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Summary

  1. Ugandan president says he has never been sick in 31 years
  2. Malawi's former president 'says she is innocent of corruption'
  3. Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike'
  4. Nigerian military chiefs relocate to Boko Haram heartland
  5. China opens military base in Djibouti
  6. Tobacco giant faces fraud investigation
  7. Sierra Leone police ban jogging
  8. US offer help in investigation of Kenya election IT head's death

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By Clare Spencer and Natasha Booty

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

A reminder of today's wise words:

The one who knows the road is the one who has walked it.

A Xhosa proverb sent by Mzuvukile, Maqetuka in Johannesburg, South Africa

And we leave you with this selfie by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni taken today at a Commonwealth youth ministers meeting in Kampala:

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Victim's dying hours in Kenyan ambulance made into film

In October 2015 a young man died in an ambulance after spending 18 hours inside the vehicle.

This event inspired the movie "18 Hours". It follows a rookie paramedic who tried to help the victim of a road crash.

In a series about low budget films, Kenyan film director Njue Kevin and producer Phoebe Ruguru told BBC Minute about making their first feature film:

Using real-life events to inspire your work

Rapper Wale defends spraying daughter with money

Nigerian-American rapper Wale has hit back at those who have criticised him for showering his daughter with money at her birthday party.

"That's just a little bit of that ignorance you get in this country [the US] sometimes, for other cultures. I'm used to it," he told US entertainment site TMZ.

"You've just got to respect other people's traditions on all levels before you speak on it. I'm proud of where I come from. That's just what we do, that's all I knew from when I was growing up," Wale added.

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Money spraying is a widespread phenomenon at some Nigerian parties and celebrations, says Bola Mosuro of BBC Focus on Africa radio:

"Some like it, some don't," she says.

"It's used as a way to show love and appreciation for the celebrant, their parents or even musicians playing at the party.

"Most people use $1 bills, sometimes it's lower denomination Naira [Nigeria's currency], but generally people aren't using large amounts of money.

"In some people's eyes it is sometimes done in a vulgar way, and recently a video went viral showing a couple tossing money in a way that many deemed excessive.

"A minority have been said to use spraying machines, but on the whole most would do it discretely by placing the notes on the body.

"Ultimately it's a matter of choice," Bola explains.

And speaking of party traditions, one of Wale's best known songs reinterprets the West African party classic, Bunny Mack's Let Me Love You:

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Malawi's former president 'says she is innocent of corruption'

Malawi's former president Joyce Banda had denied any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, reports Reuters news agency.

"I will be coming back because I never did anything wrong and I am innocent," Ms Banda told Reuters.

Malawi's police said yesterday that they had unearthed credible evidence which "raises reasonable suspicion" she committed offences "relating to abuse of office and money laundering".

It is in connection with the $250m (£190m) "cashgate" corruption scandal where officials were convicted of syphoning off public funds.

She told Reuters that she will return to Malawi.

Ms Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a distinguished fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.

"I am the only President who got to the bottom of corruption and instituted the first-ever commission of inquiry into corruption," she added.

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Who was the woman found with murdered Kenyan Chris Msando?

We have been reporting all day on the fall-out after the murder of Kenya's electronic voting system boss Chris Msando.

But a woman also died with him.

CCTV footage has revealed that Mr Msando drove around the city in the company of two men and a woman into the early hours of Saturday.

Later that day, police recovered his body and that of a 21-year-old female student and moved them to a public mortuary, but it took two days to identify them.

The name of the student was Carol Ngumbu, President Kenyatta confirmed in a statement.

The Daily Nation reports that she had just completed her studies at Kenya Medical Training College.

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Ms Ngumbu's sister Jedida Wanjiku told the Daily Nation that they last talked on the phone at around 7pm, when Carol told her she was going to have a few drinks with Mr Msando.

Carol and Mr Msando had been friends for months, said Ms Wanjiku.

Ms Wanjiku said she realised her sister was missing on Saturday after Carol's male friends called looking for her but her phone was off.

