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  1. Somali money transfer operations closed in Kenya
  2. Gabon to host the 2017 Nations Cup
  3. Zimbabwe's president on state visit to South Africa

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By Damian Zane, Clare Spencer and Hugo Williams

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We leave you with this picture of camel riders in Darfur off to attend a campaign rally in Sudan ahead of elections next week.

Camel riders in Darfur, Sudan

Mombasa remembers

University students in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa light candles to remember those who died during last week's attack on Garissa University College.

University students light candles during a demonstration condemning the attack at Garissa University College campus, in the Kenyan coastal port city of Mombasa April 8, 2015.

Khat seized

More than four tonnes of the banned stimulant khat has been seized at Zurich airport,

reports the AP news agency.

The drug, which is chewed in its leaf form, is popular in the Somali community but has been banned in several European countries.

The khat haul is reported to have been found inside 495 postal packages and was declared as tea, henna or spices.

Zurich airport customs present the seized drug khat, in Zurich, Switzerland

African reaction

We've been getting reaction on the

BBC Africa Facebook page to the news that
Gabon will host the 2017 Nations Cup. Here are some of your comments:

Zana Le Panafricain Bamba says: "Bad choice. Algeria should have been the hosts, but good luck to Gabon."

Abu Pokawa says: "When will my country Sierra Leone be chosen to host the Africa Cup of Nations?"

And on twitter, @jc_kabwe


"@BBCAfrica is this a west african tournament? CAF, why not North Africa? Or East Africa for a change? Shame to this soccer body called CAF."

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Locked out


The BBC's Milton Nkosi in Nairobi

tweets: "I've just been in Eastleigh where the biggest Somali community in Nairobi lives. Hawalas closed, Notice on door says."

Scene outside a money transfer agency in Nairobi

Focus TV

Starting at 17:30 GMT on BBC World News, Focus on Africa TV will be asking how the closure of 13 money transfer firms operating in Kenya will affect Somalis who rely on remittances sent by relatives living abroad.

In Sport, Piers Edwards reports from Cairo where Gabon have been chosen to host the 2017 Nations Cup.

Head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayato, announces that Gabon will be hosting the 2017 African Cup of Nations at a meeting of the CAF executive committee, in Cairo

Academic success

A Somali-American high school student Munira Khalif has been accepted at all eight of the US's top universities or Ivy League schools, reports the

US TV station Kare11. This is seen as a mark of high academic achievement.

"I was very surprised," she is quoted as saying. "The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement."

Her success comes after Nigerian-American Harold Ekeh and Ghanaian-American Kwasi Enin also achieved the same feat.

Uganda arrest

An ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

has been arrested in Uganda in connection with his possible role in the killing of top Ugandan prosecutor Joan Kagezi, police say.

Jamal Kiyemba, a Ugandan, was arrested with the the help of US officials in the capital on Tuesday, police added.

Children of the late Joan Kagezi at her funeral in Kampala
Children of the late Joan Kagezi at her funeral in Kampala on April 2, 2015

Son of Idi

Journalist Justin Rohrlich has been writing in

Foreign Policy magazine about getting to know Jaffar Amin, the son of the former Ugandan President Idi Amin. Up to 400,000 people are believed to have been killed under his father's rule between 1971 and 1979.

Rohrlich was surprised about how at ease Amin's son is: "Jaffar doesn't come off as some sort of evil dictator's demon spawn, but rather as an everyday guy living in the suburbs."

Picture of Idi Amin
Idi Amin died in exile in Saudi Arabia in 2003

Statue protest

South African singer and Afrikaner activist, Sunette Bridges, chained herself to the base of the statue of Afrikaner hero and former President Paul Kruger in central Pretoria. Her protest comes after several colonial and apartheid-era statues have been vandalised.

South African singer and Afrikaner activist, Sunette Bridges, chains herself to the statue of Afrikaner hero Paul Kruger in central Pretoria

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Kruger memorial. A nationwide debate started after students at the University of Cape Town demanded the removal of a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

Other statues, including the one of Paul Kruger, have been damaged by supporters of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters.

