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  1. South Africa reassures people in wake of Brexit vote
  2. Kenya's central bank 'ready to intervene'
  3. Africa World Cup qualifying draw
  4. Zuma fails to stop reconsideration of corruption charges against him
  5. Senegal's president pardons Karim Wade
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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page this week. 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:

When the bush is on fire, the antelope ceases to fear the hunter's bullet."

Sent by Noel Akonor Bortey, Accra, Ghana  

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And we leave you with this image of hundreds of children practising Yoga in the South African city of Durban, from our selection of the best pictures from across Africa.

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Will Brexit move the UK closer to the Commonwealth?

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK's Independence Party and one of the figureheads of the Leave campaign, has said a Britain outside of the EU will deepen its relationship with the countries - mostly former colonies - which make up the Commonwealth. 

So should Commonwealth countries be celebrating?  

Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland gives her reaction to the results of the UK's referendum on EU membership, speaking with the BBC's Audrey Brown.

Kenya's president offers condolences for Orlando attack

We previously reported on the phone conversation between Kenya's President Kenyatta and US President Barack Obama. 

Our earlier post was based on a press release from Kenya's State House but that appeared to omit a part of the conversation.  

From the White House statement about the phone call, president Kenyatta also offered condolences for the terrorist attack in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 50 lives were lost. 

The statement also says that the two leaders discussed the challenges Kenya faces in hosting hundreds and thousands of refugees and the need for strong international support. 

The two leaders also affirmed their country's partnership in a host of issues, including combating terrorism. 

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World Cup draw finished

The groups are now known for the next stage of Africa's qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

There will be some tough matches - especially in group B with Nigeria, Algeria, Zambia and Cameroon:

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Tweeters pondering 'what if David Cameron was African'

After the news that the British Prime Minister announced his resignation after the UK voted to leave the European Union, some tweeters have taken to use the hashtag #IfDavidCameronWasAfrican.

A lot of the tweets are suggesting he would not have accepted the result: 

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Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia in same World Cup qualifying group

The draw for the group stages to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is nearly coming to an end.

There will be five groups and the top team qualifies.

The BBC's African sports reporter is tweeting about who will play who:

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Kenya's government says no need to worry about impact of Brexit

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich says that the UK's decision to leave the European Union will not affect the country's economy, the Business Daily newspaper is reporting.

“We do not anticipate any adverse impact on the economy in the short term. We are however monitoring,” the newspaper quotes Mr Rotich as saying.  

He said there is no need to panic.

“The government and the country has sufficient resources that we can use to stabilise the economy in case of any impact we could have."

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Uganda police seize hoard of stolen mosquito nets

The Ugandan police have tweeted that they have found a hoard of stolen mosquito nets:

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32 million Ugandan shillings is £7,000 or $9,400.

The Daily Monitor adds that the theft of government drugs and equipment was so bad that the authorities set up a unit to monitor it in 2010.

Last year, the unit said many stolen drugs are being sold in DR Congo, South Sudan and Kenya, the newspaper adds.

Ghana considering renegotiating trade agreements with UK

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign affairs Hannah Tetteh told local media that Ghana will consider renegotiating bilateral trade agreements with the UK following the vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

“Even though Britain has not formally exited the EU, and the UK remains bound by previous agreements signed under the EU, Ghana will immediately start talks with the UK on a bilateral trade agreements,” she said.

Ghana is the UK's fifth-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Shea butter, which is made out of shea nuts, is one of Ghana's exports

Draw for the next round of African qualifiers for Russia World Cup

The draw for the next round of 2018 World Cup is about to start.

There are 20 teams to be drawn into five groups - and the top team in each group will qualify for the tournament in Russia.

You can watch it here:

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What Africans living in the UK think of Brexit

In the UK vote on whether or not to leave the EU London as a whole backed the Remain campaign, but how have Africans living in the capital received the news? 

The BBC’s Rob Wilson has been gauging reactions on West Green Road in north London - an area well known for its diverse African population.

Africans living in London share their views on the UK's EU referendum result

I've lived in the UK for 13 years. I didn't vote but I wanted the UK to leave because the EU had stifled business with Africa. I think Africa is now going to have more business."

Julius Mgaza, Ugandan

I voted to remain but I've got mixed feelings, I don't know what is going to happen. I 'm afraid of the unknown, we don't know what will happen now that we've left."

Zidian, Nigerian

I've been in the UK for 24 years. I voted to leave and I'm happy. I have connections in Europe but I don't like job competition from EU, that's my main reason."

Jean-Didier, Congolese

Africa Cup of Nations - in London

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

It's the Africa Cup of Nations this weekend - London style.

The city is hosting teams of diaspora Africans representing 20 countries, and the tournament is seen as a celebration of African culture, food and football.

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It's organised by African Nations Cup UK, a not-for-profit organisation formed nine years ago, with the aim of bringing Africans in the UK together.

Among the countries represented are Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

The tournament has in the past attracted ex-international players, and this year the Sierra Leone team is being led by the country's former national team captain, Ibrahim Kargbo. 

Senegal striker Diedhiou joins Angers

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Senegal international striker Famara Diedhiou has joined French Ligue 1 club Angers on a four-year contract from second division side Sochaux.

He follows the route of Cameroonian striker Karl Toko Ekambi, who switched from Sochaux to Angers on Tuesday.

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Brexit for Africa: Explained in two tweets

BBC Africa Business Report's presenter has summed up what the UK's decision to leave the European Union means for African economics... in two tweets:

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Upcoming Ugandan footballer killed in London

A promising young footballer who dreamed of playing for the Uganda Cranes was stabbed to death at his front door in London, Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor reports. 

