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Summary

  1. Three African athletes get ready for sub-two-hour marathon attempt
  2. Fifa backs Muntari in racism row
  3. Nigeria's president seen in public for the first time in more than a week
  4. Three ex-South African presidents slam President Zuma
  5. US soldier shot dead in Somalia
  6. Somalia's auditor general sacked in connection with killing of young minister
  7. Zambia magistrate to decide whether to send Hichilema treason case to high court
  8. Algeria's governing party and allies win parliamentary election
  9. Nigerian officials jailed for selling aid meant for Boko Haram victims
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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: No-one points to their father's house with their left hand." from An Akan proverb sent by Asante Joseph in Sefwi Oseikrom, Ghana.
    An Akan proverb sent by Asante Joseph in Sefwi Oseikrom, Ghana.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

    And we leave you with this picture of boys competing in a team dance battle in Goma, the main city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, from our collection of  top shots from across the continent this week

    Boys dancing
  2. Call to Tunisia to stop harassing journalists

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    The advocacy group Amnesty international is calling on Tunisian authorities to stop harassing independent journalists.  

    It comes after the lengthy interrogation of Sami Gharbia, the founder of Nawaat, a popular news website in the country, over a story it published based on governemnt leaks.

    The story was about secret plans by the presidency to pass an amendment to a controversial bill that would grant a pardon to allegedly corrupt former officials who worked under the deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, if they give back a sum of money to the state.

    There have been increased complaints by local journalists in recent months about the state’s alleged attempts to meddle with their work. 

    Amnesty International says Mr Gharbia was questioned and intimidated for six hours. 

    His interrogators allegedly tried to uncover the source of the leaked report, as well as information on writers who contribute to the news site.

    Tunisian demostrators shout slogans against president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in front the Interior ministry on the in Habib Bourguiba avenue of Tunis on January 14, 2011
    Image caption: President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown after popular demonstrations in 2011
  3. US troops were hunting for al-Shabab leader

    The US soldier who was killed during an operation in a village approximately 64 km (40 miles) west of the capital, Mogadishu was a Navy Seal, an elite military unit,  the Reuters news agency reports quoting an anonymous US military source. 

    It is unclear if the other two soldiers who were wounded are from the same unit. 

    A statement from US Africa Command said that the soldier was part of an unit advising the Somali National Army. 

    Reuters reports that US troops, alongside Somali special forces were hunting for Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, known as Mahad Karate, a top al-Shabab commander near the Shabelle river. 

    "Warsame played a key role in the Amniyat, the wing of al-Shabab responsible for assassinations and the 2 April, 2015 attack on Garissa University that resulted in 150 deaths," according to the Rewards for Justice website, which is run by the US State Department.

    An al-Shabab spokesman said their base had been attacked but the US forces retreated, claiming it had inflicted heavy causalities on them.

    Residents of Darusalam village said the gunfire lasted for around 10 minutes. 

    "Last night, helicopters hovered over us and we were scared. Then late at night, there was fighting," resident Mohamed Hassan told Reuters.  

    ReadWho are Somalia's al-Shabab?

    Al-Shabab militants
    Image caption: Al-Shabab fighters performing military drills at a village about 25km outside Mogadishu in 2011
  4. Ethiopia marks victory over Italian fascists

    People in Ethiopia have been celebrating Patriots' Day today, marking the return of Emperor Haile Selassie to the capital, Addis Ababa, and the defeat of the Italian occupying force.

    The emperor went into exile in 1936 after the Italian invasion the year before.

    The League of Nations - the forerunner to the United Nations - failed to support Ethiopia in the face of Italian aggression.

    But in the fight to liberate Ethiopia, the patriots were backed by British and other allied forces.

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  5. Zimbabwe comedians breaking boundaries

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Comedy has taken centre stage for the first time at Harare International Festival of Arts.

    A new crop of funny men and women are using the art form to push boundaries in a way few can do outside of comedy without being arrested.

    In one of the acts, Zimbabwean Doc Vilakazi - a young comedian - openly lampoons the President Robert Mugabe:

    Quote Message: Botswana has its own currency because it has a dead president to put on it... That's why we don't have one."
    Doc Vilakazi

    Denigrating the president or the army can land a person in jail.

    But top Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua told me there is more tolerance for political comedy now. 

    Carl Joshua

    He said that it took a long time to get to this point with shows being shut down before they even happened.

    But now, he added, ministers are humorous in their response to being attacked.

  6. Fifa backs Sulley Muntari in racism row

    Football's world governing body Fifa has backed Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari who was booked by a referee in an Italian Serie A match after complaining about racist abuse from opposition fans.

    It is not clear exactly why the referee made the decision, but Muntari then received a second booking for leaving the pitch and has been suspended for one match.

