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Summary

  1. Uganda leader promotes son to army major-general
  2. Kenya police beat up opposition protesters
  3. South African university 'fire-bombed'
  4. Military assault against al-Shabab in Somalia
  5. Nigeria arrests over oil pipelines attacks
  6. World powers ready to arm new Libyan government
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  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 16 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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    That's it from us today. 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 check the BBC News website.  

     A reminder of today's African proverb:

    Quote Message: The only grass a buffalo can boast about is that which is in its stomach as it may die with grass still in its mouth." from A Shona proverb sent by Peter Chongore, Gweru, Zimbabwe.
    A Shona proverb sent by Peter Chongore, Gweru, Zimbabwe.

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this timely picture of roadside vendors in Senegal's capital Dakar:

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  2. Ugandan president's son promoted

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa Uganda correspondent

    his photo taken on August 27, 2012, shows Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba (L), new commander of the Ugandan Special Forces Command, at the Sera Kasenyi training centre for Special Forces in Kampala on August 16, 2012
    Image caption: Kainerugaba Muhoozi, on the left, is seen as the most powerful person in the army

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son Kainerugaba Muhoozi to the rank of major-general in the army. 

    He is seen as the most powerful soldier in Uganda's army. He heads the Special Forces Command which is considered to be an army within the army. It has all units of the military such as an infantry and Air Force. Plus it's in charge of the president's protection and key government installations including the country's oil fields.

    Some have questioned the speed with which Maj-Gen Muhoozi has been promoted. It was only four years ago when he was made brigadier. 

    The head of Uganda's army is still General Katumba Wamala.

    The mood in the country is still tense following disputed elections. 

    Mr Museveni was sworn in for a fifth term on Thursday. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested on a charge of treason, and has been moved to the main prison in the capital. Kampala. 

    He rejected the election as a sham. 

  3. Rwandan power plant uses methane to make electricity

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Rwanda has inaugurated a plant which generates electricity from potentially lethal methane gas in Lake Kivu. 

    The first phase of the project will add 26 megawatts to the grid, bringing power to many people who have none. 

    Only a quarter of the country's population has electricity. 

    Rwanda hopes to increase that substantially over the next two years, thanks to the power generated from Lake Kivu's methane. 

  4. Anti-Uber protest in South Africa

    In this photo illustration, the new smart phone app 'Uber' logo is displayed on a mobile phone next to a taxi on July 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

    Metered-taxi drivers have protested in South Africa's main city Johannesburg against their Uber rivals, as the provincial government launched a process to licence the car-hailing app service. 

    The drivers had parked their cars outside the Gauteng government buildings and were seen chasing the province's transport minister, Ismail Vadi out the building, South Africa's Eyewitness News reports

    Metered-taxi drivers around the world have been protesting against Uber, saying it will knock them out of business. 

  5. Kenya police caught on video

    A BBC reporter in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has tweeted footage of police violently breaking up a protest against the opposition (see the previous post): 

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  6. Kenyan opposition leader's car hit by 'bullet'

    Kenya's main opposition party has said that its leader Raila Odinga's car was hit by a bullet during protests against the electoral commission today.  

    The Orange Democratic Movement's spokesman Philip Etale says he took this picture of the car:

    Windscreen broken

    He told the BBC's Odeo Sirari that party supporters are considering it as an assassination attempt.

    Mr Etale said police are holding a journalist who was trying to collect the spent cartridges which hit the car.

    There is no confirmation of this claim.

    The Star is reporting that the car was shot at while another Kenyan newspaper, the Daily Nation, is reporting that it could have been a gunshot or a stone could have been thrown on the windscreen.  

  7. Mugabe becomes grandfather

    Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Mr Mugabe is Africa's oldest head of state,

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 92, has confirmed that he became a grandfather for the first time last month when his only daughter Bona Chikore gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital abroad, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    Mr Mugabe said his wife Grace was with their daughter and grandson, and would return to Zimbabwe next month.  

  8. Kenya 'arrests' over protest

    An opposition supporter yells out as he is beaten with a wooden club by riot police while trying to flee, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 16, 2016.

    Kenya's police say at least 15 people were arrested during the protest organised by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) in Nairobi, AFP news agency reports. 

    The 15 would be charged in court on Tuesday, police said, without specifying the charges, AFP adds.

    Police fired tear gas and beat up protesters demanding that the electoral commission be dissolved and a new one one be set up ahead of general elections next year:

    Opposition supporters flee from tear gas grenades fired by riot police, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 16, 2016.

    See 15:55 post for more details

  9. Besigye's election rival offers to be his lawyer against Ugandan government

    Former Ugandan presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has offered to be the legal representative for detained presidential rival Kizza Besigye, reports the Daily Monitor.

    The two were competing against each other in Uganda's presidential elections earlier this year which Yoweri Museveni won.

    Mr Mbabazi challenged the result in court but lost.

    Now Mr Besigye is in prison, accused of treason (see our 14:08 post).

    The newspaper reports Mr Mbabazi as saying he would "be on Mr Besigye’s side in his legal battle with government".

    Mr Mbabazi is a lawyer and a former attorney general in Mr Museveni's government.

    Amama Mbabazi
  10. What today's African proverb means

    Everyday we start the live page with a proverb sent in by a reader. 

    But some days we need people to explain what it means.

    It's on days like these that we turn to the commentors on our Facebook page to explain.

    And you didn't let us down.

    Here is the proverb in question:

    Quote Message: The only grass a buffalo can boast about is that which is in its stomach as it may die with grass still in its mouth. from A Shona proverb sent by Peter Chongore, Gweru, Zimbabwe.
    A Shona proverb sent by Peter Chongore, Gweru, Zimbabwe.

    Hardrock George from Uganda's capital Kampala interprets it as this:

    Quote Message: The food you take inside your stomach its yours. What is left outside you are just security guard. Any time self-appointed owner will come for it.

    Or, as Vic-Echikwa Henry puts it:

    Quote Message: The things we already have are more valuable than the things we only hope to get.

    And Maul Dauwa says it's the same meaning as this British proverb:

    Quote Message: Don't count your chickens before they are hatch

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    Inspired by today's proverb, we advise you to take the wisdom of these wise words rather than wait for tomorrow's. 

  11. Ekeng death prompts 'better care' calls

    Patrick Ekeng died after collapsing on the pitch
    Image caption: Patrick Ekeng died after collapsing on the pitch

    Fifa's Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak is to ask football's world governing body to implement tougher rules on stadium medical care.

    His comments come in the wake of the death of Cameroon's Patrick Ekeng.

    The 26-year-old died of a suspected heart attack on 6 May playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania, with the ambulance that treated him having no defibrillator.

    Read the full BBC Sport story here

  12. Plan to give weapons and ammunition to Libya

    .S. Secretary of State John Kerry adresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016.

    US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said Libyan authorities would be allowed to receive ammunition and weapons through specific exemptions from the current UN arms embargo. Mr Kerry also called for more humanitarian aid for Libya. 

    The five permanent members of the UN Security Council reached the agreement after talks in Vienna. 

    Libya's new UN-backed government is trying to establish its authority in a country that has been riven by factional violence since the downfall of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011.

    There are currently two other governments in Libya, backed by rival militias. 

  13. US ready to arm new Libyan government

    The United States and other world powers say they are ready to arm the new UN-backed Libyan government, to help it fight the self-styled Islamic State group.

     According to a joint communique, the international coalition will push for exemptions to the current UN arms embargo imposed on Libya. 

    Representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council reached the agreement after talks in Vienna with Libya's new UN-backed unity government. 

    Before the talks, Germany had voiced its doubts as to whether the negotiations could help unify Libya. 

  14. Kenyan police fire tear gas at protesters

    An elderly woman caught up in the clashes holds her hands in the air as a riot policeman approach amidst clouds of tear gas, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 16, 2016.

    Kenyan police have fired tear gas to break up protests over electoral reforms ahead of general elections next year, reports AP news agency.

    Opposition supporters, some carrying rocks, flee from clouds of tear gas fired by riot police, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 16, 2016.

    Its journalists saw police beating some protesters who had gathered outsides the offices of Kenya's electoral commission in the capital Nairobi.  

    protestors running away
    Policemen beat a protester inside a building during clashes in Nairobi, Kenya May 16, 2016.

    The protests are led by opposition leader Raila Odinga,who says polls in 2017 cannot be free and fair if the current election commission remains in place . He has called for its commissioners to be removed from office.    

    Opposition groups have vowed to hold protests every Monday at the offices of the electoral commission until it is dissolved, reports the BBC's Janet Onyango. 

    These pictures, taken by the BBC's Peter Njoroge show scenes earlier on in the protest:

    Policeman
    Protester
  15. SA university 'fire-bombed'

    A leading university in South Africa says arsonists have fire-bombed a 1,000 seat auditorium at one of its campuses in the main city, Johannesburg, as part of an "organised set of attacks" on educational institutions, reports AFP news agency.

    Damage worth $640,000 (£44,000) was caused in the overnight attack at the University of Johannesburg, with computer laboratories and equipment also destroyed.

    "This is just the latest in a set of criminal acts directed at our country's basic and higher education institutions," Vice-Chancellor Ihron Rensburg is quoted by AFP as saying. 

    "We are calling on the police, the intelligence services and the judiciary to re-double their efforts in getting to the bottom of this organised set of attacks," he added. 

    It is unclear who carried out the attack. 

    People have put up photos on Twitter of the damage caused: 

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    South Africa's universities have been hit by student and worker protests since last year over a wide range of issues - including the cost of tuition fees and alleged racism.   

    Read: Why are South African students angry?

  16. Rwanda accused of expelling Burundians

    Rwanda has expelled at least 1,300 Burundians after they refused to move to refugee camps, Burundian government officials say.

    Some say they have been working in Rwanda for many years.

    Melchior Nankwahomba, governor of Kirundo province that neighbours Rwanda, told the Reuters news agency:

    Quote Message: They were asked to go to refugee camps or return back to Burundi. Those who refused to go to refugee camps were chased... and stripped of their possessions."

    Rwanda hosts 77,000 recent arrivals from Burundi and in February Rwanda said it had it plans to relocate them to other host countries.

    The allegations are the latest manifestation of tension between Rwanda and Burundi, which worsened after Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term just over a year ago.

    Burundi has accused Rwanda of supporting the armed opposition trying to unseat Mr Nkurunziza.

    Rwanda denies the allegation.

    Burundians celebrating announced coup in May 2015
    Image caption: A failed coup attempt followed President Nkurunziza's announcement that he would run for a third term
  17. The struggle to unite a divided Libya

    Foreign ministers from the United States, the Middle East and Europe are discussing the crisis in Libya at a meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna. 

    They are hoping to bring greater stability to the country and to support its new UN-backed unity government. 

    US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (L) and UN Special envoy for Libya Martin Kobler (R)

    But expectations are low because of the refusal of Libyan politicians and militia leaders to unite behind any one of the three rival administrations in the country. 

    Speaking ahead of the talks, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier said it was uncertain whether the talks could move Libya from a place where the so-called Islamic State group have found a foothold to a unified country. 

    The UN envoy for Libya is trying to be more positive in his tweets from the meeting:

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  18. The albino who confronted a witchdoctor

    In some places witchdoctors believe that the body parts of people with albinism have special powers, which can lead to their murder.

    So what happened when a Cameroonian with albinism confronted a witchdoctor?

    Stephane Ebongue has been telling his story to the BBC.

    Stephane Ebongue

    Mr Ebongue tries to get an answer to what puts him in danger.

    But the witchdoctor isn't really listening. He's staring at the treasure sitting in front of him.

    "You do not even know your value. How much you're worth," he says to Mr Ebongue.

    "Albinos are in great demand - albinos just like you. From your hair to your bones, you are so sought-after."

    Read more about Stephane Ebongue.

  19. Ugandan opposition leader Besigye transferred to bigger prison

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye is being transferred from Moroto prison in the north-east to Luzira Prison in the capital, Kampala, the biggest facility in the country. 

    Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson Frank Baine has confirmed that Mr Besigye is currently en-route to Kampala. 

    Mr Besigye was charged with treason on Friday and remanded to Moroto, following his arrest in the capital on Wednesday.

    A video has been circulating on social media showing Mr Besigye swearing himself in. 

    Here is the paperwork from the case:

    letter
    letter
  20. Who are the Niger Delta Avengers?

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Niger Delta
    Image caption: Most of Nigeria's oil wealth comes from the Niger Delta

    We mentioned in our 09:13 post that the Nigerian army has arrested several suspected members of a militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), thought to be behind recent attacks on oil pipelines in the south.

    The group's first statement three months ago declared: "We are a group of educated and well-travelled individuals that are poised to take the Niger Delta struggle to new heights that has never been seen in this nation before."

    The group has stated unambiguously what it was out to achieve: "Our goal is to cripple Nigeria’s economy.”   

    It is difficult to identify who the members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) are. 

    But local people believe many are from previous groups like MEND led by Henry Okah or the Niger Delta People's Salvation Front led by Mujahideen Asari Dokubo; who were left out of the government's amnesty programme.

    Many say they are followers of ex-Niger Delta warlords like Tom Polo. 

    But others believe they are criminals who want to draw attention to themselves, now that their kinsman, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is out of power. 

    Read more detail on the latest arrests on the BBC News website