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Summary

  1. The 74-year-old president can run in 2021
  2. Gambian soldiers' remains exhumed
  3. Nigeria's top judge is banned from public office
  4. Brothers of Sudan's ousted president arrested
  5. Fossils of giant mammal found in Kenya
  6. Boeing update software after Ethiopia crash
  7. Mo Salah makes the cover of Time

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We’ll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now as we take a break for Easter. 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: Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch. If one says no to the other, let his wing break." from An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Kachi, Phoenix, US.
    An Igbo proverb from Nigeria sent by Kachi, Phoenix, US.

    And we leave you with this picture from South Africa's Western Cape province:

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  2. Rwanda ex-spy chief's murder case referred back to prosecutors

    Vauldi Carelse

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Patrick Karegeya's picture

    The murder case of Rwanda’s former intelligence chief, Patrick Karegeya, has been referred back to South African prosecutors.

    After five years of delays, prosecutors in South Africa will again have to decide if they will issue arrest warrants for the men believed to have killed Mr Karegeya.

    An outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame, he was in exile in South Africa at the time of his murder. He was found dead in a Johannesburg hotel room in 2013.

    The National Prosecuting Authority had previously decided not to prosecute anyone linked to this case – but this ruling could change all that.

    The informal inquest answered three questions - whether the killers were known, the date, and the cause of death.

    According to the inquest docket, the inquest judged that the killers were indeed known, but it isn't clear if that means they were known by the victim, or by others.

    It added that he was killed by strangulation.

    In their court submission, police investigators hinted at political interference in the case.

    There’s no extradition treaty between Rwanda and South Africa but Mr Karegeya’s family wants South African authorities to issue arrest warrants for the suspects, should they travel outside Rwanda.

    Read more: The mysterious death of a Rwandan exile

  3. UN says international divisions are making Tripoli battle worse

    BBC World Service

    The UN envoy to Libya has warned of a "widening conflagration" as a battle for the capital, Tripoli continues.

    Ghassan Salame blamed what he called international divisions for encouraging the military strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch his attempt to capture the city two weeks ago.

    Gen Haftar has had support from Egypt, the UAE, Russia and France.

    His forces have met resistance from militia groups that are loosely aligned with the UN-backed government, which is based in Tripoli.

    More than 200 people have been killed in the fighting, and 25,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

  4. Museveni can run as president beyond 75 years old

    Yoweri Museveni
    Image caption: The 74-year-old president was previously barred from running after 75 years of age

    Uganda's Supreme Court has upheld the removal the 75 year age limit on running as president.

    This means that 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni can seek re-election in 2021.

    Four judges voted in favour of upholding the constitutional court ruling on the amendment of the constitution while three voted against.

    A two-term limit was scrapped in 2005 to allow him to stand for office again. He went on to win a fifth term in the 2016 elections.

    Critics say this latest move opens up the possibility of a life presidency for Mr Museveni who has been in power for over three decades.

  5. 'More than 100 still missing' after Congo boat disaster

    Lake Kivu
    Image caption: Lake Kivu is the site of frequent drownings

    Some 114 people are still missing after a boat capsized earlier this week on Lake Kivu, AFP quotes the Congolese presidency as saying.

    It adds that currently 13 deaths have been confirmed.

    Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has declared Friday a day of mourning.

    He has also decided to make it obligatory for passengers on the lake, the site of regular drownings, to wear life jackets, Mr Tshisekedi's office said in a statement.

    The boat had left the city of Goma on Lake Kivu's northern shore, and was headed for the town of Kalehe to the west when it capsized on Monday night.

    On Tuesday, emergency services said 35 people had been rescued alive.

  6. Ugandan police 'charge mastermind behind kidnappings'

    Jean-Paul Mirenge and Kimberly Endicott
    Image caption: Jean-Paul Mirenge and Kimberly Endicott are both unharmed following the ordeal

    Ugandan police have told AFP news agency that they have charged the alleged "mastermind" behind the kidnapping of an American tourist and her safari guide.

    Byaruhanga Onesmus was charged in court with three counts of aggravated robbery and two of kidnap with intent to claim a ransom, Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga is quoted by AFP as saying in a statement.

    Police said Mr Onesmus, 43, trailed the tourist and provided the kidnappers with information about her movements.

    The two were abducted by gunmen on the evening of 2 April and were later released unharmed for a ransom.

    Read more: US tourist and safari guide freed after kidnap in Uganda

  7. Gambian soldiers' remains exhumed

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Yahya Jammeh
    Image caption: Yahya Jammeh is in exile in Equatorial Guinea

    In The Gambia the remains of seven soldiers who took part in an attempt to overthrow the country's former president have been exhumed as part of an investigation into human rights abuses during Yahya Jammeh's tyrannical rule.

