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Summary

  1. Kenya's electoral commission says it is working to announce poll outcome
  2. Opposition says it will not be party to the announcements
  3. Tension in opposition strongholds
  4. Early celebrations in governing party strongholds
  5. Ivorian sprinter Ta Lou to run in 200m world final
  6. Egypt train crash 'kills 18'
  7. South Africa's Van Niekerk upset on missing out on gold
  8. Morocco to bid to host 2026 World Cup

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By Natasha Booty and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. BBC News Online will be following the developments in Kenya as we wait for the announcement from the electoral commission, please check there for the latest.

This is the scene inside the hall where the commission chairman is due to speak:

Inside announcement hall
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A reminder of today's wise words:

A tree can only be bent while it is still young."

A Kinyakole proverb sent by Moses Mayegu in Kampala, Uganda

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And we leave you with this picture of South African athlete Luvo Manyonga's gold medal-winning performance in the long jump at the World Championships, taken from our top African shots of the week:

Luvo Manyonga at the World Championships in London
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Kenyatta supporters celebrate despite no announcement

It's night-time in Kenya now and while we wait for the announcement from the electoral commission the supporters of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta continue to celebrate.

They believe Mr Kenyatta will be declared the winner.

The BBC's Abdinoor Aden took these shots outside the convention centre where the supporters of the president's Jubilee Party are gathering:

Man in Kenyatta mask
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Man celebrating
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People celebrating
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Still waiting in Kenya

There have been several moments today when we've been expecting an announcement from Kenya's electoral commission and it hasn't come.

And now is another one of those moments.

We were promised an announcement at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT), but there's no sign of it so far.

Kenyans hold the national flag
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Kenya opposition casts doubt over election observers

Just minutes from the latest announcement from Kenya's electoral commission on the presidential poll, the opposition says it will not be part of the process.

International observers had praised the conduct of the election, but leading Nasa opposition member James Orengo cast doubt on their credentials. He criticised former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, for Ghanaian President John Mahama and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

He also said that "going to court is not an alternative".

Kenya opposition 'will not be party' to announcement

One of the leaders of Kenya's opposition Nasa alliance, Musalia Mudavadi, has said on Kenyan television that the alliance "will not be party" to the announcement the election commission is about to make.

He said Nasa's concerns had not been adequately addressed.

Another leading member, James Orengo, has called the process a "disaster" and described the commission as an arm of the executive.

Earlier in the week, Nasa called the election results that had been announced fraudulent.

Ivorian sprinter's mother can't watch the final

Alex Duval Smith

BBC News

Africa's fastest woman at the moment will have a continent gunning for her during the 200m final of the World Athletics Championships in London tonight.

But as Ivorian sprinter Marie Josée Ta Lou goes for gold, her own mother will not be watching the television.

''I have a problem. I am a mother who wants her daughter to win. It's too hard for me,'' her mother Catherine Kouai Lou Zinvo told the BBC on the phone from Ivory Coast's biggest city, Abidjan.

''Her brothers, sisters, the whole family will follow the race. But I am too emotional. Some people prefer not to watch when they support someone.''

Ta Lou won silver in the 100m last Sunday, missing out to Torie Bowie of the United States by 100th of a second. She dedicated that medal to her mother.

Marie Josée Ta Lou
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Marie Josée Ta Lou (left) won her semi-final last night

The race is due at 21:50 local time (20:50 GMT).

Kenyatta supporters confident of victory

It's not only in Nakuru that supporters of Kenya's governing Jubilee Party are celebrating in anticipation of what they believe will be victory for their leader, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Here are some of the scenes from the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi:

KICC celebrations in advance
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KICC celebrations in advance
BBC

The party faithful are gathered at the venue where President Kenyatta is due to make a televised address once the electoral commission makes an announcement, according his spokesperson:

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The electoral commission is due to make an announcement very soon.

Carnival atmosphere in Kenyatta stronghold

People are coming out in the rain to dance in the streets of Nakuru town in Kenya's Rift Valley, our reporter Idris Situma says.

