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Summary

  1. Kenyan inquiry into school unrest 'raises concern about devil worship'
  2. Outrage in Mozambique over luxury cars for MPs
  3. Mother and three children missing after building collapses in Kenya
  4. Poachers kill four elephants in Zimbabwe
  5. Tunisian man 'jailed for smoking in Ramadan'
  6. Angola 'to allow limited abortions'
  7. Cisse leads tributes at Tiote memorial
  8. Zambian opposition lawmakers suspended from parliament
  9. Zille apologises 'unreservedly' for colonial tweets
  10. Morocco sends plane-load of food to isolated Qatar
  11. Zimbabwean ban on grain imports 'aimed at protecting farmers'

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By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

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Outrage in Mozambique over luxury cars for MPs

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

There is anger in Mozambique especially on social media after it's parliament spent about $3.8m (£3m) purchasing 18 Mercedes Benz saloon cars for top ruling party and opposition MPs.

The luxury vehicles are meant for members of parliament's governing board, the Standing Commission.

The country is currently in the throes of austerity and belt tightening so the expernditure has caused outrage.

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Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa

Lutero Simango, the leader of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement MDM's parliamentary group, said that public indignation was “legitimate” although he sought to justify his use of one of the cars by saying it was just an official vehicle.

Antonio Muchanga of the main opposition Renamo party has blamed the government, saying a request was made for vehicles, but their make was not specified.

Rogerio Nkomo, the National Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance, defended the purchase, telling independent television station STV that Standing Commission members were entitled to the luxury vehicles.

Shot nine times and survived

It is five years since the Marikana massacre in South Africa, in which 34 miners were shot dead by police.

The miners had been striking for better pay.

One man who survived, despite being shot nine times, relives that day speaking to the BBC's Nomsa Maseko.

Starving mother 'tries to sell owl'

A mother of five shocked market-goers in Kenya's eastern Kitui own by trying to sell an owl to raise money to feed her children, the privately owned Nairobi News reports.

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Kamene Kakai looked gloomy and emaciated, as she pleaded with people in the market to buy the owl for about $2 (£2.50), the newspaper reported.

She tried to sell the owl to keep away hunger, for at least a day.

Ms Kakai trekked 15km (nine miles) from a village to come to the market.

She told Nairobi News:

I was left with the choice of watching my children die and opted to bring this owl to the market."

Angolan men deny allegiance to IS

Five Angolan Muslim men, who were arrested in December for allegedly spreading radical Islamist views on the internet and planning an attack, have denied they are linked to the militant Islamic State (IS) group, their lawyer has told AFP news agency.

The men were charged in April with the creation of a radical movement as well as pledging loyalty to IS.

The Angola prosecution further alleges that the men were getting ready for an attack and were using meetings and social media to radicalise others.

Speaking from his prison cell, one of the accused Ahmed Nladu Jose, denied this.

He told AFP: "Our goal was to preach and spread the Islamic faith without inciting violence. We had a Facebook group of 1,500 members to discuss Islam."

Their lawyer Sebastiao Assurreira says the accusations they are facing are simply based on assumptions. Mr Assurreera says it is not unexpected for people to discuss their faith or beliefs on social media.

According to Angolan law, they could face between five and 15 years imprisonment if they were convicted of forming a "terrorist organisation" And between three to 12 years in jail for belonging to a terrorist organisation, the AFP says

No date has been set for their trial.

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Their lawyer Sebastiao Assurreira says the accusations they are facing are simply based on assumptions. Mr Assurreera says it is not unexpected for people to discuss their faith or beliefs on social media.

The accused could be imprisoned for five and 15 years if convicted of forming a "terrorist organisation" and between three to 12 years for belonging to a "terrorist organisation".

No date has been set for their trial.

Cisse leads tributes at Tiote memorial

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Papiss Cisse was in tears at the memorial to former team-mate Cheick Tiote

Papiss Cisse led the tributes at a memorial for former Newcastle United team-mate Cheick Tiote in China.

Tiote, 30, died after collapsing during training for Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises on 5 June.

