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  1. Life sentences over multi-million dollar scam in Kiir's office
  2. Nigerian officers retired following allegations of 'corruption and bias'
  3. Ethiopian forces inflict 'significant damage' on Eritrean troops
  4. Pistorius is a 'broken man who should be in hospital'
  5. Gun battle rocks northern Ugandan town
  6. Kenyan court delays ruling on whether anal tests are unconstitutional

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A spider's cobweb isn't only its sleeping place but also its food trap."

Sent by Kehinde Isaac, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Nigeria's Avengers want mediators to help end unrest

A new militant group in Nigeria has called for foreign mediators to broker talks with the government to end conflict in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. 

In a statement, the Niger Delta Avengers group said it  wanted multinational oil companies operating in the country to "commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue" to "bring about a lasting peace". 

The NDA has carried out a wave of attacks since it was formed earlier this year, causing a sharp fall in oil production in Nigeria. 

The group says it is fighting for the region, which is badly affected by poverty and pollution caused by the oil industry, to get a greater share of its oil wealth.   

 "If need be we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives," the statement added.

There have been many catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta over the years
There have been many catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta over the years

Mozambique schools shut

Schooling has been badly affected in central Mozambique as fighting between government and opposition Renamo forces continues, a human rights campaigner tweets: 

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Egypt's Sisi orders 'sacking of critic's daughter'

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the dismissal of a daughter of the former chief auditor who made allegations of massive corruption in the government, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

It says it has seen a copy of the presidential order firing Shorouk Hesham Genena as an aide in the administrative prosecution, without giving any reasons.

Last week her father, Hesham Genena, the former head of the Central Auditing Organization, stood trial on charges of spreading false news, following his dismissal by a similar presidential decree.

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2014 file photo, Hesham Genena, then head of Egypt's oversight body, holds documents at his office in Cairo, Egypt.
Mr Genena supporters see him as a brave man who has spoken the truth

Nigerian men struggle to break fast alone

Ummulkhair Ibrahim

BBC Africa, Abuja


A key part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is breaking the fast at sunset. 

But some people are finding it difficult to find the right food for iftar. 

That includes men who are used to their wives making traditional dishes but whose work means they live away from their family.

Ali Sadiq told us that he lives in Nigeria's capital Abuja while his family is in Kaduna city, more than 160km (100 miles) away. 

Ali Sadiq
Mr Sadiq lives over 100 miles from his family

So he has started going to a restaurant which makes local dishes. 

The owner, Hajiya Sadiya, says she has noticed an increase in customers during Ramadan.

Hajiya Sadiya
Ms Sadiya has noticed an increase in customers to Gindin Mangoro

Incidentally she has also noticed that men tend to go for soup and porridge.

Your views on Nigeria's first female mechanic

Our Facebook readers have been impressed by the interview we ran (see earlier post) with Nigeria’s first female mechanic Sandra Aguebo. 

Ade goodnews says: 

I am proud of her. That is a real woman. Go rule your world!"

Vincent Loiu adds: 

Today, women can be whatever they aspire to be. "

Phathizwe Xolani Mathebula says: 

African women have been moving mountains for decades ... #longlive!

Odinga's party reacts to 'assassination' speech

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga is in the coalition of the opposition who say the electoral commission is biased

Earlier we reported that a Kenyan MP has been summoned for questioning by a official body after he allegedly called for the assassination of opposition leader Raila Odinga. 

The Star has now published a reaction from Mr Odinga's  Orange Democratic Movement, condeming Moses Kuria's speech. 

It says Mr Kuria is a significant player in any future talks about reforming the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which the opposition has been calling for:

Kuria is also supposed to be a negotiator seconded by the president to the envisaged talks on the future of IEBC. Kuria cannot be negotiating while calling for Raila’s assassination at the same time."

Mr Kuria has not yet commented on the allegation that he called for Mr Odinga's killing.   

