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Summary

  1. Kenyan opposition MP tear-gassed
  2. Zambian villagers to sue UK mining company in London
  3. Zimbabwe struggles with too many elephants
  4. Google lifts restrictions on Swaziland's reed dance
  5. SA's President Zuma loses appeal over corruption charges
  6. Ugandan schoolgirls 'protest against being locked in dorm'

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By Clare Spencer and Dickens Olewe

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That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. 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:

The hands that make mistakes belong to those who work."

Sent by Wol Angok Majok in Juba in South Sudan

And we leave you with this photo of a performer before a rugby match between the Springboks and New Zealand's All Blacks in South Africa.

It's one of our favourite shots this week.

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Kenyan opposition MP tear-gassed

We reported earlier that police had thrown a tear gas canister into a car during a protest in the capital, Nairobi.

The driver then rolled out of the vehicle and lay on the road.

At the time we were unsure of who the driver was.

Local media has now identified him as opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi.

A local TV station has shared the dramatic picture:

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Why do so many Africans love to gamble?

By the year 2018 it's predicted the gambling market in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa will be worth $37bn (£27.8bn).

So our regular satirical Resident Presidents compete to see the most tasteless bets. Among them is when Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will die.

This gives Olushambles an idea for how to play the system. And it is not the smartest of ideas. Have a listen:

The Resident Presidents discuss worldwide betting

Seychelles suspected plague victims 'stable'

Chest X-ray of a patient with a progressive plague infection (cloudy areas) affecting both lun
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Pneumonic plague is an airborne lung infection

We reported earlier that the first case of pneumonic plague has been confirmed in Seychelles.

The health ministry has now released a statement saying the 12 people showing plague-like symptoms who were admitted to hospital all are in a stable condition now.

The cases are from Madagascar and the health ministry are recommending people not to travel there "for the time being".

Swapping suits for the 'dan fani' look

In 2014, Burkina Faso's traditional attire "dan fani" came back into fashion when protesters against the continued rule of former President Blaise Compaoré, adopted it as an expression of Sankarism - after the revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.

The cloth is now being used to a symbol of the country's revised identity:

S Africa's Zanzibaris fight over land development

In 1873 a slave ship from Zanzibar was intercepted in South Africa's port city of Durban.

The freed slaves settled in the area and now claim ownership of a five hectares of prime land but residents in the area, mostly white, have opposed their plans to build low-cost housing.

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Kenya police 'tear-gas nursery pupils'

At least 20 nursery school pupils in Kenya's western city of Kisumu are receiving treatment after police fired tear gas in their school, privately-owned Daily Nation reports.

The officers had been firing tear gas at protesters, the newspaper says.

The protesters had been complaining about the alleged refusal of the electoral commission change the electoral system before the election re-run.

A school teacher told the paper that the children - some as young as two years old - were sleeping when the tear gas was fired in the school.

She said that some of the children were almost unconscious:

"The children cried uncontrollably while others looked almost unconscious due to the effect of the gas and the water."

The regions' police boss Leonard Katana said he was not aware of the attack on the pupils.

This is the second incident in the last two weeks, according to media reports, where police have fired tear gas in a nursery school in the city and denied knowledge of the incident.

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Meanwhile, the same newspaper reports, in the town on Migori also in the western region, a 75-year-old woman was shot during similar demonstrations.

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Davido releases CCTV footage after friend's death

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Nigerian afrobeats star Davido has once again reiterated his innocence in the death of his friend, Tagbo Umeike.

Mr Tagbo died on 3 October and his body was reportedly abandoned in front of a hospital in Lagos.

The police say the autopsy shows Mr Tagbo died from suffocation.

Speaking through his lawyer, Norrison Quakers, he insisted that at no time did his late friend enter his car and that he left Mr Tagbo behind at the club where they last saw each other.

Davido also posted some CCTV footage onto Instagram that showed him and Tagbo Umeike, a few hours before he died:

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The footage appeared to show Mr Tagbo hanging around Davido's car and Davido, whose birth name is David Adeleke, leaving the club.

Previously the police had said other CCTV footage showed Davido's escort vehicle dropped Mr Tagbo's dead body off outside the hospital.

