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  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We’ll be back next week

    BBC Africa Live

    Nduka Orjinmo & Damian Zane & Dickens Olewe

    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: A bird's relative is the one with whom it shares a nest." from Sent by Blackstar Deng Bol, Juba, South Sudan
    Sent by Blackstar Deng Bol, Juba, South Sudan

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

    And we leave you with this picture where the football momentarily obscures the face of Tunisia's Anice Badri to comic effect during an African Cup of Nations match. It is from our selection of the best pictures from this week.

    Tunisia's Anice Badri
  2. ‘First steps’ for creating Liberia war crimes court

    Law experts and politicians are amongst those meeting in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, to discuss how to set up a war crimes court in the country.

    According to Civitas Maxima, a Swiss organisation that works to ensure justice for victims of war crimes, following the debate, the plan is to introduce a draft bill to parliament to create the court.

    The group has been tweeting quotes from the conference, including this one from Aaron Weah from the non-governmental organisation Search for Common Ground.

    He urged politicians to back a tribunal: “A court will lead to new levels of trust, new levels of confidence, new levels of partnership. Investors are concerned that Liberia is not reconciled. These concerns have a way of scaring long-term investment."

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    It also quotes the head of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Bartholomew B Colley, as saying:

    Quote Message: We need clear-cut political will from the president down to the other branches of governments. To show that the nation stands on the side of justice. Justice must be served.
    Quote Message: Coming to the court does not mean you are guilty as charged. But we need to cut the culture of impunity."

    Civitas Maxima says that in 2009 Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended criminal prosecutions and the establishment of a special tribunal, but no-one has been investigated or prosecuted.

    Liberia, founded as a haven for freed US slaves, endured two bouts of brutal fighting in 1989-1996 and 1999-2003 in which some 250,000 people were killed.

    Thousands more were mutilated and raped, often by armies of drugged child soldiers led by ruthless warlords.

    Regional peacekeepers intervened twice to end the fighting.

  3. Malawi hit by post-election violence

    Peter Jegwa Kumwenda

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    Malawians have taken to the streets in all cities and major towns to protest against the manner in which last May’s elections were conducted.

    Nearly two months since the elections were held, political tension remains high as election results are being challenged in court by the opposition.

    The largest crowd was in the capital, Lilongwe, where the protest was largely peaceful, though some main roads in the city were blocked by burning tyres and rocks placed by demonstrators.

    A few privately owned vehicles have also been stoned.

    More violent scenes were reported elsewhere.

    In the southern city of Blantyre, soldiers from the Malawi Defence Force were called in to apprehend suspected governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters who were reportedly terrorising protesters.

    Shops have also been vandalised in isolated incidents in the north, while masked youths are also said to have mounted makeshift roadblocks on some major roads, where they were not permitting vehicles to pass without giving some money.

    The Constitutional Court will start to hear the case challenging the re-election of President Peter Mutharika on 29 July.

  4. Remembering Oliver Mtukudzi

    Selmor and Sandra are the daughters of the late African music legend Oliver Mtukudzi.

    Tuku, as he was affectionately known, was a man with a "talking guitar".

    In the documentary, Tuku Music, out this Saturday, they recall the man behind the music.

    “He was a lot of fun," Sandra says of her father.

    "He loved talking about life. He gave us a lot of lectures. Sometimes we would complain and say: ‘Oh dad there you go again’ but he would always want to make sure you hear him and learn something... he was very emotional, a trait that carried through in his songs."

    For Selmor, it wasn’t always easy to have the Tuku name. Her father was regularly featured in a TV music programme that went out every Thursday in Zimbabwe.

    When she went to school the next day, people would say: ‘I saw your dad on TV!’ they would also sing his songs.

    She says of the attention: "I hated it so much."

    For Sandra, being the daughter of Tuku also meant being forced to join the Marimba band simply because of her musical lineage.

    Both learned quickly that their father was widely admired, "even when he came to school everyone ran to him. He was not ours, alone".

    Sandra and Selmor are now following in their father’s musical footsteps.

    You can hear more from his daughters, neighbours, band members and fans on the BBC World Service and online in the documentary Tuku Music out on Saturday 20 July.

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  5. Bid to punish underage marriage in Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    MPs in Mozambique have passed a bill criminalising the marriage of people under the age of 18 and proposing penalties for offenders and enablers of the practice.

