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Summary

  1. Government says it does not know where Bongo Fleva artist Roma Mkatoliki is
  2. Second major ratings agency downgrades South Africa to junk status
  3. 'Delta Force' vigilantes freed in storming of Ghana court hand themselves in
  4. Thousands attend anti-Zuma marches in cities across South Africa
  5. Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins protests
  6. Pro-Zuma rally at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg
  7. Longtime Gambia opposition party UDP wins most seats
  8. Somali militants reject new president's amnesty offer and dismiss war declaration
  9. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 7 April 2017

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By Hugo Williams, Tom Spender and Nabihah Parkar

All times stated are UK

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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 our African proverb of the day: 

    Quote Message: People shouldn’t be given advice on their departure but on their return." from A Sudanese proverb sent by Abuelgasim Elsir, Khartoum, Sudan
    A Sudanese proverb sent by Abuelgasim Elsir, Khartoum, Sudan

    And we leave you with one of our top shots from around the continent this week - a group of nattily-attired Gambian voters supported the APRC, the party of former ruler Yahya Jammeh, in the Gambian elections.

    See all the pictures here

    APRC supporters
  2. Zuma 'has no plans to go' after nationwide protests

    South African President Jacob Zuma has no plans to step down after a day in which tens of thousands took to the streets calling for him to leave, according to an ANC spokesman, quoted in local media.

    "There has been no such discussion," ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said, when asked if the protests had led to any discussions in the party about Zuma, the News 24 website reports.

    In Johannesburg, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep apart rival groups of demonstrators. There were also clashes in the city of Pietermaritzburg.  

    The BBC has been hearing from people in Johannesburg on both sides of the divide:

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    Video caption: South Africa protests: 'I will be happy when Zuma's gone'

    This cartoon from eNCA news imagines the president's reaction to the day's events:

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  3. Tanzanian authorities 'shocked' over rapper's disappearance

    Ibrahim Musa

    Mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of Tanzanian Bongo Fleva artist Ibrahim Musa aka Roma Mkatoliki. 

    Musa disappeared on Thursday after allegedly being arrested in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. 

    The country’s Ministry of Information has released a statement denying the reports and saying that they are shocked by his disappearance.

    It says that the artist is not being held by police or at any police station around the city.

    The ministry is calling upon members of the public to co-operate with the police and share any useful information that they might have regarding his whereabouts.

    Tanzanian members of the public have expressed surprise and shock by this development and they wonder who may have been behind his abduction.

    Mkatoliki was reportedly picked up at a recording studio in the city, along with his producer. 

    This news comes weeks after another Bongo Fleva artist Ney wa Mitego was arrested for a song decrying the shrinking space for freedom of expression, which was deemed to be insulting to President John Magufuli's government. 

    He was later released following a public outcry.

  4. Pocketful of coins for BBC reporter amid Harare bill shortage

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe two dollar bond note
    Image caption: Zimbabwe prints its own version of the US dollar to ease cash shortages in the country

    The branch of my local bank in Harare had ran out of notes today, so they would only dispense $100 (£80) dollars in 50 cent coins, with cashiers painstakingly counting out the coins for every customer. 

    The cash machines outside the bank only dispense US dollars, but by mid-morning they were empty as well.

    That left me with the option to withdraw bond notes, Zimbabwe's version of the US dollar, which were introduced last year to ease a severe cash shortage.

    But there were no bond notes left either, which is how I ended up with a heavy bag of coins (see below) to lug around town!

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    Zimbabwe has not had its own currency since it was destroyed by hyperinflation in 2009.

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    Later in the afternoon, I attended a Zanu-PF party meeting, where staff gave President Robert Mugabe a late birthday 93rd present. 

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    The stone fist (pictured above) was made by renowned stone sculptor Dominic Benhura, who got into hot water last year, after people thought that he was mocking the veteran leader with his sculpture of the president. 

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    Image caption: The sculptor (right) presented the president with his image of him
  5. Child comedian among New African Woman Award nominees

    Six-year-old Emmanuella Samuel from Nigeria is among the nominees for the  New African Women Awards , which sees 67 women vie for awards in 12 categories, including New African Woman of the Year.

    Emmanuella has risen to YouTube stardom by appearing in videos on her uncle's Mark Angel Comedy channel. Many of the videos she appears in have had over 1m views.

    Her success began with her "this is not my real face" skit, which has more than 3m views.

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    The inspirational women are from the worlds of business, finance, sport, media and politics.

