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  1. Ethiopia's ex-foreign minister voted as WHO head
  2. South Africa's main union body says Zuma cannot address rallies
  3. Nigeria has fifth successive quarter of negative growth
  4. African leaders express solidarity with UK after Manchester attack
  5. UK court awards Nigerian James Ibori £1 for unlawful detention
  6. South Sudan rebels dismiss Kiir's dialogue offer
  7. South Africa minister Jeff Radebe says sexting was a moment of weakness
  8. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 23 May 2017

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

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Cheers as Tedros wins WHO vote

Journalists in Geneva are tweeting the result of the third round of voting which saw Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom win the election to become the next head of the UN's World Health Organization.

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Mr Tedros celebrated by wrapping himself in the African Union flag:

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His candidacy was backed by the African Union.

The result still needs to be officially announced by the WHO.

BreakingEthiopian elected as head of the WHO

Ethiopia's former Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has been elected as the new head of the UN's World Health Organization.

He beat the British candidate David Nabarro in the third round of voting.

He will be the first African to head the WHO. But his election has not been without controversy with Ethiopian opposition groups saying that this will raise the diplomatic profile of a country accused of human rights violations.

Mr Tedros' campaign has been tweeting about the victory:

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BreakingManchester attacker named

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The senior police officer in Manchester, Ian Hopkins, has named Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspect who exploded a bomb at a pop concert Monday night killing 22 people.

A BBC correspondent said he is believed to have been born in Manchester, and his family is of Libyan origin.

During the day, another unnamed suspect aged 23 was arrested in south Manchester, and police say they carried out two other raids on properties - one in which they gained entry using a controlled explosive.

Ethiopians celebrate Tedros lead

As delegates at the World Health Organization vote in the third round to see who will next lead the UN body, Ethiopians outside the headquarters in Geneva have been celebrating Tedros Adhanom's performance in the first and second round.

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Vote for new WHO head 'goes into third round'

According to people tweeting from the World Health Organization headquarters voting for the next head of the UN body will now go into a third round.

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom has a clear lead, but still does not have the required two-thirds majority.

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If elected Mr Tedros will be the first African to head the WHO.

Sudan accuses Egypt of backing Darfur rebels

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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has accused neighbouring Egypt of supporting rebels who are fighting his government in the western region of Darfur.

Mr Bashir said the Sudanese military had seized Egyptian armoured vehicles from the rebels during heavy fighting at the weekend.

There has been no response yet from the Egyptian government.

Darfuri rebel leader Mini Minnawi denied that he was backed by the Egyptians.

The relationship between Sudan and Egypt has deteriorated in recent months, over issues including a disputed border region and tensions over the use of the Nile waters.

Minni Minawi
Minni Minawi says he is not being backed by Egypt

SA police sues for being called a racist name

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

A police officer in South Africa is suing an estate agent for calling him the k-word, an egregious racial slur.

Vicky Momberg’s case is currently before the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg.

Ms Momberg is facing criminal charges for insulting Constable Clement Mkhondo using racial language and swearing at other police officers while reporting an attempted hijacking.

Mr Mkhondo wants a compensation of $112,000 (£8,800) for emotional suffering and violation of his dignity.

Ms Momberg denied she is racist despite allegedly using the k-word more than 40 times in a video recorded at the scene which is part of the evidence against her.

Ethiopian Tedros through into second round of voting for WHO head

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom got the most votes in the race to see who will become the next head of the UN's World Health Organization, according to a journalist tweeting the results.

But he did not get the two-thirds majority required to win outright in the first round.

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Delegates at the World Health Assembly will now choose between Mr Tedros and UK's David Nabarro.

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People have been campaigning in favour of Mr Tedros outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva

'Forty-three Ebola cases in DR Congo'

The World Health Organisation has announced that there are 43 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Three people have died in the current outbreak.

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The organisation announced the outbreak of the virus in the north-east province of Bas-Uele province two weeks ago.

The region lies 1,300km (800 miles) north-east of the capital, Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central African Republic.

Two peacekeepers killed in Mali

The UN mission in Mali, Minusma, says that two of its peacekeepers have been killed near Aguelhok, in the Kidal region.

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Minusma's chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif said: "This attack adds to a wave of violence that, over the past few weeks, has targeted the civilian populations, the Malian Armed Forces and the International Forces without distinction.

"The violence is aimed only at undermining the peace camp's efforts to bring stability and unity to Mali."

The UN work in Mali has been described as the world's most dangerous peacekeeping mission.

More than 100 peacekeepers have been killed there in the past four years, the Washington Post reports.

The blue helmets have been in the north of Mali since 2013 to help bring peace after the country's civil war.

Blue helmet in Mali
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Rihanna - Lupita movie is on

A jocular tweet about a potential movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o has taken an unexpected turn and will now be made into a film.

