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  1. Study says population growth will massively outstrip job creation
  2. SA prison dancers reject 'stripper' label
  3. British ex-mercenary says billionaire Soros 'tried to topple Equatorial Guinea leader Obiang'
  4. Zambian opposition leader posts to Facebook from prison
  5. Nigeria university gets 'anti-Boko Haram trench'
  6. Uganda reggae star Bobi Wine arrested and then released during campaign event
  7. Africa agriculture pioneer wins top prize
  8. Aid group says children are starving to death in Ethiopia

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'I want to fight Joshua in Lagos' - Fury

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British boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury has said he wants to fight Anthony Joshua, who is of Nigerian descent, in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

In a video posted on YouTube, Fury says he is the "Nigerian nightmare".

He had already accepted Joshua's challenge following the Londoner's title victory over Wladimir Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua is of Nigerian descent

Joshua, who stopped the Ukrainian in the 11th round at Wembley, immediately called out fellow Briton Fury, who beat Klitschko on points in November 2015.

"Fury, where you at, baby?" he asked. "I know he's been talking, I want to give 90,000 a chance to see us."

Fury, who has not fought since beating Klitschko, replied: "Let's dance."

Read more - What next for the world heavyweight champion?

Tanzania World Heritage site 'threatened by dam'

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The Selous Game Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tanzania plans to build a 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric plant on a World Heritage site famous for its wildlife habitat despite opposition from environmentalists, Reuters news agency reports.

According to a statement from the Tanzanian president's office, President John Magufuli "wants construction of this project to start as quickly as possible and produce an abundant supply of electricity to speed up the development of the country".

It is believed the project at Stiegler's Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve would help the country end long-term energy shortages.

According to UNESCO the 50,000 sq km designated reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa, famous for being home to many animal species.

Ethiopian experts are expected in Tanzania this week to give advice on how the project can proceed. Ethiopia has several hydropower projects under construction, including the Grand Renaissance Dam.

Critics, however, say a hydropower dam along a major river running through the Selous Game Reserve could greatly affect wildlife downstream.

Eight dead in Kenya bomb - police


Four police officers and four civilians - reportedly children returning to school after Eid celebrations - were killed after their truck hit a landmine on a road near Kenya's border with Somalia, police said.

It is the second such attack this month, after four police officers and a civilian died in a blast in northeast Kenya on 16 June. At least eight police officers were killed in two roadside bombings in May.

The blast took place in the town of Kiunga.

No group has yet said they were behind the blast, but the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group - which is fighting to overthrow the Somali government - has said it will continue to attack Kenya unless it withdraws its troops from an African Union peacekeeping mission.

Diouf: Senegal is bigger than Liverpool

Diouf: Gerrard needs to know Senegal is bigger than Liverpool

Senegalese footballer El Hadji Diouf shares his unvarnished thoughts on former Liverpool team mates Stephen Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Gerrard was "Mr Liverpool", he says, but he was "Mr Senegal" and "Senegal is bigger than Liverpool".

More Africans attempt Italy crossing

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The authorities in Italy say the flow of mainly African migrants coming towards Italian shores from Libya continues unabated.

The Italian coastguard says that on Monday alone it rescued more than 5,000 migrants off the coast of Libya. They were travelling in five boats and 18 rubber dinghies in which they hoped to reach Europe.

Officials say that a total of 8,500 migrants are on board rescue ships heading for Italian ports.

Italy has received more than 65,000 migrants over the past six months - almost 18% more than in the same period last year.

BreakingDeaths in Kenya border blast - AFP

An explosive device has killed eight people including four children on the border between Somalia and Kenya border, AFP news agency is quoting Kenyan police as saying.

Uganda ruling party candidate briefly arrested

It's been last day of a hotly contested by-election in Kyadondo east - a suburb of Kampala.

Earlier we reported that one of the candidates, the musician Bobi Wine, was briefly detained by police.

