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  1. South Africa denies giving Grace Mugabe immunity
  2. Dlamini-Zuma says Zimbabwe first lady must face law
  3. Kenyan opposition to submit election petition
  4. Wanted Libya militant leader arrested
  5. Lagos ranked second worst city in the world
  6. Zambia defends mandatory HIV testing policy
  7. Kagame criticises foreign meddling in Rwandan politics
  8. Al-Shabab militants attack Kenyan village
  9. Popular Somali referee shot dead
  10. Bell Pottinger hearing held in London
  11. Rwandan genocide suspect extradited

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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:

You don't chase a black goat at night."

An Igala proverb sent by Audu Abu in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

And we leave you with this photo of one of Ivory Coast's brightest students, who was invited to the presidential palace in Abidjan alongside 50 others who all achieved top grades in their end-of-year exams. See more top shots from across Africa in our weekly selection.

Ivory Coast student sits at vice-president's desk

Sierra Leone mudslides: Man 'rescues 40 neighbours'

Kelvin Kamara filmed this footage on his mobile phone
Kelvin Kamara
Kelvin Kamara filmed this footage on his mobile phone

Rescuers are still searching for survivors after mudslides and flooding killed hundreds in Sierra Leone.

The situation is being described as a humanitarian emergency.

One man, Kelvin Kamara, has told of his efforts to help his neighbours in Foulah town in the country's capital Freetown:

Officials say 600 people are still missing

Rwandan genocide suspect extradited

German authorities have extradited to Rwanda one of the suspected masterminds behind the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in the former Gikongoro prefecture, now part of the Southern Province.

Jean Twagiramungu was arrested two years ago and has been battling extradition in different German courts until he exhausted all legal means.

He was arrested in Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt, according to the prosecution's office.

Black ownership rules polarise SA mining

South Africa's mining sector has been thrown into turmoil by new guidelines and legal requirements.

The new mining charter stipulates, among other things, an increase in black ownership.

The government says it wants to transform the sector and redress many inequalities.

Mining firms say it could destroy the industry:

Matthew Davies reports from Johannesburg

More highlights from Africa Business Report

Bell Pottinger hearing held in London

A hearing about the UK public relations firm Bell Pottinger over its conduct in South Africa has been held in London in front of a committee of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), which regulates the industry.

Bell Pottinger is accused of inflaming racial tensions in South Africa.

It is alleged to have been working on behalf of a company owned by the controversial Gupta family, which has close links with President Jacob Zuma, to stress the power of white-owned businesses and promoted the #WhiteMonopolyCapital hashtag.

The campaign sought to emphasise the continued "existence of economic apartheid", according to leaked emails, published in the local press.

After the revelations, opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) filed a complaint to the PRCA.

A DA official said she was happy with case the party presented in today's hearing:

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PRCA said in a statement ahead of the today's hearing that the outcome of the investigation will be announced on or before the week commencing 4th September.

Zambia opposition leader says torture is rife in prison

Released Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichelema has told the BBC that the conditions he left behind in prison were "extremely dehumanising".

Mr Hichilema was held in jail for four months accused of treason, before the charges were dismissed and he was set free two days ago.

He told our reporter Kennedy Gondwe:

I feel I am not released yet because there are a lot of innocent people in detention.

A lot of torture goes on in those prisons.

We were made to use buckets for urinal and fecal matter in a 2x5m room... everything was kept there. We were locked up in cells for 16 hours. There are no windows or ventilation at all. People die there.

There are no mattresses or blankets. People sleep by sitting by each others' fronts, bodies touched together."

Hakainde HichelemaLeader of Zambian opposition UPND party

Mr Hichelema was arrested and jailed in April after the car he was travelling in failed to make way for the presidential motorcade.

His release this week follows high level diplomatic interventions from the Roman Catholic church in Zambia and the Commonwealth Secretary, Baroness Patricia Scotland.

Yet under Zambian law, the charges against him could potentially be reinstated.

Mr Hichilema however has told the BBC he is not afraid:

Why would I worry about a re-arrest if I committed no crime?"

Mr Hichelema disputed the results of last year's presidential election which gave President Edgar Lungu victory, and filed a petition to challenge the outcome.

He told the BBC that dialogue is essential to resolve their differences.

UNPD supporters greet Mr Hichilema in the streets of Lusaka two days ago after his release from prison
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UNPD supporters greet Mr Hichilema in the streets of Lusaka two days ago on his release from prison

Sierra Leone mudslide: Death toll still rising

Burials are still under way for the victims of a devastating mudslide and flooding which hit the outskirts of Freetown on Monday.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana has just shared more information about the people who lost their lives. He reports that 461 bodies have so far been buried, including 147 adult males, 158 adult females and 156 children.

He adds that the search and recovery teams retrieved six bodies on Thursday night, and another body this morning at Aberdeen beach.

