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Summary

  1. Observers commend Kenya's electoral commission
  2. AU calls them 'very credible'
  3. Commission admits to unsuccessful hacking attempt
  4. Opposition says its candidate won
  5. Opposition supporters come out to 'celebrate'
  6. Botswana's Makwala and South Africa's van Niekerk to go head-to-head
  7. Botswana set to honour sprinter Isaac Makwala
  8. Second group of migrants feared drowned in Red Sea
  9. SA minister in court after being accused of assaulting a woman
  10. Commonwealth brokers talks between Zambia's president and opposition leader

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By Paul Bakibinga and Damian Zane

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Countdown to Makwala time?

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

saac Makwala of Botswana reacts after competing in the Men's 200 metres semi finals during day six of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017
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If the support of a nation can win you a medal then Botswana's Isaac Makwala will surely get one this evening in the final of the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Back home in Botswana, the government has said it is planning a public holiday in his honour.

But standing in his way is South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, who has already won gold in the 400m.

The two were supposed to go head-to-head on Tuesday in the 400m final, but Makwala was controversially barred from running over an illness.

Before the championships began, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said Van Niekerk was a worthy successor to his position at the world's best-known athlete.

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa reacts after competing in the Men's 200 metres semi finals during day six of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London
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Former US sprinter Michael Johnson told the BBC that whoever wins, the winning time will be sub-20 seconds.

The race will take place at 21:50 (20:50 GMT).

Kenya opposition claims dismissed as 'ridiculous'

A Kenyan election official has dismissed opposition claims that Raila Odinga is ahead in the presidential election as "ridiculous", the Reuters news agency reports.

Abdi Yakub Guliye said that the opposition Nasa alliance did not have any "credible data".

Leading Nasa figure Musalia Mudavadi had earlier said that the party's own count showed that Raila Odinga should be declared the winner. he also repeated the claim that the electoral commission's IT systems had been hacked.

But Mr Guliye told the BBC's Somali service that the electoral commission is "very confident of the computer system".

Abdi Yakub Guliye
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Abdi Yakub Guliye works for Kenya's electoral commission - the IEBC

Tanzanian police kill 13 'criminals' in shootout

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Arusha

Police in Tanzania say they have killed 13 people suspected to be behind a spate of mystery killings of security officers and members of a pro-government vigilante group in the south of the country.

Police spokesperson Barnabas Mwakalukwa said that of the 13 people killed seven had been identified. He added that the security forces had recovered a number of weapons including five AK 47 assault rifles and ammunition.

In recent months, the area has been hit by a wave of insecurity that has seen people, mainly police and local government leaders, targetted.

The insecurity has claimed more than 40 lives so far.

Police look on as opposition supporters 'celebrate' in Kisumu

A BBC reporter in the western Kenyan opposition stronghold of Kisumu has shared some images of people celebrating after the opposition Nasa alliance said its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, should be declared the winner of Tuesday's election.

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From bodyguard to Kenyan MP

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

Nimrod Mbithuka Mbai was once assigned to guard parliamentarians and government officials, but after winning the 8 August election, he will now serve as the member of parliament for Kitui East constituency.

The Daily Nation reports that the former police office beat the incumbent MP and will now join the man whom he used to guard as an equal, after they were both elected members of the new National Assembly.

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He garnered 14,256 votes against his closest rival who got 10,899 votes.

Mr Mbai also served as a bodyguard for a former government spokesman before he resigned from the police service.

As a bodyguard, his daily routine included accompanying the politicians to official engagements, including public meetings, and “spending long hours idling in cars as the leaders engage in debating chamber or close door meetings, sometimes late into the night”.

And now, somebody else will escort Mr Mbai to work, open the car door for him and guard him.

Boko Haram deploys most female suicide bombers in history

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has deployed more female suicide bombers than any other insurgency in history, says a new report by researchers at West Point - a top US military academy.

The report says more than 400 attacks have been carried out since 2011, mainly in north-east Nigeria but also in neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. And in over half the cases, women or girls were used as the bombers.

The report contrasts this with the Tamil Tigers, who were fighting for Tamil rights in Sri Lanka, who used 44 female suicide bombers in over 10 years.

This year alone more than 80 females, many of them girls, were deployed as suicide attackers by Boko Haram.

Part of the reason was that women, and girls in particular, aroused less suspicion than men.

They frequently strike soft targets such as markets, mosques and makeshift camps where people are sheltering from the violence.

But the report also suggests that Boko Haram came to realise that using women could help raise its global profile.

Overall the study estimates that about 2,000 people have been killed by suicide attacks.

