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Summary

  1. Kenya's youngest MP travels to parliament in a matatu
  2. Ethiopian Airlines in talks to take over Arik Air
  3. UK halves aid to Nigeria
  4. 'Two Algerian policemen killed in suicide bombing'
  5. 'Four burned alive in DR Congo mob justice'
  6. Catholic bishop shelters 2,000 Muslims

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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:

Speech without proverbs is like food without salt."

An Oromo proverb sent by Mulugeta Tsehay in Sebeta, Ethiopia

And we leave you with these recent paintings from the Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey:

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President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane denies alleged corruption

Duduzane Zuma
BBC

The son of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has denied involvement in alleged corruption despite his links with controversial businessmen.

Duduzane Zuma told the BBC there was "nothing untoward" about his business partnership with the Gupta family.

Leaked emails about links between President Zuma's family and the Guptas have resulted in an investigation into possible political influence.

President Zuma and the Gupta family have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Read more on the BBC news website.

UK to crackdown on modern slavery

Stephanie Hegarty

BBC Africa, Lagos

The UK is cracking down on modern slavery, Priti Patel the International Development Secretary announced in Nigeria today.

Ms Patel visited a safe house in Lagos where victims of trafficking are housed by the Nigerian government agency, Naptip (National Agency For Prevention of Trafficking in People).

Many of them have returned from Libya and some from Europe. The safe house is not funded by the UK but receives some support from the's UK Department for International Development (DfiD).

After speaking to young women and girls who told her of their harrowing experiences of enslavement and torture, Ms Patel announced that Britain would spend £7m ($9m) on anti-trafficking in Nigeria.

However trafficking is a million-dollar industry, so where will £7m go?

DfID is yet to decide where exactly the money will be spent, though Ms Patel was said that she expects other countries and the Nigerian government itself to do more.

Britain"s International Development Secretary Priti Patel attends a meeting with representatives from humanitarian aid agencies in Mogadishu, Somalia June 17, 2017
Reuters
Priti Patel is currently visiting Nigeria alonsigide UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

'Four burned alive in DR Congo mob justice'

Four suspected criminals in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been "burned alive and their bodies displayed in public in what an official called 'people's justice'", reports AFP news agency.

It follows a series of violent robberies in DR Congo, the news agency adds, quoting a police officer as saying that a couple have been killed in their shop today.

Both incidents took place in DR Congo's second-largest city, Lubumbashi, where AFP says frequent reports of armed robberies have led to public anger.

The news agency says a police spokesperson, General Paulin Kyungu, confirmed the killings and what he called "this people's justice" against the four victims.

AFP reports that protesters have gathered in the Lubumbashi neighbourhood of Tabac Congo where the four individuals were lynched, and "a police uniform was placed next to one of the bodies", which General Kyungu says is an attempt to discredit his police officers.

"We're angry," one resident of Tabac Congo told AFP.

"The bandits work in tandem with the police. We decided to take charge with people's justice."

Map showing Lubumbashi's location in DR Congo
BBC

Five trapped SA miners confirmed dead

Five mine workers who were trapped when parts of a gold mine collapsed in South Africa last week have died, mining company Harmony has said in a statement.

"All of the employees who were trapped underground, are now accounted for," the company says.

The accident happened last Friday morning at one of Harmony Gold's mines about 80 km (50 miles) west of Johannesburg, after a tremor hit below the earth's surface.

That is when part of the mine located close to Carletonville caved in, trapping the miners.

Harmony Gold has promised that an investigation involving the government, unions and company representatives will be launched.

South Africa has some of the world's deepest gold mines, but accidents are common, AFP news agency reports.

A general view of Harmony Gold Kusasalethu Mine, 72kms, northwest of Johannesburg, on February 22, 2015 in Carletonville, South Africa
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Harmony Gold Kusasalethu Mine where five deaths have been confirmed

Uganda beat Egypt in World Cup qualifier

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Uganda have beaten Egypt for the first time in 52 years with a 1-0 victory in Kampala this afternoon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Tanzania-based Emmanuel Okwi scored the only goal of the match for Uganda after 51 minutes.

The win means Uganda are now top of Group E with seven points just one ahead of Egypt – both teams have now played three matches.

The two sides meet again in Alexandria on Tuesday.

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Ghana, who have one point so far, host Congo-Brazzaville, who are looking for their first points of the qualifying round tomorrow.

Both sides have played two qualifiers so far. They also play again on Tuesday in Brazzaville.

