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Summary

  1. Trump links Somali migration with terror
  2. Protests erupt again in Ethiopia's city of Gondar
  3. Uganda's ethics minister halts further gay pride events
  4. South Africa's ANC get worst poll result since 1994
  5. Soldiers connected to March's Grand Bassam attack sentenced to 10 years
  6. UN making up rape allegations, South Sudan says

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. 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:

Someone who selects coconuts with great care ends up getting a bad one."

A Swahili proverb sent by Samuel Bond, Arusha, Tanzania

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And we leave you with this picture of South Sudanese runner Yiech Pur Biel with a tourist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he is due to compete in the Olympics as part of the first-ever refugee team:

South Sudan"s athlete Yiech Pur Biel (L) for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) takes pictures with a tourist in front of the statue of Christ the Redeemer ahead of Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 30, 2016
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See more of the best pictures of the week in Africa's Top Shots.

The Olympian who competed while seven months pregnant

Olufunke Oshonaike is about to appear at her sixth Olympic Games - only the second African woman to do so.

The table tennis player told the BBC that she even competed when she was seven months pregnant, despite her "big belly":

Nigeria's Olufunke Oshonaike speaks to the BBC

ANC's worst performance since the end of apartheid

South Africa's governing ANC got its lowest ever share of the vote - 54% - in Wednesday's local elections.

But the party's support has dipped below 60% before and recovered:

Electiion results graph
BBC

This time round though the party has lost control, or come close to losing control, of a number of key urban areas.

The opposition Democratic Alliance have been hailing some major victories across the country.

But the ANC remains the country's dominant party and its leaders have promised that it will listen to the voters.

Read more: South Africa local elections: ANC suffers major setback

Kenyan fast food

The BBC's Ahmed Adan spotted this minibus taxi with chickens strapped to the roof on the Thika Road in Kenya's capital, Nairobi:

Chickens strapped to the roof of a Kenyan minibus

 We imagine they were speeding towards a weekend party.  

Refugee games held in support of the refugee team

For the first time ever refugees have their own team in the Olympics in what the International Olympic Committee called "a message of hope for all the refugees in our world".

There are 10 members of the team, including South Sudanese runners Paulo Amotun Lokoro, Yiech Pur Biel, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, James Chiengjiek’s and Anjelina Nadai Lohalith who all lived in Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya.

To celebrate this success, the camp is holding its own games today:

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While we don't have the up-to-the minute commentary on these games, this tweet indicates the volley ball score at one point:

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Uganda Gay Pride parade now cancelled

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, who is working with Uganda's lesbian and gay community, has just told the BBC that the parade scheduled for Saturday has been called off.

"We do not want to put anyone in danger,” he said.

This comes after the police raided a Gay Pride event in Kampala last night. Earlier today, the country's Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo warned organisers that any other events would be similarly dealt with.

Gay pride marchers
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Uganda hosted a Gay Pride march last year

'Lion of Zimbabwe' supports anti-government protests

Thomas Mapfumo is known as the "Lion of Zimbabwe" for his popular political folk music that was the soundtrack to the country's independence struggle in the 1970s.

But now he's an ardent supporter of the latest round of protests in Zimbabwe, including the #ThisFlag movement against President Robert Mugabe's government.  

He told the BBC "this man wasn't actually the right man to be the president of Zimbabwe because he divides people".

Listen here:

South Africa's opposition says it has won council election in capital

South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is saying that it has won most votes in Tshwane, the area that includes the capital, Pretoria.

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The official results of the country's municipal elections don't yet reflect this projection and put the DA neck-and-neck on 42% with the country's governing ANC.

Nationally, the ANC has won a majority of the votes, but it has suffered setbacks in some key urban areas. 

The party has seen its worst performance at the ballot box since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Kenya tops Africa's Olympic golds table

Our sports journalist has tweeted the list of African nations with the most Olympic medals, and Kenya comes up top.

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We'll see over the next few weeks if they manage to keep that top spot.

Kenyan senator demands creche in parliament

Recently Kenya's parliament passed a bill which makes it compulsory for companies to allocate special places where working women can breastfeed. 