    After a two-week search of a military barracks outside the capital, Banjul, relatives of the missing soldiers witnessed the discovery of the skulls which were found in a single grave.

    More than 20 soldiers were executed following the 1994 failed coup.

    Witnesses have told the truth and reconciliation commission that Mr Jammeh ordered the executions.

    After more than two decades in office he lost the 2016 election and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

  8. Suspended Nigeria chief justice banned from public office

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Walter Onnoghen
    Image caption: Walter Onnoghen (centre) was on trial for failing to declare assets

    A tribunal in Nigeria has ruled that the suspended chief justice was guilty of failing to declare his assets.

    Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January. The move led to accusations that Mr Buhari was meddling with the judiciary in case the outcome of February's election was challenged in court.

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal found the judge guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth and banned him from holding public office for 10 years.

  9. Hot tickets for Women’s World Cup

    Madeleine Michele #9 of Cameroon celebrating goals during CFA team China international Women's football tournament Wuhan 2019
    Image caption: Cameroon will face the Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand

    If you want a ticket for the Women’s World Cup to see one of Africa’s three teams - Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa – competing, you need to get a move on.

    With 50 days to go to the start of the competition in France, more than half the match tickets have been sold, according to the world governing body, Fifa.

    The seven games sold out include some of the first games for Cameroon and Nigeria:

    • Opening match between France and South Korea – 7 June
    • Netherlands v Cameroon – 15 June
    • Nigeria v France in Rennes – 17 June
    • Sweden v USA - 20 June
    • Semi-final -2 July
    • Semi-final – 3 July
    • Final - 7July

    As well as the match above, Nigeria in Group A, face Norway on 8 June and South Korea on 12 June.

    Cameroon are in Group E and as well as the game against the Netherlands face Canada on 10 June and New Zealand on 20 June.

    South Africa, World Cup debutants, are in Group B and face Spain on 8 June, China on 13 June and Germany on 17 June.

  10. 'How I became world's best teacher'

    Kenyan Peter Tabichi, who has been teaching for 12 years, was recently named the best teacher in the world.

    The science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School spoke to BBC Africa about what winning the Global Teacher Prize meant to him.

    Video journalists: Gloria Achieng and Eugene Osidiana.

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    Video caption: World's Best Teacher Peter Tabichi on how he reached the top
  11. Ethiopia's first female defence minister replaced

    Zelalem Tadesse

    BBC Afaan Oromoo

    The new defence minister is seen in the middle, with his predecessor on the right and the new foreign minister on the left
    Image caption: The new defence minister is seen in the middle, with his predecessor on the right and the new foreign minister on the left

    Ethiopia's Prme Mininter Abiy Ahmed has replaced the country's first female defence minister, Aisha Mohammed, giving the post to the influential Oromia regional president, Lema Megersa.

    Mr Abiy did not give reasons for the decision, but it comes amid growing concern about ethnic conflict in the country.

    Mr Lema has a strong security background, having previously served as Oromia's police commissioner and head of security.

    He is also major power-broker. He played a big role in pushing for political reforms and propelling Mr Abiy to power in April 2018.

    In contrast, Ms Aisha had no background in the security or military fields.

    She has been appointed Minister of Urban Development and Construction, a post she previously held.

    Amhara region’s former president, Gedu Andergachew, has been appointed foreign minister, replacing Workine Gebeyhu, who has taken a senior post with the United Nations in Kenya.

    Last year, Mr Abiy made history by becoming the first Ethiopian prime minister to allocate 50% of cabinet posts to women.

    In the latest reshuffle, women retain half the posts in the 20-member cabinet.

    Read: The women smashing Ethiopia's glass ceiling

  12. Bill Gates trends on Twitter after phone call with Nigeria's Buhari

    Ashley Lime

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Bill Gates is trending on Twitter in Nigeria following a phone conversation between the Microsoft founder and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

    Mr Buhari's personal assistant Bashir Ahmad tweeted:

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    But some Nigerians on Twitter have been asking whether it was really Mr Gates who made the phone call or the other way round:

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    Other people imagined the reaction of presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, who according to media reports, has said he would call experts from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle to testify that he defeated Mr Buhari in the election:

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  13. Brazzaville gets 'first cinema after nearly 30 years'

    For the first time in 28 years, Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, has a working cinema, the AFP news agency reports.

    Congolese movie goers were last able to see a film on the big screen in 1991, the year the National Film Board went bankrupt, AFP says.

    The empty cinemas have since been turned into shops or places of worship, it adds.

    The new 300-seat cinema was built with money from the Bollore group, a French firm, and includes an outdoor stage for cultural events.

    "We would like Congolese films to be screened... not just Western films," young Congolese filmmaker Massein Pethas told AFP.

