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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We’ll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. 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: When a young man wears a loincloth before he's old enough to do so, a mighty wind will take it off. from An Igbo proverb sent by Eric C. Asomugha, London, UK, and Idu Olisa, Lagos, Nigeria.
    An Igbo proverb sent by Eric C. Asomugha, London, UK, and Idu Olisa, Lagos, Nigeria.

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

    And we leave you with this picture of a Sudanese boy cooling off near the capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday. It's one of our favourite pictures from this week.

    Boy in river
  2. Why Zimbabwe needs a new currency

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe has been inching towards a new currency for years.

    What President Emmerson Mnangagwa has done is to clarify the timeline, and provide a deadline to the end of the current multi-currency system - March 2020.

    Over the last nine months, the economy has fallen into its worst crisis in 10 years. Inflation is on the rise, sparking fears that locals won’t accept a new currency that is likely to lose value as quickly as the RTGS dollar has over the last four months.

    This quasi-currency was introduced in February because the country didn't have enough US dollars, even though that was Zimbabwe's official currency, along with the South African rand, the Chinese yuan and others.

    In US dollar terms, some basic goods are now cheaper than they used to be. Bread that used to cost $1 now costs 3.5 RTGS (about 56 US cents).

    The problem is that 85% of Zimbabweans don’t earn in US dollars - and their RTGS salaries have not kept up with the devaluing currency.

    In February the dollar was officially pegged at 2.5 RTGS but $1 now buys 6.2 RTGS, and 11 RTGS on the black market.

    In some shops, prices are published in US dollars and converted into RTGS at the daily black market rate.

  3. Africa Cup committee apologises for map gaffe

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Image caption: The original map (Left) was amended to replace the SADR flag with the Moroccan one

    The organising committee of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has apologised for including the flag of a separatist movement in its official music video.

    The flag for the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) appeared on a map in the video.

    A diplomatic row ensued.

    Morocco does not recognise the SADR, which for years has been seeking independence for the territory known as Western Sahara.

    Its independence is recognised by the African Union.

    Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi was quoted as saying it was "not possible to accept the violation of Moroccan territory... it is utterly unacceptable to hurt the national feelings of Moroccans", according to Hespress website.

    The committee insisted in a statement that the mistake was unintentional, reports Al-Masry al-Youm news site.

    The offending video was deleted from Afcon's YouTube channel and an ammended video has been published.

    Afcon kicks off on Friday night and is hosted in Egypt.

  4. Zimbabwe plans new currency

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has told Bloomberg news agency that he wants to implement a national currency by March.

    The move would end a decade-old policy which allowed foreign currencies including the US dollar to be used locally.

    In 2009 when the country was suffering from hyperinflation a loaf of bread could cost as much as three trillion Zimbabwe dollars.

    In an effort to wean the country off US dollars, authorities introduced a new currency system - the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) - earlier this year which incorporated bond notes and electronic cash.

    But the new tender has tumbled heavily against the US dollar, and the BBC's Shingai Nyoka says this suggests inflation remains a key problem.

    Earlier this month, public health workers took part in industrial strikes over low pay, caused by the RTGS's plummeting value.

    A security guard counts small denominations of US dollars
    Image caption: US dollars are commonly used in Zimbabwe
  5. Mauritania president 'says releasing blogger would cause chaos'

    Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has defended the continued detention of a blogger for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad, reports AFP news agency.

    AFP quotes President Abdel Aziz as saying the detaining the blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir was for "his personal security as well as the country's."

    "We know that from the point of the view of the law, he should be freed, but for security reasons, we cannot place the life of more than four million Mauritanians at risk," he said.

    "Millions of Mauritanians took to the streets to demand his execution. His release would mean that chaos would be allowed to take root in the country," he added.

    Mr Mkheitir was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2014 but this was downgraded to two years in jail on appeal in 2017.

    His lawyers have told AFP that he should have been released immediately, having spent four years behind bars, but is still in custody.

    The president was speaking ahead of the presidential elections on Saturday, which he is not contesting.

    Read more about the election.

    Mauritania campaign
    Image caption: Mauritanians are preparing for Saturday's presidential elections
  6. Tanzania postpones death penalty ruling

    The High Court in Tanzania's biggest city Dar es Salaam has postponed its ruling on whether the death penalty should be scrapped.

    Human rights activists had filed the case, arguing that it breached the constitution which guarantees the right to life.

    Although the death penalty is still officially allowed, it has not been used since 1994.

    The new date for the ruling is set for 17 July.

  7. Ugandan activist to be prosecuted over president's mother

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC Africa, Uganda

    Stella Nyanzi and court officials
    Image caption: Stella Nyanzi appeared in court to hear that she has a case to answer

    A Ugandan court has ruled that activist Stella Nyanzi must defend herself against charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni.

    The prosecution accuses Ms Nyanzi of posting a Facebook message in September about the president and his late mother that was deemed to be obscene, lewd and indecent.

