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  1. Ugandan rebel leader 'charged with treason'

    Jamil Mukulu
    Image caption: Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania last year

    The leader of a Muslim rebel group in Uganda will be held for 14 months at the Luzira high security prison in the country's capital, Kampala, after being formally charged with treason and murder, Uganda's private Daily Monitor newspaper reports.  

    Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania last year after eluding capture for more than a decade.

    Mr Mukulu is alleged to be the head of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group operating between eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda since the 1990s. 

    The Ugandan government has accused his group of being behind the killings of Muslim clerics in 2014.

    It also accuses the ADF of planning to topple the government.

    Mr Mukulu is alleged to be affiliated to international terror groups and was put on the UN's sanction list in 2011 for destabilisng DR Congo. 

  2. Did fewer than 47 people not vote in Gabon president's heartland?

    A ballot being counted in Gabon

    The European Union observer team in Gabon has been giving more details about the "anomalies" they have come across in their assessment of the contested presidential vote. 

    Mr Bongo won more than 95% of the vote in his home province of Haut-Ogooue and official figures put the turnout at more than 99%.

    Sarah Crozier, from the EU team, told the BBC’s NewsDay programme, said that the observers had noted a much lower turnout nationally than was recorded in Mr Bongo's political base and that tabulations from his province showed anomalies for those who had not voted as well as the number of void votes:

    Quote Message: With a turnout of 99.93% and 71,000 voters [in Haut-Ogooue] you would have only 47 people not voting, and we found there were polling stations declaring results [of those who did not vote] that were totalling to a figure above that 47."

    Mr Bongo has told a French radio that he will respect the wishes of the Constitutional Court if it ordered a recount. 

    Ms Crozier suggested a way forward:

    Quote Message: It's not exactly a recount but rather what we've been calling for, the publication of the polling station result at the different level.
    Quote Message: A recount of course could also be called for in the sense the authorities could make calls for those protocol results to be added up. It's not a question of counting actual ballot papers because the ballot papers have now been destroyed."
  3. Wanted Nigerian journalist 'released'

    Muhammad Kabir Muhammad

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A Nigerian journalist wanted by the authorities for his alleged links to the Islamist Boko Haram group has told the BBC he has been released from custody.

    Ahmad Salkida was allegedly arrested on Monday after his arrival from Dubai, where he is based.

    He was declared wanted in August by the Nigerian army, along with two people, after a new video showing the abducted Chibok girls was issued by the militants.

    He had published details of the video before it was released:

    Mr Salkida has sent the following text to the BBC Hausa service:  

    Quote Message: I was released in less than 24 hours without any conditions. And I wasn't arrested at the airport, I was given a pre-arranged lift, it was obvious that declaring me wanted was a misunderstanding on the part of the authorities that don't fully appreciate the role of journalists."

    Mr Salkida, who moved to Dubai a few years ago, has written extensively about the inside operations of the militant group.

    Boko Haram is said to be holding more than 200 girls it seized from a school in Chibok in April 2014.

  4. Gabon elections observers 'over-stepped their mission'

    Omar Bongo
    Image caption: Ali Bongo has won a second five-year term

    Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba has accused some election observers of “overstepping their mission” in their criticism of the recent election, the AFP news agency reports.

    This comes after the European Union observer team said there was a "clear anomaly" in voting in Haut-Ogooue province, Mr Bongo's heartland.

    Mr Bongo reacted to the criticism on an interview with France's RTL radio, AFP reports.

    He also accused opposition leader Jean Ping of a "massive fraud".

    Quote Message: I would also have liked them to have noted some anomalies in the fiefdom of Mr Ping.
    Quote Message: If we're raising anomalies, we have to be clear, balanced and raise all the anomalies that have been noted."

    Mr Bongo also ruled out a recount unless the Constitutional Court ordered one. 

    Read the BBC News story for more

  5. Somalia blames 'Kenyan politician for khat ban'

    According to Kenya’s Daily Nationsnewspaper, the real reason behind Somalia’s banning this week of Kenyan flights carrying the herbal stimulant khat is that it is upset about a visit made by a Kenyan politician to the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

    The UN-backed Somali government does not officially recognise Somaliland and would like the breakaway state to rejoin Somalia.

    The governor of Meru county, which grows a lot of khat, went to Somaliland in July to see if he could get a khat trade deal.

    Peter Munya lobbied buyers in Somaliland who generally buy the leafy stimulant from Ethiopia.

    Somaliland also levies heavy tariffs on Kenyan imports.

    But the Somali government saw his visit as interference in the country's internal affairs, the Daily Nation reports.

    Man chewing khat
    Image caption: Khat makes people happy and talkative but can cause insomnia and temporary confusion

    The Somali Ambassador to Kenya,Gamal Hassan, told the paper that Mr Munya's visit had caused political pressure back in Somalia.

    Somalia implemented the khat ban on Tuesday with no explanation as to why or how long it will be in place.

    Mr Hassan said his government was discussing the issue with the relevant Kenyan authorities to find an amicable solution.

    According to the paper, Kenya sends about 540 planeloads of khat, known as miraa in Kenya, to Somalia every month.

    The ban could cause millions of dollars in losses, especially since Somalia was the last standing market for Kenya following bans in Europe, the US and Canada.

    According to Somali anti-khat campaigners, cargo planes landing in Mogadishu each day bring in about 12,000 bags of khat with a total retail value of $400,000 (£298,000).

  6. South African mayor rejects luxury cars

    A BMW Series 3
    Image caption: Ten BMWs will be given to a new anti-hijack unit

    The new mayor of Tshwane, the South Africa metropolitan area which includes the capital, Pretoria, has rejected the fleet of luxury cars bought by his predecessors for politicians and senior officials.

    Solly Msimanga, from South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), said the vehicles would be given to the police department instead, as part of a new anti-hijack unit.

    The DA took control of the municipality in local elections last month - and is the first time that the governing African National Congress (ANC) has lost control of the capital since the end of apartheid in 1994.

    South Africa’s Business Day newspaper quotes Mr Msimanga as saying that no more luxury cars would be bought under his leadership:

    Quote Message: No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians‚ and if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement‚ sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured. I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars‚ while our people struggle for services‚ houses and jobs.
    Quote Message: A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan."
    Solly Msimanga
    Image caption: Solly Msimanga was sworn in as Tshwane mayor last month

    According to South Africa’s EyeWitness News, the ANC administration in Tswane had bought 10 new BMW 3 series vehicles for members of the mayoral council, with an estimated value of more than 5m rand ($358,000, £266,000).

    Read more: SA local elections - four things we've learnt

  7. Wise words

    Today’s African proverb: 

    Quote Message: One day's rain cannot get deep into the soil from An Ibibio proverb from Nigeria sent by Blessing Umoudit in London, UK
    An Ibibio proverb from Nigeria sent by Blessing Umoudit in London, UK
    A homestead in Kenya with rain clouds overhead

    Click here to send your Africa proverbs.

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    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with news and trends across the continent.