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Summary

  1. Ugandan president says he has never been sick in 31 years
  2. Malawi's former president 'says she is innocent of corruption'
  3. Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike'
  4. Nigerian military chiefs relocate to Boko Haram heartland
  5. China opens military base in Djibouti
  6. Tobacco giant faces fraud investigation
  7. Sierra Leone police ban jogging
  8. US offer help in investigation of Kenya election IT head's death

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By Clare Spencer and Natasha Booty

All times stated are UK

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    We’ll be back tomorrow

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

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The one who knows the road is the one who has walked it. from A Xhosa proverb sent by Mzuvukile, Maqetuka in Johannesburg, South Africa
    A Xhosa proverb sent by Mzuvukile, Maqetuka in Johannesburg, South Africa

    And we leave you with this selfie by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni taken today at a Commonwealth youth ministers meeting in Kampala:

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  2. Victim's dying hours in Kenyan ambulance made into film

    In October 2015 a young man died in an ambulance after spending 18 hours inside the vehicle.

    This event inspired the movie "18 Hours". It follows a rookie paramedic who tried to help the victim of a road crash.

    In a series about low budget films, Kenyan film director Njue Kevin and producer Phoebe Ruguru told BBC Minute about making their first feature film:

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    Video caption: Using real-life events to inspire your work
  3. Rapper Wale defends spraying daughter with money

    Nigerian-American rapper Wale has hit back at those who have criticised him for showering his daughter with money at her birthday party.

    "That's just a little bit of that ignorance you get in this country [the US] sometimes, for other cultures. I'm used to it," he told US entertainment site TMZ.

    "You've just got to respect other people's traditions on all levels before you speak on it. I'm proud of where I come from. That's just what we do, that's all I knew from when I was growing up," Wale added.

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    Money spraying is a widespread phenomenon at some Nigerian parties and celebrations, says Bola Mosuro of BBC Focus on Africa radio:

    "Some like it, some don't," she says.

    "It's used as a way to show love and appreciation for the celebrant, their parents or even musicians playing at the party.

    "Most people use $1 bills, sometimes it's lower denomination Naira [Nigeria's currency], but generally people aren't using large amounts of money.

    "In some people's eyes it is sometimes done in a vulgar way, and recently a video went viral showing a couple tossing money in a way that many deemed excessive.

    "A minority have been said to use spraying machines, but on the whole most would do it discretely by placing the notes on the body.

    "Ultimately it's a matter of choice," Bola explains.

    And speaking of party traditions, one of Wale's best known songs reinterprets the West African party classic, Bunny Mack's Let Me Love You:

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  4. Malawi's former president 'says she is innocent of corruption'

    Malawi's former president Joyce Banda had denied any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, reports Reuters news agency.

    "I will be coming back because I never did anything wrong and I am innocent," Ms Banda told Reuters.

    Malawi's police said yesterday that they had unearthed credible evidence which "raises reasonable suspicion" she committed offences "relating to abuse of office and money laundering".

    It is in connection with the $250m (£190m) "cashgate" corruption scandal where officials were convicted of syphoning off public funds.

    She told Reuters that she will return to Malawi.

    Ms Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a distinguished fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.

    "I am the only President who got to the bottom of corruption and instituted the first-ever commission of inquiry into corruption," she added.

    Joyce Banda
  5. Who was the woman found with murdered Kenyan Chris Msando?

    We have been reporting all day on the fall-out after the murder of Kenya's electronic voting system boss Chris Msando.

    But a woman also died with him.

    CCTV footage has revealed that Mr Msando drove around the city in the company of two men and a woman into the early hours of Saturday.

    Later that day, police recovered his body and that of a 21-year-old female student and moved them to a public mortuary, but it took two days to identify them.

    The name of the student was Carol Ngumbu, President Kenyatta confirmed in a statement.

    The Daily Nation reports that she had just completed her studies at Kenya Medical Training College.

