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  1. Tanzania's president hits out at the idea of young mums going back to school
  2. Ghana court rules ex-president acted unconstitutionally over Guantanamo detainees
  3. Cholera outbreak at Kenya hotel
  4. Cameroon draw in Confederations Cup
  5. Nigeria's population 'will exceed that of the US by 2050'
  6. Angola's vice-president 'faces corruption trial' in Portugal
  7. South African court says speaker can decide if MPs can vote in secret on no-confidence vote
  8. Republic of Congo withdraws peacekeeping troops from CAR
  9. Gambia's information minster says he understands frustrations with pace of change
  10. Thursday 22 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.

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South Sudan 'lifts ban on foreign journalists'

Authorities in South Sudan will lift a ban on around 20 foreign journalists who had been refused access to the country, the AFP news agency reports quoting a top media official.

The government had earlier this month said the journalists had been barred from entry over "unsubstantiated and unrealistic stories".

AFP reports that The National Dialogue Steering Committee, a group of veteran politicians, had put pressure on the body that regulates media to lift the ban.

Alfred Taban, the committee's chief of media affairs, said the ban aimed to bar journalists who had been critical of the country:

They are going to allow any journalists to come. They were preventing some journalists because they said some journalists are fond of criticism of what is happening in the country."

Media Authority chief Elijah Alier Kuai said permits would be granted to all foreign journalists and there was "no problem" with the reporters coming to South Sudan.

Cameroon's hopes in Confed Cup dented with draw

Cameroon have drawn 1-1 with Australia in their second Confederations Cup match in Russia.

Cameroon took the lead right at the end of the first half with Andre-Frank Anguissa scoring his first international goal.

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Australia's captain Mark Milligan equalised from the penalty spot in the 60th minute after Alex Gersbach was brought down.

The draw makes it very unlikely that Cameroon will progress to the next round after they lost their first match.

They have to beat Germany on Sunday and hope other results go their way.

The Confederations Cup is for the continental champions plus the host of next year's World Cup.

Egyptian clubs warned over Qatar crisis

The Confederation of African Football has issued a thinly-veiled warning to Egyptian clubs to stay out of the political crisis in the Gulf.

Long-simmering tensions between Qatar and its neighbours boiled over earlier this month when Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states to cut all ties with Qatar over the oil and gas-rich kingdom's alleged support for terrorism.

Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host nation, has rejected the accusations.

The political earthquake in the Gulf has also affected beIN Sports - the Qatari sports network which has the sole rights in the Middle East to broadcast tournaments such as the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

El Ahly players
Clubs like Egypt's El Ahly have been warned not to get involved in regional politics

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Kenya cholera outbreak 'under control'

Kenyan authorities have moved to reassure people after there was an outbreak of cholera at a hotel in the capital, Nairobi, hosting a health conference.

Nearly 50 people are now being trated in hospital.

Nairobi county Health Minister Dr Benjamin Muia told the BBC:

The situation is under control. We are closely monitoring all those who are in hospital.

We can assure the public that we are fully prepared for any eventuality. If there is an outbreak of Cholera in the city, we have a solid plan of how to tackle it."

Egypt police kill seven people suspected of attacks on Coptic Christians

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The Egyptian authorities say police have killed seven men they believe were involved in recent attacks on Christians and Coptic churches in which about 100 people were killed.

The interior ministry said that the seven were killed in a shootout in Assiut, 400km ( 248 miles) south of the capital, Cairo.

Security forces say they found automatic weapons, munitions and fake military uniforms at the site.

In Cairo, the government has extended a state of emergency for another three months.

The Somali refugee who is now running a tea business in Uganda

Hamdi Ali fled Somalia after surviving an attack by Islamist militants al-Shabab that killed her father.

She sought refuge in Uganda in 2008, and is now running a tea business to support herself and young daughter.

She’s been speaking to the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire.

Funds for Kenya's sanitary pads project must be used prudently

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The move to legislate the provision of sanitary towels to school-going adolescent girls has been well received by many Kenyans.

Since 2011, the Kenyan government has been setting aside funds to buy and distribute the commodity to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The new legal provision, however, requires government to provide the towels to every school-going girl who has reached puberty - it becomes an obligation rather than an option - so it will require a bigger budget.

There generally exists non-partisan political goodwill to fulfil this goal.

But the authorities will need to ensure the prudent use of that money to make sure every girl who needs the sanitary towels gets them.

School management teams will be charged with the responsibility of purchasing and distributing the towels.

Schoolgirls  in classroom
All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads (stock picture)

Tanzania president says young mothers cannot go back to school

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said that under his presidency schoolgirls who become mothers will not be allowed to go back to school after giving birth.

The president was speaking at a public rally in Chalinze town, about 100km west of the main city Dar es Salaam.

