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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    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: You are not harmed by a cruel word but by the person who said it." from A Kinyarwanda proverb sent by Jean Pierre Afadhali in Kigali, Rwanda
    A Kinyarwanda proverb sent by Jean Pierre Afadhali in Kigali, Rwanda

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    And we leave you with this incredible tree in Cape Town, South Africa:

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  2. Kenyatta: 'I will not tolerate anarchy'

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed that he will not allow the country to slide into anarchy, as tensions rise ahead of tomorrow's presidential election run-off.

    In a televised address, he added: "I call on each and every one of us to turn out and vote."

    His main rival Raila Odinga has called on people to stay at home, saying the poll will not be free and fair.

    Kenyan President and the leader of the ruling Jubilee party Uhuru Kenyatta (C) waves at his supporters during his last campaign tour in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 October 2017.
    Image caption: Mr Kenyatta is set to win a second term in the poll denounced by Mr Odinga as a sham
  3. US envoy delivers 'harsh message' to South Sudan

    James Copnall

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley (2ndL) talks with a UN official during her visit at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba, South Sudan, on October 25, 2017.
    Image caption: Ms Haley visited a site for displaced people on her visit to Juba

    The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, says she delivered a harsh message to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir when she met him in Juba today.

    Nikki Haley was direct.

    She said the US no longer trusted the South Sudanese government, and was no longer prepared to wait for change.

    Talking to UN radio, she said President Kiir and his military needed to act immediately to stop the violence and abuses in the country.

    She said Mr Kiir had to show he was the president of everyone in South Sudan, not just one group.

    Mr Kiir is frequently accused of favouring his Dinka ethnic group.

    Ms Haley did not say, in public at least, how she intended to persuade Mr Kiir to change.

    But her visit is meant to show that the US intends to make a renewed diplomatic effort on South Sudan.

    The US helped South Sudan win independence in 2011, but a civil war broke out two years later.

  4. Clooney donates $1m to fight war criminals

    George Clooney

    Hollywood actor George Clooney has given $1m (£750,000) to The Sentry campaign group to investigate people who finance and benefit from conflict in Africa.

    In a statement, he said:

    Quote Message: Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don’t pay. We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives.
    Quote Message: When we’re able to go after the warlords’ wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption.”

    This doesn't come completely out-of-the-blue, as the actor has involved himself in African politics before.

    Clooney has been involved in using satellites tomonitor military movement across the border between Sudan and South Sudan, as Newsweek reported in 2011.

    He also lobbied the US government about the Darfur crisis back in 2006, when Barack Obama was a senator.

    George Clooney and Barack Obama in 2006 Clooney joined Sen. Sam Brownback and Sen. Barack Obama in discussing the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan
  5. Jubilee Party: 'Odinga is a tribal king'

    A Supporter of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta attends a Jubilee Party campaign caravan rally in Nairobi, Kenya October 23, 2017

    Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party has denounced the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader, Raila Odinga, as a "tribal king" who was trying to subvert the constitution by calling for a boycott of tomorrow's presidential election re-run.

    In a hard-hitting statement after a day of high drama, the Jubilee Party called on voters to "put to shame the Nasa scheme" and added:

    Quote Message: This is not a banana republic... Our constitution did not envisage a scenario that some tribal king can mobilize his ethnic enclave of 3.5 counties to blackmail the remaining 43.5 counties.
    Quote Message: We must all come out and vote and show these saboteurs of the constitution that Kenya is bigger than the ambitions of one individual."
    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, greets his supporters during a rally at the Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya October 25, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Odinga comes from the Luo ethnic group
  6. Drones used to protect animals from poachers

    An aerial drone company believes it can deter poachers from killing endangered wildlife.

    BBC World Hacks looked into it:

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    Video caption: Drones are being used to protect elephants and rhinos from poachers.
  7. Ugandan opposition leader released

    Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who has been charged with inciting violence, has been freed on bail after six nights in detention.

    Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper has tweeted that he was then blocked by police from leaving court:

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    Five other people were given bail along with Mr Besigye, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

    AFP adds that Mr Besigye was arrested last week after an opposition supporter was killed during a protest which the authorities declared illegal, in Rukungiri, western Uganda.

