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  1. Moratorium on purchase of new state vehicles in Ghana
  2. South Africans rally against xenophobia
  3. Indian police make arrests after attack on Nigerians
  4. DR Congo police crack down on opposition protest
  5. Gaddafi's daughter wins legal bid to lift EU sanctions
  6. Tributes pour in for anti-apartheid hero
  7. Meningitis outbreak kills 140 in Nigeria
  8. Prosecutor demands life for Ivory Coast's ex-first lady
  9. Pitch invasion sees friendly abandoned
  10. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 28 March 2017

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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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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  .

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    Quote Message: Only a fool could attempt to build a door to a forest." from A Hausa proverb sent by Kingsley Nnamani, Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria
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    And we leave you with this photo of the stunning Lake Bunyonyi in south-western Uganda. The BBC's Siraj Kalyango, who took the photo, says it's the second deepest in Africa:

    Lake Bunyoni
  2. DR Congo police crack down on opposition protest

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News

          Supporters of the Congolese main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) gather outside the residence of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

    Police have dispersed protesters in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, by firing teargas and bullets into the air. 

    The protesters had gathered outside the house of Etienne Tshisekedi, the opposition figurehead who died last month.    

    Reuters news agency is sharing photos of protesters, some badly injured, being carried away from the scene. 

          Injured man carried by opposition protesters away from the gathering
          Man with bloodied face wearing a t-shirt with London written on it is carried from the scene

    The move comes hours after a breakdown in talks aimed at securing the peaceful departure from power of President Joseph Kabila.  

    Earlier, Tshisekedi's party called on the outside world to stop recognising Kabila as president. His mandate expired in December and the opposition claims the government sabotaged efforts to offer him a peaceful exit after 17 years in power. 

    Man shows bloodied face to camera

    On Monday night, bishops who had mediated between the government and opposition called off the talks. They said Congo's politicians were acting selfishly and not in the interest of the people.

     It's unclear what will happen next. So far protests have been sporadic and police have quelled them. But there is deep frustration in Kinshasa where businesses have stayed shut and public transport is at a standstill.

          Supporters of the Congolese main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) gather outside the residence of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi
  3. Foreigners attacked in South Africa

    Some foreign-owned shops have been vandalised and cars torched in South Africa's northern Polokwane city.

    Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe denied the attack was xenophobic, but did not give a possible motive.   

    Locals chanted anti-drugs slogans as they moved through the streets, South Africa's News24 site reported.

    Foreigners have been accused of being involved in drug dealing by some local communities.

    In a tweet, a road safety campaign group gave a different version: 

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    See earlier post: Anti-xenophobic protest in Johannesburg

  4. South Sudan secure Afcon progress with dramatic comeback

    South Sudan booked their place in the group stage of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a magnificent comeback in their second leg against Djibouti.

    South Sudan thrashed Djibouti 6-0 in Juba on Tuesday to overturn  a first leg deficit  and win 6-2 overall.

    It means South Sudan progress to play in Group C with Mali, Gabon and Burundi.

    The group stage of the 2019 Nations Cup qualifying begins on the first weekend in June with the 12 group winners automatically earning a place in the finals.

    The three best runners-up will also advance to the tournament in Cameroon.

    One journalist has tweeted a screengrab from the game: 

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  5. Winnie Mandela: Kathrada death 'as painful as Madiba's'

    Nelson Mandela's ex-wife has paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who has died aged 87. 

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, told the BBC she felt the "same pain" as when Mr Mandela (Madiba) died, saying the man known as Kathy was an "extension of our family".  

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    Video caption: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Kathrada: 'Same pain as Mandela'
  6. DR Congo confirms bodies of UN investigators found

    Poly Muzalia

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    I have just spoken to Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende. 

    He confirmed that the bodies retrieved earlier were those of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish citizen Zaida Catalan.

    The two UN experts went missing on 13 March in Kasai region ( see previous entry ).

