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  1. Fifa appoints Senegal's Fatma Samoura as secretary general
  2. Nigeria shopping mall collapses in Ogun state, killing at least one person
  3. Rwandan cricketer breaks world record
  4. Uganda's opposition leader 'charged with treason'
  5. North Korea 'arming DR Congo', UN experts find
  6. SA court allows gold miners to sue over lung disease
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to - Friday 13 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Lucy Fleming

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's it from us 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:

    Quote Message: It is with a light basket that one escapes the rain" from A Luo proverb sent by Owino Onyango Mak'Oburu in Kenya
    A Luo proverb sent by Owino Onyango Mak'Oburu in Kenya

    We normally rely on readers to tell us what the proverb means but today people have been completely baffled.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

    If you’re in the Senegalese capital this weekend, you could take in some art as the city is full of exhibitions as it hosts Dak’Art, the contemporary African art biennale.  BBC Afrique has put together a gallery to whet your appetite.

    A painting by Hypolitte de Volta

    And we leave you with this picture of a Rastafarian in the South African town of Knysna from our pick of the week's best images:

  2. Ugandan opposition leader 'charged with treason'

    Kizza Besigye being arrested in February 2016
    Image caption: Kizza Besigye has been arrested several times this year

    Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been charged with treason, the country's Daily Monitor newspaper is reporting.

    He was arrested ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration yesterday for a controversial fifth term in office.

    The Forum for Democratic Change leader denounced Mr Museveni's victory in February's election as a "sham" and held his own mock swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.

    His wife told the BBC yesterday that she had no idea where the authorities had taken him after his arrest and she had heard a rumour that he'd been flown to the north-east of the country.

    The Daily Monitor says that he is indeed in the north-eastern Karamoja region, remanded in custody at the Moroto government prison until 25 May for a court appearance.

  3. Analysis: African gets most important job in football

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport

    Fatma Samoura
    Image caption: Fatma Samoura is making history

    Fatma Samoura’s appointment as Fifa’s first female secretary general (see 16:47 post) is significant in several ways .

    Of the 209 football association presidents around the world, just two are women - while it was only four years ago that football’s world governing body appointed its first female executive.

    This gives an indication of the enormity of this decision.

    She is also an African - a continent that has never had an elected Fifa president.

    Ms Samoura can now claim to have the most important job in world football because Fifa’s new reforms, which were implemented earlier this year, means that the president, Gianni Infantino, has less powers.

    In football parlance, this is a major upset.  

  4. Get Involved: Why are so many buildings collapsing in Kenya?

    Image caption: More than 50 people died in the Nairobi building that collapsed earlier this month

    In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu considers what the collapse of a building in Nairobi reveals about Kenyan society.  

    More than 30 buildings have collapsed in the last 10 years in different parts of Kenya, killing and injuring people.    

    He says impunity means you can put up an unsafe building in an unsafe area and stuff it with desperate families.

    Some people on Facebook have reacted angrily to such harsh criticism:

    Quote Message: That's not the situation in Kenya. I am proudly Kenyan, and we have a perfect country, we don't deserve your poor judgments." from Evans Terer
    Evans Terer

    While others defend the article:

    Quote Message: From the outset one might want to just dismiss it as negative journalism but the pain, loss of life and suffering for those poor people deserves that harsh critic and light and truth be told." from Mezzorater Mungai
    Mezzorater Mungai
  5. Film starring UK Pidgin-speaking actress released in Nigerian cinemas

    The first Nollywood film starring a British actress speaking Pidgin is going on general release in cinemas across Nigeria today.

    The actress Claire Edun posted a snippet from the film ATM on Instagram:

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    Mrs Edun became famous in Nigeria after posting on YouTube comedy rants in Pidgin, using the pseudonym "Oyinbo Princess". Oyinbo means white person in Pidgin.

    The director of the romantic comedy, Lacelot Oduwa, told the BBC's Martin Patience that her language skills fill him with joy.

  6. Rwanda denies Burundi rebel allegations

    Rwanda's leader Paul Kagame (L) and Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza (R)
    Image caption: Rwanda's President Kagame (L) and Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza (R) used to play football together

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame has denied allegations by UN experts that his country is continuing to support rebels in neighbouring Burundi (see 09:40 post).

    His Twitter feed said the problems in Burundi originated from within the country, not elsewhere:

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    Burundi has suffered a violent political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term last year.

    It is exactly a year since Mr Nkurunziza survived a coup attempt.

    Rwanda denied similar allegations about supporting rebels made in a previous UN report in February.