A tweeter sparked the film idea while commenting on a photo of the two celebrities:

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It caught the attention of Oscar winner Nyong'o recently and then Rihanna.

Netflix has reportedly bought the film project that will pair Rihanna with Oscar winner Nyong'o in a buddy movie concept.

Ava DuVernay is slated to direct the film and she has tweeted the news:

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It is not clear, though, when this could happen.

Guinea clinch first U20 World Cup point

Guinea picked up their first point at the Fifa under-20 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with England in Jeonju, South Korea, on Tuesday.

England took the lead in this Group A encounter after the break when Lewis Cook's 25-yard effort found the back of the net.

But a comical own goal from Fikayo Tomori saw the two sides share the points.

Unaware that goalkeeper Dean Henderson had strayed from his goal, Tomori played a blind back-pass which rolled into an empty net.

It was Guinea's first ever under-20 World Cup goal.

Naby Bangoura of Guinea (left) is challenged by Lewis Cook of England
Naby Bangoura of Guinea (left) is challenged by Lewis Cook of England

Has Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony been defeated?

The international hunt for Joseph Kony seems to be over, but the notorious rebel leader, who was first chased from his native Uganda to South Sudan and then to the Central African Republic, is still at large.

In 2011, lobbying led by US charity Invisible Children prompted President Barack Obama to send about 100 soldiers to support the country's dealing with the LRA.

The aim of the mission was to back armies that have "the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA".

Six years on, Kony is still on the run and has a small force of around 100 fighters. But the US and Uganda, which had more than 2,000 soldiers in the CAR, have ended their mission.

So what do those civilians most vulnerable to attacks from Kony's Lord's Resistance Army do now?

Read the full story on BBC News Online.

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Kony founded the LRA in Uganda in the late 1980s, saying he wanted to govern according to the Biblical Ten Commandments

FGM 'is not an African issue, it's a global issue'

Hugo Williams

BBC News, Oslo

"It sounded like an animal being massacred."

Leyla Hussein recalls the screams of her sister and the moment when, as a young girl growing up in Somalia, she realised something terrible was about to happen to her.

Three decades later, now a prominent anti-FGM campaigner based in the UK, Ms Hussein has been sharing her story with the audience at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway.

She remembers what happened after she had been cut: "I was taken to a room that was full of gifts: there was a gold watch, sweets and chocolates. I wasn't allowed the chocolates because apparently I'd made too much of a fuss."

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Ms Hussein argues that FGM is "about oppressing women's bodies. It's not an African issue, it's a global issue." she says.

She says she is living proof that FGM doesn't work. "I wasn't supposed to have a voice, to have sexual freedom or urges. Show me a picture of Idris Elba and you'll see about that."

SA labour federation bans Zuma from its rallies

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a long-time ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC), has banned President Jacob Zuma from addressing its activities.

Reading from a statement at a media briefing on Tuesday following its special executive committee meeting, Coastu secretary-general Bheki Ntshalintshali said: “Comrade Jacob Zuma will no longer be welcome to address Cosatu initiatives.”

Mr Zuma was booed at a May Day rally organised by Cosatu earlier this month.

Factionalism has divided the ANC ahead of its conference at the end of this year, where Mr Zuma is expected to step down as leader of the party.

The country’s largest labour federation reiterated its call that it no longer supports his leadership.

President Jacob Zuma
Cosatu no longer wants to see Mr Zuma at its meetings

Ethiopian appeals for votes in race to become WHO head

Ethiopia's Teodros Adhanom and the other two candidates for the next head of the UN's World Health Organization are addressing the World Health Assembly in Geneva (see earlier entry).

It's their last chance to address the delegates - one from each UN member state - before the vote.

One doctor has been tweeting what is being said.

Mr Teodros was the first to speak:

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Teodros speaking

You can follow the speeches here and delegates will start voting once they are over.

Koran reciters gather to pray for Buhari

The government of Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara has brought together 500 Koran reciters to pray for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, Premium Times reports.

An official from the state said the scholars were drawn from 14 local government areas in the state.

He added that they were also praying for the country.

If the president, as the leader of Nigeria, is not well, then it becomes the concern of all Nigerians to know that his recovery is highly important to us as a people and as a nation.

We have organised different prayer sessions throughout the state and we believe the... prayers will be of immense benefit for our state, its leaders and people and the nation, especially the president, who is now on medical treatment in London.’’

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Mr Buhari is on medical leave in the UK - for the second time this year - over an undisclosed illness.

Three pupils die in Tanzania boat tragedy

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Three students have died while nine others survived after a boat they were travelling in capsized in Lake Victoria, in the Geita region, north-west Tanzania.