    An adult who marries a minor will be jailed for up to 12 years in prison, the bill says.

    If President Felipe Nyusi assents, the bill it will become law.

    Zelia Menete, from the Coalition for the Elimination of Premature Marriages, a local rights group, urged the government to also focus on ensuring that girls remain in school.

    Quote Message: Parents, guardians, leaders, religious organisations and other stakeholders should have knowledge of the law, and also work with the education ministry to ensure that there’s more and more retention of the girls in schools.
    Quote Message: Only this way, will the girls have skills and after the age of 18 she can clearly give a more active contribution to the country’s development.”
  6. Post-election protests break out in Malawi

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC Africa

    Police and opposition supporters have clashed in Malawi as post-election demonstrations resumed in several cities.

    The protesters want the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Jane Ansah, to resign, accusing her of mishandling the 21 May election won by President Peter Mutharika.

    Pictures on social media show hundreds of protesters running down the streets of the southern city of Blantyre.

    A local newspaper has shared a video of the protests:

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    The military has been deployed, and there are claims some protesters have been injured in other parts of the country.

    Crowds have also turned up in the northern city of Mzuzu, carrying slogans denouncing the Malawi electoral commission.

    The opposition Malawi Congress Party has challenged Mr Mutharika's win, alleging vote-rigging.

    Both local and international observers declared the elections free and fair, but cited vote bribery and abuse of state resources in the campaigns ahead of the vote.

    Protest organisers say the demonstrations will continue until the leadership of Malawi’s electoral commission steps down.

  7. 'On a wing and a prayer' in Nigeria

    Olakunle Arthur Falayi

    BBC Africa Business, Lagos

    Aviation authorities in Nigeria are investigating how an unidentified man was able to climb onto the wings of an aircraft as it was about to take off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Friday.

    A video recorded by a passenger inside the aircraft show panicking passengers pleading to disembark as the man scrambled on the wing of the aircraft belonging to Azman Air.

    The pilot reported the intruder and he was apprehended and put in custody, spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (Faan), Henrietta Yakubu, said in a statement.

    She said investigations are still ongoing.

    The aircraft which was heading to Port Harcourt was cleared after "a thourough check", Faan said.

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  8. Tanzania economic figures contradict World Bank's

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    John Magufuli
    Image caption: President Magufuli has undertaken an ambitious programme of industrialisation since 2015

    Tanzania is considering reviewing its conclusions about economic growth, after the World Bank calculated a much lower figure for 2018.

    The government claims gross domestic product grew 7% last year, but the Washington based institution calculates growth of about 5% and the World Bank used the same data as Tanzania's Statistics Agency.

    The discrepancy will worry investors.

    When foreign investors lend to countries their decision is influenced by the health of a nation's economy.

    This year an unpublished report by the International Monetary Fund raised questions about President John Magufuli's “unpredictable and interventionist” policies.

    And the IMF forecasted medium-term growth between 4% - 5%, also well below the government's figure.

    President Magufuli has undertaken an ambitious programme of industrialisation since 2015, investing billions of dollars in infrastructure, including a new rail line, reviving the national airline and a hydropower plant.

    However, government interventions in mining and agriculture have led to a big drop in foreign investment.

    For now, Tanzania will stick with an economic growth figure of 7%, although officials will meet World Bank representatives next month to review the calculations.

  9. Health staff 'missing' after Boko Haram attack

    Mayeni Jones

    BBC News, Lagos

    An aid worker and staff from the local ministry of health, are said to be missing after being ambushed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday.

    The victims were on their way from the north-eastern city of Maiduguri to the town of Damasak in Borno state when they were attacked.

    According to a leaked security memo, the attack happened around midday on Thursday, about 20km (12 miles) from Damasak.

    Boko Haram militants are believed to have targeted three cars belonging to an international NGO.

    One driver is said to have been killed, although the circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Six others remain missing.

    On Wednesday, Boko Haram attacked a military base near Jakana, close to the city of Maiduguri.

    The army says it successfully repelled that attack but five soldiers were killed in a related ambush.

    These incidents came shortly after a military chief in the north-east warned militants in the region to lay down their arms, or be destroyed.