    In a statement Fifa says it "would like to express full solidarity with Muntari

    "Any form of racism on or outside the field is totally unacceptable and has no place in football."

    Ghana's FA has also tweeted a reaction today to the weekend's incident:

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  7. Africa's top innovators

    The online business magazine Quartz Africa has released its annual list of African Innovators:

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    Quartz Africa editor Yinka Adegoke says "we’ve identified more than 30 Africans who aren’t waiting for help from the outside. The influence of their work goes well beyond their immediate community and will ultimately impact millions of lives".   

    There are 33 names on the list including: 

    • Nicole Amarteifio, creator of the very popular online series An African City exploring the lives of five women who have returned from abroad to live in Ghana's capital, Accra.
    • Temie Giwa-Tubosun, creator of LifeBank which "helps hospitals and doctors find and order blood types through its marketplace app" 
    • Chid Liberty, who established fairtrade label Liberty & Justice which "provides work and education opportunities for Liberian women vulnerable to unemployment"   
  8. Resident presidents take on the French election

    French voters will on Sunday head to the polls to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen as their next president. 

    Our resident presidents give their take on who will be best for France: 

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    Video caption: Olushambles is brushing up on his French language skills
  9. Pictures: Buhari's first appearance in a week

    Nigeria's presidency has tweeted three pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari's first public appearance in more than a week. 

    Mr Buhari attended Friday prayers at the mosque in state house grounds after he uncharacteristically missed the service last week. 

    There has been a lot speculation about Mr Buhari's state of health since he returned from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK in March.

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  10. Africans get ready for two-hour marathon attempt

    Three African elite athletes will attempt to run the marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) in under two hours in a project being sponsored by sports giant Nike. 

    Olympic marathon champion Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder, and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, a two-times Boston Marathon winner – will be trying to do shortly before dawn on Saturday, the UK Guardian reports. 

    Gold medallist Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge poses on the podium for the Men's marathon athletics event during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016
    Image caption: Could Eliud Kipchoge be the first human to run a marathon in under two hours?

    Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's current world record, set in 2014, stands at 2:02:57.  

    Sports scientists have been working with the team to see if a sub-two-hour marathon is humanly possible.

    Nike says its Zoom Vaporfly Elite shoes, which use a special carbon-fibre plate in the soles make runners 4% more efficient than Nike’s previous fastest marathon shoe, boosting their running economy.  

    Also, the event will be held on the Monza Formula One track in Italy, selected for optimal temperature and wind levels.

    And everything has been worked out so that the athletes record the fastest time possible:

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    The result will however not be registered under the rules International Association of Athletics Federations. 

    The Guardian describes the attempt as  "one-third science experiment, two‑thirds PR masterstroke and shoe advert for Nike, which has ploughed millions into the exercise".

  11. Reaction to Buhari's public appearance

    There's been a lot of reaction on our Facebook page to a post about President Muhammadu Buhari's rare public appearance today (see earlier story).

    Lawal Jidda was very pleased:

    Quote Message: This video is worth more than a billion naira to me. Seeing Mr President walk to mosque today has really excited me. We were made to believe by the media that he's in a very serious condition... but here is he hale and hearty for the world to see."

    Muktar Abdullah is praying for the president:

    Quote Message: After every hardship there is relief. President Buhari we are pray for more recovery ahead."

    But Ifeanyi Ekwealor is less impressed:

    Quote Message: This man should immediately resign to help the country move forward. He is the worst president of Nigeria since independence."

    And others are sceptical that the video shot by our reporter today is real.

    Frankgentle Prince unleashes President Trump's favourite insult: 

    Quote Message: Fake news."
  12. 'Racist abuse made me play better'

    South African footballer Benni McCarthy says he had to overcome racist abuse while playing in Holland and Spain, but that fans in England would insult his mother, but not the colour of his skin.  

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    Video caption: Benni McCarthy opens up on racism in football
  13. Buhari seen in public for the first time in more than a week

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appeared in public for the first time in more than a week, according to a tweet from one of his aides.

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    The short video shows him chatting with people after leaving Friday prayers in the mosque in state house.

    There have been concerns over the president's health as he has barely been seen since returning from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

    He has also missed the last three cabinet meetings and did not appear for Friday prayers last week.

    But his advisers have said that he was resting and working from home.

  14. Did social media play a role in Algeria’s low turnout?

    By Mohamed El-Asser

    BBC Monitoring

    News from around the globe

    Throughout the campaign, Algerian officials insisted on the importance of a high participation in the election as a key to national stability. In the event, only 38% of voters turned out.

    But they were up against a social media movement which called on Algerians to boycott the vote.

    It culminated in a viral video entitled Mansotich – “I will not vote” - which argued that the Algerian government does not work in the interests of ordinary Algerians. 

    It was viewed over 3.5 million times on YouTube:

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    Another video by Anes Tina, entitled a “message to MPs” carried a similar message:

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    Mansotich has quickly become a political slogan and hashtag adopted by frustrated Algerians as a means of expressing their grievances.

    Politicians initially accused the activists of being manipulated by “obscure powers”.

    But when asked about voter turnout during the announcement of results, Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said: “This demonstrates the strength of our youths and the solidity of our society, by guaranteeing their rights [to protest]”.

  15. US death comes after boost to counter-terror effort

    The death of the American soldier in Somalia comes just three days after the newly-appointed head of the US task force for the Horn of Africa Brig. Gen. David J. Furness visited Mogadishu.

    At the time he said "we are committed to working with partner nations to help Somalia stand strong against this violent extremist organisation".

    US team meeting Somali officials

    In April, the US said it was sending dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Islamist group al-Shabab.

    It was the first time regular US troops were deployed in Somalia since 1994, although some counter-terrorism advisers were already there.

    In 1993, 18 US special forces personnel were killed in the incident dramatised in the Hollywood film Black Hawk Down.

    The death of the soldier announced today is thought to be the first time the US has officially acknowledged the death of one of its service personnel in Somalia.

  16. 'Allowing players to wear hijab will change Arab sport'

    Basketball's governing body Fiba has changed headgear rules to allow players to wear the hijab. 

    Rachida Belaidi, the captain of Algeria's national women's team, tells BBC's Focus on Africa programme that the ruling is long overdue and will "help Arab sport": 

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    Video caption: Qatar's women's team, pictured, pulled out of the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab.
  17. US statement on death of soldier

    Here is the complete statement from US Africa Command on the death of the US soldier in Somalia:

    Quote Message: On 4 May, one US service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab near Barii, Somalia, approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu.
    Quote Message: US forces were conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army.
    Quote Message: Al-Shabab presents a threat to Americans and American interests. Al Shabaab's affiliate, al-Qaeda has murdered Americans; radicalises and recruits terrorists and fighters in the United States; and attempts to conduct and inspire attacks against Americans, our allies and our interests around the world, including here at home.
    Quote Message: US forces are assisting partner forces to counter al-Shabab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America.
    Quote Message: We continue to support our Somali and regional partners to systematically dismantle this al-Qaeda affiliate, and help them to achieve stability and security throughout the region as part of the global counter-terrorism effort."
  18. BreakingUS soldier killed in fight with al-Shabab in Somalia

    A US soldier has been killed and two others injured in Barii town, 64 km (40 miles) west of the Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a statement from US Africa Command says.

    It adds that the soldiers were part of a unit advising the Somali National Army forces.

    CNN quotes a US official saying they were part of the "airstrikes and ground missions against terror". 

    In March, US President Donald Trump relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties in Somalia when counter-terrorism air strikes are carried out, laying the ground for an escalating campaign against militant Islamists in the country.   

  19. Low turnout 'denies Algerian MPs strong mandate'

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    An election marked by voter apathy, driven by low confidence in politicians and struggling economies, is hardly a new trend in this region.  

    Algeria’s ruling FLN, and its traditional allies, have retained their majority in parliament, and with that, the people’s distrust in their abilities to bring about change. 

    It’s not just about the future leaders: It’s also about bread, jobs, and the ability of the state to deliver socio-economic reforms with minimum damage to the livelihoods of its people.  

    Algerians have long lost confidence in their politicians to do that.  

    Like other oil-based economies in Africa, the drop in oil prices in recent years had crippling effects.  

    The country’s new legislators were hoping for a high voter turnout because they needed a strong mandate from their electorate for the inevitable spending cuts and reforms that are coming.  

    Now they will have to work a lot harder on building bridges and trust.

    President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Image caption: Algeria"s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrives to cast his ballot during the parliamentary election
  20. Saving Ivory Coast's last rhino

    Valerie Bony

    Ivory Coast, BBC Afrique

    Ivory Coast wildlife officials with the help of South African specialists have been moving a two-and-a-half tonne rhinoceros to a protected forest.

    The rhino is a descendant of four white rhinos that were given to former President Felix Houphouet Boigny by South Africa.

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    Video caption: Ivory Coast's last rhino

    In the Ivorian civil war, which broke out in 2002, their park was invaded by armed men, part of their enclosure was destroyed and they escaped. 

    The four adults died but the baby rhino survived. 

    For almost 15 years it lived between two villages, among the inhabitants, but last year it killed a village chief, kicking him by accident. 

    So for its security and that of the villagers it is now being transferred, also the rhino’s horns were cut off so he would not be killed by poachers.