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  1. Ugandan pop star voted in as MP
  2. Speculation over photo of Trump with women who escaped Boko Haram
  3. Kenyan security guard fired 'for insisting VIP undergoes security check'
  4. 'At least 22' people killed in clashes in CAR
  5. German tourists stabbed in Tunisia
  6. Liverpool willing to pay record fee for Guinea's Naby Keita
  7. Today's proverb: "When you are on the back of an elephant, do not think there is no dew on the grass."

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. Keep up to date with what's happening on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

When you are on the back of an elephant, do not think there is no dew on the grass."

A Chewa proverb sent by Chikondi Sato in Blantyre, Malawi

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And we leave you with this picture of Algeria's boxer Ouidad Sfouh (left) jumping for joy after beating the CAR's Marline Niambongui for the ladies bantamweight title at the African boxing championships in Congo Brazzaville last weekend.

Algeria's Ouidad Sfouh

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'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'

Terry Gobang

When Terry Gobanga - then Terry Apudo - didn't show up to her wedding, nobody could have guessed that she had been abducted, raped and left for dead by the roadside. She told her story to BBC Outlook:

It was going to be a very big wedding. I was a pastor, so all our church members were coming, as well as all our relatives. When I didn't show up to the church, my parents were panicking. People were sent out to search for me. Rumours flew. After a few hours, they had to take down the decorations to make room for the next ceremony."

It was the first of two tragedies to hit the young Nairobi pastor in quick succession. But she is a survivor.

Read full story on the BBC News website.

Guinea-Bissau cut off Portuguese public broadcaster

Guinea-Bissau is cutting off Portuguese public radio and TV at midnight tonight, reports Diario de Noticias newspaper.

It says Guinean media minister Vítor Pereira announced the suspension of RTP, RDP and Lusa Agency today, saying the cooperation agreement in the media sector signed between Lisbon and Bissau has run out.

The newspaper quoted RTP as saying: "Guineans have reduced their power of choice and their access to information and programming done with rigour, exemption and pluralism".

Radio France International adds that the suspension will take effect at midnight.

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RDP África covers news from Lusophone Africa

Trump meets Chibok girls

Quartz news site points out US President Donald Trump is considering cutting aid in the same week he met two women who were kidnapped by the Nigerian Islamist militants Boko Haram.

It adds that the White House still doesn't appear to have given any more information about Mr Trump's meeting with Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu.

It says the only thing the White House said about the visit is when they published this photo on the White House Facebook page, saying it was "photo of the day" on 28 June:

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People Magazine published a profile of Ms Bishara and Ms Pogu earlier this month saying they were among a few who managed to escape on the night of the kidnapping and were brought to the US in August of 2014 to attend a Christian boarding school.

Cultivating Angola's banana crop

Angola's economy is dominated by oil but away from the sector farmers are reclaiming mine fields to grow cash crops like bananas.

Farmers in the fledgling sector still use manual labour to tend their crops but they are beginning to reap the benefits of exporting the fruit to Europe.

The BBC's Taurai Maduna reports for the Africa Business Report on the opportunities and challenges that farmers are facing:

'Sixty drowned off Libya coast'

At least 60 people are believed to have drowned after a dinghy they were travelling in sank off Libya's coast on Monday, according to survivors' accounts, the AFP news agency reports.

At least 80 people were rescued and brought safely to Italy.

Survivors say that the inflatable boat was carrying 140 -150 people and began letting in water five hours into the journey.

Thousands of migrants, mostly from Africa, have died while attempting to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Namibian boxer Indongo will fight Crawford

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Julius Indongo

Namibia’s Julius Indongo will fight the US's Terence Crawford on 19 August in Nebraska – to become the unified and undisputed world super lightweight champion of the world.

Indongo currently holds the WBA and IBF titles while Crawford holds the WBC and WBO versions of the belts.

Indongo added the WBA crown to his IBF one when he beat Scotland’s Ricky Burns on points in April.

Resident presidents take on the Gulf crisis

In this week's edition of our satire Resident Presidents Olushambles and Kibarkingmad are trying to make sense of diplomacy in the Middle East crisis.

Saudi Arabia is leading several nations including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to blockade Qatar.

The two presidents try to find common ground to resolve the growing crisis:

Liverpool willing to pay record fee Guinea's Naby Keita

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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Liverpool are willing to pay a club record fee to bring RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield.

The club are yet to bid for Keita, who scored eight league goals last season.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer and the Anfield hierarchy look certain to test Leipzig's determination to keep someone who has been a central figure in their success with a firm offer.

Keita has been touted as having a £70m price tag, although he has a £48m release clause in his contract that can be unlocked next summer.

But Leipzig insist the 22-year-old Guinea international will not be sold this summer after they qualified for this season's Champions League.

Read more on the BBC News website.