  10. Afcon: 'Fairy-tale' team, cursed jerseys and super fans

    Football fan

    The final match of the African Cup of Nations is hours away, so it's a good time to look back at some of the high and lows of the tournament so far.

    One story that will also linger on than most, months after the final whistle in tonight's game between Senegal and Algeria, is Madagascar's fairy-tale run.

    The team was among the lowest ranked on the tournament but reached the quarter final stage, beating the mighty Nigeria along the way.

    There was also the superstition about the dark green jersey of the Nigeria Super Eagles - the fans blamed it for bringing bad luck to their team.

    Then there there was the story of the Zimbawean who set off from Cape Town to Cairo but ended up being caught up in a heightened security situtaion in Ethiopia and an ongoing revolution in Sudan.

    Read more about these moments and others on the BBC website.

  11. Afcon: Who will be Africa's new football king


    Nick Cavell

    BBC Africa Sport, Cairo

    The Lions of Teranga

    Senegal's Lions of Teranga have the daunting task of taking on Algeria, the overwhelming favourites in tonight's match, who are looking for a second continental title after winning in 1990.

    Senegal have never won the competitions.

    Not only does the match bring together some of the best-known players from the continent in the likes Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez it will also see two local coaches leading their nations.

    Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse both captained their nations during their playing careers, with both spending time in England and France.

    The similarities do not end there - they were born a day apart in 1976 - Belmadi in the French town of Champigny-sur-Marne just outside Paris - which happens to be the town that Cisse’s family moved to when he was a child.

    Tonight they face each other at the Cairo International Stadium for the right to be crowned the kings of African football.

    It looks like Senegal have the best starting eleven but Algeria have the best squad so it should be a fascinating battle.

    On the pitch both sides are missing players who have impressed so far here in Egypt. The Algerians are without their young attacking right-back Youcef Atal who has a shoulder injury and Senegalese defensive rock Kalidou Khoulibaly is suspended.

    In the stands, the Algerians will have the majority support as more than 5,600 fans have arrived overnight on specially chartered planes - many more are here already.

    There will of course be a few hundred Senegalese fans doing their best to be heard and seen in the bright colours of yellow, gold and green.

  12. Zimbabwe workers get one-off payment but wage negotiations continue

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Zimbabwe’s civil servants have accepted a one-off payment of $45 (£36) as part of wage negotiations, after they rejected an offer of a $10-a-month wage increase earlier in July.

    Last month, June inflation surged to 175%, the highest in over a decade. This prompted fears of a return to the era of hyperinflation.

    The agreement averts a potential strike, for now.

    But negotiations for a more permanent wage hike continue.

    Workers are demanding a 10-fold increase in salaries as a cushion against rising prices.

    The economy has worsened since 2017 when President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over power following the ousting of Robert Mugabe.

    Instead of the promised prosperity, Zimbabwe has lurched from one crisis to another with shortages of bread, electricity and fuel.

    Zimbabwe market
    Image caption: Zimbabweans have been struggling with rising prices
  13. Kenyan elephants take a wrong turn

    A herd of five elephants has strayed from a migration route in Kenya's Rift Valley region, Kenya's Wildlife Service (KWS) says.

    The herd was on its way south from Laikipia to Mau, some 244 km (150 miles) away, but went 300km west to Timboroa forest.

    KWS said its team was dealing with the situation and warned people to exercise caution when approaching the area.

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    This is a developing migration, we will keep you informed when we know more.

  14. Ilhan goes 'back where she came from'

    Multiple videos of US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar arriving at an airport in Minneapolis - the district she represents - amid chants of "welcome home Ilhan", have been shared online.

    Ms Omar, who arrived in the US as a child after fleeing the conflict in Somalia, has been targeted by US President Donald Trump who accuses her of not respecting and loving America.

    At a rally on Tuesday, Mr Trump called on the Democrat politician to leave the country as his supporters chanted "send her back".

    Mr Trump had earlier in the week said Ms Omar and her four colleagues - all women of colour - should "go back where they came from".

    His comments were criticised as racist.

    The four politicians have been critical of of Mr Trump's policies, especially his treatment of migrants arriving in the US via Mexico.

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  15. South Africa's president 'deliberately misled parliament'

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    South Africa’s corruption watchdog has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of deliberately misleading parliament.