But Kenyan senator Martha Wangari revealed to BBC Newsday that there aren't actually any of these feeding zones in parliament itself.

She said that with her baby, who is now 14 months old, she had to go back home to pump milk. 

She says that she is going to ask all the female parliamentarians "not to leave parliament" until they put a creche in place:

Breastfeeding areas are now compulsory in many workplaces, but what about Parliament?

'Hyena' paid to have sex with children is denied bail

Mr Aniva
BBC

A Malawi court has denied bail to an HIV-positive man who is facing charges of having sex with more than 100 adolescent girls, reports AFP news agency. 

Forty-five year-old Eric Aniva appeared before a packed courtroom without a lawyer, because he could not afford one, AFP adds.  

Magistrate Anderson Masanjala denied him bail saying "it is wise for Aniva to remain on remand so that police can finish their investigation," AFP reports. 

He could be jailed for life if found guilty of underage sex.  

Mr Aniva was arrested last month on the president's orders, after he revealed to the BBC that families paid him between $4 and $7 to have sex with their children.

The BBC's Ed Butler says in some remote southern regions of the country it is traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a man known as a hyena after their first period.  

Mr Aniva's trial will resume on 15 August. 

Read: The man hired to have sex with children

Ugandan minister 'bans gay pride'

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Uganda's Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo has issued an order preventing further gay pride events, Nicholas Opiyo from rights group Chapter Four Uganda has told me.

We reported earlier that police had raided a gay pride event last night and one participant had jumped out of a sixth floor window to avoid police abuse.  

If more events do go ahead, Mr Opiyo has been warned that the minister will mobilise a bigger police force, and even citizens, to interrupt the event.  

Members of Uganda's LGBT community were planning to hold more gay pride events this weekend.

Gay pride march in Uganda in 2015
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There was a Gay Pride parade in Uganda last year

Renewed protests in Ethiopia's northern city of Gondar

Anti-government demonstrations have broken out for a second time within in a week in Ethiopia's northern city of Gondar.

A resident of the city has told the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa that there are chaotic scenes as hundreds of people took to the streets.

Images circulating on social media also show a lot of people demonstrating - but these have not been verified.

The protests started this morning from the city's court and then demonstrators reportedly clashed with police

Earlier today, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn described last Saturday's demonstration as "unauthorised" (see earlier post).

At the root of the protests is a request by representatives from the Welkait community - known as the Welkait Amhara Identity Committee - that their land, which is currently administered by the Tigray regional state, be moved into neighbouring Amhara region. 

But wider grievances have also been raised.

Read more: Ethiopia protests: What's behind the trouble in Gondar?

Moroccan Olympic boxer held over alleged sex assault in Rio

Hassan Saada
AFP

A Moroccan boxer has been arrested by Brazilian police over allegations of sexually assaulting two female cleaners in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic village.

Hassan Saada, 22, was held on suspicion of committing the assaults earlier this week, a police statement said.

The boxer, who fights in the light-heavyweight category, was due to take part in his first bout on Saturday.

A Brazilian judge has ordered he be detained for 15 days, pending an investigation, media reports said.

Read more on the BBC News website.

The tale of two photo opportunities

This tweet from Kenya's president may look like a harmless photo opportunity with school children visiting state house but it has been under deep scrutiny.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta got into hot water about it when people compared it to other photos of a school visit six weeks before.

The difference was a red carpet, chairs and most of the students were white:

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Mary Kulundu says on Kenyans.co.ke the opposition Orange Democratic Movement first made the comparison in this tweet:

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Since then it made the national TV news with NTV reporting the story.

The TV report points out that the school given the red carpet treatment started out as a white-only school. While it is now multi-racial, the only black child sitting down has a broken leg. 

The school costs 645,000 Kenyan shillings ($6,300; £4,900) per term, whereas the public school where the children got no chairs is free to attend, reports NTV.

Heads of state arrive for South Sudan meeting

East African heads of state have now gone into closed-door discussions at their meeting about the situation in South Sudan.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza has seen the presidents from Sudan, Somalia and Kenya as well as Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni:

President Museveni in corridor
BBC

The leaders are expected to talk about an AU and UN proposal to send troops into South Sudan as a protection force.

