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Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    In the meantime you can Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with developments across the continent on the BBC News website.

    Today's African proverb: 

    Quote Message: A white goat gets lost as people watch." from A Kikamba proverb sent by Faustine Ngila, Makueni, Kenya
    A Kikamba proverb sent by Faustine Ngila, Makueni, Kenya

    Click here and scroll to the bottom of hte page to send us your proverb.

    And we leave you with this picture of the sun setting over Lagos in Nigeria captured by photographer Bernard Kalu:  

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  2. Your views on Museveni's BBC interview

    Yoweri Museveni

    Over 100,000 people have shared the Facebook video of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni’s interview with the BBC’s Zuhura Yunus.

    In the interview he says “we don’t believe in terms limits”.

    Reggie Anyaehie in Calgary, Canada, says there is no logic in Mr Museveni’s statement:

    Quote Message: ‘Don't believe in term limits. If you don't like the President then vote him out’. Yet you make it impossible to vote the President out via election rigging and other forms of repression.”

    Andrew Kerosi from Kisii in Kenya analyses things slightly differently:

    Quote Message: President, Museveni of Uganda clearly says that all human resources in a country should be made available to get the best leader. In other words retirees are still electable and in the actual sense, he says, there should be no time limit for presidents in Africa.

    Semwanga Lutaya from Kampala, Uganda stands up for Mr Museveni:

    Quote Message: We should just accept that Mr Museveni has majority support mainly in the countryside, the few disgruntled youths in towns can't speak for the rest of Ugandans, that's democracy - rule of majority over the minority!!

    Frank Lubeg from Kampala in Uganda has a prediction:

    Quote Message: Now it looks like this man is going to change the constitution again to remove age limits come 2021, he will never leave Uganda because in his mind he believes that he is the only potential leader."
  3. Mbeki: US and UK wanted regime change in Zimbabwe

    South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki has repeated his accusation that the UK and US "were very keen" on regime change in Zimbabwe in the run-up to the 2002 election.

    Mr Mbeki has been talking about his policy towards Zimbabwe in his latest Facebook post, where he has been reviewing his time in power.

    He says that his Minister of Intelligence, Lindiwe Sisulu, made a number of trips to London and Washington "with strict instructions from our government to resist all plans to impose anything on the people of Zimbabwe, including by military means".

    Mr Mbeki defends his use of "quiet diplomacy" as a way of sorting out the issues in the country, and says that in 2008 it led to the formation of a unity government - which meant that the will of the people was being recognised.

    Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mbeki in 2008
    Image caption: Tahbo Mbeki (right) was instrumental in bringing Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai into Zimbabwe's unity government
  4. A tale of two tweets in Uganda

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni who was elected on Thursday for a fifth term has sent a thank you message to his supporters:

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    Mr Museveni won with a thumping majority - gaining 62% of the vote compared to 34% won by his nearest rival Kizza Besigye.

    Mr Besigye is currently under arrest, and his party, the Forum for Democratic Change - saying that the vote was rigged - has called for peaceful protest.

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  5. Somalia demands explanation from Kenya over MPs' detention

    Somalia's government has complained to the Kenyan authorities over the detention of some of its representatives at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta airport at the weekend.

    MPs, who were travelling to Turkey with the prime minister, were stopped at the airport over a security issue.

    In a statement it described what happened as "an unwarranted incident" and "expects [a] full justification and explanation".

    The prime minister was not detained, but decided to remain in Kenya while the issue was sorted out, the government said.

  6. Ban bangs the Burundi drum

    Some Burundians are tweeting pictures of the first few hours of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Burundi.

    One man - who describes himself as a communications professional - shared this image of Mr Ban having a go at traditional Burundian drumming.

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  7. Barcelona 'to open football academy in Nigeria'

    The governor of Nigeria's Lagos state has tweeted his greetings to officials from Barcelona FC.

    He says that one of the world's best football clubs has agreed to set up an academy in his state, which he calls its first in Africa.

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  8. Ex-al-Shabab fighters given new life in Kenya

    People who agreed to leave the Islmamist militant group al-Shabab in Kenya have been given freezers and motorbikes, reports the BBC’s Ferdinand Omondi.

    Kenya’s Interior Minister Karanja Kibicho said 48 former al-Shabab members graduated from a deradicalisation program.

    Some were given motorbikes to start taxi businesses, also known as boda boda businesses.

    People with motorbikes

    While those who wanted to start working in the fish trade were given freezers.

    person with freezer

    Mr Kibicho asked that the graduates’ faces were blurred out because of the sensitivity of the project.  

  9. Head of Kenyan athletics suspended from world body

    Athletics world governing body, the IAAF, has suspended the head of Kenyan athletics Isaac Mwangi for 180 days.

    This follows allegations that Mr Mwangi tried to get money from two athletes to reduce their bans after failing drugs tests.

    He denies the allegations.

    Mr Mwangi had already agreed to step aside from his job of running Kenyan athletics fro 21 working days while the issue was investigated.

    If the IAAF suspension stays in place then he would miss the Rio Olympics.

    A British sports journalist has tweeted the IAAF statement.

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  10. Ban in Burundi to find a way out of crisis

    Karen Allen

    BBC correspondent, Bujumbura

    The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is in Burundi to try to hammer out a deal to prevent a political conflict from escalating into a wider ethnic conflict. 

    Just hours before he arrived, some of people were injured in a grenade attack in the capital, Bujumbura, which has faced similar incidents in the past few weeks.