    The BBC's Great Lakes service has put together a gallery of Burundi's year of violence.

  7. One construction worker dies in Nigeria mall collapse

    Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    The shopping mall which has collapsed in Abeokuta, Nigeria

    One construction workers has died after being injured when a four-storey shopping mall being built in a busy area of Abeokuta in Nigeria’s Ogun state collapsed (see 11:23 post).

    Fifteen other workers believed to have been at the site were rescued; seven of them have been injured.

    Rescue work is ongoing at the site in case hawkers who often go there to sell food are affected. Unconfirmed reports say 10 bystanders may have died.

    Building collapses are not uncommon in Nigeria as sometimes builders try to cut corners by using inferior materials.

    They often bribe corrupt officials so as to avoid complying with building regulations. 

    Crowds looking at a shopping mall which has collapsed in Abeokuta, Nigeria
    Crowds looking at a shopping mall which has collapsed in Abeokuta, Nigeria
  8. EU-Libya anti-smuggler mission 'failing'

    The European Union (EU) naval mission to tackle people smuggling in the central Mediterranean is failing to achieve its aims, a British parliamentary committee says.

    In a report, the House of Lords EU Committee says Operation Sophia does not "in any meaningful way" disrupt smugglers' boats.

    The destruction of wooden boats has forced the smugglers to use rubber dinghies, putting migrants at even greater risk, the document says.

    The BBC's Christian Fraser has been tweeting from a charity vessel, the Aquarius, assisting Italian officials to rescue migrants.

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    Operation Sophia:

    • Almost 14,000 migrants rescued since operation began (22 June 2015)
    • 114 people smugglers' boats seized
    • 69 suspected smugglers and traffickers arrested by Italian authorities
    • Operation has five warships - Italian flagship Cavour, two German, one UK, one Spanish
    • And seven aircraft (three helicopters, four planes)

    Source: EUNavFor Med - Operation Sophia, 13 May 2016

    Read the BBC News story for more details..

  9. Senegalese woman appointed Fifa secretary general

    Fatma Samoura from Senegal has been appointed to run Fifa, the body that governs world football.

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    For the last 21 years, Ms Samoura has worked for the United Nations.

    Earlier this year, Fifa banned its former secretary-general Jerome Valcke from all football-related activity for 12 years.

    Quote Message: Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.
    Quote Message: She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform. Importantly for Fifa, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.” from Fifa president Giovanni Infantino
    Fifa president Giovanni Infantino

    Ms Samoura will be in charge of the day-to-day running of Fifa, which has had a troubled year amid corruption scandals.

  10. BBC partners with Nigerian innovators on chatbot pilot


    The BBC has announced it is working with Nigerian developers to make chatbots which will talk to people on instant messenger apps.

    A chatbot is a computer software programme that is able to communicate with humans, using artificial intelligence.

    The project is part of the BBC's Connected Studio which has been working with developers across Africa.

    You can try out the BBC's pilots on BBC Taster and read more about chatbots on the BBC News website:

  11. Kenyan minister to fly to Canada for urgent anti-doping meeting

    Kenya’s Sports Minister Hassan Wario

    Kenya’s Sports Minister Hassan Wario will be leading a delegation to Canada for urgent talks with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) after it ruled that Kenya was in breach of global anti-doping rules.

    He made the announcement after a lengthy meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta (13:39 post).

    Mr Wario said Wada’s decision was regrettable but maintained that the government would work to ensure sport was drugs free sport in Kenya and that Kenyan athletes are able to take part in Rio Olympics.

    The International Olympic Committee (OIC) said there could be a number of reasons for the non-compliance ruling.

    “It does not mean that the athletes will be stopped from participating in the Olympic Games,” the OIC said in statement to BBC Africa Sport.

  12. Kenyan man survives helicopter ordeal

    Nairobi News has posted this video of a man hanging off the helicopter which was carrying the body of the controversial Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma, who died last week:

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    Mr Juma had been driving home from a bar to his home in an upmarket suburb of the capital, Nairobi, when unknown gunmen attacked his car and killed him.  

    Nairobi News reports that Mr Juma's body was being flown to his family's home after it had been displayed for public viewing.

    One tweeter said the man managed to survive:

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    Meanwhile the hashtag #Bungoma, the area in western Kenya where this happened, is trending on Twitter.

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  13. After 51 hours of batting record breaking cricketer does this...

    We reported earlier that the captain of Rwanda's national cricket team has broken a world record for batting in the nets.

