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By Tom Spender and Hugo Williams

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    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 .  

    Here's a reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: He who swallows a pestle will sleep standing up." from Sent by Charles Onyedikachi Iroham, Banjul, The Gambia
    Sent by Charles Onyedikachi Iroham, Banjul, The Gambia

    Click here to send your African proverbs .  

    And we leave you with this picture from South Africa of men skateboarding down a road in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.

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  2. Niger opposition leader jailed for child trafficking

    Leone Ouedraogo

    BBC Africa

    In Niger, opposition leader Hama Amadou has been sentenced to one year in prison in absentia. He was prosecuted in a child trafficking case. 

    The sentence was issued without the defendant or his lawyer present. 

    The former President of the National Assembly was accused of illegally buying new-borns in south-east Nigeria. 

    He has always denied the allegations, saying they are politically motivated.

    The verdict was delivered without Mr Amadou or defence lawyers. 

    They boycotted proceedings, describing the case as a parody of justice.

    The former prime minister was imprisoned in November 2015.

    A candidate in the 2016 presidential election, he campaigned from behind bars. 

    In March 2016, he was evacuated to France for medical reasons. 

  3. Further explosions hit Somali capital Mogadishu

    A BBC Somali reporter has tweeted about explosions this afternoon in the capital Mogadishu. 

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    It follows two other deadly attacks this morning ( see previous entries ), as pointed out by this journalist for Voice of America: 

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  4. Egypt's Mubarak 'to be released in next couple of days'

    Hosni Mubarak on a stretcher
    Image caption: Hosni Mubarak was brought in on a stretcher for his court hearing this month

    An Egyptian prosecutor has approved the release from detention of the country's former president, Hosni Mubarak. 

    He's currently confined to a military hospital in Cairo.

    The decision to allow him to leave follows a court ruling earlier this month. 

    It ordered the dropping of charges that linked Mr Mubarak to the killing of dozens of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his rule. 

     A lawyer for the ex-president said he would return to his Cairo home in the next day or two.

    During his period in detention, Mr Mubarak served a three-year sentence for embezzlement. 

    Read more: Hosni Mubarak profile

  5. Justice still elusive for many Africans - survey

    Federal high court
    Image caption: Access to justice can be out of reach for many ordinary Africans

    Corruption, high costs, long delays, the complexity of legal processes and a lack of legal counsel are some of the major obstacles that prevent many Africans from getting access to justice, a new study has found.

    Liberia and Sierra Leone emerged as being among the worst countries for people seeking legal remedies, while Botswana, Cape Verde and Lesotho were shown to have relatively good access.   

    The findings are the result of an Afrobarometer survey carried out in 36 African states. 

          Infographic showing access to justice in 36 African countries

    The study shows that in general the quality and extent of access to justice are worse in less democratic and post-conflict countries. 

    But it also adds that there is room for substantial improvements even in most of the best-performing countries. 

  6. Government to blame for rubbish dump disaster - Amnesty

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    Image caption: Amnesty says people should not have been living at the rubbish dump

    Rights group Amnesty International has blamed the Ethiopian authorities for what it described as the "totally preventable" loss of life in a rubbish dump landslide in the capital Addis Ababa, so far known to have killed 62 people.

    Amnesty's Muthoni Wanyeki said:

    Quote Message: The Ethiopian government is fully responsible for this totally preventable disaster. It was aware that the landfill was full to capacity but continued to use it regardless. It also let hundreds of people continue to live in close proximity to it.
    Quote Message: These people, including many women and children, had no option but to live and work in such a hazardous environment because of the government’s failure to protect their right to adequate housing, and decent work.”

    The Ethiopian government has said it tried to resettle people living at the dump to make way for a waste processing factory but some had refused to leave.

    More than 150 people were at the site when the landslide happened, Amnesty said. Some were scavenging for items to sell while others lived there permanently in makeshift housing.

  7. London's 'natural hair' billboard to counter beauty myths

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    Video caption: 'Natural hair' billboard to counter beauty myths

    The London mother of an 11-year-old girl has produced a billboard to celebrate natural black hair because she says does not want her daughter to think she has to use extensions, wigs or chemical straighteners.

    Lekia Lee said: 

    Quote Message: Nowadays you see a lot of prominent black women with weaves, straight weaves and wigs and I didn't what her to think that there is anything wrong with her hair."

    The double-sided billboard in west London was donated free of charge by UK Billboards after Lekia failed to raise enough money through crowd-funding.  

  8. Joice Mujuru: Zimbabweans will judge me on my record

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    Video caption: Joice Mujuru: Zimbabwean people will judge me on my record

    President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is 93 years old with no obvious successor to take over from him.

    Joice Mujuru is his former vice-president and onetime heir apparent. She broke away from the ruling party two years ago and now leads her own opposition party.

    She talks to Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur about the failures of the Mugabe regime, the atrocities of Gukurahundi, land seizures and her track record with the Zanu-PF party.

    She says ultimately the Zimbabwean people will judge her on her record.