    Other nominees include actress Lupita Nyong'o, Olympic gold medalist Vivian Cheruiyot and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Prominent Somali politician Fadumo Dayib has been nominated for New African Woman of the Year and took to Twitter to show her appreciation.  

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    Winners in each category will be announced on 12 April at a Gala Dinner in Dakar, Senegal.

  6. Angry Gunners infiltrate anti-Zuma protests

    Both men have been facing growing calls to resign, with critics demanding better results and accusing them of scandalous expenditure.

    So perhaps it was fitting that as tens of thousands of South Africans took to the streets to voice their anger at Jacob Zuma, some also thought it was a good opportunity to stick the boot in, yet again, to Arsene Wenger. 

    Eagle-eyed tweeters spotted several posters which seemed to be more concerned with the fortunes of their Premier League club than the state of their country. But shouldn't it be #WengerMustFall? 

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  7. Boko Haram faction kills four soldiers

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    Boko Haram jihadists have killed four soldiers in an ambush in north-east Nigeria, where they torched an army base a day after killing seven civilians, according to a soldier and other witnesses, AFP news agency reports.

    The Islamists opened fire on an army convoy heading to the small town of Gulumba in Borno state, the soldier added. 

    The assailants were from the Boko Haram faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of the sect's founder Mohammed Yusuf, the soldier added, in an account confirmed by two members of a local vigilante group.

    Barnawi was appointed last year by the so-called Islamic State to replace veteran Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

    Read more: Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group?

  8. 'Only West Africa benefiting from Afcon'

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    Image caption: Cameroon will host the 2019 tournament

    Cosafa president Phillip Chiyangwa has vowed to fight the decision to hold the next three Africa Cup of Nations  in francophone west African countries.

    The Confederation of African Football awarded the 2019 tournament to Cameroon, the 2021 finals to Ivory Coast and the 2023 event to Guinea.

    "They were politically aggressively awarded to those countries. Only one region is benefiting," Chiyangwa said.

    "There must be an inquiry and we are going to protest."

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  9. Chaos as Nairobi City Hall workers fight for office space

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    There was chaos at Nairobi's City Hall on Friday morning as workers from rival departments fought each other in a battle over office space, local media report.

    Workers from the Executive and the Assembly were facing off over disputed office spaces, the report says.

    Here are the details as reported by Capital FM :

    Quote Message: Teargas canisters were lobbed by the Inspectorate Department, which helped the Executive to reclaim the fourth-floor offices of the North Wing of City Hall, from their counterparts in the Assembly.
    Quote Message: Kenya County Government Workers Union, Nairobi Branch Chairperson Bernard Inyangala says the disputed offices belong to the Executive, saying the Assembly misappropriated funds that were meant to acquire their offices.
    Quote Message: 'We recaptured this area and now it is our building. Our people will enter here and start work by today,' he said after they successfully managed to break down the entrance door to the wing.
  10. Spate of hot cooking oil attacks by Mozambican wives

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambique's president has urged greater awareness of domestic violence after a spate of attacks by women, pouring hot cooking oil on their husbands while they are sleeping.

    Speaking on Mozambican women's day, President Filipe Nyusi said domestic violence was a crime that all citizens should fight against. 

  11. South Africa at ICC to answer over failure to arrest Bashir

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    Sudan president met by crowds
    Image caption: Supporters greeted Mr Bashir in Khartoum on his return from South Africa in 2015

    Lawyers representing the South African government are at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer questions about the country's failure to arrest the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir. 

    The court in The Hague is considering whether South Africa ignored the ICC's rules when it allowed Mr Bashir to attend an African Union gathering in Johannesburg two years ago. 

    The Sudanese leader has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

    South Africa denies that it broke international law by its actions.  

    If found to be non-compliant, South Africa could be referred to the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

    Read more: Why South Africa let Sudan's Bashir escape justice

  12. Caf president Ahmad to review TV deal and Afcon timing

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    Contentious decisions on African football's television rights and tournament hosting agreements will be reviewed in the coming months, new Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad said on Friday.

    The possibility of changing the timing of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals is also on the cards, as well as the qualification process for junior tournaments.

    "I will be discussing with as many stake holders as there are around African football to come up with the best solution for the problems," Ahmad, who uses only one name, told a media conference in Johannesburg after meeting with presidents of southern Africa's football associations.

    The new Caf president, who comes from Madagascar,  pulled off a shock upset  over long-term incumbent Issa Hayatou in last month's elections.

