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  1. Mozambique and Botswana bans Zimbabwean chicken over bird flu
  2. Thousands of chicken have been culled
  3. Burundi says documents reveal EU wanted to overthrow government
  4. Ethiopia explains week-long internet shutdown
  5. South Africa's economy slips into recession
  6. Third London Bridge attacker 'was Italian-Moroccan'
  7. Wife of Nigeria's president says he is recovering from his illness
  8. Soldier murdered by mob will be buried on Friday
  9. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 6 June 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:

You cannot cut someone's hair in their absence."

A Yoruba proverb sent by Nafiu Osam Shittu in Ibadan, Nigeria

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And we leave you with this picture of the sky at dusk in South Africa's Western Cape. People there are expecting a big storm to hit overnight:

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Nigerian government 'not doing enough to free kidnapped Lagos children'

The Nigerian authorities are not doing enough to secure the release of six children who were abducted from their secondary school in Lagos, says a parent who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity.

The authorities at federal and state level are also accused of being evasive and elusive.

The parent added that he had not yet met Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The children were kidnapped towards the end of May. Their abductors are demanding a ransom of around $30,000 (£25,000) which the parents say they cannot afford.

They denied local media reports that they are trying to raise the ransom themselves

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos state
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos state

Ivory Coast mourns Tiote

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

Outside of tailoring shop

Here in Ivory Coast's main city, I have been to visit the tailoring shop of Madah Tiote, the widow of footballer Cheick Tiote who collapsed and died in China after training on Monday.

It's closed today of course and Madah is at home, pregnant with her third child.

But I have spoken to some people in the neighbourhood:

I know Cheick. He's a friend of my little brother. They grew up together so he's my little brother too. Everyone is in mourning. The whole of Abidjan is in mourning. He's a national star."

The news was so shocking The entire neighbourhood is crying. My sister called me to tell me the news and it was so difficult. The whole district is crying."

When I heard the news yesterday I was truly speechless. I had hoped that it wasn't the husband of our friend because he's not the only Cheick Tiote. It's just shocking. It's unimaginable to think of someone who's just 30 years old in the prime of his life. He had so much more to do."

Cheick Tiote
Cheick Tiote was training with Beijing Enterprises when he died

Uganda's Museveni 'gets $1,000 per month salary'

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has given his annual state of the nation address.

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He had some criticism for the police:

The other day, some youth were complaining of the police arresting them for being 'idle and disorderly'. This must stop completely. Some of the youth are idle because they do not have jobs. Why arrest them for that?"

The president has also made some off the cuff statements away from the prepared text quoted by State House:

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Mr Museveni says he does not go to banks to get loans.

He pays in cash with money from his cattle farm. He said he gets paid about $1,000 (£780) per month:

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Zimbabwe culls thousands of chickens over bird flu

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe’s top poultry producer and exporter Irvines Private Limited has said that 7,000 chickens have died due to avian flu.

And it has been forced to cull 140,000 as a precaution following an outbreak on its premises.

However, the Zimbabwean government says this strain of bird flu has not shown any risk to humans.

As we've reported neighbouring Botswana and Mozambique have implemented a blanket ban on all poultry products from Zimbabwe.


Sakho on safari in Tanzania

Crystal Palace central defender Mamadou Sakho is on holiday with his family in Tanzania and he's tweeted this short film from there:

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Sakho was born in France but his parents were from Senegal.

Cape Town braces for heavy rains

We've been reporting about the storm that's due to hit South Africa's Western Cape province tonight.

It comes after a prolonged period of drought in the province.

So what can South Africans expect over the next few days?

BBC Weather's Ben Rich has been looking at the forecast:

SA schools told to close ahead of storm

Schools in South Africa's Western Cape province have been told to close as the region prepares for a big storm to hit tonight.

In a statement, the local education department said: "The storm may damage some schools, which could place learners and staff at risk, as well as those who commute to school, especially in rural areas."

The provincial premier has been warning people of what is coming in a series of tweets:

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She has also asked people to avoid driving if they can:

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People are using the hashtag #MotherOfAllStorms to tweet about what's coming:

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Mozambique bans import of Zimbabwe poultry products

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The Mozambican government has banned the import of all poultry and poultry products from neighbouring Zimbabwe, reports Jose Tembe in Maputo.

The ban follows an outbreak of avian flu, announced last week, on a commercial poultry farm in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland East province, which led to the cull of over 715,000 birds.

There are various strains of avian flu and the one discovered in Mashonaland East is reported to be the most deadly.