    The prosecution also says Ms Nyanzi’s post disturbed the peace and right to privacy of the president.

    Her lawyer Isaac Semakadde says her defence witnesses include law dons from Uganda's prestigious Makerere University, where she worked as a researcher.

    If convicted of cyber harassment, she could be fined or be jailed for up to three years, or get both a fine and jail time.

    Ms Nyanzi was arrested in November and has been jailed in Luzira prison since then. She has refused bail.

    She returns to court on the 26 June to start her defence.

    Read more about her previous protests.

  8. Kenyans scramble for digital passports

    Hundreds of Kenyans have been queuing up to acquire new passports before the government invalidates all non-biometric ones from 31 August.

    Influential twitter account Kenya west has posted pictures of the queues:

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    The updated travel documents were rolled out in 2017 and hold data on finger prints, photos and signatures.

    Kenya's government says they will help to improve security and the efficiency of monitoring movement in and out of the country.

    However social media users have called for improvements to the application process after being left queuing up for hours outside of immigration centres.

    Tweeters have been coming up with their own suggestions:

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  9. Tanzania minister wants quitting boxer punished

    Harrison Mwakyembe
    Image caption: Minister Harrison Mwakyembe thinks that Selemani Bangaiza should not have pulled out in the second round

    Tanzania’s Sports Minister Harrison Mwakyembe has asked the country’s boxing association to punish Selemani Bangaiza for quitting a fight in the second round, the head of the association told the BBC.

    We reported earlier that the 20-year-old retired from the bout against Australian Andrew Moloney without putting up much of a challenge.

    The fight, which took place in Australia last week, was only Bangaiza's second match out of the the country and he had been a late replacement to face unbeaten Moloney, Boxing Scene reports.

    Joe Anea, president of the Tanzania Professional Boxing Regulatory Commission (TPBRC), told us the sports minister wanted Bangaiza to be punished because he did not have a good reason to quit the fight.

    The TPBRC will now discuss whether he should be punished.

  10. 'Hackers put Morsi's face on Egyptian news site'

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Hackers have replaced the front page of Egypt's state-owned news site Al-Ahram with a picture of late ex-president Mohammed Morsi.

    The chairman of the news site, Abdul Mohsen Salama, has blamed supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to another news site, Al-Watan.

    The picture did not indicate the group or individuals behind the hacking.

    Mr Morsi died on Monday after he collapsed during a court appearance for his trial on spying charges.

    The UN has called for an independent investigation into his death and the conditions he was being kept in.

    His former party, the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close ally of Morsi, are among those who have blamed the Egyptian leadership for his death.

    Twitter users shared apparent screenshots of the hacked Al-Ahram page, featuring verses from the Koran and Turkish text reading: "May Allah accept Mohammed Morsi's martyrdom." It also featured the phrase "Long Live Hell for Wrongdoers" in English, a reference to a Turkish drama series.

    The website appears to have returned to normal.

  11. Foetus 'found in plane toilets by cleaners'

    Cleaners found the abandoned foetus blocking the toilet of an plane in South Africa, AFP news agency quotes FlySafair airline as saying.

    As our last post reports, police are investigating if a woman concealed the birth.

    AFP now adds more details, saying the foetus was discovered by cleaning staff as the plane was being prepared and passengers were boarding the Durban-Johannesburg flight.

    Passengers were told to get off the plane and their flights were rescheduled.

  12. Foetus found on plane in South Africa

    A foetus has been found in the waste system of an plane at the airport in the South African coastal city of Durban.

    The local police are looking into the issue, IOL news website reports.

    A "case of concealment of birth is being investigated," police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele is quoted as saying.

    The affected airline, Fly Safair, said on its website that "upon final checks of the waste management system our teams encountered a finding which requires formal investigation".

  13. 'We can't afford to lose our vultures'

    The poisoning of more than 500 vultures in Botswana is "one of the few confirmed cases of poachers directly targeting vultures and the incident is one of the worst in recent history," Kerri Wolter from conservation group VulPro has told the BBC's Alastair Lethead.

    She said that vultures play a vital role in cleaning the environment.

    “We simply cannot afford to lose our most important... scavenger which keeps our environment safe, uncontaminated from diseases and functional," she added.

    "The poisoning incident has come at a time where vultures across the African continent are facing catastrophic declines across their ranges."

  14. US 'bans visas of Malawi diplomats' maids'

    Person washing up

    The US government said it has suspended issuing visas for domestic employees of Malawian officials, Reuters news agency reports.

    It adds that this comes after one of Malawi's diplomats failed to pay $1.1m (£866,000) in damages to a woman she trafficked in the US.

    In 2016, domestic worker Fainess Lipenga was awarded the payout in a human trafficking lawsuit against her employer Jane Kambalame, who worked at the Malawian embassy in Washington.

    Ms Lipenga, who reportedly worked long days for less than 50 cents an hour and was subjected to psychological abuse, still has not received the money, Reuters reports.

    The Malawian Embassy in Washington did not respond to Reuters' request for comment.

