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  1. Nigeria's Niger Delta Avengers deny ceasefire reports
  2. Tanzanian charged for insulting president on WhatsApp
  3. ICC sentences DR Congo ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail
  4. Kenya launches crackdown on foreign charity workers
  5. Violent protests around South Africa's capital
  6. Annan hits out at African leaders over ICC
  7. Egypt Red Sea islands' transfer to Saudi Arabia quashed

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By Clare Spencer and Lucy Fleming

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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:

The fox must be chased away first; after that the hen might be warned against wandering into the bush."

Sent by Malek Kelei in Melbourne, Australia

Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this image of hundreds of people having a good old stretch in Durban, South Africa, to celebrate International Yoga Day:

People doing yoga in Durban, South Africa

Get Involved: Is the ICC anti-African?

Kofi Annan’s comments defending the International Criminal Court and rejecting accusation by African leaders that it is an anti-African institution and generated a heated debate on the BBC Africa Facebook page:

Well I totally disagree with him, despite technicalities of international law and all that, the ICC indeed targets African leadership mostly. But then again for one to be the UN chief you have to be voted in by the permanant five Security Council states among other requirements, that explains his stance on an issue which he knows clearly."

Francis Mupazviriwo

This guy is a sell-out!! Europe is surrounded by leaders who committed more crimes around the globe but the ICC don't care!!"

Samuel Cathy

African judicial systems are weaker..they tend to favour people who are in power..."

Kasika Kasika

Funny how we rationalise things. Annan is called a sell-out for his statement yet our African leaders are often busy in Western capitals seeking aid later syphoned off in corrupt deals and putting their nations in more debt and we consider them heroes.

Michubu James

Eritrea 'accuses Ethiopia of contemplating full-scale war'


Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, an Eritrean official told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, Reuters news agency reports.  

Eritrean presidential adviser, Yemane Ghebreab, went on to tell Reuters that he thought this because there had been a large build up of Ethiopian troops at the border. 

The two countries blame each other for clashes on the border on 12 June.

Read more about the clashes on the BBC News website.

Congo warlord sentencing reaction: 'Eight years is enough'

The political party in DR Congo of ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has told the BBC Focus on Africa radio programme that he will appeal his 18-year sentence imposed by ICC judges (see earlier posts).

Bemba has been in custody since his arrest in May 2008.

“Eight years for Bemba at ICC is enough – we are preparing to appeal”

Eve Bazaiba, the MLC’s general-secretary

His conviction relates to war crimes committed by his MLC fighters in the Central African Republic.

Bemba had sent more than 1,000 fighters to the CAR in 2002 to help then-President Ange Felix Patasse put down an attempted coup.

Amnesty International's Stephen Cockburn welcomed the sentencing:

The arrest, conviction and sentencing of Jean-Pierre Bemba sends out a strong signal that those who commit crimes under international law will ultimately be held responsible for their crimes

It also sends a clear message that impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war will not be tolerated and makes clear that military commanders must take all necessary steps to prevent their subordinates."

Gambia trio 'tortured for accusing president of ethnic slur'

Three men charged with sedition in The Gambia were tortured, AFP news agency quotes their lawyer as saying.

Defence lawyer Abdoulie Fatty said in court that the three men were beaten, threatened at gunpoint and forced to thumbprint confessions that were either dictated to them or written on their behalf.   

Ebrima Keita, Musa Fofana and Alasanna Jallow could face two years in jail.  

They are accused of saying President Yahya Jammeh disliked the country's majority ethnic group, the Mandinkas.  

A few weeks after their arrests, Mr Jammeh threatened to "wipe out" Mandinkas in a speech, accusing them of trying to destabilise the country by joining protests organised by the opposition.

Yahya Jammeh
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President Yahya Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994

Amnesty demands release of Eritrean political prisoners

Human rights group Amnesty International has demanded 21 political prisoners in Eritrea arrested more than 15 years ago are released.

It comes after Eritrea's foreign minister spoke for the first time about the prisoners.

The 11 politicians were arrested after they published an open letter to the government calling for reform. The 10 journalists were arrested over the following week.

Osman Saleh told Radio France International that the prisoners were all alive and would be tried “when the government decides". 