This strain, known as H5N8, is highly contagious and lethal to poultry.

Zimbabwe's neighbour Botswana has also made a similar announcment today

Burundi says documents 'show EU wanted regime change'

Burundi's government has accused the EU of having tried to seek regime change before the political crisis of 2015, reports the BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge from Bujumbura.

A government spokesman has said that it has got hold of documents that show that the EU delegation in the country funded people who wanted to destabilise Burundi.

He did not reveal more details about what was in the documents.

The EU has often been critical of the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

In 2015, his decision to run for a third term precipitated a political crisis which included a failed coup attempt.

Fire burning on street
Protests broke out in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, as people demonstrated against the president running for a third term

Comoros offended by Macron joke

Alex Duval Smith

BBC News

Comoros' Foreign Minister Mohamed Bacar Dossar has summoned the French ambassador following a remark by President Emmanuel Macron, which he considered offensive.

Last week, the president appeared to make a joke suggesting that Comorans who were picked up in the sea trying to make their way to the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte were like fish.

The boats they sail in frequently capsize and, according to a report to the French senate, up to 10,000 people have drowned in those crossings in the past 20 years.

Mr Dossar told journalists that Mr Macron's comments were ''disdainful and shocking. The Comoran people have a right to dignity and apologies are necessary''.

On Monday, Comoros President Azali Assoumani had a telephone conversation with President Macron.

President Assoumani said his French counterpart's ''unconsidered'' remark ''reflects his young age''.

But he added: ''Now that President Macron has put the issue in the public arena, it would be good to work at finding a solution to the tragedy.'.

Emmanuel Macron
Mr Macron's comments were put down to his young age

Criticism of Ghana church which organised thanksgiving for Chelsea

We posted a story on Facebook yesterday about a special thanksgiving service that a Ghanaian church organised in the wake of Chelsea's Premier League success.

Long-time Chelsea fan Pastor Azigiza told the BBC he wanted to use the power of football to talk about God.

People in church wearing Chelsea shirts
Living Streams International

But looking at the comments under the post, it seems that Living Streams International church in the capital, Accra, has come in for a lot of criticism.

Jesse Abedi-Boafo says:

Let the pastor organise a party in his house in honour of Chelsea... nothing wrong with that, but to dedicate a whole church service in honour of a football club, it's only here in Africa we'll hear of such things. God have mercy on our continent for we're blind and far behind.

Abongile Gotye says:

Wow... Too many glory hunters in one church jumping on the bandwagon of a successful sporting club from the other side of the world. Couldn't they just do that for local clubs Asante Kotoko or Hearts Of Oaks, if they are so in love with footy?

But Echere Henry Nzubechi comes to the defence of the church:

People are really foolish. What is wrong with a Church organising a thanksgiving to God for the victory of a team that the pastor loves?

Two people wearing an Arsenal and Chelsea shirt
Living Streams International
The church wanted to encourage friendly rivalry

Museveni delivering state of the nation

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is now speaking at a special session of Uganda's parliament at a conference centre in the capital, Kampala.

He has used the first part of the speech to talk about security and has had some harsh words for the police:

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Recently, he has been critical of the use of torture in police investigations.

You can watch the speech live here:

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Don't make a joke out of Uganda's parliament

Uganda's parliament
Uganda's President Museveni speaking to parliament in 2012

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is about to deliver his annual state of the nation address and, in advance of that, parliament has sent out a warning to journalists covering the event.

In a statement, parliamentary officers said

Some sections of the media, have taken it upon themselves... to project images that cast parliament in bad light or to attempt to ridicule or make a mockery of the deliberations by showing unflattering shots/scenes.

In covering the proceedings of the House, the media shall have regard to the dignity of the House and its functions as a legislature rather than a place of entertainment.

No extracts of Parliamentary proceedings may be used in any light entertainment programme or in a programme of political satire."

The BBC Catherine Byaruhanga says that in the past pictures of MPs dozing off have gone viral and this is an effort by parliament to stop those images being taken.

Analysis: South Africa's recession

Matthew Davies

Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

South Africa"s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa April 4, 2017.
South Africa's Finance Minister has a big job on his hands

South Africa's new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will not be pleased with this set of GDP numbers.

The 0.7% contraction of the economy was not only unexpected, but follows figures last week that showed unemployment in the country at a 14-year high.

It also comes just a couple of months after part of the country's debt was downgraded to junk status.

The ratings agencies warned last week that weak economic growth and the political uncertainty as a result of virtual open warfare within the governing African National Congress could spark further downgrades.

The political tension is unlikely to be resolved until the ANC's elective conference in December. However by then if there's been further weakness in the economy, the cost of living for many millions of South Africans could be a lot higher.

Ugandan social media abuzz

Ugandan social media is abuzz after revelations at the funeral of a leading educationalist, Prof Lawrence Mukiibi, last week.

Mr Mukiibi was the owner of various schools and colleges called St Lawrence. However at his funeral several dozen children were introduced as his progeny

The famous teacher had no known wife.

This has led many to ask questions about the late Prof Mukiibi:

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Tiote adds to Africa's on-field casualty list

The death of Ivorian footballer Cheik Tiote has reminded us of long list of other African players who have died on the pitch, almost all of them suffering a form of cardiac arrest.

  • 1989 - Nigeria's Samuel Okwaraji collapsed while playing for the Super Eagles
  • 2003 - Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe had a heart attack while playing for Cameroon
  • 2007 - Zambia's Chaswe Nsofwa died during a club match in Israel
  • 2016 - Cameroonian Patrick Ekeng collapsed playing in Romania

There are many others and you can read more about them in this piece by Mark Gleeson.

Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the pitch during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France
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Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the pitch during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France

Is this Africa's tallest tree?

A German scientist says a tree he discovered in Tanzania is Africa's tallest.

It is a rare species, called Entandrophragma Excelsum, and stands 81.5m (267ft) tall.

We've been taking a look:

Is this Africa's tallest tree?

Caught in the middle of Libya's kidnapping nightmare

Woman in shadow on the phone

"My father was kidnapped yesterday."

Rana Jawad, our reporter in Tunisia, got that text message from a friend, Lina.

She told her he was taken in Libya and has now not been seen for more than a month.

Rana speaks to her about the nightmare world of phone calls, misinformation and anxiety.

Lina's father is one of many people taken in a spate of kidnappings.

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Lina's father

South Africa back in recession

Matthew Davies

Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

South Africa's economy has slipped back into recession for the second time in a decade.

The news comes not long after two ratings agencies downgraded a portion of the country's sovereign debt to so-called junk status.

Analysts had expected a better performance. They predicted a slight expansion of South Africa's economy.

But in the event, it shrank by 0.7% in the first quarter of this year, following on from a fall at the end of last year.

While there were encouraging signs from South Africa's mining industry, the main sector that pulled back the GDP figures was manufacturing, which shrank by nearly 4% in the second quarter.

The South African currency, the rand, fell around one percent on the news.

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Ethiopia shut the internet to 'protect the students'

It is now nearly a week since the authorities in Ethiopia shut down access to the internet.

Initially, the government did not say why but later said it was to stop people leaking exam papers during the exam season.

Now, the government spokesperson has been explaining more.

The Addis Standard magazine has been tweeting his comments:

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Negeri Lencho said:

We [shut the internet] not because we wanted to, but because we have to protect the interests of our students. It is an act every fair-minded citizen as well as a government that respects its accountability will pursue."

The magazine has also tweeted a guide describing how to get around the ban:

Instruction list
Addis Standard

But these measures are only open to a few.

BreakingThird London Bridge attacker named as Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba

The third London Bridge attacker has been named as Youssef Zaghba, a Moroccan-Italian man.

Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Radouane, 30, both from Barking were the other two attackers.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack which began at 21:58 BST on Saturday night.

NHS England said 36 people remained in hospital, with 18 in a critical condition.

South Sudan rape trial adjourned

We reported earlier that the trial of the 13 South Sudanese soldiers accused of rape and murder was scheduled to resume this morning.

The BBC's Tomi Oladipo has just told us that the trial has now been adjourned and will resume on 20 June.

Tributes for Cheick Tiote continue to pour in

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been described by Steve McClaren as the "toughest player" he has ever seen - but also a man with "the most beautiful smile in football".

The ex-Newcastle boss McClaren paid tribute after the Ivorian, 30, collapsed and died after training on Monday.

His wife in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan, is expected to give birth any day, the BBC's Tamasin Ford reports.

And tributes have continued to pour in for the late football great via social media as his name continues to trend on Twitter across the continent:

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South Africa's emergency number call centre hit by strike

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Employees at the call centre for South Africa’s main police emergency number 10111 have downed tools in a row over pay.

10111 is now operating on skeleton staff.

The wage dispute has been going on since 2013.

The striking workers are planning on marching to the police minister’s offices in the capital, Pretoria.