    You can see the interview in full on Monday 13 March on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on  BBCiPlayer  (UK only).

  9. Buhari 'over ready' for work - VP

    President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been sharing details of what appears to have been an extremely cordial meeting earlier.

    Mr Buhari tweeted that it was a matter of "first things first" before he "settled down to work" while Mr Osinbajo shared that the two spoke for well over an hour and the president's readiness was not in doubt - indeed, he appeared "over ready".

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  10. Burundi 'facing malaria epidemic'

    Prime Ndikumagenge

    BBC Africa, Bujumbura


    The ministry of health says the disease has killed more than 700 people since the beginning of the year - an average of more than 10 deaths every day. 

    Health Minister Josiane Nijimbere said regions in the north and north-east of Burundi were most affected. 

    Climate change and the introduction of rice crops on higher land have been suggested as causes for the rise in malaria cases, which have been increasing since 2013.

    Some 8m people from a total population of 11m suffered malaria last year.

    The regions most affected by malaria are also the most food insecure. Earlier this year, the UN said 3m Burundians were in need of food assistance.

  11. SA and Nigeria act to end 'xenophobia' attacks

    Angry people attacking Nigerians in South Africa
    Image caption: Nigeria says its nationals have been killed in attacks in South Africa

    The Nigerian and South African governments are to launch an "early warning" system to help track and deter xenophobic attacks against Nigerian migrants. 

    The announcement was made at a news conference in Pretoria, after a meeting between the South African foreign minister and her Nigerian counterpart. 

    The new system will comprise of a forum that will meet every three months, bringing together representatives from both countries including immigration officials, business associations and civil society groups. 

    "The early warning centre would allow us to keep each other abreast of issues and help prevent violence," South Africa's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said.

    Nigeria's foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama said he had received assurances Nigerians in South Africa would be able to live in peace and called for an end to "mass attacks".

    He also said that groups in Nigeria calling for the retaliatory expulsion of South African residents and businesses "do not speak on behalf of the government".

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    Attacks against foreigners and foreign-run businesses have erupted regularly in recent years in South Africa, fuelled by the country's high unemployment and poverty levels. 

    Last month, foreign nationals including Nigerians were targeted in the capital Pretoria and several shops were looted.

    Crowd of people march through a street
    Image caption: Thousands in South Africa marched against xenophobia last year

    The Nigerian government responded by called for the African Union to step in to stop "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and claiming 20 Nigerians had been killed in similar attacks last year. 

    There are an estimated 800,000 Nigerians in the country, many living in Johannesburg.

  12. 'Severe lack of water' in Maiduguri refugee camp

          Large crowds gather to receive supplied at the camp for internally displaced persons in Muna
    Image caption: Two million people have fled their homes in northern Nigeria

    Tens of thousands of people who fled Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria are now facing a severe lack of water, on top of already widespread food shortages and security threats, the AFP news agency reports, quoting aid workers. 

    For the past week supplies have been low at the Muna camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the city of Maiduguri after one of its five solar-powered water pumps broke down, AFP adds.

    "We are facing a serious water shortage in the camp," said camp coordinator Tijjani Lumani, adding that the four other pumps on the sprawling site were "inadequate". 

    Muna camp, on the edge of the city, is currently home to some 41,000 people, Mr Lumani said.

    The water drawn up from boreholes is used for cooking and, crucially, washing to prevent the spread of disease through the densely populated camp of makeshift tents.

    Borno state governor Kashim Shettima confirmed on Sunday that there had been a "breakdown of water supply" at the camp but engineers were trying to fix the problem. 

    "The State Emergency Management Agency has so far supplied 105,000 litres of water using trucks," he said in a statement on his Facebook page .  

          Map shows Nigeria, with Abuja in the centre and Maiduguri in the north-east

    The World Food Programme has said that 120,000 people in north-east Nigeria are expected to face famine this year.

    Read more: 'We survived Boko Haram but face starvation'

  13. 'Growing conflict' over land in Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa skyline

    The Guardian newspaper's Jason Burke has written a long piece looking at land use conflicts in and around the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa , where 62 people are now known to have been killed in a landslide at a rubbish dump over the weekend.

    Communications Minister Negeri Lencho has said the government had been trying to persuade people living at the dump to leave to make way for a new waste processing factory.

    Massive resettlement programmes are at the heart of ambitious development programmes for the city, Burke writes. The government owns all the land and tells residents to pack up their belongings before the bulldozers move in and and homes are demolished.

    In some cases this has led to demonstrations. Burke says some of the wave of recent deadly unrest in Ethiopia can be traced back to residents protesting against what they believed were plans to build on a popular local football pitch. 

    That sparked a violent security crackdown, leading to more demonstrations and more repression, he writes.

    Burke asks if the accelerating expansion of cities – from Algiers to Dar es Salaam, from Cairo to Kinshasa – will inevitably bring with it violence: 

    Quote Message: Will urban development heal existing tensions between communities in fragile nations or aggravate them? Could it be economic success, rather than failure, that brings revolution?"
  14. UN officials kidnapped in Congo


    Two UN officials have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai Central province, the government says. 

