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Summary

  1. Police issue arrest warrant for Malawi's Joyce Banda
  2. South Africa's opposition firebrand under fire for remarks about Indians
  3. God 'speaks' to Zulu king
  4. Student denies defaming Zambia's leader on Facebook
  5. Kenya election IT head found dead
  6. More than 40 arrested in Nigeria for alleged homosexual acts
  7. Al-Shabab kills AU troops
  8. Avian flu strikes in Zimbabwe

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By Damian Zane and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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

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  2. SA race row over Malema's comments about Indians

    South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has rallied behind its firebrand leader Julius Malema after he came under heavy criticism for comments he made about Indians in the country's KwaZulu-Natal province.

    Mr Malema accused them of racism, exploiting their African workers and monopolising the economy in KwaZul-Natal, where most South African Indians live, the IOL news site reported.

    Mr Malema made the comments on Saturday at a rally in the province's main city, Durban, to celebrate the EFF's fourth anniversary.

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    Image caption: Mr Malema (second from left) portrays himself as a champion of the poor

    Ravi Pillay, a senior member of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and a provincial government minister, accused Mr Malema of being a "dangerous populist", IOL reported.

    Ashin Singh, the convener of the SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem), said the group would lay criminal charges against Mr Malema and would take him to the Equality Court, the news site added.

    In a statement, the EFF said it backed Mr Malema's comments condemning the "exploitation and racism that Africans suffer from many Indian people, in particular South African Indian businesses".

    Mr Malema has retweeted the statement

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  3. 'We didn't have any money but we had a phone'

    BBC Minute has been looking at low budget film-making.

    It caught up with Kenya's Phoebe Ruguru and Kevin Njue who are working on their first feature film 18 Hours inspired by a road crash victim in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    Their first short film Saidia won Best Young Film Maker at the Unchosen Film Competition in London.

    It shone a spotlight on modern day slavery and was shot entirely using a phone camera.

    Listen to her experience:

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    Video caption: 'We didn't have any money but we had a phone'
  4. Visiting a potential flashpoint of violence in Kenya

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    A woman walks past a shop with a message of peace painted recently by local street artist Solomon Muyundo, also known as Solo7, on its door in Kibera slum, one of the opposition leader Raila Odinga"s strongholds in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 23 July 2017
    Image caption: The opposition commands huge support in Kibera

    Kibera slum in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been marked as a potential flashpoint for violence in the fiercely contested 8 August general election.

    But as I meandered through the traffic with my taxi driver, the area - a stronghold of main opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga - was nothing short of being lively and noisy, as it has always been.

    Hawkers were selling their wares and the notorious mini-buses, or matatus, were playing loud music and blaring their horns, mostly for no reason.

    There were, however, evident political undertones in the cacophony of activities, as political campaign songs blared from several shops.

    I was in Kibera to meet a group of young journalists working for an upcoming community news hub called Habari Kibra, who would be voting for the first time.

    Their reasons for planning to vote ranged from wanting to just take part in an activity that is the hallmark of democracy to voting for candidates who represent the issues they care about most.

    This group was also divided on whether the election - in which Mr Odinga is hoping to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta - will pass without any major incident.

  5. Investigation demanded after South Africa football deaths

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport

    Emergency service marshals and vehicles leave from the FNB stadium where two people died during a stampede which occurred at one of the entrances to the stadium on July 29, 2017 in Johannesburg.
    Image caption: The emergency services were at the scene shortly after Saturday's accident

    The presidents of South Africa's Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs football clubs have asked South Africa's Premier Soccer League to launch an investigation into how two fans died in a crush while entering the stadium during a match between the sides.

    The crush on Saturday came moments after Chiefs scored against Pirates in a pre-season game.

    It was blamed on fans without the right tickets gaining entry to the FNB stadium, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final.

    Speaking in Johannesburg today, Pirates' president Irvin Khoza said "no stone will be left unturned".

    Khoza is also president of the Premier Soccer League, meaning that he has asked to be recused from any inquiry.

    The same applies to Chiefs' president Kaizer Motaung, who sits on the league's executive board.

    On Saturday, the South African FA also promised a full investigation into the tragedy.

  6. Kenyan superstar out of World Athletics Championships

    Kenyan 800m world record holder David Rudisha has pulled out of the World Athletics Championships that are due to start in London on Friday.

    Rudisha, who is the Olympic and defending world champion, announced on Twitter that he was injured:

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    His absence from London could dent Kenya's chances of repeating their feat of topping the medals table, BBC Africa sport's Nick Cavell says.