National Police spokesperson Major-General Sally de Beer said “there are contingency plans in place to ensure we have no disruptions and that our services to the community continue as normal”.

Severe weather warning for Western Cape South Africa

South Africa's Western Cape province is bracing itself for severe wet weather weeks after a drought disaster was declared.

Disaster risk management teams and emergency services have been placed on full alert as a cold front is expected to reach land on Tuesday night, reports IOL newspaper.

"The public are advised to expect heavy rain leading to flooding, gale-force coastal and interior winds, snowfalls, storm surges and high sea conditions," the City of Cape Town website reported earlier this week.

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Only last month a drought disaster was declared in the Western Cape after an extended period without rain.

Kenya nurses' strike leaves wards empty

The hospital in Kenya's city of Garissa has been badly affected by the nurses' strike, reports the BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay.

Patients in hospital

He visited this morning and found that there were only a small number of patients who have nowhere else to go left on the wards.

Most of the beds were empty and some wards were deserted.

Empty beds in hospital
Patient in hospital

Bashkas says that there are a small number of doctors struggling to treat the patients.

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.

Zille remains defiant in face of planned party suspension

Prominent member of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille has until today to respond to her proposed suspension from the party.

The row is over tweets she sent out about colonialism saying that it was not all bad.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Ms Zille's remarks undermined its reconciliation project.

But speaking to the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme Ms Zille remained defiant.

She said colonialism was "diabolical" but its legacy was "not only negative". She added that the legacy can be "re-purposed to build a better future for all".

Western Cape premier could be ousted over 'Colonialism not all bad' comments

'Millions of children' at risk of preventable death in East Africa

Millions of children in East Africa are at risk of dying from preventable waterborne diseases, the International Rescue Committee IRC) is warning today.

The humanitarian NGO says that extensive drought, the absence of reliable food supplies coupled with conflict in parts of East Africa and Yemen have now "directly resulted in a massive and deadly cholera and acute watery diarrhoea" which have put the children in harm's way.

The IRC reports that cases of the deadly illnesses have almost doubled in South Sudan.

It says there are over 130,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea and cholera which have so far led to over 2,000 deaths in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.

The WHO says cholera can be a deadly disease but it easily treatable.

Children in Kakuma camp

Lynched Ghana soldier to get state funeral

The Ghanaian soldier who was lynched by a mob after being mistaken for an armed robber will get a state burial, President Nana Akufo Addo has said.

Major Maxwell Mahama was serving in Ghana's central region as part of a unit that was attempting to tackle the problem of illegal mining.

After visiting the family, the president announced that the government would set up a memorial fund with the aim of raising more than $100,000 (£77,000).

Mr Akufo Addo also posthumously promoted the dead soldier from the rank of captain to major.

The president shaking the widow's hand
Ghana Presidency
The president met Major Mahama's family

South Sudan soldiers' trial resumes

BBC World Service

The trial of 13 South Sudanese soldiers accused of raping foreign aid workers and killing a local journalist resumes at a military court in the capital, Juba, today.

The attack took place in a hotel in the city last year during fighting between the army and rebels.

If found guilty the men face jail terms of up to 14 years.

A BBC correspondent says the case is a major test of the justice system in South Sudan, the world's youngest country.

The UN and human rights groups have criticised the authorities for not doing enough to tackle the problem of sexual violence.

South Sudanese soldiers suspected of raping foreign aid workers and killing a local journalist stand before appearing in a military court in South Sudan"s capital Juba
The soldiers' lawyer has denied that they were involved

Buhari 'recuperating fast'

The wife of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says he is recovering from his illness.

Aisha Buhari has just returned from a trip to London where the president is getting treatment for an undisclosed illness.

In a statement issued by her spokesperson Mrs Buhari said "he is recuperating fast".

He left for London nearly a month ago - his second trip to the UK for treatment this year.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is acting president, but there has been concern about Mr Buhari's ability to resume his duties.

Mr Buhari thanked Nigerians for their support.

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari arrives with his wife Aisha, before taking oath of office at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015.

Buhari's unhealthy start to 2017:

  • 19 January - Leaves for UK on "medical vacation"
  • 5 February - Asks parliament to extend medical leave
  • 10 March - Returns home but does not resume work immediately
  • 26 April - Misses second cabinet meeting and is "working from home"
  • 28 April - Misses Friday prayers
  • 3 May - Misses third cabinet meeting
  • 5 May - Appears at Friday prayers in Abuja
  • 7 May - Travels to UK for further treatment
  • 6 June - Aisha Buhari says his is 'recuperating fast'

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