'At least 22' people killed in clashes in CAR

At least 22 people have been killed in three days of fighting in the town of Zemio in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR), reports Reuters news agency.

The fighting between armed Fulani herders and militia members, a member of parliament from the area and a local journalist said.

Gunfire began on Wednesday and continued into the following day and into today, Reuters adds.

German tourists stabbed in Tunisia

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Two German tourists were stabbed with a knife in an artisan market in the Tunisian coastal city of Nabeul this morning.

The incident does not appear to be terror related. The two victims of the stabbing are a mother and her 27- year-old daughter who are in Tunisia on holiday.

The attacker, believed to be a man in his late thirties, was arrested by the tourism police in the market where the incident took place.

A joint statement from the Ministry of Interior and Tourism in Tunis described the assailant as having mental health problems:

What happened has no connection to terrorism… the mother was lightly injured on the shoulder and has been treated."

The daughter sustained deeper wounds in the lower back and is in hospital, but the authorities have described her condition as stable.

The ministry of interior spokesman told local media that the preliminary investigation showed the assailant has been undergoing psychiatric care since 2011. The investigation is still ongoing.

Date set for Zuma no-confidence motion

A local media in South Africa is reporting that the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete has set 3 August to debate a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

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Opposition parties had gone to the constitutional court weeks ago to seek a ruling that would compel the speaker to allow lawmakers to vote in secret after she refused to accept their push.

The court ruled that the speaker has the power to order a secret ballot, which opposition members are hoping would free lawmakers from the ruling African National Congress to back their push to remove Mr Zuma, who has been facing growing pressure to resign over several alleged corruption scandals.

UN leaves Ivory Coast after 13 years

Tamasin Ford

BBC Africa, Abidjan

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After more than 13 years, the UN officially ends its mission in Ivory Coast today as the country is at peace.

It witnessed the country’s second civil war in 2010 and at its height it had more than 12,000 peacekeeping troops, police and UN staff on the ground.

UN peacekeepers arrived in 2004 when the country was already split in two.

Rebel forces controlled the north, the government controlled the south.

A second civil war in 2010 forced more than a million people from their homes and more than 3,000 were killed.

Aïchatou Mindaoudou is the last Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Ivory Coast. Se told me that the main achievement is that the country is united.

“Almost 67,000 ex combatants have been disarmed, demobilised and also reintegrated. For the first time in October 2015 an election has been organised since the crisis and it was organised without any incident.”

Ivory Coast may no longer be at war but some fear the country’s still not ready for the United Nations to leave.

There have been two army mutinies already this year, bringing the entire country to a halt.

Alleged Nigerian kingpin 'kidnapper' Evans sues police chief

An alleged head of a kidnapping ring in Lagos, Nigeria is suing the Inspector-General of Police.

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, who is better known as Evans, says he was unlawfully detained and a subject of trial by media.

He stated that he should be charged or released.

Police have told the BBC that they obtained an order from the Federal High Court to hold him for three months to enable them carry out investigations.

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Other Ugandan celebrities who became politicians

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Judith Babirye
Judith Babirye
Judith Babirye went from gospel star to MP

We reported earlier that Ugandan Afrobeats singer Bobi Wine has been elected as an MP in a by-election. It's a bit of a trend in Uganda for celebrities to turn to politics. Here are few of the others:

  • Gospel Musician Judith Babirye is now MP for Buikwe District. The soulful singer had never indicated she would become a politician until the 2015-2016 campaign period. She campaigned on the ruling NRM ticket and won. Her music is popular with all Ugandans, Christian or not, and is played even at weddings.

  • Kato Lubwama, stage-actor, comedian, radio presenter and voice-artist is MP for Lubaga South, a division in Kampala. Mr Lubwama was a presenter on Buganda Kingdom-owned Central Broadcasting Corporation radio, a very entertaining current affairs show, and a member of the Diamond Ensemble theater group. He has always been an active member of the opposition Democratic Party, and beat veteran politician John Ken Lukyamuzi.

  • General Elly Tumwine, one of the army representatives in parliament, is also a singer, painter, fashion designer, and a former director of the National Theater.

  • Radio presenter Peter Ssematimba, also a former musician, had been elected MP for Busiro South, Wakiso District, though he lost his seat in a post-election petition that contested his academic qualifications.

Challenging the narrative of African art

Angolan artists Binelde Hyrcan and Paulo Kussy are challenging the stereotype of what African art should look like.

The two artists whose works have found fans beyond their home country were featured on BBC's Africa Business Report programme:

Winnie Mandela forces Zuma and Ramaphosa to shake hands

The ex-wife of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, appears to have forced South African President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to shake hands on stage:

You can watch the video here and decide for yourself:

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The two were on stage at the ruling ANC party's policy conference in Johannesburg.