Namibia's Himba people caught between tradition and modernity

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

Himba women apply red-coloured ochre on their skin as a daily beautification ritual
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Himba women apply red-coloured ochre on their skin as a daily beautification ritual

Having survived genocide by German troops in the 1900s, Namibia's Himba people are now facing a bigger threat to their way of life - encroaching modernity.

Little has changed in Omuhoro village for generations - people live off the land and are closed off from the rest of the world.

But since Namibia's independence in the early 1990s, a different lifestyle has begun to filter through.

A steady stream of young men and women has been opting to leave the slow village life in exchange for a fast-paced modern world.

Now some are worried this move will eventually spell the death of Himba culture.

Read the full feature on the BBC News website.

A Himba woman in a supermarket
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The Himba people often attract unwarranted attention outside their villages

Roman ruins 'discovered in Tunisia'

Archaeologists diving off the coast of Nabeul in northeastern Tunisia
AFP

Underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off the coast of north-east Tunisia, reports AFP news agency.

They add that this apparently confirms a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD.

"It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the head of the Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP.

He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome.

Date set for refugees' return to Burundi

An agreement has been reached on the timeframe for Burundian refugees living in Tanzania to return home.

The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) together with Tanzania and Burundi say they will "implement a plan" for the dates of "7 September to 31 December 2017" for the "voluntary repatriation... of all Burundian refugees who wish to return to their country of origin."

In the same statement, the three parties state that 12,000 Burundian refugees have registered to return home voluntarily

That's out of a total number of 256,850.

The announcement comes a matter of months after the UNHCR expressed concern over "the unstable situation in Burundi".

Tanzania UNCHR representative Chansa Kapaya has since said: "This [voluntary] return should be in safety and in dignity. And by safety we mean legal, physical and material safety."

Food security and other basic needs will be crucial for those who return to the country they left some time ago.

Burundian refugees gather along the shoreline of the Tanganyika lake in the fishing village of Kagunga, on May 21, 2015. UNHCR is transporting approximately 2000 refugees per day to a transit camp at the stadium in Kigoma.
AFP
Thousands of Burundians have sought refuge in Tanzania since 2015

Nigerian in Houston's hurricane Harvey: 'I've run out of food'

Dozie, a Nigerian man living in hurricane-hit Houston, US, has told BBC Pidgin that he has run out of food but is "hanging on, hunkering down":

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Zambian charcoal trader jailed after market fire

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Market fire
Paul Shalala
The fire destroyed around 3,000 stalls

A Zambian charcoal trader has been sentenced to two years' hard labour after he admitted to leaving his brazier unattended, leading to a fire that destroyed around 3,000 stalls, reports Lusaka Times.

The trader in Kapalala market in Ndola town, northern Zambia, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence.

Copperbelt region police commissioner Charity Katanga told me the trader had apparently gone to offload charcoal that was being brought to the market when the fire started.

This is the second Zambian market that has been destroyed by fire recently, after a fire started in the country's biggest market, City Market, last month.

Tanzania invites bids to build dam in Selous game reserve

BBC World Service

Selous
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Selous is a World-Heritage listed game reserve

Tanzania has invited bids for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam inside one of the country's largest game reserve.

The project in the World Heritage-listed Selous reserve would double electricity capacity in Tanzania, which suffers chronic power shortages.

Conservationists say the dam would have a devastating impact on wildlife and communities living in the area. The park is already affected by poaching.

The Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, said in June that he would revive the stalled project in order to speed up the country's development.

Swansea bid for Bony accepted

Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter

Swansea City have had a £12m bid accepted by Manchester City for Wilfred Bony.

Wilfred Bony
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Common man's commute for Kenya's youngest MP

John Paul Mwirigi, Kenya's youngest MP, travelled not by chaffeur-driven car to the first sitting of parliament today but in a humble matatu.

The 23-year-old Kenyatta University student, who became the youngest member of Kenya's parliament when he was elected earlier this month, says he wants to be closer to the people than his predecessors.

He told the Nation news site why he rode the public minibus into work today:

I didn’t want to bother my colleagues even though many of them were willing to give me a ride.”

The news site adds that: "He boarded the matatu like any other passenger from Meru Town to the famous Tearoom stage in Nairobi’s River Road.

"Throughout the two-and-a-half hour journey, nobody seemed to recognise him", until he met a friend "who offered to drive him [the last stretch] to Parliament Buildings".

The Nation says that this same friend of Mr Mwirigi has volunteered to drive him around until the MP gets a car.