  7. Cartoon mocks media circus over Tanzania rapper arrest

    A cartoon from Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen has been mocking a bizarre controversy involving a popular rapper and the country's president. 

    Emmanuel Elibariki, known as Nay wa Mitego, was arrested after his latest song was deemed to be critical of the government and of President John Magufuli.

    He was detained days after Mr Magufuli had warned media about the limits of press freedom in Tanzania.

    But after a social media storm, the president ordered the rapper's release, saying he "loved" the song and giving permission for it to be played on all radio stations. 

    The man relaying the president's messages, as the media hung on every word, was newly appointed Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe. 

    He appears to be the man depicted in the cartoon, enjoying a selfie with the rapper, who is wearing a T-shirt bearing the title of his controversial track Wapo. 

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  8. Gaddafi's daughter wins bid to lift EU sanctions

          In this Thursday, April 28, 2005 file photo, Aisha Gaddafi, the daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, looks on before making a speech on the achievement of Libyan women in Cairo Thursday
    Image caption: Aisha Gaddafi is exiled in Oman

    Europe's second-highest court has lifted sanctions imposed on the daughter of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, arguing that they are no longer justified. 

    Aisha Gaddafi was included on a list of people subjected by EU governments to a travel ban and a freeze on their financial assets in 2011 - the year when her father was overthrown and killed by Nato-backed rebels.   

    In 2014, the EU amended its sanctions but kept her on the list and rejected her requests to be removed. 

    She sued, arguing there was no clear reason why the sanctions remained in place after the death of her father and the fall of his regime.        

    Oman granted asylum to some members of Gaddafi's family including Aisha and her brother Hannibal, in 2013. 

  9. Prosecutor demands life term for Ivory Coast's ex-first lady

    Simone Gbagbo
    Image caption: Simone Gbagbo is already serving a 20-year prison sentence

    The prosecutor in Simone Gbagbo's war crimes trial in Ivory Coast has requested a life jail term for the former first lady.

    "Gentlemen of the jury, you will declare Madame Gbagbo guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence her to life imprisonment," prosecutor Aly Yeo urged in his summing-up at the country's top criminal court in Abidjan.

    Gabgbo, currently in prison serving a separate 20-year sentence for "endangering state security", is boycotting the trial. Her defence team was not in court either.

    The chief prosecutor described her as a shadowy figure who orchestrated attacks on her husband's opponents: 

    "After her spouse came to power, she started to impose herself as the real head of Ivory Coast, the army, the police and gendarmerie," Mr Yeo said, in comments carried by AFP news agency.  

    He accused Simone Gbagbo of heading a crisis cell, "a genuine decision-making body", which allegedly coordinated attacks by armed forces and pro-Gbagbo militias.

    Nearly 3,000 died in the violence that followed the 2010 elections, after her husband Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat.

    The evidence came from documents found at the home of the presidential couple when the pair were arrested on 11 September, 2011, the prosecutor said. 

    "She replied to correspondence from arms dealers offering weapons and combat helicopters," Mr Yeo added.

    Her husband, Laurent Gbagbo, is on trial for crimes against humanity, having been handed over in November 2011 to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. 

    The ICC also wanted to prosecute his wife and issued a warrant for her arrest, but Ivorian authorities refused to hand her over, insisting she would receive a fair trial at home. 

  10. Swazi PM won't get new home

    Cash-strapped Swaziland has dropped plans to build a home for Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini at a cost of around $420,000 (£335,000). 

    Lawmakers in both the House of Assembly and the Senate agreed that the project should be suspended, pending a review of the benefits of the prime minister and his predecessors. 