A man walks past a the scene of a bombing after at least 20 people were killed when a young female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a bus station in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on June 22, 2015 in an attack likely to be blamed on Boko Haram
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Aftermath of a female suicide bomber attack in Maiduguri Nigeria

'Everything came from the people'

Anthony Irungu

BBC Africa, Kenya

The family of John Paul Mwirigi are celebrating the fact that he has just become Kenya's youngest MP after Tuesday's general election.

The 23-year-old student will be representing a constituency in Meru county in the east of the country.

He was congratulated by his grandmother:

Man with older woman
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And his mother gave him milk to drink in a local tradition symbolising the transition from one stage to another. In this case, moving from being an ordinary citizen to a member of parliament:

Woman giving a man a drink
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Mr Mwirigi told me that he did not use any money to campaign. He relied on well wishers and motorcycle riders who ferried him around.

"My joy is that the people of the constituency have realised that even the young generation can lead. I would like to confess that I did not use even a single coin, everything came from people here."

Young MP
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He added that his win is a lesson to young people that you don't need a fat bank account to win political office.

Kenya opposition says it has evidence of fraud

The BBC's Tomi Oladipo wraps up the Nasa press conference

Kenya’s opposition coalition has demanded that its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) says it has evidence that Mr Odinga had won Tuesday’s elections even though early results showed he was well behind the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The electoral authority says it is still verifying the results.

Since Tuesday's elections, the opposition alliance in Kenya has made several claims that the process was fraudulent.

The party leader Raila Odinga questioned the credibility of the vote tallying and then alleged that the election database was hacked and results manipulated.

Now his camp says it has evidence, from an unnamed source within the electoral authority, that it was Mr Odinga who won the election and not his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This comes just hours after foreign observers expressed confidence in Kenya’s electoral process.

The official results are not expected for at least another day.

Raila Odinga
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Mr Odinga was at the press conference, but did not speak to journalists

Nearly 70 Malawian civil servants sacked

Almost 70 civil servants from Malawi's ministry of agriculture have been fired for allegedly embezzling $2m (£1.5m) in public funds, AFP reports quoting Osborne Tsoka a ministry spokesman.

"Sixty-eight officers have been dismissed and their cases referred to the attorney general for prosecution," Mr Tsoka is reported to have said in a statement.

Workers in the agriculture ministry are accused of running a scheme that inflated salaries or initiated payments for non-existent workers between 2012 and 2014, AFP says.

An investigation revealed that most of the money was taken by people in the accounts department at the ministry's headquarters in Lilongwe as well as research stations, AFP adds.

Malawi has a 180,000-strong civil service who earn an average of about $100 a month.

Peter Mutharika President of Malawi speaks on September 18, 2016 in New York City.
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Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has repeatedly vowed to fight corruption

South African hostage Stephen McGown describes release

South African Stephen McGown, who was kidnapped by al-Qaeda from the Mali tourist town of Timbuktu in 2011, has described his release at a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He said it was difficult to comprehend after being in captivity for five-and-a-half years:

South African Stephen McGown freed by al-Qaeda in Mali

Kenya opposition supporters 'celebrate'

Supporters of Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, have come out onto the streets in a part of Kisumu, western Kenya, considered an opposition stronghold.

A BBC reporter filmed them celebrating after one of the leaders of the opposition Nasa alliance had said that their candidate had actually won Tuesday's election.

The party disputes the electoral commission's preliminary results showing that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the lead.

BreakingKenyans 'should remain calm'

Musalia Mudavadi from Kenya's opposition Nasa alliance has said that Kenyans 'should remain calm'.

He has been addressing journalists in the capital, Nairobi, and repeated his alliance's dispute with the preliminary election results that show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has a strong lead.

BreakingKenya opposition continues election challenge

Leaders from Kenya's main opposition Nasa alliance has repeated its claim that the results of Tuesday's election are fraudulent.

The preliminary results from the electoral commission, the IEBC, show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta with a big lead.

But Nasa's Musalia Mudavadi has told journalists that it was their candidate, Raila Odinga, who won.

Nasa says that the IEBC's computer systems has been hacked to change the results.

Botswana to honour Makwala with a special day

Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala, who was controversially barred from running in the 400m final at the World Athletics Championships, is to get a special day in his honour, Botswana's government has announced.

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The world athletics body, the IAAF, stopped him from running in the final because they said Makwala was suffering from the highly contagious norovirus. He disputed this.

He also missed the 200m heats and has become an unwitting star after being allowed to run in a time trial on his own to see if he could qualify for the 200m semi-finals.