"After calculating some few mathematics she’d be asking the teacher in the classroom ‘let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby,'" reasoned President Magufuli.

As for the man responsible for the pregnancy, the president said he should be imprisoned for 30 years and put the energy he used to impregnate the girl into farming while in jail.

"These NGOs should go out and open schools for parents. But they should not force the government [to take back the pupils].

"I'm giving out free education for students who have really decided to go and study, and now you want me to educate the parents?” President Magufuli said.

The president added to a round of applause:

After getting pregnant, you are done!”

In Tanzania, are at least 8,000 girls who drop out of school every year due to pregnancy, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

President Magufuli
The president has a reputation for being a no-nonsense leader

Sweeping the streets after bombing in Mogadishu

At least four people were killed in a car bomb targeting a police station in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu today.

A VOA journalist has shared a video of workers sweeping the streets eager to get things moving again:

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'I thought I was going to die': Jailed and ransomed in Libya

It was called "Morning Tea" - a brutal flogging with a hosepipe.

Every morning for four months, Seun Femi's captors beat him at a makeshift prison in Libya.

"They would flog my head, my hands, my bum," says the 34-year-old. "The guard would beat me until he got tired."

Two of Seun's fingers were broken during one of the brutal sessions. But the Nigerian says it could have been far worse. One man was beaten to death in front of him.

"I thought I was going to die in that prison," he says.

Seun was one of the tens of thousands of West Africans who cross the Sahara Desert into Libya every year, from where they hope to be trafficked by boat to Europe.

Seun in Nigeria
Back home in Nigeria, Seun says he regrets ever setting out for Europe

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The Gambia's economy six months into the new regime

When Gambian President Adama Barrow took office earlier this year there were hopes that his government would turn things around, both politically and economically.

Nearly six months on, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil has been to the Serekunda market to find out what businesses there make of the country's new leader and his policies.

Ghana's ex-president 'acted unconstitutionally' over Guantanamo detainees

Ghana's Supreme Court has said that former President John Mahama acted unconstitutionally when he allowed two detainees of the US military prison Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to Ghana to live, local media are reporting.

The two men, Khalid al-Dhuby and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef, who had been held for a decade without charge, moved to Ghana at the beginning of last year.

The court ruled that the president should have consulted parliament before agreeing to the transfer, the reports say.

It gave parliament three months to approve the transfer deal. If that deadline is not met then the two former detainees could have to leave the country.

Mr Mahama stepped down from the presidency after he lost the December 2016 election.

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The Guantanamo Bay facility is used to detain what the US government calls "enemy combatants"

Fifty contract cholera at health conference in Kenya

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa

At least 50 people have contracted cholera at a hotel hosting a health conference in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, officials say warning that the number of cases could rise. They add that all those infected are now in isolation in a city hospital.

The source of the disease is still not yet clear but it is normally transmitted through infected food or water.

Last month, five people died of cholera in Nairobi forcing authorities to set up surveillance centres across the capital.

Magufuli orders official water bill defaulters to be cut off

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

John Magufuli
Mr Magufuli directed the water company to follow-up on bill defaulters especially big companies

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the public water company to cut water supplies to all government institutions which have not been paying their bills, state-owned publication Habari Leo reports.

Speaking at the launch of a mega water project yesterday in the coastal area, Mr Magufuli warned ministers, district and regional commissioners in charge of institutions whose water supply would be terminated, that it would be a sign that they had failed in their responsibilities.

He also called on the water company to follow up on bill defaulters, especially big companies.

“If you can't charge those big companies, how is it possible that you come after these poor ordinary citizens?”

Kenya 'colour run' to boost unity ahead of elections

Kenyans came together to celebrate diversity and promote peace in the first colour run event in the country, held in the capital, Nairobi.

The event is inspired by Hindu festival of Holi, known the festival of colour.

Zuma likely to survive vote of no confidence

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The constitutional court decision that parliament's speaker can ask for a secret ballot in a no-confidence motion certainly puts more pressure on President Jacob Zuma. But it does not seal his fate.

The ball is back in speaker Baleka Mbete's court.

Ms Mbete has been President Zuma's protector-in-chief in parliament.

A secret ballot is now very likely. The judges effectively told her to hold one and we know from her court submission that she was "not against" it.

But it is still highly unlikely that ANC MPs will vote President Zuma out of power by supporting a vote of no-confidence, particularly one that was brought by the opposition.

They will use their majority to keep him in office.

Constitutional Court judges

The Congolese man called BBC

The BBC's Charlotte Attwood is currently in Goma, in the east of the Democratic of Congo, and she's come across a man who she suggests could be the most avid BBC listener in the city. So much so that it is part of his name.

She pictured him holding up a work identity card showing that his name is Babinga Kasikabo BBC. And he says "BBC" is also included on his birth certificate.