    Some senators said it was sad to see former prime ministers boarding buses and the government should consider building a residential complex for them, the Times of Swaziland newspaper reported

          Swaziland absolut monarch Mswati III attends the Incwala festival 27 December 2007, in Ludzizini, Swaziland.
    Image caption: King Mswati rules Swaziland
  11. Ghana moves to curb government spending

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

          Nana Akufo-Addo waves to supporters from his car during a campaign rally of the party in Accra, on December 4, 2016,
    Image caption: Mr Akufo-Addo took power after winning elections in December

    The ban on the purchase of new state vehicles in Ghana is aimed at curbing government expenditure, and freeing up money to improve people's lives. 

    Government chief of staff Frema Osei-Opare sent a directive to all ministries, departments and agencies, ordering officials to use existing vehicles.

    However, vehicles can be purchased in extraordinary circumstances if written approval is given, Ms Osei-Opare said. 

    See earlier post for more details

  12. Comoros advance in Afcon 2019 qualifying

    Afcon trophy
    Image caption: Comoros are making steps towards Afcon 2019

    Comoros Islands booked their place in the group stage of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 aggregate win over Mauritius.

    Tuesday's second leg in Mauritius ended 1-1 after  Comoros won the first leg 2-0 last Friday.

    Comoros will now advance to Group B to play along side Morocco, Malawi and reigning champions Cameroon.

    The Indomitable Lions will qualify automatically as hosts no matter where they finish in the final standings.

    Read the full BBC Sport story 

  13. Gabon's Ali Bongo launches national dialogue - without Ping

    Leone Ouedraogo

    BBC Africa

    President Ali Bongo
    Image caption: President Ali Bongo has dismissed opposition claims of election fraud

    In Gabon, a national dialogue initiated by President Ali Bongo has started today. 

    It's aimed at resolving the political crisis which arose after the presidential election in August. 

    Opposition leader Jean Ping, who is still challenging the re-election of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, is boycotting the talks.

    The president says he wants to unite Gabonese people, divided since his re-election last year. 

    Mr Ping alleged fraud in the president's narrow poll victory, after official results gave Mr Bongo 95% of the vote on a turnout of 99.9% in his home province.

    At least 1,200 civil society organizations are taking part in these talks, as well as 50 political parties. 

    Participants will focus on electoral reform and the role of the Constitutional Court. 

    Debates could last up to one month, but with the absence of Mr Ping some are questioning whether these talks can make any real difference.

    Read more: Vote rigging - How to spot the tell-tale signs

  14. Pastor Doom? Why not Pastor Whipped cream?

    This week's What's up Africa visits South Africa to bring you some of the country's best satirical moments.

    From a potentially embarrassing find for customs officers at Johannesburg airport to the pastor using insect repellent to heal people, find out what grabbed the attention of satirist Ikenna Azuike.

    Video content

    Video caption: What's Up Africa: Pastor Doom? Why not Pastor Whipped cream?
  15. Bodies found in Congo 'likely UN investigators'

    BBC World Service

    Map shows Kasai in central DR Congo

    Reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo say the bodies of two white people have been found in the troubled province of Kasai, where two UN investigators went missing earlier this month. 

    Michael Sharp, an American man, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish woman, were seized by an unknown group along with four Congolese support staff. 

    In a statement on social media, Mr Sharp's father, John Sharp, said it was highly likely that the bodies, found in a shallow grave, were those of his son and Ms Catalan as no other westerners had been reported missing in the area. 

    Kasai has been wracked by unrest since the killing of a tribal leader there last August. 

    About 40 police officers were decapitated there by a local militia over the weekend.

    Read more: What is going on in Kasai?

  16. Anti-Kabila protest in DR Congo

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News

          Joseph Kabila greets the population of Sake, 01 December 2006.
    Image caption: President's Kabila's failure to step down at the e of his two terms has caused a crisis

    Police have been deployed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid tension after political talks on the country's future reached deadlock. 

    At daybreak, students at the Institute of Applied Technology burnt tyres and pelted police vehicles with stones. As security forces intervened there, commuter minibuses turned back from the city centre. Kinshasa is dead today, a resident told the BBC. 