Fighting broke out in the country's capital, Juba, early last month, and since then there have been major questions hanging over the success of the peace process.

Zimbabwe's army chief threatens social media activitsts

Zimbabwe's army commander has said that his soldiers will deal with threats from activists using social media to mobilise anti-government protests, reports the state-owned newspaper the Herald.

This is the first time the military has commented on the demonstrations. 

Lieutenant-General Valerio Sibanda, the Zimbabwe National Army Commander, said in an interview with the newspaper that social media activism was cyber warfare:

We are training our officers to be able to deal with this new threat we call cyber warfare where weapons - not necessarily guns but basically information and communication technology - are being used to mobilise people to do the wrong things."

Read more on the BBC News website:

Zimbabwe's #ThisFlag protest

How African governments shut down social media

South African tweeters remind Zuma of Jesus claim

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africans are joking on Twitter that the local election results must mean that Jesus has returned:

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It all stems from President Jacob Zuma's 2014 claim the ANC would rule “until Jesus returns”. 

Tweeters are reminding him of it now that the ANC has lost control of South Africa's Eastern Cape metropolitan region of Nelson Mandela Bay.   

Ethiopia PM condemns 'unauthorised' protests

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said that the recent anti-government demonstrations in the states of Amhara and Oromia were "unauthorised" and had "no owner", the government-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports.

Last Saturday, thousands of people in the northern city of Gondar, in Amhara, took to the streets.

There have also been on-going protests in Oromia.

Ethiopia has been criticised for its repression of dissenting voices, and in parliament there is not a single opposition MP.

Fana reports that the PM said that "the government will be obliged to ensure rule of law and will discharge its responsibility".

Mr Hailemariam also said that the government will try to work out issues through dialogue.

Map showing Ethiopian states
BBC

Read more: Ethiopia protests: What's behind the trouble in Gondar?

The ANC 'will listen to the people'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

In reaction to the decline in the dominance of his party, the ANC, in South Africa's local elections Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said it’s a moment of introspection:

We are going to listen very, very carefully to our people. We will analyse what our people are telling us. We will do it openly and honestly.”

He also pointed out that the ANC secured more than 50% of the vote and a lot of people are still voting for the party: 

A party that has almost 15 million people voting for it, as opposed to the last election where we had 11 million people voting for us. My simple arithmetic tells me that it is not a decline."

Cyril Ramaphosa
AFP

More than 95% of the votes have been counted so far.

Read more: South Africa local elections: ANC suffers major setback

Somali community responds to Trump's comments

The Somali community in the US state of Maine has said that US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's comments about Somalis could damage the psyche of the youth.

Mr Trump linked Somali migration to the US with terror attacks (see earlier post), and called for migration from Somalia - and other areas - to stop.

The community said in a statement quoted by the Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition:

We are citizens of this country and members of this community. We are participants in all sectors of the economy... We care about our communities and we are here to stay.

Trump's rhetoric... is damaging to the psyche of our youth to hear a major party presidential nominee condemn our culture and religion, especially while standing next to the governor of our state."

The community says it will be holding a press conference in front of Portland city hall - the state's largest city - later on Friday.

South African election results explained

South Africa's governing African National Congress has suffered its worst electoral setback since apartheid ended in 1994.

BBC News looks at the voting picture so far.

South Africa local election results explained

Go back to the land, Nigeria state government tells civil servants

Nasidi Adamu Yahya

BBC Hausa Service, Abuja

Nigeria's economic situation has forced the Imo state government in south-east Nigeria to cut down the working day for state civil servants.

They will now work three days a week - Monday to Wednesday - and go to farm on Thursdays and Fridays, according to the state government.

The government says it will provide its workers with plots of land, seedlings and other help.  

State Governor Rochas Okorocha says his aim is to encourage civil servants to embrace farming which has long been neglected.

Teachers, doctors and those in the emergency services are not affected.

But the civil servants fear that it's a plan to reduce their salaries, which the government vehemently denies.

Many of Nigeria's state governments have been having difficulty paying their staff in recent months.

Farmer in Nigeria
AFP
The state government wants people to go back to the neglected sector of farming

Person 'jumped from sixth-storey window' after police raid of Uganda Pride event

A person jumped from the sixth floor of a building hosting a Gay Pride event last night "to avoid police abuse", a coalition of Ugandan human rights organisations has said.  

The person is now in a "critical condition" it added in a statement. 

We reported earlier that the Ugandan police raided the Gay Pride event in the capital, Kampala, last night. 

The human rights coalition said that the police action was unlawful.

DA win symbolic municipal area in South Africa

The final results are in for the election in the Nelson Mandela Bay area in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

South Africa results
IEC

They show that the main national opposition, the Democratic Alliance, has become the largest single party in the symbolically-named municipality, which includes Port Elizabeth.

But it does not have a majority of the seats and may have to form a coalition.

The ANC has been pegged back in some of the country's urban areas, but has garnered more than 50% of the votes nationwide.

The Kenyan MP who is running the marathon in the Olympics

Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) have been reacting to the news, reported by the Daily Nation, that public money has been used to send a delegation of 12 MPs and parliamentary staff to Brazil for the Olympics. 

One of the criticisms includes this piece of Olympic trivia - that someone who is competing in the Olympics is also an MP:

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Wesley Korir, the MP for theCherangany constituency is in Rio to run in the marathon for Kenya.

South Sudan president not attending crisis meeting

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

Some roads are being closed now in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, in preparation to welcome guests for a meeting over the crisis in South Sudan.

The regional meeting will have representatives from Dijbouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.  

But South Sudan itself says it is not sending President Salvir Kiir. 

His newly appointed Vice-President Taban Deng Gai will be representing him.

The regional leaders who have backed AU and UN proposal to send troops into South Sudan will likely try to push the government to accept the protection force.  

This writer typed a whole film script with her tongue

Screenwriter Wakonta Kapundawas was paralysed four years ago in a car accident.

But the 25-year-old Tanzanian has found a way to continue writing scripts - by typing them onto her phone with her tongue.

She also sends text messages and makes phone calls in this way. 

Watch her ingenious solution:

Tanzania's tongue typist

South Africa election 'wake up call' to the ANC

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

The vote count in the most hotly contested elections fought in post-apartheid South Africa is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

The results so far suggest that though these are local elections the African National Congress is slowly losing its dominance despite maintaining a lead countrywide.

The ANC is at 54%, its biggest opponent, the Democratic Alliance has 26% followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema at just under 8%. 

The results are being seen as the biggest wake-up call the ANC has received since it ushered in democracy in 1994. 

Infighting, and a host of corruption scandals, some involving President Jacob Zuma are widely seen as the reason for the ANC’s weakening support.

Votes coming out of a box
AP
The final results should be known by the end of the day

Trump hits out at Somali migrants in US

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has linked Somali immigration into the United States with terrorism.

Speaking at a rally in the state of Maine, where there is a Somali community, he listed examples of migrants who have come to the US to allegedly commit terror attacks.

He also talked about Somalis in general:

We’ve just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows - a major destination for Somali refugees - right, am I right? Well, they’re all talking about it. Maine. Somali refugees.

We admit hundreds of thousands — you admit, into Maine, and to other places in the United States — hundreds of thousands of refugees.

And they're coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world."

Mr Trump said that migration from these places should stop, repeating the call he made when he accepted the nomination as the Republican party's presidential candidate.

You can see his comments here - scroll forward to 14 minutes 30 seconds into the speech for the remarks about Somalis:

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Refugees start leaving before world's biggest refugee camp closes

Some pictures are coming through from Kenya of what the BBC's Ahmed Adan says is the biggest group of Somali refugees to be repatriated to date from the Dadaab refugee camp: 

People walking to bus
Mohamed Barud Hussein
People waiting for bus
Mohamed Barud Hussein

More than 600 Somali refugees are believed to be boarding buses provided by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR. They will be taken to the Kenya-Somalia border.

The Kenyan government's announcement in May that they intended to close the camp was controversial. 

Today's move is a fraction of what could be to come.