    In Beijing in 2015 they got seven golds and 16 medals over all.

    Rudisha will be missed by the fans in London too - it was at the same stadium during the 2012 Olympics that e broke the world record, running under one minute 41 seconds:

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  7. Kenya poll official was 'heinously murdered'

    Mortuary attendant stands next to the casket with body of Chris Musando, an IT manager at the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), at city mortuary, in Nairobi, Kenya, 31 July 2017.
    Image caption: Mortuary attendant stands next to the casket with the body of Mr Msando

    The "heinous murder" of the Kenyan electoral commission's IT head was an attempt to "drive a dagger in the heart" of next week's general election, the main opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) has said in a statement.

    It added that "no effort was made to camouflage this killing as an accident".

    This showed the "determination of the killers to send a chilling message that they will stop at nothing to ensure the outcome they desire," the statement added.

    Despite the "grave implications" of the killing, Nasa was confident that it would "accomplish the opposite and strengthen all Kenyans' will to demand free, fair and credible elections", the statement said.

    See earlier post for more details

    Read: Raila Odinga - love him or loathe him

  8. Senegal PM claims victory in parliamentary poll

    Senegal's Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne has said the governing coalition of President Macky Sall has won a landslide in Sunday's parliamentary elections, the AFP news agency reports.

    We were expecting an official announcement from the electoral commission earlier today but this was postponed.

  9. Shock and anger over Kenya killing

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Today was supposed to have been big a day for Chris Msando, the acting head of technology for Kenya’s electoral commission, whose mysterious death has shocked many people here.

    He was to have overseen the public testing of the much-vaunted voting system that is intended to eliminate rigging in next week's tightly contested general election.

    Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Director, Chris Musando and Pamela Awiti of Safran Morpho, address a news conference at the commission"s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2017.
    Image caption: The body of Mr Msando is said to have been mutilated

    A similar electronic system failed spectacularly in the 2013 election. It led to the manual counting of votes which, some argued, opened the way for rigging in the election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Mr Msando had only been in the job for two months, having taken over after his predecessor was suspended for refusing to cooperate with an audit firm that was cleaning the voters' register.

    His death will do little to assuage growing concerns about the commission's preparedness for the poll, and questions about its credibility are bound to arise.

    Mr Kenyatta is running for a second term against his long-standing rival Raila Odinga, with some polls predicting that it will be a tight race.

    Hours after Mr Msando's death was announced, local TV stations are still running the breaking news straps.

    Many people have expressed disgust at his death and suspect he was the victim of a targeted assassination, and on Twitter, his name and #RIPMsando are trending:

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  10. Malawi's ex-president wanted over 'money laundering'

    Joyce Banda
    Image caption: Joyce Banda was president from 2012 to 2014

    In issuing the arrest warrant for ex-President Joyce Banda, Malawi's police said they have "unearthed credible evidence" in connection with the $250m (£190m) cashgate corruption scandal which "raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering".

    Mrs Banda is outside the country and the police have said they will ask Interpol for help in getting her to come home, a journalist has tweeted.

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    Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi's history and involved the loss of some $250m of state money.

    Officials were accused of siphoning off the funds during the presidency of Mrs Banda.

    Mrs Banda has not commented on the allegations against her.

  11. BreakingMalawi police want to arrest ex-President Banda

    Police in Malawi have issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over a corruption scandal, known as cash-gate, during her time in office.

    A journalist has tweeted a police statement:

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  12. Zambian student denies insulting the president

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    Zambian President Edgar Lungu
    Image caption: President Edgar Lungu's critics accuse him of being authoritarian

    A Zambian student who has been arrested for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu using a fake Facebook account has denied the charges.

    Edward Makayi, an engineering student in the capital, Lusaka, appeared in court earlier today and denied the charges through his lawyer.

    It is alleged that Mr Makayi used an expletive while writing about Mr Lungu, and made serious allegations against the president.

    The court has granted him bail but he is still in custody until he meets the conditions, including a 2,000 kwacha ($220, £170) cash payment.

  13. Ex-footballer, warlord and model run for Liberia presidency

    After more than a decade in power, Africa's first female elected head of state, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is due to step down after October's presidential election.

    And we now know the full list of candidates vying to replace the Nobel Peace laureate, the AFP news agency reports.

    It says that there are 20 candidates but there are no front-runners.

    The most well known is former football star George Weah, who lost to Ms Johnson Srleaf in the 2005 election.

    Former warlord Prince Johnson is also hoping to become head of state.