Nigerian mobile payment app gets $10m funding

A payment processing app created by a 26-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur has received $10m (£7.6m) from US investors.

Flutterwave was launched last year, and co-founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji says the funding will be used to expand the app across Africa and the rest of the world.

"On the internet, anyone can build a global business from anywhere," Mr Aboyeji is quoted as saying on news site Disrupt Africa.

The software works as a virtual middle-man: consumers pay for items in their local currency, and because banks and payment-service providers are integrated into the platform, there is relatively less cost and hassle involved for the businesses that use it.

Disrupt Africa quotes Mr Aboyeji as saying: “Flutterwave’s global payments solutions will make it easier for Africans to participate in the digital economy so you can make and accept payments for whatever you want, in whatever currency or payment method you want, across the globe.”

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Zambia hits out at Malema calling president a dictator

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Julius Malema
AFP
Mr Malema called Mr Lungu a dictator

The Zambian government has reacted sharply to Julius Malema’s remarks that President Edgar Lungu was a “coward” who was opposed to dissenting views.

At the weekend Mr Malema, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in South Africa, labelled Mr Lungu a dictator and compared him to leaders of the apartheid regime.

His remarks come after the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of Zambia's biggest opposition party, after a row over Mr Lungu’s motorcade. He faces treason charges.

The Zambian government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga says the accusations are baseless because no one is being harassed.

She hit out at Mr Malema:

Mr Malema should realise that Zambians are politically mature and are capable of dealing with their own issues if any, and cannot stoop so low as to ask for help from political charlatans and unruly individuals like Mr Malema.”

Political turmoil 'affecting foreign investment' into South Africa

BBC World Service

Lesetja Kganyago
Reuters

The governor of South Africa's central bank says the country's political turmoil is affecting foreign investment.

Lesetja Kganyago told a parliamentary committee that what was previously a dip in local investment confidence had now switched to include foreign capital inflows.

President Jacob Zuma faces a further no-confidence motion in parliament next week amid ongoing corruption allegations.

South Africa is the continent's most industrialised economy but slipped into recession earlier this year.

What's going on at Kenya's 'political park'?

Dickens Olewe

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Members of the group meet to debate
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As elections approach, things are hotting up in Nairobi's Jevanjee Gardens.

This is the place where small and intense groups of mostly male political enthusiasts huddle together to debate the latest events and issues of the day.

Known as Bunge la Mwananchi (The People's Parliament) these groups have been meeting every day, and have their roots in Kenya's push for multi-party democracy back in the 1990s.

One man named Oyala told me:

"This is a liberated area. Anyone can say anything here. There is nothing like hate speech here. We express ourselves truthfully."

Despite their informality, Bunge la Mwananchi have structures and members take it in turns to act as group spokesperson for the day.

The entrance to the park
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Over the years the meetings have expanded and outgrown the park. Breakaway groups which had relocated to the city center were banned by police in June over security concerns.

Some of those who broke away have since returned to the park.

I asked one man how members earn a living if they spend hours at the park. He said that most of them have jobs but "they can't wait to meet at the park". Another told me he left work early today to join today's discussions.

What do they make of the political debate on Kenyan TV?

"They are armchair analysts. They don't know what are talking about," Oyala said.

He later added that some top politicians cut their teeth at the Bunge la Mwananchi.

Most members I talked to said that, despite their divergent and strong views, they are a strong knit community and look after each other.

When I left the park, I spotted another group gathering and getting ready to start another debate.

Kenyan president 'deeply saddened' by Msando's death

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is "deeply shocked and saddened" by the murder of Chris Msando.

Mr Msando was in charge of the electronic voting system for Kenya's election before he was found dead at the weekend.

Mr Kenyatta said in a statement that "Chris was a man who gave himself to the service of his country, and its institutions".

He urged the public to "allow investigations to proceed calmly".

"Careless speculation in this time of grief only makes the work of investigators harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved him," he said.

The election is only a few days away and Mr Kenyatta added that "this is not the time to allow a tragedy such as this to divide us".

