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Summary

  1. South Africa drops birth certificate rule for visas
  2. Kenyans flock to watch banned lesbian film
  3. Some 3,200 people arrested in Ethiopian shisha and khat bars
  4. Dr Evan Atar runs the only hospital in northern South Sudan
  5. South Africa's land expropriation policy 'racially divisive'
  6. Son of Angola's ex-president in custody
  7. Cape Town residents block roads to protest insecurity
  8. Outraged Somali are making cash donations to his family

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That's all from BBC Africa Live for today. You can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of Tuesday's proverb:

One day the blind man will catch a grasshopper on his chest."

Sent by Aneke Ekene, Kano, Nigeria

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this picture of traders in a market in Senegal's capital, Dakar:

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Youths turn up for Uganda security team recruitment

Thousands of young men and women today turned up at several recruiting centres in the capital, Kampala, for selection to a special security team.

President Yoweri Museveni had ordered the recruitment of 24,000 people to beef up the Local Defence Units (LDU), as a way of dealing with rising insecurity in the capital following the killing of a top police officer on 8 September.

To qualify to join, participants were required to produce a national identity card, a recommendation letter from the local council and four passport size photos but some did not have them.

Half of the number that turned up didn't finish the mandatory 4km (2.8 miles) race. Others were not given an all clear after undergoing compulsory medical tests for HIV\AIDS and Hepatatis B, New Vision newspaper reports.

The exercise to recruit the 6,000-strong force is expected to end on Friday.

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SA citizen kidnapped in Burkina Faso

A South African citizen has been kidnapped in Burkina Faso, its foreign office has said in a statement.

It said that it was working with its mission in the region and law enforcement agencies in Burkina Faso to address the situation.

News agency AFP reported on Monday that three miners - a South African, an Indian and a Burkinabé - were kidnapped between the Inata gold mine and the town of Djibo, which borders Mali and Niger.

A fellow mine worker confirmed the incident, saying the three men "left the site (of the mine) around 08:000 and by 10:00 they had no more news of them".

A security source told AFP that the kidnappers are "probably members of jihadist groups operating in the region", adding that the assailants "headed towards the Mali border, and have likely already crossed it".

It is not the first time that foreign workers have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso.

Read more: Burkina Faso's war against militant Islamists

Sudanese concern over fatal 'disease outbreak'

Mohanad Hashim

BBC Africa

There is growing concern about an outbreak of a disease in eastern Sudan which some reports suggest has killed more than 100 people.

The government is blaming the chikunguya virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. But some doctors believe dengue fever might be to blame in some of the cases.

The epicentre is the town of Kassala, but there are reports of cases in Gedarif and even in the capital, Khartoum.

Sudanese activists are furious about the government's response to the crisis.

A statement attributed to the ministry of health put the figures of those infected at over 90,000.

Several videos and audio recording have been shared on Sudanese social media of people who have been allegedly stricken by the outbreak.

Daniel Cousin confirmed as sole Gabon coach

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Gabon's coach Daniel Cousin played in England, Scotland, France and Greece
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Gabon's coach Daniel Cousin has played in England, Scotland, France and Greece

The Gabon Football Federation has named former captain Daniel Cousin as the new, sole coach of the national team.

It had announced last week that Cousin would share the role with Pierre-Francois Aubameyang.

But Aubameyang's son, Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, said his father, who was ill, had not agreed to accept the job.

Cousin, 41, had spells with Hull City in England and Rangers in Scotland as well as playing for French side Lens.

"He has accepted the post and will reveal his staff in the near future," the Gabon Football Federation (Fegafoot) told BBC Sport.

Following Friday's angry denunciation of the original announcement by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on social media, Fegafoot was forced to admit that it had not reached a final agreement with his father.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

South Africa mourns Edna Molewa

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Tributes have been pouring in for South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa who died at the weekend.

The 61-year-old former anti-apartheid activist died in a Pretoria hospital from Legionnaires' disease, an extremely acute form of pneumonia.

President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences before he travelled to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He said: "This is a devastating loss to our nation and to the global community who owe a great debt of gratitude to the late Minister Molewa, for her championship nationally and globally for the environmental integrity of a sustainable planet Earth that can be shared and enjoyed by all nations and all people, rich and poor."

Her role in the establishment of the Paris climate agreement was also recognised.

Marcus Cornaro, the European Union ambassador to South Africa, tweeted his tribute:

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In a family statement Ms Molewa’s brother Fana Mmethi thanked the nation.

He said: "We are comforted in the knowledge that we are not alone in this, our darkest hour. South Africa has lost a great leader: an activist, a patriot and a revolutionary who has been called to her Maker, leaving us bereft.

"The scroll of history has recorded the life and deeds of this great woman who played a formative role in the liberation of South Africa.”

President Ramaphosa ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast and has declared an official 'Category One' state funeral for her.

The mother-of-four will be buried on 6 October.

Read more: Is the South African government seizing farmers' land?

Ebola threat near Uganda border

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The aid group Save the Children says it is concerned about two new Ebola cases recorded near the border with Uganda.

It said they occurred about 200km (124 miles) from the epicentre of the new outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The organisation says it is now installing hand-washing facilities in Uganda and training village health teams.

The World Health Organization says Uganda is facing an imminent threat of an Ebola outbreak.

Mbeki blasts ANC for targeting white people

Andrew Harding

BBC News, Johannesburg

Thabo Mbeki
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South Africa’s former President Thabo Mbeki has bitterly criticised the government’s plan to amend the constitution to seize land without compensation.

In a leaked document produced by his foundation, Mr Mbeki warned that the governing African National Congress (ANC) was targeting white people and abandoning the party’s non-racial values.

Almost everyone in South Africa agrees that land reform has been a failure – that too much farmland, in particular, remains in the hands of the white minority.

But the former president has now accused his own party, the ANC, of making matters worse, by pushing ahead with a racially divisive plan to amend the constitution in order to seize white-owned land without compensation.

Mr Mbeki said his party was abandoning its long commitment to non-racialism, and seemed to be following the “vulgar” agenda of the populist EFF party.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised an orderly, accelerated land reform process, with an amended constitution offering greater clarity.

But many fear a complex, potentially explosive issue is being exploited for political gain.

In a leaked document, Mr Mbeki said the country had to tackle the “original sin” of colonialism and racial apartheid – but without resorting to a new racial chauvinism.

“South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white,” he said, quoting the ANC’s 1955 Freedom Charter.

Read: Is South Africa's land reform an election gimmick?

Ferry disaster: Tanzania compensates victims' families

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

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Bereaved families on their way to receive the compensation

Tanzania's government has handed over $54,727 (£41,600) to compensate families of people who died in last week's ferry accident on Lake Victoria just off the coast of Ukara island.

Transport Minister Isaac Kamwele gave a dummy cheque with the amount to local officials.

Earlier in the day, bereaved families boarded a ferry from Bugorora to Ukara to receive their promised compensation.

The money is part of over $200,000 that has been raised so far through contributions from Tanzanians, non-governmental organisations and some religious leaders.

The death toll from Friday's accident is 227.

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Officials say families will receive $437 for every lost relative, the 41 documented survivors and rescue workers will each receive the same payment.

But I have met at least 30 people who said they were survivors who had not been included in the official list.

John Majura told me he went home after swimming to the shore:

I’m one of the survivors, this money collected won’t be enough to pay everyone, because until now, we are divided in two groups, there are those who were injured and came to hospital for treatment, those are the ones being listed, and that’s the 41 we are hearing, but some of us who didn’t sustain any injuries, we dashed home, we were not listed. This is where the confusion comes in."

The government has since disbanded the board of directors at Tanzania’s maritime safety agency, the Surface and Maritime Regulatory Authority, and has also launched an inquiry into what caused the accident.

Local media say the capacity for the capsized ferry was 100 people, but officials say the vessel was carrying more than twice that number when it capsized.

It operated on a busy route, crossing eight times a day between Ukara and Ukwerewe, which are close to Tanzania's second-largest city of Mwanza.

The ferry was said to have been particularly busy because it was market day in Bugorora, on Ukerewe.

The vessel was also carrying cargo, including bags of cement and maize, when it capsized around 50 metres from the shore.

Kenyans flock to watch banned lesbian film

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Dozens of Kenyans are flocking to cinemas to watch a critically acclaimed local film about a lesbian relationship after a ban was temporarily lifted.

A High Court ruling lifted the ban for only a week to enable the film Rafiki meet entry requirements for the Academy Awards, which require a movie to have been shown for at least seven consecutive days in the country of origin.