    The failed talks covered the implementation of a power-sharing agreement that was reached on New Year's Eve. It envisaged elections and offered President Joseph Kabila a peaceful exit after 17 years in power. 

    The bishops who led the talks said they could no longer extend deadlines on details such as the choice of a transitional prime minister. 

    Their chairman, Abbot Nshole, said politicians had been selfish. They had failed to take into account the suffering of ordinary people. He did not, however, rule out a further mediation role for the Catholic Church. 

  17. What happened to South Africa's Rivonia defendants?

          The eight men found guilty at the Rivonia trial were (clockwise from the top left) Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dennis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Elias Motsoaledi
    Image caption: The eight men found guilty at the Rivonia trial were (clockwise from the top left) Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dennis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Elias Motsoaledi

    With the death of South Africa's anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Kathrada , there are only two surviving members of the group who were sentenced to life in prison at the Rivonia trial in 1964 for fighting racial oppression in the country.  

    Denis Goldberg , 83, continues to speak out on South African politics. He told the BBC that "Kathy" was "much more than a friend. [He was] a comrade. We faced the prospect of the gallows together".

    Andrew Mlangeni , 91, is also still alive. He served as an MP in the country's first democratically elected parliament from 1994 to 1999.

    Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. He became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994.

    Walter Sisulu died in 2003 at the age of 90. He was deputy president of the ANC from 1991 to 1994.

    Govan Mbeki died in 2001 at the age of 91. He served in the upper house of South Africa's parliament from 1994 to 1999. His son Thabo succeeded Mr Mandela as president.

    Raymond Mhlaba died in 2005 at the age of 85. He served as the national chairperson of the South African Communist Party, he also was the country's high commissioner in Rwanda and Uganda.

    Elias Motsoaledi died in 1994 at the age of 69, the day before Mr Mandela was inaugurated as president.

  18. Indian police search for suspects after 'racist attack'

    Police are still hunting for four people in an Indian city after an angry crowd attacked Africans with sticks and metal chairs following the death of a local teenager from a suspected drug overdose, AFP news agency has quoted senior police officer Sujata Singh as saying. 

    Ms Singh said:   

    Quote Message: Rumours were being spread that Africans are behind the youth's death and racist comments were made on social media. It looks racially motivated.
    Quote Message: Five attackers have been arrested and four others are on the run."

    Ms Singh said about 500 people had gathered to hold a candle-lit vigil to demand justice for the teenager, and became violent after spotting a group of Nigerians, AFP reports.

    See earlier post for more details 

  19. Ghana president bans purchase of government vehicles

    Toyota Prados
    Image caption: More than 200 vehicles, among them 50 Toyota Land Cruisers (pictured), are reportedly missing

    Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has banned the purchase of new state vehicles, as the government continues to look for more than 200 that it says went missing under the previous administration, local media report.

    The moratorium applies to all government ministries, departments and agencies, according to Joy Online , which quoted a letter from the president's chief of staff, saying that those affected should use the “existing fleet of vehicles in their respective transport pools”.

    After previous transfers of power, state-owned cars have been seized from officials who did not return them.

    The president's own official car was 10 years old, a spokesman told Joy FM. 

    "That’s what he has been riding in [and] he is working to ensure that we manage the resources of the country judiciously," the spokesman added.  

  20. Congo mediators pull out

    The Democratic Republic of Congo's influential Catholic bishops have withdrawn as mediators in talks between the government and opposition after implementation of a deal aimed at ensuring that presidential elections are held this year stalled, Reuters news agency reports. 

    It quoted Donatien Nshole, the secretary general of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, as saying: 

    Quote Message: We think that there's no longer anything to do. We have given all our time and all our energy and in the meantime pastoral work suffers."

    Dozens of people were killed in protests last year demanding President Joseph Kabila step down at the end of his second term.

    But the electoral commission said it was not ready to hold elections, opening the way for him to remain in power. 

    Clerics then brokered a deal to form a unity government that will run the country until elections are held later this year.