He added that Kenyans should make sure "that the ideal for which he lived - the free and fair choice of our leaders - is realised".

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People were at a rally for Mr Msando earlier today

Angola accepts a reduced EU election team

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos addresses a rally
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Angola's long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down after this month's presidential elections

Angola says it will allow four experts from the European Union (EU) to monitor its elections later this month, AFP news agency reports.

"The EU will only send a small mission... We cannot really speak of observers, only experts. A real mission of observers is 200 people," a European diplomatic source told AFP.

The agreement was reached after extended talks, AFP adds, and comes two weeks after the Angolan government rejected outright any EU observer mission.

The initial dispute was over access to polling stations and other conditions.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for more than 37 years, has said he will step down after the vote takes place on 23 August.

Enninful becomes first male editor of Vogue

British-Ghanaian Edward Enninful has officially started his new job as editor of British Vogue today:

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He's the first male editor in the magazine's history.

The fashion world will be watching with interest to see what Enninful does as editor - his first move this morning was to launch Vogue on Snapchat.

Enninful has already been busy making some changes at the top of Vogue in the last few months.

For starters, he's hired Naomi Campbell, Steve McQueen, Kate Moss and Adwoa Aboah as contributing editors - just a few names in the huge overhaul of the editorial team.

Read more: Five things Vogue's new editor will focus on.

Adwoa Aboah on the red carpet
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Model and mental health campaigner Adwoa Aboah is joining Enninful's team

Shrine belonging to 'killer' cult discovered

Police in Lagos say they have discovered a shrine belonging to suspected members of a group known as the Badoo cult.

Officials discovered graves, fetishes and sacrificial objects at the site in the Ikorodu neighbourhood of Lagos, according to Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper, which also reports that four members of the group were arrested following the raid.

The Badoo cult members are regarded as suspects in the murder of a family of four which happened in the same neighbourhood on Sunday, Nigeria's Premium Times reports.

Other than confirming two arrests to local media, police have yet to release an official statement with details of the ongoing investigation.

Animal skulls for sale at a market
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Animal skulls are sometimes used as fetishes in ritual ceremonies

Migrants 'storm border fence from Morocco into Spain'

African migrants react after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.
Reuters

Around 200 migrants stormed a high fence between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta early this morning, reports AFP news agency.

A spokesperson for the Spanish government told AFP that 73 people managed to get through and 18 people were injured.

The migrants used "wire cutters and mallets to cut through the doors" in the high double fence, he added.

Jesus Moron from Reuters news agency had taken these photos of the incident this morning:

African migrants react after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.
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African migrants listen to a police officer after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.
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A policeman looks at an African migrant"s injuries sustained while crossing the border fence from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017
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Ceuta and Melilla, have the EU's only land borders with Africa.

Nigerian military chiefs relocate to birthplace of Boko Haram

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

Nigerian soldier in Maiduguri
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Nigeria’s military chiefs have relocated to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of militant group Boko Haram.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo asked them to move to region last week after the insurgents killed more than 50 people including a number of oil explorers working for the state oil firm.

An army spokesman told the BBC Hausa service that chief of defence staff, plus the chief of army and air staff landed in the city this morning to oversee a large-scale operation against the militants.

Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike'

BBC World Service

Somali officials say a key al-Shabab commander has been killed in an American airstrike.

A statement from the US Africa Command did not name the dead man, but said one fighter had been killed near Tortorow in southern Somalia.

The country's information minister Abdulrahman Omar said the target was a commander called Ali Jabal, who was believed to be responsible for attacks around the capital, Mogadishu.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump gave the US military greater powers to carry out targeted strikes in support of partner forces in Somalia.

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The US military now has more power to partner with Somali forces

China formally opens first overseas military base in Djibouti

Map of Djibouti
BBC

China formally opened its first overseas military base today with a flag raising ceremony in Djibouti, reports Reuters news agency.

China began construction of a logistics base in Djibouti last year.

It will be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular, Reuters adds.

It is China's first overseas naval base, though Beijing officially describes it as a logistics facility, Reuters quotes state media as saying.