Some of the hundreds of protesters hold placards as they gather at the memorial for Afrikaner hero Paul Kruger in central Pretoria

'Relief for Ghana' part II


Focus On Africa presenter Akwasi Sarpong asked his fellow Ghanaians

on Twitter for their reaction to Ghana losing out to Gabon in the race to host the 2017 Nations Cup.

It seems there has been almost universal relief.

Alhassan Ahmed

tweeted:"Ghana? Never! We have enough problems 2 deal with. #Dumsor #EconomicCrises"


tweeted: "thank goodness we were not given the nod. The AFCON 2008 mess is still lingering and we want to host what? Tweaa..."

Ready for air

The BBC's Akwasi Sarpong is all dressed up and ready to present Focus On Africa radio at 15:00 GMT. He's in his Ghanaian smock known as a fugu.

Akwasi Sarpong


today's programme Akwasi will be talking about the impact of the closure of some money transfer agencies in Kenya, the decision over who will host the 2017 Nations Cup and the visit of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to South Africa.

Road to Gabon

The draw for the qualifying groups for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations has been made.

In one of the toughest-looking groups, 2013 champions Nigeria will take on Egypt as well as Tanzania and Chad.

For more details of the draw see

this story on the BBC's African football website.

'Relief for Ghana'


The BBC's sports reporter in Ghana Michael Oti Adjei

tweets this reaction to the fact that Ghana and Algeria both lost out to Gabon in the competition to host the 2017 Nations Cup.

"Sadness in Algeria. Generally delight in Ghana. Different strokes."

He then offers this analysis: "We didn't build on gains of 2008 to deserve 2017. Accra Stadium more popular as food joint these days. Tamale and Essipong rarely used."

A Ghana fan poses before their semi-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo

Turned away

In Eastleigh, the Somali-dominated suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, customers at the local branch of the Dahabshiil money transfer agency found this announcement pinned on the shut doors.

Notice on the door of a money transfer agency in Nairobi

They were turned away because the government has shut down some money transfer centres in an effort to crack down on funding to the militant group al-Shabab.

Some of the customers told the BBC that they were dependent on the remittances.

Pictures of customers outside a money transfer agency in Nairobi

Seeking aid?

For the BBC's

Focus on Africa radio programme Brian Hungwe reports from Harare that President Robert Mugabe is in South Africa to seek more money to help the flagging economy. But analysts that he has spoken to say the chances of getting financial help are slim.

A spokesman for President Mugabe told a

South African news website that the president was not in the country with a "begging bowl".

Zimbabwe"s President Robert Mugabe (L) gestures as South Africa"s President Jacob Zuma looks on at the end of a press briefing at the Union building in Pretoria

Disappointed in Algeria


Algeria analyst Imad Mesdoua

tweets a reaction to the news that Algeria lost out to Gabon in the decision over who will host the 2017 Nations Cup.

"Winner of #AFCON2017 is #Gabon. This will not go down well in #Algeria. People had high hopes. Yeesh."

New stadiums

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport, Cairo

Gabon has been chosen by the Confederation of African Football to host the 2017 Nations Cup. The country has only ever hosted it once before, in 2012, when it shared the task with Equatorial Guinea.

Gabon will use four stadiums: Libreville (capacity 45,000), Franceville (capacity 25,000), Port Gentil (capacity 20,000) and Oyem (capacity 20,000).

The stadiums in Port Gentil and Oyem are not yet ready, but a Gabonese official told me that they will be finished in 14 months.

Caf meeting in Cairo

BreakingBreaking News: Gabon to host


The Confederation of African Football

tweets that Gabon has been chosen as the host for the 2017 Nations Cup.