    In 2017 PRI reported that Ms Kambalame disputed the allegations against her.

  15. Tanzania minister 'accuses boxer of shaming the nation'

    Tanzanians are debating what should happen to one of the country's boxers after he retired from a bout in Australia in the second round without putting up much of a challenge.

    It was only super flyweight Selemani Bangaiza's second fight outside of Tanzania and he was a late replacement to face unbeaten Andrew Moloney, Boxing Scene reports.

    The discussion about the 20-year-old was reignited after reported remarks by Sports Minister Harrison Mwakyembe.

    Privately-owned newspaper Mwananchi says the minister thinks Bangaiza should not be allowed to fight again after he watched the video of the fight that was circulating on social media.

    In the video, he can be seen holding up his hand and spitting out his mouth-guard to indicate that he did not want to continue:

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    Mr Mwakyembe accused the boxer of not trying hard enough and not properly representing Tanzania.

    “Things like this make our country appear backward in sports," the minister is quoted in the newspaper as saying.

    "The boxer should be dismissed so that it could be a lesson to others."

  16. 'Egypt plays with 12 players'

    Egypt are preparing for Friday night's opening game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

    The hosts have had to hastily organise the tournament after Cameroon failed to get ready in time.

    It could prove to be a challenge for the home team as well, because no fans are more demanding than a sell-out crowd at the Cairo International Stadium.

    It's expected that 75,000 fans will be there for the opening match against Zimbabwe.

    So, what's it going to be like?

    Nobody knows Egyptian football better than Manuel Jose, the former coach of Cairo giants Al Ahly.

    "Egypt plays with 12 players not 11 because the people are unbelievable, they push the team all the time all the time," he told the BBC's Matthew Kenyon.

    Listen to the interview:

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    Video caption: The Africa Cup of Nations 2019 is about to begin in Cairo International Stadium
  17. 'We're forced to eat raw fish'

    Kenyan fishermen allege mistreatment at the hands of the Ugandan authorities

    Ugandan police have been accused of forcing Kenyan fishermen to eat raw fish as punishment for alleged illegal fishing in Uganda's part of Lake Victoria, Kenya's privately-own newspaper Daily Nation reports.

    The fishermen told the Daily Nation that they were threatened with being shot if they did not eat the fish.

    One of them called the practice "inhumane".

    They also said the policemen confiscated their fishing equipment as well as their boats.

    There have been frequent arguments between Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria as they complain that the common border is not obvious.

    The Daily Nation did not get comment from the Ugandan authorities.

    Fishing boats
    Image caption: Kenyan and Ugandan fishermen are often in dispute about where to fish
  18. Botswana poisoned vultures are 'critically endangered'

    Hooded vulture
    Image caption: Twenty-eight hooded vultures were among those poisoned

    Conservationists have called the poisoning of more than 500 critically endangered vultures in Botswana one of the largest documented killings of the threatened species, reports the BBC's Alastair Leithead.

    The Botswana government said it’s thought to have been caused by poachers who killed three elephants for their ivory and laced the carcasses with poisonous chemicals so they wouldn’t be found.

    Vutlures circling a carcass can be seen from miles away, so poisoning them is a way to hide what the poachers have done.

    Most of the 537 birds found dead were white-backed vultures, which are classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

    Seventeen white headed and 28 hooded vultures were also killed. They are also critically endangered.

  19. LGBTI refugees arrive back at Kenya camp

    The UN's refugee agency says that a group of refugees, including some LGBTI people, have arrived at a camp in the north-west of Kenya after being bussed there by the authorities from the capital, Nairobi.

    Some in the group of 74 had left Kakuma camp over the previous 12 months because of being subjected to homophobic violence, they told the BBC.

    The UNHCR says it will make "specific provisions for refugees with particular needs and vulnerabilities".

    It also says that the Kenyan government had restated its commitment to protect all refugees including LGBTI people.

    Last December, the Kakuma camp authorities told LGBTI refugees that it could no longer help them. This was the notice that one of the refugees sent the BBC:

    Notice from the camp authorities

    The UN says that it had screened the 74 who had arrived on Thursday and found "the vast majority have not been assessed as having an LGBTI profile". The refugees had told the BBC before they left Nairobi that most of them were LGBTI.

    “UNHCR remains committed to providing financial assistance, protection and support to all vulnerable refugees in Kenya, including LGBTI persons,” UNHCR representative in Kenya Fathiaa Abdalla said.

  20. Cameroon through after late winner

    They join Nigeria in the last 16 of the World Cup

    Cameroonian players celebrate

    Ajara Nchout scored two superb goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon dramatically beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup, where they will face England.

    Nchout turned inside Ria Percival in the 95th minute and superbly curled in the winner to put Cameroon through.

    They were heading out after Aurelle Awona sliced a volley into her own net with 10 minutes remaining for 1-1.

    Nchout had put her side ahead in the second half with a lovely, dinked goal.

    Nigeria are also through as one of the best runners up.

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