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  1. Big landslide after heavy rains near Sierra Leone capital
  2. Hundreds feared dead
  3. Zuma speaks of attempts to poison him
  4. Zambia opposition leader pleads not guilty to treason
  5. Kenya opposition calls for stay-away
  6. Response has been mixed across the country
  7. Gunmen kill 20 in Burkina Faso capital

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By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up to date with what's happening in Sierra Leone and other stories on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

And we leave you with the latest images we've been getting from Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, of the impact of the flooding there:

People walking through floods
Flooded houses in Sierra Leone

'Heavy storms expected at this time'

It is a time of year when big storms are normal in West Africa - winds form the north and the south collide over the region.

BBC Weather says that there is the potential for more rain over the next two days.

The BBC's Tomasz Schafernaker explains how these storms form:

'So many homes, so many people'

The latest tweet from the Society for Climate Change Communication in Sierra Leone appears to show part of the hillside that fell away killing the people below.

In the picture, you can see two sections of vegetation separated by mud:

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'Hundreds of relatives wailing in pain'

Abdul Malik Bangura, editor of the Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, has been speaking to the BBC about what he has seen today:

I've just arrived at the Connaught Hospital mortuary. Very heavy work going on here. More than 70 mortuary staff are out and about receiving bodies of people who died during the landslide.

They suggest that over 250 bodies could have been received so far, most of whom are women and children.

I can't hold back my tears when I see poor children being lined up in the corridor of the mortuary. "

Man holding a bag in the mud

Sierra Leone mudslide: What we know

  • Heavy overnight rains triggered a mudslide in the Regent area on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown
  • The section of Sugar Loaf mountain came down at around 06:00 (06:00 GMT) when many people would have been at home sleeping or just getting up for the day
  • The exact death toll from the mudslide and flooding elsewhere in the city is not yet known but the Red Cross has spoken of 179 deaths
  • Officials at the morgue at the city's main hospital, Connaught, says that it has received more than 200 corpses and is now overwhelmed
  • Dozens of homes have been submerged by the mud
  • The building of houses without planning permission around Sugar Loaf mountain is thought to have contributed to the disaster, our reporter says
  • Recovery and rescue operations are still going on

Footage from around Freetown show the scale of the flooding and the power of the water:

Zuma says he 'survived poisoning'

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma at the weekend spoke publicly of attempts on his life, saying he was poisoned and almost died because of his stance on socio-economic transformation and land reform.

“I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined Brics (the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa business communities) under my leadership, they said I was going to destroy the country,” Mr Zuma said.

Addressing the African National Congress (ANC) Cadres’ Forum in Phongolo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, the president said he became a target after calling for radical economic transformation. So according this report there were a total of three attempts to kill him.

In the clip, he doesn’t identify who tried to kill him but says it was someone close to him.

Sierra Leone mudslide: Appeal for shelter, blankets and non-food items

The head of communications at the Sierra Leone Red Cross, Abubakar Tarawallie, has told the BBC that he can confirm 179 deaths from the mudslide in the capital, Freetown.

The AFP news agency had earlier quoted another official from the organisation putting the number of fatalities from the flooding across the city at 312.

Mr Tarawallie said that at least 100 houses had been submerged and some have collapsed.

He said the organisation's volunteers and staff are involved in search and rescue operations alongside other partners, including other NGOs and government emergency services.

Mr Tarawallie added that people affected were in immediate need of shelter, blankets and other non-food items.

Freetown hospital 'overstretched'

Connaught hospital, the main hospital in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, is overstretched as a result of the deaths from the mudslide in an area close to the city, the BBC's Umaru Fofana reports.

He says that the morgue there has received more than 200 corpses.

Umaru - who is at the scene of the mudslide in an area called Regent - says the recovery and rescue operation is still going on.

On the cause of the mudslide, Umaru says that it was a combination of the heavy downpours and unauthorised construction in the affected area.

He adds that people had built houses at the foot and on the sides of Mount Sugar Loaf without permission which has undermined the structure of the mountain.

Flooded part of Freetown

Torrent of water

Dramatic footage posted by the Society for Climate Change Communication in Sierra Leone shows the power of the floods that have been tearing through the capital, Freetown:

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It has also been sharing some still images:

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The heavy rains led to a mudslide in which hundreds are feared dead.