    Ahmad said he was concerned about a 12-year television deal that Caf signed last year with French-based Lagardere Sports.

    "This contract is the subject of a judicial challenge in the Egyptian courts at the moment and it was to protect the integrity of Caf in this issue that the general secretary Hicham [El Amrani] submitted his resignation, which we accepted," he said.

    "We will investigate but I am concerned about the length of the contract. I would never sign anything for longer than three years."

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  13. UDP: Barrow still not party member

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    Image caption: Mr Barrow left the UDP ahead of December's presidential election

    Gambia's victorious UDP party has told the BBC that President Adama Barrow is still not a member of the party

    However, UDP general secretary Ousainou Darboe said the party would support the president's platform.

    The UDP was one of seven parties that united to propel Mr Barrow to power in December last year, but that coalition broke apart for parliamentary elections.

    The party has long considered itself a government-in-waiting, and Barrow was UDP treasurer until resigning to become the flagbearer candidate for the coalition. 

    Mr Darboe is a personal friend and longtime ally of the president. 

  14. Three dead in Mogadishu mortar attack

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    At least three people have been killed and several others wounded in mortar attacks in Somalia's capital a day after the country's new president declared a war on the militant group al-Shabab.

    Four mortars struck Mogadishu's Wadajir residential district, including one that hit a house in the area, Somali news website Dayniile reports.

    "Three people have been confirmed killed and at least two others wounded in the mortar attacks," it says, quoting local medical sources.

    "The injured were taken to hospitals in Mogadishu for treatment," it adds.

    The attacks come a day after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared a state of war against al-Shabab and called on the "people of Somalia to work with the security apparatus to end the problems caused by the terror group".

    He promised to give education and jobs to fighters who gave themselves up in 60 days.

  15. Nigeria opens online jobs portal

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

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    The Nigerian government has opened an online registration portal for job-seekers. It hopes to capture the data of millions of unemployed Nigerians. 

    The government said the registration exercise would help create a clearing house, linking job seekers with existing vacancies in government agencies and the private sector.  

    Registration however, does not translate into getting a job instantly; job seekers may have to wait much longer. 

    Africa's most populous nation has witnessed spiralling unemployment. With over 11 million unemployed people, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics, government is currently battling to provide jobs to its young people to curb crime and militancy.

  16. Zimbabwe couples hire wedding gift card machines

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    Video caption: Card machines replace cash at Zimbabwe weddings

    Giving cash as a wedding gift has long been a tradition in Zimbabwe, but a severe cash crisis threatens that.

    Local banks in Zimbabwe have come up with an innovative but unromantic solution, card machines, which are becoming an increasingly common sight at marriage parties.

    Video journalist: Tendai Msiyazviriyo

  17. Kenyan crops under threat from fall armyworms

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    The intrusive pest known as fall armyworms (FAW), in fact a caterpillar and not a worm, have been identified in the counties of the Rift Valley, Taita-Taveta, Kwale, Kakamega and Bungom, Kenyan officials say.

    The pest has a ravenous appetite and can destroy up to three-quarters of crops.

    Eluid Krieger, director general of the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation, told Capital FM Kenya : "A field survey conducted in March 2017 and other current reports have confirmed the presence of fall armyworm." 

    The government is reassuring farmers that the impact on crops may not be that big as the pest is not yet in its productive stage and can be contained before causing damage.

    FAW infestation was first detected in the country at the beginning of March 2017 in Trans Nzoia County.  

    Initial reports of the fall armyworm in West Africa came in September 2016 and greatly affected neighbouring countries, Uganda and Tanzania.

    Read more about the  fall armyworm in Africa .

  18. Sumgong: 'Do not be anxious'

    Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has reacted to news of her failed drugs test by posting a verse from the Bible on her Facebook page:

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  19. How big are the crowds at anti-Zuma marches?

    Whether it's Donald Trump's inauguration or protests calling for Jacob Zuma's removal, the size of crowds can become a source of great contention among different sides in a political debate. 

    So to avoid sticking our heads above the parapet, here are some videos from the ground to help you make your own mind up. 

    This one is from Cape Town:

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    Outside the Union Buildings, the government headquarters in the capital Pretoria:

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    This was the scene in Johannesburg at the event organised by the main opposition Democratic Alliance:

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    Mr Zuma's supporters mobilised around his ruling ANC party's headquarters in the central business district:

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    Durban....

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    ... where supporters of the president were also out on the streets:

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