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  1. Kenya MPs detained over alleged hate speech
  2. Emotional testimony at Pistorius sentence hearing
  3. Alleged fake Nigerian doctor arrested in Abuja
  4. Five arrested in Tanzania for trafficking
  5. Nigeria FA says lesbian comments misreported
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 14 June 2016

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

A reminder of today's wise words:

Too much fish does not spoil the soup."

An Akan proverb sent by Edmund Ofei, Cape Coast, Ghana

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We leave you with this image of the sunset over Uganda's Jinja town, on the shores of Lake Victoria:

Sun setting behind buildings in Jinja

Verbal spat between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has accused Ethiopia of planting witnesses and making sure a border attack on Sunday had "maximum impact on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Eritrea", Reuters news agency reports.

Mr Osman was speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Ethiopia's Ambassador Negash Kebret Botora was also present and dismissed the statement as "baseless" adding: "Internally the [Eritrean] regime continues to commit crimes against humanity as well as externally." 

On Monday, the two countries exchanged accusations over who was responsible for a clash on their disputed border.   


An Eritrean tank destroyed in a battle with Ethiopian troops.
The 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea led to the deaths of around 80,000 people

Seven Kenyan lawmakers in court over alleged hate speech

Seven Kenyan lawmakers have been appearing in court in the capital, Nairobi, for an initial hearing over allegations of hate speech.

Three are from the governing Jubilee coalition and four are from the opposition Cord alliance (see earlier post).

The cases are connected to alleged comments by one of the MPs, Moses Kuria, that Cord leader Raila Odinga should be killed. Mr Kuria has denied that he said this.

The opposition MPs are accused of also making inflammatory remarks in response.

Mr Odinga (pictured centre) is also in court to see proceedings for himself:

Raila Odinga in court

The court appearances have sparked tension in Nairobi's Kibera district, which is an opposition stronghold.

Authorities in Somalia seize food relief at Mogadishu airport

Ibrahim Aden

BBC Africa, Mogadishu

The police in Somalia say they have seized out-of-date food relief at the airport in the capital, Mogadishu, which were intended for distribution to help those in the south-western Gedo region.

Seized WFP food sacks

A police spokesperson told journalists that the food relief was sent by the UN's World Food Programme, but it is not clear how it ended up being out-of-date.

Open WFP relief sack showing the expired grain inside

He also confirmed that an arrest had been made in connection with the seizure of the food.

Sachets of food products seized by police

Nigerian arrested after posing as a doctor for 10 years

Nigerian police have arrested a man in the capital, Abuja, after, it's alleged, it was found he had been posing as a medical doctor for 10 years.

Victor Moffat Akpan is accused of opening a maternity clinic using forged professional certificates, the Daily Trust newspaper reports.

He is said to have been involved in antenatal clinics, delivered babies and conducted surgery.

Mr Akpan, who has not commented on the allegations, is accused of having used the unique registration number of another doctor who graduated in 1995, the Daily Trust says.

Nigerian disability activist speaks out on how she's challenged perceptions

The UN is this week hosting a two-day event on how to eliminate poverty and inequality for people with disabilities and promote their rights.

BBC Africa has been talking to people with disabilities to find out how their lives are affected.

Grace Jerry is a Nigerian recording artist and disability rights advocate. She was paralysed after an accident in 2002: 

"But today I am full of confidence, life and joy," she says.

Grace Jerry meeting Barack Obama
Grace Jerry

"I have grown beyond my society's definition of disability to become an advocate for an inclusive world and to demand change in our laws and programmes in Nigeria. 

"Music took on a whole new dimension for me after the accident. Last year I performed my song, E Go Happen with 500 young Africans participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship in America."

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EU 'should not work with Libya government', rights group

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Rights group Amnesty International says "the European Union risks fuelling horrific abuses of migrants and refugees in Libya".  