Friends, family and former team-mates attended the memorial and his coffin was draped with an Ivory Coast flag.

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Fans held a banner that read 'R.I.P Cheick Tiote 1986-2017' at the memorial service
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"I lived some extraordinary moments with this man and today he is gone," said Senegal striker Cisse, who spent four years at Newcastle.

"He was like a brother. We shared a lot in life. His family was my family," added the Shandong Lueng player, who was in tears at the service.

Kenyan family feared trapped under rubble

A mother and her three children are among five people still missing following the collapse of a seven-storey residential block in a poor neighbourhood in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Monday night, the Red Cross has tweeted:

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Cracks appeared in the building on Monday, leading to the evacuation of most tenants.

A total of 128 tenants had been accounted for, the government's National Disaster Management Unit said.

"Most families cooperated and (were) evacuated safely. However, it is believed that some people may have been trapped. Rescue efforts are ongoing," its spokesman Pius Masai said, AFP news agency reports.

The incident occurred in the Kware area of Mukuru Kwa Reuben, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi.

Zambian opposition MPs suspended from parliament

Zambia's parliament has suspended 48 opposition lawmakers for boycotting President Edgar Lungu's address to lawmakers in March.

The 48 - all members of the United Party for National Development UPND - dispute Mr Lungu's victory in elections last year.

"I challenge you to resign on moral grounds if you do not recognise that there is a legitimately elected government," parliamentary speaker Patrick Matibini said, as he suspended the 48 for a period of 30 days.

The UPND has tweeted about it:

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The UPND's defeated presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema is currently in detention, and has been charged with treason. He denies the charge.

Poachers kill elephants in Zimbabwe

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

A herd of African elephants is pictured on November 17, 2012 in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe
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Poachers have killed four elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest game park, the Hwange National Park, in the north-west.

Tusks and buckets of cyanide and ivory have been recovered by wildlife officials. Tests are being carried to confirm whether the elephants died because of poisoning.

No arrests have so far been made.

Zimbabwe-based conservation group Bhejane Wildlife Trust says that leaving buckets of salt and cyanide along elephant paths appears to be the new method of poisoning.

Over a three-month period in 2015, nearly 100 elephants were killed when poachers laced salt licks with cyanide.

A shortage of funding has contributed to the rise in poaching, wildlife officials say.

Read: Game rangers in danger

Tunisia launches war against garbage

Tunisia's environmental police unit has started work in the country for the first time today. Their duties will focus on stopping people from throwing away or burning their household and business waste illegally.

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Piles of rubbish are a common sight in Tunisian towns and cities. The new unit will gradually train new personnel to operate in the most densely populated areas in the country, including the top tourist sites.

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The BBC's Rana Jawad says there are new blue bins along some of the capital's beaches

In one small beach in La Marsa in the suburbs of Tunis more than a dozen new bins dotted the sand.

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Devastation in the wake of South Africa wildfires

People in South Africa's Western Cape province are dealing with the impact of wildfires in which seven people died.

Thousands of people were also forced to leave their homes in the popular tourist area of Knysna.

The BBC's Mohammed Allie reports.

Devastation in the wake of South Africa wildfires

Kenya imports yellow maize

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

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Kenya has experienced a shortage of the staple maize flour

Kenya's government has started importing yellow maize for animal feed to ease the shortage in the country.

Two ships from Ukraine and Russia docked at Mombasa port today carrying at least 35,000 tonnes.

The country has run out of maize stock and is now depending on imports for its staple food.

Last month the government imported white maize from Mexico. Critics say demand is still far higher than supply and some traders are now restricting consumers to only one or two packets per purchase.

Kenya is experiencing the crippling shortage due to bad weather and poor planning.

When rains failed last year, large scale maize farmers had a poor harvest. The government’s silos, meant to cover any shortage, emptied fast, with many saying the state did not buy enough stock for moments like this.

Now millers say they have to depend on the imported maize until the next harvest in Kenya, which starts around August.

Read: Why has Kenya's staple food gone into hiding?