He sent these photos of Jubilee Party supporters dressed in the party's trademark red, and says the celebrations are being led by Senator Susan Kihika and two MPs, David Gikaria and Ngunjiri Kimani:

People on the streets of Nakuru
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People on the streets of Nakuru
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Nakuru is a stronghold for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The electoral commission is due to make an announcement in 25 minutes, but it is not yet clear if that will be the final result.

Mr Kenyatta had a strong lead in the preliminary results.

Gambia finance probe into ex-President Jammeh

Laeila Adjovi

BBC Africa

In The Gambia, a commission in charge of investigating former President Yahya Jammeh’s finances has started its hearings.

The country’s ministry of justice believes tens of million dollars of public money were siphoned off from state funds by the former leader during his 22-year rule.

Three bankers and the director of the revenue service were questioned at the start of the public hearings.

These aim to shed light on two issues, the mining activities of one of Mr Jammeh’s companies, and the alleged disappearance of taxpayer’s money.

Yahya Jammeh and his wife during a visit to the White House in 2014
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Yahya Jammeh picture with Zineb Yahya Jammeh, one his two wives, in 2014

The commission of investigation was set up by the new government of President Adama Barrow in July.

Its five members will look into allegations of abuse of power, embezzlement of public funds, and possible violations of the constitution.

Earlier this year, $50m in assets, including 86 bank accounts and over 100 properties were seized from Mr Jammeh by the government.

The charity of the former ruler, the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, is also under scrutiny.

President Jammeh ruled The Gambia for 22 years until he lost the 2016 elections to Barrow. In January he fled the country and settled in Equatorial Guinea.

Head of Kenya electoral commission to speak within hour

It's been announced at Kenya's election tallying centre that the chairman of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati, will be making an address at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT).

No details were given about what it might be about.

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Mr Chebukati's colleague Ezra Chiloba made the announcement

Warlord Charles Taylor's ex-wife appears in court

BBC World Service

The ex-wife of the Liberian former president and warlord Charles Taylor has appeared in court in London via video link.

Agnes Reeves Taylor has been charged with torture offences allegedly committed during the Liberian civil war, which began in 1989.

Mrs Taylor, who is an academic based in east London, had her bail application rejected.

Her former husband Charles Taylor is serving a 50-year prison sentence for war crimes.

Hundreds of thousands of Liberians were people were killed in the civil war.

Courtroom sketch of Agnes Taylor at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London
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Courtroom sketch of Agnes Taylor at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London when she appeared there in June

Fortunes made of fabric

Distinctive purple togas made an ancient Moroccan kingdom a fortune.

King Juba II sold the garments to the Romans, and the art of dyeing fabric and leather lives on to this day.

The BBC's Zeinab Badawi visits a tannery in Morocco to see how its done:

History of Africa: How a Berber king made a fortune from togas

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Diplomats huddle at Kenya election centre

Diplomats started arriving at the election tallying centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, more than six hours ago. At that time, there was the expectation that the announcement of the presidential election result was imminent.

It still hasn't happened, but ambassadors are still at the centre, and 20 minutes ago Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed was seen briefing them in a huddle.

Diplomats around foreign minister
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It is not clear if the announcement will be made today, and the electoral commission has up until Monday to publish the results.

Quiet in suburb of Kenyan capital

Eastleigh, the Somali-dominated suburb of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is usually bustling on a Friday, but today the main street is unusually quiet, reports the BBC's Ahmed Adan.

Quiet street
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Shops in the big Eastleigh Mall are also shuttered:

Empty market
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Ahmed says that as Kenya still waits for the presidential election result people are staying at home, worried that violence might break out.

South Sudan fighting over Pagak town

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudan rebels have launched an offensive this morning to try and retake control of their main headquarters, Pagak, near the Ethiopian border, which was seized by the government on 6 August, reports say.

“We attacked the area in the morning and clashes are still ongoing. The government forces are withdrawing from Pagak,” the rebel deputy spokesman Lam Paul told Amsterdam-based radio Tamazuj website this afternoon.

Mr Lam said that heavy clashes rocked Pagak this morning as the rebels “launched a surprise assault on government forces in order to regain their main headquarters”.

The government has confirmed that their forces in Pagak came under attack early this morning but say they repulsed the attack.

