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  1. South Africa to 'protect is borders, even if it is labelled anti-African'
  2. US president strongly criticised for withdrawing from climate deal
  3. Children die in botched South Sudan vaccination
  4. Body of missing Cameroonian bishop found
  5. Mugabe condemns promiscuity
  6. Algeria accepts stranded Syrian refugees
  7. Email stories and comments to - Friday 2 June 2017

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By Dickens Olewe 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:

The chicken does not rejoice in the roasting of the bird."

A Fulani proverb sent by Sani Adamu in Yaoundé, Cameroon

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And we leave you with picture of one our top shots from around the continent - this week of Nigerian Olufunke Oshonaike competing during the Women Single Table Tennis World Championship in Germany.

Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria competes during the Women Single
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The Resident Presidents take a keen interest in the UK election

While election fever builds in the UK, our Resident Presidents Olushambles and Kibarkingmad are watching with interest.

Listen to them unpick the candidate's policies:

A satirical take on the news with Presidents Kibarkingmad and Olushambles

Mugabe tells rivals: 'Your turn to lead will come'

Mugabe poster
Shingai Nyoka
Mr Mugabe is to address 10 youth rallies ahead of elections

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 93, has called on leaders vying to succeed him to keep their ambitions in check, saying their chance to lead will come.

Speaking at a youth rally in Marondera town, Mr Mugabe said:

We want our party to remain united and not divided. If you are a real Zanu-PF member, be true to your party."

He urged those seeking to succeed him to "be at peace":

The time will come. It's certainly coming."

Mr Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe and his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa are seen as jockeying to succeed him, causing huge divisions in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Zanu-PF has, however, endorsed Mr Mugabe as its presidential candidate in next year's election.

See earlier post for more details

E Guinea elected to UN security council

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (C) arrives to attend the inauguration of Ghanaian President John Mahama at the Independence Square, Accra on January 7, 2013
Critics accuse Equatorial Guinea's leader (C) of being authoritarian

Equatorial Guinea has for the first time been elected to the UN Security Council during a vote that saw Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Poland also win seats at the top world table.

Campaign group Human Rights Watch said it had concerns about Equatorial Guinea's presence on the council, as it had "a long history of harassing, arbitrarily detaining and interfering with the work of human rights defenders".

The oil-rich state, ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema for almost 40 years, was elected unopposed as an African representative on the council.

The Security Council is made up of 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms and five permanent powers: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

The elected countries - all of which were put forward by their regional grouping - will begin their term on January 1.

Morocco king 'withdraws from Ecowas summit'

King Mohammed VI of Morocco waves to crowds of men dressed in traditional white robes during Throne Day Celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 31, 2006 in Rabat, Morocco
The monarch has been pushing for closer ties with sub-Saharan Africa

Morocco's King Mohamed VI has cancelled plans to attend a summit of West African leaders in Liberia because of the presence of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry has said, AFP news agency reports.

The North African state is hoping to join the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) after the African Union readmitted it as a member in January after a 33-year absence, AFP adds.

Mohamed VI had been due to attend the summit in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday and Sunday, but key members of Ecowas have decided to "reduce to the minimum their level of representation" because they disagreed with the invitation issued to Mr Netanyahu, the ministry said in a statement.

The king "wishes his first visit to an ecowas summit not take place in a context of tension and controversy", it added.

Mr Netanyahu is expected to attend the summit from Sunday as the head of a large diplomatic and economic delegation, his office said.

Burundi's Beyonce breaks the internet

Burundian teenager Christa Vera Audrey Iteriteka, who sang a cover version of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’, has gone down a storm on social media, attracting more than one million likes on Facebook.

The secondary school pupil lives in central Burundi, from where she spoke to BBC Africa:

ANC calls for Zuma GuptaLeaks investigation

Mr Zuma has been dogged by corruption allegations throughout his presidency

South Africa's ruling party has called for an investigation into emails which appear to show allegedly corrupt links between President Jacob Zuma's family and wealthy businessmen.

The African National Congress (ANC) said the allegations questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester.

Mr Zuma recently survived calls for his resignation by some senior ANC members.

The allegations have been dismissed as a fabrication by Mr Zuma's lawyers.

The Gupta family of businessmen has said the leaks were "politically inspired".

One of the revelations of alleged links disclosed in the emails is that the Guptas helped the president's son, Duduzane Zuma, buy a $1.3m (£1m) apartment in Dubai.