Benni McCarthy appointed Cape Town City coach

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

Former Bafana Bafana captain Benni McCarthy has been appointed as the head coach of South African Premier League side, Cape Town City.

McCarthy takes over from another former South African international, Eric Tinkler, who left the Cape Town club to join SuperSport United.

“CTCFC is proud to announce Benni McCarthy as the new Head Coach. The prodigal son has returned,” the club announced earlier today on Twitter.

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McCarthy started his coaching career in Belgium, where he worked as an assistant coach Belgian Pro League side Sint Truiden.

The Banana Bafana all-time top goalscorer recently told the BBC that his dream is to become a top coach like Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who was his manager at Portuguese side FC Porto.

“I would love to be me but with a lot of Jose Mourinho’s coaching methods,” he said.

Angola 'to allow limited abortions'

Angola's ruling party has agreed to push through legislation that will allow abortions in cases of rape or where there is a risk to the mother's health, AFP news agency reports.

At one point, parliament was considering outlawing it in all cases.

The decision followed a rally in March when about 200 people protested against the government's strong stance against abortion.

Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and head of state energy giant Sonangol, speaks during an interview in Luanda, Angola, June 9, 2016
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Isabel dos Santos criticised the government's tough line

In February, the government unveiled a draft penal code which specified a jail term of up to 10 years for anyone who had an abortion or performed one, but did include exceptions when it came to rape and maternal health risks.

Lobbying by church leaders in mainly Christian Angola led to the removal of the limited exemptions, AFP reports.

This created a backlash, with Isabel dos Santos - a wealthy businesswoman who is the daughter of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos - condemning the "criminalisation of women", AFP adds.

"We have decided to listen to the pressure from society," the president of the ruling MPLA party's parliamentary caucus, Virgilio de Fontes Pereira, was quoted as saying, as he outlined the new policy.

Is the Philippines copying South Africa's tourism experience?

The Philippines' Department of Tourism is facing accusations of copying ideas for its promotional video from South Africa, reports ABS-CBN news in the Philippines.

The paper says that social media users have noticed similarities between the newly released promotional video to the one that was released by South Africa in 2014.

According to ABC-CBN both promos show a blind man who uses his other senses to enjoy his tourism experience. And in both videos, the man's disability is not obvious until he pulls out a walking cane.

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Rains wreak havoc across southern Ivory Coast

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

The rainy season is causing havoc across the south of Ivory Coast.

In parts of the commercial capital, Abidjan, people have had to evacuate their homes due to flooding. At least 7 people died last month when a wall collapsed due to the heavy rains.

The stormy weather has swept away a bridge on the road to Brofodoumé about 15km (nine miles) north of Abidjan.

The stormy weather has swept away a bridge on the road to Brofodoumé about 15 km north of Abidjan.
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The stormy weather has swept away a bridge on the road to Brofodoumé about 15 km north of Abidjan.
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Zille: 'A naughty-looking school child'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Veteran South African politician Helen Zille looked like a naughty school child sitting next to her headmaster, Mmusi Maimane, as she apologised "unreservedly" for her controversial tweets about colonialism.

"In South Africa, colonialism and apartheid subjugated and oppressed a majority, and benefitted a minority, on the basis of race. This is indeed indefensible, and I do not support, justify, praise or promote it," Ms Zille said.

This has somewhat restored Mr Maimane’s authority as leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).

However, it did not go unnoticed that the beleaguered former leader kept referring to Mr Maimane, a onetime protege of hers, in the third person as “the leader”.

South African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) president Helen Zille and DA Gauteng Premier candidate Musi Maimane(L) address a crowd of supporters during an elections campaign rally in Johannesburg Alexandra township on April 30, 2014.
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Ms Zille handpicked Mr Maimane as her successor

There is no doubt that this controversy - raging since March when Ms Zille tweeted that not all aspects of colonialism were negative - damaged the DA’s project to unseat the governing African National Congress (ANC) in the general election in 2019.

Many black people who had flocked to the DA because of the corruption in the ANC, felt angry by Ms Zille’s defence of the tweets.