Mr Mwigi, who stood and won as an independent candidate for Igembe South in eastern Meru County, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that he believed his victory will inspire Kenya's young people:

No airtime for critics of Gabon's president?

Authorities in Gabon say that “political leaders who deny the legitimacy of Ali Bongo as the president of the republic” will no longer have access to public media.

Government spokesperson Alain-Claude Billie-By-Nzé has defended the move, telling BBC Afrique it is in line with Gabon's constitution:

Freedom of expression is guaranteed provided that the law is respected.

We cannot allow people to appear on the public airwaves and call for an uprising.

Nor can we allow onto the airwaves someone who declares himself to be president despite the fact that the [real] president has been elected and a new government has been formed."

Opposition leader Jean Ping, a career diplomat and former chair of the African Union Commission, is still contesting the results of last year's presidential vote which gave President Bongo a second term in office.

Ali Bongo
Reuters
Gabon's constitutional court upheld President Ali Bongo's election victory in 2016

BreakingIvory Coast's Aurier to join Spurs

Footballer Serge Aurier is leaving Paris Saint-Germain join Tottenham Hotspur on a deal until 2022.

The Ivory Coast international has said of his move to Spurs:

“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.

"This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me. The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”

The right-back has been with PSG since July 2014 and played 81 times, scoring five goals for the Parisians.

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Zambian opposition politician 'harbours no bitterness' about arrest

A leading Zambian opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema says he harbours no bitterness to the people who arrested him.

Mr Hichilema was arrested in April, accused of endangering the president's life after his motorcade allegedly refused to give way to the one transporting Mr Lungu.

He had been held in prison since April and released earlier this month.

"We harbour no bitterness as we have wholeheartedly forgiven those who arrested and detained us, we want to move our country forward," he said in a Facebook post.

He is in South Africa with his counterpart Mmusi Maimane from the Democratic Alliance and they gave a press conference on Facebook Live:

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Read more: Treason trial puts Zambia at crossroads

Cameroon to release anti-government protestors

We reported yesterday that Cameroon's President Paul Biya announced live on radio that protest leaders from the English-speaking regions will be freed from prison.

Among those named are Paul Ayah Abine, Felix Agbor Nkongho and Fontem Aforteka'a Neba.

Yesterday's presidential decree has been followed by a press release today, which warns "all enemies of peace and progress" who, "under the guise of political demands, attempt to jeopardise the future of our country".

It is not yet clear how many prisoners are to be released or when their release will happen.

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Crystal Palace agree fee for Senegalese striker Niasse

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Everton for striker Oumar Niasse.

Niasse, who had also been a £10m target for Brighton, spent last year at Hull, where he scored five goals in 20 games.

Everton paid Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m for him 18 months ago, but the Senegalese made just five appearances.

Oumar Niasse
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Get the latest on transfer deadline day on the BBC Sport website.

Breaking'Two Algerian policemen killed in suicide bombing'

A suicide bomber has killed two Algerian policemen this morning, AFP reports state media as saying.

It adds that one of the policemen threw himself on the attacker whose explosives belt then detonated.

The officers had intervened when the attacker tried to enter the police headquarters in the region of Tiaret, about 350 km (220 miles) south-west of the capital Algiers, the official APS news agency reported.

The attack was the second time this year that a suicide bomber has targeted Algerian police, AFP adds.

In February a policeman foiled an attempted suicide attack on a police station in the eastern city of Constantine. That attack was claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

What to watch out for on football Transfer Deadline Day

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Riyad Mahrez
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Fans are watching to see if Riyad Mahrez will move from Leicester City

This year’s transfer deadlines coincide directly with 2018 World Cup qualifiers with some players not playing for their national teams in order to sort out transfers.

One of those is Riyad Mahrez.

He has been given permission to leave the Algeria team that is preparing for crucial back-to-back games against Zambia, as he looks to complete a move away from Leicester City.

A few other Africans are set to move today, like Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier who is looking certain to join Tottenham Hotspur from Paris St-Germain.

His compatriot Wilfred Bony may well be returning to Swansea City after two years at Manchester City, including a loan period at Stoke City.

West Ham say that Senegal striker Diafra Sakho is not for sale despite him reportedly receiving interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and a deal falling through with French club Rennes, who are likely to secure Tunisia’s Whabi Khazri on loan from Sunderland.

Follow the action during the day on the BBC Sport website.

Nigeria aid: 'Give more' Britain tells others as it halves spending

James Robbins

Diplomatic Correspondent

We reported earlier on Britain's pledge to halve the amount of money it gives in humanitarian aid over the next few years to victims of terror attacks north-eastern Nigeria.