In a statement, the group has criticised the EU's plans to cooperate more closely with Libya’s new authorities to tackle migration. 

Amnesty says that in the absence of safeguards in Libya to respect the rights of migrants and refugees, training its coast guard to intercept them, means the EU risks becoming complicit in their alleged abuse.  

Libya's internationally backed government recently requested greater logistical and training support from Europe for its coastguard.  

But the country’s new authorities are only nominally in control of its own forces and Libya is still suffering from political chaos with rival administrations in the county.  

People taken off a migrant boat
Many migrants try to leave for Europe from Libya

Alleged South African 'axe murderer' bailed after court appearance

A South African man who is accused of hacking to death his parents and older brother has been released on bail a day after he handed himself in, the AP news agency reports.

Henri van Breda is accused of using an axe to kill his family members in January 2015.

The murders caused widespread shock in South Africa at the time.

AP quotes a court official as saying that he will next appear in court, in Cape Town, in September.

Algerian international signs for West Ham United

West Ham United have signed Algeria international Sofiane Feghouli on a three-year deal.

The winger joins the cub on a free transfer from Valencia.

"I am very happy to sign for the Hammers and for Slaven Bilic. The history of the club is important for me in my decision," Feghouli told the club's official website.  

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Nigeria Football Federation clarifies lesbian remarks

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that the comments of its vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi about lesbianism and the women's game had been misreported in an "uncharitable version of the interview" reported in newspapers on Monday.

He was talking about a recent dip in form of Nigeria's national women's team, the Super Falcons, and was quoted in the Herald newspaper as saying that "lesbianism kills teams. People are afraid to talk about it." 

But the NFF says that Mr Akinwunmi had "touched briefly on the issue of lesbianism in Nigerian women's football and its effect on fund-raising efforts for the game".

An NFF statement then has a quote from the vice-president:

I noted that one of the problems we have encountered in trying to raise funds for the women's game, is the perception of lesbianism therein, as many of our potential sponsors have shied away from supporting the women's game because of the misconception that it is synonymous with lesbianism.

These potential sponsors have decided to err on the side of caution and have opted to stay away from supporting our female teams rather than be caught up in this maelstrom."

Women playing football
Nigeria's Super Falcons are the continent's most successful women's team

Ethiopia criticises EU migrant policy towards Eritrea

Ethiopia's Information Minister Getachew Reda has criticised the European Union's policy towards Eritrea when it comes to dealing with the migrants leaving the country.

The EU has set up a trust fund to help support economic development in countries from where people are leaving and trying to get to Europe.

One of the places set to benefit is Eritrea. More migrants try to leave Eritrea for Europe than any other African country.

Talking to journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mr Getachew said said:

We believe what they are trying to do will further embolden the regime [in Eritrea]."

He added that whereas the EU hopes the money will be used to create jobs in Eritrea, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki only creates jobs for rebel movements designed to destabilise Ethiopia.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have had tense relations ever since the 1998-2000 border war in which an estimated 80,000 people died.

Migrants on boat
Many of those trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe come from Eritrea

Has Eritrea's migration problem been exaggerated?

Pistorius leaves court after early adjournment

The sentence hearing for Oscar Pistorius has adjourned for the day.

There were emotional scenes in court as Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman Pistorius murdered, gave testimony for the first time.

He broke down and was often in tears as he spoke.

Mr Steenkamp said Pistorius "must pay" for his daughter's murder.

BBC reporters were tweeting after the adjournment.

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Pistorius leaving court

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel requested the adjournment:

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SA woman fined over 'monkey' comments apologises

A white South African woman who was recently found guilty of hate speech after an online rant in which she complained black people were "monkeys" has been speaking following the ruling.

Penny Sparrow, who was fined 150,000 rand ($9,800; £7000), made the comments after she claimed New Year's party goers were littering a beach in Durban.

