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  1. Ethiopia's government rejects death toll figures in Oromo protests
  2. Nigeria and Switzerland discuss the return of more of 'Abacha millions'
  3. 'Missing' Ugandan ex-spy released on police bail
  4. Ghana's president defends hosting of ex-Guantanamo detainees
  5. Kenya's deputy president appears at International Criminal Court
  6. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 12 January 2016

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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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    That's all for today from the BBC Africa Live page. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with developments across the continent on the BBC News website.  

    Today’s African proverb: "A person once stung by a bee gets frightened at the sight of a house fly." An Igbo proverb sent by Achonu Sampson and Opara Joseph, both from Nigeria.   

    Click here to send in your proverb.

    And we leave you with this picture of a group of Kenyan athletes stretching before their morning run in the Rift Valley town of Iten, which is famous for producing world-class athletes.

    Kenyan athletes
  2. Remembering legendary Somali composer, poet and playwright

    Abdirahman Koronto

    BBC Somali service

    Ali Sugulle - who Somalis are mourning after his death on Monday - shot to prominence in the 1960s, composing songs that for many became linked forever to Somalia's independence. 

    He later became famous for composing anti-government songs - which sometimes led to him being arrested. 

    People said he had the instinct of a journalist as well as an artist, composing songs and writing plays that were also critiques on the government of the military government of the time, led by Mohamed Siad Barre. 

    Somalis on social media have been reacting to the death with many showing their grief and offering their blessings.

    His funeral is expected to be held in Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland. 

    You can listen to a brief montage of his most popular songs below: 

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  3. Ethiopia government: Oromo protests hijacked by violent elements

    Ethiopia's government has rejected accusations of a brutal crackdown of Oromo protesters.

    Ethiopian English-language magazine the Addis Standard today carries a stark cover, posing the question: "Why is Ethiopia killing its people again?" (see 09:43 entry).

    Last week, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that at least 140 people had died during the recent wave of protests.

    But Abiy Berhane from Ethiopia's London embassy has told the BBC that those numbers are not correct. 

    He told Focus on Africa radio that there had been arrests in some parts of Oromia region, but that given the HRW figures come from opposition supporters, people should wait for an official government report.

    He says the government "has been trying to avoid confrontation with the people", but the protests were hijacked "by people whose intention it was to induce violent confrontation". 

    Oromo funeral
    Image caption: Funerals have been held for people killed during the protests, but the government rejects the figure of 140 dead
  4. Nigerian budget delayed over 'missing documents'

    You could say that passing the budget in Nigeria is one of the country's top priorities at the moment, as the economy deals with the impact that plunging oil prices are having on the health of its finances.  

    But Nigerian MPs have had to delay their discussions on President Muhammadu Buhari's first budget, due to begin today, after the only hard copy of the documents went missing from the national assembly building. 

    A Nigerian MP has confirmed the story to the BBC, following reports in local media. 

    Nigeria's Premium Times is reporting that lawmakers will now have to wait until fresh copies are obtained from the presidency to begin consultations. 

    president buhari

    Mr Buhari' s budget detailed plans to raise spending by 20% next year by increasing borrowing, proposing $31bn (£20.8bn) of expenditure in 2016 on infrastructure and the economy.

  5. The Ethiopian farmer who sued the UK government

    The Guardian newspaper's long read today focuses on the plight of an Ethiopian farmer from Gambella region in the the west of the country.

    Journalist Ben Rawlence writes about Opik who says he was forced from his home and land by a government relocation - or villagisation  - scheme.

    He ended up leaving Ethiopia and becoming a refugee in Kenya.

    This programme was partly funded by aid money from the British government and Opik was part of a law suit to sue the government over the relocation.

    You can read more about what happened here.

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  6. Abducted and enslaved by Joseph Kony - Evelyn Amony tells her story

    The ex-wife of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has told the BBC that she and her children are yet to be fully reintegrated into the society years after fleeing from the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

    Evelyn Amony was abducted by the rebels when she was 12, and spent 11 years in their camp.

    She was also forced to became Kony's wife and had three children with him.

    Ms Amony now works with other war-affected women in northern Uganda, and has published a book: I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life from the Lord's Resistance Army.

    She has been telling the story of her abduction and escape to BBC World Update's Dan Damon.

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    Video caption: The former wife of Ugandan rebel leader describes abduction, enslavement and escape
  7. Malawi's celebrated woman freedom fighter dies

    Malawi's first female cabinet minister and a prominent activist who fought for the country's independence from British rule, has died at the age of 86, local media report

    Rose Lomathinda Chibambo was a celebrated freedom fighter who was forced to give birth in prison after being arrested for her campaigning. 

    She is still featured on Malawi's 200 kwacha banknote (seen below in the Tweet from China's CCTV news network): 

  8. Heavy rains destroy thousands of houses in northern Mozambique

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Mozambique

    Mozambique’s government relief agency says heavy rains and strong winds are causing a lot of suffering, particularly to people living in the country’s central and northern regions.

    It says more than 3,000 houses, most of them built with flimsy materials, like mud, reed and grass, have been partially or completely destroyed in the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Tete and Nampula.

    The head of the agency has told people in areas at risk to move to safer ground. 

  9. How the power of spirits inspires Ethiopian artist's work

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    Ethiopian artist Robel Temesgen is a painter with a unique take on art. His first solo exhibition is showing in London and visitors are treated to a number of canvases splashed with bold, vibrant colours. 

    Robel's abstract art is inspired by Adbar. That's a term in Amharic which explains how spirits are connected to natural places - like lakes, mountains or trees.

    The BBC's Victoria Uwonkunda went along to see the exhibition at Tiwani Art studios: 

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  10. Ruto appears at ICC to fight charges

    Anna Holligan

    BBC News, The Hague

    Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto looked calm and confident as he appeared at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, to try to dismiss the case against him.

    Mr Ruto is accused of committing crimes against humanity during post-election violence in 2007 and 2008. 

    Prosecutors told the court how meetings in which people received military training were held at Mr Ruto's home one month before the elections.

    The alleged training camp featured target practice, as well as lessons in how to set homes on fire and how to conceal their identity by wearing white face paint.   

    Wililam Ruto

    Prosecutors also argued that fuelling stations were set up for attackers, who were given intelligence about the addresses of people belonging to the Kikuyu ethnic group. 

    They are hoping to demonstrate that these were systematic, planned attacks which Mr Ruto organised and coordinated. 

    His defence says there is insufficient evidence against him and has called for the case to be thrown out.

    To date no-one has been held accountable for what was described in court as the most serious violence in Kenya's history.

    The case is continuing.

  11. 'More than half of South Sudan children out of school'

    United Nations children's agency Unicef says more than half of South Sudan's children are not in school - the highest proportion in any country in the world. 

    Unicef says 1.8 million South Sudanese boys and girls are not being educated in classrooms. 

    It said since the civil war broke out in 2013, more than 800 schools had been demolished. 

    But Unicef has released a video in which it highlights the many children who are going to school "against the odds".

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    The government in Juba signed a deal with rebels in August, but violence has persisted in parts of the country.

  12. Nigeria in talks with Swiss to return stolen millions

    The Nigerian government says it's in talks with Switzerland over the return of $300m (£210m) stolen by the former military ruler Sani Abacha. 

    Nigeria's Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said $700m had already been repatriated from Switzerland. 

    The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has accused Sani Abacha of stealing up to $5bn during his time in power from 1993 until his death in 1998. 

    President Muhammadu Buhari has made tackling corruption a priority and asked Britain and the United States for help recovering stolen money. 

    President Muhammadu Buhari

    Read background on the attempts to recover Abachi's millions

  13. Mozambique opposition leader wants 'peace talks'

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Mozambique

    Afonso Dhlakama

    Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who heads the ex-rebel Renamo movement, has expressed his readiness to discuss with the governing Frelimo party, ways to ensure peace in the country - which some see as being under threat.

    Mr Dhlakama, who has been in hiding in his former military base at Maringue, was talking to journalists through a phone-link. 

    He wants discussions to be mediated by the Catholic Church and current South African President Jacob Zuma.

  14. Aubameyang 'not moving from Dortmund'

    Steve Vickers

    BBC Africa, Harare

    German football club Borussia Dortmund have ended speculation that Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be moving on in this January transfer window. 

    Dortmund say they will hold on to all their key players for the rest of the season, including the sought-after Aubameyang, who last week was named African footballer of the year.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  15. A brake on the success of African app developers

    African developers of web applications - or apps - for mobile phones are disadvantaged because of the lack of a suitable payment system in much of the continent, the Techcrunch website reports.

    It says that developers in many African countries can only upload their apps for free on to app stores like Google Play as they are not able to receive payment for them.

    The only place where they can get money is in Nigeria.

    There is a general problem with international payment systems being used in many countries on the continent.

    Techcrunch says that this represents a "significant lost opportunity" for African app developers.

    Google play
  16. Ghana's president defends taking ex-Guantanamo detainees

    John Mahama

    Ghana's President John Mahama has said that the two Yemeni former detainees of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay are not a threat to national security, the Reuters news agency reports.

    The government's decision to host the released men - who were not convicted of committing a crime - has been criticised by many in Ghana, with Christian leaders saying that could post a threat.

    Reuters quotes Mr Mahama as saying that "any Ghanaian is more in danger of dying from a road accident than from these Guantanamo detainees.

    "They just want to pick up the pieces of their lives and live normally. We don't have anything to fear."

    Earlier one of the men, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef, had told a Ghana radio station how he - and other detainees - had supported the national team, the Black Stars, during the 2010 World Cup (see 10.42 entry).

  17. 'Missing' Ugandan ex-spy released from police detention

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Charles Rwomushana
    Image caption: Charles Rwomushana says he was detained on Friday

    Ugandan former spy Charles Rwomushana has just been released from police detention.

    He was reported missing at the weekend and there was speculation about whether he was in the hands of the Police Special Investigations Unit. 

    But police had denied holding him 

    I have just spoken to Mr Rwomushana and he told me that he was picked up by plain-clothed policemen on Friday evening on his way for a talk show at a local TV station.

    He says he was released this afternoon on police bail, and is being charged with libel and promotion of sectarianism.

    Mr Rwomushana was held following his comments on the alleged detention and possible death of Chris Aine, the head of security for presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.

  18. Legendary Somali arts figure dies

    Legendary Somali composer, poet and playwright Ali Sugule Egai has died at his home in the UAE, the BBC Somali Service reports.

    It is thought he died from lung problems as a result of a stroke. 

    President of the self-declared republic of Somaliland Ahmed Silanyo posted on Twitter this morning: 

    "May God have mercy on the soul of Ali Sugule Ega. Condolences to his family, friends and the people of Somaliland."

    Others have also been sharing the news on social media: 

  19. Zimbabwe court dismisses Grace Mugabe insult charges

    Brian Hungwe

    BBC Africa, Harare

    A court in Zimbabwe has thrown out some of the charges against a ruling party MP accused of making "insulting" remarks about the first lady Grace Mugabe.  

    The state will now proceed with a lesser charge of disorderly conduct against Justice Wadyajena.

    If convicted of the lesser charge, the MP faces a $200 (£140) fine or a six-month prison term. 

    Mr Wadyajena was accused of calling Mrs Mugabe a "fool" during an altercation with a fellow ruling Zanu-PF supporter during the party's annual conference in December. 

    Mr Wadyajena has described the charges as malicious. 

    The ruling party is struggling with factionalism.

    Two camps have emerged, one backing Mrs Mugabe and the other President Robert Mugabe's deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    Grace Mugabe
    Image caption: Grace Mugabe entered politics in her own right in 2014
  20. SA suffers deadly holiday traffic accidents

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    There were 1,755 deaths on South African roads from 1 December to 11 January, up 14% on the same period the year before, according to the country's transport minister. 

    Speaking to media in the capital, Pretoria, Dipuo Peters blamed bad driving habits for the majority of accidents, including not wearing seat belts, speeding, drinking and driving, and not stopping at red lights.  

    She said corruption at vehicle-testing centres and among traffic police was also a contributing factor to the high death rate.  

    The minister also noted that 340,000 vehicles were newly registered last year. 

    South Africa has one of the highest rates of road accidents deaths in the world, with about 14,000 deaths a year. 

    A Cape Town road