Gleaming trophy


Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport, Cairo

tweets from Cairo ahead of the decision on who will be the 2017 Nations Cup hosts: "The trophy gleaming away as final preps made... #AFCON2017"

The Nations Cup trophy in Cairo

Decision time

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport, Cairo

There are three contenders to host the 2017 Nations Cup - Algeria, Gabon and Ghana - who have all made their presentation bids this morning here in Cairo.

Algeria say it is building two new stadiums earmarked for the Nations Cup, and the tournament will take place in three cities: Algiers (two stadiums), Annaba and Oran.

Ghana will use four cities: Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale with Cape Coast on stand-by in cast there are any problems elsewhere.

And Gabon will use four cities: Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem. The first two were used for the 2012 tournament, while Port Gentil and Oyem are new venues.

Egypt National football team players celebrates with the cup after their victory against Ghana on January 31, 2010 at the November 11 stadium in Luanda

A decision is expected soon.

University closed


Frenny Jowi

BBC Africa

tweets about the Kenyan university that came under attack by al-Shabab militants: "Garissa University closed, students to be transferred to a constituent institution- Kenya's ministry of education."

A soldier stands guard at the Garissa University campus after an attack by gunmen in Garissa
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Garissa University College campus opened in 2013 - it is part of Moi University

Rhodes joke


AFP journalist Kristen van Schie

tweets about the meeting between Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma:

"Zuma says economies of SA and Zim are historically linked - and cracks a joke about Cecil Rhodes: 'We host a statue, they host him.' #StateVisit"

The 19th Century British imperialist is buried in Zimbabwe.


Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail,

tweets at the press conference in Pretoria with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe: "the 91-year-old Mugabe is speaking slowly, but without notes"

Robert Mugabe
This is Robert Mugabe's first state visit to South Africa in 21 years

'Not begging'

A spokesman for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says that the president is not in South Africa looking for money, reports South Africa's

IOL news.

There was speculation in the South African press that Zimbabwe needed funds to host a regional summit later this month.

Spokesman George Charamba said "we are a bit unhappy that we are being portrayed as coming here with a begging bowl... The South African government knows that we are a viable state which is in fact a strong trading partner."

President Mugabe is on his first state visit to South Africa for 21 years.

Rhodes decision

As we wait for a decision on whether the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town should be removed, the South African Heritage Resources Agency

has written a lengthy Facebook post on the procedure for the decision.

The statue has been boarded up after student protesters demanded its removal.

Rhodes statue protest
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The statue on 20 March amid protests

The agency will not make the decision on the

controversial statue. It says that the provincial organisation Heritage Western Cape will have to make an announcement.

It points out the relocation of the statue of General Hertzog from the Union Buildings in Pretoria is the most recent example of removing a contentious statue.

In that case, the statue was moved to a less prominent position and replaced with a statue of the late President Nelson Mandela.

'Pomp and ceremony'


Spokesperson for South Africa's International Relations Clayson Monyela is

tweeting about the state visit of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe.

"#ZimStateVisit Pomp & Ceremony...President JG Zuma & President RG Mugabe at The Union Buildings in Pta"

Picture showing President Mugabe and President Zuma
Clayson Monyela

It is President Mugabe's first state visit to South Africa for 21 years.

Habre trial date

The trial of the former Chadian President Hissene Habre should take place in June in Dakar, Senegal, says the BBC's Anais Hotin in Dakar.

This is following the appointment of the Burkinabe judge Gberdao Gustave Kam to the special court that will try the former president.

He is charged with crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes allegedly committed when he was president from 1982 to 1990.

'Work to be done'

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has named Dr Bernice Dahn as the new health minister, who will have to deal with the end of the Ebola crisis and its aftermath.

When she was the country's Chief Medical Officer Dr Dahn drew international media attention last year when she went into self-imposed quarantine after her office assistant died from Ebola.

Ebola health workers in Liberia
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Dr Dahn told me that there is "a lot of work to be done".