She told South Africa's News24undefinednews site that said she wasn't racist and that her post had been misconstrued and that she never meant any offence:

“I said the things I said were read wrong. I know I mentioned monkeys and I know I said the majority was black on black but there was a mix of people.

I didn’t mean to insult anyone and it was just an expression I used.

I'm not a nasty person‚ I’m not an ugly person. I was born in East Africa‚ where my first language was a black language. I was brought up with black people. I find them to be wonderful people."

new year celebrations on beach in Durban
It is a tradition in Durban to go to the beach on 1 January to celebrate the New Year

South Africa's 'singing firefighters' home after pay row

The South African firefighters who went to Canada to battle wildfires have returned home because of a pay dispute. 

The 301 firefighters were deployed to Alberta province two weeks ago to help quell the blaze near the oil city of Fort McMurray. 

A video of them breaking into song and dance on their arrival at Edmonton airport went viral.

But they downed hoses when they discovered they were being paid less than their Canadian counterparts.

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Nigeria former minister refutes corruption claims

Nigeria's former petroleum minister has denied recent allegations of corruption directed towards her in a documentary by Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera.

In the programme it's alleged that Diezani Alison-Madueke had property in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, worth $18m (£13m) and jewellery worth $2m. 

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to have seized these as alleged proceeds from corruption. 

Mrs Alison-Madueke who says she was "comfortable" before she became a minister and could afford some luxuries, described those making the claims as cold-hearted.

This will not be the first time calculated attempts have been made to demonise and damage my reputation in the public space"

In a statement she released on Monday she said the report by the broadcaster without any evidence was attempting to brandish her as a "common criminal".   

When did it become a crime for a woman of my status to have in her possession, jewellery?"

Nigeria's former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke

Pistorius hearing resumes with nurse evidence

The sentencing hearing for Oscar Pistorius has resumed after a short lunch break.

Prison nurse Charlotte Mashabane is continuing giving her evidence.

You can watch the proceedings on this live link:

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Pistorius was 'abusive and aggressive' in prison, court hears

Just before the lunch break at Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing a prison nurse, Charlotte Mashabane, was giving evidence.

He was convicted at the end of last year of the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel already mentioned on Monday, the first day of the hearing, alleged abusive incidents in prison.

Journalists have been tweeting the proceedings.

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Protests over Kenya arrests

Journalists in Kenya are reporting that there are protests in the Kibera area of the capital, Nairobi.

Kibera is considered an opposition stronghold and the protests were sparked by the arrests of four opposition lawmakers over alleged hate speech.

See earlier entry.

One journalist has tweeted pictures from the scene.

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Three MPs for the governing Jubilee coalition have also been questioned by police.

The seven are due in court.

The 'greatest pain' for a father

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Barry Steenkamp, a tall man, looked broken on the stand as he reminded the world that this protracted legal case was about the death of his daughter, and losing her was the greatest pain he had ever known. 

Tears streamed down his face as he told the court how he thought of Reeva every day and that even after all this time it felt like it had all happened yesterday. 

Barry Steenkamp

He described jabbing himself with needles from his diabetes treatment to see if he could feel the same pain his daughter must have felt the night she died.

In the aftermath of her death, he had a stroke and now has heart problems, which is why he had not been able to testify during the original trial. 

But he said he felt compelled to speak now. 

Eyes red from crying and shoulders shaking, he said that he and his wife had been changed forever and all they wanted was justice - being forgiven, did not exonerate someone from a crime.

"He has to pay for what he did," Mr Steenkamp repeated about four times. 

Pistorius stared into space as Mr Steenkamp spoke. He too had been crying. 

Fatma Samoura approved to work for Fifa

Senegalese Fatma Samoura will begin work in her new role as Fifa secretary general on Monday after successfully passing an eligibility check.

Football's world governing body has confirmed its independent review committee has cleared Samoura to replace Jerome Valcke.

Samoura spent 21 years working for the United Nations and becomes Fifa's first female secretary general.