    The country has been gripped by violence since last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared his intentions to run for a third term.

    More than 400 people have died in clashes between opposition groups and security forces and now neighbouring Rwanda is being accused of training a rebel militia to wreak havoc back in Burundi. 

    But President Nkurunziza has remained defiant in the face of increasing pressure to agree on mediation talks with the opposition. 

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  11. Aurier waits for punishment after homophobic slur

    It will be at least 24 hours before Paris Saint-Germain announce their punishment for Serge Aurier after he made a homophobic remark about the football club's manager, L’Equipe reports.

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    Image caption: L'Equipe's headline translates as "Serge Aurier will have to wait before knowing his punishment"

    The Ivorian player has already been suspended indefinitely from the team.

    He had a disciplinary hearing earlier today and the club said they will “announce the decision within the statutory time-frame”.

    It is unclear what the statutory time-frame is.

  12. Ban arrives in Burundi amid political tesion

    A media advisor to Burundi's vice president has tweeted a picture of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon landing at Bujumbura airport.

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    He's come to country amid concern about the continued violence that began soon after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced last April that he would be running for a third term.

  13. Nigerian heroes recognised after 30 years

    In 1985, Nigeria's under-16 World Cup team came back with the cup.

    The military leader at the time, Muhammadu Buhari, promised them a big reward, but he was overthrown before any prizes were given out.

    Mr Buhari was elected as civilian president past year and he has now met the team of '85.

    Watch this report from the BBC's Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar in Lagos:

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    Video caption: Nigeria football world cup
  14. How did an old Scottish ship end up on Lake Malawi?

    This old Scottish ship has been ferrying people and freight along Lake Malawi for the last 65 years:

    MV Ilala

    Built on the Clyde, near Glasgow, in 1949, the MV Llala was shipped in sections to Mozambique and brought inland by rail to landlocked Malawi.  

    That makes it the grand old age of 67 years old.

    The captain of the ship told the BBC's Beth McLeod that he sees the ship like an old lady.

    "The Ilala is like an old lady," he told me. "And we must take great care of her, because she is important to so many people on the lake."  

  15. Kenya police promise action after Uber attack

    The police chief in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has said there will be tough action against the perpetrators of an attack on an Uber taxi driver who was attacked on Sunday night, the AP news agency reports.

    Japhet Koome told AP that there have been complaints from Uber drivers that they are being harassed and threatened by regular taxi operators.

    The Uber driver was attacked by four people and had his vehicle burnt, according to the Nairobi News website.

    It says that he is being treated for burns in hospital.

    There has been tension in recent weeks between Uber drivers, who get their passengers through a smartphone app, and other taxi drivers.

    Taxi sign
  16. I developed elephant knees from falling so much

    Gloria Williston was born with her right leg shorter than her left. She had to deal with constant stares and rude questions growing up in Kumasi, Ghana. 

    In conversation with comedian Maysoon Zayid she mentioned she falls all the time, so much that she has scars all over her knees. 

    She refers to them as her trophies. 

    Ms Zayid knew exactly what she was talking about. She also falls a lot, as she has cerebral palsy. 

    But instead of trophies, she refers to her knees as her elephant knees because they have developed “a course grey skin that no longer breaks”.

    Listen to the two discussing growing up with disabilities on In Conversation:

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    Video caption: Two successful women from America and Ghana who refuse to be defined by their disability
  17. Sexwale shows rival where he played football in prison

    One of the people going for the job as president of football's governing body has tweeted from Robben Island, where South Africa's most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, was jailed. 

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    Gianni Infantino accepted an invite from his rival Fifa presidential candidate for the job Tokyo Sexwale.

    Mr Sexwale, a former anti-apartheid activist, was part of a group of political prisoners who started their own football league on Robben Island. 

  18. Bomb threat in South African court

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    In South Africa, a bomb threat has disrupted proceedings at a court in Johannesburg where convicted Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir was due to the sentenced for crimes including attempted murder, dealing in drugs and kidnapping. 

    It has not been established if the threat had to do with Krejcir who has spent the day trying to get the judge to recuse himself, accusing him of bias. 

    Krejcir and his five co-accused have been taken downstairs and everyone in the public gallery have been asked to leave the court while police investigate the threat.

    Krejcir is considered a flight risk, having attempted multiple times to escape since his arrest late in 2013.

  19. Museveni: We don't accept the logic of term limits

    Uganda's re-elected President Yoweri Museveni has told the BBC that "we don't accept the logic of term limits".

    The BBC's Zuhura Yunus talked to the president, who has been in power for 30 years, about whether leaders should be around forever.

    Mr Museveni said "the issue is not being there forever" adding that people are free to vote leaders out of power. 

    "Africa's got a lot of problems," he added. "We need all the leadership resources to be available so that they can contribute".

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    Video caption: Uganda's Museveni defends opposition crackdown
  20. Obasanjo: All sides in Uganda should 'exercise restraint'

    Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who heads the Commonwealth election observer mission to Uganda, has called on all sides to "exercise restraint and avoid unnecessary confrontations" in the aftermath of the Ugandan election.

    In a statement, he also said that "restrictions on movement of, and accessibility to, all political leaders should be removed", but did not mention arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye by name.

    He added that failures in the electoral process "had a detrimental effect on the fairness and credibility of the elections", but emphasised that differences should be worked out through dialogue.

    President Obasanjo observing elections