Regional police commander Mponjoli Mwabulambo said the incident happened yesterday afternoon when the students were traveling from school to their homes

Mr Mwabulambo said that the initial investigation shows the boat capsized about 20 metres from the lake's shore after the schoolchildren moved to one side of the vessel forcing it to tip over.

He said police are holding the owner of the boat for further questioning on the cause of the accident.

Boats are a main mode of transport in the islands within Lake Victoria but most of the vessels are in poor condition.

Swahili words get into English dictionary

The Oxford University Press (OUP) has just published its latest dictionary for primary school students in East Africa

This is the OUP's third edition of the dictionary and includes a lot of new words that have entered English from Swahili and other languages.

The lexicographers have sent us some of the words and their definitions and uses:

  • Bodaboda – (East African English) a bicycle or motorcycle taxi: there were boys on bodabodas riding on Kampala’s street
Boda boda rider

  • Mwananchi - (East African English) an ordinary person, a member of the public
  • Daladala - (in Tanzania) a small bus that is used as a taxi
  • Sambaza - (East African English) to share good or useful things with other people ;you can pay bills here and sambaza money to your family
  • Mwalimu - (East African English) a word that you use before the name of someone who is respected as a teacher: Mwalimu Nyerere
Julius Nyerere

Nigeria's recession continues

Figures released this morning confirm that Nigeria's economy is still in recession.

The country's statistics office says that the economy contracted for the fifth quarter in a row at an annualised rate of 0.5%.

Capital Economics says that "while today’s figure was worse than most analysts had expected, it still marked the best quarterly result since 2015".

It adds that the problems in the country's oil sector is at the heart of the recession and those issues now seem to be easing.

Other sectors of the economy particularly manufacturing have improved.

A worker inspect facilities on an upstream oil drilling platform at the Total oil platform at Amenem, 35 kilometers away from Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta
Oil is the mainstay of Nigeria's economy

Sudan's Nuba women 'endangered due to obstruction of aid'

Mukuma Hamad, a volunteer health worker, holds a container of folic acid, the only assistance she can give pregnant women who visit the lone health clinic in Hadara village, in rebel-controlled Southern Kordofan.
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Women and girls living in the Nuba mountains in Sudan, where a civil war continues, are suffering and dying because they have no access to reproductive health care, that is according to a new report by campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW).

HRW says the situation is a result of years of obstruction of aid to the area by the Sudanese government and the rebels.

Researchers spoke to many witnesses including 30-year-old Amal Tutu, who lives a day's walk from the nearest hospital.

She said:

I had a miscarriage at five months, of twins. They came out and then there was a lot of bleeding, a lot of pain. There was no car, no painkillers. I had to walk to the hospital because the bleeding would not stop."

“Women and girls in the Nuba Mountains are suffering and dying from years without access to life-saving humanitarian aid,” adds Skye Wheeler, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.

SA minister apologises for sexting

A South African minister has apologised for sending sex-themed messages to a government employee, IOL reports.

Jeff Radebe, the Minister of the Presidency, said his actions were a "regrettable moment of weakness".

Mr Radebe, 64, sent the text messages to Siyasanga Mbambani, 29, a photographer with the government's communication team.

In March Sunday Times reported that Ms Mbambani was suspended by her boss after she was accused of making sexual overtures towards President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, allegations she denied.

Ms Mbambani showed texts of her exchange with Mr Radebe to the Sunday Times to prove that she was being victimised, the report says.

Mr Radebe said that he regrets sending the texts and emails, saying it was "improper for a married man".

He added that there has never been a relationship and that the communication was never "acrimonious".

The minister, IOL reports, met with anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Sunday to explain his action and apologise. The report says he received some counselling.

Ms Mandela said that Mr Radebe should be forgiven for his actions because he had apologised:

We all make mistakes and we must take responsibility for them. It takes a real man to apologise, and Jeff has done that. I have known him from when he was a young boy, before he left the country to go into exile."

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'Three dead' in Ivory Coast as ex-rebels and police clash

Police in Ivory Coast and former rebels have clashed in the northern city of Bouaké leaving three people dead, the AFP news agency reports.

These former rebels were angry that while some current soldiers, who were at one time rebels, have received bonus payments they have got nothing.

The former rebels known as “the demobilised” started a protest on Monday to demand their share of the bonuses.

Kenya election: Will ethnicity be an issue?

Ahead of Kenya's elections in August, we asked you what issues you want us to report on.

We have a special page which we will be updating with further questions like this one:

How important is ethnicity in the election?

Kenya's political leaders have always relied on the backing of members of their ethnic group and it will be no different this time around.

It is therefore not surprising that some political analysts have been looking at the voter registration in the candidates' ethnic strongholds as an indicator of who may have an upper hand.

Kenya's five major ethnic groups make up about 70% of the population. In order to win the presidential race a candidate needs to forge ethnic aliances to get a majority of that vote.