Now the privately owned Daily Monitor reports that the candidate for the governing party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Mr Sitenda Sebalu was also arrested and briefly detained.

This was after his supporters clashed with supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

Though it is reported he has been released, it has not stopped President Museveni's Senior Press Secretary, Don Wanyama, from tweeting this complaint

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Diao: I had to sleep rough before Monaco trials

Salif Diao: I had to sleep rough before Monaco trials

Former Senegal midfielder had to spend 10 days sleeping rough under a stadium while awaiting his trial with his first club.

The ex-Liverpool and Stoke player now runs his own academy which trains Senegalese children in football, but only if they stay in school.

Egypt airstrikes destroy 12 vehicles - military

Egypt's air force has destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with arms, ammunition and explosives that were attempting to cross the border from Libya, the army spokesman said.

The air strikes were conducted after the Egyptian authorities learned that "criminal elements" were trying to cross the western border, Reuters news agency reported.

Nearly a month ago Egypt launched a series of air raids on Libyan territory against Islamist militants accused of killing 29 Coptic Christians who were travelling to a monastery in southern Egypt.

Congo's Mabiala joins US team

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Major League Soccer (MLS) side Portland Timbers have signed DR Congo international Larrys Mabiala from Turkish club Kayserispor.

The 29-year-old centreback will officially become a Timbers player when the transfer window opens next month, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

Mabiala has played in Turkey since 2012, first for Karabukspor before switching to Kayserispor in 2015.

He also played in France's top flight with PSG and Nice.

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Release #ThisFlag pastor, Amnesty says

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare


Amnesty Interntional has called for the immediate and unconditional release of a Zimbabwean human rights campaigner and #ThisFlag protest leader Evan Mawarire.

Mr Mawarire, a pastor, was arrested on Monday for addressing a group of medical students protesting fee increases on the country’s largest campus. The demonstration turned violent.

He is charged with disorderly conduct in public and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Mawarire says he was simply praying with the students.

In a statement, Amnesty says the arrest shows that the protest leader continues to be targeted by a government bent on criminalising him for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

In January this year, Mawarire was arrested and charged with subversion and “insulting the national flag of Zimbabwe”. He was later released on bail.

He is the Founder of the #ThisFlag movement and led several anti-government protests in 2016 against corruption and the declining economy.

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Africa 'facing 50m jobs shortfall by 2040'

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Millions face unemployment, the report warns

Parts of Africa could suffer a massive unemployment crisis by 2050, according to new research from the Tony Blair Institute.

"This would have serious implications: for the continent and its people, for the prosperity and stability of dozens of countries, and even for the global economy and security," the research found.

The labour force in sub-Saharan Africa will be 823m by 2040, up from 395m in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773m, leaving 50m people without a job.

The report found that countries with high economic potential - such as Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone - were failing to achieve growth.

It called for governments to pursue "inclusive growth" strategies and said countries such as Botswana, Ethiopia and Mauritius had made significant progress because political leaders had worked alongside stakeholders and development partners.

Soros 'plotted to overthrow' Obiang

Simon Mann, an ex-British mercenary, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in 2011, AFP news agency is reporting.

Mr Mann, who led a failed coup in 2004 coup against Mr Nguema, is giving testimony at a trial in Paris. He is testifying on behalf of the president's son, Teodorin Obiang.

Mr Obiang is accused of using Equatorial Guinea's wealth to pay for his lavish lifestyle.

He is accused of using over $112m (£87m) from the country's coffers to buy a six-storey luxury mansion on Avenue Foch, in one the most prestigious neighbourhoods in Paris, as well as a set of Italian supercars.

Mr Obiang, who was not in court, has denied the charges. He says his money was legally acquired.

Simon Mann, the leader of the group of seventy foreigners arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of trying to topple the president of Equatorial Guinea leave a court set up at a maximum security prison 23 March 2004, in Harare
Simon Mann was arrested in Zimbabwe in 2004

Mr Mann also told the court that a lawyer for the NGO Transparency International, William Bourdon, was part of the plot.