The report said that the base will enable China to better support its patrols in waters off Somalia and Yemen and carried out its international humanitarian obligations.

Even though Djibouti is a relatively small country, it already has a French and American military base.

Read more: Why are there so many military bases in Djibouti?

South African teams confirmed in expanded rugby tournament

BBC Sport

Scarlets beat Munster 46-22 in the 2017 Pro12 play-off final
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Scarlets beat Munster 46-22 in the 2017 Pro12 play-off final

The Pro12 will be expanded to include South African side Southern Kings and Cheetahs from September, organisers have confirmed.

The expanded tournament will be called the Pro14 and see the teams split into two conferences of seven made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.

The conferences have been decided based on last season's results.

Cheetahs and Kings will play their home games in South Africa.

The first round of matches is due to be played on the weekend of 1-3 September, with the first fixtures to be announced on 7 August.

It is understood the addition of the two new teams will bring in an extra £6m ($4.5m) a year in revenue.

The #GUINNESSPRO14 is officially here, welcome @CheetahsRugby and @SouthernKingsSA!

The #GUINNESSPRO14 is officially here, welcome @CheetahsRugby and @SouthernKingsSA!

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Senegal's voters still waiting for election results

Alex Duval Smith

BBC News

An election helper sits next to an urn filled with ballots at a polling station in Dakar on July 30, 2017, during general elections.
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Senegalese voters went to the polls on Sunday

Voters in Senegal are still waiting to hear the final result of Sunday’s parliamentary election, which the country’s prime minister claims was won by the ruling coalition of President Macky Sall.

So far the interior ministry, which releases results on behalf of the electoral commission, has not yet held its much-awaited press conference to announce final figures. It had been expected to take place at noon on Monday.

Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne claimed on Monday afternoon that the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition had ‘’emerged victorious’’ on a high turnout of 54%.

The election was largely peaceful and despite the delay in releasing the results, people have remained calm.

But there’s suspense in Dakar where supporters of the jailed mayor, Khalifa Sall, mounted an energetic campaign in his honour.

Khalifa Sall is awaiting trial on charges of misspending city funds. A victory for his camp would potentially pave the way for him to secure immunity from prosecution and put him in pole position for the 2019 presidential election.

The parliamentary election featured campaigning by former president, Abdoulaye Wade, aged 91, who returned to Senegal from France to head an opposition list of candidates.

Several religious parties also ran and early indications suggest two of them won between five and seven seats in the 165-seat parliament.

Read more: Why election results in Africa are so slow

Africa's sick presidents

Museveni
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Mr Museveni says he hasn't been sick in 31 years

Earlier today we reported that Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has been bragging that he hasn't been sick for his entire presidency.

This may seem strange to some, until you consider the number of presidents who have been sick just this year.

We already mentioned Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's long sojourn in London for treatment for an undisclosed illness.

But there are quite a few to add to that list.

The presidents of Angola, Zimbabwe, Benin and Algeria have travelled overseas for health reasons in the past year.

Notably, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, has been criticised by his political opponents for running the country "from his hospital bed" after his third medical trip to Singapore this year.

Hurry up, Nigeria's petroleum minister tells Africa's richest man

Aliko Dangote
AFP
Aliko Dangote is builing an oil refinery site in Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, has been asked by the Nigerian government to finish construction of a vast crude oil refinery ahead of its expected completion date in 2019.

Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper quotes minister of state for petroleum resources Ibe Kachikwu as saying: "President Buhari will be absolutely enthused if he were to find himself... coming to open a facility as big as this before the end of his first term."

"I see your time for completion is 2019 December, but I am sure you will understand my greed if I tell you that the refinery component of this project should come earlier than the set date", the Premium Times reports the minister as telling Mr Dangote on a visit to the site in Lagos on Tuesday.

The project is "the world’s largest single line refinery and petrochemical complex, and the world’s second largest urea fertiliser plant”, Nigerian news website Punch quotes Mr Dangote as saying.

