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  1. Nigeria slum flattened despite court ban
  2. Head of South Africa's elite police force should step down, judge says
  3. Uganda's police spokesman shot dead outside his home
  4. Museveni pledges to install public security cameras
  5. Kenya deploys army to troubled counties
  6. Attack on Somali migrant boat 'kills 31'
  7. South Africa social payment crisis averted
  8. Email stories and comments to - Friday 17 March 2017

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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That's all from the  BBC Africa Live  page for 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 our proverb of the day:

A camel that stays for 30 days without drinking water can surely do so for three more days."

A Somali proverb sent by Abdi Musa, Kampala, Uganda

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

And we leave you with a photo of Liberians at celebrations to mark the birthday of the country's first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who was born in 1829.

          Also on Wednesday, in Monrovia, Liberians mark the birthday of the country's first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who was born in 1829.

You can see the rest of Africa's top shots this week here

Community bulldozed in defiance of court

An informal settlement in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, has been razed to the ground in defiance of a court order, rights activists are saying.

Residents of Otodo-Gbame saw excavators near the entrance to their community in the morning, Megan Chapman, from the Justice & Empowerment Initiative (JEI) which is working with the community, told the BBC.

She added that everything on land was destroyed "and half of what was on water" and nearly 5,000 people have been made homeless.

The future of the community was the subject of a court decision. And activists say that last October the court said that the status quo should be maintained in order to allow for mediation.

The authorities have not commented.

Amnesty International has shared some footage of the demolition taking place:

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JEI is also sharing images:

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Resident presidents take on Commonwealth Games debacle

In Focus on Africa radio's weekly satirical slot, the Resident Presidents consider hosting their own Commonwealth Games after the news that the South African city of Durban has lost the right to host them:

Kibarkingmad has an idea for Durban hoping to be the first African city to host the Games

Eric Bailly takes the plunge with Man Utd teammates

It looks like Ivory Coast and Manchester United star Eric Bailly has been taking it easy today after his side's 1-0 Europa League win against FC Rostov last night. 

He's posted a photo of him hanging out in jacuzzi with Zlatan brahimovic, Juan Mata and Marco Rojo:

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A love song to Somaliland

Sahra Halgan is passionate about her homeland, and has recently returned to Hargeisa, having spent many years in France. 

She has set up a cultural centre there to try to revive arts and crafts lost during the civil war. 

The music she makes with her trio combines the songs of Somaliland with Malian and rock influences.  

Watch the Sahra Halgan Trio's special performance for BBC Global Beats in Zanzibar:

The Sahra Halgan Trio perform for BBC Global Beats in Zanzibar.

You can hear Global Beats' second programme from the renowned Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar on Saturday on BBC World Service radio at 14:00 GMT, or  catch up afterwards here  .  

Moroccan King appoints new PM to end deadlock

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          A handout picture released on March 17, 2017 by the Moroccan Royal Palace shows Moroccan King Mohammed VI (R) meeting with new Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani in Casablanca
King Mohammed VI (R) met with the new prime minister earlier in Casablanca

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has appointed a new prime minister to break a political deadlock that has left the country without a government for five months. 

The king has asked Saad-Eddine El Othmani, a former foreign minister and a trained psychiatrist, to form a new government. 

Mr El Othmani replaces Abdelilah Benkirane as prime minister. 

Both are from the Islamist PJD party. 

The PJD got the most seats in elections last October, but Mr Benkirane was not able to form a coalition government. 

Questions over abortion law protest in Angola

Angolan human rights activists are hoping to stage a demonstration in the capital, Luanda, tomorrow to protest against the introduction of new stricter anti-abortion measures, rights groups say.

A new penal code, intended to replace the one introduced in 1886, outlaws abortion in all cases without exception - not even rape or incest.

A statement from Human Rights Watch quotes one of the march's organisers as saying the new code would be “a clear step back in the struggle to recognise women’s human rights":

But the AP news agency is reporting that there is uncertainty over whether the march will be allowed to take place. Public protests are rare in Angola.

"We have often seen Angolan police use unnecessary and excessive force against peaceful demonstrators,'' Amnesty International's Deprose Muchena is quoted as saying.

The final vote on the draft penal code is slated for 23 March.

Isabel dos Santos
Isabel dos Santos, the president's daughter, has reported to be against the abortion ban in the new penal code

SA elite police chief 'not fit for the job' - High court

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The appointment of one of South Africa's top police chiefs was unlawful and his position should be revoked, a high court in the capital Pretoria has ruled .