Mr Mann, an Eton-educated former British special forces officer, was arrested in Zimbabwe in 2004 on his way to overthrow President Obiang. He was extradited to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 but pardoned a year later by the president.

AFP says it has not yet got a comment from Mr Soros regarding the testimony given by Mr Mann.

However, Mr Bourdon, who represents civil plaintiffs in the Obiang case on behalf of Transparency International France, has accused Mr Mann of "conduct which had plumbed the depths of filth".

Mr Mann told the court he could not prove his claims as he did not have written evidence.

Wyclef Jean releases 'Fela Kuti' single

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Wyclef Jean has paid homage to Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti

It is the first track off his new album Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, due out in September.

The song is inspired by the Nigerian Afrobeat legend and samples his track Eko Ile.

Listen to 'Fela Kuti' here.

Wyclef told XXL magazine earlier this month:

I decided to name it Fela Kuti because for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it.

Fela Kuti studied jazz in England. Wyclef studied jazz at Vailsburg High School. Fela Kuti then went back to his country and tried to help his country by running for president. Wyclef, you know, did the same thing.

Then, Fela, through all his obstacles and all that, his music is what pillared him right back to the top. He understood the strongest way to help politically was to make sure the music was bangin'. So for me, the same way kids can have songs called 'Wyclef Jean' who are influenced by me, I want kids to know who Fela is and what he means.”

More than half of world's population growth is in Africa

Nigeria's population is growing at the fastest rate in the world

The population of Africa will account for more than half of all global population growth between now and 2050, according to a UN population report.

The World Population Prospects report says that of the 2.2bn people who may be added by 2050, 1.3bn will be in Africa.

Nigeria is growing at the fastest rate in the world and its population is projected to overtake that of the US shortly before 2050, the report says.

Overall, half of the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the US, Uganda and Indonesia - in order of their expected contribution to total growth.

Trump's travel ban - your views

The original ban in January provoked mass protests at American airports
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The original ban in January provoked mass protests at American airports

We asked on Facebook what you thought of the US Supreme Court's decision on Monday to allow parts of President Trump's revised travel ban to come into effect.

It prevents people from six Muslim-majority countries - including Somalia, Sudan and Libya in Africa - from travelling to the US for 90 days unless they can prove they have a "bona fide" relationship with people or institutions in the US.

Here are a few of your views:

What's wrong with people. You're banned by TRUMP, for heaven's sake go back to your country and live your life. Oxygen is everywhere."

Pascal Kipande, Kenya

They should blame those using their religious name to kill innocent people."

Hanock Victor Lista

They should have included our Nigerian politicians, half of Nigerian money are been stacked in American banks by these [people], just ban them from having any affair with America and Nigeria will start getting better."

Stevenero Okoli, Nigeria

I welcome the decision of the court."

Murad Ali

Everton close to signing Nigeria's Henry Onyekuru

Henry Onyekuru (right) scored 22 goals in the Belgian top flight last term
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Henry Onyekuru (right) scored 22 goals in the Belgian top flight last term

Everton are close to signing highly rated Nigeria striker Henry Onyekuru in a £7m deal from KAS Eupen.

Onyekuru, 20, scored 22 goals for the Belgian top-flight club last season and has been linked with Arsenal, West Ham United and clubs throughout Europe.

However, the player is understood to have had a medical with Everton on Monday.

Onyekuru is expected to be loaned to Anderlecht for the next 12 months to continue his development in Belgium.

He is regarded by Everton director of football Steve Walsh and manager Ronald Koeman as one for the future.

Onyekuru made his senior debut for Nigeria in the 3-0 friendly win over Togo earlier this month.

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Burkina striker Traore leaves Chelsea

Bertrand Traore

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon for £8.8m (10m euros).