The Rafiki sold out at the weekend to a home audience in the capital, Nairobi, forcing the cinema to open a second screen. It will also be screened in two other cities - Mombasa and Kisumu.

Kenya’s Film Classification Board (FCB), which had enforced the ban, monitored the screenings in Nairobi closely to ensure only adults were permitted to watch it. Some fans had to produce identity cards to prove their age.

A section of the crowd wore T-shirts with anti-censorship slogans.

FCB head Ezekiel Mutua maintains the movie’s homosexual storyline corrupts the country’s moral fabric.

But his critics, including former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, have asked him to respect diversity and creativity.

The Rafiki tells the story of two young women who fall in love in a society where gay relationships are frowned upon.

It was the first Kenyan film to be selected for the Cannes Film festival, where it received positive reviews.

The screening in Kenya now makes Rafiki eligible for the Oscars in the foreign language category.

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Cameroon atrocity: Huge response to BBC report

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The shocking clip began circulating in July 2018

A BBC investigation into a horrifying viral video which shows Cameroonian soldiers leading away and killing two women and two young children has been met with an extraordinary response.

At least 1.4 million people have viewed BBC Africa Eye's Twitter thread, which details how the team used forensic video analysis to pinpoint where and when the killings happened, as well as who was responsible.

Politicians, journalists and influential TV personalities are among the 42,000 people who have retweeted it.

The government of Cameroon initially dismissed the video as "fake news" but has since admitted that it has detained seven soldiers in connection with the killings.

Here are some of the reactions to BBC Africa Eye's investigative report:

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SA drops visa rules to boost tourism

Andrew Harding

BBC News, Johannesburg

The V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the background
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South Africa says it is relaxing controversial travel rules that many believe have damaged the country’s vital tourism industry.

The government – anxious to revive a struggling economy – says foreign families will no longer have to produce their children’s birth certificates.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the changes would be introduced in time for the December holidays.

For the past four years, tourists trying to get into South Africa have been wrestling with an elaborate maze of red tape.

The same for South African families trying to travel abroad.

Passports were no longer enough. Children needed to produce their unabridged birth certificates. Both parents had to consent – in writing - to any travel.

The authorities here insisted they were fighting child trafficking.

But their data was dubious and the travel and tourism industries said the rules – and other visa restrictions - were destroying jobs and profits.

Now, with the economy sliding into a recession, South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa, has ordered a rethink in order to boost tourism.

That means more visas on arrival.

Amnesty condemns mass arrests in Ethiopia

People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September
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People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

Rights body Amnesty International has condemned recent arrests of thousands of people in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

It said the detentions "threaten a new era of human rights gains" under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopian authorities say that police had conducted a wave of arrests in the wake of recent ethnic violence between Oromos and other minority groups that left dozens dead in the capital and its Burayu suburb.

News agency AFP reports, quoting a source, that 65 people had been killed in the violence.

A total of of 3,200 people have been arrested, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Addis Ababa police chief Degfie Bedi said around 1,200 people believed to be involved in the fighting were detained, with charges filed against 107 suspects.

A further 2,000 were arrested at casinos, shisha clubs and establishments where people chew the leafy khat narcotic stimulant, Fana said.

Mr Degfie said those found not to have taken part in the violence would be released after receiving "training".

Mr Abiy took power in April and has implemented several reforms including the freeing of dissidents and unbanning opposition groups including the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), that were formerly labelled terrorist organisations.

Some of the exiled opposition leaders have been returning to Ethiopia.

Salah wins Fifa best goal award

Mohamed Salah
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Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London last night.

Salah's goal against Everton in the English Premier League at Anfield last December was judged the best by voting fans.

Croat Luka Modric was named the world's best male player breaking the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

South Sudan doctors wins UN award

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has named South Sudanese surgeon Dr Evan Atar as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award.

The prize is given to an individual who the agency says goes beyond the call of duty to help people forcibly displaced from their homes.

Dr Atar runs the only functioning hospital in the region of Bunj in north-eastern South Sudan. The facility serves close to 250,000 people.

He will receive $150,000 (£114,000) to fund a project which complements his existing work.

The BBC's Newsday programme spoke Dr Atar about his work.

Watch him in action:

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Son of Angola ex-president in custody

Jose Filomeno dos Santos
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José Filomeno dos Santos was removed as head of a $5bn wealth fund this year

A son of Angola's long-serving former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been remanded in custody in connection with a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) embezzlement case.