Arabic comedienne makes an impression

Maha Abdelghaffar Jaafar

An aspiring Sudanese comedienne based in the United Arab Emirates has taken Arabic Facebook by storm, after a video of her impersonating various Arabic accents and stereotypes went viral.

Maha Abdelghaffar Jaafar's first video went viral early this year, with over 1.7 million views. She has since become a regular face on a Jordanian YouTube comedy channel. 

The 22-year-old bases her comedy on situations she observes on a daily basis in the UAE - particularly issues facing young women. But do some of her stereotypes go too far?

Watch the BBC Trending video here.

South Sudan sentences over missing $14m

South Sudan's High Court has sentenced 16 people to life in prison for their roles in the loss of more than $14m (£9.8m) from the office of President Salva Kiir, reports the local Radio Eye on its website.   

Ethiopia inflicts 'signficant damage' on Eritrea


Eritrean forces have suffered "significant damage" in heavy fighting with Eritrean troops, Ethiopia's Information Minister Getachew Reda has told BBC Focus on Africa. 

He said Eritrea launched an assault on Ethiopian forces on Sunday and "today we have managed to thwart not just the attack, but also to neutralise any threat coming form that direction". 

Earlier Eritrea accused Ethiopia of starting the fighting, which broke out on the mutual border near the town of Tsorona.

See our  earlier post for more details. 

Libya claims $1.2bn damages from Goldman Sachs

Libyan oil field
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Libyan oil fields generate cash for its wealth fund

Libya's $67bn national investment fund is seeking damages from Goldman Sachs, saying the bank encouraged it to make complex, money-losing investments.

The Libyan Investment Authority, which runs the fund, is looking to claw back $1.2bn (£840m) it says was lost through nine disputed trades conducted in 2008.

The Libyans said the trades were made under "undue influence".

Goldman said the claims were without merit and it would fight them vigorously.

The trial started today at the High Court in London.

Read the full BBC story here

South Sudan 'rainmaker killed'

A man who claimed to be a rainmaker a a village in South Sudan has been killed by angry residents, Eye Radio reports on its website

Taban Uyev was beaten to death last week over the accusation that he used his magic powers to prevent rainfall in Kediba in Amadi State, it reports.

Kediba Payam has had not enough rainfall for the last two months, making it hard for the communities to cultivate their farmland.

A similar incident occurred in Torit County in August when youths killed a man accused of causing a drought.  

Kenyan who faked holiday pics now going to China for real

Sevelyn Gat
Sevelyn Gat

A Kenyan woman who became famous for photoshopping herself into other people's holiday pictures is flying out to China for real today:

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Entrepreneur Sam Gichuru, who tweeted this picture of Sevelyn Gat at the airport, in what we believe is a real photo, raised enough money from his friends to pay for the trip to China.

BBC Newsbeat reported in March that Ms Gat became famous because the images were so bad that people liked her pictures on Facebook thousands of times.

Sevelyn Gat
Sevelyn Gat
Sevelyn Gat
Sevelyn Gat

Pistorius sentencing adjourned

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has left court after the first day of his sentencing hearing.

Our reporters at the court are tweeting the latest updates:

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We reported earlier that while a psychologist claimed Pistorius was a "broken man", the prosecutor said he "threw temper tantrums" in prison.

He faces a jail term of at least 15 years.

Ivory Coast's 'brutal attempt' to rebuild forests

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

Beatings, forced evictions and arson - just some of the accusations levelled at Ivory Coast’s Forestry Development Agency today by Human Rights Watch (HRW).  

The rights group says people living in the country’s protected forests live in fear of arbitrary evictions, extortion and physical abuse by forest conservationists and authorities.  

Ivory Coast has lost more than 90% of its rainforest since its independence from France in 1960 and it’s still losing 200,000 hectares every year.  

Forest in Ivory Coast

I recently went to the south-west of the country, where much of the only remaining forest is, and the level of deforestation is incredible.  

Charred skeletons of once majestic rainforest trees protrude from the ground; too big to be felled, so they are burnt instead.  

The government wants to restore at least 20% of its land to forest by 2020 and these forced evictions have been a big part of this plan.