Egypt government 'challenging Red Sea islands ruling'

BBC Monitoring

A judicial body that represents the state in Egypt - the Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority - has challenged today's court's annulment of a maritime borders agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Egypt's Nile News TV reports. 

Egypt's State Council, an administrative court, earlier quashed a government decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Its decision only becomes legally binding if approved by the country's High Administrative Court.

Africans in the UK on the EU referendum

How will the European Union referendum affect Africans living in the United Kingdom?

According to the 2011 UK census, there are nearly one million black Africans living in the country - including recent migrants and others who may have been born in the UK to African parents or grandparents.

BBC Focus on Africa's Paul Bakibinga reports from the south-western city of Bristol, home to a large African population and an area particularly known for its Somali community.

How will the EU referendum affect Africans living in the United Kingdom?

Cheers in court over Red Sea islands

Sally Nabil

BBC News, Cairo

The maritime border agreement, which an Egyptian judge has quashed today, was signed earlier this year between Egypt and Saudi Arabia and took many Egyptians at the time by surprise.

Since then, protesters have taken to the streets calling the arrangement unconstitutional, and accusing the government of giving away Egyptian territories in return for aid packages and investments worth billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a strong backer of President Sisi.

Egyptian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Cairo on 25 April 2016
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Some of these protesters were arrested and charged with disrupting public order. A few are still behind bars.

The lawsuit was filed by a number of prominent human rights lawyers, headed by a former presidential candidate, Khaled Ali.

When the verdict was issued, many cheered inside the courtroom, chanting "the islands are Egyptian". 

But the legal battle has not come to an end yet, because the decision can be appealed.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Niger Delta Avengers deny ceasefire

The Niger Delta Avengers - a new militant group in Nigeria’s southern oil region that has been active this year - has denied reports that it has agreed to a one-month ceasefire.

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A petroleum ministry official, who asked not to be identified, told the Reuters news agency earlier that the ceasefire was agreed last week when a government delegation, led by the oil minister, held talks with community leaders and state governors.

The official is quoted as saying:

It was very difficult getting the Niger Delta Avengers to the negotiating table, but we eventually did through a proxy channel and achieved the truce.

Government requested more than a month but since they insisted a month we have no choice than to oblige them. Government will use this period of respite to come up with a master plan for the region."

Read more read Chris Ewokor's piece on Niger Delta Avengers.

First-ever Ethiopian cyclist in Tour de France

Tsgabu Grmay (far right)

Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay will be the first-ever Ethiopian to compete in the cycling event Tour de France which starts on 2 July. 

The 24-year-old will be on the Lampre team with Portugese former world champion Rui Costa.

Back in 2012 he told the BBC that he wanted to be the first African to win the Tour de France.

Read more from Grmay's 2012 interview on the BBC Sport website.

Get Involved: Kenya's expat rules

Many BBC Africa Facebook commentators have reacted positively to the news that charities working in Kenya risk losing their licences (see earlier posts) if they fail to comply with rules that stipulate that foreigners should not be employed if there are Kenyans who can do the job:

Well done Kenya this practice should apply to all African countries."

Dee Et Alem

Really good, it's more or less the same as our indigenisation law in Zimbabwe."

Douglass Tinashe Runesu

When South Sudan issued the same decree, the whole East Africa got bitter until South Sudan gov't apologised... bravo Kenya."

Awadi Lupai

Others were more cautious in their response:  

The government needs to be careful. NGOs employ expatriates not only because there are no qualified locals, but: 1. For sharing of experiences from outside Kenya, 2. Some employ nationals who are from the countries from which the NGOs originate."

Bl Mureverwi

While Kenyans are celebrating this, their fellow in the diaspora should expect the same treatment."

Mark Sakuti

But Lansana Konneh fears the ruling will backfire:

These are foreign-funded humanitarian organisations operating in less developed countries and helping to improve the lives of the people. They have their own work ethics - zero tolerance for corruptions and nepotism- trained expertise, etc. It's not the business of any government to tell them who they should employ. The Kenyan government should create employment opportunities for its own people rather than harass these organisations."

The benefits of doing business in Africa

As we mentioned earlier, we are asking on Twitter about entrepreneurship.