Prosecutors said Jose Filomeno dos Santos had been placed in detention due to the complexity and seriousness of the issue.

He or his legal representatives have not yet commented.

Mr dos Santos was sacked as head of oil-rich Angola's $5bn dollar sovereign wealth fund after Joao Lourenco became president last year, vowing to eradicate nepotism and corruption.

In March, Mr dos Santos was formally accused of fraud over the alleged illegal transfer of $500m from the central bank.

Read more:Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from Angola's 'people's fund'

Cape Town residents block roads to protest insecurity

Major roads in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town have been closed following protests by residents against poverty and crime, local media report.

"Eight people were arrested for public violence following run-ins with police that resulted in the disruption of traffic," the Western Cape police said in a statement.

One of the protest organisers, Gatto Wanza, blamed the police for instigating clashes with protesters.

"They are quite comfortable in allowing us to protest inside Bonteheuwel, but they are clearly protecting the interests of the wealthy by protecting the highway," Wanza said, IOL news site reports.

Public broadcaster Sabc spoke to some of the residents of Bonteheuwel about the reasons for their protests, with most of them decrying insecurity in the area.

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Our African proverb of the day:

One day the blind man will catch a grasshopper on his chest."

Sent by Aneke Ekene, Kano, Nigeria.

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That's all from BBC Africa Live for today. You can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of Monday's proverb:

Nobody can pick someone else's mushroom."

A Kalenjin proverb sent by Chebet Turgutt in Nairobi, Kenya.

And we leave you with this picture taken on an island off the Mozambican coast, by Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe:

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Nelson Mandela statue unveiled at UN

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A life-size statue of former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the UN's headquarters in New York.

"At 1.8 metres tall‚ the Nelson Mandela Statue is the only life-size statue at the United Nations headquarters‚ signifying the role he played in unifying the world under the banner of peace and conflict resolution‚" the South African presidency said.

Times Live reports that the statue was created by South African sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, the same team behind a nine-metre bronze Mandela statue at the Union Buildings in Tshwane, the headquarters of the South African government.

When the new statue was unveiled at today's ceremony in New York by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, he said:

We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the UN and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all."

Dozens killed in northern Ghana floods

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa

A picture two men standing on a flooded plantation
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More than 30 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by floods in northern Ghana.

Torrential rains and overflowing water at Bagre dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso are to blame for homes and many acres of crops being swept away.

The floods have also raised concerns about food security and the potential for the outbreak of diseases such as cholera.

Spillage happens most years at Bagre Dam, a multipurpose dam on the White Volta river near Bagré village in Burkina Faso, and communities in northern Ghana are often affected.

Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) says it is exploring alternative measures to minimise spillage in future, including building more dams to collect the water.

Northern Ghana is one of the poorest parts of the country and most houses are built with mud, and not strong enough to withstand the devastating floods.

The government has stepped up relief efforts after being criticised for not doing enough to manage the situation.

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Bobi Wine scoffs at Museveni youth donation

Uganda musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has mocked President Yoweri Museveni's donation of 100m Ugandan shillings ($26,000; £20,000) to youth groups in his constituency in the capital, Kampala, NTV Uganda reports.

"Since the regime has nothing else to tell people, they are embarking on buying them - if they can't intimidate you with bullets they can throw money at you," he said. "They can't believe somebody can speak to people without throwing money at them," he said.

Bobi Wine said the government offered money to the family of his former driver who was shot dead on August 13, which the family has rejected according to the Daily Monitor newspaper. The politician has alleged that he was the target of the shooting.

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Mr Museveni's donation to youth groups in Kampala's Kamwokya suburb are intended to help boost their small-scale businesses, the Daily Monitor reports.

"You have been given 100m but if you use it well, in future you will get more than that," Deputy government spokesperson Col Shaban Bantariza, who was representing Mr Museveni, said at the event.

But he also warned young people that if they continued to burn car tyres - which supporters of Bobi Wine have been doing in protest at the government's treatment of their MP - then the state, he said, would withhold further donations.

NTV Uganda tweeted a video of a resident of Kamwokya (speaking Luganda) dismissing Mr Museveni's donation:

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Nigeria and Senegal make basketball history

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Senegal's shooting guard Oumoul Thiam blocks her opponent
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Nigeria and Senegal's women's basketball teams are celebrating today after creating history on Sunday at the Basketball World Cup on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The two sides became the first African teams to ever win group games at the World Cup, formerly the World Championships.

