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Summary

  1. Incumbent President Mnangagwa re-elected with 50.8% of vote
  2. Zimbabwe opposition leader maintains he won presidential vote
  3. Mnangagwa calls for peace and national unity
  4. Riot police disperse opposition MDC press conference
  5. Zimbabwe police issue apology for disruption
  6. Egypt's Pope quits Facebook to save time
  7. Biggest lottery jackpot in SA history awaits

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    BBC Africa Live

    Natasha Booty

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week, we'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, 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: No matter how lean an elephant might be, its meat will still fill a basket." from A Jukun proverb sent by Curtis Dan-Bayero in Takum, Taraba, Nigeria.
    A Jukun proverb sent by Curtis Dan-Bayero in Takum, Taraba, Nigeria.

    And we leave you with picture of a child asleep on a train in South Africa. It's one of our favourite shots of the week.

    A child sleeps in a train
  2. 'We respect the media' - Zimbabwe police say sorry

    Zimbabwe's police have apologised for disrupting the opposition MDC Alliance's press conference earlier, saying in a statement that they "wish to state that we respect freedom of the media, freedom of expression and freedom of association".

    Here's a copy of the Zimbabwe Republic Police statement in full:

    A copy of the statement from ZRP

    A legal adviser for Nelson Chamisa, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance leader, said that police told him they broke up the press conference because they had mistaken it for a political gathering.

    The BBC's Fergal Keane earlier tweeted that President-elect Mnangagwa's disavowal of police actions signalled "very strange days in Zimbabwe".

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  3. From grocery seller to top male model

    Somali Zakarie Ali came to Finland at the age of three and more than 17 years later he's working as a model.

    The 20-year-old told BBC Africa's One Minute stories that he wants to use his career to help others.

    Video journalist: Laura Koski

    Producer: Naima Mohamud

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    Video caption: Somali model Zakarie Ali wants to change the world
  4. Biggest lottery jackpot in SA history awaits

    South African rand

    South Africans are waiting to see who will take home tonight's record lottery prize of an estimated 140m rand ($10.4m; £8m) - the biggest amount in its 18-year history.

    It's a life-changing sum of money. Which is why all winners receive free financial advice as well as trauma counselling from South Africa's National Lottery, the Times Live news site reports.

    What would you do with those millions? Here's how people on Twitter say they would spend it:

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  5. Mnangagwa defends Zimbabwe election conduct

    President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa has concluded his press conference at State House in the capital, Harare, where he defended the legitimacy of his win at the polls.

    He said he was validated by both the national electoral commission and EU observers - a statement at odds with the head of the EU observer mission's conclusion that an "un-level playing field and lack of trust" had marred the election process.

    Mr Mnangagwa said:

    Quote Message: The constitution, as well as domestic and municipal law, states that Zec [the electoral commission] pronounces the one who has won the election. I have accepted it.
    Quote Message: The EU told me there was peace, transparency and freedom during the campaign period. They also told me the voting process was peaceful, transparent and well-organised.
    Quote Message: But we can improve... in areas of access to polling stations." from Emmerson Mnangagwa President-elect of Zimbabwe
    Emmerson MnangagwaPresident-elect of Zimbabwe
  6. Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe is open for business

    "Zimbabwe is open for business, we want to leapfrog and catch up with the rest of developing countries and the rest of Sadc [Southern African Development Community]," President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa has told reporters at an ongoing press conference in the capital, Harare.

    "Zimbabwe is open for business" has been one of his favourite campaign phrases.

  7. Mnangagwa: Inquiry to probe post-poll violence

    President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa has called the deaths of six people from clashes between protesters and police on Wednesday "an unfortunate incident" and says he will set up an independent commission to investigate what happened. He also pledged to provide support to bereaved families once in office.

    He told reporters at an ongoing press conference in Harare:

    Quote Message: I'm informed that after the burning of several vehicles and the locking up of people in a room to burn them, the police was overwhelmed and they summoned assistance from the army to stop the wanton destruction.
    Quote Message: I've told the nation I am going to institute an independent commission to inquire into these issues. It will be composed of our nationals as well as foreign nationals.

    He also addressed the opposition MDC Alliance's plans to challenge the results of the polls in court:

    Quote Message: Zimbabwe is enjoying democracy. Any party can proceed to challenge the results in the courts."
  8. Zimbabwe president: Let's come together as one people

    Zimbabwe's President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa is addressing journalists at State House in the capital, Harare.

    He says he is humbled to be elected:

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    He addressed his rival Nelson Chamisa, who lost the presidential vote:

    "You have a crucial role to play in Zimbabwe and its unfolding future. Let's both call for peace and unity in our land."

    He also said to all Zimbabweans: "Although we are divided at the polls, we are now united."

  9. Cartoons, not political drama, air on Zimbabwean TV

    A BBC colleague tweets that Zimbabwe's state broadcaster ZBC has been airing cartoons this afternoon. The station has made no mention of the opposition party's earlier press conference, she says.

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  10. Shots fired to disperse Katumbi followers

    Congolese security forces have fired shots to disperse the several thousand followers of opposition leader Moïse Katumbi who are waiting to welcome him as he attempts to cross the border from Zambia, says the BBC's Poly Muzalia.

    Latest reports indicate that Mr Katumbi is currently at immigration on the Zambian side of border town Kasumbalesa, meanwhile his supporters have gathered on the Congolese side.

  11. Katumbi stuck at DR Congo border

    A map showing the location of Kasumbalesa on the border of Zambia and DR Congo

    Congolese opposition leader Moïse Katumbi has crossed no-man’s land between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo with thousands of his supporters who came to meet him.

    He is currently at immigration, reports the BBC’s senior Africa correspondent Anne Soy.

    Earlier we quoted his supporters as saying he had crossed the border.

    On Friday morning, the authorities said he would not be allowed to enter the country. He had requested authorisation to fly back from South Africa, but when this was denied he decided to fly to Zambia and then cross the border into DR Congo by road.

    The border town of Kasumbalesa is about 95km (59 miles) to his hometown Lubumbashi.

    A wealthy businessman and former governor, Mr Katumbi left DR Congo in 2016.

    He was later sentenced in absentia to 36 months in prison on charges he says are politically motivated.

    He wants to return before a deadline for people to register their candidacy for the long-delayed presidential elections – now scheduled to take place in December.

    Who is Moïse Katumbi?

    • Was governor of the south-eastern Katanga province for almost a decade
    • In 2015 he broke ties with the ruling party when he accused President Joseph Kabila, his former ally, of wanting to cling to power
    • His popularity is partly down to his job as the president of a great source of Congolese pride - football club TP Mazembe.
  12. Chamisa: Peaceful MDC supporters met with bullets

    Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa addressed Wednesday's violence, where troops and riot police clashed with MDC Alliance protesters, during a Friday press conference in Harare.

    "The thank you we are getting for being peaceful was a thank you of bullets, guns and tanks."

    Here are some images from Friday's Friday's conference:

    MDC leader Nelson Chamisa arrives to deliver a press conference on August 3, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe
    MDC leader Nelson Chamisa (C) holds a press conference on August 3, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials last night announced the re-election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The election was the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup last year, and featured a close race between Mnangagwa and opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC Alliance). Deadly clashes broke out earlier in the week following the release of parliamentary election results, amid allegations of fraud by Chamisa and MDC supporters.
    MDC leader Nelson Chamisa (C) holds a press conference on August 3, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials last night announced the re-election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The election was the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup last year, and featured a close race between Mnangagwa and opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC Alliance).
  13. Chamisa: Zimbabwe poll a 'coup against the people'

    Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, from the MDC Alliance, has called the Zimbabwe election result a "coup" against the will of the people.

    "Yesterday's coup against your will is temporary," he said at a press conference in the capital, Harare, which was delayed by riot police.

    He said they had "back-ups" of voter tallies, which he alleged the ruling Zanu-PF wanted to destroy when police raided the MDC headquarters on Thursday.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the vote with 50.8% of the vote, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced on Thursday evening.

    The president avoided a run-off by just 36,464 votes out of more than 4.8 million cast.

  14. Chamisa: I won with 2.3 million votes

    The opposition MDC Allicance will negate the results of Zimbabwe's July presidential election as it was rigged, the party's leader Nelson Chamisa has told journalists.

    He said their collated results "indicated that we won" by 2.3 million.

    According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), President Emmerson Mnangagwa received 2.46 million votes (50.8%) and Mr Chamisa 2.15 million (44.3%).

    Our reporter at the press conference is tweeting some of Mr Chamisa's comments:

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  15. Chamisa calls Zimbabwe election 'fraudulent'

    Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa called Zimbabwe's election result, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa won with 50.8% of the vote, "fraudulent, illegal, and illegitimate" during a press conference that was delayed by riot police in the capital Harare.

    Speaking to journalists at the Bronte Hotel, the MDC Alliance party leader reiterated his allegation that the election "rigged".

    "Mr Mnangagwa did not win the election in this country … we won this election emphatically," he said.

    “We won this election and we are ready to form the next government.”

    He also referred to the riot police disrupting the event.

    "This is not the behaviour of people who had won, it is behaviour of people who had lost."

  16. Zimbabwe president: Press freedom indispensable

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the disruption at a MDC Alliance press conference by riot police is being investigated and has "no place in our society".

    In a series of tweets on Friday, the president said freedom of speech, assembly and "right to criticise the government.. is an indispensable part of new Zimbabwe".

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  17. Nelson Chamisa arrives at press conference

    Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has arrived to applause at his party's press conference in Harare, which at one point looked like it would not go ahead after police told reporters to leave.

    Organisers have said his address will begin soon.

  18. Katumbi flouts ban and 'enters DR Congo'

    Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo presidential hopeful Moïse Katumbi say he has crossed the border into the country by car from Zambia, in spite of the authorities threatening to arrest him if he tried to return home.

    Mr Katumbi's political group, Ensemble pour le Changement, has tweeted these videos from Kasumbalesa, a town which straddles the Zambia-DR Congo border.

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  19. Poll numbers 'consistent' says Zimbabwe's biggest election observer

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The largest independent election observer mission in Zimbabwe says the official results from the presidential poll are broadly consistent with its own findings.

    The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) studied a sample from 750 polling stations and whilst agreeing that the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa won the most votes, it says it cannot definitely confirm whether or not there should have been a run-off.

    The electoral commission said Mr Mnangagwa had secured 50.8%, narrowly avoiding the need for a second round.

    The opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, says he will produce evidence to back up his claim that the election result was rigged.

    The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), which announced the results, said there was "no skulduggery" involved in the vote tally.

    But EU observers said they had found an "un-level playing field and lack of trust" in the election process.

    Electoral officers count ballot papers on the eve of the vote
    Image caption: EU and Commonwealth observers have criticised the four-day delay in announcing the results
  20. BreakingZimbabwe opposition conference 'to resume'

    A legal adviser for Nelson Chamisa, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance leader, has told reporters in the capital, Harare, that the press conference will now go ahead.

    He said the police had dispersed journalists and cameramen because they had mistaken it for a political gathering.