Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Late anti-apartheid icon's doctor reveals that his ambulance caught fire
  2. Nigeria's militant Islamists 'forced boy to wear explosives'
  3. Zambian teacher accused of beheading nurse in marital row
  4. Tanzania pastor held after two drown during baptism
  5. 'Tip-off from FBI' leads to mass arrests in Cameroon
  6. Elite Cameroon troops missing after boat sinks
  7. Adebayor: I don't talk to my family anymore
  8. 'Baboon caused power outage' in Zambia's main tourist city
  9. South Africa minister in row over '$770,000 spent on flowers and gifts'
  10. Madagascar's finance minister quits
  11. Gas explosion in Nigeria kills at least nine people

Live Reporting

By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Scroll down for Monday's stories

We'll be back tomorrow

That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

If a lion adopts a goat as his child, in times of extreme hunger, he will not fail to devour it."

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this image of a man playing his violin while waiting for a boat in Zanzibar:

View more on instagram

Nigeria boy 'dies trying to remove explosives'

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

Boko Haram militants
AFP
Boko Haram was headquartered in Maiduguri before it was driven out of the city

A 10-year-old cattle herder has been killed in north-eastern Nigeria while trying to remove explosives that militant Islamists forcibly strapped around his body, police have said.

The boy's younger brother was injured in the incident, which happened on Saturday on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the main city in north-eastern Nigeria, police added.

The two children came in contact with the Boko Haram militants while grazing their animals, police said.

The militants forced the elder boy to wear a suicide vest, and warned him not to tell anyone about it and not to remove it until he got home, police added.

He and his brother returned home and the death and injuries were caused while unstrapping the vest, police said.

There have been persistent reports of Boko Haram conscripting children to carry out attacks around Maiduguri in the past few months.

So far, police say that 76 suicide attacks were carried out between March and July this year.

This morning, a female suicide bomber struck at a mosque in Maiduguri, killing eight people and injuring 15 others.

Watch: Boko Haram's suicide bombers strategy

Kenya's opposition leader 'to empower farmers'

If Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga wins the presidency on 8 August, he has promised to boost investment opportunities for young people, stamp out corruption and encourage farmers to produce more food.

He told the BBC's Vivienne Nunis that "this country does not need to be starving."

Kenyatta vows to 'bury' al-Shabab

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) of the Jubilee Party addresses his supporters on May 29, 2017 in Nairobi
AFP
President Kenyatta is running for a second term

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the security forces to wipe out militant Islamist group al-Shabab, saying its fighters should be buried - not jailed.

He made the comments after the militants took a senior government official and five other people hostage in the coastal region of Lamu on Thursday. Two people died in a rescue operation by the security forces.

Speaking at a rally in Lamu as he campaigns for re-election in the 8 August poll, Mr Kenyatta said:

We shall bury them. Fire must be met with fire. Our citizens are losing their lives. Our security forces are losing their lives. My principal secretary was wounded here a few days ago...

I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures we are taking."

Kenya's opposition candidate: No sex before poll

Raila Odinga
AFP
Raila Odinga is running for the presidency for the fourth time

Kenya's main opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has urged his supporters not to have sex on the eve of elections as there is a "war to fight", reports the local Star newspaper

According to the paper, he said at a rally in western Kenya that people should sleep with their partners after the election results are announced:

August 8 will be a historic day and no vote will be left without being cast. Men will sleep outside. When the day comes, no man should sleep with a woman.

In a message to his female supporters, Mr Odinga said:

If he moves closer to you, don't look at him, tell him we have a war to fight...let us have sex after we get the presidency."

Mr Odinga, 72, is the main challenger of President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, in the fiercely contested election.

He has failed in his previous bids to win the presidency.

Zambian man 'beheaded his wife'

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Police in Zambia have arrested a teacher who has been accused of beheading his wife after a marital dispute.

A blood-stained machete suspected to have been used in the attack was found soaked next to the body of Mumba Kalaba, a nurse, Eastern province police commissioner Alex Chilufya has said.

The suspect, Tobias Mbewe, has been charged with murder. He is in police custody, and is yet to appear in court.

It is unclear how he will plead.

Growing alarm over Kenya cholera outbreak

People walk past a kiosk where a poster giving information on how to prevent Cholera is displayed in the Kibera area of Nairobi on May 20, 2015
AFP
Cholera is a water-borne disease transmitted through contaminated water and food

More than 330 cases of cholera have been recorded since May in and around Kenya's capital, Nairobi, and three people have died, the health ministry has said.

The ministry has directed health departments nationwide to ban street hawkers from selling food.