First Senegal beat Latvia 70-69 and then a few hours later Nigeria beat Turkey 74-68.

Both sides had lost their opening games on Saturday, with Senegal beaten 87-67 by reigning champions USA while Nigeria lost 86-68 to Australia.

African national teams have been playing at the global finals since 1974.

Nigeria lost all five of their matches at their only other appearance in the finals in 2006.

Senegal have been to the global showpiece on seven occasions and have only ever won in matches to decide the minor placings – they were the first team to win a match in 1990, when they beat Malaysia and then Zaire to decide the 13th to 16th places at the 16-team tournament.

Tanzania punishes maritime bosses over ferry disaster

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

After last week's ferry disaster in which 224 people were killed, the government has intervened to disband the board of directors at Tanzania’s maritime safety agency, the Surface and Maritime Regulatory Authority, and has also launched an inquiry into what caused it.

The head of the ferry operator, Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (Temesa), has also been suspended and its board of directors dissolved. It follows the sacking of several of its employees.

Meanwhile, a retired army officer and local opposition MP Joseph Lukundi are part of the new government commission charged with investigating why the MV Nyerere capsized last week on Lake Victoria. The seven-member team has one month to compile and submit its report to the president.

A new ferry has been promised for the route, which the prime minister says will have a capacity of 200 passengers and carry 50 tonnes of cargo.

(See our earlier post on efforts to turn the ferry over)

Efforts under way to turn over Tanzania capsized ferry

Aboubakar Famau

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania capsized ferry
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Efforts to turn over the capsized ferry in Tanzania are ongoing with the authorities employing several methods to lift it.

The boat capsized on Friday around 50 metres from the shore of Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.

Map showing site of the boat accident
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Local media say the ferry's official capacity was 100 people, but it was overcrowded and the death toll now stands at more than 200.

Minister for Infrastructure, Isaac Aloyce Kamwele, told reporters that several ways of turning over the vessel were being considered, including "filling seven large floating bags with air" and "putting them underneath the 12-tonne ferry" to turn it over.

(See our later post: Tanzania punishes maritime bosses over ferry disaster)

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Uganda's home-grown film industry is proving a hit on YouTube, but does it glorify violence?

The BBC's Ed Butler heads to Wakaliga on the outskirts of the capital to investigate, only to get shot with fake bullets.

Hear a range of views of American immigrant studio boss Alan Hofmanis, director and screenwriter Isaac Nabwana, special effects supremo Dauda Bisaso, as well as British fan Timon Singh of the Bristol Bad Film Club:

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Liberians protest over missing millions

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

Protesters hold a sign reading "bring back our money"
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The protests have been dubbed "Bring Back Our Money"

Hundreds have joined protests in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, in anger at the disappearance of more than $100m-worth (£76m) of newly printed bank notes intended for the central bank.

That sum, which vanished from the country's main port and airport when the notes were imported for distribution, accounts for 5% of the country's GDP according to the Financial Times.

Liberia's government has banned 15 people, including the son of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from leaving the country while it investigates what happened.

The government has asked the IMF and the FBI to assist with the investigation. But according to President George Weah in a statement, the role of those international partners will be to advise the government on transparency. Citizens say this does not go far enough, and are instead calling for the those organisations to be directly involved in the probe.

Protesters have amassed outside the US embassy hoping to get their message heard:

Protesters hold signs in Monrovia
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Protesters hold signs and join hands in Monrovia
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Bobi Wine attacks Ugandan president on social media

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Ugandan pop star and MP Bobi Wine has given a written statement to the press days after his return to the country, criticising "extrajudicial killings" and calling for "those who torture and maim our citizens" to be brought to order.

He also accuses President Yoweri Museveni of "patting troops on the back" for "torturing" him and others "to near death". He later adds "I hope you can redeem yourself".

Uganda's army has rejected allegations that the MP was tortured while in their custody.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was charged with treason alongside 32 other politicians following campaign violence during a by-election in August. They deny the charges.

Before being arrested, Bobi Wine tweeted a gruesome picture of his driver Yasin Kawuma, who he said had been shot dead by police thinking he was the MP.