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    Ms Ngumbu's sister Jedida Wanjiku told the Daily Nation that they last talked on the phone at around 7pm, when Carol told her she was going to have a few drinks with Mr Msando.

    Carol and Mr Msando had been friends for months, said Ms Wanjiku.

    Ms Wanjiku said she realised her sister was missing on Saturday after Carol's male friends called looking for her but her phone was off.

  6. Nigerian mobile payment app gets $10m funding

    A payment processing app created by a 26-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur has received $10m (£7.6m) from US investors.

    Flutterwave was launched last year, and co-founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji says the funding will be used to expand the app across Africa and the rest of the world.

    "On the internet, anyone can build a global business from anywhere," Mr Aboyeji is quoted as saying on news site Disrupt Africa.

    The software works as a virtual middle-man: consumers pay for items in their local currency, and because banks and payment-service providers are integrated into the platform, there is relatively less cost and hassle involved for the businesses that use it.

    Disrupt Africa quotes Mr Aboyeji as saying: “Flutterwave’s global payments solutions will make it easier for Africans to participate in the digital economy so you can make and accept payments for whatever you want, in whatever currency or payment method you want, across the globe.”

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  7. Zambia hits out at Malema calling president a dictator

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    Julius Malema
    Image caption: Mr Malema called Mr Lungu a dictator

    The Zambian government has reacted sharply to Julius Malema’s remarks that President Edgar Lungu was a “coward” who was opposed to dissenting views.

    At the weekend Mr Malema, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in South Africa, labelled Mr Lungu a dictator and compared him to leaders of the apartheid regime.

    His remarks come after the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of Zambia's biggest opposition party, after a row over Mr Lungu’s motorcade. He faces treason charges.

    The Zambian government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga says the accusations are baseless because no one is being harassed.

    She hit out at Mr Malema:

    Quote Message: Mr Malema should realise that Zambians are politically mature and are capable of dealing with their own issues if any, and cannot stoop so low as to ask for help from political charlatans and unruly individuals like Mr Malema.”
  8. Political turmoil 'affecting foreign investment' into South Africa

    BBC World Service

    Lesetja Kganyago

    The governor of South Africa's central bank says the country's political turmoil is affecting foreign investment.

    Lesetja Kganyago told a parliamentary committee that what was previously a dip in local investment confidence had now switched to include foreign capital inflows.

    President Jacob Zuma faces a further no-confidence motion in parliament next week amid ongoing corruption allegations.

    South Africa is the continent's most industrialised economy but slipped into recession earlier this year.

  9. What's going on at Kenya's 'political park'?

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Members of the group meet to debate

    As elections approach, things are hotting up in Nairobi's Jevanjee Gardens.

    This is the place where small and intense groups of mostly male political enthusiasts huddle together to debate the latest events and issues of the day.

    Known as Bunge la Mwananchi (The People's Parliament) these groups have been meeting every day, and have their roots in Kenya's push for multi-party democracy back in the 1990s.

    One man named Oyala told me:

    "This is a liberated area. Anyone can say anything here. There is nothing like hate speech here. We express ourselves truthfully."

    Despite their informality, Bunge la Mwananchi have structures and members take it in turns to act as group spokesperson for the day.

    The entrance to the park

    Over the years the meetings have expanded and outgrown the park. Breakaway groups which had relocated to the city center were banned by police in June over security concerns.

    Some of those who broke away have since returned to the park.

    I asked one man how members earn a living if they spend hours at the park. He said that most of them have jobs but "they can't wait to meet at the park". Another told me he left work early today to join today's discussions.

    What do they make of the political debate on Kenyan TV?

    "They are armchair analysts. They don't know what are talking about," Oyala said.

    He later added that some top politicians cut their teeth at the Bunge la Mwananchi.

    Most members I talked to said that, despite their divergent and strong views, they are a strong knit community and look after each other.

    When I left the park, I spotted another group gathering and getting ready to start another debate.

  10. Kenyan president 'deeply saddened' by Msando's death

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is "deeply shocked and saddened" by the murder of Chris Msando.