Money transfers


Ugandan blogger and journalist Rosebell Kagumire

tweets on the Kenyan decision to shut down some money transfer agencies linked to Somalis:

"The UN estimates Somalis in #diaspora send home about $1.6bn annually, significantly more than foreign aid. #Somalia #Kenya"

Water cannon

South African journalist Jeff Wicks has been

tweeting pictures of police in Durban using water cannon against a group of foreign nationals who were on an anti-xenophobia march.

Water canon being fired at demonstrators in Durban

The demonstrators had defied an order cancelling the march. The police had withdrawn permission for the protest to go ahead saying that there was a threat to the group,

News24 reports.

Host boast

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport, Cairo

Presentations have begun in Cairo for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosts. They're expected to take 30 minutes each.

Ghana, Gabon and Algeria are competing to put on the tournament.

'Teary eyes'

A powerful

editorial in Wednesday's Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper has criticised the way that President Kenyatta has reacted to the relatives of the people who died in the al-Shabab attack on Garissa University College.

Daily Nation

"In Kenya, your child, your only hope in whom you have invested the family fortune, is slaughtered; but a little time can't be found in busy diaries for the leader you elected to come and look you in your teary eyes and assure you that he did his best, that the death of your son or daughter has not been in vain, that he feels your pain," it says.

The article goes on to say "it saddens Kenyans to see that their leaders are not circling the wagons and fighting this evil as one".

'I have support'

Fifa presidential candidate Luis Figo has disputed a claim from Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou that all 54 of its members will vote for incumbent Sepp Blatter to remain as head of football's world governing body Fifa.

Mr Figo said he senses a split in Africa's support for Blatter and added "there are federation presidents who have assured me they would vote for me but they were reluctant to say this out loud because they feared reactions against them, their federations and even their countries".

Luis Figo
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Fuel queues

BBC Hausa producer Yakubu Liman took this picture in the queue for fuel in Abuja this morning. He was in the queue for almost three hours.


Quartz reported back in March that fuel shortages are not unusual even though Nigeria is a major oil exporter.

Africa's contribution

An African Union official has told the

UK Guardian newspaper the African effort to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa has not been given the attention it deserves.

Dr Olawale Maiyegun, director of social affairs at the AU commission, said "unfortunately, Africans do not have the international voice of CNN, BBC and France 24, therefore much of our work is overlooked in the western media".

He pointed out that the AU deployed more than 835 African health workers to the affected countries.

Right policy?

Milton Nkosi

BBC News, Nairobi

There are questions over how effective freezing bank accounts will be on preventing attacks.

The Kenyan government has frozen 86 bank accounts of individuals believed to be funding al-Shabab.

But al-Shabab had just four gunmen in the Garissa University College attack and that didn't require a lot of funding.

Hard blows like the Garissa attack are not necessarily expensive.

A security guard shows the gate with broken windows at the Garissa University College building in Garissa town

University reopens

Umaru Fofana

BBC Africa, Freetown

Sierra Leone's University of Makeni has become the first educational institution in the country to start teaching since schools and universities closed in June last year in the hope of stopping the spread of Ebola.

The vice chancellor has told me that all three semesters will run nonstop and that all the lost teaching hours will be recovered.

Schools are due to open on Tuesday 14 April.

This file picture dated November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard reading "Stop Ebola" in Freetown

'Wrong targets'

Leaders of the Somali community in the US have criticised the decision by the Kenyan authorities to shut down 13 informal money transfer services that had links to Somalis in Kenya.

It is one of a series of measures in the wake of the Garissa attack aimed at denying the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab access to resources it would need to plan and carry out further attacks.

Somalis in the US send a lot of money back to East Africa and Murshid Barud, chairman of the Somali Leadership Council of America, says that it was the wrong policy.

"I think what the government of Kenya is missing is that they are actually targeting funds which are meant for the poorer Somalis," he said. "This is instead of to tackling the real root causes of the issues that they're dealing with."

New haircut?

South Africa's Business Day is one of many newspapers and tweeters to share this photo of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe appearing to have a new wig and earrings.

Business Daily

Mr Mugabe was standing directly in front of South African Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.

He is currently on a state visit to South Africa.