Now, there is a collective sigh of relief that the opposition’s focus will shift back to “project 2019”.

The question is whether black DA voters, who were ridiculed for being subservient following Ms Zille’s tweets, will continue to support the DA.

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Last cancer specialist 'quits' Durban

The last cancer specialist or oncologist in the public healthcare sector in South Africa's city of Durban has quit, South African media are reporting.

Doctors there argue that they are unable to continue working because medical equipment is in a defective state , the eNCA reports

A 69-year-old man who was in need of urgent cancer treatment died last week at the Albert Luthuli Central Hospital prompting the specialist to leave during the crisis, IOL is reporting.

However Sibongiseni Dhlomo, a member of the executive council of KwaZulu-Natal Province's Health department, says the situation is being monitored to ensure that cancer patients receive the required treatment.

Three doctors from the private sector say they will help where they can, the eNCA adds

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'Concerns about devil worship' in Kenyan schools

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Government-owned schools were torched last year

Kenya's education authorities should take steps to tackle devil worship in schools, a government-appointed committee is quoted as saying by the local privately owned Daily Nation newspaper.

The committee - formed to investigate unrest in schools last year - said that about 48 out of 703 students had admitted to the existence of devil worship.

A total of 17 out of 52 principals, 26 out of 118 board of management members, 15 out of 32 religious leaders and 56 out of 191 teachers indicated that the problem of devil worship, "both serious and not serious, was in the schools”, the committee's report said, according to the newspaper.

Schools should take spiritual care initiatives, including appointing chaplains and setting aside suitable and ample time for worship, to overcome the problem, the report added.

The report also said that children were engaging in homosexuality in primary and secondary school.

“It is important to note that most teachers avoided mentioning the occurrence of the issues. This could be due to secrecy or fear associated with the issues,” the Daily Nation quoted the report as saying.

Students who engaged in homosexual activity were suspended, transferred to other schools, referred to boards of management for disciplinary action or guided and counselled.

“Most of the students were adolescents struggling with challenges of growing up, including self-awareness, self-esteem, the need for acceptance and recognition,” the Daily Nation quoted the report as saying.

It added that without guidance and counselling, children learned from their peers or other people.

“Investigations carried out on unrest in schools established that some of the perpetrators of the incidents were from dysfunctional families,” the report added, according to the Daily Nation.

More than 100 government secondary schools were torched last yar, prompting government to order the investigation.

Read: Why are Kenyan schools being torched?

Tunisian man 'jailed for smoking in Ramadan'

A Tunisian protester smokes a cigarette and holds a placard reading in French 'Why is it bothering you? If you fast and I eat?' during a demonstration for the right to eat and smoke in public during the Muslim dawn-to-dusk fasting month of Ramadan, on June 11, 2017, in Tunis.
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A protester holds a placard reading in French: "Why is it bothering you? If you fast and I eat?"

A court in Tunisia has sentenced a man who smoked a cigarette in public during the dawn to dusk Muslim fast to one month in jail, a spokesman has told the AFP news agency

The man was allegedly seen smoking outside the courthouse in the coastal city of Bizerte by a judiciary official and he was later arrested by police.

While there is no law against eating or drinking in public during Ramadan, the issue comes up every year in Tunisa, AFP says.

Earlier this month four men were sentenced to one month in jail for eating in public during the fasting period.

On Sunday a number of Tunisians went out on the streets of the capital Tunis demanding the freedom to eat and drink in public during Ramadan, AFP reports.

Zille quits all posts in DA over colonialism remarks

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Helen Zille has turned into a divisive figure

The former leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has resigned from all leadership positions in the party, in the latest fall-out from her controversial tweets about colonialism.

The DA made the announcement at a joint press conference that Helen Zille held with Mmusi Maimane, her successor and the first black leader of the party.

Mr Maimane said he was angered by Ms Zille's tweets, and leaders should remember that colonialism was not a "victimless crime".

Mr Maimane said Ms Zille had agreed to offer a "fulsome and unqualified" apology to South Africans.