It has also ordered an inspection of all hotels, eateries and food handlers across Kenya.

View more on twitter

Last week two ministers were admitted to hospital with cholera-like symptoms, after attending an official function.

A BBC correspondent says many Kenyans are asking why street food sellers are being targeted when the ministers and others became sick at establishments including hotels.

Two priests 'kidnapped' in DR Congo

Two Roman Catholic priests have been kidnapped by a militia in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to officials, AFP reports.

Kidnappings occur frequently in this part of eastern DR Congo due to conflict between the Nande and Hunde ethnic groups and Hutus, according to AFP.

Bishop Paluku Sikuli of the Beni-Butembo region told AFP that the two priests, who are ethnic Nandes, were taken by the Mai Mai militia into the mountains. Their abductors took two vehicles and two motorbikes.

Amisi Kalonda, a local administrator, confirmed the priests' kidnapping:

"Our defence and security services are working to find them."

According to the administrator, the kidnappers abandoned the vehicles they were travelling in.

Five years ago, three priests were abducted near Beni by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces from neighbouring Uganda. They have never been heard of since, AFP says.

- A picture taken on July 16, 2016 shows a boy praying at a Catholic church in Luofu, North Kivu Province
AFP
The Catholic church is the biggest in DR Congo

Huge rise in Zimbabwe road accidents

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Road traffic accidents in Zimbabwe rose by a staggering 100,000 last year, in the latest figures released by the country’s statistics agency.

The number of those killed and injured on the country’s roads also increased sharply.

Drivers appear to be getting more and more reckless on the country's roads. The latest statistics show that accidents more than trebled in 2016, up to nearly 160,000 from 46,000 the previous year.

The number of people dying on the roads also went up by 75%.

Motorists blame the accidents on narrow poorly maintained roads. But authorities say poorly maintained vehicles and driver fatigue also contribute to the casualties.

Last month 43 people perished when a bus travelling to neighbouring Zambia crashed into a tree in northern Zimbabwe.

Police have recommended a ban on night-time driving for public transport.

Medals galore for Tunisia at World Para Athletics Championships

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

More medals for Tunisia during the morning session on the 4th day of the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

Rima Abdelli won gold in the women's F40 shot-put - that's for athletes with dwarfism or similar and her compatriot Raja Jebali claimed bronze.

It means Tunisia are third on the medals table with four golds, five silver and four bronze - the only teams ahead of them are USA and hosts Great Britain who are top with a total of 16 medals including nine gold.

Mandela's ambulance 'caught fire'

Vejay Ramlakan
AFP
Dr Ramlakan says a spy camera was found in the morgue where Mr Mandela's body was

The ambulance which was carrying South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela caught fire as it was taking him to hospital in the months before his death, his doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, has revealed in a newly published book, AFP news agency has reported.

Dr Ramlakan was accompanying the anti-apartheid icon from his home in the main city, Johannesburg, to a specialist heart hospital in the capital, Pretoria, in June 2013 when "a pall of black smoke enveloped the ambulance as it slowed to a halt in the fast lane of the freeway", he wrote in the book entitled Mandela's Last Years.

"I lifted my focus from the section of road in the headlights to glance ahead and saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire.... This was awful. Madiba in an ambulance on fire," added Ramlakan, using the Mr Mandela's clan name.

South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela waves to supporters on his arrival in Phoenix, south of Durban 06 April 2004.
AFP
Mr Mandela was elected president in 1994

Mr Mandela was unharmed, and was transferred after about 30 minutes to a backup ambulance which took him to the hospital, AFP quoted Dr Ramlakan as saying.

In another shocking revelation, Dr Ramlakan wrote that a spy camera was found in the morgue where Mr Mandela's body was kept following his death some six months later from a prolonged respiratory infection.

"I found this a symptom of the lunacy of persons whose unfettered curiosity was most barbaric," AFP quoted him as writing.

Three spy cameras, filming the Mandela household and the family cemetery in the anti-apartheid icon's home village of Qunu, were also also found in 2011.

Mr Mandela, who spent more than 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid, was buried in Qunu following his death at the age of 95.

The funeral procession carrying the coffin of South African President Nelson Mandela moves inside his compound for the funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15, 2013.
AFP
Mr Mandela was buried in his home village

Read: Mandela, the great liberator

Frankie Fredericks suspended pending investigation

Frank Fredericks, IAAF Athlete's Commission Chairperson speaks during a press conference following the IAAF Council Meeting at the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel on November 26, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.
Getty Images
Frankie Fredericks was Namibia's most famous athlete

IAAF council member Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation, the sport's governing body has said.