The 21-year-old Burkina Faso international, who spent last season on loan at Ajax, has signed a five-year deal with the French side.

Traore joined the Blues in 2014 and scored four goals in 16 appearances, including goals in three consecutive matches in 2016.

He scored 13 times for Ajax last season and played in the Europa League final defeat by Manchester United.

Global food security 'at risk'

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The London-based think tank, Chatham House, has warned that world food supplies could be put at risk because of the increasing reliance on what it calls transportation choke points.

The organisation has identified fourteen locations around the world, such as the Suez Canal in Egypt, which if they were closed or disrupted would have serious effects on the supply of food and other essentials.

Chatham House says governments need to be prepared for the effects of conflict or environmental change. It adds that the increasing intertwining of transport routes makes any disruption to supply potentially very damaging.

BBC Swahili at 60

The fall of Amin, and Mobutu, just some of the stories covered since 1957

The first transmission of the service which broadcasts in KiSwahili to East and central Africa went on air on 27 June 1957, exactly 60 years ago.

Joseph Odhiambo, one of the editors leading celebrations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recalls the service's great moments. He was talking to presenter Alan Kasujja.

Meanwhile BBC Swahili staff in the Nairobi bureau have been celebrating the milestone with some tasty-looking cake.


Senegal strikers invest in US club

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Demba Ba is among four footballers to invest

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, now with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and ex-Lille forward Moussa Sow have joined fellow francophone footballers Eden Hazard, also of Chelsea, and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye in investing in a new football club in the US.

San Diego is the location for the new expansion side, which will compete in the NASL, the second tier in the US.

"We can't wait to get started and win some games," Hazard said.

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My father, the African icon

Two women whose fathers made an indelible mark on the political landscape in West Africa.

In this week’s episode of BBC’s The Conversation, Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah who led Ghana to independence, speaks to Noo Saro Wiwa whose father Ken Saro Wiwa was an environmental activist and author who was hanged in 1995.

They talk with Kim Chakanetsa about the pride and burden of their fathers' legacy, the private person they knew vs the public figure and how having a famous father has shaped their own personal journeys.

'We are not strippers' say SA prison dancers

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One of the dancers whose performance in a South African prison caused uproar on Monday has angrily denied that she and her colleagues were "strippers".

Busi Mahlangu told The Sowetan newspaper that her troupe were "professional street dancers" who had been invited to perform.

We were a group of three girls and three guys and the pictures that are circulating only show me and another female dancer. We were not even aware that someone was taking pictures of us and we are shocked that we are now being called strippers.

This has affected us very badly because this is our work and we get paid for it. This will affect our reputation because we also get international bookings.

Someone took advantage of the situation and manipulated it to suit the power struggle that is currently going on there."

Cassius Tlhotlhalemaje, a male member of the group, said their performance had lasted nine minutes and the prison inmates seen in the photos had only joined them on stage afterwards.

One inmate that the group knew had wanted to take a picture with the girls he said.

"There was nothing sexual about it," he told The Sowetan.

Thirteen prison officers have been suspended as a result of the controversy.

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South African mayor 'reverses' wall plans

The Mayor of the municipality of Tshwane in South Africa, Solly Msimanga, has reversed a suggestion he made a few days ago that a wall was needed to separate residents in Mamelodi east of Pretoria, report Eye Witness News and IOL

Mayor Msimanga had proposed the wall after clashes between squatters and their neighbours from the formal settlements. The confrontations were caused by increased electricity and water bills following illegal connections. Some homes were petrol bombed during the clashes.

The Mayor is now reported as saying he was only talking about a hypothetical not a physical wall.

Some commentators had likened the suggestion to the wall between the US and Mexico proposed by US President Trump

South African Solly Msimanga, Mayor of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality poses for a protait for AFP during a Mayors C40 Summit 2016 in Mexico city on December 1, 2016
Solly Msimanga: Wall suggestion only 'hypothetical'

Africa agriculture pioneer wins top prize

Dr Adesina
World Food Prize
Dr Adesina is the latest winner of the World Food Prize, founded in 1986

African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes.

Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was vital to boost development.

He added that 98% of the world's 800 million undernourished people live in Africa.

Since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food.

Dr Adesina told BBC News that he was "very humbled" to win the award.

"For me, the award is not just about recognition for me, it is also about putting the wind behind the sails of what still needs to be done in African agriculture," he said.

He added that the critical issue that needed to be addressed was that the level of productivity of the African agricultural sector was "so, so low".

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MSF: Children starving to death in Ethiopia

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The aid group MSF has told the BBC that almost 70 malnourished children have died this month in one area of Ethiopia, and warns this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

MSF says there are extremely high levels of malnutrition in Doolo zone, in Ethiopia's Somali-speaking region, caused by drought, which has led to the death of livestock - a major source of food.

The organisation says the situation is the worst it has seen in the area in the ten years it has been working there. There are also concerns that the supplies of emergency food will run out by the end of next month.

South African banks 'strongest' globally

South African banks have been rated as the strongest around the world by the banking advisory group Lafferty, reports Enca.

It is the second year in a row that the banks have been given this rating.

Lafferty is reported as saying that despite South Africa's credit rating having been downgraded to junk status by some ratings agencies, it has not affected the standards of the banks

The five South African banks that were part of the study were Capitec, Absa, First Rand, Standard Bank and Nedbank.

Business Day newspaper reports that Capitec bank got a five-star rating and was rated best bank in the world.

South African currency

Matthew Davies, the BBC's Africa Business Editor, says this is not surprising. The survey does not only look at balance sheets but also at management and strategy.

He says South African banks are well-respected throughout Africa and the world.

Most European and banks in the US do not score particularly well under Lafferty’s survey because banks in Europe especially have yet to recover properly from the global financial crisis.

Tanzania bans unprocessed food crop exports

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Maize in Kenya
There has been a shortage of maize in neighbouring Kenya

Tanzania has banned the export of food grain following concerns over an increase in food smuggling to neighbouring countries.

At the weekend, the authorities seized 10 trucks of food products reportedly heading to Kenya at Tarekea in North Tanzania.

Speaking at a national Eid al-Fitr ceremony in northern Tanzania's Kilimanjaro region, Prime Minister Kassim Majira warned that food smuggling threatens food security in the country.

“From today on, whoever will be caught smuggling food to neighbouring countries, the contraband cargo will be confiscated and handed to the National Food Reserve, and the truck used for smuggling will be donated to the Police Force” he said.

The government would now only allow export of processed food items such as maize flour because that will benefit local industries.

He added that businesspeople should take food products from where they are abundant and sell them where there is scarcity.

Kenya has recently been hit by food shortages, in particular maize, the staple food in East Africa. The situation has opened up market opportunities for Tanzanian businesspeople.

Botswana's Ketumile Masire lying in state

The body of Botswana's second president Sir Ketumile Masire is now lying in state in parliament. Three days of national mourning were declared following his death on Thursday. A state funeral will be held later this week.

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University gets 'anti-Boko Haram trench'

Maiduguri University
Borno state

A university in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri is building a series of trenches in an effort to repel Boko Haram militants, who have repeatedly targeted the campus.

The trenches are designed to make it impossible for the militants to drive into the university as well as making it harder for them to access the campus on foot.

The Borno state governor Kashim Shettima is financing the trench and has asked the Nigerian government for money to fund a permanent barrier.

Mr Shettima is also releasing money to pay allowances to guards drawn from local vigilante groups, who are working with the police to patrol the area.

He said that while the university was a federal institution, it was the Borno government’s responsibility to prevent loss of life and stop the militants from achieving their aim of forcing the university's closure.

The university was among several sites in and around Maiduguri targeted in a series of suicide bombings over the weekend.