Botswana has also said that it will pay him the prize money they believe he would have won if he had taken gold in the 400m.

He is due to run in the 200m final tonight.

Kenya election 'star' traced

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

An unwitting social media star who brought some much needed comic respite amid the ongoing tension of the Kenyan election has been identified after an online campaign.

Githeri Man, as he has become known, was photographed on election day carrying a bag of the staple maize and bean-based dish, known as githeri, in a plastic bag to munch on as he negotiated the long queue at the polling station.

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He soon became a sensation on Kenyan social media, and was photo-shopped into a number of iconic images.

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Many users also called for him to be found and thanked for bringing much needed levity.

Earlier today radio presenter @teddyeugene posted a tweet along with a picture of the man being interviewed. He was wearing the same distinctive suit and shirt he wore on election day.

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Kenyan civil servants ordered back to work Friday

The head of Kenya's public service, Joseph Kinyua, has ordered all civil servants to report back to work immediately following "the successful and peaceful conduct of the general election".

The final results are yet to be announced, but the electoral commission said earlier today that it hopes to announce the final results on Friday.

People have taken time off as they wait for the final results, and the streets of the capital, Nairobi, has been quieter than usual.

Letter from head of Kenya civil service
Kenya government

Rival supporters clash in north-east Kenya

Bashkas Jugsodaay

BBC News, Garissa

Market burning
BBC

The main market in Garissa, north-east Kenya, is burning following a dispute by supporters of rival candidates for county governor in Tuesday's election.

They clashed after the results were declared.

Ali Bunow Korane of the Jubilee Coalition was announced the winner. Those disgruntled by the result then set parts of the market alight.

While calm has been restored fire fighters are still battling to put out the flames.

Market burning
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Swede freed in Mali opposed to ransom payments

Johan Gustafsson a Swedish man who was held hostage by militant Islamists Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) for nearly six years before being freed in June has made his first public appearance in Sweden, AFP and AP news agencies are reporting.

Mr Gustafsson told reporters today in Stockholm that though he did not know why he was released he hoped that the Swedish government was telling the truth when it stated that its policy was not to pay ransoms, AFP reports.

"I think it's wrong to pay ransoms..I hope they let me out because they were tired of me," AP quotes him as saying. He is further reported as saying he converted to Islam to save his life.

There are few details on how Mr Gustafsson got to be released. He, Mr Sjaak Rijke from Holland and South African Mr Stephen McGown, were seized in northern Mali in November 2011 but Mr Gustafsson was rescued by French forces in April 2015.

Mr McGown was only released on July 25 this year.

Swede Johan Gustafsson gives a press conference at the Swedish library Association in Stockholm on August 10, 2017
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Johan Gustafsson at a press conference today

Kenya commission admits unsuccessful hack attempt

Wafula Chebukati, chair of Kenya's electoral commission, has admitted that there had been an unsuccessful attempt to hack its IT system.

"Hacking was attempted but it did not succeed," he told journalists at a press conference at the election centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Mr Chebukati did not elaborate on who may have attempted the hack or whether it is being investigated further.

Yesterday, opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the commission's computers had been infiltrated by hackers and the results had been manipulated.

The commission, the IEBC, said this had not been the case.

The count published on the commission's website so far shows that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has a commanding lead over Mr Odinga.

Kenya electoral commission commends public

In his latest press conference, the chair of Kenya's electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati, has commended Kenyans for helping to check the election results.

The commission, the IEBC, is uploading the paper forms submitted by officials at polling stations so they can be compared with what has already been published online.

Ordinary citizens have been invited to check that the two agree. The IEBC is doing its own verification process.

Mr Chebukati has urged political leaders to avoid making statements that could cause tension.

You can see the press conference here:

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Burundi's president jumps the gun on Kenya election

There's nothing like Twitter to spread news fast and there's always someone who has to be first. But it seems that Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has jumped the gun on Kenya's election.

A post on his Twitter account has congratulated Kenya's incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta on winning Tuesday's poll:

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Mr Kenyatta may be in the lead in the vote count published on the electoral commission's website, but those results still need to be verified.

But perhaps this was tweet composed by a keen aide rather than President Nkurunziza himself. His Twitter bio says that only those signed PN are directly from him.

Zambia police free a detained opposition leader

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Police in Zambia have released a leader of the opposition who was arrested last week for defaming President Edgar Lungu.

Saviour Chishimba of United Progressive Party (UPP) was arrested on the premises of a privately-owned television station where he had gone for an interview.

But after spending a week in police cells, he has now walked free and his case discontinued.

Zambia police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo confirmed the release and discontinuation of the case.

