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  1. Kenya court finds police answerable for lawyer's death

    Mercy Juma

    BBC News, Nairobi

    A Kenyan officer holds a gun
    Image caption: The police force has been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings

    Four Kenyan police officers and one civilian have a case to answer in the abduction and murder of a lawyer, his client and a driver, the high court has ruled.

    The three went missing after lawyer Willy Kimani filed a case against a police officer on behalf of Josephat Mwenda. They were being driven by Joseph Muiruri.

    A week later, decomposing bodies of the three were recovered in a river, on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

    The prosecution closed its case last week after presenting 46 witnesses. The defence will now start oral submissions from next week.

    The defence lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, says they will call a total of 16 witnesses. The court will then judge whether the five are guilty or not.

    The three were abducted and killed in June 2016.

    Their death sparked outrage within the legal fraternity and in the country.

    The police have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings in recent years.

  2. African presidents in US for UN assembly

    Several African presidents have arrived in New York for the UN General Assembly.

    Tanzania's Samia Suluhu, Zambia's Hakainde Hichilema, Ghana's Nana Akufo, Botswana's Mokgweetsi Masisi and Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari have so far confirmed attendance.

    Some of the presidents have already landed in New York.

    President Samia and President Hakainde are making their debut in the meeting.

    Zambia's president was scheduled to have a meeting in the sidelines with President Joe Biden.

    The meeting will now be held be held with Vice-President Khamala Harris, according to the Lusaka Times newspaper.

    The change of schedule came days after Zambia's Vice-President Mutale Nalumango told parliament that the country would not entertain gay rights, the newspaper reports.

    This year's assembly has been scaled down to have most heads of states joining in virtually because of coronavirus.

    Last year, the assembly was made almost purely online because of the pandemic.

  3. Guinea junta briefly detains ex-minister

    Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and the other coup leaders
    Image caption: The military took over power in Guinea on 5 September

    Guinea new junta arrested a former minister on Sunday and ransacked his home before releasing him hours later.

    Armed men in uniform raided Tibou Kamara’s apartment in the capital Conakry in the morning and took him to an unidentified location. He was freed in the afternoon.

    Several items, including mobile phones, were seized.

    His arrest was confirmed by the ruling National Committee of Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) as well as his team.

    The coup leaders accused him of violating a commitment to stay neutral towards the military administration.

    Mr Kamara was the industry minister and an adviser to former President Alpha Condé, who was ousted earlier this month.

  4. Verdict due in Hotel Rwanda hero's case

    "Hotel Rwanda" hero Paul Rusesabagina in the pink inmate's uniform arrives from the Nyarugenge prison with Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) officers at the Nyarugenge Court of Justice in Kigali, Rwanda, on September 25, 2020.
    Image caption: Paul Rusesabagina and his 20 co-accused have faced terrorism-related charges

    A court in Rwanda is due to deliver its verdict in the case of the former hotel manager who's credited with saving hundreds of people during the genocide in 1994.

    Paul Rusesabagina - whose actions inspired the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda - has been charged with terrorism.

    He faces a life sentence if convicted of the charges, which were brought after he became a critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

    Mr Rusesabagina was arrested last year after a plane bound for Burundi instead landed in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

    His daughter Carine Karimba told the BBC Newsday programme that they were not expecting justice from the court.

    "We know that my father will be found guilty... We do not have any hope in the Rwandan justice system...Our hope is in international justice, the international community," she said.

    "My father has been treated unfairly. All of my father's basic human rights have been violated... We knew that there would never be a fair trial for my father and now the world knows too," she added.

    Rwanda insists that Mr Rusesabagina is receiving a fair trial.

  5. Somali scholar abducted in Kenya released

    A Somali scholar who was abducted in the Kenyan capital two weeks ago has been released.

    Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdiswamad's family had said four men kidnapped him as he was walking on the streets of Nairobi.

    Rights group Haki Africa had asked the police to produce him, saying it was their duty to resolve kidnappings.

    It was unclear who was behind the abduction.

    The rights organisation on Sunday night said Mr Abdiswamad had been reunited with his family and more information would be given;

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    The scholar and cleric might have rattled some people in his usual analysis about the Horn of Africa, his friends had told local media.

  6. Zambian president hailed for his 'lean' travel team

    Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema
    Image caption: Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema promised a change in governance

    Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is earning some praise online for travelling with a “lean team” for the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Mr Hichilema travelled to the UN meeting on a commercial Qatar Airways flight from the main airport in Lusaka.

