged with spying'

A prominent Sudanese human rights activist has been charged with spying for foreign embassies, a prosecutor has said.

Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested in December as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists.

Prosecutor Babikir Abdel Latiff said that charges have been filed against Mr Adam and he will soon be put on trial:

He and some others are involved in running a criminal organisation and carrying out spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies in return for money."

They are also charged with publishing lies about [government forces] using chemical weapons, and distorting the image of the state."

In September, rights group Amnesty International said Sudanese forces had carried out dozens of suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur, killing up to 250 people.

Sudanese officials, including President Omar al-Bashir, have strongly rejected the allegation.

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Children have been badly affected by the conflict in Darfur

In March, activist Mustafa Adam was sentenced to one-year in prison and fined about $7,500 (£5,800) for spying.

He maintained his innocence.

Ivory Coast footballer Cheick Tiote dies

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.

The Ivory Coast international spent seven years at the Tyneside club, making 138 league appearances.

He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February for an undisclosed fee.

He was also part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Morocco 'arrests two leaders of protest movement'

Thousands of protestors crowd the steets May 31, 2017 in Al-Hoceima, during a demonstration demanding the release of Nasser Zefzafi, head of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement".
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Protestors have been gathering nightly in Al-Hoceima, Northern Morocco

Moroccan authorities have arrested two more leaders of a protest movement, reports AFP news agency.

Najib Ahamjik, widely referred to as the second in command of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement", was arrested, along with a woman, Silya Ziani, seen as an active member of the protest movement, AFP says.

Around 40 activists and key members of the grassroots Al-Hirak have been detained since May 26.

Protesters have been gathering nightly demanding the release of the leader of the movement, Nasser Zefzafi.

Morocco has been gripped by protests since October, following the death of a fishmonger in the town of al-Hoceima.

Is everyone racist?

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Few people openly admit to holding racist beliefs but many psychologists claim most of us are nonetheless unintentionally racist.

We hold what are called "implicit biases". So what is implicit bias, how is it measured and what, if anything, can be done about it?

The BBC's David Edmonds has been investigating. Read his article here.

Zille defends colonialism tweets

Helen Zille is a major political figure in South Africa
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Helen Zille is a major political figure in South Africa

The former leader of South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, is set to appear before the party’s disciplinary panel on Friday for her tweets on colonialism, the private News24 site reports.

In a BBC Focus on Africa radio interview, Helen Zille defended her comments, saying:

Although colonialism is indefensible and was diabolical, its legacy is not only negative; there are aspects of its legacy that can be repurposed to build a better future for all in Africa and all the other countries of the world that have been colonized."

You can listen to the fill interview on BBC Focus on Africa radio in the next few minutes.

'One dead' in Kenya nurses strike

A man died after he was turned away from a hospital in northern Kenya on the first day of a strike by nurses, reports the privately owned Daily Nation..

Joseph Leng’uro told the newspaper that his father was turned away from Samburu County Referral hospital and told to go to a private hospital.

The BBC's David Wafula reports the nurses are demanding a pay rise which was promised last year.

But the government says it can only afford $20m (£15m) to pay the nurses compared to the $400m they are demanding.

Last year a strike by doctors lasted more than three months was called off after the authorities promised to fulfil their demands:

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Lesotho vote 'largely peaceful'

A police officer watches as voters wait in the queue to cast their vote during national elections at Semonkong, Lesotho June 3, 2017.
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The presence of armed soldiers at voting centres was condemned

Foreign observers have described Lesotho's general election as largely peaceful, reports AFP news agency.

Armed soldiers were deployed at polling stations on voting day, drawing strong criticism.

The electoral commission said the deployment had caused confusion.

The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) regional bloc said the involvement of the army could be "misconstrued as military interference" and could "influence the conduct of the election".

The former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, who headed a team of African Union observers, warned that Saturday's election vote would not be enough, and called for a change in the role of the security forces.

"Elections alone cannot address the underlying political and structural challenges facing the country," he said.

The tiny mountain kingdom plunged into crisis in 2014 when soldiers tried to oust former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

His All Basotho Congress (ABC) party took an early lead after more than half of the votes from Saturday's election were counted while incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's Democratic Congress (DC) party was trailing behind, AFP reports.