Davido maintains that he didn’t know how his friend died and never gave the order for Mr Tagbo’s body to be dumped.

He has also published a long statement from his lawyers on Instagram.

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Zambian villagers to sue UK mining company in London

Nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers have been given the go ahead to sue mining giant Vedanta in a UK court, the Reuters news agency reports.

The villagers who live in Nchanga in the country's Copperbelt province are suing for injury and damages to their property for what they say is numerous and ongoing toxic discharges around where they live.

Vedanta Resources has an asset base of almost $40bn (£30bn) spread across the world.

Its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) had appealed against a ruling in May last year when a High Court judge decided the claim could proceed.

KCM which employs 16,000 people in Zambia had wanted the claims to be heard in the country.

Reuters reports that the judgment will play a significant role in defining the future liability of multinational companies based in the UK for alleged human rights and environmental abuses outside the country.

Protests ongoing in Kenya

A CNN journalist based in Kenya has shared a video of police firing tear gas inside a car.

It is unclear who the occupant(s) are but opposition politicians have been trying to get into the city centre where the government banned protests.

The footage shows the car being engulfed by smoke and then at least one occupant rolling out of it.

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Meanwhile, a local TV station is reporting that two people who were shot dead in the western town of Bondo during a demostration pushing for changes in the electoral system had been attempting to storm a police station.

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Gambian security guard protests on UK supermarket roof

A man, reportedly a former security guard, is in the girders in Tesco Extra, Reading

A Gambian security guard who claims he was sacked from UK supermarket Tesco after being wrongly accused of stealing has spent the night in the supermarket's roof.

Adama Jammeh has been on the girders above the checkouts for more than 20 hours, live-streaming on Facebook.

Shoppers in the supermarket in Reading, near London, were told to abandon their trolleys and leave the store as he climbed to the roof yelling.

The 46-year-old said he was falsely accused of stealing electrical goods worth £20,000 ($26,600), and then sacked.

He has spent the past six months staging a one-man protest with banners outside the store.

Mr Jammeh started the roof protest just after 18:00 BST on Thursday.

The store's management team is but refusing to comment.

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Zimbabwe struggles with too many elephants

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

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Zimbabwe has the second highest number of elephants in the world after Botswana

Africa is losing about 8% of its elephant population every year.

However authorities in Zimbabwe say they have too many elephants and are struggling to cope.

The national parks have a capacity of 50,000 elephants, but the population now stands at 83,000.

Parks authorities say the elephants require large quantities of water and vegetation for food.

The elephants have caused conflicts with surrounding communities as they compete for water and invade maize fields in search of food.

Toure offers to help Russia deal with racism

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Toure was targeted by racist abuse in 2013 during a club game in Russia

Former Ivorian international and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has offered to help World Cup hosts Russia and Fifa to deal with racism.

Toure made the comments as part of his contributing to a short film about discrimination.

He said next year's World Cup will be a "big mess" if it is marred by racism and discrimination.

"We have to see change because people have been talking but nothing has really been taken care of," he added.

The 34-year-old midfielder was the subject of racist chants when his played CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in Russia in 2013.

Despite his concern he said that next year's premier football event might end up being "very nice":

"Everyone is talking about Russia maybe being a little bit difficult. But I hope that Russia surprises everybody by trying to make something very nice."

Toure, who speaks Russian, added: "I don't want to be involved in only talking. I want to see action and people be real. These things are very important for the future of football."

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Plague spreads to Seychelles

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The first case of pneumonic plague has been confirmed in Seychelles, media in the Seychelles and Madagascar has reported.

The reports say the diagnosis was confirmed on 10 October and come from a 34-year old man who had returned to Seychelles from Madagascar on 6 October.

He is said to be undergoing treatment and is recovering, media reported.

Seychelles health officials are said to be monitoring 258 people who have been in contact with the man who fell ill, including family members.

The outbreak began in Madagascar’s central highlands in August.

World Health Organization has delivered more than a million doses of antibiotics to fight the outbreak in Madagascar which has killed at least 33 people.

Heavy rains pound Rwanda's northern region

A journalist has shared pictures of a trail of destruction following heavy rains in Rwanda's northern Musanze district.

He says that it has been raining in the region for days.