    The protesters were marching against a ruling party plan to amend the constitution to remove presidential age limits, a move that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand for a sixth consecutive term in 2021.

  8. Kenya's opposition a 'resistance movement'

    Kenya's main opposition leader Raila Odinga has declared that his National Super Alliance - which is made up of various political parties - has turned into a "resistance movement", a BBC correspondent has tweeted from his rally in the capital, Nairobi:

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  9. Odinga urges Kenyans to stay at home

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on a crowd at a rally in Nairobi to “not participate in any way in the election” tomorrow.

    He called on people to either stay at home, or go somewhere to pray.

    He said people should not take to the streets to protest because there was a "bloodthirsty regime" which would "massacre" them.

    Mr Odinga said there was an "electoral dictatorship" and he again denounced the election a "sham".

    He is asking for a free and fair election to be organised within 90 days.

    Raila Odinga
  10. Protesters arrive at Kenyan rally

    Kenya election watchers are tweeting pictures of opposition supporters turning up at a rally in Nairobi:

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    A Radio France International journalist caught the moment the leader of the opposition coalition Nasa, Raila Odinga, arrived:

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    Another journalist has captured the crowd:

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    Mr Odinga tweeted a live feed of the rally:

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    The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August, by a 4-2 majority, saying there had been "irregularities and illegalities".

    Mr Odinga is boycotting the re-run, saying nothing has changed.

  11. DR Congo 'releases detained opposition supporters'

    Members of DR Congo's opposition arrested in the south-eastern city of Lubumbashi for allegedly insulting President Joseph Kabila have been released, their party and police have told AFP news agency.

    An official from the opposition party UDPS said that the people who were released were arrested on Sunday and Monday.

    The releases come after a joint statement from EU officials and UN diplomats from the US, Switzerland and Canada, which expressed concern at restrictions on opposition gatherings, AFP adds.


    President Joseph Kabila failed to step down when his second and final term expired last December. The electoral commission announced earlier this month that there would be no vote before early 2019.

  12. Nivea takes down skin-lightening cream advert

    Cosmetics giant Nivea has taken down at least some of its controversial adverts promoting skin-lightening creams.

    We reported last week that Nivea was under fire for marketing skin-lightening products in West Africa.

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    Our former Ghana reporter Sammy Darko has sent us a picture today of an empty billboard where one such Nivea ad used to stand in Accra:


    British-Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG also posted a video in front of another billboard in Accra where he says the offending advert had been replaced:

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    He says in the video that this is just the beginning:

    Quote Message: “This right here is a perfect example of when we use our buying power, our spending power, to say no… So now it is time for us to address the issue in our community, it is time for us to let our children know that it’s OK for them to be comfortable in their own skin.” from Fuse ODG
    Fuse ODG

    You can watch Fuse ODG talk about the issue on Focus on Africa TV on BBC World at 17:30 GMT.

  13. Nigerian prisoners allowed to vote

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigerian Prison
    Image caption: Nigeria has more than 68,000 prisoners, most of them awaiting trial

    The Nigerian authorities have announced that prisoners will be allowed to vote in the next general elections.

    The electoral commission says this is aimed at deepening the country's democracy.

    The commission said it was considering setting up polling centres inside prisons.

    The chairman of the electoral body announced that certain categories of inmates would be given the opportunity to vote, but he did not give further details.

    Human rights activists have been campaigning for the change, arguing that not allowing inmates to vote is a violation of their rights.

    Nigeria's next general elections are scheduled for February 2019.

  14. Mozambique president 'sacks security chiefs'

    Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has sacked three top security bosses two weeks after an attack on police stations which was initially blamed on jihadists, reports AFP news agency.

    The head of the spy agency, police force and army would be removed immediately, AFP quotes a statement from the president's office as saying.

    Their replacements have yet to be named and no reason for the dismissals was given.

    The President of Mozambique Felipe Jacinto Nyusi (L) is pictured during a meeting with the King of Belgium at the Royal Palace of Brussels, on April 21, 2016
    Image caption: Mr Nyusi was the defence minister before becoming president in 2015

    The attacks took place on 5 and 6 October in the town Mocimboa de Praia near the border with Tanzania and left two officers and 14 attackers dead.

    Police initially said the attackers were linked to homegrown "Islamic extremist sects".

    They later retracted the statement saying they were unconnected to any organised group.