Here are a few tweeters' suggestions for the benefits of doing business in Africa:

@BBCAfrica quality raw materials, multi-lingual, access to multiple markets and healthy market competition. #GES2016 #FoundersSeries

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Which just leaves one question: What are witty fingers?

Tanzanian charged for insulting president on WhatsApp

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

A Tanzanian is facing charges after he allegedly shared comments on Whatsapp calling President John Magufuli an imbecile.

Mulokozi Kyaruzi has been charged under the controversial cybercrime law.

He is the second person to be charged under the law for insulting the president.

The law was highly criticised for infringing freedom of expression when it was enacted last year.

Here is the statement of the offence:

Statement of offense

Here's a translation of what he is alleged to have said:

“Doesn’t [President John Magufuli] have advisers? Isn’t he advisable? Or is he simply an idiot? He is such an imbecile; he doesn’t consider the law in place before opening his mouth! Or is he sick of 'Mnyika-disease'?”

Mnyika, mentioned in the statement, refers to John Mnyika, a young and very vocal opposition MP.

Read more about Tanzania's controversial cybercrime law.

Africa's YouTubers share secrets of success

More and more people are making a living by sharing content online, via YouTube, blogs or other social media sites.

Recently, some of Africa's most successful bloggers met in Senegal's capital, Dakar, to share ideas.

Two of them, a Kenyan and Guinean told BBC Focus on Africa what it takes to stand out in the digital world.

Secrets of Africa's YouTubers

Kenya not alone in extra Olympic drugs tests

Willy Ambaka
Willy Ambaka's Olympic rugby team will have to have extra drugs tests

We reported earlier that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President had warned that Kenyan sports men and women could have to take extra drugs tests to compete in the Olympics in August.

This is because they are marked as non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The BBC's Nick Cavell has pointed out that at his press conference IOC head Thomas Bach only seemed to mention Russia and Kenya - but according to the Wada site Mexico and Spain are also non-compliant too.

An IOC press release clarifies that Spain is non-compliant for administrative reasons.

“At this moment, three National Anti-Doping Organisations (Nados) – Kenya, Russia and Spain – are non-compliant for different reasons. The non-compliance declaration of the Spanish Nado is for administrative reasons only and does not affect the doping-control system,” the statement says.

But Mexico, despite being on the non-compliant list on the Wada website, is not named in the IOC press release.

Last month, Kenya's parliament rushed through further anti-doping legislation that Wada demanded after a spate of drugs scandals involving Kenyan athletes. Wada is reported to have approved these changes - but has not done so officially at a board level.

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What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur?

Over on our Twitter account we are asking what qualities you need to start a business.

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A company based in Washington which helps new African ideas get off the ground has responded:

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Bemba failed to exercise control over 'sadistic' fighters

Jean-Pierre Bemba
DR Congo warlord Bemba received an 18-year sentence

Whilst reading Jean-Pierre Bemba's sentence at the ICC (see earlier posts), Judge Sylvia Steiner noted that most of the many murders by the former Congolese rebel leader's MLC fighters in the Central African Republic had occurred when people resisted pillaging.

Rapes, often involving gang rapes, were “especially sadistic” and committed with "particular cruelty" and entire families were often victimised in turn.

The judge recounted one witness as saying that pillaging had taken place in practically every town that the MLC had entered and the rebels went to every single house and took whatever they wanted.

She said these crimes were a result of Bemba’s failure to exercise proper control of his fighters - and that he had command over logistics and discipline.

Bemba has visited CAR in November 2002 - providing arms, ammunition and reinforcements. Despite knowledge of the crimes, he repeatedly failed to take genuine measure to stop them, she said.

The gravity of Bemba's conduct was further underlined by his position as head of the political and armed wing of the MLC and his education, the judge said.

Judge Steiner said that the prosecution had requested a 25-year sentence; the defence said it should be within a 12-14 year range.

She said the chamber, which opted for an 18-year sentence, could have sentenced up him to a maximum of 30 years – and in exceptional circumstances it could have been life imprisonment.