Recovery teams have recovered more bodies of victims

Earthquake strikes Liberia

Authorities in Liberia have released a statement saying that an earthquake struck off its coast earlier today.

It says that the earthquake occurred 800km (497 miles) from the shore and measured 6.8 on the Ritcher scale.

It adds that the incident does not pose any immediate threat of a tsunami but that state agencies are monitoring the situation.

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Islamist police chief on trial in Mali

Mary Harper

Africa Editor, BBC World Service

Aliou Mahamar Toure

The former Islamist police chief of Mali's northern city of Gao has gone on trial in the capital Bamako.

Aliou Mahamar Toure is accused of aggravated assault, including amputation and whipping women in public.

He denies the charges.

Rights groups say he should be tried for more serious crimes.

Mr Toure was a senior member of the al-Qaeda linked group MUJAO, which took over much of Mali in 2012.

He was arrested in 2013 when a French-led intervention drove out the Islamists and other rebel groups.

Is Lagos really the 'world's second-worst city'?

People walk through Balogun market in streets around Lagos Island on May 5, 2017.
Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria and the world's tenth largest city

We reported earlier on a survey which ranks Lagos as the second-worst city in the world to live in, and asked BBC Africa's followers on social media for their views.

They range from anger:

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To gentle mocking:

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While others are more philosophical:

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One killed in a series of attacks in Burundi

Mary Harper

Africa Editor, BBC World Service

Police in Burundi say at least one person has been killed and nearly 30 wounded in grenade attacks in the capital, Bujumbura.

Two bars, popular with drinkers of banana wine, were targeted.

This is not the first time places selling the local brew have been attacked.

On a previous occasion the violence was related to a conflict between banana wine brewers.

Kenya's opposition to submit election petition

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Raila Odinga
Opposition leader Raila Odinga says the elections delivered a 'computer-generated' winner

Kenya's opposition leaders are expected to file a petition at the country's Supreme Court to challenge the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 8 August election.

The petition must be submitted today before midnight local time, and will then kick off a strict timeline:

  • August 18: Last day for filing the petition
  • August 20: Last day for serving respondents
  • August 24: Last day for respondents to file responses
  • September 1: Last day for the Supreme Court - whose decision is final - to make a ruling

According to the Kenyan constitution, if the Supreme Court upholds President Kenyatta's victory:

  • The swearing-in ceremony will be held on 12 September, seven days after the ruling.

If the court rules in favour of the opposition:

  • Fresh elections will be held 60 days after the ruling, which will be on 31 October.

Wanted Libya militant leader arrested

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Libya’s eastern-based army says it has arrested Mahmoud Al-Warfalli, a self-styled militant leader, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes.

A warrant for Mr Warfalli's arrest was issued on Tuesday.

He is a commander in the special forces unit that is nominally under the self-styled army in eastern Libya, known as the LNA.

The group fought against a mix of Islamist militias in the city for three years, and declared they liberated the northern city of Benghazi in July.

Mr Werfalli is accused of carrying out and ordering the killings of 33 people in seven separate incidents over the past year.

In recent months several videos circulated online, some of which appear to show him either carrying out or ordering the execution of what is alleged to be captured Islamist fighters in and around Benghazi.

Those killed are unarmed men who were shot in the back of the head.

A statement from Libya’s eastern-based army says Mahmoud Al-Werfali was arrested earlier this month and investigated by a military prosecutor.

It adds that they are ready to cooperate with the ICC "by sharing trial proceedings" against Mr Werfalli.

However, there is no indication that the military authorities in eastern Libya are prepared to hand him over to The Hague.


Read: Why is Libya so lawless?

Dlamini-Zuma says law must take course on Grace Mugabe case

South Africa's former head of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has waded into the row over Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe's alleged assault of a South African woman, SABC reports.

Mrs Mugabe is accused of hitting 20-year-old Gabriella Engels over the head with an extension cord in a hotel room near Johannesburg.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma is hoping to become South Africa's next president, and said at her book launch on Thursday that the law must take its course:

Whether one beats another… it is wrong and the law must take its course… but women are capable… they cannot be judged on that."

She added that: "The behaviour of one woman should not be allowed to blight on women aspiring to lead".

Ms Dlamini-Zuma added that women were human beings and some were bound to make mistakes "just like men do".

Meanwhile, authorities in South Africa say Zimbabwe has formally requested diplomatic immunity for Mrs Mugabe and add that the request is under consideration.

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Kagame criticises foreign meddling in Rwandan politics

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Paul Kagame
Mr Kagame thanked opposition candidates for taking part in the election

President Paul Kagame has thanked Rwandans for re-electing him for a third term and criticised attempts to interfere in the country’s politics.

He was speaking soon after taking the oath of office at the Amahoro National Stadium in the capital, Kigali.

The ceremony was broadcast live by state-owned RTV and attended by dozens of African leaders and dignitaries.

Every attempt that was made whether from within and especially from outside to denigrate the process and glorify the old politics of division only made Rwandans more defiant and more determined to express ourselves through the vote.

He added:

Our experience is that we will be vilified anyway, no matter what. So, we might as well do what we know is right for our people because the results are much better and the costs are much lower."

Mr Kagame also thanked his opponents in the 4 August election, which he won by a landslide, saying they had “created a positive environment where no vote was cast against anyone, but rather all were cast for Rwanda”.

He was challenged by Frank Habineza, from the Democratic Green Party, and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent

'Urgent global support needed after Sierra Leone mudslide'

Search and rescue operations are still under way in Freetown for the 600 people still missing after Monday's devastating mudslide and flooding.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has said his country will send relief supplies to help Sierra Leone, and now the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has issued an urgent appeal for global support:

We still have hope to find survivors but the chances are getting smaller every day.

The urgent needs are around shelter, safe water, food and re-establishing proper sanitation to avoid any risk of disease spreading.

While we are still in the critical emergency phase of the response, we also have to start anticipating the long-term needs of families who have lost their homes and livelihoods."

Elhadj As SyIFRC Secretary General

Burials began yesterday for the more than 400 people killed in the disaster, which hit communities in the Racecourse, Regent and Lumley areas of Freetown.

The ICRC estimates that 1,600 families have been affected and need humanitarian assistance.

It hopes to raise $4.7m (£3.7) "to help 4,600 people in the aftermath of the disaster and to support their long-term recovery needs".

Workers dig graves for landslide victims
Ayo Bello/BBC
Workers dig graves for the many victims of Sierra Leone's devasating mudslide

'Three Burkina Faso soldiers killed at Mali border'

Three Burkinabe soldiers, one of them a woman, have been killed by an explosive device which hit their convoy close to the country's border with Mali, reports Jeune Afrique.

The news site says the Burkina Faso army has announced the news in a statement today.

Jeune Afrique reports that it is the first time the country's army has suffered this kind of attack, adding that they are more commonly carried out by Islamist militants in the north of neighbouring Mali.

This attack in Touronata comes just days after 18 people were killed in an attack on a cafe, in the capital Ouagadougou.

Read more: Burkina Faso's war against militant Islamists

Local and foreign forces have taken the fight to Islamists in the Sahel but this has not stopped radical movements spreading

South Africa denies reports of 'immunity' for Grace Mugabe

The South African government has denied media reports that it is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to the Zimbabwean first lady.

Grace Mugabe is accused of assaulting a model, Gabriella Engels, in a Johannesburg hotel.

The authorities say Zimbabwe's request for diplomatic immunity is still under consideration.

A local rights group, Afriforum, which is advising the model, says the granting of immunity would transgress the law.

Mrs Mugabe, who is believed to be in South Africa, has not spoken publicly about the matter.

The police have set up a border alert to ensure she does not flee the country.

Grace Mugabe
Mrs Mugabe's sons live in South Africa

'Lagos is world's second-worst city'

People walk through Balogun market in streets around Lagos Island on May 5, 2017.

Lagos has been named the world's second-worst city to live in by The Economist.

In its Global Liveability Report for 2017 (paywall), only the war-torn Syrian city of Damascus ranks below Nigeria's commercial capital.

Top of the pile was Melbourne in Australia.

Lagos was one of five African cities in the bottom 10. The others were Libya's capital Tripoli, the Algerian capital Algiers, Harare in Zimbabwe, and Cameroon's biggest city Douala.

The rankings are calculated based on five factors: Stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

But one African city bucks the trend.

Abidjan, the biggest city in Ivory Coast, was recognised as one of the top five most-improved cities since the last survey in 2012.

Somalia has lost its 'sporting backbone'

Ahmed Adan

BBC Africa, Nairobi

The killing of Osman Jama Dirah is a big loss not just to the football community but to Somalia's sporting one as well.

He was one of the most popular referees in the country since the collapse of Somalia's central government, 27 years ago.

Dirah was known as the top referee and served as the the head of the referees' committee in the Somali Football Federation.

He officiated football matches at regional and international matches, and was part of the game for the last 25 years.

He was known for his hard work and his commitment to developing local football.

For this he will be missed.

One Mr Dirah's colleagues has remarked, “he was the backbone of all Somalia sports operations and it's a big blow to the football fraternity’’.

Osman Jama Diraa
Somalia Football Federation
Dirra was part of Somali football for 25 years

He started his football journey in 1979, as a goalkeeper of local football team Galgadud, and later moved to the national team in the same role.

In 1997 he was appointed as a referee by FIFA in Somalia.

The motive behind his killing is not yet clear, and so far no-one has claimed responsibility.