Mr Ramaphosa is vying to replace Mr Zuma and has been lambasting the president for his links with the wealthy Gupta family.

One of the revelations in the emails, known as GuptaLeaks, is that President Zuma was hoping to take up residency in the United Arab Emirates. A claim that was denied.

Others appear to show that the Gupta family exerts undue influence over the government.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Tanzania 'to pass mining laws next week'


Tanzania's parliament should pass three bills next week that would allow the country to force mining and energy companies to renegotiate their contracts, Justice Minister Palamagamba Kabudi told Reuters news agency.

Many major multinational companies could be affected by the new laws, Reuters adds.

President John Magufuli sacked the mining minister in May.

Earlier this month, a presidential commission said Tanzania has lost 188 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($84bn) over 19 years due to mining companies under-reporting the amount of minerals they have been exporting, something the companies dispute.

Uber launches selfie feature 'to protect Kenyan passengers'

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Ride-hailing service Uber is rolling out a face recognition feature on its app to help verify its registered drivers and prevent impostors from picking up passengers, business site Quartz reports.

The article explains that the new safety feature asks drivers to “periodically” take selfies in the Uber app before they accept rides.

If the photo of the driver doesn’t match the one registered to the account, then that account is blocked, it says.

The same feature has also been rolled out in India and China.

'Appeals for refugee crises not fully funded'

Thomas Fessy

BBC News

The Norwegian Refugee Council has warned that less than one third of the needs for emergency assistance across the world has been covered halfway into the year.

The UN and humanitarian organisations have appealed for $23bn (£18bn) this year but $15bn are still missing.

The charity says that the appeals for DR Congo, Sudan, Chad, Cameroon and Mali are all less than 25% covered. The charity describes them as "neglected crises".

In Cameroon, where the security forces are fighting the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, it says, the lack of funding has resulted in cuts in food rations.

In Congo, where more than a million people have been forced out of their homes by the violence in the central Kasai province, it says many displaced children are not able to go to school.

The charity says the funding gap will claim lives that could have been easily spared.

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People have left their homes to live in camps in Kasai

Kenyans march to demand justice for murdered lawyer


Rights activists have marched through Kenya's capital Nairobi to demand justice for Willie Kimani who was brutally murdered last year alongside his client and driver.

The incident put the police on the spot over extra-judicial killings and five policemen have been charged with murder.

The protestors from the rights group International Justice Mission (IJM) took a petition against extra-judicial killings to the office of the Inspector General of police and the president's office.


Mr Kimani's client had filed a complaint against a police officer. The three men were reportedly kidnapped after a court appearance in June last year.

Tortured bodies of the three men were later recovered from Ol Donyo Sabuk river in central Kenya a week after they were reported missing.

A plaque to honour Mr Kimani as a fallen hero of justice was also unveiled at the Supreme Court museum:


How 'Ghetto President' Bobi Wine became an MP

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Bobi Wine has always described his craft as ‘edutainment’ - entertainment that educates. One of his earliest hits, Kadingo, is a song about personal hygiene.

Wine grew up in a poor neighbourhood in Kamwokya, Central Kampala, and maybe that is what triggered in him an awareness of the plight of the poor.

Even as he became more famous, he kept his recording studio in his old neighbourhood and earned the title “The Ghetto President".

He and his wife Barbara have been involved in supporting art and education in the Kamwokya slum, as well as water and sanitation projects across the country.

In 2011, an election year, he released Obululu Tebutwawula, meaning that the election and the different political leanings, should not be cause for divisions among Ugandans.

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In 2012, following operations by the Kampala Capital City Authority to evict roadside vendors, Bobi Wine released the song Tugambire Ku Jennifer, with a veiled message to Ms Jennifer Musisi, the authority’s Executive Director, that the city belonged to all Ugandans.

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In the run up to the 2016 general elections, when many of Uganda’s famous musicians recorded Tubonga Nawe in praise of President Yoweri Museveni, and went on the incumbent’s campaign trail, Bobi Wine was one of those who refused to hop on the wagon.

He instead released Dembe, condemning election violence, blaming political leaders who let it happen on their watch, and saying that a peaceful transition was possible.

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But perhaps the song that made many Ugandans suspect Wine wanted to take an active role in politics was Situka, released in March 2016.

It has an uplifting beat and opens with lyrics about taking an opposition stance, when your leaders become "misleaders".

Gbagbi wins gold in taekwondo for Ivory Coast

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Ruth Gbagbi
Gbagbi won bronze at last year's Olympics.

Ivory Coast's Ruth Gbagbi has won gold at the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea after she beat Iran Kimia Alizadeh in the women's lightweight final.

Not such good news for her compatriot Cheick Sallah Cisse - who won gold in Rio last year - this time he lost in the round of 32 in the men's welterweight category.

Meanwhile Tunisia's Oussama Oueslati, who claimed bronze at the Olympics in the same category last year, was knocked out before the quarter finals.

Gbagbi's medal today goes with the gold won yesterday by Niger's Abdoul Razak Issoufou and bronze for Gabon's Anthony Obame as the Championships came to an end today.

Kenyan security guard fired 'for insisting VIP undergoes security check'


A Kenyan security guard has sued her employer after she was allegedly dismissed for insisting that a government minister undergoes a security check at the country's main airport while trying to catch a domestic flight, the Standard newspaper reports.

Daisy Cherogony is reported to have insisted that Education Minister Fred Matiang'i queue and undergo security checks like other passengers in an incident on 6 April.

Her employer, Kenya's Airport Authority (KAA), dismissed her on 11 May on grounds of gross misconduct for mistreating and humiliating the minister.

In her court documents filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court, Ms Cherogony says she was accused of making a mistake that does not exist and was victimised and discriminated against by KAA, the Standard reports.

She says that according to the airport security manual, government ministers do not qualify for any preferential treatment unless they have special passes.

Ms Cherogony said the minister, accompanied by an airport police inspector and his security team, had tried to force their way instead of waiting in line like other passengers:

He (Matiang'i) did not want to follow the queue but wanted special treatment despite the fact that it was raining and people were complaining."

She now wants the court to declare her termination unfair and to award her $23,000 (£17,000) for wrongful dismissal.

She accuses KAA of frustrating her efforts to claim her job benefits.

The airport authority body has 15 days to respond to the suit.

Saudi Arabia extends migrant amnesty

Ethiopians leaving
Ethiopians have been employed in Saudi Arabia in building and domestic work.

Saudi Arabia yesterday extended the 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants, reports the Ethiopian government linked news site Fana.

The amnesty ended on Tuesday but thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after it expired without all of them leaving, the Ethiopian government has said.

Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC that the government has asked for the amnesty to be extended.

The initial amnesty started on 29 March.

During this period any one in breach of the country's residency and labour rules or regulations would be free to leave without facing any penalties.

Arab News reports that the amnesty has been extended by 30 days.

ANC conference starts

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

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ANC Veterans have threatened to boycott the conference

In Johannesburg, South Africa, the governing party the African National Congress (ANC) is holding a policy conference for the next six days.

But the deep divisions of in-fighting and factionalism are threatening to reduce the meeting into a public squabble about the future leadership of the party.

The ANC goes into this policy conference divided between those who support president Jacob Zuma and those who prefer his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

The delegates are going to discuss land reform, inclusive economic growth, health and education with the aim of dealing with the massive unemployment, poverty and inequality largely emanating from the legacy of apartheid.

But some of the party's stalwarts, who had already called for President Zuma to step down, said that they will boycott the gathering.

They had requested that the first two days be dedicated to discussing so-called state capture - where cabinet ministers have been accused of being involved in dodgy government contracts, for personal gain.

But said they were ignored by the current leadership.

In reaction, the ANC said that the stay-away by the veterans of the liberation movement, will be a missed opportunity for them to raise their concerns.

The party has been dogged by a litany of corruption scandals in recent years.

Ugandan musician elected MP

Ugandan musician and Afrobeats star Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, best known as Bobi Wine, has won a by-election in Kyadondo East in central Uganda.

Wine, who ran as an independent candidate, beat four challengers by garnering 25,659 votes of 33,310 cast, reports Ugandan newspaper New Vision.

The newspaper adds that he said after being declared winner that he wants to focus on uniting people:

The first thing I want to do is to reconcile the leaders of Kyadondo East... I want politics to bring us together... just like music does."

The seat was declared vacant last year after a court ruled that the election had violated electoral rules, reported New Vision.

FDC leader Kizza Besigye tweeted his congratulation message:

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Wine began his music career in early 2000s.

Following the 2016 election he released a song titled Situka, which means rise up in Luganda.

Part of the lyrics include a challenge to Ugandans to play an active role in fighting corruption and injustice in their country:

When the going gets tough, the tough must get going, especially when our leaders have become misleaders and mentors have become tormentors. When freedom of expression is met with suppression and oppression. "

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African Union boss warns about funding terrorism

BBC World Service

Alpha Conde
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The head of the African Union, Alpha Conde, who has offered to mediate in the crisis between Qatar and some of its neighbours, has told the BBC it is vital to tackle terrorism and the sources of its funding.

Mr Conde, who is the president of Guinea, did not say whether he believed Qatar was financing terrorists, as Saudi Arabia and its allies have alleged.

He said African countries could help mediate, as they were the ones who suffered the most from terrorism.

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

When you are on the back of an elephant, do not think there is no dew on the grass."

A Chewa proverb sent by Chikondi Sato in Blantyre, Malawi

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