Extra drugs tests for Kenyan athletes competing at Rio Olympics

Our sports journalists are tweeting about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president's latest announcement:

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Bemba to spend the next 10 years behind bars

ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner read out the sentence for Jean-Pierre Bemba as follows:

  • Murder as a war crime – 16 years
  • Murder as a crime against humanity - 16 years
  • Rape as a war crime - 18 years
  • Rape as a crime against humanity - 18 years
  • Pillaging as a war crime - 16 years.

She said the sentences would run concurrently and would also take into account time already spent in jail since his arrest on 20 May 2008.

So Bemba is effectively sentenced to spend the next 10 years behind bars for the crimes his fighters committed in 2002/3 over four and a half months in the CAR.

BreakingDR Congo ex-warlord sentenced to 18 years

The International Criminal Court has sentenced DR Congo politician Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his fighters in the Central African Republic.

Judge recounts MLC fighters' crimes in CAR

Judge Steiner

ICC judge Sylvia Steiner is reading through the crimes that Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba was convicted of earlier this year.

So far she has spoken of the murders and rapes committed when his fighters were in the Central African Republic from 26 October 2002 until 15 March 2003.

Who is Jean-Pierre Bemba?

The war crimes ICC sentencing hearing of Jean-Pierre Bemba is now under way at The Hague. 

Here are some more details about the career of the DR Congo politician and former rebel leader:

  • 1998: Helped by Uganda to form MLC rebel group
  • 2003: Becomes vice-president under peace deal
  • 2006: Loses run-off election to President Joseph Kabila but gets most votes in western DR Congo, including Kinshasa
  • 2007: Flees to Belgium after clashes in Kinshasa
  • 2008: Arrested in Brussels and handed over to ICC
  • 2010: Trial begins
  • 2016: Found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Profile: Jean-Pierre Bemba

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Jean-Pierre Bemba sentencing due to start

The sentencing hearing of DR Congo's former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba for being responsible for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic by his fighters (see earlier post) is scheduled to start now. 

The ICC has tweeted a link to watch the hearing live:

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Uganda's first lady sworn-in as education minister

Uganda's first lady has been officially sworn-in as the country's education minister:

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Uganda's NBS TV tweeted a photo of her husband doing the honours:

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Mrs Museveni was one of 31 senior ministers sworn-in today.

The swearing-in of the 49 state ministers is still going on.

Analysis: The ANC is tearing itself apart

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Residents from Atteridgeville have set a truck alight due to their dissatisfaction with the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) nominations on the candidates list for the upcoming municipal elections, on 21 June 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa
Protesters are angry over the ANC's choice of candidate to stand as mayor of Tshwane in August

The chaotic situation playing itself out today in areas around Pretoria (see earlier posts) is symptomatic of a wider problem of factionalism that has plagued South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) party. 

This is about an ANC that is tearing itself apart partly because of the politics of patronage and the cancer of corruption.

At the heart of these violent protests is the hypnotic inner voice repeatedly playing in the minds of those burning and pillaging: "It's our time to eat, it's our time to eat."

The idea that the selection of one mayoral candidate over another could spark so much anger is clearly not the main reason.

This is about those who hold the public purse in the name of the people and are refusing to relinquish it to their rivals.

The ANC may have been correct in parachuting Thoko Didiza, who comes with an impeccable track record, as a compromise but that clean slate does not matter in the eyes of those at the bottom of the food chain.

The Luanda Book Club arrests, one year on

Bespectacled Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao among the activists in court during their trial
The group were arrested on 20 June 2015

The editor of South Africa's Daily Maverick has tweeted reminding us that a year ago Angolan activists were arrested during their book club meeting:

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The 17, who included prominent Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao, were arrested after discussing a book about non-violent resistance.

Most of them were detained throughout their trial and sentenced in March when they were given between two and eight years for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Simon Allison spoke to Pedro “Pedrowski” Teca, who is engaged to Rosa Conde, one of the people in jail.

He writes that "despite his own heartache, Teca has continued to criticise the Angolan government".

"But he acknowledges that as much as the government’s treatment of the Luanda Book Club has been illegal, it has also been effective. Currently, Teca and his colleagues are far more focused on getting their friends out of jail than on toppling Dos Santos."

Read the full article in The Daily Maverick

Why the Red Sea islands matter

We reported earlier than a judge in Egypt had quashed a government decision to hand back two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.  