    Congolese channel Vox TV reported in French on the opening of the new cinema:

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  14. Uganda judges to rule on scrapping presidential age limit

    People in the court

    The Supreme Court in Uganda's capital, Kampala, is packed as people wait for the judgement on whether the presidential age limit of 75 years old can be lifted.

    The seven judges are each delivering their rulings.

    Judges

    The constitutional court, which is a lower court, upheld the amendment to the constitution that was passed by parliament at the end of 2017.

    If approved, the change would allow President Yoweri Museveni, who will be over 75 by the time of the next election in 2021, to run for a sixth term in office.

    Two of the judges have so far ruled and both have upheld the constitutional change, the BBC's Patricia Oyella reports.

  15. Downpour at Zimbabwe celebrations

    The heavens have opened as Zimbabwe celebrates 39 years of independence from the UK.

    The BBC's Shingai Nyoka is among the crowds at the stadium in the capital, Harare, watching the pomp and she snapped this image:

    Raining as people march in the stadium

    These celebrations comes amid warnings of the first recession in a decade, our reporter says.

    Speaking beforehand, President Emmerson Mnangagwa - who became head of state eight months ago after long-time leader Robert Mugabe was ousted and then went on to win disputed elections last July - called for unity.

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  16. 'More than 200 dead in Tripoli battle' says WHO

    BBC World Service

    Fighter running with a machine gun
    Image caption: A photo shred on Gen Haftar's Facebook page showed a fighter running with a machine gun

    The World Health Organization says the number of people killed in two weeks of clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli has risen to more than 200.

    Most of the dead were fighters, but 18 civilians have also died.

    Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in areas close to the front lines in the southern suburbs.

    The fighting began when forces loyal to the military strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar launched an attempt to capture the city.

    It's being defended by militias loosely aligned with the UN-backed government, which is based in Tripoli.

  17. Officials 'accused of stealing food' meant for Cyclone Idai victims

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Displaced persons' camp
    Image caption: The food is said to have been meant for people in a displaced persons' camp

    The trial of three Beira city local council workers arrested for allegedly diverting food aid which was destined for the victims of Cyclone Idai has begun, reports Mozambican newspaper O País.

    The three are accused of taking humanitarian assistance supposed to be for people staying in a camp in Beira, central Mozambique.

    They were arrested after large quantities of food were found in their houses.

    The three say that the food was in their houses due to the poor storage facilities and that the authorities knew about it.

    The trial resumes on 24 April.

  18. Sisi critic fears Egypt could turn into 'single president' state

    Egyptian MPs attend a Parliament session to view the report of the parliament's Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to stay in power beyond 2022, when his current and final term ends.
    Image caption: Egypt will hold a public referendum on constitutional amendments to keep President Sisi in office until 2030

    Egypt could turn into a one-man state after this weekend's referendum, an opposition leader has told the BBC.

    Khaled Dawood, former head of the liberal party Dostour, told the BBC's Sally Nabil:

    "We're rebuilding through the so-called constitutional amendments, a state of a single president, and not only that, we're even ending the hope of millions of Egyptians who came out on January 2011 that one day we're going to have exchange of power. We're entitled to tell the people why we want to vote no," said Mr Dawood.

    The referendum is a vote on a set of constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in office until 2030.

    Mr Sisi is currently due to leave office in 2022 when his second four-year term ends. The current constitution says he can't run for president again.

    Supporters of the change argue that Mr Sisi should stay in office to continue his economic reforms.

    The opposition says its protests have been silenced and opposition figures have been arrested.

  19. Boeing update ill-fated 737 Max plane model

    BBC World Service

    Boeing says it is making "steady progress" towards certifying a software update to its 737 Max planes which were grounded around the world after a crash in Ethiopia.

    In a video posted on Twitter, the Chief Executive of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, said the final test flight with the updated software had taken place on Wednesday.

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    Earlier this month, Boeing admitted for the first time that a failure in the plane's anti-stall system was a factor in the accident in Ethiopia in March.

    All 157 people on board the 737 Max plane were killed.

  20. Cholera outbreak in Kenya private hospital

    A private hospital in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is battling to contain a cholera outbreak as the number of staff infected rises to 52, local newspaper Daily Nation reports.

    The paper says the epidemic hit the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday, claiming the life of one staff member, while several other people were admitted.

    The paper quotes sources at the hospital as saying at least 23 cases of the waterborne disease had been treated at the facility in April alone and that the cafeteria was shut down indefinitely.

    On Wednesday, the hospital sacked its chief executive officer who had initially been suspended.

    The Daily Nation says on 22 March Nairobi county health officials asked all referral hospitals within the city to reactivate their cholera treatment units after confirmation of the outbreak in the capital city.

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