    He was accompanied by two ministers.

    “Just like we promised before taking office, we will ensure prudent management of public resources and have therefore travelled with a lean team that is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Stanley Kakubo and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane respectively,” he said in a statement before leaving.

    “This is a first in the region where [Zimbabwe’s President] Emmerson Mnangagwa and [Malawi’s Lazarus] Chakwera take planes packed with hangers on”, tweeted Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin’ono.

    Another social media user wrote: "Africa is coming up: Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has left Zambia for the UN General Assembly, New York using a commercial flight".

    The Malawian president was in July criticised for taking his family members along on a UK trip but he said that they were needed for the event.

  7. Bees kill over 60 endangered South Africa penguins

    BBC World Service

    A colony of penguins is seen on St. Croix island in Algoa Bay outside Port Elizabeth, on July 08, 2020.
    Image caption: African penguin species have a high risk of extinction, according to IUCN

    Sixty-three endangered African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees in a rare occurrence near Cape Town, bird conservationists in South Africa say.

    The protected birds, from a colony in Simonstown, were found on a beach with multiple bee stings but no other injuries.

    An official from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds lamented the penguins' deaths, noting the species is already in danger of extinction.

    Cape honeybees are also part of the local ecosystem which features several conservation areas.

    African penguins feature on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  8. Monday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: A lie has no trace." from A Somali proverb sent by Shafii Mohamed in Mogadishu, Somalia.
    A Somali proverb sent by Shafii Mohamed in Mogadishu, Somalia.
    An illustration of non-verbal communication

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

  9. Algeria's ex-President Bouteflika buried

    BBC World Service

    People put roses at the burial site of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at El Alia cemetery, in Algiers, Algeria September 19, 2021

    The funeral of Algeria's former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has taken place in Algiers, without the fanfare accorded to previous leaders.

    His body was carried by a tank for burial at El-Alia cemetery, where his predecessors and other independence fighters are also interred.

    A convoy transporting the coffin of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika heads towards El Alia cemetery in which he will be buried, in Algiers, Algeria September 19, 2021

    Mr Bouteflika died on Friday at the age of 84.

    He ruled Algeria for two decades but was forced from power two years ago by mass protests.

    His brother Said, who's serving a prison sentence for corruption, was allowed to attend.

    Read: From child prodigy to octogenarian leader

  10. Burundi's international airport attacked - rebels

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Burundi's new President Evariste Ndayishimiye delivers his speech during the national funeral of late Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, who died at the age of 55, at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega, Burundi, on June 26, 2020
    Image caption: The attack occurred hour before President Evariste Ndayishimiye was due to fly out

    Burundian rebels say they launched an overnight attack on the airport in the commercial capital Bujumbura.

    The RED-Tabara group said it fired mortars and fought the military for more than an hour.

    Airport staff said they heard shelling and shooting but that air traffic was not disrupted.

    A spokesman for Burundi's army said he was not aware of an attack.

    The incident occurred hours before President Evariste Ndayishimiye was due to fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

    RED-Tabara is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is one of Burundi's most active rebel group

  11. Kidnappers free Nigeria schoolchildren

    BBC World Service

    An empty classroom in Tegina, Nigeria after children were taken by gunmen
    Image caption: More than 1,000 pupils have been abducted for ransom from schools in Nigeria's north-west and central states since December

    Bandits have released 10 students abducted two months ago from a Baptist school in Nigeria's north-western Kaduna state.

    It is the third group of students to be released by the kidnappers.

    The Bethel Baptist High School administrator, Reverend Joseph Hayab, said 21 students remain in captivity.

    He said their abductors demanded an undisclosed ransom for each student's release and described what the bandits were doing as torture for those parents whose children were not released.

  12. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We'll be back on Monday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page for this week. There'll be an automated feed until we're with you again on Monday morning.

