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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team until Tuesday morning - until then there will be an automated news feed on this page.

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

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    Quote Message: Your silence does not provide for you." from A Luo proverb sent by Patrick Ochieng in Nairobi, Kenya.
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  2. Zanzibar to fine 'indecently dressed tourists'

    Tourist at the beach

    The authorities in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar have urged tourists to dress decently and respect the "sensibilities" of the local culture or they will be fined.

    Tourism Minister Lela Muhamed Mussa told BBC Swahili that some visitors walked "almost naked" on the streets.

    She said that tour guides will also be fined at least $700 (£500) if their clients were not appropriately dressed.

    Ms Mussa said that restaurants and hotels should also advise visitors to adhere to "their code of conduct".

    "It's their role to educate the visitors so if they break the rules we will also fine them," she said.

    She added: "Our goal is not to fine the tourists but to ensure that people dress respectfully."

    Zanzibar is a popular holiday spot for western tourists.

  3. Malawi pupils protest to reopen schools

    Police in Malawi's capital Lilongwe have used teargas to disperse irate school pupils who caused major traffic disruption as they staged protests to force schools to re-open.

    The government had ordered the re-opening of schools which were closed six weeks ago following a sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths and infections, but teachers have defied the order, demanding to be paid a risk allowance which the government said it was unable to meet.

    Pupils wore their school uniforms and took to the streets in other parts of the country as well.

    They used rocks and tree branches to block roads, prompting police to use force to disperse them.

    Last week negotiations between the government and teachers’ representatives ended without an agreement.

    The president of the Teachers Union of Malawi says that the government had called for negotiations to resume on Tuesday.

  4. Zimbabwe relaxes lockdown restrictions

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa

    Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has relaxed lockdown restrictions in place since 5 January.

    He cited a decline in the number of cases, fatalities and hospitalisation.

    The curfew has been reduced and now runs from 22:00 to 05:00.

    Written permissions are no longer required for movement and intercity travel is now permitted.

    Businesses and markets can reopen, while schools and universities must prepare to reopen although no date was given.

    Funeral gatherings remain restricted to 30, while other gatherings including church meetings are limited to 50 people.

    Restaurants will be allowed to provide takeaways and deliveries but no sit-ins are permitted yet, while bars, night clubs and gyms remain closed.

    According to the latest figures from the health ministry, Zimbabwe recorded 31 new cases and no deaths on Sunday.

  5. Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria's Sokoto state

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    At least 15 people have been shot dead and dozens others wounded by gunmen in a village in the north-western Nigerian state of Sokoto.

    The gunmen opened fire on Monday morning when residents tried to stop them from leaving with a local businessman they had abducted.

    Residents told the BBC that the victims had been buried and those wounded were receiving treatment in a hospital.

    A police spokesperson in Sokoto state said that more security forces had been deployed to the area.

    North-western Nigeria is the worst-hit region as the country grapples with armed criminal gangs frequently carrying out kidnappings for ransom.

    A search is still under way for more than 300 schoolgirls abducted from a boarding school in neighbouring Zamfara state on Friday.

    The authorities say progress is being made in negotiating for their release.

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  6. Fixers for foreign journalists detained in Tigray

    Desta Gebremedhin

    BBC Tigrinya

    Two local fixers working with foreign media organisations have been detained by the military in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

    Fitsum Berhane, who was working with the AFP news agency, was arrested by uniformed Ethiopian soldiers on Friday night at his home in the regional capital, Mekelle, according to his family and friends.

    Fitsum Berhane
    Image caption: Fitsum Berhane

    Alula Akalu, a fixer for the Financial Times, was arrested on Saturday at a restaurant in Mekelle by three uniformed soldiers and another person in plain clothes.

    Their families said the journalists were being held in a military camp and they were not allowed to speak to them.

    Alula Akalu
    Image caption: Alula Akalu

    Charges against the pair remain unclear. They are yet appear in court, their friends told the BBC.

    Another local journalist, Tamirat Yemane, was also detained by the military on Saturday for unknown reasons.

    The arrests came a day after an official of Ethiopia's ruling party warned that the government "will take measures against those misleading international media".

    After months-long blockade of international media access to the region, the Ethiopian government last week allowed foreign journalists to report from Tigray.

    The FT said in a statement that it was working to secure the journalists release.

    “We are taking all possible steps to ensure the release of translators Alula Akalu and Fitsum Berhane, who were arrested while working for the FT and AFP respectively on a government-authorised press trip in Mekelle, Ethiopia."

    "Our concerns have been raised with the relevant authorities as we work to understand the reasons for the arrests," the statement said.

  7. Zimbabwe VP resigns amid 'voice cloning' sex scandal

    Kembo Mohadi

    Zimbabwe's second Vice-President Kembo Mohadi has resigned a week after he denied accusations of sexual impropriety.

    Mr Mohadi, 71, repeated his defence that he was the victim of hacking and "voice cloning" after an online newspaper published lurid phone call recordings with several women allegedly including a subordinate.

    "I'm a victim of information distortion, voice cloning and sponsored spooking and political sabotage," Mr Mohadi said in a letter shared by the information ministry.

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    "I have been going through a soul searching pilgrimage and realized that I need the space to deal with my problems outside the governance chair," the letter said.

    He added that his resignation was not an act of "cowardice" but was to show respect to the office of the president and to ensure that it was "not compromised or caricatured by actions that are linked to my challenges as an individual".

  8. South Sudan gets tough on face masks

    Nichola Mandil


    A lab technician adjusts his protective mask as he tests samples for Covid-19

    The authorities in South Sudan's capital, Juba, have introduced a new measure dubbed "go back home" as a way of enforcing mask-wearing.