The photos show damaged roads and collapsed buildings:

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'Two shot dead' in Kenya opposition stronghold

A Kenyan journalist is tweeting that police have shot dead two people in the opposition stronghold of Bondo.

He reports that three others have been injured in the ongoing demonstrations to push for changes in the electoral system before a fresh presidential election is held.

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Bondo is in the western region of the country and is the home area of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Tight security in Kenya's capital

The BBC's David Wafula has snapped these photos of police officers in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, patrolling roads leading to the city centre.

They are enforcing a government ban on protests in three major cities.

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Ghana bans construction of new fuel stations

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

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The station was hit on Saturday

Ghana’s government has ordered for a halt to the construction of fuel stations after a fire on Saturday killed seven people.

Yesterday President Nana Akufo Addo outlined measures to stop explosions at petrol and gas stations.

Twenty fuel stations have already been closed this week and Ghana’s National Petroleum Authority plans to recruit 200 auditors to check fuel stations' safety standards.

Ghana has had eight fuel station disasters in the last three years. The deadliest was in June 2015 when more than 100 people died after an explosion in the capital.

Kenya's police in cat and mouse game with opposition

A Kenyan TV station has shared a video of opposition leaders and their supporters being blocked from accessing the centre of the capital, Nairobi.

It shows police throwing tear gas canisters at a convoy of cars carrying the politicians.

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The report says that the politicians are driving around the city to find ways they can beat the police's blockade.

The government on Thursday banned demonstrations in three major cities including the capital.

Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said that the order was meant to protect "Kenyans and property".

Opposition supporters have been holding regular demonstrations to push for electoral changes before a fresh election is held.

The Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the 8 August election citing "illegalities and irregularities".

Zuma: Ruling is disappointing but anticipated

Jacob Zuma
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South African President Jacob Zuma's office has said in a statement that a court ruling against him was "disappointing", but anticipated.

The president expected South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to consider representations from his legal team before making a decision about whether to prosecute him, it added.

Earlier today the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that prosecutors could bring back corruption charges relating to a 1999 arms deal.

Mr Zuma has been accused of taking kickbacks from the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms.

The president has always maintained his innocence.

UN calls for fair trials for Boko Haram suspects

The UN's human rights agency UNHCR has said it is concerned about the ongoing trial of suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in Nigeria.

It said that, though it welcomed the prosecution of the suspects, it had serious concerns that they may not get a fair trial.

It added that lack of transparency was worrying, pointing out that independent monitors and the media have not been allowed to attend.

The trials, which are being conducted by four judges, began on Monday at a civilian court set up at a military base and detention centre at Kanji in Niger state, the agency's statement says.

They are the first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people who are accused of being members of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram
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Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria

What does court ruling mean for Jacob Zuma?

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Jacob Zuma
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The decision by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal is a blow to President Jacob Zuma.

If the National Prosecuting Authority reinstates corruption charges, expect more legal battles ahead which could delay any future trial.

This is complicated and even more so given that it relates to an arms deal nearly two decades ago done not long after the end of apartheid.

South Africa first democratically elected government had decided the country’s arsenal was obsolete and procured new fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms.

It is this procurement process that Mr Zuma is accused of receiving kickbacks from.

He denies the charges.

He once told me: “I have no corruption case to answer. I was a provincial minister at the time of the arms deal."

If the trial begins, it is going to be a protracted one.

Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

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A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast.

They are from about 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Aid group SOS Méditerranée says they include 241 children and 11 pregnant women.

Many of the women from sub-Saharan Africa said they had suffered sexual abuse. Some of the migrants are malnourished, the group reports.

The ship is now in Palermo, where the migrants face a long screening process, to determine who among them can legitimately claim asylum.

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Google 'lifts restrictions on Swaziland's reed dance'

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The reed dance is an annual cultural event held in Swaziland which features bare-breasted women

Tech giant Google has lifted restrictions on YouTube from showing Swaziland's famous reed dance which features bare-breasted women, South Africa's Mail and Guardian reports.

The Mail and Guardian quotes a representative from Google as saying that they decided to remove the restriction on the videos because "it was not its policy to restrict nudity in such instances where it is culturally or traditionally appropriate".