Ms Zille was giving up her posts on the DA's Federal Executive, Federal Council and Provincial Council, as this was in the best interest of the party, Mr Maimane added.

However, she remained the premier of the Western Cape province.

She would no longer be able to comment on issues unrelated to her government post without abiding by the "sign-off protocols of the DA", Mr Maimane added.

The agreement with Ms Zille drew a line under the "unfortunate episode", and avoided a protracted legal battle, he added.

In her comments, Ms Zille said her priority now was to restore public trust.

She added that that given South Africa's history “the origin of the speaker makes a difference to what is being heard and I think this is one of those cases.”

Her tweets caused a storm in March, raising fears it wll damage the DA's chances of winning support among black voters in the 2019 election.

She said the legacy of colonialism was not all negative, and added: "Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest please."

Read: Zille 'undermines DA'

Kenya has 'better internet speed than the US'

Kenyans enjoy faster mobile internet speeds than American, Taiwanese, Irish and Swedish citizens, according to a report by technology firm Akamai.

Overall, the East African country ranks 14th of the 130 countries surveyed.

Kenyan internet specialist Njeri Rionge explains to BBC Africa's David Amanor why this comes as no surprise to many in the sector.

Taiwan, Ireland and Sweden also rank below Kenya

Morocco sends aid to Qatar

The Moroccan government has said it is sending a plane-load of food to Qatar, which has been isolated by transport restrictions imposed by its Gulf neighbours.

In a statement, the Moroccan foreign ministry said the move was only humanitarian and unrelated to the political dispute over Doha's alleged links to terrorism.

Earlier, the king of Morocco, Mohamed VI, offered to mediate between the parties. Last week Morocco suspended flights to and from Doha.

Qatar relies on imports for most of its food.

Boats sitting in the port along the corniche in Doha, Qatar (5 June 2017)
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Cargo for Qatar is usually shipped to ports in the UAE and then loaded onto smaller vessels

Read: What's behind the row?

Zimbabwe bans grain imports

A zimbabwean girl, Vimbiso Chidamba, inspects some of the few remaining maize cobs in the family's granary as she gathers cobs in a sack for milling at her village in Musana Bindura on September 2, 2015.
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Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of southern Africa

Zimbabwe has banned grain imports to protect local farmers after producing enough to meet domestic demand, the deputy minister of agriculture has said, just a year after a devastating drought left more than 4 million people in need of food aid.

Its grain agency has also raised $200 million (£160m) from the government and private sector to purchase maize from farmers, state-owned media reported.

The treasury last week forecast output of the staple maize at 2.1 million tonnes this year, from 511,000 tonnes in 2016.

Reuters news agency quoted the deputy minister of agriculture, Davis Mharapira, as saying:

It is true we have banned all grain imports because we have produced enough this year and also because we need to protect our local farmers

Mr Mharapira said the state's Grain Marketing Board would pay $390 per tonne for white maize, almost triple the $143 for the September contract for white maize in South Africa, one of the countries from which Zimbabwe has previously imported maize.

He added that the higher price would encourage farmers to produce more maize while the import ban would make it impossible for dealers to buy the grain abroad and resell it at a higher price locally, Reuters reports.

Zimbabwe has since 2001 been importing maize to meet domestic demand of 1.8 million tonnes. The crisis has been blamed in part on the seizure of white-owned farms, hitting commercial agriculture production.

Building collapses in Kenya capital

About 15 people are missing after a seven-storey building collapsed on Monday night in an eastern neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The Kenya Red Cross has tweeted that response teams are on the scene at the building:

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Police were called to the scene moments before the incident. The officers then ordered an evacuation.

The National Disaster Management Unit says most families heeded the call and 121 people left the building safely.

Local media reports that some people sneaked back into the building apparently to collect their belongings but then it caved in while they were inside. Rescue efforts are under way.

This is not the first time a residential building in Nairobi has collapsed.

An audit by the National Construction Authority in 2015 found that just over half of the buildings in the city, particularly in low-income areas, are unfit to live in.

Authorities have in the past promised to demolish substandard buildings, but no such action has been taken.

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