Berning Ntlemeza was chosen in 2015 to lead the elite police unit known as The Hawks, which deals with serious corruption and organised crime, despite a previous court ruling before his confirmation describing him as "dishonest, lacking in integrity and dishonourable".

The ruling comes on the same day that the government of President Jacob Zuma was heavily criticised by the Constitutional Court, as it ruled on a scandal over a contract for social security payments for millions of South Africans. 

The Hawks were not immediately available to comment on whether Mr Ntlemeza would be sacked or if he would appeal the decision.

The elite unit has been criticised in the past for carrying out politically motivated investigations. 

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has accused the Hawks of trying to intimidate him when they brought fraud charges, later dropped, against him in 2016. 

Roland Tchakounte sings the blues

Cameroonian bluesman Roland Tchakounte performed for BBC Global Beats during Zanzibar's Sauti za Busara music festival.

His hero is John Lee Hooker and he told presenter Rita Ray that when he first heard the American legend's music, he was convinced he was listening to an African.

Cameroonian bluesman inspired by John Lee Hooker performs for Global Beats in Zanzibar.

British-Ugandan actor takes centre stage

Daniel Kaluuya, whose parents migrated Britain from Uganda, has become the centre of attention this week for his starring role in the highly-rated movie Get Out.

The film is about a young black man meeting his white girlfriend's parents for the first time.

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The film is being described as a comedy-horror and a satire on racial politics in the US.

Kaluuya told the UK's i newspaper  that he sympathised with the film's themes on how difference is treated:

I’m from Uganda and that brother who brings a white girl to a Ugandan wedding, that’s a thing."

Kaluuya was also the target of Samuel L Jackson's critique that black British actors weren't the best equipped to play African-American characters.

And according to a piece in the Telegraph newspaper Kaluuya responded:

I'm dark-skinned, bro. When I'm around black people I'm made to feel 'other' because I'm dark-skinned.

I've had to wrestle with that, with people going: 'You're too black.' Then I come to America and they say: 'You're not black enough.' I go to Uganda, I can't speak the language. In India, I'm black. In the black community, I'm dark-skinned. In America, I'm British. Bro!"

Sperm donation rom-com tops Egypt box office

A film telling the story of a single Egyptian woman's search for a sperm donor after failing to find love has topped the country's box office.

The marketing campaign for Bashtery Ragel (Buying a Man), in which a fake Facebook profile was set up asking the public for sperm donations, went viral, bringing the film huge public exposure.

Screenwriter Inas Lotfy has been speaking to the BBC about the inspiration behind the film:

The idea came to me when a close friend of mine who is single went through many failed relationships... she told me she didn't want to look for a commitment or to have a man in her life anymore and that she only wanted a baby so as not to be alone."

Explaining why she chose the genre of rom-com, Lofty said:

"It would have been hard for the audience to accept the story if it was done as a drama."

Listen to the full interview below:

Screenwriter Inas Lotfy reflects on why the film has topped the Egyptian box office

Ethiopia magazine blames corruption for deadly rubbish dump collapse

Ethiopia's English-language magazine Addis Standard has published a detailed account of life on the rubbish dump in Addis Ababa, the collapse of which nearly a week ago killed more than 100 people .

The article also investigates what went wrong with the efforts to try and do something about the 54-year-old dumpsite and the people living around it. 

It says that alternative rubbish sites had been built in the city but have not functioned properly.

The piece rounds off with a damning conclusion:

On Saturday 9 March, the black mountain of dirt finally decided to end sheltering the people who have taken refuge in it from a city that loathes them but loves their labour.

Sadly, their story is not only a story of a waste mountain that collapsed on them, but has a trail of corruption... that left survivors with nothing but counting the bodies of their loved ones."

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The funerals of some of those who died took place this week

Guinea Bissau singer with 'liquid honey' voice performs for BBC

To help you wind down for the weekend, we've got a musical treat from our colleagues at BBC Global Beats.

Guinea Bissau singer Karyna Gomes, with a voice described by host Rita Ray as "seductive and free-flowing as liquid honey", performed specially for the latest show, which came from the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar.

Karyna Gomes performs for Global Beats with Luciano Silva, Jessica Pina and Nir Paris.