More than 1.5 million people have been driven from their homes, and farming has all but ceased in large parts of the Nigeria's north-east, creating food shortages and acute malnutrition. Tens of thousands of children are starving.

British International Development Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC that other countries need to do more to shoulder the aid burden:

"My job isn't just to give aid and to give money... but also to get others to contribute as well.

"We haven't seen enough activity from others.

"This is an international crisis... the international development community must come together. That's other donor countries."

Ms Patel, who is visiting north-eastern Nigeria alongside British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, also said Nigeria should do more to defeat the extremists:

"The Nigerian government needs to work with partners in the country right now... the bilateral partnership we have with them and NGOs, to make absolutely sure that others contribute."

This file photo taken on July 29, 2017 shows Internally-Displaced Peoples tents standing next to a pool of water created by heavy rains the night before in Rann in north-east of Nigeria close to the Cameroonian border.
AFP
People have been set up camps in north-eastern Nigeria

Where will Africa’s next female leader come from?

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stands down later this year, which leads to the question of where the next female leaders will come from.

Uganda's Finance Minister Anite Evelyn Kajik told Newsday that it’s a reminder not to become complacent.

She said, as one of the youngest ministers in Africa, ministers looked down at her.

"There is this African connotation that when women go into politics they only go in for prostitution," she said.

Listen to the full interview:

Uganda’s youngest female minister believes more support is needed

Catholic bishop shelters 2,000 Muslims

Catholic Bishop Juan Jose Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou in the Central African Republic (CAR) has told BBC Newsday that for the past three months he has been sheltering 2,000 Muslims, as the Christian Anti-Balaka militia waits for them outside the church compound.

Some of those seeking shelter told Newsday they had been shot at and a doctor for Medecins Sans Frontieres said they had to suspend their operation in Bangassou last week due to security problems.

Listen to the report:

Central African Republic violence has displaced more than a million

The situation is reminiscent of events in 2013 when people sought refuge in churches to escape the battles between Muslim and Christian militias.

It comes as the UN Humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien has warned the UN Security Council of a genocide risk in the CAR.

Lesotho ex-politician flees after death threat

Lesotho's former deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing has fled to neighbouring South Africa after receiving death threats, reports SABC.

The news site says "close allies" of Mr Metsing revealed that he "feared for his life".

Tension is high in Lesotho, where Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's estranged wife was shot dead two days before his inauguration in June. Police say the motive is unknown and an investigation is continuing.

The BBC's Karen Allen reported at the time that a bitter power-struggle has been brewing in Lesotho, adding Mr Thabane still has enemies in the military.

Former defence minister, Tseliso Mokhosi, was also recently arrested over the killing of a policeman in 2016, SABC says.

His body was found earlier this month and the former minister has since been released, SABC adds.

Britain halves aid to Nigeria

Priti Patel
Reuters
Priti Patel is in charge UK's aid budget

The UK is to halve the amount of money it gives in humanitarian aid to Nigeria over the next few years.

In 2016 the UK spent £100m ($129m). But for the next four years they have only pledged £200m. That’s £50m per year on average.

The money is aimed at victims of Boko Haram terror attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.

During a two-day visit to the country, the British International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said the Nigerian authorities should do more to defeat the extremists.

She also added that other countries needed to share the aid burden.

Boko Haram attacks have displaced more than 1.5 million people - this has wiped out local farming, leading to acute malnutrition.

Libya trial for Manchester bomber's brother

Hashem Abedi is seen next to the logo of Libya's Special Deterrence Forces in a handout photo dated May 25
Libyan Interior Ministry

Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, will be tried in Libya over his suspected role in the attack, the BBC has been told.

The 20-year-old was arrested in Libya shortly after the suicide attack in May that killed 22 people.

Libya's chief investigator in the case, Asadiq al-Sour, said Mr Abedi is suspected of having helped his brother and collected materials for the attack.

Their father Ramadan, who was also detained in Libya, has been freed.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Ethiopian Airlines in talks to take over Nigerian carrier

Ethiopian airlines
AFP

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks to take over management of Nigeria's troubled Arik Air.

Nigeria’s government took over Arik Air early this year after it declared heavy losses.

Ethiopian Airlines’ head for international services, Esayas Woldemariam, told the Associated Press news agency that the negotiations follow a request by Nigeria’s aviation ministry.

“We definitely are willing and able to take over the management of Arik Air,” he told AP.

State-owned Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's most profitable carrier, according to Business Daily.

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An Ethiopian woman makes injera
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