Man holding an id card

Babinga listens to the BBC in Swahili and French, and follows our Facebook pages.

Rapping to save the lives of Gambian migrants

Despite there being a new president in The Gambia many Gambians are still risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the hope of starting a new life in Europe.

Worried by the number of deaths along that perilous journey, Gambian rapper Bro K wrote a song about it: "Say No To The Back Way".

He's been talking to the BBC's Newsday programme:

Calm restored in DRC city after attack

Charlotte Attwood

BBC Africa

Residents of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) north-eastern city of Beni report that heavily armed men attacked a military base at 0230 GMT (4.30am local time) and then proceeded to a school and the mayors office.

The group then took over the main radio station in the city for an hour before the army recaptured it.

Military sources in Beni say the men were Mai Mai militia and following heavy confrontation with the army, calm has now been fully restored to the city.

Local journalists say there are now four bodies lying in front of the mayor's office. They are believed to be the bodies of the attackers.

Mai Mai is the term used for many self-defence militias operating in and around Beni.

The attack comes after militants raided the central prison in Beni last week, killing 11 people and freeing more than 900 prisoners. Only 75 are reported to have been recaptured.

A Congolese boy stands next to a United Nations vehicle burned during a ambush in the eastern town of Beni on May 5, 2015
Ben has often been the scene of clashes such as in 2015

Djibouti launches new port for the salt trade

Farah Lamane

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Djibouti has launched a $64m (£51m) sea port to exclusively export tonnes of salt from Lake Assal.

The Chinese funded project is the seventh sea port to be launched in this tiny Horn of African country.

It is expected to handle up to six million tonnes of salt annually and will also facilitate the export of minerals from within Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Will Angola's VP actually go to his trial in Portugal?

We've been reporting that Angola's Vice-President Manuel Vicente is facing a corruption trial in Portugal (see earlier entry).

It's over allegations that he paid a bribe to stop a corruption investigation against him.

Mr Vicente denies the charges but there are questions over whether he will appear in court.

Portugal's Publico website says that Mr Vicente's lawyer argued that the decision to go ahead with a trial does not apply to him as he was not formally notified of the decision.

The Observador website says that if the vice-president does not turn up then the court can issue an international arrest warrant, but Angola may not give him up.

It adds that he cannot be tried in absentia.

Vice President of Angola, Manuel Vicente
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South Africa to cull hundreds of deer

Authorities in South Africa will cull 400 fallow deer on Robben Island for the next nine months to ensure balance in the ecosystem, South African media are reporting.

The island, which hosts the prison where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades is now a popular tourist attraction with a variety of plant and animal species. .

The culling will be done at night by a professional hunter and the venison will be distributed to staff on the island‚ as well as to prison services in Cape Town.

Bongiwe Nzeku, Robben Island Museum marketing manager, told the Times publication why the culling was necessary:

In the past‚ culling was rarely necessary‚ because residents hunted the deer for meat and thereby maintained optimal numbers. However‚ hunting practices were halted in 1990 when the island was declared a museum.

We treasure all of the island's natural resources and protecting them is our greatest priority. We look forward to them thriving once more."

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Heavy fighting in east of DR Congo

BBC World Service

There has been fighting around the town of Beni in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including heavy weapons fire.

Residents said an unknown group had launched an attack in the morning.

Some reports suggest a new rebel coalition has been created in the region.

A local army spokesman confirmed to the BBC that fighting had taken place, saying his forces had repelled the attack.

There are frequent outbursts of violence in Beni, and in the North Kivu region as a whole, with several militia groups operating in the area.

Kenya Election Watch podcast is out!

Kenyan women face harassment and violence on the campaign trail but despite these challenges many slugged it out in the party primaries and could now get elected in August's vote.

Writer and podcaster Brenda Wambui discusses the prospects for women candidates in this week's Kenya Election Watch podcast.

The show also looks at the recent opinion poll by Ipsos and assesses the state of the race. And we fact-check an ongoing row between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga about who came up with the policy of free secondary education.

Listen here:

Kenya Election Watch

SA court decision 'victory for opposition'

Leader of the South Africa's UDM party Bantu Holomisa described the constitutional court's decision that parliament's speaker can decide to hold a secret ballot on a no-confidence motion as a "victory for democracy".

Bantu Holomisa in media scrum

The UDM took the case to the court after the speaker, Baleka Mbete, said that it was not within her power to do that.

The ruling was an implied criticism of the speaker, the BBC's Justine Lang says.

'Powerful' court ruling in South Africa

Karen Allen

BBC southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

Jacob Zuma
Parliament's speaker will now decide on whether MPs can vote in secret on no-confidence motion against the president

South Africa's constitutional court has ruled that the speaker of parliament does have the discretion to request a secret ballot in a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

In a powerful ruling in which he touched upon issues of bribery, conflict of interest and fear, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said under the principle of separation of powers it was up to the speaker of parliament to decide how the vote is conducted.

