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Summary

  1. Kenya's president dismisses call to raise MPs' salaries
  2. Provisional results from Angola's election put MPLA in lead
  3. Unita calls the results controversial
  4. Nigerian businessman Elumelu donates $500,000 to Sierra Leone
  5. Aid plane crash kills child in South Sudan
  6. Alleged victim of Grace Mugabe in court bid to annul her diplomatic immunity
  7. Scientists trial a new way to get rid of mosquitoes

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Angola's main opposition party disputes early poll results

The leader of Angola's main opposition Unita party has disputed the first set of results from yesterday's general election announced by the election commission.

The provisional results showed that the governing MPLA had a strong lead.

Isaias Samakuva told the BBC that the results were controversial adding that it was not clear that the commission had produced the evident of the vote count.

Unita has produced its own set of results showing a different outcome.

Isaias Samakuva
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Isaias Samakuva said he was on his way to the election centre to look at the results

Should Kenyan MPs take a pay cut?

We reported earlier today that Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called some newly elected MPs greedy for resisting cuts to their salaries and grants, which are currently worth more than $10,000 (£7,813) a month.

Last month, Kenya's salaries commission announced that it would scrap MPs' car and other allowances and reduce their monthly pay. The issue has divided lawmakers.

BBC Focus on Africa hears from two of them: Yusuf Hassan, an MP who supports the cuts, and Ledama Olekina, a senator who wants to block the reductions.

Listen to each of make their case in conversation with Focus presenter Akwasi Sarpong:

BreakingAngola's governing MPLA take lead in vote count

Angola's electoral commission has announced the first batch of provisional results from Wednesday's general election showing a strong lead for the governing MPLA.

It says that the MPLA has a 65% share of the vote compared to the main opposition Unita party's 24%.

Voting is still going on in three provinces because of problems with the delivery of voting materials.

The MPLA's leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power since 1979, but he is stepping down after this election.

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Ethiopia grenade explosion injures 13

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

At least 13 people have been injured in a grenade explosion in south-western Ethiopia.

The attack occurred in the town of Jimma in Oromia region where activists have called for a five-day, stay-at-home strike to protest against the detention of opposition leaders and a tax hike on small businesses.

Local reports say a 10-year-old boy is among those injured during the explosion in a busy business district.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack but police say they are searching for the attacker.

It's still not yet clear if the incident is related to the strike call.

Hundreds of small businesses have remained closed in parts of Oromia region since Wednesday.

Roads have also been blocked in some areas paralysing public transport in and around the region.

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Ethiopia has faced unprecedented protests since November 2015 as people in two of its largest regions complain of political and economic marginalisation

Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead in swimming pool

Mirgayas Shirinsky
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Mirgayas Shirinsky served in the Russian diplomatic corps for 40 years

Russia's ambassador to Sudan has been found dead in a swimming pool at his residence in the capital, Khartoum.

Sudanese police said a preliminary investigation indicated Mirgayas Shirinsky had died of natural causes.

They say that the 63-year-old was found dead yesterday evening "in the swimming pool of his residence".

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said today that staff at the Khartoum embassy called an ambulance but Mr Shirinsky "could not be saved".

"The Russian envoy was found in his residence with evidence of an acute heart attack," she said.

"He dedicated his life to diplomacy. We express sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."

Although his death is not suspicious, Mr Shirinsky is the fourth Russian diplomat to die in service in the past year.

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Malawi sex workers threaten to protest 'abuse' by authorities

Sex workers in Malawi have threatened to organise protests to speak out against the abuse they say they face from police and medical practitioners, the Nyasa Times reports today.

“We are not happy that in this age, we sex workers continue to face a lot of abuse and discrimination. When we need help from police and hospital, there is no privacy for us,” the news site quotes a representative of the national sex workers' union as saying.

Zinenani Majawa, national coordinator of the Sex Workers Association of Malawi, is also reported as saying:

“In two weeks time we have arranged meetings with police and the ministry of health to present our complaints and if we are not assisted after that, we will hold demonstrations across the country.”

The UN children's agency agency, Unicef, earlier this year warned that droughts and crop failure have increasingly forced teenage girls to sell sex.

Sex workers
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Ethiopia famine survivor's painful reunion with his family

Mary Morgan

BBC Africa, northern Ethiopia

I've been meeting some extraordinary people here in northern Ethiopia, while working as a producer with local journalists for the BBC's new Horn of Africa language services.

Abebe
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Abebe was separated from his family during the famine of 1985, when his parents and brother were forcibly removed from their drought-stricken village and relocated to a camp hundreds of miles away.

Abebe, who was only six at the time, was nowhere to be seen so was left behind - on the brink of death from illness and starvation.