“They returned back again and attacked us around 12:00 (09:00 GMT) but we repulsed them. We are now in Pagak town,” the government-appointed governor of Maiwut state Bol Ruach told Radio Tamazuj.

According to the official five rebel soldiers were killed and four government soldiers were wounded during the clashes.

South Sudan soldier
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There has been a civil war in South Sudan since December 2013

Egypt train crash 'kills 18'

In Egypt, at least 18 people have died and 55 people were injured when two trains collided in the city of Alexandria, state television is reporting.

The AFP news agency says that medics are at the scene according to pictures being broadcast.

Kenya elections: Female senator victory confirmed

In Kenya's Nakuru County, in the Rift Valley, voters elected Susan Kihika as senator with 89% of the vote - she is one of only three women declared to have won a seat in Kenya's upper house.

The BBC's Idris Situma snapped this picture of her, in the blue jacket, when the result was formally announced earlier today:

Ceremony
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Earlier this year, Kenya's High Court ordered parliament to enact a law that will ensure women get at least a third of all elective seats.

Many turned out to watch the official declaration:

Ceremony
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BreakingKenya opposition 'seeks access to IT servers'

Kenya's opposition coalition, Nasa, has demanded access to the electoral commission's servers, the Reuters news agency reports.

The opposition says it will accept the results found there, Reuters adds.

Please stay patient - Kenya election commission

Chief executive of Kenya's electoral commission Ezra Chiloba has pleaded for patience as the commission continues to check the results of Tuesday's elections.

He said to applause: "It's [more] important to be accurate than to rush the process and make mistakes."

Dignitaries have been gathering at the election tallying centre, known as Bomas, over the last few hours in expectation of a result.

Kenyatta supporters gear up for Kenya announcement

Supporters of the party of Kenya's incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta are gathering at the international conference centre in the capital, Nairobi.

They're there for what they hope would be a victory rally:

Jubilee supporters
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Woman holding Kenyan flags
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The election result announcement is expected soon.

Nigeria wants new law on hate speech

Martin Patience

BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

Nigeria's government says it’s pushing ahead with a long-delayed law that will criminalise hate speech.

The announcement followed the appearance of songs on social media calling on one of Nigeria’s main ethnic groups to leave the north of the country.

The latest example is a song calling Igbos – one of Nigeria’s main ethnic groups – a curse on the nation and blaming them for the country’s problems.

Africa's most populous country is home to hundreds of different ethnic groups.

Anti-Igbo sentiment in Nigeria is seen by some as a response to growing Igbo calls for their own independent state in the south-east of the country.

But the fear is that the inflammatory language, if left unchecked, could trigger ethnic clashes.

It’s not clear whether the hate speech law, already delayed for years, will actually pass and even if it does, whether it will be enforced.

A large part of the problem is that Nigeria’s politicians often play up ethnic differences to shore up their own support.

Businesses shut in Kenya's Kisumu city

We've reported on the stand-off between between opposition supporters and police in one part of Kenya's western city of Kisumu, but our correspondent, Emmanuel Igunza, found other parts of the city deserted.

This is Kisumu's main bus station in the centre of the city:

deserted bus station
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And he found just one vegetable seller in a place usually teeming with traders:

Vegetable seller
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And Emmanuel found this restaurant nearly empty:

Deserted restaurant
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People are staying away ahead of the expected announcement of the presidential election result.

Kenya candidates 'should be drug tested'

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

As Kenyans wait anxiously for the final presidential election results, Abduba Dida, who came fourth in the contest, has said the two leading candidates should be disqualified and the third-placed contestant named as president.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, the IEBC, has said officials are waiting for some forms with the results to come in, before they announce the results.

"They should be dismissed. Jubilee [President Uhuru Kenyatta's party] should be dismissed out of this race and Nasa [opposition National Super Alliance] guy - presidential candidate. Both, both are not qualified to run. If IEBC is fair – someone had intended to steal,” said Mr Dida, whose party is called the Alliance for Real Change.

Abduba Dida
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Mr Dida, known for eccentric utterances, also suggested that presidential candidates should undergo medical testing before being cleared to run.

Kenya election hall filling up

Live television pictures from Kenya's election tallying centre, Bomas, show the hall, where the announcement of the results is expected soon, filling up.