    Mr Msando was in charge of the electronic voting system for Kenya's election before he was found dead at the weekend.

    Mr Kenyatta said in a statement that "Chris was a man who gave himself to the service of his country, and its institutions".

    He urged the public to "allow investigations to proceed calmly".

    "Careless speculation in this time of grief only makes the work of investigators harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved him," he said.

    The election is only a few days away and Mr Kenyatta added that "this is not the time to allow a tragedy such as this to divide us".

    He added that Kenyans should make sure "that the ideal for which he lived - the free and fair choice of our leaders - is realised".

    protesters
    Image caption: People were at a rally for Mr Msando earlier today
  11. Angola accepts a reduced EU election team

    President Jose Eduardo dos Santos addresses a rally
    Image caption: Angola's long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down after this month's presidential elections

    Angola says it will allow four experts from the European Union (EU) to monitor its elections later this month, AFP news agency reports.

    "The EU will only send a small mission... We cannot really speak of observers, only experts. A real mission of observers is 200 people," a European diplomatic source told AFP.

    The agreement was reached after extended talks, AFP adds, and comes two weeks after the Angolan government rejected outright any EU observer mission.

    The initial dispute was over access to polling stations and other conditions.

    President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for more than 37 years, has said he will step down after the vote takes place on 23 August.

  12. Enninful becomes first male editor of Vogue

    British-Ghanaian Edward Enninful has officially started his new job as editor of British Vogue today:

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    He's the first male editor in the magazine's history.

    The fashion world will be watching with interest to see what Enninful does as editor - his first move this morning was to launch Vogue on Snapchat.

    Enninful has already been busy making some changes at the top of Vogue in the last few months.

    For starters, he's hired Naomi Campbell, Steve McQueen, Kate Moss and Adwoa Aboah as contributing editors - just a few names in the huge overhaul of the editorial team.

    Read more: Five things Vogue's new editor will focus on.

    Adwoa Aboah on the red carpet
    Image caption: Model and mental health campaigner Adwoa Aboah is joining Enninful's team
  13. Shrine belonging to 'killer' cult discovered

    Police in Lagos say they have discovered a shrine belonging to suspected members of a group known as the Badoo cult.

    Officials discovered graves, fetishes and sacrificial objects at the site in the Ikorodu neighbourhood of Lagos, according to Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper, which also reports that four members of the group were arrested following the raid.

    The Badoo cult members are regarded as suspects in the murder of a family of four which happened in the same neighbourhood on Sunday, Nigeria's Premium Times reports.

    Other than confirming two arrests to local media, police have yet to release an official statement with details of the ongoing investigation.

    Animal skulls for sale at a market
    Image caption: Animal skulls are sometimes used as fetishes in ritual ceremonies
  14. Migrants 'storm border fence from Morocco into Spain'

    African migrants react after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.

    Around 200 migrants stormed a high fence between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta early this morning, reports AFP news agency.

    A spokesperson for the Spanish government told AFP that 73 people managed to get through and 18 people were injured.

    The migrants used "wire cutters and mallets to cut through the doors" in the high double fence, he added.

    Jesus Moron from Reuters news agency had taken these photos of the incident this morning:

    African migrants react after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.
    African migrants listen to a police officer after crossing the border from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017.
    A policeman looks at an African migrant"s injuries sustained while crossing the border fence from Morocco to Spain"s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, early August 1, 2017

    Ceuta and Melilla, have the EU's only land borders with Africa.

  15. Nigerian military chiefs relocate to birthplace of Boko Haram

    Naziru Mikailu

    BBC Abuja editor

    Nigerian soldier in Maiduguri

    Nigeria’s military chiefs have relocated to the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of militant group Boko Haram.

    Acting President Yemi Osinbajo asked them to move to region last week after the insurgents killed more than 50 people including a number of oil explorers working for the state oil firm.

    An army spokesman told the BBC Hausa service that chief of defence staff, plus the chief of army and air staff landed in the city this morning to oversee a large-scale operation against the militants.

  16. Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike'

    BBC World Service

    Somali officials say a key al-Shabab commander has been killed in an American airstrike.

    A statement from the US Africa Command did not name the dead man, but said one fighter had been killed near Tortorow in southern Somalia.

    The country's information minister Abdulrahman Omar said the target was a commander called Ali Jabal, who was believed to be responsible for attacks around the capital, Mogadishu.

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump gave the US military greater powers to carry out targeted strikes in support of partner forces in Somalia.

    Somali forces
    Image caption: The US military now has more power to partner with Somali forces
  17. China formally opens first overseas military base in Djibouti

    Map of Djibouti

    China formally opened its first overseas military base today with a flag raising ceremony in Djibouti, reports Reuters news agency.

    China began construction of a logistics base in Djibouti last year.

    It will be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular, Reuters adds.

    It is China's first overseas naval base, though Beijing officially describes it as a logistics facility, Reuters quotes state media as saying.

    The report said that the base will enable China to better support its patrols in waters off Somalia and Yemen and carried out its international humanitarian obligations.

    Even though Djibouti is a relatively small country, it already has a French and American military base.

    Read more: Why are there so many military bases in Djibouti?

  18. South African teams confirmed in expanded rugby tournament

    BBC Sport

    Scarlets beat Munster 46-22 in the 2017 Pro12 play-off final
    Image caption: Scarlets beat Munster 46-22 in the 2017 Pro12 play-off final

    The Pro12 will be expanded to include South African side Southern Kings and Cheetahs from September, organisers have confirmed.

    The expanded tournament will be called the Pro14 and see the teams split into two conferences of seven made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.

    The conferences have been decided based on last season's results.

    Cheetahs and Kings will play their home games in South Africa.

    The first round of matches is due to be played on the weekend of 1-3 September, with the first fixtures to be announced on 7 August.

    It is understood the addition of the two new teams will bring in an extra £6m ($4.5m) a year in revenue.

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  19. Senegal's voters still waiting for election results

    Alex Duval Smith

    BBC News

    An election helper sits next to an urn filled with ballots at a polling station in Dakar on July 30, 2017, during general elections.
    Image caption: Senegalese voters went to the polls on Sunday

    Voters in Senegal are still waiting to hear the final result of Sunday’s parliamentary election, which the country’s prime minister claims was won by the ruling coalition of President Macky Sall.

    So far the interior ministry, which releases results on behalf of the electoral commission, has not yet held its much-awaited press conference to announce final figures. It had been expected to take place at noon on Monday.

    Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne claimed on Monday afternoon that the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition had ‘’emerged victorious’’ on a high turnout of 54%.

    The election was largely peaceful and despite the delay in releasing the results, people have remained calm.

    But there’s suspense in Dakar where supporters of the jailed mayor, Khalifa Sall, mounted an energetic campaign in his honour.

    Khalifa Sall is awaiting trial on charges of misspending city funds. A victory for his camp would potentially pave the way for him to secure immunity from prosecution and put him in pole position for the 2019 presidential election.

    The parliamentary election featured campaigning by former president, Abdoulaye Wade, aged 91, who returned to Senegal from France to head an opposition list of candidates.

    Several religious parties also ran and early indications suggest two of them won between five and seven seats in the 165-seat parliament.

    Read more: Why election results in Africa are so slow

  20. Africa's sick presidents

    Museveni
    Image caption: Mr Museveni says he hasn't been sick in 31 years

    Earlier today we reported that Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has been bragging that he hasn't been sick for his entire presidency.

    This may seem strange to some, until you consider the number of presidents who have been sick just this year.

    We already mentioned Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's long sojourn in London for treatment for an undisclosed illness.

    But there are quite a few to add to that list.

    The presidents of Angola, Zimbabwe, Benin and Algeria have travelled overseas for health reasons in the past year.

    Notably, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, has been criticised by his political opponents for running the country "from his hospital bed" after his third medical trip to Singapore this year.