    They have been named as Michael Sharp, a US citizen, and Zaida Catalan who is Swedish. 

    They were taken along with four Congolese nationals near the village of Ngombe in Kasai Central province.

    The government statement said the kidnappers had not yet been identified. It also did not state when the kidnapping took place.

  15. 'No money' for SA Commonwealth Games

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Image caption: There were celebrations when Durban was awarded the Games

    Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, has told the BBC why Durban will not be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022:

    Quote Message: We could not sign the guarantees because there’s no money.”

    The Commonwealth Games Confederation is yet to make an official announcement.

    Some South Africans have reacted with disappointment at the news.

    Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 as the only city to make a confirmed bid. 

    But South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula hinted last month that the coastal city may not be able to host the games because of financial constraints. 

    Event organisers had already missed various submission deadlines with the Commonwealth Games Federation.   

    Durban 2022 would have been the very first staging of the games on the African continent since they first took place in 1930.  

  16. 'Wind of change blowing in African football'

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport

          Ahmad (left) and Hayatou go head-to-head this week for the Caf presidency
    Image caption: Ahmad (left) and Hayatou go head-to-head this week for the Caf presidency

    "It's time we introduce a new regime," says Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility ahead of what has been described as the most important Confederation of African Football elections for almost three decades.

    African football goes to the polls on Thursday to choose a new Caf president and for the first time since he came to power in 1988, incumbent Issa Hayatou faces a serious challenge.

    Only twice before has the Cameroonian run against another candidate and he swept aside both with ease: Angola's Armando Machado in 2000 (by 47 votes to 4) and Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana in 2004 (46-6).

    This time many believe Hayatou's opponent, Ahmad of Madagascar, could change the status quo.

    Bility, who has long been a thorn in Caf's side after speaking out on several issues, told BBC Sport. "The reality is that football has come to be more active, more democratic, more involving - and we have to do that.

    "We have to follow the path of the rest of the world, as Africa cannot afford to be left behind. I believe that Africa is ready for change. This is the first time in the history of (Hayatou's) Caf that there is a real and possible challenge to the leadership."

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  17. Rubbish dump death toll rises to 62

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

    accident site
    Image caption: The government had been trying to get people to leave the site

    The death toll from the landslide at a vast rubbish dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa has risen to 62 after more bodies were pulled out of the debris. 

    Rescue workers are searching for survivors but officials say hope is fading fast of finding anyone alive at the Koshe landfill. 

    Rescuers are using bulldozers and even bare hands to move tonnes of debris as the search for survivors and dead bodies continues. 

    Fresh details have also emerged that people who had been living in the landfill had resisted government attempts to relocate them to a safer area. 

    Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC the government wanted them to move to make way for a waste energy factory that would use material from the landfill site.

    The cause of the landslide is yet to be established but Mr Lencho said investigations would begin as soon as rescue operations are competed.     

  18. 'Prime suspect' arrested in Kenya over British rancher's murder

    Kenyan police say they have arrested the prime suspect over the murder of a British rancher and ex-army officer, local Capital FM news reports. 

    Tristan Voorspuy was killed by pastoral herders in Laikipia while inspecting some of his lodges earlier this month. 

    A detective involved in the investigations said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday and would appear in court on Monday, Capital FM adds.

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  19. Kenya governor 'under office arrest'

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    The Governor of Kenya's Mombasa County, Hassan Joho, has been confined to his office after a political row erupted with President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

    The governor posted a video on Twitter of police stopping him on his way to work earlier today. 

    Police arrested him, escorted him to his office and have been standing guard outside, reports said.   

    President Kenyatta has accused Governor Joho of failing to develop Mombasa and has asked him to account for 40bn shillings ($397m; £325m) given to the county of the last four years. 

    The president vowed to teach the governor a lesson, accusing the county boss of pestering him and interfering with his work.

    While attending the relaunch of a ferry at Mtongwe Channel, Mr Kenyatta said:

    Quote Message: He should not play with us or else we will teach him a lesson.
  20. Will Liverpool step in as Commonwealth hosts after Durban loss?

    Crowd of children surrounds mascot in rhino outfit
    Image caption: The services of Chukuru the rhino will no longer be required

    The 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer take place in Durban, South Africa, the BBC understands.

    Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 as the only city to make a confirmed bid but an official announcement about it pulling out is expected later.

    Last month, the South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula said the city may not be able to host the event because of financial constraints.

    Liverpool has expressed an interest  in staging the event.

    Durban 2022 would have been the first staging of the Commonwealth Games in Africa.

    The Games first took place in 1930 and are held every four years, featuring athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies.

    Mbalula said of South Africa's concerns over hosting the event: "We gave it our best shot but we can't go beyond. If the country says we don't have this money, we can't."

    A spokesperson for Liverpool city council said: "We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead."