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Summary

  1. Malala pleads for release of Chibok girls
  2. Kenyan opposition politician shot dead
  3. Amnesty demands 'mass graves' in Nigeria be sealed off
  4. Malawi declares national disaster over drought
  5. Deadly US drone strikes in Somalia
  6. China to 'investigate' Taiwanese deported from Kenya
  7. Get Involved: #BBCAfricaLive WhatsApp: +44 7341070844
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 13 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from BBC Africa Live today. 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 today's wise words:

    Quote Message: No matter how tight a monkey's trousers are, he has to leave space for his tail. from A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Sigismond Wilson, Oklahoma, US.
    A Krio proverb from Sierra Leone sent by Sigismond Wilson, Oklahoma, US.

    And we leave you with a photo of South Africa's Sylvester the lion, which is being sent to a new game park to bond with lionesses and to learn how to become a dominant male:

    Lion
  2. Thousands flee DR Congo fighting

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The United Nations says five camps for the displaced in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been emptied as people flee fighting in the area. 

    More than 35,000 people have left the camps in Mpati in North Kivu province in the past three weeks. 

    The UN says it is worried about what has happened to them. 

    It says it is having problems accessing the area because of ongoing clashes between the army and armed groups.

    Displaced people in DR Congo
    Image caption: The conflict in eastern DR Congo has displaced tens of thousands of people
  3. Get Involved: Will the Chibok girls ever be found?

    #BBCAfricaLive

    ne of the mothers of the missing Chibok school girls wipes her tears as she cries during a rally by civil society groups pressing for the release of the girls in Abuja on May 6, 2014
    Image caption: Parents have struggling to cope with the abduction of their daughters

    Followers of the BBC Hausa Facebook page have been commenting on the struggle to find the Chibok girls abducted two years ago by Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram: 

    Quote Message: There are no indications that they are still alive. We have to be patient and hope God will intervene and prevent it from happening again in the future." from Umme Ibrahim Sabo
    Umme Ibrahim Sabo
    Quote Message: "As long as there's life, there's hope. We pray fervently that God brings them back." from Sa'ad Kagarko
    Sa'ad Kagarko
    Quote Message: I have given up all hope that those Chibok girls would be found. With the latest spate of suicide attacks, one can only pray they are not among the bombers." from Abba Sa'ad Mahuta
    Abba Sa'ad Mahuta
    Quote Message: There is hope since no dead bodies have been found as yet of any of them. This surely means they are kept hidden somewhere for a purpose." from Ali Mohammed Bularafa
    Ali Mohammed Bularafa
  4. Malala pleads for Chibok girls

    Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has written an open letter about the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

    The letter comes a day before the second anniversary of the abductions of the girls from their dormitories in the north-eastern town of Chibok.  

    She writes: 

    Quote Message: As I did last year, I call on President Buhari of Nigeria – and everyone who can help rescue the Chibok girls – to act now.
    Quote Message: Would a president give up the fight for his own daughter? These girls are just as precious to their families.
    Quote Message: My dream is that one day they will come home, finish their education and choose their futures for themselves."
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  5. Darfur polls shut

    Sudanese election staff seal a ballot box at a polling station in North Darfur"s state capital El Fasher as the polls closed across Sudan"s Darfur on April 13, 2016

    Polls have closed across Sudan's Darfur after a three-day referendum on the restive area's status, with officials hailing the vote as a success despite US criticism and a boycott by some rebel groups, AFP news agency reports. 

    The referendum commission did not yet have turnout figures as many centres were in remote areas where communication was difficult, its chairman, Omar Ali Jomaa, told AFP. 

    "The centres are closed now and the operation went well," he added. 

    A 13-year conflict has left 300,000 dead in the region.

    The referendum was over whether it should remain as five states or form a single region.

    On Monday, the US said the vote would not be credible but President Omar al-Bashir said it would be free and fair.

    Mr Bashir, whose ruling National Congress Party supported the five-state system, insisted the ballot take place as it was stipulated in a 2011 peace agreement signed with some rebel groups. 

    Read: Bashir defiant on Darfur tour

  6. Kenya's ODM condemns killing

    Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has condemns what it calls cold-blooded murder of its youth leader in the capital, Nairobi. 

    Stephen Mukabana was shot dead outside his home last night.  

    In a statement, the ODM said: 

    Quote Message: His murder is suspect and raises a lot of questions that can only be answered through thorough forensic investigations by the police.
    Quote Message: The ODM urges the police to move with speed to unravel the puzzle and bring the culprits of this heinous act to book."
  7. Zimbabwe buries heroines

    Zimbabwe funeral

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has presided over the burial of two women at a shrine for heroes and heroines of the country's 1970s war of independence. 

    Vivian Mwashita, 58, and Victoria Chitepo, 88, were buried at Heroes Acre following their deaths last week.

    The state-run Herald newspaper quotes Mr Mugabe as telling mourners:    

    Quote Message: The fight now may not be a military one. It is an economic one."
  8. UN welcomes Somali election agreement

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The United Nations has described an agreement by Somali leaders on this year's election process as a breakthrough. 

    One hundred times more people would be involved in the election of MPs than in the previous election in 2012, the UN special representative for Somalia Michael Keating said.

    A mother and a child walk past the wreckage of a car bomb in the Wardhigley District, south of Mogadishu, on February 27, 2015.
    Image caption: Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991

    Thirty percent of parliamentary seats are reserved for women. 

    But serious challenges remain because much of the country is controlled by Islamist and other militias. 

    The process of forming a new federal system is incomplete, and the self-declared republic of Somaliland is refusing to engage with the process.

  9. Kenya mobile clinic launched

    The office of Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been tweeting photos of her at the launch of a mobile clinic in western Migori County.

    The project is aimed at providing accessible care to ordinary Kenyans:

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  10. Dozens killed in Nigeria attack

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Bauchi

    Forty-four people killed by suspected Fulani herders in the eastern Nigerian state of Taraba have been buried, residents and community leaders have told me.

    The burial rites were conducted separately for Muslims and Christians in accordance with their religious beliefs, they added.   

    Local police had put the number of people killed in the weekend clashes at 15.

    Taraba state government spokesman Sylvanus Giwa told me an investigation has been launched into the violence. 

    Additional security forces have been deployed to the area.   

    Taraba has seen deadly ethnic and religious clashes, as well as fighting between herdsmen and farmers. However, the cause of the latest fighting is still unclear.

    See our 15:12 entry for more details

  11. Emotional funeral for Zambia accident victims

    Meluse Kapatamoyo

    BBC Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

    funeral in Zambia

    Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of 12 of the 24 people who died in a road accident on Saturday in central Zambia.

    The victims died when a minibus they were travelling in collided with a big bus in Manyumbi town, some 129km (80 miles) from the capital, Lusaka.

    Zambia' first lady Esther Lungu broke into tears during the service held at Kabwe Warriors football stadium.

    All the victims were in the minibus. 

  12. Deadly attack in eastern Nigeria

    At least 15 people have been killed and several home burnt down by suspected Fulani herders in the eastern Nigerian state of Taraba, police have said, AFP news agency reports. 

    About 20 people invaded and attacked Dori and Mesuma villages on Sunday forcing people to flee into neighboring villages, state police spokesman Kwaji Joseph said.

    "Eight people were killed in Dori while seven were also killed in Mesuma," he told AFP.

    The attack is the latest in a long-running dispute over grazing rights in Nigeria between Fulani and farmers in which several people lost their lives.

  13. DR Congo to play Romania

    The Democratic Republic of Congo will play Romania in a friendly match next month in Italy, the Romanian football federation has said. 

    The match, on 25 May, will serve a build up to Romania's preparations ahead of this year's European championship in France.

    Romania take on hosts France in the opening Euro 2016 match on June 10 in Paris. 

    Switzerland and Albania are the other teams in Group A.

  14. Africa's hunger crisis

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    With international agencies stretched by humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world, finding the resources to help the hungry in Africa represents a real challenge.