The 54-year-old will work alongside new president Gianni Infantino.

Fifa is desperate to repair its image following a series of corruption allegations under previous president Sepp Blatter and Valcke.

Fatma Samoura with Gianni Infantino
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Tanzania: Five arrested for suspected trafficking

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Immigration officials in Tanzania are holding five people on suspicion of trafficking women to Asia and the Middle East. The suspects are from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kenya and two from Tanzania. 

Chief Immigration Officer John Msumule said they arrested the suspects in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. They were travelling with 12 girls from Burundi

Mr Msumule described the arrest as significant in a war against human trafficking in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian government announced last week that more than 500 women were stranded in Asia and the Middle East after being lured to non-existent jobs by traffickers. 

Barry Steenkamp 'Oscar has to pay for what he did'

Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva Steenkamp, murdered by Oscar Pistorius, has given testimony in court for the first time.

He was appearing at Pistorius' sentencing hearing.

Mr Steenkamp broke down and struggled to speak as he described how the family have been coping.

There has been a lot of reaction on social media:

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Barry Steenkamp in court

More details about Kenya hate speech detentions

Seven Kenyan lawmakers in all are caught up in the hate speech allegations.

There are three MPs from the governing Jubilee coalition:

  • Moses Kuria 
  • Kimani Ngunjiri 
  • Ferdinand Waititu

And three MPs and one senator from the Cord opposition alliance:

  • Junet Mohammed 
  • Aisha Jumwa
  • Johnson Muthama 
  • Timothy Bosire

On Sunday, Mr Kuria is alleged to have talked about the killing of opposition leader Raila Odinga in the Kikuyu language. He has since denied he made these remarks.

The other Jubilee MPs are alleged to have made similar remarks.

The Cord parliamentarians held a press conference on Monday and called on the party's supporters to protect the leadership as the state were not able to do it.

The police have said this amounted to hate speech.

The four are currently giving evidence at a police station in the capital, Nairobi.

The three Jubilee MPs made statements last night.

The BBC's David Wafula photographed Johnson Muthama arriving to talk to the police this morning:

Man arriving in a car

Barry Steenkamp gives emotional testimony

The father of murdered South African model Reeva Steenkamp has given testimony in court for the first time since she was shot dead by athlete, Oscar Pistorius.

Barry Steenkamp struggled to speak through tears as he described the impact of the killing three years ago.

Mr Steenkamp was too unwell to attend the original trial. 

BBC reporters have been tweeting about his testimony today:

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Tanzania arrest for suspected trafficking

Immigration authorities in Tanzania have told the BBC that they have arrested a man suspected of trafficking women to Asia and the Middle East. 

The man, from Saudi Arabia, was arrested with 12 girls from Burundi in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. 

This comes after the government announcement last week that 500 Tanzanian girls who travelled to the Middle East and Asia for work had complained of being mistreated. 

The BBC's John Solombi in Dar es Salaam says the girls were promised employment but it didn't materialise and many ended up in sex work or as domestic servants and barmaids.

Person cleaning the floor
There is a history of Tanzanians travelling to Oman to do domestic labour

South African man due in court over alleged axe-murder of his family

South African Henri van Breda is due in court over the killing of members of his family last year, the News24 website reports. 

Police say he handed himself in on Monday.

Mr van Breda faces three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

News24 says that in January last year Martin van Breda, his wife Teresa and son Rudi were murdered with an axe.

Screen grab form News24 website

Kenya MP arrests over 'hate speech'

Six Kenyan MPs are due to appear in court over allegations of hate speech.

On Sunday, an MP aligned to the governing Jubilee coalition, allegedly called for the assassination of the former prime minister and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Opposition MPs responded with similar comments.

The head of Kenya police's CID division Ndegwa Muhoro told journalists that the police will arrest anyone who propagates hate speech.

A Kenyan newspaper led with the allegations in this morning's edition:

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