Twenty five years after it opened, the camp is home to 330,000 people and is known as the world's biggest refugee camp. 

One million yellow fever vaccines 'go missing'

One million yellow fever vaccines ordered by the World Health Organization (WHO) went missing in Angola, the Associated Press (AP) news agency is reporting.

AP says that an investigation has found serious shortcomings in the way the WHO has handled the outbreak.

The WHO has defended its response telling the BBC that it had shipped vaccines to the region within two weeks of the first reports, and the outbreak had been brought under control within months. 

It added that all the vaccines were used at medical facilities, although not necessarily in the intended areas. 

It also acknowledged there was wastage in all vaccination campaigns.

World Health Organization responds to claims of one million lost doses

Read more: Angola's front line against yellow fever

Uganda gay pride event raided by police

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Police at night club
Tina Smole

Ugandan police raided a Gay Pride Week event in a Kampala night club last night. 

Police said they had received information that the event participants were holding weddings in the club.

Some of the participants said they were sexually harassed by police. They added that some officers frisked them, trying to find out if they were male or female.

They also said that photos of them were forcibly taken, to "shame them to their friends and family".

The club was locked down.

Everyone was detained inside by the police for about an hour and they all got a caution for holding an illegal gathering.

Police separated a few so-called ringleaders who were taken to the police station and released them later too.

The Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2013, which called for life imprisonment for people who engage in homosexual acts. 

In 2015, the Constitutional Court quashed it, following a petition that it had been passed without quorum in parliament. But laws against homosexuality still exist in the country's Penal Code Act.

The Mr and Miss Pride event was part of the country's fifth Pride Week.    

Grand Bassam attack soldiers get 10 years in prison

Two Ivorian soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for associating with jihadists who attacked Grand Bassam beach in March.

Sergeants Zanga Zoumana Coulibaly and Brice Toure were accused of meeting with one of the main suspects in the Islamist attack, AFP news agency reports.

The prosecutor in military court also said they had lived with some of the attackers.

They were charged with disobeying orders and associating with criminals.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said they were behind the attack where 19 people were killed on a beach resort popular with foreigners.

Read more about the attack on the BBC News website.

Grand Bassam
AFP
Assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed three hotels

ANC loses some key city councils in mid-term electoral test

With final results from South Africa's local elections expected today, it's become clear that the governing African National Congress has suffered its worst-ever electoral setback. 

The party has accepted defeat in the city of Port Elizabeth, a key battle ground, to the opposition Democratic Alliance who have also won the entire municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

The ANC is struggling to retain control of Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. 

But with 54% of the vote nationally, the ANC remains the dominant force in South African politics. 

Mmusi Maimane
Reuters
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been celebrating victory in some key battlegrounds

Nigeria wins Olympic opener despite late arrival

Things weren't going well for the Nigerian football team when they were stuck in Atlanta, in the US, a day before they were due to play Japan in their first Olympic match.

They eventually arrived in Manaus, northern Brazil, just six hours before kick off, the New York Times reports.

But it didn't seem to put them off their game and they won 5-4.

The team's media officer has been sharing videos of the experience on the flight, which looked very relaxed:

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Mr Ebikagboro said the Nigerian government helped out in solving the problem

And Delta Air Lines says it stepped in to provide the team with a charter flight after the players were unable to book on a flight to Rio.

The company has been promoting its role in saving the Nigerian squad:

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This wasn't the only mishap for Nigeria before the game, as it also turns out that the wrong national anthem was played:

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UN 'making up rape' allegations, South Sudan says

The "UN has been making stories [up]" about rape in South Sudan, a South Sudanese ambassador has told the BBC.

The country's ambassador to the AU James Pitia Morgan was responding to a UN report that implicated government troops in widespread killings and rapes.

Mr Morgan told the Newsday programme the allegations were "baseless".

"Who has come forward to say that she has been raped?", he asked.

He said the first mistake was allowing the United Nations to come to the country.

The situation in South Sudan following the fighting in the capital, Juba, in early July is being discussed at a regional meeting in Ethiopia later today.

South Sudan demonstrators
AP
There have been demonstrations in South Sudan against the involvement of foreign troops in the country

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