    AFP says that there is only one woman on the list - MacDella Cooper, who used to be a model, but is now a charity worker.

    George Weah
    Image caption: This will be George Weah's second attempt to become president
  14. Kenya election official 'tortured and murdered'

    The head of IT for Kenya's election commission, who has been found dead, was "tortured and murdered", the AFP news agency quotes the head of the commission, Wafula Chebukati, as saying.

    Chris Msando went missing at the weekend and his body was identified at a morgue in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, today.

    Mr Chebukati said: "The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections."

    Kenya's closely-fought general election is due on 8 August.

    Mr Msando was working on a secure IT system that was meant to check the identity of voters and transmit the results.

    He had spent a lot of time on Kenyan media explaining the security of the system.

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  15. 'Gay arrests' in Nigeria condemned

    Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi, who sought asylum in the UK after fleeing Nigeria, has condemned the arrest of at least 40 men in Lagos, Nigeria, for alleged homosexual acts

    He has said in a statement that the men were arrested at a "special event for awareness raising on HIV testing for the gay community in Lagos".

    "The arrest is a complete violation of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians' freedom of association according to the chapter five of Nigeria's constitution."

    The idea that there were "caught in the act" is just sensationalism from the media, he added.

  16. The mysterious death of Kenyan election official

    Alastair Leithead

    BBC Africa correspondent

    Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Director, Chris Musando addresses a news conference at the commission"s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2017.
    Image caption: The body of Chris Msando was found on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi

    Chris Msando was the acting head of technology for Kenya’s electoral commission and had been a vocal supporter of the computerised voting system he’d helped develop.

    In the last election, the electronic system failed and there were accusations the result had been rigged.

    So, Mr Msando had been making regular appearances on Kenyan media to reassure the public that this time it could not be hacked nor duplicate votes counted.

    His death in mysterious circumstances just over a week before the general elections has raised questions.

    Polls suggest the result could be close between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his old rival, Raila Odinga.

    There’s tension across the country and fears there could be violent clashes between rival supporters if the election result does not go their way.

    Few expect the type of violence which killed more than 1,200 people in post-election violence 10 years ago.

    * Earlier posts incorrectly spelled Msando as Musando. We regret the error.

  17. Protests at SA coffin attack trial

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Victor Mlotshwa
    Image caption: Victor Mlotshwa says he was walking home when he was kidnapped and assaulted

    Supporters of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are holding separate protests outside a court to demand lengthy sentences for two white farmers accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive.

    Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including assault, attempted murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

    Their trial is under way in the small town of Delmas in South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

    They're accused of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it on fire. They claim he threatened to kill their families.

    During their bail application, Mr Oosthuizen and Mr Jackson said they didn’t mean the victim any harm and the impact of their action was negligible.

    The incident was captured on a mobile phone. The video went viral, causing widespread outrage. The video was admitted as evidence to the court.

    The accused were granted bail of $76 (£58) earlier this month.

    See earlier post for more details.

  18. Ugandan troops killed in al-Shabab ambush

    African Union-United Nations Information Support team handout 27 February 2012, Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) walk along a road during an advance on the central Somali town of Buur-Hakba.
    Image caption: Ugandan troops are in Somalia to help defeat militant Islamists

    The Ugandan military says 12 of its soldiers were killed and seven others injured in an ambush by al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia on Sunday.

    The troops were part of an African Union peacekeeping force carrying out a joint operation with soldiers from Somalia.

    Al-Shabab had earlier said it had killed 39 soldiers. The numbers can't be verified.

    Sunday's attack came as a car bomb exploded in one of the busiest streets of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least six people and injuring at least 10 more.

    See earlier post for more details

  19. Zambian students stranded in India

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    At least 36 Zambian students are stranded in India after failing to get clearance from their universities to return, Zambia's high commissioner to India, Judith Kapijimpanga, has said.

    Most of them were stranded because their parents had failed to pay their university fees, while others had failed examinations but were too scared to tell their parents, she added.

    Some students had also committed crimes, such as taking drugs, Mrs Kapijimpanga said.

    The government planned to engage with India's foreign ministry to get the students back home, she said.

  20. Dead Kenyan official: People demand answers

    The BBC's Anthony Irungu has sent us these pictures from outside the mortuary in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where the body of the missing electoral commission official Chris Musando is being held.

    People outside a building
    Man outside mortuary

    Our reporter says that some of the people are friends and relatives of Mr Musando and are demanding to know more about his death.

    See earlier post