Mr Zuma has faced mounting allegations of corruption and impropriety and faced criticism from within his own party.

Yet it was feared that members of the governing ANC would be reluctant to vote openly against him for fear of reprisals.

A new date for a motion of no confidence now has to be set.

BreakingSA judge says speaker can decide on secret ballot on Zuma no confidence

South Africa's constitutional court has ruled that parliament's speaker can decide on whether MPs should vote in secret on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma:

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Nigeria 'to be world's third most populous nation by 2050'

Nigeria is projected to be the world's third most populous country by the year 2050, according to a report released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The report said Nigeria would overtake the US in terms of population just as the world's population would reach 9.8 billion people from 7.6 billion today.

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Angola's VP 'faces corruption trial in Portugal'

A Portuguese court has ruled that Angola's Vice-President Manuel Vicente should face trial over bribery allegations, the AFP news agency reports quoting Portuguese media.

He is accused of trying to bribe magistrates to shut down a corruption investigation against him.

The alleged bribes were made to Portugal's former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, who also faces charges as part of "Operation Fizz".

Mr Vicente has denied the allegations.

Mr Vicente served as head of Angola's state oil company Sonangol from 1999 until 2012, a hugely influential position now occupied by the president's daughter Isabel Dos Santos.

Until news of the corruption scandal emerged last year, he had been strongly tipped as a potential successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979.

The original corruption investigation, halted in 2012, focused on the origin of money Mr Vicente used to buy a luxury apartment in Lisbon, local media reported.

Manue Vicente
Manuel Vicente was tipped by some to be Angola's next president

Making peace with ex-President Jammeh's supporters

As The Gambia marks six months since President Adama Barrow took office, the government says it is making efforts to reconcile with supporters of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country for 22 years.

The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil travelled to Mr Jammeh's birthplace to gauge the mood there.

Mr Jammeh is now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

South Africa court ruling

South Africa constitutional court is now ruling on whether MPs can vote in secret on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

We will be keeping you up to date with what's been decided but you can also watch a live feed of the court proceedings here:

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Art at South Africa's Constitutional Court

The BBC's Justine Lang is at South Africa's Constitutional Court ahead of the ruling on whether MPs can vote in secret on a no-confidence motion against President Zuma.

Before the ruling began she snapped some of the art works on display in the lobby:

Art work

Congo withdraws troops from CAR amid abuse allegations

BBC World Service

The United Nations says the Republic of Congo has decided to withdraw its peacekeeping troops from the Central African Republic, after new allegations of sexual abuse emerged.

A UN review said there were systemic command and control problems in the Congolese deployment.

Congo has more than 600 troops in its neighbouring country, as part of a 12,000 strong UN mission, known as Minusca.

The UN force has been plagued by accusations of sexual abuse, perpetrated by troops from various countries.

A contingent of 140 police from Congo will however remain.

Ruling on Zuma secret ballot vote expected

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa’s constitutional court is expected to rule on whether a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma should be taken by secret ballot.

This comes after pressure on Mr Zuma has been mounting following a controversial cabinet reshuffle in March, which saw nine government ministers including widely-respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy fired.

Mr Zuma, who has been implicated in a number of corruption scandals, has survived previous no confidence votes in the past.

But his opponents believe that if a secret ballot is allowed, MPs of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has a majority of lawmakers, would vote for his removal.

President Jacob Zuma

The speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, who is also a top ANC official has argued that rules of the House do not allow for a secret ballot but the opposition has rejected this.

In April, political parties were given the go-ahead by the constitutional court to make submissions in the secret ballot case.

President Zuma has lost a number of prominent court cases against him recently, this includes being ordered to pay back a portion of state funds used to refurbish his private home in Nkandla.

Gambians' impatience 'understandable'

BBC World Service

Gambia's Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo has told the BBC that he understands the impatience of those who are frustrated by the rate of change since President Adama Barrow was elected nearly seven months ago.

The minister said it was impossible to improve everything straight away after more than 20 years of authoritarian rule by former President Yahya Jammeh:

People expect everything to be done there and then. That's not possible. We have a lot of things to undo."

He called upon Gambians who were thinking of leaving for Europe to stay and, in his words, change the face of the country.

The minister said that reconciliation was the watchword of President Barrow's government.

He said one day the exiled former leader would be free to return but he was not welcome back yet.

Ex-President Yahyah Jammeh waves to a crowd of supporters before leaving the country on January 21, 2017
President Yahya Jammeh stepped down in January after 22 years in power. He left the country for Equatorial Guinea.

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