HRW West Africa researcher Jim Wormington said: 

The Forestry Development Agency, a state agency under the Water and Forests Ministry, regularly evicts farmers without warning, often burning their homes and possessions in the process.

Families are being violently evicted from the land on which they have lived and worked for years, and are seeing everything they own destroyed in an instant."

Chatting with Nigeria's female mechanics

When Nigeria’s first female mechanic Sandra Aguebor started training at a local garage people thought she was crazy:

Aged 13 Sandra Aguebor ignored the calls to stop working on cars because she was a girl

 Young kids would wait for her outside the gates shouting at her that ‘this is not a job for woman’. But Sandra persisted. 

Years later she runs her own garage and has trained hundreds of other women through her Lady Mechanic Initiative.  

On this week’s episode of The Conversation, Sandra talks to Patrice Banks, another mechanic who gave up a well-paid job in engineering to set up Girls Auto Clinic to help women learn about cars as she was tired of being an “auto airhead”. 

You can hear the full conversation here:  

Nigeria's first 'lady mechanic' with an 'auto airhead' turned car mechanic from the US

Pistorius showed 'no remorse'

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court during a lunch break on June 13, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.

 A journey inside Oscar Pistorius's  mind - that's what we had at the sentencing hearing of the former athletics star following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

Criminal psychologist Jonathan Scholtz has spent the day detailing Pistorius's mental state, describing him as a "broken" man who suffered from depression. 

Dr Scholtz was called by the defence to help Pistorius get a lesser sentence than the minimum 15 years that the prosecution is demanding. 

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel poked holes in the doctor's evidence. 

He argued that Pistorius had shown no remorse throughout the trial and the judge should keep that in mind. 

Mr Nel told the court that Pistorius only regretted the effect that killing Steenkamp had on his own life. 

Pistorius, in a dark pinstripe suit, cast a lonely figure in court. Whatever the outcome the one-time sports hero will be sentenced for murder. 

Rising tensions between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki
Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki was critical of Ethiopia at the recent independence celebrations

It's not clear why fighting along the Ethiopia-Eritrea border has erupted now as neither country has given any reasons.

But in recent months both sides have upped the rhetoric with the latest verbal salvo coming from Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki during celebrations to mark 25 years of the country's independence.

He accused Ethiopia of being hostile to Eritrea's sovereignty.

Earlier this year, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his country was ready to take "proportionate military action against Eritrea" for what he described as "continuous acts of provocation and destabilisation of Ethiopia".

Read: Why so many people try to flee Eritrea? 

Spate of break-ins at human rights offices in Uganda

Ugandan police
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NGOs are calling for police to investigate break-ins

A coalition of human rights groups say there have been break-ins at the offices of more than 28 non-governmental organisations in Uganda since 2012 and no-one has been brought to justice.

They added that in a recent break-in the intruders beat a security guard to death.

The group said the NGOs were all known for their work on sensitive subjects - including corruption, land rights and for criticizing government policies.  

Amnesty International's Sarah Jackson said: 

The lack of accountability and persistent impunity for attacks on human rights defenders and their offices sends a message that authorities condone and tolerate such attacks."

Kenyan MP called for questioning over assassination allegation

Abdinoor Aden

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A Kenyan MP has been summoned for questioning by an independent commission for allegedly calling for the assassination of opposition leader Raila Odinga. 

Moses Kuria, an MP from Kenya’s central region, is accused of calling for the assassination at a rally on Sunday.  

The video of his speech in Swahili has been widely shared on social media, reports Kenya's the Star.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has announced it has asked Mr Kuria to answer their questions on Thursday and has also asked the court to cancel his bail on an upcoming hate speech charge.

He is yet to respond to the accusations.

Tension is rising in Kenya ahead of next year's elections when Mr Odinga is expected to run  against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Raila Odinga
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Raila Odinga has been calling for electoral reform in a series of protests

Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict: Your views

There's strong reaction on our Facebook page to Eritrea accusing Ethiopia of launching an attack on the two countries heavily militarised border. 