    Dr Richard Laku, the country's Covid-19 incident manager, said that officials from Juba City Council or any security agent will have the power to order people not wearing masks to return home.

    He said he was concerned about the increase in coronavirus cases among health workers. At least 47 have contracted the virus since last week.

    "If our health workers are getting infected in big numbers, this tells us that, actually our facilities in general are not doing well in terms of infection prevention-control, and I think it is a concern that needs to be addressed," Dr Laku said.

    The majority of the cases are in the capital, Juba, which has recorded the most infections in the country.

  9. Kenya museums appeals for historical artefacts

    Fossils of different species displayed at the paleontology department of the Nairobi National Museum
    Image caption: Fossils of different species displayed at the paleontology department of the Nairobi National Museum

    The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is asking Kenyans to donate cultural artefacts and other items, as it seeks to build a museum on the country's early history.

    "NMK is desirous of acquiring relevant objects or memorabilia by way of donation, long-term loan or any other suitable arrangement", NMK says in a public appeal.

    The proposed museum dubbed a 'Museum of Heroism', will include key aspects such as "the early history and peoples of Kenya, colonisation, independence [and] military history.."

    "Such materials may include but not limited to photographs, films, unique literature and writings, newspaper cuttings, maps, info graphics, traditional weaponry, instruments of power, traditional musical instruments and trade merchandise" the museums body says.

    The museums body is also looking for traditional farm tools and equipment, body adornments, furniture, crafts, traditional attire, court artefacts, pass books and religious artefacts.

  10. Ghana's experts assures public of vaccine safety

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    Nana Akufo-Addo

    The arrival of hundreds of 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines in Ghana has been widely welcomed, but the authorities here say they have to continue to counter false information about the pandemic and vaccines.

    On Sunday President Nana Akufo-Addo countered some of the common false statements and conspiracies about the safety and efficacy of the approved jabs.

    The vaccine, Mr Addo said, does not change your DNA, it's not part of a global cabal plan to "wipe out Africans," and will not cause infertility.

    The president also said experts from Ghana's Food and Drugs Authority had declared the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines safe.

    The country's scientists have also approved Russia's Sputnik V vaccine and were also involved in research to develop other jabs.

    To rollout the vaccination, the National Vaccine Deployment Plan has segmented the population into four groups in order of priority:

    Frontline health workers, people with underlying health conditions, and people aged 60 and above will be among the first to be vaccinated.

    Key workers in the executive, legislature judiciary, and security services including some journalists will also get the opportunity to receive the jabs.

    But pregnant women and children below 18 years old are not part of the vaccination campaign.

    The authorities have said they don’t have enough data on the possible side effects of the vaccines on such groups.

  11. US warship arrives in Sudan after Russian one

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    US sailors look on as they stand aboard the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), part of Destroyer Squadron 2, while it anchors in Port Sudan
    Image caption: The USS Winston S Churchill docked in Port Sudan on Monday

    An American warship has docked in Port Sudan the day after a Russian frigate arrived at the same Red Sea port.

    US diplomats said the second visit in a week by the US navy ship highlighted a willingness to strengthen the renewed partnership between the two countries.

    The US delisted Khartoum as a state sponsor of terrorism following the overthrow in 2019 of former President Omar al-Bashir.

    Russia is building a naval base near Port Sudan, big enough for four warships and 300 personnel.

  12. Love Island South Africa 'so white'

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    The much anticipated reveal of the contestants in South Africa's debut edition of popular reality TV show Love Island has been criticised for not representing the country's diversity, IOL news site reports.

    Of the 10 initial cast members two are coloured (the South African term for people of mixed-race heritage) and two are black. White contestants are predominant, reports say.

    According to a 2011 census at least 76% of the South African population is black, 9% is white, 9.1% is coloured and 8.9% is Indian.

    Contestants in the UK spin-off reality show will take part in dates, tasks and challenges to avoid being kicked out of the villa where they all live.

    They will be competing for 1 million rand ($66,200; £47,500).

    One tweeter commented sarcastically: "Wow so much diversity. This is a true representation of what I thought SA looks like."

  13. Ghana leader becomes first Covax vaccine recipient

    BBC World Service

    President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, receives coronavirus vaccine

    The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has become the world's first recipient of the coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for poorer countries.

    A wider Covax programme will begin in Ghana on Tuesday but health workers in Ivory Coast are being vaccinated on Monday.

    Mr Akufo-Addo has urged people to get inoculated and not to believe conspiracy theories casting doubt on the programme.

    Nigeria is due to take delivery of nearly four million doses of vaccine later this week.

  14. Museveni 'supporters better off without Facebook'

    Yoweri Museveni celebrate his win in the presidential election on
    Image caption: A statement from Mr Museveni's media team referred to supporters whose accounts were suspended as "victims of Facebook"

    President Yoweri Museveni has once again accused tech giant Facebook of being biased against Uganda's ruling party and its supporters.

    The social media platform suspended several accounts linked to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party days to the January election, accusing them of being involved in Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour (CIB) in an attempt to influence public debate ahead of the poll.

    At the time Mr Museveni accused Facebook of "arrogance" and announced a ban on the platform. The social media platform remains inaccessible unless using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

    In a Sunday meeting with "victims of Facebook" - NRM members whose accounts were suspended - the president told them they were better off without the platform.

    "Ever since Facebook went, have you heard of any shortage of sugar in town? Do you not have clothes? Facebook will talk but we shall move, they are not God," Mr Museveni said.

    He added:

    Quote Message: This is the reason why in some countries they are not allowed, do they operate in China? Anyway, what I heard is that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. I never heard that Facebook fits in same category."

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