His grandmother, who was also left behind, couldn't feed him so took him to a children's centre, where he was written off as beyond saving, but he survived.

Abebe's parents believed he had died.

After the food emergency was over, Abebe first lived on the streets of Mekele, a large city in northern Ethiopia. He then went to the capital, Addis Ababa, where he was taken in by a children's charity, which helped with his education.

After graduating from university he decided to help other lost children back in Mekele.

He also searched for his family. Radio announcements went out for months about the little boy, now a grown man, looking for his family - until eventually his older brother heard one and got in touch by letter.

At the reunion Abebe’s mother collapsed when she saw him - her son, back from the dead. It was emotional but awkward, and he doesn't have a close relationship with his birth family even now.

Institutionalised care scarred him, he says, and made it difficult to form normal family relationships.

Abebe with children from the home
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Abebe's children's home focuses on supporting families to help them stay together

The BBC's Horn of Africa language services are due to launch online on 18 September.

Child arrested in connection with death of Kenya election IT boss

Police in Kenya have arrested a 17-year-old girl in connection with the death of electoral commission officer Chris Msando, local media report.

Kenyan news site The Nation reports police as saying the child's phone was allegedly used to send threatening messages.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken to Kiambu Juvenile Court earlier today where "detectives requested the courts to allow them to detain her for a week as they interrogate her further", The Nation reports.

Mr Msando, who was in charge of Kenya's electronic voting system, was murdered days before the general election.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won the 8 August election, defeating veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga by a comfortable margin.

Mr Odinga alleged that the commission's IT system had been hacked and the result manipulated to give Mr Kenyatta victory.

The commission said there had been a hacking attempt, but it had failed.

Foreign observers said the poll was free and fair.

Mr Odinga. meanwhile, has said he will challenge the result in court.

Chris Msando
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An autopsy found that Chris Msando had been tortured to death

PR agency 'to be sanctioned' over South Africa campaign

Bell Pottinger, a British public relations organisation, is to be disciplined by a trade body over allegations that it ran a campaign that critics said stoked racial tensions, the Guardian newspaper reports.

The trade body, the Public Relations and Communications Association, could end Bell Pottinger's membership, something which has happened only once before, the Guardian adds.

Bell Pottinger was hired by Oakbay, a company owned by the controversial and wealthy Gupta family, which is accused of trying to influence political decisions in South Africa.

The Guptas are also seen as close to President Jacob Zuma.

Bell Pottinger was accused of using a strategy that stressed the power of white-owned businesses and promoted the #WhiteMonopolyCapital hashtag as way of diverting criticism away from the president.

The company has subsequently sacked one employee and suspended three, admitting the campaign was "offensive".

Critics say it worked to the advantage of President Zuma.

Bell Pottinger Chief Executive James Henderson apologised for the campaign.

Protesters in South Africa
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There have been protests against the alleged influence of the Gupta family on President Jacob Zuma

All aboard Ethiopia's revolving restaurant

The Ethiopian capital's first revolving restaurant has opened at Addis Ababa's Intercontinental hotel, Addis Fortune reports.

The hotel is a local brand and not part of the international chain of the same name.

The restaurant gives the diner a panoramic view across the city and takes 55 minutes to go all the way round, the newspaper adds.

We've found some still pictures of the restaurant and the view, but sadly no moving images yet:

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US 'targets three African countries' for visa sanctions

The US is set to impose visa sanctions on three African countries, which are refusing to take back their nationals who are earmarked for deportation by the US authorities, CNN reports quoting a State Department source.

This could means that citizens from Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone could face problems trying to get a visa to enter the US.

Journalist Umaru Fofana in Freetown has confirmed that Sierra Leone is on the list, quoting a source as saying that the authorities refuse to take the deportees because there is no proof that they are in fact Sierra Leonean. But the State Department refutes this.

The US is hoping to deport foreign nationals who have finished serving jail terms.

Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump made the deportation of former convicted criminals part of his election campaign

Uganda vigilant as two test positive for haemorrhagic fever

Uganda's health ministry has confirmed two cases of haemorrhagic fever, known clinically as Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF).

It says two positive blood tests for the potentially deadly disease were identified from two different hospitals in Uganda's central region.

CCVHF is a disease found in animals that can infect humans.

Outbreaks are usually linked to contact with blood or body fluids from infected animals or people.

Onset is sudden, with initial symptoms including high fever, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting.

Red eyes, a flushed face and red spots in the throat are also common.

As the illness progresses, patients can develop large areas of severe bruising, severe nosebleeds and uncontrolled bleeding.