Possible Mugabe successor flown to South Africa for treatment

One of the people who has been named as a possible successor to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been rushed to South Africa for emergency treatment, the AFP news agency reports.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is ZImbabwe's vice-president, fell ill at a rally on Sunday.

AFP quotes health minister David Parirenyatwa saying: "He is well. He is much better, he is almost jovial. He was vomiting with diarrhoea and he became dehydrated. He has done a battery of tests."

President Mugabe, 93, has said he will run in next year's presidential election.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Emmerson Mnangagwa is ZImbabwe's vice-president

'2,000 left homeless'

A Sierra Leonean diasater mangement official, Candy Rogers, is being quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that "over 2,000 people are homeless" after a mudslide hit the Regent area near the capital, Freetown.

Mr Rogers said that a huge humanitarian effort will be required to deal with the aftermath of the flooding.

Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit each year by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera, the report says.

An estimated 312 people have died according to the Red Cross.

'The mud was too fast'

Our reporter Umaru Fofana has been collecting some harrowing testimony at the scene of the mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

My wife is dead. My children are all dead. This morning my children and I talked before I left for work. One of them even chose the socks I should put on."


We were inside. We heard the mudslide approaching. We were trying to flee. I attempted to grab my baby but the mud was too fast. She was covered, alive. I have not seen my husband, Alhaji. My baby was just seven weeks old."


Hundreds are feared dead. The Red Cross in the country has said that 312 people died, AFP news agency reports.

Two banks collapse in Ghana

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana’s Central Bank has revoked the licenses of two banks, UT Bank and Capital Bank, which have collapsed due to a shortage of funds.

The banks have been taken over by Ghana Commercial Bank and the money that people have in their accounts has been guaranteed.

The two banks will continue to operate normally after the transfer is complete this afternoon.

This latest development is part of measures to restructure the banking sector and protect the funds of depositors in the country.

Outside of bank

'People are wailing uncontrollably'

The BBC's Umaru Fofana has been to the scene of a huge mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, where hundreds are feared dead.

People are wailing uncontrollably - one woman told me she lost more than 11 members of her family in the disaster; a man said he lost his wife, mother-in-law and children.

Hundreds of people are still coming to the area to look for their loved ones. Some of them told me they have not been able to find them. In fact, there is no sign of the dozens of homes that were built at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf."

The AFP news agency is quoting the Red Cross as saying that 312 people have been killed in the mudslide.

Two hundred dead - Sierra Leone mortuary worker

The death toll from the mudslide in Sierra Leone is hard to confirm and different figures are being quoted.

The AP news agency is quoting a coroner technician who says that at least 200 people died.

It says Sinneh Kamara told the national broadcaster that the number of corpses exceeded the morgue's capacity.

AP also reports that the national TV interrupted normal programming to broadcast scenes of the rescue operation.

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Raila Odinga to reveal 'compelling evidence' of election fraud

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is still smarting from his loss for the presidency in last week's election, has told the UK Financial Times that he will reveal "compelling evidence" tomorrow of how he was robbed off victory:

We will show the kind of charade the whole world has been treated to."

Mr Odinga, who was running for president for the fourth time, also revealed that he would not be seeking the presidency again and that he wanted Kenyans to know the truth of what happened in the election:

It is not about me. It’s not about Raila Odinga,. I’m not going to be a candidate again... we just want Kenyans to know what happened, what the whole world is not understanding is happening.”

Mr Odinga has alleged that hackers had gained access to the electoral commission's severs and entered an algorithm which tweaked the results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

His claims have been dismissed by the commission.

Raila Odinga meets supporters
Raila Odinga addressed his supporters in Mathare on Sunday

Sierra Leone mudslide: '180 dead'

The AFP news agency is reporting that at least 180 people have been killed by a mudslide that struck near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

Earlier, Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh told journalists that he feared that hundreds may have been killed.

Breaking'Hundreds feared dead'

Sierra Leone's Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh has said that he fears that hundreds of people may have been killed by the mudslide that struck early Monday in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana at the scene says dozens of bodies have been retrieved.


Rescue workers 'at scene of Sierra Leone mudslide'

Emergency services are at the scene of the mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, the Sierra Leone Telegraph reports.

An eyewitness told the paper that a section of a hill collapsed after heavy rains triggered the mudslide.

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People have also been posting pictures on Facebook:

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Kenyatta: We extend the hand of friendship

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has made an appeal to opposition supporters who have so far refused to accept last week's presidential election result.

Mr Kenyatta defeated his rival Raila Odinga talking 54% of the vote, but the opposition has called the result a "fraud".

Uhuru Kenyatta addressing people

Mr Odinga called for a stay away from work, but the president said: "Kenyans have said the election is behind them, the majority have returned to work.

"To our friends who have yet to accept the outcome, we continue to appeal to them. We extend the hand of friendship... If there are those who continue to be aggrieved there are constitutional means."

Mr Kenyatta has also urged police to show restraint, but said the government would not allow the loss of life or destruction of property.

BBC reporters in different parts of the country say that business is returning to normal in many places.

Sierra Leone mudslide leaves death and destruction

People are sharing images of destruction left after heavy downpours in and near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana says that a mudslide struck in early morning and dozens are feared buried.

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Burkina Faso attack 'was expected'

Gunmen kill 20 in capital

Alex Duval Smith

BBC News

A terrorist attack in the Sahel had been expected.

Residents of Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, had noticed more police road blocks in the past few days.

In neighbouring central Mali, the United Nations mission, Minusma, had requested that staff and contractors avoid using rural roads.

For nearly two years now northern Mali's terrorist challenge has grown into a regional problem, with attacks by al-Qaeda affiliates in Burkina Faso, Niger and Ivory Coast.

Even though the Ouagadougou attack was not prevented, the fact that Mali and Burkina Faso were on alert suggests Minusma's intelligence-gathering operation is bearing fruit.

France is spearheading fund-raising for a regional anti-terror force, the G5 Sahel, which would be drawn from the armies of Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Twenty people were killed and many others were wounded

Dozens of houses 'completely covered' in Freetown

We've just been speaking to our Sierra Leone reporter, Umaru Fofana, who's at the scene of the mudslide in an area called Regent, which is near the capital, Freetown.

He said that dozens of houses have been completely covered in mud after heavy rains caused a hillside to collapse.

He said the mudslide happened at around 06:00 local time (06:00 GMT) meaning that many people could have been at home asleep.

Heavy rain triggers mudslide in Freetown

Dozens of people are feared trapped after a heavy downpour triggered a mudslide in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana has tweeted a picture of the mudslide:

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BreakingZambia opposition leader pleads 'not gulity'

Zambia's opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, who is facing treason charges has pleaded not gulity in the capital, Lusaka, the BBC's Kennedy Gondwe reports.

His trial resumes on Wednesday.

Nairobians return to work

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is slowly returning to its bustling and vibrant self after days of empty streets following fears of the post election violence, the BBC's Cyriaque Muhawenayo reports.

This comes as the opposition called for a stay away in protest over the result of last week's election, which it lost.

Roads have begun to fill up with cars and pedestrians are lining the streets as people go about their businesses.

Nairobi streets
Nairobi streets
Flower vendor

And a BBC reporter in another part of the city is saying that event some of those people who back opposition leader Raila Odinga are back at work:

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President condemns Burkina Faso attack

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has condemned what he called a despicable and cowardly terrorist attack in the capital, Ouagadougou, in which at least 18 people died.

The authorities say two assailants who opened fire on a Turkish restaurant have been killed.

Security forces are continuing to search the area, and an inquiry has been opened.

Burkina Faso street

France's President Emmanuel Macron has also condemned the attack.

At least one French national is thought to have been killed.

Foreign journalists 'barred from Hichilema trial'

Zambian authorities have barred foreign journalists from a court where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is appearing on treason charges.

A senior court official, Neto Zulu, told AFP that the journalists' accreditation had been withdrawn.

"We initially withdrew the cards to activate the barcodes in good faith [but] unfortunately your applications have now been rejected."

Mr Hichilema has been in custody since April after he was accused of endangering the life of President Edgar Lungu when a convoy he was travelling in failed to give way to the president's motorcade.

A lawyer from Mr Hichilema's United Party for National Development told AFP that the party expected the charges to be dropped.

Hakainde Hichilema
Hakainde Hichilema has been in custody since April

Kenyans launch return to work challenge

Some Kenyans who are active on Twitter are using a hashtag to encourage people to get back to work despite the opposition call to stay away in protest over last week's election result.