    He batted for 51 hours.

    You'd think he would be resting up right now. But Eric Dusingizimana has other ideas.

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  14. US debates its walkout from Museveni's inauguration

    The US embassy in Uganda has taken to Twitter to explain why its ambassador walked out of yesterday's inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni:

    But some Twitter users were not going to leave it there, with many pointing out that the US hasn't itself signed up to the International Criminal Court (ICC):

    But people weren't going to leave it there:

    This feisty debate is taking place while access to some social media sites has been restricted. 

    The government asked telecoms companies to restrict the access for security reasons.

  15. More than 90 dead after floods in Ethiopia

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    At least 90 people have been confirmed dead in Ethiopia following days of heavy rains that have caused flash floods and landslides. 

    The head of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Management Commission Mitiku Kassa told me that there would have been far more deaths if people had not been evacuated so quickly.  

    The heavy rain came after Ethiopia's worst drought in decades.

    Roads and bridges have been destroyed, which has made it difficult to deliver assistance to those in need. 

  16. 'No Kenya athletics ban mentioned'

    Anthony Irungu

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently chairing a crisis meeting with top sports officials after the country was declared to be in breach of global anti-doping rules, his government's official Twitter account says:

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    On Thursday the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) ruled the country "non-compliant" citing issues with anti-doping legislation.

    This surprise move means some of the world's top athletes are at risk of missing August's Olympic Games in Rio.    

    In February, Kenya missed a deadline to pass a law establishing a new national anti-doping agency so that more testing could take place – but this was passed last month.

    Sports Minister Hassan Wario said Wada had now written to him attaching areas of the legislation they “want re-written or rectified for us to regain full compliance ASAP”.

    “As soon as parliament reviews those highlighted bits of the legislation we are fully compliant. No ban was mentioned in the body of the letter,” he said

  17. South Africa celebrations over ruling for gold miners

    BBC Afrique's Sophie Ribstein captured the celebrations outside the High Court in South Africa's main city of Johannesburg today:

    Cheering people outside South Africa's High Court in Johannesburg - Friday 13 May 2016

    Families of former mine workers and their supporters cheered when they heard that the court had ruled in favour of their class action (see 09:06 post).

    The ex-miners say they contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease, after years of working in the mines. 

    A man raising his first outside the high court in Johannesburg, South Africa - Friday 13 May 2013

    The ruling means that more than 40 lawyers, representing hundreds of former and current mine workers, can launch a joint case against gold mining companies.

    Silicosis, caused by inhaling the silica dust in gold-bearing rocks, can lead to breathing difficulties, regular coughing and chest pains, and it can also lead to tuberculosis.     

  18. Nigeria fuel prices: 'We are suffering'

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    The petrol price in Nigeria has gone up by 67% this week after the government said that it was removing fuel subsidies in a bid to ease crippling fuel shortages.

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is meeting today about the hike - a litre has risen from 86.5 naira ($0.43) a litre to 145 naira.

    These residents in the capital told me what they thought of the move:

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    Video caption: Nigeria fuel prices: 'We are suffering'
  19. Closing Kenyan refugee camps 'risky'

    Mohammud Ali Mohamed

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Dadaab camp in north-eastern Kenya
    Image caption: Dadaab, Kenya's largest refugee camp, was opened in 1991

    Somalia says Kenya's decision to close its two biggest refugee camps is “risky” and will have serious security consequences for the whole of East Africa.

    Last week, Kenya announced it would no longer host nearly 600,000 refugees, most of them Somalis.

    In response, Somalia's foreign ministry has warned that the compulsory repatriation of the refugees would provide fertile recruitment ground for the Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab.

    This would fuel terrorism rather than stemming it, Somalia said. 

    The Kenyan authorities believe militants have hidden in and planned attacks in Kenya from the camps.

    Three years ago, an agreement was reached encouraging Somalis to go home voluntarily, but only a few thousand have gone back.

    The Somali authorities want Kenya to encourage more voluntary returns, which it describes as a safe and dignified approach.

    The UN and some Western government have also appealed to Kenya not to close down the camps.   

  20. Social media still blocked in Uganda

    BBC reporter in Uganda Patience Atuhaire has just told us that Facebook and Twitter are still not working in Uganda. 


    She says all other sites she tried seem to be working fine.

    The Ugandan communications regulator ordered mobile phone operators to block social networking sites temporarily on Wednesday.

    They cited security issues ahead of Yoweri Museveni being sworn in as president. 

    Read more on how Ugandans are getting around social media bans.