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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There'll be an automated feed until Tuesday morning.

    You can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A quick reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: One who walks in the company of a crook becomes a crook." from A Kikuyu proverb sent by Humphrey Mungai in Nairobi, Kenya
    A Kikuyu proverb sent by Humphrey Mungai in Nairobi, Kenya

    We leave you with this undated video of a postal worker reportedly from Ghana:

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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.

  2. Tanzania official threatens arrest for people 'embarrassing the government'

    A Tanzanian government official has ordered the arrest of people who shared videos of the poor state of roads in a park, accusing them of economic sabotage.

    Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo said those who circulated the videos wanted to embarrass the country.

    He ordered the regional police commander to arrest and interrogate those who posted the video "to establish their motive".

    Mr Gambo argued governments faced challenges which should be brought to the attention of officials and not shared online.

    Tanzanian privately owned television station Azam TV tweeted the video of the commissioner's comments (in Swahili):

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    The offending video shows tour vehicles stuck on the road at Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    The person filming is heard urging the conservation management to repair the roads.

    A tweeter has re-shared the video on Twitter:

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    Many people commenting on the video criticised Mr Gambo, saying he should focus on fixing the road rather than threatening people.

  3. Doubts over cause of death for Rwandan singer

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Kizito Mihigo
    Image caption: Police say Kizito Mihigo was found dead in a cell in Kigali on Monday morning

    Police in Rwanda say a singer who was arrested last week whilst trying to leave the country illegally has killed himself whilst in custody.

    Police said Kizito Mihigo had been trying to get to Burundi to join a rebel group.

    However some Rwandans doubt the official version of events. The singer had spent three years in prison after he was accused of plotting against the government. Critics of the Rwandan authorities say he was framed.

    Activists in the diaspora have dismissed the statement from the Rwandan police.

    They say Kizito Mihigo had no intention of joining rebels in Burundi but he wanted to get to Belgium where he had lived before.

    They also do not believe he killed himself in the police cell and think he was murdered. Kizito's music was the source of his troubles.

    In one song he suggested everyone killed during the 1994 genocide should be remembered whether they were ethnic Hutus or Tutsis.

    The authorities saw this as openly challenging the official narrative that it was a genocide of the Tutsis. Government critics believe because of this Kizito was targeted.

  4. Locusts in Kenya 'too old to be a threat'

    The locust invasion in Kenya is under control because the voracious pests are at the end of their lives, the country's Agriculture Minister Peter Munya has said.

    "The locusts have turned yellow in colour which means they are old and nearing the end of their lives so they don't have the energy to destroy the food. They are now looking for places to lay their eggs, that's why they have perched on trees with little movement."

    He added that they were preparing to deal with "the second generation", adding that "once the eggs hatch we are ready", he said while addressing the public in Swahili.

    Watch his comments in English from 1:35:

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    Mr Munya said that intensified aerial spraying of pesticides had managed to stall the outbreak which had spread to 12 of Kenya's 47 countries.

    Last week a top official from UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) told the BBC that Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia could be on the verge of a food crisis if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control.

    Mr Munya said that the country now had the "right chemicals" to fight the locusts. He said the invasion was "not going out of hand at all".

    The minister added that the country was now dealing with the aftermath of the invasion and that no new swarms had been spotted in the northern regions from where they entered.

    Mr Munya took up his current post after his successor was fired. Mwangi Kiunjuri had been mocked when he urged Kenyans, in a bid to manage public concern, to share pictures of locusts on social media to help the government identify the insects.

    The locusts are thought to have spread from Yemen three months ago.

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    Video caption: Helping Senegal's digital sector grow

    Senegal has ambitious aims for its digital economy to account for 10% of its annual economic output.

  6. Eighteen killed over Zambia's mysterious gas attacks

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    A total of 18 people suspected to be linked to a spate of gas attacks in Zambia were killed at the weekend by mob justice, state-owned Times of Zambia newspaper reports.

    Different parts of Zambia have over the last two months been grappling with mysterious gas attacks by unknown criminals.

    The perpetrators have been targeting homes and schools, spraying their victims with a gas that leaves them unconscious.

    A suspect interrogated on video by those who caught him said the attackers wanted to draw blood in syringes from those who had passed out, which many suspect would be used in witchcraft.

    President Edgar Lungu last week declared that the country was “under siege, but I am in control" and offered a bounty of $17,000 (£13,000) for information leading to the arrest of culprits.

    The public has however been taking the law into its own hands and attacking suspects.

    In the latest reports, two suspects were burnt to death with five cases recorded in Kabwe town, Lusaka and Luapula provinces, reports the Times of Zambia.

    Times of Zambia

    Other deaths occurred in Northern, Copperbelt and Eastern provinces, according to Police spokesperson Esther Katongo.

    She condemned the mob attacks and said police had arrested 50 people for "idleness and disorderly conduct".

    “These are unruly groupings arming themselves with offensive weapons moving round communities on pretext of patrolling but end up harassing innocent people - of which some have died in instant mob justice," Ms Katongo said.

    The authorities are yet to determine what gas is being used in the attacks.

  7. By Oluwashina Okeleji

    Football Writer, Nigeria

    Joseph Yobo

    Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick defends the choice of Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the Super Eagles, amid a huge public outcry over his appointment.

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    Video caption: De Klerk: I have profusely apologised for apartheid

    South Africa's last white president, FW de Klerk, defends his record in ending white-minority rule.

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    Video caption: How Angola is encouraging inward investment

    Angola is encouraging inward investment, with measures making things easier for business visitors.

  10. Kenya investigates fraudulent arms deal

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Detectives in Kenya are questioning staff from the Deputy President William Ruto's office as part of an investigation into a fraudulent military arms deal worth nearly $400m (£300m).

    In a court in the capital Nairobi a former sports minister, Rashid Echesa, has denied committing fraud.

    He is accused of trying to obtain the money from some Polish businessmen after promising them they would get a tender to supply military equipment to the Kenyan military.

    Police say Mr Echesa had already received more than $100,000.

    Mr Ruto has also denied any involvement in the scandal.

  11. Mourners celebrate Queen of Katwe actress

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC News, Kabojja

    Allan Atulinda

    In the middle of the day - at the height of the dry season when the sun not only warms but burns too - hundreds of mourners are huddled under tarpaulin tents, trees and verandahs of houses - anywhere they can find some shade.

    We're in Kabojja just on the outskirts of Kampala to the west.

    From the speeches being given, especially by Nikita Pearl Waligwa's mother and father, the toll of her years' long battle against cancer comes to light.

    Three recurring tumours and almost as many surgeries left her young body weaker and more fragile.

    Her mother, Rachel Asiimwe Waligwa (below) talked of her daughter's pain but also the grace with which she managed to carry on through difficult times.

    Rachel Asiimwe Waligwa

    The cost of Nikita's treatment since her first diagnosis in 2016 has been funded with the support of the Disney company which produced Queen of Katwe, relatives, family friends and her parents' colleagues. And many of them are here.

    As is so often in such cases, communities pull together and support one another.

    This story resonates because a beautiful talented girl who achieved success at a young age has died much, much sooner than she should have.

    It also resonates because stories like her's of illnesses that cannot be treated at home and need expensive care abroad are becoming all too common and families know it takes almost everything out of you to fight.

  12. De Klerk now accepts apartheid as a crime against humanity

    Mounting criticism has seemingly forced South Africa's former President FW de Klerk to withdraw his statement that refused to equate the policy of apartheid to crimes against humanity.

    Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu had said the comments did not account for the impact the policy of apartheid had on the lives of its victims, and called on him to withdraw the comments.

    A statement from Mr De Klerk's foundation on Facebook said he agreed with Mr Tutu, adding "this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid. It was totally unacceptable".

    It goes on to say that the foundation supports the definition of apartheid as explained in the Rome statute in 1998 which defines apartheid as a crime against humanity:

    Quote Message: The FW de Klerk Foundation supports this provision. It can also be seen as the legislative expression of Nelson Mandela’s statement during his inaugural address that “never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”

    Mr De Klerk had defended his earlier comments on apartheid when he spoke to the BBC last week. Watch below:

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  13. BreakingNigerian refugees killed in stampede

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Reports from Niger say at least 20 people have been killed and many others wounded in a stampede in the south-eastern town of Diffa as thousands of Nigerian refugees, displaced by Boko Haram violence, scrambled to get relief materials supplied by Nigeria’s Borno state government .

  14. Calls to investigate death of assaulted Liberian journalist

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Zenu Miller

    Media organisations in Liberia and abroad are calling for an independent autopsy to determine the cause of the death of a popular independent journalist and radio talk-show host, Zenu Miller, who was assaulted by state security officers three weeks ago.

    He was allegedly beaten up by presidential security guards at the end of January, when he had gone to provide commentary for a football match President George Weah was attending.

    Mr Miller was pronounced dead at a hospital in the capital, Monrovia, on Saturday after an apparent fall. A medical report obtained by his family says he "died from pressure”.

    But media organisations, including the New York-based Committee to Protest journalists and the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas, are pressing for an independent autopsy.

    When the assault incident went viral on social media, Mr Miller confirmed it in a Facebook post, saying the alleged flogging happened “in the full view” of the head of the presidential guards, known as the Executive Protection Service (EPS).

    In a subsequent post on 27 January he wrote: “Got to see the doctor this morning. Am feeling pains in my chest and legs after the EPS’ brutality.”

    He told the BBC he was pushed to the ground, kicked and punched several times.

    Mr Miller stayed off the radio for about a week to nurse his injuries.

    Family members say up to his death on Saturday, the soft-spoken journalist was still complaining of severe pains from the incident.

    Presidential Press Secretary, Isaac Solo Kelgbeh, reacting at the time of the alleged beating, regretted the incident and promised he was going to work with the local journalists' association to investigate the matter.

    But nothing has been heard about the promised investigation.

    Tributes are pouring in for the 42-year-old, who hosted a late afternoon talk show with OK FM, a private broadcaster in Monrovia.

  15. Tutu asks De Klerk to withdraw apartheid comments

    Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has added his voice to the mounting criticism against South Africa's former President FW de Klerk over his comments that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.

    Two weeks ago Mr De Klerk told national broadcaster SABC that he regretted the apartheid policy but did not believe it should be labelled a crime.

    The political system of apartheid governed every aspect of life in South Africa from 1948 to 1991.

    In practice, apartheid enforced a racial hierarchy privileging white South Africans and under this system only they had the vote.

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    The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation called on Mr De Klerk to withdraw his comments, adding that those who suffered from apartheid continued to suffer today.

    "It is incumbent on leaders and former leaders of the white community, in particular, to demonstrate the courage, magnanimity and compassion necessary to contribute to societal healing," a statement from the foundation said.

    His comments also drew the ire of the the radical left-wing party EFF, whose members called for him to be removed from parliament during the annual State of the Nation Address, held last week.

    Pule Mabe, the spokesman for the governing African Nation Congress (ANC), said the party should block Mr De Klerk's future invitations to parliament.

    Quote Message: It is expected that our own members of parliament reflect on this and begin to say what do you do with individuals who knowingly go out and spit in the face of our people and want to deny that apartheid was a crime against humanity when an international body like the UN had already spoken

    Mr Dr Klerk was the last leader of the white-minority government which was replaced after the 1994 election which elected Nelson Mandela as the first black president.

    He and Mr Mandela shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid.

    Watch: Apartheid explained in 90 seconds

    Read: The man who destroyed apartheid

  16. Dozens killed in Burkina Faso church attack

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    There are reports from Burkina Faso that at least 24 people have been killed during an attack on a church on Sunday in the north of the country, near the border with Niger.

    This is the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

    Since 2015, hundreds of people have been killed in Burkina Faso and more than 500,000 have been displaced.

    Graph showing killings

    Officials say gunmen stormed the village of Pansi when the church was full.

    The pastor conducting the Sunday service was amongst those killed and several people were also abducted by the suspected Islamist militants.

    Last week seven people were seized from the home of a pastor in the same Yagha province. Five bodies were later found.

    Over the last month at least 60 people have been killed in two other attacks in the north.

    With the army unable to defend the population the authorities have started recruiting volunteers.

    After just two weeks training they are being given guns to defend vulnerable villages near the border with Mali and Niger.

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  17. Record rains push up tomato prices in East Africa

    Mercy Juma

    BBC News, Nairobi

    A create of tomatoes
    Image caption: In parts of Kenya tomato prices have shot up by 700%

    Tomato prices have hit a record high in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, making the staple food a luxury for many.

    Harvests have been smaller and poorer in quality because of prolonged heavy rains that led to flash floods, landslides, and the destruction of agricultural land.

    In Kenya, one tomato used cost about $0.05 (£0.04) but some shops have increased their prices seven-fold.

    Last year, swathes of East Africa experienced one of the wettest rainy seasons on record - with total rainfall four times higher than average, according to the Kenya Meteorological Department.

    With above average rainfall predicted across Kenya in the next few months, it is expected that prices of ready-made food will go up.