Ras Tefery says: 

BBC, You need to know that the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia love each other. This war is between dictatorships."

Sam Berihun takes a different view:

We, Ethiopians, are not fighting with Eritrea but rather with the Eritrean government which, I think, all Eritreans should support. We didn't start the war. They did."

Manal Hagos says: 

Neither country needs war. What is supposed to be achieved by fighting a war again. Ethiopia has many problems to fix and its focus should remain on development and Eritrea has its own set of problems to to work on."

Avengers reject talks with Nigerian government

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group has rejected calls to end attacks on oil facilities and to enter into talks with the government to address their grievances, Reuters news agency. reports

On Sunday, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), a powerful militant group in the oil-rich south until it reached a peace deal with the government in 2009, urged the NDA  to negotiate and stop attacks that have cut Nigeria's oil output to a 20-year low.

The Avengers' Twitter account uses a Mend oil militant from 2008 (R) as its profile picture

"Mend is a phased out body," an NDA representative told Reuters in a text message, as he dismissed its appeal for talks. 

"It's just some political jargon... to confuse the general public," he added. 

Read: Who are the Avengers? 

Bodies dumped in Tripoli

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gestures in Tripoli before making a speech which he sought to defuse tensions after more than 10 days of anti-government protests in Libya, in this March 2, 2011
Libya descended into chaos after Col Gaddafi was killed

The UN special envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler, has condemned as "heinous and vlie" the killing of 12 prisoners after they were freed from jail.   

The bodies of the 12 were found in different parts of Libya's capital, Tripoli, just a day after they were released. 

They were accused of taking part in the killings and torture of protesters opposed to then-ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, but were recently granted conditional release by the courts. 

The general prosecutor's office said the 12 were all shot dead. The circumstances of the killings are unclear. 

Officials say that prison records show that the men left the jail in Tripoli with their families on Thursday. This could not be independently verified. 

Most prisons in Libya are controlled by a combined force of militia groups and the judicial police. 

Read: Why is Libya so lawless? 

Niger Delta militants call for dialogue

James Copnall

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The Nigerian militant group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) has called for dialogue to end renewed violence that has affected the oil industry. 

Mend was famous for carrying out attacks on oil installations, but it declared a ceasefire two years ago. 

In the last few months a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, has launched a succession of attacks on oil facilities. 

Mend says the Niger Delta Avengers should announce a ceasefire and begin negotiations. 

Woman walking along oil pipelines
The recent violence has reduced oil production in Nigeria to its lowest level in two decades

Pistorius threw 'temper tantrums'

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel is painting a negative picture of Oscar Pistorius, in  contrast to the psychologist who testified that he is a broken man who should not be imprisoned for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

Our correspondent is tweeting from court:   

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Another journalist in court has more details of Pistorius' attitude towards prison staff: 

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Pistorius in 'no state to testify'

Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is comforted by an unidentified woman before his sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 13, 2016.

South Africa's former Paralympic and Olympic star Oscar Pistorius was in court wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a black tie. 

Psychologist Jonathan Scholtz gave evidence on his behalf as he tries to avoid going to prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013. 

Mr Scholtz said the 29-year-old Pistorius should be in hospital as he was ill. 

"He displayed signs and reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depressive disorder," Dr Scholtz  said, of his consultations with the athlete, Reuters news agency reports

"Currently he is not able to testify. His condition is severe." 

Read: My friend Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorous' mental state has 'deteriorated'

 A psychologist has told the High Court in South Africa that former athlete Oscar Pistorius' mental state has deteriorated since he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. 

Jonathan Scholtz was giving evidence on behalf of the defence team at Pistorius' sentencing hearing. 

Our reporter is tweeting from court:

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Regular Monday Kenyan protest called off

Kenya's main opposition group has called off protests planned for today, reports the Daily Nation.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) had threatened to protest every Monday against the electoral commission who they say is biased.

But the Daily Nation reports that Cord leaders are now prepared to give the government time to respond to their demand to disband the electoral commission.