Listen to Global Beats' second programme from the renowned Sauti za Busara festival on Saturday on BBC World Service radio at 14:00 GMT, or catch up afterwards here .

Call for Ugandans to be 'more vigilant' after policeman killed

The head of Uganda's police force has called on people to be more vigilant following the killing of the force's spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi outside his home this morning.

Police Chief Kale Kayihura told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire:

What has happened is not a sign of victory for armed thuggery.

We have put many of them behind bars. And even those who are still out there, we have their information, they're running. These are just remnants.

Our security system is robust. These people take advantage of a few gaps. All we need is what I have always said: to be more vigilant. We shall get these thugs."

          Uganda"s police officers set a cordon off the scene of the killing of slain senior police officer, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Andrew Felix Kaweesi
Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot along with his bodyguard and driver

#UgandaReading project takes to the market

A campaign to get more Ugandans reading books has been taken to Nakawa market in the capital, Kampala.

#UgandaReading aims to get "those who are already reading to do it more... and inspire others also to read for the good".

Today, volunteers worked with vendors and customers at the market.

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You may also like: Northern Nigeria's hunger for romance novels

Outsiders flee Ghana town after threats

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Up to 40 schools have been closed in a town in central Ghana and a large number of government workers have fled following a threat to attack people from outside the town. 

An unidentified group known as the Concerned Members of Banda Ahenkro made the threat, which said that non-locals would be targeted in the way foreigners were in South Africa. 

The complaint is that Ghanaians from outside the town have taken jobs that locals should have.

About 70% of public sector workers including teachers and health personnel have fled.

Police have been deployed to prevent violence and the traditional authorities in Banda Ahenkro have assured government that they will do everything possible to maintain peace in the area.

Africa's new football boss to launch an audit of Caf

Ahmad talking

The Confederation of African Football has a new head - the first change in 29 years. On Thursday Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad unseated Issa Hayatou. He's been giving his first interview to the press.

Q: Have you recovered?

A: Not really, bit tired now. The shock is leaving but now my body is tired.

Q: What's the next step now?

A: To go to the headquarters of Caf and look inside this house. After that I will do an audit. It’s not a suspicion but it’s management now, I have an obligation to do that.

Q: How quickly can your desired changes come?

A: When we finish the managerial and financial audit... I call the press to talk about the path that we can follow. And step-by-step, that is our obligation.

Q: You talk about change. What do you mean?

A: The first change is the new leader in Caf.

Ahmad lifted on supporters' shoulders
Ahmad's supporters carried him on their shoulders when he was elected on Thursday

Uganda to install public security cameras after murder

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has tweeted his reaction to the gunning down of the country's police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi:

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In response the president says security cameras will now be installed to improve surveillance:

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Mr Kaweesi was attacked outside his home in the capital, Kampala, and was killed along with his driver and a bodyguard:

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Will Zanzibar make it to Afcon 2019?

Zanzibar coastline
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Zanzibar's national team will be given full access to African football competitions

Zanzibar has been admitted as a full member of the Confederation of African Football and will be able to play in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The semi-autonomous archipelago is officially part of Tanzania but has its own government.

Zanzibar was given unanimous approval at Caf's general assembly on Thursday and its football association will now have a vote on continental issues.

It means Caf now has 55 full members and is equal with Uefa as the biggest of Fifa's six confederations.

Zanzibar was previously an associate member, allowing its clubs to play in Caf competitions but its national team was excluded.

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Nigeria's 'Michael Jackson' directs traffic in Maiduguri

The Michael Jackson-like dance moves of Nigerian traffic policeman Umar Abubakar have earned him the nickname MJ Traffic.

He keeps the cars moving in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri as he jives and gesticulates to a beat that only he can hear.

Video journalists: Stephanie Hegarty and Vladimir Hernandez

London gets first African-born bishop

Nigeria-born Woyin Karowei Dorgu has been ordained as a Church of England bishop in the diocese of Woolwich in south-east London.

He's the first black Church of England bishop to be appointed for 20 years.

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He becomes the most high-profile African-born clergyman in the Church of England after Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who was born in Uganda.

UN confirms attack on Somali refugee boat

The UN has confirmed that a migrant boat carrying Somalis has been hit by an airstrike off the coast of Yemen ( see earlier entry ).

Officials in Hudaydah port are saying that at least 31 people died and a disturbing image from the scene shows a boat strewn with bodies.

The refugees were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait, Yemeni coastguard Mohamed al-Alay told Reuters.  