  15. Kenyans urged to vote in presidential poll

    Kenya's electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has urged the nation to vote in tomorrow's highly contention presidential election, despite the main opposition calling for a boycott.

    The commission had decided to press ahead with the poll because of the "progress" made in organising it, and following assurances from the "relevant authorities" and security agencies, Mr Chebukati added at a press conference at the commission's headquarters in the capital, Nairobi.

    Election clerks from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) put up lists containing names of clerks and voters for the polling stations at a school to serve as a polling station in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 October 2017
    Image caption: Election officials have been busy putting up lists containing names of voters at polling stations

    All polling stations would open at 06:00 local time, he said.

    "In cases where there will be problems [delivering materials]... the polling officer will have the right to inform us and polling can be suspended to another day," Mr Chebukati added, Reuters news agency reports.

  16. Kenya poll will go ahead

    The head of Kenya's election commission, Wafula Chebukati, has confirmed that the re-run of the country's presidential election will go ahead as planned tomorrow.

  17. Running battles in Kenyan city of Kisumu

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Kisumu

    Supporters of National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga throw rocks next to burning tyres blocking the road, during a demonstration on the boycott of the upcoming elections on 25 October 2017 in Kisumu, Kenya
    Image caption: Protesters have been burning barricades in Kisumu

    Protests against tomorrow's presidential re-run started peacefully in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city in western Kenya, but they later escalated into running battles between police and some of the demonstrators.

    It all began when protesters pelted the police with stones.

    Officers have been firing teargas trying to disperse some of the rowdy youth, who have barricaded some of the roads in the lakeside city.

    There are now skirmishes in one of the areas.

    Opposition leaders had urged their supporters to demonstrate peacefully and to go back to their homes, but that has really not happened.

    Protesters say that they will also be demonstrating in the streets tomorrow instead of going to polling stations to cast their vote.

  18. A blow against justice in Kenya?


    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    Chief Justice David Maraga looks on during his announcement that the Supreme Court could not make a rulling on a case filed by activists to postpone the 26 October repeat presidential election due to lack of quorum
    Image caption: Chief Justice David Maraga cut a lonely figure in court today

    Hailed as a beacon of judicial independence, the reputation of Kenya's Supreme Court has suffered a big blow following its failure to hear the petition demanding a postponement of tomorrow's presidential election run-off.

    Some will view it as evidence that the Supreme Court has shirked its responsibility and told Kenyans that they are effectively on their own.

    The excuses that three judges gave for their absence, denying the court a quorum, are pretty flimsy. While a fourth was presumably in shock after her bodyguard was shot.

    A general view shows the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya October 25, 2017
    Image caption: The Supreme Court is the highest court of the land

    It seems that when Chief Justice David Maraga said a few weeks ago, amid intimidation following the annulment of the August election, that the judges were ready to pay the ultimate price to defend the rule of law, he was not widely supported.

    It is now almost certain that the repeat presidential election will go ahead as planned. However, its credibility is in doubt - as even the chairman of the electoral commission has admitted.

    Some international observers have reduced their involvement in the poll because they say the conditions are not conducive for a free and fair election.

  19. Kenyan women march for peace

    Wearing white scarves, women have marched through Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to call for peace as fear grows that tomorrow's presidential election run-off will trigger violence.

    Kenyan women wearing white scarfs stage a multi-faith demonstration calling for peaceful election in downtown Nairobi on October 25, 2017.

    The women prayed for peace:

    Kenyan women wearing white scarfs pray while staging a multi-faith demonstration calling for peaceful election in downtown Nairobi on October 25, 2017

    Others made it clear that they would vote, despite a boycott call by the main opposition:

    Kenyan women wearing white scarfs stage a multi-faith demonstration calling for a peaceful election in downtown Nairobi on October 25, 2017.

    Others were jubilant when they heard the Supreme Court was unable to hear a petition calling for a delay in the poll:

    Kenyan women wearing white scarfs stage a multi-faith demonstration calling for peaceful election in downtown Nairobi on 25 October 2017

    Meanwhile, the opposition is planning a huge rally to protest against the election, a BBC correspondent tweets:

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  20. Kenya's election saga in 60 seconds

    Kenya's presidential election has been hit by one crisis after another, as BBC Minute reports: