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  1. South Africa's left-wing politician accused of treason
  2. 'All-night concert' planned for Papa Wemba
  3. Gunmen kill Burundi general
  4. South Africa ban on international sports events
  5. Malaria could be 'wiped out in six African states'
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Monday 25 April 2016

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By Naziru Mikailu and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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    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: A good conversation is better than a good bed." from An Ethiopian proverb sent by Chatim Daniel, Nasir, South Sudan.
    An Ethiopian proverb sent by Chatim Daniel, Nasir, South Sudan.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

    And we leave you with photos from the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the sudden death of the country's most famous musician, Papa Wemba, at the age of 66. 

    This is a photo of his childhood home in the district of Matonge in the capital, Kinshasa: 

    People stand in front of the childhood house of Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba", Papa Wemba, in the district of Matonge, in Kinshasa, on April 25, 2016. Papa Wemba, one of Africa"s greatest music stars, died on April 24 after collapsing on stage during a festival in Ivory Coast. The Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba" for the fusion of Cuban and electronic rock that he pioneered in the 1970s, was 66.

    This motorbike rider has a number plate in honour of the king of Congolese rumba:

    A picture taken on April 25, 2016 shows the plate of a moto in tribute to Congolese world music legend, renowned as the "king of Congolese rumba", Papa Wemba, in Mbinza, near Kinshasa.
  2. Tear gas fired at Egypt protesters

    Egyptian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration in Cairo on April 25, 2016

    Police in Egypt's capital, Cairo, have fired tear gas at anti-government demonstrators calling on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to leave office.

    They also chanted "bread and freedom".

    The protesters are angry at the government's decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.  

    Dozens of people have been arrested and several other places were blocked off in a major operation by security forces across the country.

    Jets and helicopters were circling over Cairo during the protest, Reuters news agency reports.

  3. Difficult time to be a Nigerian?

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC Africa, Bauchi

    Life is becoming much tougher for Nigerians as Africa's largest economy suffers from dwindling oil revenue and price hikes.

    Many are struggling to provide for their families - like Mama Martha. 

    She told me she is a widow with nine children. 

    She sells roasted maize, but her business is suffering because of the current economic hardship in the country. 

    A woman selling roasted maize in Nigeria's Bauchi city

     See our 16:16 post on the government plan to halt price increases.

  4. How Papa Wemba wanted to be remembered

    Congolese rhumba artist, Papa Wemba - born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba - delivers a performance on August 24, 2014 during the Koroga musical festival in Nairobi
    Image caption: Papa Wemba performs in Kenya in 2014

    Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative, who was well known as one of the pioneers of modern Congolese soukous music.

    But he was very clear about how he wanted to be remembered, according to the sleeve notes from his 1995 album Emotion.

    "When people talk about Papa Wemba, I don't want them to say I am an African singer, or a world music singer," he said. "I would like people to say just 'singer'. Because that's what I am. A singer. Full stop."

    A file picture dated 31 May 1991 shows Papa Wemba performing in Abidjan.
    Image caption: Papa Wemba in Abidjan in 1991

    Read the full article by African music expert Rita Ray here

  5. South Africa signs trade deals with Iran

    BBC Outside Source

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has received a warm welcome in Iran's capital, Tehran. 

    Mr Zuma and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have signed a number of agreements to re-establish their trade relations following the lifting of international sanctions on Iran. 

    The BBC's Milton Nkosi is travelling with Mr Zuma and spoke to Outside Source from Tehran:

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    Video caption: South African President Jacob Zuma is in Iran on a two-day state visit.
  6. Burundi's general's daughter 'injured'

    Burundian investigators stand next to the shrapnel-riddled vehicle in which Tutsi General and security advisor to Burundi"s vice president Athanase Kararuza was killed on April 25, 2016 in Bujumbura

    The daughter of  Burundian army general General Athanase Kararuza was wounded in the ambush on their vehicle in the capital, Bujumbura, military spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said, the Associated Press news agency reports. 

    A security source had earler told AFP news agency that his daughter had died of her wounds in hospital. 

    The general and his wife were killed in the attack by unknown gunmen, Col Baratuza confirmed, AP reports.

  7. How African governments block social media

    A supporter of incumbent Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso celebrates after the announcement of the final results of a presidential election in Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville - Wednesday 23 March 2016

    A small but increasing group of African governments is blocking social media during elections. 

    The BBC's Clare Spencer has been looking at how this is done and how people get around it.false

    Read her article here. 

  8. IS 'attack in Somalia'

    Tomi Oladipo

    BBC Africa security correspondent

    The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has claimed its first attack in Somalia. It says its militants targeted African Union troops in a bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu. 

    IS has tried to establish itself in Somalia but has failed because of the presence of al-Shabaab, an affiliate of its rival, al-Qaeda.

    Al-Shabab fighters
    Image caption: Al-Shabab has so far avoided large-scale defections of its members to IS

    The statement from IS did not indicate when the attack was carried out or whether there were any casualties.

    Meanwhile, Somalia's government says it has captured a wanted IS commander who had defected from al-Shabab.

    IS has been attempting to win over Somali militants for more than a year, with the aim of gaining a foothold in East Africa.

    Read: Rivalry among Somalia's jihadists

  9. Nigeria moves to end food prices hike

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of 10,000 tons of grain from the national reserve in a bid to halt food price increases, his office has said.

    The economy of Africa's largest oil exporter has been battered by falling crude prices and a tight foreign currency policy, forcing prices to rise sharply.

    Grains and spices are displayed at a stall in Yola market in Adamawa on May 8, 2015.
    Image caption: Many Nigerians are complaining about living costs escalating

    "All able-bodied" men and women living in camps for people displaced by militant Islamist group Boko Haram should be assisted to "immediately" return to farming, his spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.  

    Most of the displaced people were farmers before the militants seized their towns and villages, forcing them to flee. Government troops have now recaptured most of the territories.

    Mr Shehu told the BBC Hausa service that details of the programme will be announced later. 

    He defended the government's currency policy, saying the soaring food prices is being caused by some traders who are exploiting the situation to make huge profits.

  10. Arrests in Egypt

    BBC Monitoring

    Egyptian Central Police Force fire tear gas canisters to disperse a protest in Giza Square, Giza, Egypt, 15 april 2016
    Image caption: Police were out in force in Giza

    Egyptian security forces have arrested 23 protesters in Giza, west of Cairo, as they staged a protest against a recent government deal under which Egypt ceded sovereignty over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the private Al-Masry al-Youm website has reported.

    A source told the website that security forces had managed to disperse the rally staged in Nahia neighbourhood in Giza. 

    Meanwhile, several Egyptian rights groups condemned the recent arrests of activists, lawyers and journalists. 

    In a statement published on several news websites, including Al-Masry al-Youm, the groups reported the arrest of more than 90 people ahead of the anti-government demonstrations.

  11. SA sport under fire

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    AB de Villiers of South Africa falls over the stumps during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park on March 24, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand
    Image caption: South Africa's cricket team has been criticised for not having enough black players

    Transformation in sport is a thorny issue here. South Africa's sporting codes are often criticised for being "too white", more than 20 years after the end of white minority rule.

    But Spors Minister Fikile Mbalula announcement that four codes will be banned from bidding for international tournaments because they failed to meet racial quotas is likely to be met with fierce criticism by some in sport's circles who argue that players should be selected on merit instead of colour.

    Those who support the quota system - one of the measures introduced by Nelson Mandela's government to make sport more racially inclusive - say black players would never be fielded if federations were not forced to.

    South African President Nelson Mandela (L) congratulates Springbok skipper Francois Pienaar after handing him the William Webb Ellis trophy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg 24 June
    Image caption: Mr Mandela pushed for racism to be tackled in rugby

    The honeymoon period is over here and South Africans are beginning to ask uncomfortable questions about the veracity of the "rainbow nation" concept.

    Some say only once racism is addressed, across all sectors including sport, can the country look at doing away with affirmation action policies - and in the case of sport, leave it to the players to prove themselves on the field.

    See 13:12 post for more details

  12. Heavy security presence in Egypt

    BBC World Service

    Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across Egypt's capital, Cairo, and other cities ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations against government's decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. 

    Security forces have sealed off several of the protestors' planned gathering points.

    They've also taken up position around Tahrir Square - the focal point of Egypt's 2011 uprising. 

    Since Thursday, dozens of activists have been arrested without charge. Three journalists have been detained today.

    The Egyptian Interior Ministry has said it will respond with extreme rigour to any attempt to disturb the public order.

  13. Kenya police clash with opposition

    Kenya's police have fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition supporters who were marching to demand the dissolution of the country's electoral commission ahead of next year's election. 

    The BBC's Peter Njoroge captures the standoff in this video:

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    Video caption: Kenya police clash with opposition
  14. 'Political coup' for Tanzania

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    The decision by Uganda to build a pipeline to export its oil through Tanzania to the port of Tanga, instead of Lamu in Kenya, signals possible cracks in the unity of the East African Community (EAC).

    Foreign investors have been encouraged by the rapid development of the EAC to drive economic development in the region, but Tanzania has not always been a cheerleader for the economic bloc.

    Tanzania has kept one foot in other trading groups like Comesa and it seemed that the EAC has been driven forward by Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.


    Uganda has discovered huge reserves of oil in the region close to Lake Albert and Kenya had been banking on building a pipeline to export its own oil and as well as its neighbour’s crude through the port of Lamu.

    Tanzania has torpedoed that plan by playing up to the fears of the French energy group Total about the security of the planned pipeline in northern Kenya, close to Somalia and therefore a possible target for attacks by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.

    Aly Khan Satchu, the chief executive of Rich Management consultancy in Nairobi, told me that it is a “blow to Kenya’s ambitions to be an oil and gas hub.”

    He also believes it is a political coup for Tanzania’s President John Magufuli. 

    “It is a geo-political win,” he insisted.

    “Where Tanzanian national interest is at issue he will do everything he can to win the business,” he said.

    John Magufuli waves to supporters after addressing a rally by ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on October 23, 2015
    Image caption: Mr Magufuli is nicknamed The Bulldozer

    Uganda has been criticised for taking too long to develop the oil reserves which were first discovered in large quantities on the shores of Lake Albert in 2006.