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced the return of Tiran and Sanafir islands in April, during a visit by Saudi Arabia's King Salman.  

So why do the islands matter? Here five reasons:

  • Sanafir and Tiran are islands that lie about 4km (two nautical miles) apart in the Red Sea. Tiran sits at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, on a strategically important stretch of water called the Strait of Tiran, used by Israel to access the Red Sea
  • The islands are uninhabited, apart from Egyptian military personnel and multi-national peacekeepers since 1982
  • The islands belong to Saudi Arabia, which let Egypt guard them since 1950
  • Israel captured the islands in 1956 and 1982, subsequently returning them to Egypt both times
  • Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was criticised for "selling" Egyptian territory after deciding in April 2016 to hand the islands back to Saudi Arabia.

Read the BBC News story for more.

Map of the Red Sea islands

Looting amid South Africa mayor protests

Our reporter has just arrived in areas around the South African capital where there are violent political protests over the ANC's candidate to stand in elections in August as the mayor of Tshwane (see earlier post):

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Nomsa tweeted this video of protesters singing an anti-apartheid struggle song. 

The crowd also assured the journalists that they would be safe, after some had received threats: 

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And she also posted a video of some of the looting that's been going on:

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Medical charity suspends activity in CAR after ambush

People walk a car with a flag of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors without borders) in a street of Bangui, on March 28, 2013.
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MSF have been in CAR since 1996

Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will suspend non-essential activity in Central African Republic (CAR) for three days from Wednesday.

It is to protest the killing of one of its drivers in an ambush, reports Reuters news agency.

MSF released a statement saying that a "well-identified" convoy of two MSF vehicles transporting staff and patients was stopped on Wednesday in Kouki, 82km (50 miles) north of Bossangoa,  by armed men who then looted medicine.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that a team of medical workers and their patients were attacked while returning from providing life-saving medical care,” said Michelle Chouinard, MSF’s head of mission in CAR.   

The suspension comes amid a few days of clashes in CAR, including fighting between Seleka militia and Fulani herdsmen in the north and, in the kidnapping of policemen in the capital (see earlier post).

Annan hits out at African leaders over ICC

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan was involved in mediating an end to Kenya's post-poll violence

Ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has hit out at Africa leaders for their attitude to the International Criminal Court (ICC), in an interview in the British Financial Times newspaper.

The Ghanaian diplomat rejected accusations that the ICC was an anti-African institution following threats from African countries to withdraw from the court:

I remind the Africans that it’s wrong for them to say that only African leaders are put into the dock… [they] shouldn’t pretend that they were the first.”

Mr Annan said he was sure that Africans wanted their leaders to be held to account:

They want justice if they can get it from their own courts and, if not, an international court.”

His remarks come after the ICC decision to "terminate" charges against Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto earlier this year. Charges were dropped against the Kenyan President Uhuru in 2014 – both had denied involvement in ethnic violence that followed the elections in December 2007.

The names of key suspects involved in that violence were handed over to the ICC by Mr Annan, who brokered a power-sharing deal to end the violence, and proceedings against them began after Kenya failed to set up a local court to try them.

Mr Annan also criticised the ICC for not doing enough to protect witnesses from intimidation, the FT reports, and questioned the decision to allow Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto to remain free while the case proceeded:

The president and vice-president were the ones in the dock and so they put lots of effort and resources into fighting the case."

MH370: Possible plane debris found in Reunion

A journalist in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion island has tweeted what he suggests could possibly be more pieces of the missing flight MH370 plane:

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MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 when it vanished with 239 on board. 

It is presumed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after veering off course.

Yesterday campaigners for families of the missing passengers released photographs of personal items that washed up on a Madagascar beach, hoping to identify them.    

Read more on the BBC News website.

CAR clashes: '16 killed over two days'

Sixteen people were killed in two days of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the mainly Muslim Seleka militia in northern Central African Republic, a police source told AFP news agency.

A police officer in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news agency that most of those killed were armed Fulani herdsmen. 

The clashes began on Sunday and were not connected with a separate wave of violence in the capital, Bangui, on Monday in which three people were killed, adds AFP.

This involved the kidnapping of some policeman and a subsequent shoot-out at a police station, BBC Afrique reports.

BreakingEgypt Red Sea islands' transfer to Saudi quashed

Stock picture of Tiran island and, behind it, Sanafir island in the Red Sea
Tiran and Sanafir islands are strategically located at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba

Our Egypt correspondent tweets:

: An #Egyptian court nullifies the maritime border agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian

This court judgement reverses the Egyptian government's announcement in April that it would hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

It faced heavy criticism and police fired tear gas at demonstrations and in May and dozens of protesters were jailed.

Read more on the BBC News website.

South Africa unrest over mayoral candidate

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

Police are battling to quell the violence in townships near South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.

The protests have now spread to Atteridgeville, Ga-Rankuwa and Hammanskraal where residents are blockading roads and stoning cars.

A government statement called for calm and said police officers had come “under fire as protesters” allegedly stoned their vehicles.

Trouble broke out in the Tshwane area reportedly over the candidate the governing African National Congress (ANC) selected to run to be mayor, Thoko Didiza.

Some ANC members in the city are said to be angry that current mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa was pushed aside in the nomination process.

The hashtag #TshwaneUnrest began trending in South Africa overnight and EyeWitness News has a reporter on the ground this morning:

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Anti-doping investigation 'started in 2013'

Police officers take away material seized during the raid
Police officers in Spain were seen removing boxes of confiscated material

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has revealed it started its investigation into the coach of the women's 1,500m world record holder as part of an anti-doping operation back in 2013.

Jama Aden, who is Somali, and an unnamed Moroccan physiotherapist who worked with him were charged yesterday with administering banned substances to athletes.  

Neither of them has commented on the allegations

The IAAF hinted in a statement that it will investigate other coaches for doping:

The IAAF will use all available resources and powers to protect clean athletes and the integrity of our sport. This includes targeting and investigating individuals and coaches who are intent on exploiting athletes and promoting the use of prohibited substances."

Read more about the arrest on the BBC News website.

Get involved: Expats v locals in Kenya

From today Kenyan NGOs must stop hiring expatriates where there are Kenyans who qualify (see earlier post).

The hashtag #FocusOnExpatsInKenya began trending after the NGOs Board tweeted its letter yesterday:

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It prompted a debate about salaries and qualifications:

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DR Congo's ex-warlord Bemba to be sentenced

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa

Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former politician and ex-warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is to be sentenced later this morning by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He was found guilty of war crimes in Marchof failing to stop his rebels from killing and raping people in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

The trial chamber found that his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) directed a widespread attack against the civilian population in CAR.

It was the first time the ICC had focused on rape as a weapon of war, and was the first time a suspect had been convicted over crimes committed by others under his command.

The prosecutor has demanded a 25-year jail term for Bemba.

His lawyers have already announced that they will appeal against the court's verdict.

In DR Congo, where he was once vice-president, Bemba still enjoys support from members of his party, many of whom hoped he would be released in time for the presidential election which is scheduled sometime in November.

Jean-Pierre Bemba

Homegrown helicopter to be built in Tanzania

People have been reacting to the news that a helicopter is being built in Tanzania:

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Tanzania's Daily News reported  that the helicopter is almost finished and the news has been spreading around the continent this morning.

The Zambian Observer says the future of the "affordable", chopper – to ease the country’s transport woes – is approaching.

While Cameroon Concord says the project is making history by in the region. It adds that the plan is to build 20 helicopters a year.

The two-seater helicopter is in its final stages of production at Arusha Technical College and will start flying trials once it granted permission by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, reports the Daily News.

Kenya implements NGO expatriate ruling

A new rule comes into effect today requiring non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to stop hiring expatriates in positions where Kenyans qualify.

Those NGOs who do not follow the new policy guidelines risk losing their licences, reports the BBC’s Wanyama wa Chebusiri from Nairobi.

Citizen Digital has quoted NGO Board Director Fazul Mohamed as saying in a  letter:

You only employ expatriates where there are no skills available locally; and there is differential treatment between international and local staff. International staff earn four times what a Kenyan earns for the same job, with comparable skills and qualifications."

A worker tries to keep refugees organised outside a registration and food distribution point at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya in 2011