Read more: Why Lesotho is voting for the third time in five years.

Egypt central bank clarifies 'it still accepts Qatari currency'

We reported earlier that Egypt is among a bloc of countries that have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, saying the country backs terrorism.

Now the Egypt Independent reports that the Central bank of Egypt has had to come out to clarify it has not ordered banks to halt transactions in Qatari Riyals.

"Several Egyptian banks had halted dealings with Qatari banks earlier on Monday, responding to Cairo’s statement" says the news site.

But Egypt’s Central Bank governor Tarek Amer told CNN that exchange companies should carry on accepting Qatari Riyals from customers.

TV show aims to end jollof rice debate

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The debate over which West African country makes the best jollof rice can get heated.

Nigeria's Premium Times says that the country's Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, recently "sparked outrage" by claiming Senegal prepared better jollof rice than Nigeria.

Many Ghanaians and Sierra Leoneans also claim the mantle.

So now a TV channel has decided to settle it once and for all.

Bella Naija reports that the channel BTV has announced the African Jollof Rice Challenge and is going to give $5,000 (£3,900) to the person they judge the best jollof rice chef at the end of August.

And that will be the end of the discussion, right?

'Al-Shabab claims bomb attack on Somali police station'

A bomb planted in a police station killed at least one policeman in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo earlier today, reports Reuters news agency.

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility, Reuters says.

Al-Shabab lost control of Kismayo in 2012, but much of the country is still under the control of the militants:

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New Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed told the BBC last month that he thought al-Shabab could be defeated within the next two years.

Regional troops 'to remain in The Gambia'

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has extended the mandate of its troops in The Gambia by 12 months, AFP news agency reports

The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the tiny West Afican nation in January to force long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to step down after he reused to hand power to his elected sucessor, Adama Barrow.

At the summit in Liberia's capital Monrovia, Ecowas praised the "crucial role" played by the troops in maintaining stability in The Gambia but said the situation was also "fragile", requiring troops to extend their stay, it said in a statement, AFP reports.

'Heavy corruption' in Uganda's mining sector

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

A team of miners shift mud in an open pit gold mine on May 15, 2008 in Mongwalu, north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Some of Uganda's gold is suspected to come from DR Congo

Campaign group Global Witness has released a report which claims there is widespread corruption in the issuing of concessions in Uganda's mining industry.

The report implicates a senior army officer, officials in the department of geology and mining, members of parliament, as well as international companies.

Global Witness says there are indications that some of what is refined and exported as Ugandan gold may, in fact, have been smuggled from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

The department of mining recorded that only 93kgs of gold were produced and exported from Uganda in the 2015-16 period, but Revenue Authority records show that over 5,000kgs, valued at about $195m (£150m), were exported.

The report shows that an MP was granted an exploration license for an area in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of only three places in the world that is home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Researchers also found that some officials in the department of mining owned mining companies themselves, raising conflict of interest issues.

Global Witness concludes that if the current mining policies and concessions are not reviewed, not only will the nascent mining sector be crippled, but also several ecologically sensitive areas will be affected.

A spokesman for the mining ministry was unavailable for comment.

CEO who fled war: 'Draw on your inner strength'

Ismail Ahmed is the CEO of WorldRemit, a cash transfer service that helps migrants send money home to their families. His own experience as a migrant who once fled a war-torn country has been a driving force behind the company.

He told #CEOSecrets that his secret was learning to turn challenges into opportunities.

Video journalist: Greg Brosnan

CEO who fled war: Draw on your inner strength

Morocco 'to join Ecowas'

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West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite it being in North Africa, sources tell the BBC.

But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join.

King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited.

Morocco's application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January.

Morocco left the continental body in 1984 after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara.

Read the full BBC story here

Migrants 'found dead in refrigerator truck'

A refrigerated truck, in which some migrants were found dead, is seen in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, June 4, 2017.
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Seven migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been found dead in an abandoned refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, a senior official in the fight against illegal immigration told AFP news agency.

"There were 35 illegal migrants on board, but seven of them had already died," Adel Mostafa told AFP.

He said he did not know what had prompted the smuggler to abandon the vehicle.

Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are driven through Libya in trucks to the northern coast where they later attempt the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Italy.

Ghanaian churchgoers thank God for Chelsea

Sports journalist Kwame Boakye has posted these pictures on Facebook of an incredible "Chelsea Thanksgiving service" where the congregation turned up in Chelsea football shirts this Sunday:

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Citi Fm report that the service was in Living Streams International Church in Accra.

It adds that the service was led by Rev Dr Ebenezer Markwei who is actually an Arsenal fan. His sermon was about learning to promote the success of others.

Last month, Chelsea won the English Premier League.

'Heartbroken' over death of lions

One of the 33 Lions enjoys his new enclosure at the Emoya 'Big Cat Sanctuary' on May 02, 2016 in Vaalwater, South Africa.
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Some 33 lions were rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia

Campaign group Animal Defenders International (ADI) says it "heartbroken" that two of the lions it took out of circuses in South America to an animal sanctuary in South Africa have been "murdered in an evil and cowardly attack".

An autopsy has confirmed that the lions, Jose and Liso, ate a "huge amount of poison and died very quickly", the ADI said in a statement.

It is still unclear why they were targeted.

The ADI said it would do all it can to help catch the killers.

The two were part of a group of 33 lions that were brought to the 5,000 hectare Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa's northern Limpopo province in May 2016.

Said ADI President Jan Creamer:

We are heartbroken that these gentle souls have had their well-deserved freedom so cruelly taken from them."

Italy knock Zambia out of Under-20 World Cup

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Patson Daka got Zambia off to a dream start in Suwon

Zambia's hopes of becoming only the second African nation to win the Under-20 World Cup are over after a 3-2 defeat to Italy on Monday.

A thrilling quarter-final tie in Suwon, South Korea, was settled in extra-time by a goal from Luca Vido.

The Zambians paid dearly for giving the Italian play-maker the freedom of the Zambian penalty area in the second period of extra-time.

The Zambians will also be kicking themselves for failing to take advantage of playing against 10 men following the expulsion of Giuseppe Pezzella just before half-time.

Zambia got off to a dream start at the Suwon World Cup stadium when Patson Daka scored after just three minutes.

But five minutes after the break, the Italians equalised when Riccardo Orsolini headed past Mangani Banda for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Six minutes from time Fashion Sakala's superb strike looked to have won it for the reigning African champions.

But with a place in the semi-finals tantalisingly close, a glorious free-kick by Federico Dimarco four minutes later sent the game into extra-time.

With penalties looming, Vido broke Zambian hearts when he put away one of the many chances that littered this thrilling contest.

South Sudan has 'no money' for football match

South Sudan's football team cannot afford to travel to Burundi for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 10 June, the Reuters correspondent in South Sudan has tweeted:

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Last month, the South Sudan Football Association appealed to the public to raise funds to enable the Bright Stars to travel to Burundi.

The association said that it did not have enough money to pay for the transport and accommodation fees for the team to compete in their first game of the group stages outside the country, the private Eye Radio reported.

Libya's eastern-based government cuts ties with Qatar

Libya's eastern-based government has followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, its foreign minister, Mohamed Dayri, told Reuters news agency.

The government, which sits in the eastern city of Bayda, has little authority within Libya.

It came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Woman gives birth at 'SA train station'

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The mother was in labour when she got the train

A woman gave birth at a railway station in South Africa after two hospitals refused to admit her, reports the local IOL news site.

IOL goes on to say Francine Ngalula Kalala was allegedly turned away from the hospitals "because of her asylum status".

It says she was refused treatment at two hospitals in the capital, Pretoria, so got on the train to the main city, Johannesburg.

She spent the 45-minute train ride vomiting as the other passengers tried their best to assist her, the news site says.

When the train pulled into Johannesburg's Park Station at 7am, she had been in labour for more than five hours and gave birth on the station platform, IOL adds.

The ambulance took her and her baby to a hospital and, again, she was refused treatment.

The fourth hospital did eventually take her and her baby girl in, the news site adds.

China criticises Zambia over detentions

China has condemned Zambia for detaining 31 of its nationals for alleged illegal mining without providing strong proof, Reuters news agency reports.