The Namibian is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) over payments he received from Papa Massata Diack, the son of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack.

In March, French newspaper Le Monde claimed former sprinter Fredericks received a payment days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city.

The four-time Olympic silver medallist says the payment was legitimate and related to his role in the promoting of several athletics events.

He told Le Monde the payment had "nothing whatsoever to do with the Olympic games".

Fredericks stepped down from two key administrative roles in March following the accusations.

He quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics, and left a taskforce helping Russia return to international competition..

As head of the IOC evaluation commission, Fredericks was to lead an inspection visit to 2024 candidate cities Los Angeles and Paris.

In his written judgement, the chairman of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, Michael J Beloff, said Fredericks' suspension was not a presumption of guilt.

Fredericks has also indicated that he will contest the provisional suspension, the AIU statement says.

He is the only Olympic medalist that Namibia has produced. He won two silver medals at the Olympic Games in 1992 and two at the next event in 1996.

Tanzanians drown during baptism

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A pastor is being held for questioning in northern Tanzania after two people he was baptising in a river drowned on Sunday, the local deputy police commandant, Hamisi Selemani Issa, has told the BBC.

The two drowned in the River Ungwasi after being overhelmed by strong currents while being immersed in the water as part of the baptism ceremony conducted by the pastor of the Shalom Church in the Rombo area, police added.

Mr Issa said the pastor was being held with other members of the church for questioning over the incident.

He added:

We don't know what [exactly] happened, but I understand these people believe that baptism has to be done in a river, when others have been doing it in church. The river is big and if you are not careful you can drown."

Mass displacements in CAR

More than 1 million people are now displaced by the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) aid group.

Armed groups have signed several peace deals in the last three years, but fighting continues and more than 100,000 people have fled since April, the NRC added.

It added that the number of families who have been forced to leave their homes is at the highest level since the peak of the conflict in 2014.

The agency is calling for greater attention to be paid to end the conflict, and for more funding for humanitarian aid.

A woman with Pullo refugees settling at a centre for displaced muslims fleeing the anti-balaka militia, looks on in Yaloke, some 200 km east of Bangui, on May 4, 2014
AFP
The conflict has destroyed the lives of many families

Madagascar's finance minister quits

Madagascar's finance minister, Gervais Rakotoarimanana, has announced his resignation, amid speculation that he differed sharply with the president, Reuters news agency is reporting.

Mr Rakotoarimanana told a new conference that he had quit because of a "lack of support", but he did not name President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Madagascar's economy has been struggling following a drought and the destruction caused by a severe cyclone.

Madagascar Minister of Finance and Budget Gervais Rakotoarimanana speaks during a summit on human capital and investment in children for growth and productivity at the World Bank during the 2016 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund Headquarters and the World Bank Group October 6, 2016 in Washington
AFP
Mr Rakotoarimanana was the finance minister in one of Africa's poorest countries

Plane protest delays Senegal deportation

A group of passengers could face hefty fines after delaying a Vueling flight in Barcelona out of sympathy with a Senegalese migrant on board.

The Senegalese man, in handcuffs, was eventually deported to Dakar on the flight. The jet took off after police had come on board to stop the protest.

The 11 protesters could be fined up to €225,000 (£197,000; $258,000) each for endangering flight safety.

The protest delayed both that flight and the return flight from Dakar.

A Spanish journalist, tweeted a video clip showing the protest on the budget airline jet.

View more on twitter

Read the full BBC story here

Cameroon arrests over 'fraud scam targeting foreigners'

US dollar notes
AFP

About 100 people have been arrested in Cameroon since March for being involved in an alleged internet scam to defraud foreigners, police have told the BBC French service's Frederic Takang.

The arrests came after the FBI shared with Cameroon's authorities a list of 602 people suspected of defrauding 2,700 people, mainly based in the US and France, of about $7m (£5.3m), local media reported.

Some of the accused pleaded guilty after appearing in court last week, while others denied the charge, the reports said.

The suspects are accused of taking payment for traditional Cameroonian outfits which they failed to deliver, and of hacking into cash cards.

Somalia internet service 'restored'

Somalia's government says it has restored internet connections across the country's south and central regions, more than 20 days after an outage blamed on a merchant ship which accidentally cut an under sea fibre-optic cable, state-owned Radio Mogadishu has reported.

Officials said the outage affected government and business operations, and cost the countryaround $10m (£7.7m) a day..

This is how the Voice of America's Somalia reporter has tweeted the development

View more on twitter

Elite Cameroon troops missing after boat sinks

A total of 34 soldiers are still missing after a boat transporting elite Cameroonian troops sank off the country's south-eastern coast, the government has said.

