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  1. Kenyan football fans upset over census bar closure

    Kenya's last census was conducted 10 years ago.
    Image caption: The count will be done over seven days in the evenings

    The hashtag #census2019 is trending in Kenya with most tweeps concerned by the interior minister's decision to shut down bars and other entertainment venues nationwide over the weekend.

    No thank you sir! That is the overwhelming response from Kenyans on social media.

    Earlier in the week it was only one county, Machakos, that had issued the directive to help census officials - but Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i says it now applies to all of the nation's 47 counties.

    Despite a backlash, Mr Matiang'i said on Thursday that the order remained in place and that all bars must shut at 17:00 local time on Saturday and Sunday.

    This is because it will make life easier for census officials who are doing the count in the evenings - and it is felt that sober citizens will be more co-operative.

    However, football fans are most aggrieved as they will not be able to go to venues that screen live football from the English Premier League.

    One key match starts at 19:30 local time on Saturday between Arsenal and Liverpool.

    One tweeter asked for a special dispensation for the match or suggested the government pay for Premier League games to be aired on local channels.

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    Another disgruntled fan said Kenyans' only option would be to go to watch the match in neighbouring countries like Uganda:

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    Alcohol was uppermost in the mind of this tweeter, with his meme of a water dispenser, commonly used in many homes in Kenya, filled with beer:

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    Likewise one meme suggested that if Kenyans couldn't go to a bar, they should make a bar at home:

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  2. Tanzania journalist arrested over 'fake news'

    A journalist has been arrested in Tanzania accused of publishing fake news about alleged police abuse of suspects in custody.

    Joseph Gandye works for Watetezi TV, a station established last year by the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC).

    THRDC issued a statement condemning Gandye’s arrest, saying he was being held at a police station in the main city of Dar es Salaam.

    Watetezi TV has just tweeted to say he is being taken to Iringa in central Tanzania on Friday morning:

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    Iringa is where he did a report earlier in August for Watetezi TV about alleged police maltreatment of suspects in custody.

    THRDC said the police in Iringa had responded to the report with a warning that “issue false and misleading reports that aim at degrading the Tanzanian police force and the government as a whole” would not be tolerated.

    “I have ordered the chief intelligence officer to follow up on people who are misleading and reporting false information.Once they are caught legal action shoud be taken,” THRDC quotes Juma Bwire, the regional police commander of Iringa, as saying.

    A month ago, top investigate journalist Erick Kabendera was arrested.

    He remains in custody and his treatment has been raised as an issue of concern by the US and UK embassies in Tanzania.

    Since President John Magafuli, nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, came to office in 2015, laws overseeing the media have been toughened and a number of newspapers and radio stations have been suspended for "incitement".

    He has often warned about fake news in the wake of articles critical of the government, saying there are limits to press freedom.

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    Video caption: H&M collaborates with South African designer Palesa Mokubung

    South African designer Palesa Mokubung says her success should inspire other African women.

  4. Deadly stampede at Algeria rap concert

    At least five people have been killed in a stampede at a rap concert in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, medical officials say.

    At least 20 others were injured as thousands gathered at the entrance of a stadium to see a local rap star, Abderraouf Derradji, who is best known as “Soolking”.

    Details are sketchy about how the stampede broke out.

    The injured were evacuated to a nearby hospital.

    The concert, which went ahead, was televised live on an Algerian music Canal Algérie.

    Some tweeters posted clips from the concert:

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  5. Giraffes get trade protection amid falling numbers

    Giraffes touching noses
    Image caption: Giraffes are targeted for bushmeat, but body parts are also used for jewellery and bracelets

    Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world's tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade.

    The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

    The vote was overwhelmingly approved, although some countries opposed it.

    Giraffe numbers in Africa have fallen by 40% in the past 30 years, in what is being called a "silent extinction".

    The mammals are largely targeted for bushmeat but body parts are also used to make products including jewellery, bracelets and purses, the proposal stated.

    The motion came from the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Senegal, where giraffe populations have been diminishing heavily.

    But there was resistance from southern African countries, including South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, where giraffes have fared better.

    Read the BBC News story for more.

  6. Friday's wise words

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: To castrate a lion is not a problem, but who will open its legs." from Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba in Kono, Sierra Leone and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan
    Sent by Sahr Amadu Komba in Kono, Sierra Leone and Peter Goch Anyang-Majongdul in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan
    Lions in Tanzania

    Click here to send in your African proverbs.

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    We’ll be back on Friday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Friday morning.

    Or you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: Even if the back of your teeth is not tasty, it is the place you lick continuously." from An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana
    An Akan proverb sent by Dr F Owusu in London, the UK and Adjei Danso Alex in Nkoranza, Ghana

    And we leave you with this picture of a man carrying plastic teapots in Niamey, the capital of Niger:

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  8. New mayor appointed in Mogadishu

    Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has appointed a former warlord and government minister as the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, and governor of Banadir Region.

    Omar Mohamud Mohamed's appointment follows the killing of his predecessor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, in a suicide bombing carried out by a female colleague last month.

    Nicknamed Finish, the new mayor was a warlord in Mogadishu until he became a Minister of Religious Affairs in Somali's then transitional government in 2004. He served in the post until 2009.

    State-owned Radio Mogadishu quoted the president as saying Mr Mohamed had been chosen because of his "experience" in government, and because he would continue to implement development projects.

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  9. 'Blockchain ID system' for unbanked Sierra Leoneans

    San Francisco-based tech financial services start-up Kiva has launched a blockchain platform to create online identities for people in Sierra Leone, news agency Reuters reports.

    The company and Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio launched the virtual ID platform in the capital, Freetown, on Wednesday.

    Kiva provides microloans in 80 countries.

    The system will use bio-metric data such as fingerprints to provide lenders access to citizen’s credit histories.

    A borrower seeking a loan will be assigned a digital wallet which will record the transactions on a public blockchain.

    However, prospective borrowers will have to use internet to access the platform. Some 15% of the population in Sierra Leone has access to the internet.

    Identity is a problem in Africa as children in numerous countries on the continent are born but never registered.

  10. Locust swarm hits Ethiopia

    Zelalem Tadesse

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    Locust
    Image caption: Farmers fear the locusts will destroy their crops

    A swarm of desert locusts is migrating from Yemen and Somaliland to the eastern part of Ethiopia, officials have told BBC Afaan Oromoo.

    Groups of locusts has been spotted in five regions of Ethiopia, including Oromia, Amhara, Afar and Somali.

    The swarm is made up of adults searching for a conducive environment to lay eggs which could cause significant damage to crops.

    The government plans to start spraying chemicals in Afar , where the locusts are feared to be laying eggs, on Friday.

  11. Ex-Ghana striker Agogo dies at 40

    Junior Agogo
    Image caption: Junior Agogo played for 15 clubs during a 15-year career

    Former Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.

    Agogo, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, played 27 times for his country and scored 12 goals.

    He finished his career at Hibernian in 2012 having also had spells in the United States, Cyprus and Egypt.

    Read more: Junior Agogo: Ex-Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker dies aged 40

  12. Mozambique police urge Renamo to resolve infighting

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Renamo office

    The head of Mozambique's police force, Bernadino Rafael, has called on the opposition Renamo party to resolve a dispute which has seen dissidents from within the former rebel group set up new bases after refusing to disarm.

    This comes a day after a deadline, announced by President Filipe Nyusi, ended for all Renamo bases to be dismantled.

    Earlier this month the government and Renamo signed a peace deal - 27 years after Mozambique's civil war ended.

    It allows former rebel fighters to be integrated into the military or into civilian life.

    But the dispute within the former rebel group could undermine the peace deal and forthcoming elections in October.

  13. Ex-rebel re-elected in controversial Somali poll

    Abdi Dahir

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    Mohamed Ahmed Islam - archive photo
    Image caption: A former Islamist and ex-rebel fighter, Madobe is a divisive figure in southern Somalia

    A former rebel fighter in Somalia has been re-elected to lead Jubbaland, one of the country's richest regions with the lucrative port of Kismayo as its capital.

    Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, won the controversial election, gaining 56 votes out of a total of 74 cast by local MPs.

    Andab Mohamed Dahir, who was the only female aspirant, came second with 17 votes.

    Security has been tight in Kismayo and the city has been in lockdown since Tuesday.

    The UN and the central government had wanted the vote to be postponed, but the regional authorities refused.

    Madobe was immediately sworn in after he was announced the winner by the parliamentary speaker:

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    Some opposition politicians had complained that the local electoral commission was not independent and have held a parallel election.

    According to the privately owned Jowhar news website, the rival group has elected Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig as Jubbaland's president.

    On Wednesday, UN Special Representative to Somalia, James Swan, warned that without a single, agreed-upon electoral process, a contested outcome might plunge the southern region into instability.

    Madobe is a former Islamist - he was a member of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that ruled Somalia in 2006.

    Afterwards he was a commander in the Ras Kamboni militia that seized Kismayo in 2012 from the control of Islamist al-Shabab militants - with the backing of the Kenyan army.

    He was one of the politicians to set up an administration in Jubbaland six years ago.

    His election means he will serve for another four years.

  14. Zimbabwean comedian 'forced to drink sewage'

    Samantha Kureya
    Image caption: Samantha Kureya is undergoing medical treatment after her ordeal

    The Zimbabwean political satire group Bustop TV has been tweeting details of the abduction of comedian Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name "Gonyeti".

    Her colleagues and family say six armed masked men arrived at her home in Mufakose, a western suburb of the capital, Harare, on Wednesday evening. They threatened her family before taking her away.

    According to Bustop TV, during her three-hour ordeal she was forced to drink sewage, stripped naked and was beaten up with weapons.

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    Her brother has told the BBC that, the attackers accused her of undermining the government through her popular sketches.

    He said she was undergoing medical treatment and had filed a report with the police.

  15. Death sentences upheld for Somali child rapists

    Ahmed Adan

    BBC Somali service

    Aisha Ilyaas Aden
    Image caption: The rape and death of Aisha Ilyaas Aden caused an uproar across Somalia

    An appeal court in north-east Somalia has upheld the death sentence for three men convicted of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

    Aisha Ilyaas Aden was abducted, gang raped and killed near her home in Galkayo, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, in February.

    The case caused uproar and sparked demonstrations across the country.

    Ten suspects were initially arrested but the regional High Court found three of them guilty in May.

    Prosecutors said they relied on DNA evidence for the first time to convict them.

    The Puntland Supreme Court’s verdict is final.

    The death sentence will be carried out by firing squad once approved by the regional president.

    He has promised that his administration will take tough action against anyone found guilty of committing rape.

  16. German police probing assault on Nigerian senator

    Ike Ekweremadu
    Image caption: Ike Ekweremadu once served as deputy president of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament

    Police in Germany say they are investigating four people in connection with the assault over the weekend on Nigerian senator Ike Ekweremadu.

    Mr Ekweremadu, who once served as deputy president of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament, was roughed up and manhandled on Saturday at an annual Igbo cultural festival in the German city of Nuremberg.

    The police said the politician was then escorted back to his vehicle where eggs were thrown at his vehicle.

    In a Facebook post, Mr Ekweremadu said his attackers were members of the banned group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob).

    According to the Igbo politician, the men "began to complain about the killings in the south-east, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue" before they assaulted him.

    He said that despite being "disappointed", he did not "hold this to heart against them".

    The Igbo community is one of the largest in Africa and in Nigeria represents 24% of the population.

    Ipob is a movement pushing to break away from Nigeria to form the independent nation of Biafra.

  17. 'Kenya search launched' for giraffe with eye tumour

    Ashley Lime

    BBC News, Nairobi

    The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is searching for a giraffe with a large eye tumour after reported sightings of it at the popular Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya's privately owned newspaper The Star reports.

    It seems the wildlife agency has been pushed into action after photos of the giraffe went viral on Twitter with animal lovers calling for it be treated.

    Some tweeters said the pictures were taken by Kioko wa Kivandu last weekend at the park located in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

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    One person posted that they had seen the giraffe with the swollen eye in the park back in April, expressing concern that the animal had gone untreated for four months:

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    According to the Star, KWS has sent a team of vets to locate the animal in the 188-sq-km (72-sq-miles) park.

    One official said treating the giraffe would not be simple because of its height and giraffes tended to use "martial defence kicks”.

    "The giraffe will have to be brought down using ropes as they cannot be darted because they are delicate,” he told the Star.