    In the meantime you can also check out our latest updates on the BBC News Africa, page or listen to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: Siblings are like calabashes on a string - though they clash, they don’t break." from A Lunyoro-Lutoro proverb sent by Benjamin Kennedy in Fort Portal, Uganda.
    A Lunyoro-Lutoro proverb sent by Benjamin Kennedy in Fort Portal, Uganda.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this shot of the steps down into an ancient pharaoh's cemetery that's been newly restored in Egypt - it's one of our favourite photos of the past week:

    On Tuesday, a man walks out of a newly restored cemetery that dates back to the 27th Century BC.
  13. Court orders Nigeria to compensate Yoruba separatist

    Sunday Igboho
    Image caption: Sunday "Igboho" Adeyemo fled Nigeria after a raid on his home by the country's secret police

    A court in Ibadan, south-west Nigeria, has ordered the government to pay the sum of about $48m (£35m) in aggravated damages to a Yoruba separatist leader for the destruction of his home.

    Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, first achieved some national attention last October when he used the country's independence day to call for the creation of an independent Yoruba republic - separate from Nigeria.

    In July the Nigerian secret police raided his home, killing two of his followers and arresting 13 others. The police accused him of stockpiling weapons.

    The separatist leader subsequently sued the government, demanding $1.2bn (£827m) in damages.

    Mr Adeyemo also sought orders declaring the invasion of his residence as a violation of his fundamental human rights.

    His house and cars were riddled with bullets, while there was bloodstain all over the floor of the house.

    The government is yet to respond to the ruling. But supporters of Mr Adeyemo have welcomed the judgement.

    He is currently being held by the government of neighbouring Benin.

  14. MaMan squeezes Sudan's 'suppressed creative juice'

    DJ Edu

    Presenter of This Is Africa on BBC World Service

    Sudanese musician MaMan

    MaMan, real name Mahdi Nouri, is part of a popular hip-hop and afro scene in Sudan - one that did exist before the revolution but which is now growing apace since the street protests of 2018 and 2019 brought about political regime change after decades of authoritarian rule.

    "It’s not easy always to express these colours and cultures in your own way," he says, addressing 30 years of limited artistic freedom.

    "All that suppressed creative juice."

    During the revolution, MaMan was out on the frontline, protesting on the streets of the capital, Khartoum.

    "The revolution was bound to happen. People get hungry, now they get angry. It was always scary to go out in the street and protest."

    And he saw just how ruthless the authorities could be, witnessing first-hand the deaths of hundreds of his fellow citizens on 3 June 2019.

    "People getting shot next to you while you're running away. And you’ll stop and think, 'wait, they won’t shoot us' - then as soon as you think that, someone next to you might fall in front of you, or you might see bullets right next to you on the wall.

    "It was like living in a movie."

    After the revolution, the 30-year-old, who wanted to be an actor growing up, channelled his experiences into his music.

    "Music has a very strong healing power," he tells This Is Africa.

    "It was really time to test it. If it really heals you then it can heal others."

    Whilst creating his most recent hits, including Sudan - an ode to his country and its people - MaMan has tried to fuse the current afro sounds popular across Africa with his nation's Arabic influences.

    "I would call myself an entrepreneur of musical culture," he explains.

    "I’ve gravitated towards identifying a very unique Sudanese afrobeat, especially as a young kid that has grown around a lot of percussion Sufi rituals.

    By creating his new sound, MaMan hopes to convince those who view his country as an adjunct of Arabia that Sudan truly is a vibrant, upcoming part of The Motherland – and he wants to carry his music’s healing power across the continent to support others.

    "It's always going to be helping because life is always going to be finding a way to test you."

    You can hear more from MaMan on This is Africa - this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa.

  15. Doctors ordered to end Nigeria's nationwide strike

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A medic holds a stethoscope with the Nigerian national flag on it
    Image caption: They went on strike six weeks ago over pay and a lack of insurance cover

    A court in Nigeria has ordered doctors to end their strike and return to work immediately.

    The National Association of Resident Doctors has been on strike for about six weeks, causing havoc in government hospitals.

    The doctors say they will study the judgement before making a decision.

    They went on strike over pay and a lack of insurance cover.

    They also demanded a hazard allowance for working with patients infected by Covid.

  16. IS fails to comment as France declares Sahel chief dead

    Mina al-Lami

    Jihadist media specialist, BBC Monitoring

    The Islamic State group has said it carried out attacks committed up to two months ago in the Sahel - but failed to comment on the reported death of its regional leader there.

    Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in 2015, and on Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron announced his death at the hands of French forces.

    The group and its jihadist rival al-Qaeda are blamed for most attacks in the region, including the targeted killing of French aid workers in 2020.

    The IS group's weekly newspaper, al-Naba, claimed attacks against the army and pro-army "militias" in Niger, against al-Qaeda rivals in Mali and Burkina Faso, and against "spies" in Mali - covering a period between early July and early September.

    It is typical of IS claims from the Sahel to be weeks and even months old.

    In its latest al-Naba report, the group reiterated that such delays were caused by "the security and technical circumstances [affecting] the mujahidin" on the ground.

    A map of the Sahel
    Image caption: The Sahel stretches across Africa south of the Sahara desert - from Senegal in the west to Eritrea in the east
  17. Djibouti denies detaining Somali president's adviser

    Abdi Dahir & Juneydi Farah

    BBC

    Fahad Yasin
    Image caption: Fahad Yasin was last week suspended as intelligence chief over his handling of a missing spy

    Djibouti has denied that it detained the Somali president's national security adviser and ex-spy chief, describing the allegation as "fake news".

    Earlier the Somali president's director of communications, Abdirashid Hashi, shared a statement on Twitter which said Fahad Yasin had been unlawfully held:

    Quote Message: Federal Republic of Somalia condemns unlawful detention of national security adviser to H.E @M_Farmaajo by Djiboutian authority at Djibouti airport. Such acts will not help strengthen our bilateral relations."

    Mr Yasin was suspended from his post as director of the National Intelligence Service Agency (Nisa) by Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble last week, after failing to provide a satisfactory report on the mysterious disappearance of intelligence agent Ikran Farah.

    President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed then stepped in and appointed someone other than Mr Roble's choice to head Nisa, and gave Fahad Yasin a job as his security adviser.

    The row between the president and prime minister further escalated on Thursday night after the president suspended the executive powers of Prime Minister Roble, a move swiftly rejected by the premier as "unlawful".

    Read more: Somalia political rift intensifies amid row over missing spy

  18. Mozambicans sell food donations to build houses

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Internally Displaced Person camp in Cabo Delgado Province
    Image caption: In July Rwanda sent 1,000 soldiers to Mozambique to fight the Islamist militants

    Some survivors of jihadist attacks in Mozambique are selling some of the donations they get including food to raise money to build houses.

    The displaced people in Marokani settlement in the northern Cabo Delgado province have complained of not receiving enough support to construct houses.

    Most of the people there are living in makeshift tents covered in tarpaulins that are distributed by the government and humanitarian organisations.

    Only 55 of the about 950 families in Marokani are living in improved houses that they have built on their own, only getting roofing material from the government, according to media reports.

    “Since I arrived in Marokani, I have never received support in construction material, nor zinc, rafters and sticks, I have not received anything but a tarpaulin, where I live with my three granddaughters. Who will help an old woman like me?” complained Latifa Sumail, an 80-year-old widow.

    Adamo Anlaui, a 65-year-old displaced who fled Ulo village in Mocímboa da Praia district with his wife, children and grandchildren said:

    “I am old and cannot cut and transport sticks and bamboo, much less build; I had to divert part of the donation I receive to build my house.”

    The lack of proper cover for some of the completed houses is worrying the displaced people, who are anticipating problems in the coming rainy season.

    Even some of the few families who have benefited from building material donations are facing difficulties as they have no money to pay for labour.

  19. Regional leaders decry political rift over missing spy

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed
    Image caption: Somalia's president has cut some of the prime minister's powers

    Regional leaders in Somalia have called for the president and prime minister to end a feud that risks plunging the country into further instability.

    They said much-delayed indirect elections must be held as soon as possible.

    On Thursday, President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed suspended the executive powers of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, a move rejected by the prime minister.

    The rift between the two men escalated following the disappearance of a female intelligence agent.

    Tensions are increasing between different factions of Somalia's security services and there are fears of a possible eruption of political violence.

  20. US moves towards sanctions over Ethiopia conflict

    Anne Soy

    BBC Africa correspondent

    A woman stands in her house that was destroyed in the fighting.

    US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to allow targeted sanctions to be imposed against individuals and groups perpetrating violence and impeding humanitarian aid in Ethiopia.

    No individuals or entities were named.

    But it is the strongest warning yet from the US government against those committing rights abuses or blocking aid in Ethiopia.

    President Biden also called on all parties to the conflict in the northern Tigray region to negotiate.

    "There’s no military solution to the crisis," he said in a statement, adding that the US was pressing for a ceasefire.

    The US imposed sanctions against the Chief of Staff of the Eritrean Defence Forces last month, for his involvement in the Tigray conflict.