The killing of prominent people in Somalia is however not new, but it’s not yet clear why a football official would be targeted.

Dirah will be buried in Mogadishu today, according to some of those he worked with.

'Someone wanted to buy my daughter'

Yaya Sangare and his daughter Deborah live in a refugee camp in Italy after the rest of their family drowned crossing the Mediterranean.

But the father from Ivory Coast says his daughter is at constant risk of exploitation.

He says someone even approached him offering to buy her for €30,000 ($35,225; £27,324).

Listen to his story here:

This father tells BBC Newsday of the dangers in Italy's refugee camps

Leaders arrive in Rwanda for Kagame inauguration

Juliet Njeri

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrives at the ceremony

African leaders have started arriving at the Amahoro National Stadium in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Paul Kagame.

Mr Kagame won a third, seven-year term in office by a landslide in the 4 August election.

He was challenged by Frank Habineza, from the Democratic Green Party, and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Idris Deby of Chad and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, are some of the leaders who have been spotted arriving at the stadium.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni got a rousing welcome from the crowd in the stadium.

The event is being broadcast on state-owned RTV.

Crowd at the stadium

The Gambian migrant teaching reggae to Italians

Douman is an asylum seeker from The Gambia using music to make ends meet in Rome.

He has started a reggae band, teaches Italians how to play reggae and also tries to make a living busking in the streets.

"When I look around Italy I never see a dog sleeping on the street but I do see immigrants," he told BBC Newsday.

So far this year, 97,000 migrants have reached Italy but the government has started cracking down on new arrivals from Libya.

Italy is also demanding that armed police travels on board rescue boats.

Douman, who lives in Rome, says it is hard for asylum seekers to find a job

Zambia defends mandatory HIV test

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

The Zambian government has defended controversial plans to introduce mandatory HIV testing across all health centres.

On Tuesday, President Edgar Lungu announced that testing for the virus that causes Aids, as well as counselling and treatment, will no longer be done on a voluntary basis.

The aim is to make Zambia Aids-free by 2030.

The move has however divided opinion with some political parties and human rights campaigners arguing it will infringe on people’s privacy.

But Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga tells the BBC that Zambia stands by its plans:

Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga

Before the results are given to you, you will be counselled by qualified health practitioners. They are not just going to test you and say, 'you are HIV positive'. No.

You will immediately be on treatment, which will even help with other chronic diseases.

It is your life and the government has the duty to save the lives of its nationals. Those that are saying 'it’s my privacy and you are infringing on my rights', what human rights [do you mean] when people are saving your life to prolong your life?

[The] government is saying if you cannot be responsible for your own life, let government take responsibility.”

Kampamba MulengaChief Government Spokesperson

It is estimated that 81% of admissions at the University Teaching Hospital, the Zambia’s biggest referral hospital, are HIV-related.

Zambia has one of the highest prevalences in southern Africa, with 11.6% of Zambian adults aged 15 to 49 years being HIV positive, according to the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council.

Veteran Somali football referee killed

A popular Somali football referee who oversaw regional and international games has been shot dead near his home in the capital, Mogadishu, VOA reports.

Osman Jama Dirah “was killed leaving mosque on the way to his residence in Wardhigley district. Two men armed with pistols shot him several times,” the news site quotes former Somali National Team member Anas Ali Mohamud as saying.

One Twitter user has shared this photo of Osman Jama Dirah:

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VOA adds that Mr Mohamud says he saw the killers flee the scene, and that Somali security forces arrived but were unable to find the culprits.

"The motive for Dirah’s murder is not clear and so far no-one has claimed responsibility", VOA reports.

Mr Mohamud says Dirah contributed to Somali soccer for more than 25 years.

Al-Shabab militants kill three in Kenya

Three people have been killed and several houses torched by suspected al-Shabab militants in Maleli, in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu, privately-owned the Standard newspaper reports.

Another Kenyan newspaper reports that the three victims were beheaded in the attack on Thursday night:

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According to the Star newspaper the region's commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has confirmed the incident and says that security officers have been dispatched to the area to assess the situation.

The attack follows a series of other related incidents in the region, where militants have raided villages and attacked people:

  • July 13: Militants briefly held a Kenyan government official hostage before she was rescued by security officers. Three people were killed in the incident.
  • July 8: Nine people were beheaded in a village by the militants.
  • July 5: Militants attacked a police post and destroyed a communication mast.
  • June 27: Four pupils and four policemen were killed in an roadside bomb attack

The Kenyan government has been conducting an intensive military operation in the region including using airstrikes against the militant's bases in Boni forest, which stretches across to neighbouring Somalia, where the Islamist militants are mostly based.

Al Shabab militants
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Al-Shabab has carried out a spate of attacks on military bases in Somalia

READ:Who are Somalia's al-Shabab?

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