Map showing Yemen

Kenya deploys army to combat pastoral violence

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a ramping up of security central counties affected by violence as pastoralists clash with landowners clash over grazing land.

The local police are struggling to cope, after a spate of killings and the destruction of property.

Politicians have also been blamed for increasing the tension.

Mr Kenyatta said that the army would support the police in "parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Laikipia counties".

In a tweet, he also outlined the no-nonsense approach by the security forces:

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Zille returns to Twitter after colonialism 'firestorm'

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South Africa's former opposition leader is back on Twitter this morning, after prompting a social media meltdown yesterday by saying that the legacy of colonialism was not all negative. She subsequently apologised for the comments. 

The radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demanded that Helen Zille stand down from her position as leader of the Western Cape Province, calling her "a cold hearted racist who believes that colonialism, which was crime against the humanity of black people, is not a bad thing".

South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang told the BBC's Newsday programme she disagreed with the premise of Mrs Zille's comments: 

The colonial project was extractive and violent in its very nature... I think that healthcare and piped water and all the other things that came alongside colonialism... were put in and developed primarily for the European population at the time.

The disruption and chaos caused by colonialisation make it impossible to know what kind of greater achievements colonial people would have had without [it]."

Listen to the full interview below:

Where did the Trump proverb come from?

Not from Nigeria it seems

We reported earlier about the debate around one of President Donald Trump's favourite proverbs:

Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those who have stuck by you."

Enda Kenny and Donald Trump

He mentioned it while welcoming Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. But a lot of Irish people responded by saying that it was not an Irish proverb.

One person on Twitter traced the words to a Nigerian.

But further research shows that the same words appear in a speaker's quotebook  and another book published in 2008 .

The origin of the saying is still unclear.

Fifa suspends Mali over 'government interference'

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa Sport, Addis Ababa

          Mali's national team exited this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in the group stages.
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Mali went out at the group stages in Afcon 2017

Mali's Football Association (Femafoot) has been suspended by world governing body Fifa until further notice "as a result of government interference".

The move comes after Sports minister Housseini Amion Guindo dissolved Femafoot's Executive Committee last week.

Fifa disapproves of government interference in the running of a football association. 

Guindo failed to meet a deadline for him to reverse his decision.

In a statement, Fifa said: 

"The suspension will be lifted once ministerial decisions are nullified.

"In the meantime, Mali's national team and clubs are barred from taking part in international competitions."

Africa Cup of Nations runners-up in 1972, Mali have appeared at eight of the last nine Nations Cups.  

Zille lampooned over colonialism comments

Comments by the former leader of South Africa's opposition Helen Zille that there were some positives to the legacy of colonialism has come in for some harsh criticism.

She is now facing a party disciplinary procedure.

Ms Zille has also been the target of ridicule in this cartoon which includes a caricature of current DA party leader Mmusi Maimane felling the strain:

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Search called off for SA mine-shaft boy

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Richard Thole
Richard Thole fell into the mine-shaft when playing with friends

The search for a five-year-old boy who fell into a disused mine-shaft at an informal settlement east of Johannesburg has been called off. 

Richard Thole was playing with his friends over a fortnight ago when he disappeared into the mine-shaft. 

Specialised camera equipment was brought in to assist in the search. 

Hundreds of people who live at the Jerusalem informal settlement had been protesting, accusing emergency services personnel of not working hard enough to find the boy. 

The rescue mission had been marred by difficulties, including a rockfall and poisonous gases at the bottom of the pit. 

Local mayor Mzwandile Masina has been visiting the boy’s family. 

He said: “Due to the reports from experts and the danger posed around the mission, we are compelled by law to abide by reports we have been given, and stop the operation”.

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Large crowds truned out to watch the rescue efforts

Forensics team on site after Uganda police spokesman killing

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Forensic teams at work

Forensic experts have started working at the scene of the fatal shooting of Uganda's police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi ( see previous entry ).         

Minister for Security Henry Tumukunde told me that he was surprised at the brazen nature of the attack:

Of course it takes courage for anyone to face such a target, a high-ranking member of the armed forces. That is what's peculiar about this."

Mayor for the area, Charles Serunjojji Musoke, said the shooting exposed wider security issues: 

This is an indicator of failure of so many things in the system: intelligence being one of them, planning for people's security being another. A person like Kaweesi shouldn't be gunned down in the day outside his home. Our police, security system leaves a lot to be desired."