Those detained include a pregnant woman and two people with malaria, China's Foreign Ministry said.

Lin Songtian, the ministry's director-general for African affairs, had raised his concerns with a Zambian diplomat in Beijing.

China supported actions to crack down on illegal mining, but was opposed to "selective" law enforcement and the detention of its citizens without strong evidence, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a media briefing, Reuters reports.

Zambia has not yet commented.

Chinese firms have invested more than $1bn (£780m) in copper-rich Zambia.

In 2012, Zambian miners killed a Chinese supervisor and seriously wounded another in a pay dispute at a coal mine.

Watch: Why do Chinese firms invest in Zambia?

One man, four wives: The new hit reality TV show

Musa Mseleku and his four wives on a South African reality TV show
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A reality TV show has restarted a debate over polygamy in South Africa.

Uthando Nes’thembu, which translates as "Love and Polygamy", follows Musa Mseleku a 43-year-old property developer, along with his four wives and their 10 children.

SA's new TV show featuring four wives and one husband

BBC Trending says the series, which premiered on 19 May, is consistently a top trending topic on Twitter in South Africa.

Mr Mseleku told BBC Trending that they were motivated to take part to dispel the myth that polygamy oppresses women.

"I want to show men that you can be in a polygamous relationship and also be a considerate husband."

'Scuffle' between Togo and Israel leaders' bodyguards

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu(C), attends a regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit
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Mr Netanyahu says Israel has returned to Africa "in a big way"

A meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Togo's President Faure Gnassingbé had to be rescheduled after an altercation between their bodyguards, according to the Times of Israel.

The news site says the scuffle, including "shoving and punching", happened when Israeli security personnel refused to allow the Togolese security guards to enter a meeting between the two leaders in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday.

Mr Gnassingbé and Mr Netanyahu were attending a summit of the West African regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

Mr Netanyahu hailed his presence at the summit as historic.

"This is the first time they [Ecowas] have invited the leader of a country outside of Africa to address them. I really appreciate it. Israel has returned to Africa and in a big way," Mr Netanyahu was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as saying.

Mugabe's land grab threat condemned

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) is shaded with an umbrella as he addresses a gathering of youth at the Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, about 100 kilometers east of Harare, Zimbabwe, 02 June 2017.
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Mr Mugabe is targeting 73 white-owned farms

Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has condemned President Robert Mugabe's latest threat to seize white-owned farms as "racist and nonsensical", South Africa's privately owned News24 site reports.

At a rally in the farming town of Marondera on Friday, Mr Mugabe, 93, complained about white farmers still owning land:

“We told (former British premier) Tony Blair to keep his England and we keep our Zimbabwe because land is our heritage. We have discovered that in Mashonaland East province alone where Ray Kaukonde was the resident minister, there are 73 white commercial farmers who are still occupying some farms when our people do not have land.”

Mr Kaukonde was expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party in 2014 after being accused of being part of a plot to oust Mr Mugabe.

The MDC said Mr Mugabe’s plan to target the few remaining “productive white farmers” would worsen Zimbabwe's economic crisis, News24 reports.

It quoted MDC spokesman Obert Gutu as saying:

The resolution to take away all farms that are presently owned by the few whites who are engaged in commercial agriculture is absolutely nonsensical, racist, primitive and retrogressive."

SA's 'snake pastor' in Nigeria

A woman attacked at church service
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A self-styled prophet who caused controversy in South Africa in 2015 after being accused of making people eat snakes, rats and hair has appeared at a service hosted by popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua in Lagos.

Mr Joshua has tweeted about Pastor Penuel Mnguni's attendance:

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South Africa's Citizen newspaper quoted Mr Mnguni as saying that he had a change of heart after finding himself at the centre of international headlines - and being arrested and released:

I started watching Emmanuel TV, listening to prophet TB Joshua, I came to realise that what I was doing was not scriptural. I came to realise that it’s an attack. I came to TB Joshua to deliver me.”

Charges against Mr Mnguni, laid by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, were provisionally withdrawn in July 2015 because of a lack of evidence.

Read: The men who claim to be 'miracle workers'

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

Anger kills but doesn't carry."

A Bukusu proverb sent by Masanja Innocent in Bukwa, Uganda

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