Public health consultant, Dr Syed Ahmed, has told the BBC: "The risk of person to person transmission of Crimean Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever is very low as it can only be transmitted by direct contact with infected blood and body fluids.

"It is not a virus which is transmitted through the air."

Statement from Uganda's health ministry
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Uganda's health ministry issued this statement to medical professional across the country

Kenya's president calls MPs' demands 'shameful'

The office of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has published more details of what he said when he criticised the demands of some MPs to be paid more (see earlier entry).

The president said "it was shameful that the MPs were showing greed even before they are sworn in", according to a statement.

"We should understand that we are called to serve the people, not to earn from them," he said.

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Zambia police cancel prayer service for opposition leader Hichilema

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Police in Zambia have cancelled thanksgiving prayers for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

The event was scheduled to take place today at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the capital, Lusaka.

Last week, Mr Hichilema was released from jail where he had been held since April on treason charges.

Sources say the charges against the opposition leader and five aides were dropped after a deal was negotiated by the Commonwealth.

Police cancelled today's prayer event saying the organisers did not get permission to host the ceremony.

Organisers have since been summoned to appear before police for questioning.

Hakainde Hichilema
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Mr Hichilema was greeted by his supporters after being released from prison

Experts invited to Wales 'refused visas'

The charity Pont works with the Ugandan town of Mbale
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The Welsh charity Pont works alongside people in the Ugandan town of Mbale

Welsh health charities with links to Africa have said some people they invite to Wales are being humiliated by the way UK immigration services handles their visitor visa applications.

African experts with advice to offer the National Health Service (NHS) are among those who have had applications refused, charities say.

The Welsh Government launched the Wales For Africa programme in 2006.

The Home Office, which handles immigration into the UK, said all visa applications were considered on their individual merits.

It added this was in line with UK immigration rules and guidance.

The Welsh charity Pont works alongside people in the Ugandan town of Mbale
PONT

Geoff Lloyd, a doctor based in the Welsh town of Pontypridd, said while more than 100 Ugandans have visited the town over the last 10 years through the charity Pont, some were now being refused entry.

He said: "Most problematic of all, is that we started finding that the vast majority of visas were being denied and they were being denied at the last moment, which turned our plans to bring visitors from Uganda over into total chaos and left a lot of very frustrated people both in Wales and Uganda."

Read the full story on the BBC website.

Nigeria dismisses concerns about social media monitoring

Men use social media on their smartphone
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The Nigerian army has said that it is monitoring social media to "sieve out" any "anti-government, anti-military, [or] anti-security" elements.

Spokesman Major-General John Enenche made the comments on Channels TV, and today told the BBC:

It is not something hidden.

Even in advanced countries, comments on social media are being monitored and we are only copying from them.

Every serious security organisation in the world monitors happenings on social media much as they monitor the news in newspapers."

It follows President Muhammadu Buhari's speech on Monday, his first since returning from three months' medical leave in London, where he criticised those who have suggested Nigeria could fracture:

I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation."

Some on social media are critical of the military's monitoring of user activity:

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Can Ethiopia create enough jobs for its growing population?

Ethiopia is undergoing an industrial revolution as more jobs are being created for the country's growing population.

But is manufacturing and education the answer?

Tanzania football authority awards community 'sheild' by mistake

A spelling mistake must be every engraver's nightmare.

We're no strangers to the typo on the BBC Africa Live page, but the error can be quickly amended - not so if you're responsible for engraving a major football trophy.

On Wednesday night, Simba beat bitter rivals Yanga on penalties in the season-opening community shield match. Eagle-eyed fans noticed a problem with the trophy:

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Shield was misspelled "sheild", but it didn't stop the trophy being awarded:

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According to one Tanzanian paper, the football authorities have now said sorry for the error:

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Kenya president 'to block' any MP salary increase

We've been reporting that some of the new crop of Kenyan MPs have been calling for a reversal of the salary cut agreed earlier this year.

Kenyan lawmakers are thought to be among the best paid in the world.

But speaking today, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he would stop any such move:

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Ethiopians left reeling by soaring teff prices

BBC Monitoring

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Injera, the tradional Ethiopian flatbread, is made from teff flour
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Injera, the traditional Ethiopian flatbread, is made from teff flour

Residents of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, are complaining about the growing price of teff, the grain which is a staple in their diet, privately-owned Addis Fortune newspaper website reports.

The newspaper quotes one retailer as saying prices jumped by over 30% last month.

"Ethiopia has been struggling to respond one of the worst droughts in half a century, which has left 8.5 million people in need of an urgent assistance,” Addis Fortune reports an agricultural economist as saying.

It is the second time prices has risen in the last 12 months, Addis Fortune adds.