Some see Bobi Wine's popularity as sign of a generational rift between Uganda's young population and President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

Bobi Wine's statement, which he shared though social media, calls for the embrace of what he terms "people power":

People Power is every Ugandan who is interested in a better country. Many will come and claim to be leaders of People Power. Some are already using this to get money from the state and thereafter cause disruption. Ignore such people and remain focused on the cause. You shall know them by their fruits. People Power is in all of us."

Court postpones trial of Kagame critic

Lawyers for a prominent critic of Rwanda's President Kagame say they believe one of the trial judges is biased because of her involvement in pre-trial detention hearings, and must therefore be removed.

The trial, which began today at the High Court in Kigali, has been postponed.

Diane Rwigara faces charges of insurrection and has spent the past year in prison. She is on trial alongside her mother, Adeline. The pair say the charges are politically motivated.

Ms Rwigara was barred from running in last year's presidential election, which Mr Kagame won with nearly 99% of the vote.

Her father Assinapol Rwigara, who died in 2015, was a businessman and a former supporter of Mr Kagame.

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Cash donations after Somali man burned alive

Somalis are raising funds for the family of a man who was burned alive over his nephew's plans to marry a woman from a different ethnic group.

Ahmed Mukhtar Salah was the uncle of an ethnically Bantu man who became secretly engaged to a woman from a noble clan. When the couple ran away, the woman's family urged Mr Ahmed to bring her back.

The BBC's Ibrahim Aden says that the young woman's father eventually decided to give the couple his blessing, whereas her mother and other family members refused to do so.

Last week, Mr Mukhtar Salah's was stabbed and burnt to death in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Police have since arrested the mother of the young woman and several other people in connection with the attack.

Local media reports show a large turnout for Mr Mukhtar Salah's burial on Sunday:

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Fifa win for Kenyan girls' life skills scheme

BBC Sport

A Kenya-based programme that gives life skills and support to teenage girls through football has won Fifa's Diversity Award for 2018.

Horn of Africa Development Initiative (Hodi) was given the award on Sunday in London.

"This award is an important recognition and puts the wind behind our sails," said Hodi's Noor Abdulkadir.

The organisation's flagship programme, Shoot to Score, helps to prevent children from being forced into ethnic rivalry and conflict, providing safe spaces for learning a culture of non-violence through football.

Fifa's Diversity Award "recognises an outstanding organisation striving for diversity and anti-discrimination".

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Deadly attack restricts Ebola treatment in DR Congo

Louise Dewast

Kinshasa, DR Congo

Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.
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As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo reaches 100, according to the World Health Organization, the health ministry has suspended all outreach work in the north-eastern city of Beni due to insecurity in the area.

This means that teams involved in contact tracing and vaccination are not able to do their work in affected zones.

Over the weekend, at least 18 were killed in an attack by armed rebels, including 14 civilians.

The attack started Saturday afternoon and lasted for several hours. Heavy gunfire was heard in Beni, a city of several hundred thousand people.

The Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist group active in the area since the 1990s, is believed to be behind the attack.

On Sunday, while some residents were in mourning, others gathered in front of the hospital in Beni to protest against growing insecurity in the Ebola-affected area.

*This post has been amended to clarify that outreach teams are halting activity in Beni, rather than across the wider North Kivu and Ituri provinces

Kagame critic due to go on trial for 'insurrection'

BBC World Service

Diane Rwigara (C), a prominent critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, is escorted by Police officers to the court room at the Nyarugenge intermediate court in Kigali on October 9, 2017
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Diane Rwigara was arrested along with her mother last year

A woman who tried to challenge Paul Kagame in Rwanda's presidential elections last year, Diane Rwigara, is due to go on trial today.

She faces charges of inciting insurrection and has already spent a year in prison. Her mother is also on trial.

They say the charges are politically motivated.

Ms Rwigara was barred from running in last year's presidential election, which Mr Kagame won with nearly 99% of the vote.

Her father, who died in 2015, was businessman Assinapol Rwigara, a former supporter of Mr Kagame.

The family claim he was killed by the Rwandan authorities - something officials deny.

Monday's wise words

Our African proverb of the day:

Nobody can pick someone else's mushroom."

A Kalenjin proverb sent by Chebet Turgutt in Nairobi, Kenya.
A man sells wild mushrooms on the roadside on December 18, 2010 in the rural district of Zimunya in Mutare, 280 kms east of Zimbabwe's  capital, Harare.
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