In addition, the emails reportedly indicated that President Zuma was hoping to take up residency in the United Arab Emirates. A claim that was denied.

Read: Zuma, the great survivor

Money 'mishandled' at Ugandan celebrity's funeral

Uganda's central bank has waded into the discussion over a petition by a man who is trying to get a court to order for the exhumation of the body of local celebrity Ivan Ssemwanga (see previous post) after he was buried on Tuesday with wads of cash.

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The bank tweeted that the money " which was so mishandled, is likely to be defaced, soiled or damaged, and thereby no longer serves the purpose".

It asked Ugandans to respect the currency:

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Court bid to exhume Ugandan celebrity's body

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A Ugandan man has filed a court petition to demand the exhumation of the body of flamboyant businessman Ivan Ssemwanga so that money he was buried with on Tuesday is retrieved.

The petitioner, Abey Mgugu, said the money which was dropped into the coffin as it was being lowered into the grave reflected wastage and was a violation of the socio-economic rights of Ugandans.

Mr Mgugu also wants the funeral company involved in the burial to be declared culpable by negligence for failing to ensure "respect" for money was maintained.

It is not clear how much money was buried but it is reported that Ugandan shillings, South African rands and US dollars were thrown into the grave.

Ssemwanga, who was 39 at the time of his death, was famous for his partying lifestyle. He led the so-called Rich Gang, a group of wealthy men in Uganda.

Local media reports that police have been guarding his grave, in case intruders try to exhume the body and steal the expensive coffin and the money.

A video of the burial was shared online:

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Fisherman found bishop's body

Randy Joe Sa'ah

BBC Africa, Bamenda

Navy divers had been searching for the body of a missing Catholic bishop in River Sanaga in Cameroon, but it was a fisherman who found it floating downstream.

Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla of the Bafia Diocese in central Cameroon went missing three days ago, leaving his home just before midnight.

The 58-year-old's night watchman said he opened the gate for the bishop, wondering where he was going so late.

Sand diggers found the bishop's abandoned car the next morning on the bridge over River Sanaga, close to Ebebda, a small town west of the capital, Yaoundé.

Crowd at banks of river
Albert Njei

A suicide note, which said in French “I am in the water”, was found in the car. However, investigators are yet to determine if the bishop wrote it and under what circumstances.

A priest in the same Bafia diocese also died two weeks ago. He was found dead in his bedroom.

The bishop was said to have been very disturbed by the priest's death.

However, Bishop Samuel Kleda, who is the president of the National Episcopal Conference, said the two deaths were not linked.

Cameroonians are shocked, and prayers are being held in parishes across the country.

Bishop Faustin Ambassa Ndjodoof Garoua in northern Cameroon said the late clergy “was a wise man and a very accessible person. We have lost a very important man. It’s a great loss”.

See earlier post

Mugabe denounces promiscuity

Shingai Nyoka
Many elderly people were at the youth rally

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has condemned sexual promiscuity, saying it has broken many homes.

Mr Mugabe, 93, was speaking at a rally in the small town of Marondera, east of the capital, Harare, to win the support of the youth ahead of elections next year.

The state-owned Herald newspaper and a journalist have tweeted details of the speech:

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Congo Ebola 'under control'

Democratic Republic of Congo Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga says an outbreak of Ebola which killed four people has been brought under control.

Mr Kalenga said a new case had not been recorded for 21 days - the maximum period between exposure to the disease and initial symptoms.

Health workers used an unlicensed American vaccine to stop the disease spreading in remote terrain in the north-east of DR Congo.

Read: Why Ebola is so dangerous

Health workers in  West Africa
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The world's deadliest Ebola outbreak hit West Africa in 2014-2015

How sanitary pads can improve child literacy

Entrepreneur Sophia Grinvalds explains how she started her company after she tried to get sanitary pads in rural Uganda.

Grinvalds, co-founder of AFRIpads, says she was surprised to learn that it was accepted that girls should miss school when they had their periods.

She told the BBC that AFRIpads makes affordable sanitary pads:

Entrepreneur Sophia Grinvalds, co-founder of AFRIpads, explains her mission.

Uganda hairdressers in colourful styles

The press secretary for Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has shared some colourful pictures of hairdressers who are part of a government initiative to empower young women.