Three soldiers were rescued after the boat sank on Sunday while on its way to the heavily-miltarised area Bakassi for refuelling, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in a statement, AFP news agency reported.

The cause of the accident is still unclear, but the waters were very choppy when it happened, he added.

The boat was carrying troops from the Rapid Intervention Brigade, which has been at the forefront of the fight against the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Trump toughens stance on illegal immigrants

BBC World Service

President Donald Trump
Getty Images
Mr Trump's immigration policy has been heavily criticised

New figures from the United States suggest that thousands of people without criminal records are being actively sought as a result of President Donald Trump's election promise to get tough with illegal immigrants.

With an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US, Mr Trump had originally said he would prioritise the deportation of criminals. But a change in policy written into his executive orders made non-criminal illegal immigrants an equal priority for deportation.

Most of the illegal immigrants arrested during Mr Trump's first 100 days in office were criminals, but more than 10,000 undocumented immigrants with no criminal past were arrested too, twice as many as in the same period last year.

'Suicide bomber kills eight' in Nigeria

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up at a mosque in Nigeria's north-eastern Maiduguri city, killing eight people and injuring 15 others, the head of the Borno state emergency management agency, Ahmed Satomi, has told AFP news agency.

Adebayor: I don't talk to my family anymore

In 2015, Emmanuel Adebayor publicly revealed some of the personal issues with his family that have disrupted his career.

Now the Togolese striker has spoken exclusively to the BBC about the controversy.

Adebayor: I don't talk to my family anymore

SA minister in row over '$770,000 spent on flowers and gifts'

Lindiwe Sisulu gives a press conference on April 7, 2011 in Johannesburg
AFP
The minister comes from a prominent anti-apartheid family

South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) will demand an explanation from Housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu on how her department spent the "excessive amount" of 10 million rand ($770,000; £590,000) on flowers and gifts during the 2013/2014 financial year, the party has said.

The controversy comes at a time when Ms Sisulu, the daughter of anti-apartheid struggle luminary Walter Sisulu, is running against several other candidates in the battle to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC).

Ms Sisulu revealed the expenditure in reply to a parliamentary question, and the DA would demand a full list of the people who "benefited" from the $770,000, the DA added in a statement.

The money could have built 100 low-cost homes to help alleviate the housing shortage in South Africa, the party said.

Ms Sisulu has not yet commented on the DA's statement.

On Saturday, she called on her supporters to run her election campaign with integrity and she vowed to tackle corruption, local media reported.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former African Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is the president's ex-wife, and parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete are among other candidates running to succeed Mr Zuma when his term as ANC leader ends in December.

The winner is expected to be the party's presidential candidate in the 2019 election.

Deadly gas blast in Nigeria

Police in Nigeria say at least nine people have been killed and 10 others seriously injured by a gas explosion at a fuel complex in the south-east of the country.

But eyewitnesses say 30 people died, the privately owned Vanguard newspaper reports.

The reason for the explosion at the oil facility in Cross River is not yet clear.

Local reports suggest that illegal attempts to siphon fuel may have been the cause.

Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, due to poor infrastructure and frequent looting from pipelines and tankers.

Baboon 'causes massive blackout' in Zambia

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

A baboon watches tourists along the side of the road July 3, 2010 in Capetown, South Africa
Getty Images
A rogue baboon interfered with high voltage machines, officials say

A baboon interfered with electricity installations in Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone, and cut power supply to about 50,000 customers.

The animal managed to access a power station in the area on Sunday, and tampered with high voltage machines that supply electricity to the southern and western provinces of Zambia, according to Henry Kapata, the spokesman for the country’s power utility, Zesco.

He said Livingstone's 28,000 residents and a further 22,000 people in the region were completely without power for about six hours while repair works were carried out.

Mr Kapata also told the BBC:

It [the baboon] received a massive electricity shock but as you know baboons are highly insulated by nature and it survived with severe burns. Had it been a human being, it would have died.”

The Zesco spokesman said the baboon’s electricity shock was caught on CCTV:

If it were a human being, it would have been prosecuted for vandalism and faced a minimum 10 years in jail with a maximum 25 years”.

Mr Kapata said power has since been restored with the animal handed over to local wildlife authorities for treatment.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

If a lion adopts a goat as his child, in times of extreme hunger, he will not fail to devour it."

A Yoruba proverb sent by Michael Obadaki

Click here to send us your African proverbs

Good morning

Welcome to BBC Africa Live where we will bring you the latest news from around the continent.