They have been using #TurudiKaziniChallenge, Swahili for "let's return to work" to share pictures of normalcy returning in the country:

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The strike call has received a mixed response across Kenya.

South Sudan fighting over rebel stronghold

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudanese government forces have denied that they have lost control of the key border town of Pagak to rebel fighters, which they captured last week.

"Our forces are based near the bridge, and the rebels are in Nyambura area which is located about 10km away from Pagak," Dickson Gatluak Jock, military spokesman for the country's First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai, told the Netherlands-based Radio Tamazujwebsite.

Rebel fighters allied to former First Vice-President Riek Machar have however claimed the recapture of the strategic town near the Ethiopian border after heavy fighting with government forces on 12 August.

Rebel spokesman, Brig-Gen William Gatjiath Deng said “a 6,000-strong force mobilised by Juba to displace civilians, protect Palouch oil fields, and lure dubious businesses to invest in oil were defeated," US-based website South Sudan NewsAgency says.

Brig-Gen Gatjiath also claimed that the defeated government forces fled to Ethiopia, adding their troops seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition and are now in full control of the town.

Pagak has been the capital of the country's main rebel group, Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition led by former First Vice-President Riek Machar.

Its recapture will be a big boost to rebel forces who have recently suffered a string of losses in the hands of government troops.

Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers ride on a boat on the Nile river
South Sudan's civil war has been going on since December 2013

Businesses open in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa

Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa is bustling as usual despite the opposition leader Raila Odinga calling for a stay away over last week's election result, which he is disputing.

The BBC's Hassan Lali has snapped these photos of the city this morning:

Busy Mombasa streets
Busy Mombasa streets
Trader selling wares

Mombasa is seen as an opposition stronghold.

Gold for Africa on final day of World Champs

Africa picked up six medals, including three golds, on the last day of the World Athletics Championships in London.

South Africa's Caster Semenya stormed home in the 800m, recording the fastest time this year, one minute 55 seconds. Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba came second.

Caster hugging Burundian athlete

Kenya picked up two golds.

Helen Obiri won the 5000m, beating Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana into second place:

Helen Obiri with flag

And Elijah Manangoi won the 1500m and his compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot came second, meaning that Kenya ended the night with three more medals.

Elijah Manangoi

Overall, the USA topped the medals table, Kenya came second and South Africa came third:

Medal table
BBC Sport

Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18, government says

Armed security forces
There was a gun battle between security forces and the attackers

Eighteen people have been killed and about 20 have been wounded in a "terrorist attack" in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says.

Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses were quoted as saying.

The attack is now over, authorities say, with at least two assailants killed by security forces.

A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe killed 30 people in January last year.

There are fears that the latest attack is the work of one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda that are active in the Sahel region, the BBC's Alex Duval Smith reports.

People croded round an injured person

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Calm in Kenya's opposition stronghold

Normalcy is slowly returning in Kisumu city in western Kenya, a bastion of opposition support, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga called for a stay away from work to protest what he said was a stolen election and police brutality.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Kisumu reports that some businesses have opened but that other areas remain tense and empty:

Motorcycle taxis

A community news organisation in Kibera slum in the capital Nairobi, another base of opposition support, has also been posting updates:

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Other reports from the capital, Niarobi, say that traffic is not as heavy as usual suggesting that some are staying away from work, but it is not clear if this is a response to the opposition call or because they fear an outbreak of violence.

Mr Odinga lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta in last week's presidential election, which he said was marred by fraud. His allegations have however been dismissed by the electoral commission and independent observers.

Kenyan police have however been accused of responding violently to protests with some deaths reported.

Zambia opposition leader treason trial

The treason trial of Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is due to start at the high court in the capital, Lusaka.

He was arrested in April after the convoy he was travelling in allegedly refused to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade when they were both travelling to an event in the west of the country.

The state argues that Mr Hichilema endangered the life of the president.

The opposition leader, who lost a closely fought presidential election last year, has been in custody ever since.

Last week, the Commonwealth said that it would broker talks between the two sides in order to resolve the situation.

The opposition has been saying that the government has been becoming increasingly dictatorial.

Hakainde Hichilema
Hakainde Hichilema has been in custody since April

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