A man carries a tank of petrol
AFP
Fuel shortages have been a source of frustration for Nigerians over the years
A man sleeps on his car boot in a queue for fuel
BBC
People sometimes have to wait in queues for hours for petrol

Despite being one of the world's biggest oil producers with 3.1% of the world's proven crude oil reserves, Nigeria imports most of its fuel and is currently facing a severe shortage.

Once complete, the refinery would have the capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day into gasoline, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel.

Read more: Why is Africa's largest oil producer short of petrol?

Protesters demand fair elections after Kenya IT head's death

Anthony Irungu

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Woman with sign saying "Free, fair and credible elections"
BBC

Protesters are at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, where they will start their demonstration over the torture and death of Christopher Msando.

The turn out is quite low - there are about 30 demonstrators:

Kenya demo
BBC

George Kegoro from Kenya Human Rights Commission says they are concerned about the tension that the killing will cause just a week before elections.

Their plan to march to the office of the Inspector general and the electoral commission (IEBC) offices to read out their statement.

They argue the killing was done with a sole purpose of interfering with the election and this may fuel violence.

Woman holding a sign saying "Secure IEBC secure the vote
BBC

Tobacco giant faces fraud investigation

A pack of cigarettes
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UK tobacco firm British American Tobacco (BAT) says it is under official investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over allegations it paid bribes in East Africa.

The allegations were first made in a BBC Panorama programme in 2015.

BAT said that it had been investigating the claims through external legal advisers and it had been co-operating with the SFO. The firm said it also intended to co-operate with this formal investigation.

Paul Hopkins, who worked for BAT, a British company, in Kenya for 13 years, told Panorama he had begun paying bribes after being told it was the cost of doing business in Africa.

The payments were aimed at influencing laws surrounding the use of tobacco in the region.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Sierra Leone police ban jogging

The police in Sierra Leone have banned groups of people jogging in the streets.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana reports that the police blame joggers for pick-pocketing and obstructing traffic.

The ban was announced last week, but our correspondent, who is a jogger himself in the capital, Freetown, told Newsday the effect was really felt this Sunday.

Authorities say it encourages disruptive behaviour

Kenyan front pages dominated by Msando death

The Kenyan newspaper front pages are dominated by the news of the mysterious death of Chris Msando, the man in charge of the biometric voting system, days before the election.

Business Daily focuses on the emotional loss:

Newspaper front page
Business Daily

The Star is looking at the investigation into Mr Msando's mysterious death:

Newspaper front page
Star

People Daily has the latest on that police investigation:

Newspaper front page
People Daily

And The Standard devotes five inside pages to questions over Mr Msando's death:

Newspaper front page
The Standard

US and UK 'offer to help' investigate Kenyan election IT head

Chris Msando
Reuters

The US and UK have offered assistance into the investigation of the mysterious death of Kenyan electoral commission's IT head days before the election, according to the Daily Nation.

Newspaper front page
Daily Nation

The newspaper said US ambassador Robert Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey condemned the killing and said they welcomed the government’s commitment to investigating the crime, adding: “We have offered our assistance in the investigation.”

Chris Msando was in charge of the computer system for Monday's election which had been vaunted as key to eliminate vote rigging.

He was found dead over the weekend, and according to the commission's chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, "there was no doubt he was tortured and murdered".

Read more on the BBC News website.

Museveni: I have never fallen sick for 31 years

Museveni
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Mr Museveni says in his whole presidential career he has never fallen sick

On the Africa live page we regularly report on ailing presidents, not least Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Buhari has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness in London since early May - his second trip for medical reasons this year.

But now one long-serving president, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, is quoted in the Monitor as saying he hasn't had a sick day over three decades:

Have you ever heard that Museveni has fallen sick and my legs hanged in hospital, for the last 31 years? This is because I observe some of these health tips which have eventually helped me to prevent some of these diseases. Many of the diseases are preventable.”

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

The one who knows the road is the one who has walked it."

A Xhosa proverb sent by Mzuvukile, Maqetuka in Johannesburg, South Africa

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