The hairdressers, who were meeting Mr Museveni, adorned some unusual hair styles for the event with one spotting what looks like chicken feathers:

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Body of missing Cameroonian bishop found

A search team has retrieved the body of missing Cameroonian Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla from River Sanaga, 7km ( 4 miles) away from the bridge where his car was found yesterday, authorities say.

He was the bishop of the central region of Bafia and had been missing for two days.

Some newspapers and social media sites are reporting that a suicide note was found in the car, but others are suggesting that he was murdered.

Could SA be bruised by bad Brexit deal?

The exit of the UK from the European Union has businesses wondering how the move will affect trade.

The BBC's Karen Allen speaks to South Africa entrepreneurs to assess how they are preparing for the changes that will come with Brexit:

ANC concerned about Gupta's influence

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) says it's gravely concerned at the publication of emails which revealed alleged undue influence and corruption by the wealthy Gupta family on President Jacob Zuma's decisions.

The ANC said the claims questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester in the public domain.

At the weekend, the ANC's National Executive decided to retain Mr Zuma as party leader after considering his future at a closed-door meeting for the second time in six months.

Mr Zuma's successor is due to be formally chosen by the party in December.

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Syrian dentist finds refuge in Sierra Leone

Dr Talal Rahmeh was kidnapped in Syria and freed after paying $10,000 (£8,000) ransom. He then moved to Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, through a Lebanese relative.

He now runs a clinic beaming with activity, and is fluent in Creole.

BBC Focus on Africa's Umaru Fofana spoke with him:

Read: The Aleppo dentist who brings 'Hollywood smiles' to Somalis

Children die in botched South Sudan vaccination

At least 15 children have died in South Sudan after health workers used the same syringe to vaccinate them against measles without sterilising it, Health Minister Riek Gai Kok has said.

Another 32 have recovered after falling ill with symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, he added.

The team that vaccinated the children "in this tragic event were neither qualified nor trained for the immunisation campaign", Reuters news agency quoted Dr Kok as saying at a press conference.

A committee of specialists found the children had died from severe sepsis toxicity as a result of the vaccine's contamination, caused by repeated use of an unsterilised syringe, Reuters reports.

A UNICEF officer measures a South Sudanese child's arm in a mobile clinic in Rejaf on October 24, 2015.
Health services are poor in South Sudan which has been hit by decades of conflict

We're live at African Hair Summit in Abuja

We reported earlier about an ongoing event to celebrate African hair in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

The BBC's Chris Ewokor is at the event and is speaking to hair therapist Jayne Okoh about how to care for natural hair.

Watch it here:

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Deadly suicide blast in Cameroon

At least four people have been killed and about 20 injured in a double suicide bombing at a refugee camp in northern Cameroon.

The attack, in the town of Kolofata near the Nigerian border, targeted a camp used by people displaced from their homes by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The district has seen increased violence recently as attacks by Boko Haram have spilled over from northern Nigeria into neighbouring countries.

Read: Who are Boko Haram?


Zimbabwe youth welcome Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has arrived at the football stadium in Marondera town, east of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, to address a youth rally.

Online publication 263Chat has shared pictures of the huge crowd at the rally:

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A banner referring to Mr Mugabe, who is 93, as "The father of youth empowerment" has been put up.

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African hair day in Abuja

An event to celebrate African hair, dubbed African Hair Summit, is taking place in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

The annual event is organised by Photizo Life Foundation, which says it works on "ensuring the mental and social well-being of members of the society."

It says that the event is about sensitising people about the dangers of harmful hair products and to encourage them to use home-grown products to "promote African hair heritage"

The BBC's Chris Ewokor, who is attending the event, has snapped these pictures:

Woman showing off her hairstyle
Selling hair products
Plaiting hair

Strike hits northern Morocco

BBC World Service

A general strike in a northern region of Morocco is entering a second day as part of protests to demand the release of a local opposition leader.

It comes after another night of demonstrations in the city of Al-Hoceima, which were triggered by the arrest of Nasser Zefzafi, who founded a movement calling for more government investment and jobs in the region.

The death of a fishmonger, Mouhcine Fikri, last year sparked the unrest. He died when he got into a rubbish truck to try to retrieve fish that had been confiscated from him.

Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on Monday after three days on the run

Packed crowd at Mugabe youth rally

The Al Jazeera correspondent is tweeting from 93-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's youth rally in a small town east of the capital, Harare:

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It will be the first of 10 youth rallies he will address, as he campaigns for votes ahead of residential elections next year.