Cord, however, has promised to resume demonstrations on Thursday if no solution is found by Wednesday night.

Another Kenyan newspaper The Standard adds that Siaya County Governor Cornel Rasanga  has announced plans to name two roads in honour of two people killed during protests last month.

Riot policemen patrol in Kibera slum, Nairobi on May 23, 2016 during a demonstration of opposition supporters protesting for a change of leadership at the electoral commission ahead of a vote due next year.
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Police have accused of using excessive force against protesters

Nigerian army defends 'purge'

Soldiers march during the inauguration of new Nigerian President at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015.
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Nigeria's military has dismissed as "unfair" media reports that 38 senior officers had been forced into retirement as part of an attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to purge it of southerners and to strengthen the hand of northerners. 

The officers had been retired "strictly in accordance with the dictates of the Armed Forces Act and not based on ethnic or tribal consideration", said army spokesman Col Sani Usman in a statement. 

In an earlier statement, he said the officers, who included major-generals, had been retired for being partisan in the 2015 election, and following an investigation into corruption in arms deals. 

Mr  Buhari is a northerner who defeated then-President Goodluck Jonathan, a southerner in the elections.

It was the  first time a sitting president voluntarily gave up power in Nigeria.   

Gunmen raid Ugandan town

Ugandan police have released a statement to say that they believe the gunmen who attacked a police station in northern Gulu towqn  last night were trying to rescue a opposition politician Oola Odiya. 

Uganda's New Vision newspaper reported last week that Mr Odiya had been arrested for an "undisclosed sensitive crime".

The statement says the attackers engaged officers in a battle for about 30 minutes before fleeing, abandoning five rifles and a machine gun.

This leaves one question unanswered for the BBC's reporter in Kampala:

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Pistorius in court

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrives at Pretoria High Court to attend a sentencing hearing set to send him back to jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago, in Pretoria on June 13, 2016.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is in court for his sentencing hearing. 

His defence team has put up its first witness as it argues against a 15-year prison sentence for the former Paralympic and Olympic star. 

Our reporters have been tweeting from court in the capital, Pretoria:    

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Kenya gay anal tests ruling delayed

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

A crucial court ruling on the use of anal examinations to determine the sexual orientation of people in Kenya has been delayed until Thursday.

The judge, in the coastal city of Mombasa, says the ruling is not ready.   

A defence lawyer said the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando in the US was discussed off-the-cuff and the case is now certainly more sensitive.

Two men had gone to court to demand that the tests be declared unconstitutional. 

They allege they were forced to undergo tests following their arrest in February 2015 on suspicion of homosexual activity.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Archive shot of two men kissing
Several gay Kenyans have been prosecuted in the past few years

Ethiopia 'attacked' Eritrea

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Nairobi

An Eritrean tank destroyed in a battle with Ethiopian troops last week sits near the strategic southwestern Eritrean town of Barentu 20 May 2000
The 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea led to around 100,000 deaths

Eritrea has accused Ethiopia of attacking its heavily militarised border. 

Residents in the border region of Tsorona say they heard heavy gunfire and saw the movement of Ethiopian troops and artillery. 

The Ethiopian information minister told the BBC he was not aware of any fighting. 

At least 100,000 people died in a two-year border conflict between the two countries that ended in 2000. 

A United Nations commission ruled that a disputed area along the border belonged to Eritrea but Ethiopia has never accepted the decision.

Read: Eritrea's 26 years of independence

Pistorius sentencing hearing

Oscar Pistorius looks on during his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, May 13, 2014
Pistorius was a celebrated athlete who ran in the Olympics and Paralympics

A sentencing hearing for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has started in the capital, Pretoria.

He faces a jail term of at least 15 years, but his sentence can be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors.

A sentence is expected by Friday. 

Pistorius, 29, killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.

Read the full BBC story here

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

A spider's cobweb isn't only its sleeping place but also its food trap."

Sent by Kehinde Isaac, Lagos, Nigeria.

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