    The finding was made at the same time that the country’s former President Jacob Zuma announced he was withdrawing from a separate corruption inquiry.

    It’s been a dramatic morning in South Africa as the country struggles to tackle high-level corruption.

    First came the news that the former President Jacob Zuma was refusing to continue giving evidence at a public inquiry into the corruption that took place on his watch.

    He accused the judge-led inquiry of being biased against him. Judge Ray Zondo disagreed and expressed his disappointment.

    Then came a separate announcement from the public protector – a state official charged with exposing corruption.

    Busisiwe Mkhwebane said the current president had misled parliament over a donation his election campaign received, via his son.

    Mr Ramaphosa insists he knew nothing about the donation at the time.

    There is speculation here that the public protector has become a partisan figure – and that a sinister campaign is under way, a fight-back by marginalised elites in the governing ANC, who are looking to seize power.

  16. Fears for missing Rwandan journalist

    Cyuzuzo Samba

    BBC Great Lakes, Nairobi

    Constantin Tuyishimire
    Image caption: Constantin Tuyishimire has not been seen since Tuesday

    A Rwandan journalist from a popular private TV station is missing after not being seen since Tuesday, a colleague has told the BBC.

    Constantin Tuyishimire, who covers northern Rwanda for his station, was last seen going to work.

    Mr Tuyishimire's colleague, who did not want to be named, told the BBC that his wife and children are worried about his safety and are hoping that he returns home without harm.

    The police have told the BBC that they are looking for Mr Tuyishimire, who has been working as a journalist for the past seven years,

    They also confirmed that they are searching for opposition politician Eugène Ndereyimana, who went missing on Monday in the east of the country.

  17. Sudan talks 'postponed'

    The talks aimed at finalising the details of the transition to democracy in Sudan have been postponed, AFP news agency reports quoting two protest leaders.

    On Wednesday, the military rulers had signed a deal with civilian representatives with an outline with what the transition will look like.

    One of the protest leaders told AFP that the civilians needed more time "to reach a united vision".

  18. South Africa corruption inquiry 'irrational'

    Jacob Zuma

    The lawyer for Jacob Zuma made the announcement that the former South African president would no longer give evidence at the inquiry looking into corruption during his tenure.

    TimesLive has published more of what lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane said:

    "You will recall that on Monday, I expressed my reservations that a commission, which is a creature of statute, which has set out ground rules, writes a letter in June to say 'we are calling your client in terms of no rules'.

    "We expressed our reservations because this commission at all times has to comply with its ground rules.

    "Basically, our client from the beginning was treated as someone who must come and answer, as someone who is accused. Everyone [every witness] who came had a grievance against him.

    "We said our client sat waiting to be treated just like you treated [other witnesses].

    "This commission does not know who is guilty, it's trying to find out.

    "A legal process must be cleansed of prejudices which come from outside... We therefore submit to you that there is something irrational about a parallel approach to the witness.

    "We’ve come to tell you that because of the reservations we’ve raised and our experience in this room that my client has instructed me that he will take no further part in these proceedings."

  19. Kenyan MP in diplomatic row visits Tanzania

    A Kenyan MP, who sparked a diplomatic row with Tanzania, after making allegedly xenophobic remarks, is now visiting the country.

    Last month, Charles Njagua, who is also known as Jaguar, was arrested after a video of him, calling on Tanzanian and Ugandan traders to leave the country, was widely shared on social media.

    He was held in police custody for over a week and was released on 6 July after paying a $4,800 (£3,800) bail.

    He is facing charges of incitement to violence.

    He told the BBC Dira radio programme that his comments were only targeting illegal traders.

    "No country would allow people who do not have permits to do illegal business," he said.

    His comments angered some Tanzanian lawmakers who called on Kenyans to be kicked out of their country.

    Tanzania's government also summoned Kenya's high commissioner to explain the comments.

    Mr Njagua told the BBC that he "loves" Tanzania and has family in the country.

    He posted a picture of himself in Tanzanian's capital, Dodoma.

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  20. BreakingZuma withdraws from corruption inquiry

    The lawyer for former South African President Jacob Zuma has said that he will "take no further part" in the inquiry that is investigating allegations of corruption during his administration.

    He denies any wrongdoing.

    On Wednesday, Mr Zuma complained that he was being "cross examined".