The move was in response to a campaign led by Lazi Dlamini, the head of TV Yabantu, an online video production company which produces content that “protects, preserves and restores African values”.

Its YouTube channel - which launched in 2016 - had been adding 3,000-4,000 new subscribers every month until the platform started to flag its content as inappropriate.

It also put a label on the channel advising advertisers that its content was “not suitable for most advertisers”.

According to Mr Dlamini, he had contacted Google to say that he was simply reflecting the cultural values of his community but the company said that the content violated the platform’s standards.

He then organised a series of protests, working with more than 200 cultural groupings from Swaziland, with the first one taking place on Saturday in Durban.

It included at least a dozen women who posed bare-breasted with placards that read “Google are racist” and “my breasts are not inappropriate”.

Nobukhosi Mtshali who is a student at Wits University and a campaigner for the right to express her Swazi identity says that the restrictions were an attack on her heritage:

“I, as a South African, want to celebrate my culture. Having my photos labelled as inappropriate or regarded as porn, I take that as a direct attack on my cultural heritage. I take it as a sign of ignorance... If I’m posing in a sexually suggestive manner that is one thing, but if I’m posting pictures of me standing there in my traditional attire, that is a completely different context.

Is this the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs?

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Lagos

Over a thousand people have gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 2017 Entrepreneur Forum, hosted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

It is being broadcast live on YouTube:

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Tony Elumelu, a successful Nigerian entrepreneur has invested $100m (£75m) to help Africa’s business men and women to build their businesses.

The group here have travelled from all over the continent, some from poorly developed countries, and are passionate about changing the face of Africa.

For the next couple of days they will be sharing ideas on investment and building networks, how to build industries, how to use their business to change their communities back home.

This is said to be the largest gathering of pan-African entrepreneurs.

Mr Elumelu has called on entrepreneurs to not only focus on enriching themselves but those around them.

His vision is building an Africa that is self-sustaining and not dependent on aid.

Kenya police 'fire tear gas' on protesters

A riot policeman fires tear gas to disperse supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance
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Kenyan police have used tear gas to disperse protesters in three main cities, witnesses have told Reuters.

The protesters are pushing for electoral changes before a fresh election is held.

Yesterday Kenya's government banned demonstrations in the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Tortured Ugandans given compensation

The High Court in Uganda's capital Kampala has ordered the government to compensate 22 suspects $22,000 (£16,500) each after they were tortured in custody, the privately-owned Daily Monitor reports.

The suspects are being tried for the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was shot dead by gunmen outside his house in March.

Justice Margret Oguli said that the prison authorities had violated the suspects' rights by torturing them while in custody.

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Ex-football star George Weah takes early lead in Liberia election

George Weah
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George Weah is senator for Montserrado County in Liberia

Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead.

Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted.

His main rival, incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in most others.

A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory.

If no-one achieves that, a second round will be held in November.

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Uganda schoolgirls 'burn dormitory in protest'

At least five schoolgirls in Uganda's western town of Ntungamo have been admitted to hospital after a fire in their dormitory last night, privately-owned Daily Monitor reports.

Pictures of the fire were posted on the school's Facebook page:

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The Monitor reports that students say they were protesting against being locked inside their dormitories.

“They said they [students] would rather die instead of being held hostage,” a student is quoted as saying.

A security guard at the school told the paper that they had been instructed to lock the female students inside their dormitory. This was to prevent them from leaving the school at night to go to town or meet boys.

The region's police boss Geofrey Orochi told the Monitor that 32 students have been arrested and that the police will make more arrests.

Zuma 'loses appeal against reinstating corruption charges'

A South African court has dismissed an appeal by President Jacob Zuma challenging the reinstatement of corruption charges against him, reports local media:

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People watching the case are tweeting using the hashtag #SpyTapes because a key part of the case were secretly recorded phone conversations.

Mr Zuma and other government officials have been accused of taking kickbacks from the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms.

Charges were first brought against Mr Zuma in 2005 but dropped by prosecutors in 2009.

However, last year the High Court in Pretoria ruled that he should face the accusations.

Mr Zuma went on to lodge a challenge with the Supreme Court of Appeal to these charges being reinstated.

The president has always insisted he is innocent.

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The hands that make mistakes belong to those who work."

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