    Last year Uganda’s oil minister, Irene Muloni, told me that the country hoped to develop its oil soon. 

    “If it can start producing by 2017 that would be fantastic,” she said.

    Three energy companies, Total of France, the Chinese giant CNOOC and the Irish firm Tullow Oil are developing the reserves, but industry insiders believe the crude may not come on stream for another 10 years.

    Mr Magufuli has been nicknamed the Bulldozer and now his country’s partners in the EAC and the oil industry have experienced the determination of his political drive to break down any barriers to economic growth.

    Oil reserves in Uganda are estimated at some 6.5bn barrels
    Image caption: Oil reserves in Uganda are estimated at some 6.5bn barrels
  15. Senior rebel flies to Juba

    Charlotte Attwood

    BBC Africa, Juba

    The chief of staff of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar has landed at the international airport in the capital, Juba. 

    Simon Gatwech Dual was accompanied by more than 100 soldiers. 

     See previous post

    South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015
    Image caption: South Sudan has been by conflict since independence in 2011
  16. When will Machar arrive Juba?

    James Copnall

    BBC World Service, Juba

    South Sudan's former Vice President and South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar looks on during a press conference in Khartoum.
    Image caption: Mr Machar is expected to be sworn in as First vice-president

    The waiting game in South Sudan rolls on into a second week: when will the rebel leader Riek Machar return to the capital, Juba, allowing a unity government to be formed to end more than two years of civil war?

    There's growing international frustration at the delays. The US, for example, holds Mr Machar accountable for making new demands early last week – but says the government is at fault for not giving him flight clearance this weekend.

    The latest is that the head of his rebel army is due today in Juba – but Mr Machar not until tomorrow at the earliest.

    In the mean time, Jubans are getting on with life – at the weekend alone people had a choice of attending a major inter-communal wrestling tournament, going to a comedy evening or watching a basketball game, as well as usual activities like going to church.

    The politics may be on hold at the moment – but life certainly continues.

    Read: Obstacles to a lasting peace

  17. All-night concert for Papa Wemba

    ongolese rumba music legend Papa Wemba gives his first concert in Kinshasa June 26, 2004
    Image caption: Papa Wemba's performances will be remembered in a special concert

    Ivory Coast will host an all-night concert on Wednesday as a tribute to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba after he died on stage during a festival in Abidjan on Sunday, organisers have said, AFP news agency reports. 

    Family members were also heading to Ivory Coast's main city to arrange to repatriate his body to his homeland, it reports.

    Papa Wemba, one of the biggest names in African music for the past 40 years, died after falling ill on Sunday during a performance at the Urban Music Festival of Anoumabo. He was 66. 

    This file photo taken on September 9, 2014 shows Papa Wemba posing in Kinshasa
    Image caption: Papa Wemba died on stage

    The festival organisers said a "big artistic wake" would be held on Wednesday evening to mark the sudden death of the "king of Congolese rumba". 

    "More than 100 national and international singers and musicians will succeed each other on stage from 9pm until dawn," the organisers said in a statement. 

    See: Papa Wemba playlist

  18. South Africa sports ban

    Four South African sport federations have been banned by the government from hosting international tournaments as punishment for failing to include enough black players in their teams. 

    The ban affects athletics, cricket, rugby and netball.

    : Fourie Du Preez of South Africa scores a try despite the diving tackle of Alex Cuthbert of Wales during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London
    Image caption: The rugby squad for the 2015 World Cup was accused of having too many white players

      The country's sport minister has been tweeting about it:  

  19. Papa Wemba's death: 'What is going on?

    Benin's music star Angelique Kidjo has been speaking to the BBC Newshour radio programme about the death of Papa Wemba and Prince: 

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    Video caption: "The death of Prince, now the passing of Papa Wemba - I'm just like 'what is going on'"?
  20. Malema accused of treason

    South African leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party and former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema addresses supporters during an election campaign rally in Umlazi, south of Durban, South Africa, on April 27, 2014
    Image caption: Mr Malema leads the second-biggest opposition party

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has accused left-wing politician Julius Malema of treason after he warned that the government will be overthrown through the "barrel of the gun" if it continued to use the security forces to put down peaceful protests.

    "These remarks are a call to violence, are inflammatory, treasonable and seditious and should be treated with extreme seriousness," ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

    "The ANC calls on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct," he added.

    In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mr Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, said the 2014 elections in South Africa's heartland of Gauteng were rigged, and he warned against rigging in local government elections due in August. 

    "Part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and we are not ashamed if the need arises for us to take up arms and fight. We will fight," he said. 

    upporters of South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demonstrate outside the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria on June 1, 2015 in support of EFF leader Julius Malema as he faces charges of tax evasion brought against him by the South African Revenue Service (SARS)
    Image caption: Mr Malema's supporters refer to him as commander-in-chief

    The ANC accused Mr Malema of violating the electoral code ahead of local government elections in August.  

    "The remarks made by Mr Malema are a clear incitement to people to commit acts of violence, which is against the laws of the Republic," Mr Kodwa added.