    Three million people are currently receiving food aid in Malawi, and President Peter Mutharika said even more need help. 

    He has declared a national disaster due to food shortages caused by drought and floods. 

    Some will require humanitarian relief for a whole year. 

    In Zimbabwe, more than a quarter of the rural population don't have enough to eat. South Africa says its drought is the worst in more than a century. 

    Many of this year's problems are due to the El Nino phenomenom. 

    The weather system has also affected the Horn of Africa, which has been hit by drought and deadly floods. 

    People in Malawi
    Image caption: Three million people are currently receiving food aid in Malawi
  15. US still helping in search for Chibok girls

    The US says it is still providing Nigeria's government with "intelligence and advisory support" in its efforts to find the more than 200 girls abducted from a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria's Chibok town. 

    Tomorrow marks two years since the girls were kidnapped by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, in an incident which sparked global outrage.

    young South African student at a primary school in Durban writes a message on a blackboard during a 'BringBackOurGirls' school project calling for the immediate release of over 200 abducted Nigerian school girls, on May 15, 2014
    Image caption: An international campaign was launched to draw attention to the plight of the girls
  16. Kenya censors Coca-Cola advert

    Abdinoor Aden

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Coca-Cola has been forced to withdraw a television advertisement with kissing scenes because it violated family values in the East African state, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has said. 

    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua said the "Taste the Feeling" advertisement had caused a public outcry, and a meeting was held with Coca Cola's management in Kenya to discuss the issue. 

    James Quincey, Imad Benmoussa and Rodolfo Echeverria during the the Coca-Cola Launch of 'One Brand' Strategy & 'Taste The Feeling' Creative Campaign at Palais De Tokyo on January 18, 2016 in Paris, France
    Image caption: The "Taste the feeling" campaign was launched in January

    The drinks company has agreed to release a new version of the commercial without the kissing scenes, he added.

    The KFCB has in the past written to Google Africa seeking the removal of a YouTube music video "Same love", alleging that it breached Kenyan values by promoting same-sex marriages.  

  17. 'Deadly' blast at Somali livestock market

    An explosion at a busy livestock market in Somalia has killed at least three people and wounded six others, security official Abdukadir Mohamed has said, Reuters news agency reports. 

    The blast, the latest in a spate of  attacks in the Horn of Africa nation, took place in the Afgoye district, some 30km (20 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. 

    "There was chaos, people were running for shelter, several bodies were strewn around - including two soldiers," local resident Ahmed Gure said, Reuters reports. 

  18. Mahrez nominated for PFA award

    Algeria and Leicester City's player Riyad Mahrez
    Image caption: Riyad Mahrez is a key figure in Leicester's title-chasing team

    Algeria and Leicester City's player Riyad Mahrez has been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award.

    It celebrates the best of English football by recognising outstanding performers in every division.

    The shortlist is completed by Mahrez's teammates Jamie Vardy, and N'Golo Kante as well as West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

    The winner, to be selected by professional footballers from across the country, will be announced at the PFA Awards on 24 April in London.

  19. Zambia lifts ban on maize exports

    Zambia has lifted the ban it imposed last week on the export of maize after a physical verification exercise showed it had enough stocks to last until August, a government official has said, Reuters news agency reports. 

    Southern Africa has been gripped by one of the worst drought in decades (see 10:51 and 10:25 posts). 

  20. Uganda opposition leader charged

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye
    Image caption: Mr Besigye has been repeatedly arrested several times since February's election

    Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye has appeared in court in the capital, Kampala, to answer charges of "disobeying lawful orders".

    This is in regard to an incident last week when Mr Besigye tried to attend a weekly "Black Tuesday" prayer session at his party's head office to protest against the outcome of February's election, which he lost to President Yoweri Museveni.

    Police told Mr Besigye to follow a designated route but he insisted on going through the city centre. His car was then blocked and towed away.

    The court gave Mr Besigye bail, and postponed the case to 27 April.

    This is the first time Mr Besigye has been charged since the disputed election, although he has been arrested several times.