Election announcement hall
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A buzz of excitement from the waiting crowd of dignitaries and observers can also be heard.

Kenya election: 'My babies and I had to leave hospital early'

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Kisumu

Here in Kondele in western Kenya, new mother Elizabeth Achieng, pictured in the middle, tells me she has just given birth to twins but has been been discharged early from hospital because of the political tension.

Elizabeth Achieng
Emmanuel Igunza/BBC

This area is an opposition stronghold and disturbances first broke out here on Wednesday when presidential challenger Raila Odinga claimed the voting process had been hacked to favour his rival.

Elizabeth says she is more concerned with peace rather than who wins the elections:

If this confrontation between police and the youth continues, how shall we be able to feed the children? We cannot go to work, our lives are stagnant now."

As we reported earlier, there has been a stand-off between police and opposition supporters in the Kondele district of Kisumu city.

Kenyatta 'expected shortly' at Kenya's election centre

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive at the country's election results tallying centre, Kenya's NTV reports.

He was running for a second term in Tuesday's presidential election. His main challenger was Raila Odinga.

Results announced so far indicate that Mr Kenyatta has a strong lead.

Kenya elections: Ready to celebrate?

Anthony Irungu

BBC Africa, Nairobi

While the final results of Kenya's presidential election have yet to be announced, people here in Kiambu, central Kenya, are gearing up to celebrate.

The area is considered a stronghold of President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party.

I've seen Kenyan and Jubiliee Party flags being distributed on the road:

Kiambu
Anthony Irungu/BBC
Kiambu
Anthony Irungu/BBC

Other people in the area are glued to their televisions in hotels and clubs waiting for the official announcement, positive in their belief that Mr Kenyatta will be announced the president-elect.

Live rounds fired in Kenya's Kisumu city

The BBC's Odeo Sirari in Kenya's western city of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold, says that police have fired live rounds in the air to disperse opposition supporters who were gathering in the Kondele district.

They came out ahead of the anticipated announcement of the result of the presidential election.

More upmarket car for Kenya red carpet?

Earlier we posted on Twitter a picture of the vehicle transporting the red carpet meant for dignitaries at Kenya's election results tallying centre:

Car carrying carpet
BBC

Someone clearly felt that such a carpet needed a smarter vehicle to carry it.

Thanks to @droid254 for this suggestion:

@BBCAfrica Hi @BBCAfrica Please use this image....we beg

@BBCAfrica Hi @BBCAfrica Please use this image....we beg

BreakingMorocco will bid to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco will bid to host the 2026 football World Cup, the country's football federation has announced.

Also in the running are the US, Canada and Mexico.

It will be the fifth time that the north African nation has bid to host the event, with previous attempts in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Cameroonian men 'held in bunker without trial'

Randy Joe Sa'ah

BBC Africa, Bamenda

Many in Cameroon have been shocked by a video that has emerged showing a dozen detainees being held in a dark cell.

The video appears to have been secretly filmed on a mobile phone, and depicts the detainees in squalid conditions, some of them shedding tears.

They are believed to have gone on hunger strike against their degrading treatment.

All 12 come from the English-speaking regions of the country that have been protesting against what they describe as their marginalisation by the majority francophone government.

One of the men in the video, Asaah Patrick Ndangoh, a former deputy mayor for the opposition SDF party, can be seen saying the government is responsible:

Video
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Since our abduction some six months ago we've been held hostage at various hidden cells in conditions only comparable to concentration death camps with the singular purpose to kill us.

At the moment we are held in a bunker at the gendarmerie [police] headquarters in Yaoundé.

If dying is the price we must pay to guarantee our freedom and re-establish the independence of our country, then it is a price worth paying."

Asaah Patrick Ndangoh

When I asked Communicatons Minister Issa Tchiroma about the allegations made in the video, he told me that he had not seen it.

Parents of some of those detained told me that they didn't know where their sons had disappeared to until they saw the video.

The charges against these individuals have not been made public. Mr Ndangoh had been accused by police a month ago of helping a radical anglophone MP to escape.

Dozens of other anglophones arrested in similar ways are now facing the death penalty for terrorism and endangering the security of the state.

Kenya deputy president arrives at tally centre

Dignitaries are continuing to arrive at Kenya's election tallying centre in the capital, Nairobi.

The BBC's Anne Soy spotted the motorcade of Deputy President William Ruto.

Mercedes car
BBC

There are expectations that a final result following Tuesday's presidential election will be announced today. But the election commission has until Monday to declare who won.

Suicide bomber 'targets Somali capital'

A suicide bomber has attacked an area in the centre of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killing a soldier, the Reuters news agency reports.

A journalist tweeting from the city says the target was Mogadishu's central prison:

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Kenya police disperse opposition supporters

Odeo Sirari

BBC Africa, Kisumu

Policemen
BBC

In Kenya, as soon as word went round in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, in the west of the country, that the presidential election result was about to be announced, some people gathered in the city's Kondele district.

The area had been the scene of trouble on Wednesday after opposition leader Raila Odinga said the election results being announced at that time were fraudulent.

As soon as the opposition supporters gathered this morning, the police turned up to disperse them.

This was in contrast to yesterday, when supporters came out to celebrate after the opposition said Mr Odinga had won. The police did not get involved and people dispersed on their own.

The election commission did not announce the result as had been anticipated, but said that more results forms need to be checked.

It called on Kenyans to be patient.

Police van
BBC

Kenyans told to 'be patient' by election commission

There was a bit of excitement when Kenyan election officials took their place at the tallying centre in the capital, Nairobi, but we can exhale now.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, the IEBC, said that officials are still waiting for some forms with the results to come in.

Me Chebukati told Kenyans to be patient and go back to work.

Screengrab
NTV

Another briefing is expected at 14:30 local time (13:30 GMT).

Kenya elections: Watching and waiting

Security is tight at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre where the governing Jubilee Party will assemble for the election results announcement, our colleague Issa Abdul says.

He sent these photos of preparations at the venue in Nairobi:

KICC
BBC
KICC
BBC

Local media and venue staff are poised for action:

KICC
BBC
KICC
BBC

Kenya's election official in place

The head of Kenya's electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati, has now taken his place at the country's election centre in the capital, Nairobi, television pictures show.

We're expecting an announcement of the final result of Kenya's presidential election very soon.

No Kenyan should die because of election - US ambassador

Ambassador Godec
BBC

The US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, has told reporters outside the electoral commission's tallying centre in Nairobi that the Kenyan constitution is "very clear" on how disputes should be dealt with:

Violence must never be an option. No Kenyan should die because of an election. Kenya's future is more important than any election. Leaders above all need to make that clear.

Each candidate hopes one day to take an oath of allegiance to that constitution as the winner of the election.

Now is the time for leaders across the political spectrum to demonstrate their commitment to that constitution.

Kenya's democratic progress is hard-won and must be protected."

Protecting Sierra Leonean maids from abuse in Kuwait

In a move aimed at tackling persistent claims of abuse, Sierra Leone has asked Kuwait to stop granting visas to people going there as domestic workers.

"Most of them are told they will be working in supermarkets or as nurses, only for them to find themselves in a situation where they are domestic house workers," says Sierra Leone's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Touray

"Some even [end up] as sex slaves," he adds:

Why Sierra Leone has asked the Gulf nation to stop issuing visas to domestic workers.

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Kenya announcement 'imminent' - TV

BBC Monitoring

The world through its media

Key government officials have been observed to begin gathering at the main electoral centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, indicating preparations for a key announcement.

Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohammed and other key allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta have arrived at the Bomas of Kenya, which hosts the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) national tallying centre.

Presenters on the privately-owned Citizen TV, which is airing a live feed from the centre, said the “mood” there had “changed”, and that this might indicate that a "major announcement was imminent".

Senior diplomats from various missions were also spotted arriving at the venue.

The IEBC said it would announce the final presidential outcome soon after the process of verifying and tallying the results is completed on 11 August.

Results published on the commission's website show that President Kenyatta has a commanding lead over his main challenger, Raila Odinga.

Orange van with carpet on top
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The BBC's Angela Ngendo spotted this vehicle at Bomas transporting the red carpet for the dignitaries