Thirteen people were killed in the attacks, including a female staff member at the university, police said. Most of the attackers were women.

Maiduguri University
Borno state
Maiduguri University
Borno state

Al-Shabab 'hunting former commander'

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Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Mansur
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Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Mansur, pictured in 2008

Al-Shabab fighters are reportedly hunting for one of their former leaders, Sheikh Muqtar Robow Ali Abu Mansur, who had a $5m bounty removed by the US state department several days ago.

The armed group believes that Abu Mansur is planning to surrender to the federal government, which they oppose, and are searching for his hideout.

He is believed to be hiding in southwestern Somalia, the privately owned Jowhar news portal reported.

Abu Mansur was a former deputy leader of al-Shabab and also served as the organisation's spokesman.

He had attended jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, former Somali officials said.

However disagreement emerged between him and other al-Shabab leaders some time ago and has since been in indirect talks with the government, Somalia's former Defence Minister Abdihakim Fiqi said.

Uganda reggae star Bobi Wine released

Earlier we had reported that Ugandan reggae star Bobi Wine had been arrested - now local media say he has been released.

Mr Wine has called for calm following his release and said the incident was the result of confusion over who was going to use a campaign event venue.

Mr Wine said he was allocated a venue to hold his campaign event in by the electoral commission. He was however subsequently informed that President Museveni would be campaigning for an NRM party candidate at the same venue.

The musician is campaigning in a hotly constested by-election outside the capital Kampala

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Ethiopia's Somali people 'ravaged by malnutrition, sickness'

Malnutrition at alarming levels but "just the tip of the iceberg"

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières is highlighting an acute humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia's Somali region.

The country is trying to cope with the worst drought in decades - it's been especially bad across southern and south eastern Ethiopia.

Tara Newell, Médecins Sans Frontières Emergency Manager, has just returned from the region.

Jailed Zambia opposition leader 'in good spirits'


Hakainde Hichilema, the Zambian opposition leader who has been in custody since a traffic incident when his convoy refused to give way to the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu, has posted an update from prison on his Facebook page.

Mr Hichilema said he and those with him are "in good spirits, despite numerous measures aimed at killing our spirit".

He faces treason charges over the motorcade incident and said he was being treated like a convicted criminal despite no trial yet having taken place.

"What we want is the truth to see its day in court. Ours is a fight for democracy and a better Zambia for all," he wrote.

He also condemned acts of violence in the country, which he described as being "on autopilot".

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The case has prompted questions over whether Zambia's reputation as a bastion of democracy is under threat.

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Uganda reggae star arrested

Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine is campaigning as an independent in Kyadondo East

Ugandan reggae star Robert Kyagulanyi - better known as Bobi Wine - has been arrested, local media are reporting including the government owned New Vision and the privately owned Monitor

He is campaigning as an independent for a hotly contested vacant seat outside Kampala in a by-election that is due to take place on Thursday.

Both papers say no reason has been given for his arrest. Though the Monitor reports that his supporters clashed with a rival candidate's supporters yesterday.

President Museveni of the NRM and his long time rival Dr Kizza Besigye (FDC) are also due to hold rallies there today to back their party candidates.

Local TV stations have posted videos and pictures of the arrest on social media.

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More mass graves in Congo

BBC World Service

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have found 10 more mass graves in Kasai province where the security forces and militia groups have been accused of massacring civilians.

The army prosecutor, General Joseph Ponde, said he believed the murders had been committed by units of the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which is fighting the military.

The UN last week highlighted the continuing slaughter in the province, saying 2,000 civilians had been killed in the past three months.

Separately the UN has criticised the decision of a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven soldiers for crimes against humanity.

They will still be tried for murder but the tribunal ruled that because no war had been declared in Kasai province they could not face war crimes charges. They were allegedly filmed shooting at unarmed civilians.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

One piece of wood cannot make a fire."

A Bemba proverb sent by Chibale Silverious in Lusaka, Zambia

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