The last time was in October, when political unrest in Oromia and Amhara regions was at its peak.

"If the shortage is fixed, we can easily reverse the price hike,” one co-operative union manager told Addis Fortune.

A woman makes teff
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Top Nigerian businessman calls for more support for Sierra Leone

Nigerian Tony Elumelu, one of Africa's richest people, has made a call for more financial help for Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the mudslide, in which nearly 500 people died and more than 600 people are still missing.

He's been tweeting about his visit to the country and the donation he has made:

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Mr Elumelu feels that the mudslide has not got the media attention it deserves:

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Read more: Sierra Leone mudslide: 'I lost everything'

Man standing by destroyed house
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Voting extended in parts of Angola

Mayeni Jones

BBC Africa, Angola

Woman shows her finger
BBC
People were showing their inked fingers on Wednesday proving that they had taken part in the vote

Voting has been extended in three provinces in Angola, the BBC understands.

In the majority of the country the polls closed on Wednesday evening.

Angola's electoral commission says there were 15 polling stations that did not open.

Spokesperson Julia Ferreira said a plane that was taking election materials to remote areas had crashed in Moxico.

She added that polling stations had also not opened in Benguela province and Lunda Norte.

Long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will be stepping aside once the result of the election is known.

Angolans vote to replace long-serving president

Kenya MP reduced to being a 'beggar' after salary cut

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

A push by some newly elected Kenyan MPs to reject a proposal to cut their salaries is likely to put the legislators on a collision path with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Daily Nation reports.

Homa Bay Woman Representative-elect Gladys Wanga has accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of unfairly targeting MPs.

"There is a sustained campaign by SRC to reduce MPs to beggars and people who move from one office to another asking for handouts and this will not happen under our watch,” Ms Wanga said.

Front page of Daily Nation
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In June, the SRC said the cut was part of a plan to reduce Kenya's public sector wages by 35%. President Kenyatta has publicly backed the proposal.

The Daily Nation says the plan is to cut MPs' basic monthly salaries from $6,900 (£5,385) to $6,000 (£4,683). But allowances will also be cut and the $48,000 (£37,460) car grant has gone.

The newspaper says MPs who wished to remain anonymous fearing public outrage said they would “do all they can” to reject the proposal.

The push for higher salaries has sparked outrage on social media, with hashtag #MPsPay trending in Kenya:

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Some new MPs have distanced themselves from the campaign:

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South Sudan aid plane kills child in crash

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan says a child was killed when one of its planes hit a house as it attempted to land during a thunderstorm in the capital, Juba.

Four other people were injured.

The cargo plane, which was contracted to airdrop food, hit a tree and the metal roof of the house. Its main landing gear collapsed when it tried to land.

The cargo plane was then diverted to Uganda's Entebbe airport.

The UN says an official investigation is under way.

WFP South Sudan Country Director Adnan Khan said the UN would provide support to the grieving family.

The UN radio station in South Sudan has been tweeting about the story:

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New Mosquito-killing drug 'mimics a sweet treat'

BBC World Service

Scientists have developed an insecticide that exploits a mosquito's attraction to sweet substances and makes it believe it is drinking a sugary treat.

The drug is laced with chemicals that mimic the sweet smells that lure the insects.

It has been found to almost totally eradicate mosquitoes in the malaria-plagued Tanzanian villages where it has been trialled.

The drug, Vectrax, could bolster efforts to suppress malaria, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.

The Brazilian scientist who developed the drug, Agenor Mafra-Neto, says the aim was to make it affordable and get it distributed through UN and non-governmental aid agencies.

He explains to BBC Newsday why it works:

The sweet-smelling insecticide combats diseases spread by mosquitoes

Grace Mugabe immunity challenged

Gabriella Engels, the South African woman who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, has taken the first step to challenge the South African government's decision to give her diplomatic immunity.

Ms Engels is being supported by pressure group AfriForum, which has tweeted the first page of the application to the high court in the capital, Pretoria:

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Ms Engels and AfriForum argue that Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane misinterpreted the law under which she can grant immunity, Times Live reports.

It adds that they believe the law excludes the granting of immunity to people who may have caused death or injury to a South African.

Ms Engels alleges that Mrs Mugabe hit her with a plug and electrical cord in a hotel room in Johannesburg when she was demanding to know where her sons were.

South African police said that Zimbabwe's first lady did not turn up at a police station as had been arranged and she then left the country with her husband on Sunday.

Mrs Mugabe has not commented on the case.

Gabriella Engels
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Ms Engels appeared at a press conference with a plaster on her head covering a wound which she says was caused by Mrs Mugabe

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