Ethnicity also plays a role in the MP, senate and local votes

However, President Uhuru Kenyatta told the Financial Times that he expects this election to be fought on economic issues, particularly the rising cost of food.

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Nigeria fraudster wins £1 in British court

Convicted fraudster and former Nigerian state governor James Ibori has been awarded £1 for being unlawfully detained in the UK.

Ibori was due to be released from prison on 20 December but instead was held in immigration detention for almost two days.

The court said the decision to detain him was probably made in the context of trying to recoup at least £57m.

He was convicted in 2012 of fraud and money laundering while he was governor.

James Ibori
Metropolitan Police

On 21 December High Court judge Mrs Justice May ordered his immediate release, saying "You don't hold someone just because it is convenient to do so and without plans to deport them."

Ibori went on to take UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd to court, requesting $5,200 (£4,000) in compensation.

On Monday Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said that while he was unlawfully detained that "there was no compensatory loss to Mr Ibori and I fix nominal damages at £1."

Court judgement

Uganda extends Sim registration again

Uganda has once again postponed the Sim card registration deadline for mobile phone subscribers.

President Yoweri Museveni said that the new deadline in August must be respected.

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In April, the Uganda Police and the Communications Commission issued a 7-day ultimatum for Ugandans to verify their Sim cards using their National ID details, to help fight crime.

Some Ugandans have however not been able to register their Sim cards because they don't have ID documents as the government department has been slow in producing the papers.

Others say they have submitted their biodata more than three times but their names still cannot be found in the electronic system.

Queues were seen last week as people were trying to get hold of ID documents.

Queues outside building in Kampala

Nigeria sympathises with UK

Nigeria's foreign minister has tweeted his message to the UK after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester:

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Ethiopian in the running to become next WHO head

Ethiopia's former Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom could be elected as the next head of the UN's World Health Organization today.

Mr Tedros is facing two challengers in the election, which will take place at the WHO's headquarters in Switzerland. All 194 delegates - representing the member states - will get a vote.

Candidate for the position of director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on January 26, 2017

His two challengers are David Nabarro from the UK and Sania Nishtar, a former health minister in Pakistan.

Mr Tedros' candidacy is being backed by the African Union but it is not without controversy.

He has been accused of covering up three cholera epidemics in Ethiopia, but his supporters have said that this was a deliberate effort to smear him.

Ethiopian opposition groups are also critical of Mr Tedros. They accuse the government of human rights abuses and believe that through the WHO vote it is trying to raise the country's diplomatic profile.

The election is due to start at 12:00 GMT, the AFP news agency reports.

On Monday, proceedings at the meeting were interrupted by a protester shouting at Mr Tedros from a viewing balcony.

A man shouts slogans against the Ethiopian Candidate for the post of Director General of World Health Organization

Tsvangirai to Mugabe 'step down now or face prosecution'

Morgan Tsvangirai
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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has told President Robert Mugabe that he will be spared prosecution for alleged atrocities if he steps down and retires from active politics immediately, NewsDay reports.

He made the comments at a political rally saying Mr Mugabe, 93, needed "to pass the baton":

Mugabe should retire now because he no longer has the capacity to think much about this country anymore. We say the best way to get out of this quagmire is for you to retire. We will protect you wherever you will be."

He added that Mr Mugabe had done some "right for the country".

Mr Tsvangirai, who is working on an opposition coalition with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru to take on the ruling Zanu PF in the election next year, said that they needed a strong team to build trust if they were to succeed.

South Sudan rebels reject dialogue offer

South Sudan rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar have dismissed the national dialogue announced by President Salva Kiir yesterday.

In a damning statement they say:

This is yet another campaign by the regime in Juba to derail the peace process beyond salvation."

On Monday, President Kiir announced the dialogue and a unilateral ceasefire.

He said everyone could take part in the talks except Mr Machar, though he would be welcome to send a delegation. And this has not gone down well.

The rebels welcome the ceasefire call, but question the sincerity accusing the president of reneging on previous ceasefire deals.

The civil war, which began in December 2013, has displaced millions of people in a country which is now facing a famine.

First Vice President of South Sudan and former rebel leader, Riek Machar (L), and President Salva Kiir (R)
Mr Machar (left) and President Kiir (right) did come together in a unity government last April, but that quickly fell apart

African leaders share messages of support after UK bombing

Several African leaders have been sharing messages of condolence and solidarity with the UK after the suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester left 22 people dead and many more injured.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said in a statement: "Kenya knows what it is like to suffer a tragedy such as this, so out hearts go out to the UK."

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He said he had spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer Kenya's support:

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The head of the Africa Union commission Moussa Faki has also shared his message:

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Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has tweeted his message of solidarity:

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