Chocolate makers pledge to help save rainforests

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

Chocolate manufacturers have committed to end deforestation caused by their industry in Ivory Coast and Ghana. 

Twelve of the world's biggest chocolate companies signed the first agreement of its kind in London.

Ivory Coast is the world’s leading cocoa producer and it’s thought at least 40% of the country’s crop is grown in protected forests. 

There is pressure on the Ivorian government to save the remaining forests, but it faces a dilemma as cocoa is so vital to the economy.

So, this commitment in London to end deforestation, involving the major chocolate makers, could be crucial for both Ivory Coast and Ghana. 

It will take the entire chocolate industry to help save the region's remaining rainforests, not just national governments.

          Cocoa pods are pictured in a cocoa farm in Gagnoa on September 29, 2015
The cocoa industry is vital to Ivory Coast's economy

'Thirty Somali refugees killed after boat hit by missile off Yemen'

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Map showing Somalia and Yemen with Gulf of Aden in between

Reports from Yemen say more than 30 Somali refugees have been killed by a helicopter that attacked their boat in the Red Sea.

Coast guards in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, said the vessel was travelling from Yemen to Sudan when it was hit by a missile. 

Dozens of survivors are said to have been rescued, many of them wounded. 

Hodeidah has been a frequent target of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that's fighting the Houthis in support of the Yemeni government. 

Read more: Yemen conflict - How bad is the humanitarian crisis?

Boat with Somali refugees returning from Yemen
The war in Yemen has seen many Somalis fleeing back to their home country

Haile and Boris take a jog

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has continues to tweet pictures from his East African trip.

On Thursday we saw him in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in the cockpit of an Ethiopian Airlines flight simulator.

Today, he's shared an image showing himself out for a jog with Ethiopia's great athlete Haile Gebrselassie: 

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He's also been to Somalia and Uganda and today he's in Kenya.

Mr Johnson's visit to East Africa has come in for some criticism. 

Journalist Afua Hirsch in the Guardian writes that his past views on Africa - including comments about "tribal warriors" and "watermelon" smiles - show his "colonial-era prejudice".

Britain's trade and foreign policy is now looking at a post-Brexit future with the UK trying to boost trade relations with countries outside the European Union.

SA court orders contract extension to end social grants crisis

People sit outside social grant payment centre
Some 17 million people rely on the government social security payments

South Africa's Constitutional Court has ordered the extension of a controversial government contract to resolve a crisis which has threatened to leave 17 million people without vital social security payments from next month. 

The court said the government should continue using the same private company to pay grants over the next 12 months, pending a new deal.

Justice Johan Froneman said that the "extraordinary conduct" of South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa), the government department responsible, and its leader, had jeopardised the right of millions of people's right to social security, IOL news reports.

The same court ruled in 2014 that the company, Cash Paymaster Services, had won the tender unlawfully.

It gave the government until the 1 April to find a new provider, or take responsibility for social service payment. 

The government did neither, leading to the current scandal, as the deadline loomed for the expiration of the contract at the end of the month. 

A local TV news network has posted video of the scathing ruling on its Twitter feed:

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Read more: South Africa's social security payments in chaos

Trump's favourite proverb is from Nigeria

US President Donald Trump welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the White House quoting his favourite proverb.

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He says:

This is a good one. This is one I like, I've heard it for many many years, and I love it.

'Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those who have stuck by you.'"

The only problem is that if he meant to quote an Irish proverb, many Irish people on Twitter say they've never heard of it

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So where does it come from?

People on Twitter have identified the words as coming from a Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan.

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Update: Further research shows that the quote has been published several times before.

Uganda police spokesman shot dead

Crime scene with police and forensic experts
The crime scene has been cordoned off

Uganda's national police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi has been shot dead at his home in the capital, Kampala.

He was killed along with his driver and a bodyguard, city police spokesman Emilian Kayima told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire at the scene.

The bodies have now been driven away, according to this tweet from a local newspaper.

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There have been other killings of high profile Ugandans in recent years.

Last November, Major Sulaiman Kiggundu was shot dead along with his bodyguard

And in March 2015 , lawyer Joan Kagezi, who was prosecuting the 2010 Kampala bombing suspects was also shot on the way home by armed men on a motorbike.

Patience has also sent us some pictures from the scene showing a throng of people watching what's going on.

People behind a police cordon

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