His release comes five days before the start of the trial of Zambia's main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was arrested in April and charged with treason after his convoy allegedly failed to give way to President Lungu's motorcade.

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Second group of migrants forced from Red Sea boat

The UN's migration body, the IOM, says that for a second day running migrants trying to cross from the Horn of Africa to Yemen have been forced into the sea.

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On Tuesday, the IOM said at least 29 teenage migrants had been deliberately drowned by a people smuggler.

SA Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana appears in court

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana
SA Government
Mduduzi Manana has been deputy education minister since 2012

South Africa’s deputy Education Minister for Higher Education Mduduzi Manana is appearing in the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg.

On Monday, he was accused of hitting a woman during a row at a nightclub and has since apologised.

He was escorted through a separate entrance to avoid the media circus outside the courthouse – the media has also not been allowed into the courtroom.

This is not common practice and will further fuel claims that he is receiving preferential treatment because he is a government official.

South Africans have taken to social media since news of his alleged assault of a woman in a night club last weekend, asking why he had not been arrested, in spite of admitting to the incident.

It has been a particularly sore point for many who point out that the alleged assault happened at a time when the country is currently observing a government-led campaign called 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Some say the way the authorities are handling this case speaks volumes on how the country and society views violence against women.

Kenya candidates should 'abide by the law', Kerry says

US former Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been observing Kenya's elections for the Carter Centre, has said that all candidates should abide by the law, whether they win or lose.

John Kerry giving press conference
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Talking to journalists in Nairobi, Mr Kerry added that the observers were not in the country to take sides.

Senegal's former Prime Minister Aminata Toure, who has been heading the mission alongside Mr Kerry, congratulated the electoral commission, the IEBC, for its great work, and said the election was peaceful.

She also urged all candidates to accept the results.

Main opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has challenged the results announced so far showing a clear lead for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He has alleged that the IEBC's IT system was hacked and the results were manipulated.

The IEBC is currently checking the results it has announced with the paper copies of the returns from all the polling stations. It has seven days from the time polls closed on Tuesday to announce the final result.

Mother beats son in Kenyan election

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

A Kenyan woman has trounced her son to win a parliamentary seat in south-west Kenya, the Daily Nation reports.

Beatrice Kones was competing against her first-born son, Kipkalya Kones, in the contest in Bomet East, in one of the most watched parliamentary duels in the country because it pitted members of a nuclear family.

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Mrs Kones was first elected MP following the death of her husband in a plane crash in Enoosupukia, Narok, but lost in the 2013 election.

She accused the region‘s former governor, who has lost his seat, of sponsoring her son to oppose her “for his selfish gains”.

“I wonder how the governor would feel if somebody sponsored his son to run against him,” she said.

But her son, who came fourth in the election, says that in 2013, his mother had promised to support his bid this year and that it was time to pursue his dreams.

“I have no personal differences with her. We have not quarrelled and there are no disputes away from politics. She remains my good mother,” he said before the poll.

Kenya poll 'very credible', AU observers

The African Union team observing Kenya's elections have described the process as "very credible", the BBC's Abdinoor Aden reports from the capital, Nairobi.

South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeko, who headed the mission, told journalists that he was satisifed with the way the electoral commisison, the IEBC, had conducted itself.

Thabo Mbeki
BBC

Yesterday, opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the results the IEBC were announcing were incorrect because its computer systems had been hacked.

Responding to the allegations, Mr Mbeki said his team was in Kenya to observe and not investigate.

Dictator Amin's grandson to be Uganda MP

Taban Amin, a grandson of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, has become a member of parliament for Kibanda North constituency in the western part of Uganda, the privately owned Daily Monitor reports.

Mr Amin was unopposed after his main challenger, Sam Amooti Otada, lost a court petition and withdrew from a by-election race.

The parliamentary seat fell vacant in July after the Court of Appeal nullified the earlier election of Mr Amin on grounds that he had not fully complied with the electoral laws.

Mr Amin now becomes an MP for the ruling NRM headed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Mr Museveni was part of a group of Ugandan exile forces, backed by Tanzanian troops, who toppled his grandfather Idi Amin in 1979.

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Kenya poll 'transparent and credible', Commonwealth says

Tuesday's elections in Kenya were carried out in a "transparent and credible" manner, the head of the Commonwealth's observer mission and Ghana's former president, John Mahama, has said .

Talking to journalists in Nairobi, Mr Mahama commended Kenyans for the election and added that he had "no cause to doubt the ability of the IEBC [the electoral commission] to deliver a credible election".

John Mahama
BBC

The preliminary results for the presidential election showing a strong lead for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta have been challenged by the main opposition Nasa alliance.