See earlier post for more details

Annan: US withdrawal will not end climate accord

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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said that the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change should challenge other countries "to increase their efforts to address climate change."

Mr Annan's comments were part of a statement issued by The Elders, a group formed by Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights around the world.

Mr Annan said no single country could dismantle the agreement which was born out of a desire "for co-operative solutions to a global problem."

The Elders called on US businesses and state authorities to take action where the federal government has withdrawn.

See earlier post for more coverage

SA to 'introduce strict immigration policy'

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South Africa will tighten its immigration policy even if it is perceived as anti-African, Home Affairs Minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has told the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian publication.

Ms Mkhize said the government could no longer be lenient, when it faced the “real challenge” of locals’ hostility towards immigrants.

In the Mail & Guardian interview, she also said South Africa was socially unstable to implement the African Union's 2063 initiative which calls for visa-free travel for Africans on the continent by 2018:

Remember our triple challenge [unemployment, poverty and inequality] is real and we know from other parts of the world that that’s what triggers a revolution.

People will revolt against the government of the day if they feel they’re in competition with everybody.”

People look at a burnt-out car purportedly torched in the early hours outside the Jeppies Hostles, in the Jeppestown area of Johannesburg, on April 17, 2015.
South Africa has been hit by anti-foreigner violence on numerous occasions

She said border controls needed to improved:

Virtually everywhere you find people with no legal documents, all over. That talks to weaknesses in our border ports.

Ms Mkhize also said there was a corrupt syndicate in her department facilitating sham marriages:

People get involved in unlawful marriages, where there are women who will agree to assist a person by marrying them’s almost like it’s systematic, something which has got roots now in each and every corner.

When you ask, ‘But how did it happen? Where was the priest?’ They have priests who collude; they have police who collude and some of our officials who collude, and citizens who also collude.”

Read: 'We Nigerians are not all criminals'

Zimbabwe condemns Trump

The political commissar of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF, Saviour Kasukuwere, has condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, saying poor nations will bear the brunt.

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Trevor Noah releases Covfefe the movie

South African comedian Trevor Noah has released a teaser for a fictional movie, Covfefe: Based on a true typo.

It is a about an African boy named Covfefe, after the famous typo by US President Donald Trump.

In the trailer the boy tries to find meaning to his name until one day he sees everyone on TV saying his name after Mr Trump tweeted it.

He then decides to swim, yes swim across the ocean to the US, to see Mr Trump:

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Algeria accepts stranded Syrian refugees

BBC World Service

Algeria will take in 41 Syrian refugees who have been stranded for six weeks in the desert on the border between Algeria and Morocco.

Earlier, the United Nations called on the two countries to find a solution to their plight. The Algerian foreign ministry has now said it will accept the refugees as an humanitarian gesture to mark the month of Ramadan.

The refugees, including children and a pregnant woman, had journeyed through Libya and Sudan after fleeing Syria.

Read: Why is there a war in Syria?


World's oldest ruler to address youth

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe leaves the stage after participating in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017.
Robert Mugabe has rejected calls by the opposition to retire

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is due to embark on a series of rallies across the country to win the support of youth ahead of elections next year.

A huge-turn-out is expected at the rally in Marondera, a small town east of Harare,.

It will be the first of 10 rallies Mr Mugabe - the world's oldest ruler - will address before he runs for re-election next year.

Ruling Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Kudzanyi Chpanga warned rival factions not to try and settle scores at the rally, billed by state media as the president's "interactive meetings with the youth".

Zanu-PF has been hit by infighting as rival leaders position themselves to succeed Mr Mugabe, even though the party has endorsed him as its presidential candidate in next year's poll.

Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Read: Why Zimbabweans are spending nights outside banks

Mahama blasts Trump

Ghana's former President John Mahama has called the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change as "unbelievable" and a "very sad day for global co-operation".

Mr Mahama was among world leaders who backed the historic agreement, promising to implement measures to curtail global warming.

He tweeted that the US had abdicated its leadership role in the world:

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Mr Trump said the accord "punished" the US and would cost millions of American jobs.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said.

The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C.

Read:What is in the Paris climate agreement?

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

The chicken does not rejoice in the roasting of the bird."

A Fulani proverb sent by Sani Adamu in Yaoundé, Cameroon

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