Kenyan student wins parliamentary seat

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

A 23-year-old university student is set to become Kenya’s youngest MP, after beating veteran politicians to win a parliamentary election, the Daily Nation reports.

Newspaper story of the student
Daily Nation

John Paul Mwirigi won the Igembe South seat after running a modest campaign, often campaigning by walking from door to door.

He says he discovered his interest in politics while in form three at Kirindine Day secondary school.

“I had a dream where I was tabling a motion in parliament while I was in Form three. That is when I started asking my fellow students to start campaigning for me since I would need their vote in 2017. I have held leadership positions in school and in my neighbourhood,” said Mr Mwirigi.

His supporters say they decided to elect him because they are confident he knows their problems and will address them.

Mr Mwirigi said his first task would be supporting agribusiness activities, promote entrepreneurship and nurturing talents.

“Since I come from a humble background, I understand the issues that affect the residents. My key agenda will be to transform the lives of the people,” said the youthful candidate.

Alesi, the possible ancestor of apes and humans

The ancestors of humans are supposed to have split from the apes some seven million years ago.

However, little is known about the very first evolution of our earlier relatives also called hominoids.

This group also includes gibbons, great apes and humans.

Now Ales, a 13 million-year-old fossil skull of a baby primate, could tell us more about the mystery surrounding the link between apes and humans.

Scientists say the skull looks like that of a gibbon.

One member of the research team, Fred Spoor, spoke to BBC Newsday.

The well preserved skull of the primate was found in Kenya

Calm on streets of Kisumu after Wednesday protests

Kisumu street
BBC

Kenya's western city of Kisumu, which saw some protests yesterday after the opposition said there were problems with the election result, is calm this morning, reports the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza.

He says that some shops and banks have reopened but many streets remain deserted.

The roadblocks that had been put up in one part of the city, Kondele, have been removed, and traffic is flowing freely.

Kisumu is seen as a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kisumu street
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Zambia's president and opposition leader agree to talks - Commonwealth

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu and detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) have agreed to participate in talks to address the country’s political tensions, the Commonwealth Secretariat says:

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This follows talks that Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland held with both men on her visit to Zambia.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Holland meeting Zambian President Lungu
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Baroness Scotland held talks with President Lungu

Mr Hichilema is currently in prison waiting trial on treason charges following an incident in which the convoy he was travelling in allegedly blocked the presidential motorcade.

During her visit Baroness Scotland also met church leaders and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

The Commonwealth statement says President Lungu and Mr Hichilema agreed to “a process of dialogue” to prepare for reforms ahead of the 2021 elections.

The two leaders have been at loggerheads since last year when Mr Lungu won a closely contested presidential election last year.

Mr Hichelema challenged the result in the High Court.

Kenyans watching and waiting

As Kenyans continue to wait for the election result, the newspaper front pages are, as you would expect, dominated by news of the vote count..

The Star focuses on the fact that the electoral commission, the IEBC, is now checking the results it published on its website with the physical paper forms filled in by election officials at polling stations.

Star front page
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The Daily Nation concentrates on the news that the opposition Nasa alliance have alleged that the IEBC's computers were hacked:

Daily Nation front page
BBC

And the business newspaper looks at how the wait for the final results has affected commercial activity:

Business Daily front page
BBC

Migrants 'deliberately drowned' in Red Sea

At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN's migration agency says.

They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler who apparently feared arrest.

Some 27 survivors were found on a beach by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on a routine patrol.

Twenty-two are missing while the rest have moved on, the IOM said.

It added in a statement that the average age of the Somali and Ethiopian passengers on the boat appeared to have been 16. They had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

"The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he saw some 'authority types' near the coast," explained Laurent de Boeck, the IOM Yemen Chief of Mission.

IOM person speaking to migrants
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The survivors were found by IOM staff on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen

Observers commend Kenya electoral commission

The international teams of election observers have been giving the preliminary verdicts on the running of Tuesday's disputed elections in Kenya.

In the presidential race, early results show that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has a commanding lead, but the figures have been challenged by the opposition and the electoral commission, the IEBC, is now verifying the results.

The teams from the Commonwealth and the East African Community have praised Kenyans for turning out in large numbers and applauded the security forces for keeping order, the BBC's Abdinoor Aden reports.

They said that the polling stations were peaceful.

People looking at newspapers
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Kenyans are waiting for the final election results

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Kenya with the Carter Center, last night called on Kenyans to allow the IEBC to do its work.

On Wednesday there were some isolated incidents of violence as supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga took to the streets in some parts of the country.

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