Matthew Kitandwe, 18, who had represented Uganda at youth level, was ambushed as he was entering the flat he shared with his mother on Tuesday, it adds.  

Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

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Ethiopia pipeline to go through Kenya

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to construct an oil pipeline from the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. 

There are plans to build a large new port in Lamu, but progress has been slow. 

Landlocked Ethiopia is keen to reduce its reliance on the port in Djibouti, which is one of the most expensive in the world. 

Uganda recently opted out of an earlier agreement to pipe its oil via Kenya. 

The company constructing the pipeline preferred to route it via Tanzania citing insecurity in Kenya, where there are regular attacks by the Islamist group al-Shabab.

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There are plans to build a large port in Lamu replacing the fishing community

South Africans reassured after Brexit

The South African rand has recouped some of its earlier losses against the US dollar that was thought to be a result of the vote for the UK to leave the EU.

And now the country's finance minister has moved to reassure people that South Africa can cope with the market volatility. 

Pravin Gordhan said that the trade links between South African and the UK and the EU are strong and will remain so.

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Democratic Republic of Congo arrests group over child rape

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested 75 suspected militiamen for murder and rape in the province of South Kivu.

They are accused of targeting very young girls, reportedly associating them with supernatural protection.

Those detained include the group's alleged leader, Frederic Batumike, who is a provincial deputy.

Most of DR Congo has recovered from nearly a decade of war but rebel violence continues in eastern areas.

Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said Mr Batumike and 74 of his fighters had been arrested last week for repeated rapes of about 30 very young girls near the village of Kavumu.

Read more: Democratic Republic of Congo arrests group over child rape

How will Brexit affect football?

While we've been pondering some of the economic consequences of Brexit, there are other important things that could be affected - like football.

A personal assistant to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has posed the crucial question:

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Luckily Twitter was on hand with the answer:

@BashirAhmaad Britian will still remain part of the European continent. Other non EU European countries like Russia participate in the ucl

@BashirAhmaad UEFA is Europe and the UK voted to exit EU, not

But the move may affect which players can come to Britain:

UCL football remains for British clubs. Only issue is work permit for non-British young players.…

It is of course worth noting that the UK will not be leaving the EU for at least two years. 

Read more: Brexit: What happens now?

'Stop comparing Mugabe to Cameron'

Britain's Prime Minster David Cameron has announced that he will step down by October in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

We posted earlier that some are wondering if politicians in Africa could follow this example.

Zimbabwe's science minister and prolific tweeter has told people to stop drawing lessons for Robert Mugabe:

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World Cup Africa qualifiers draw

In a few hours the draw is taking place to decide which African countries will play against each other in the next stage of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

Here are the pots the draw will be taken from:


You can watch the draw live at 15:00GMT live on YouTube.

Brexit and Africa: The only certainty in all this is uncertainty

Matthew Davies

Editor, BBC Africa Business Report

The UK's trade deals with Africa are essentially the EU's trade deals with Africa. As the UK exits the European Union, all those deals will have to be renegotiated. That could take years, leaving trade relations between the UK and Africa very uncertain. It’s likely though that the UK will simply keep the same trade deals with its African partners for the foreseeable future. Some say a UK free from the EU will be keen to improve its trade relationships with its Commonwealth partners – many in Africa. Other say while it'll still have to do business with EU, it will really set its sights on China.

There may be some unintended consequences as well. In terms of development aid, Brexit raises another question mark. The UK has pledged 0.7% of its Gross National Income (GNI) to development aid. While it probably won't go back on that promise, if the UK goes into recession and the GNI falls, that reduces the amount of money for aid in real terms.

Last weekend, South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was been quoted as saying that if the UK exits the EU, "the volatility and uncertainty could have a serious impact on us as a country." 

Until the fog of panic clears and waters calm that will be true, not only for South Africa, but for the continent as a whole.

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UK will simply keep the same trade deals with its African partners for the foreseeable future

Dangote 'plans Nigeria's first private crude oil refinery'

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Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to launch Nigeria's first private crude oil refinery, reports Reuters' Alexis Akwagyiram.  

Mr Dangote told Reuters the $12bn (£8.8bn) refinery will be ready at the beginning of 2019.

Reuters adds Mr Dangote also has plans for a gas pipeline through West Africa. 

He also told the news agency that he plans to set up new cement production in eight countries.

This would double his current cement business.

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Kenyatta tells Obama Dadaab closure will be 'humane'

Dadaab is one of the biggest refugee camps in the world

Kenya will not go back on its plans to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has told US President Barack Obama, according to a statement from Kenya’s State House.

Mr Kenyatta spoke on the phone yesterday with the US president, assuring him that the refugees’ return to Somalia would be done in an orderly and humane way.

The two leaders also discussed US continuous support of Somalia to help create an environment in which the refugees would feel safe to return home. 

But this came on the same day that Uganda announced that it will be withdrawing its troops from Somalia because of frustrations with the Somali army and military advisers from US, UK and Turkey.

South Africa can 'withstand shocks' of Brexit

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has said that the country's banks are "well positioned to withstand financial shocks" of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

In a statement, he pointed out that it will take at least two years for the decision to take effect and said South Africa is "committed to retaining strong trade and financial relations with both Britain and the European Union".

The rand and the stock market took a hit when markets opened this morning as traders reacted to the uncertainty that the Brexit vote has caused.

Mr Zuma added that it means:

Our ongoing efforts... to reignite growth become that much more urgent and critical."

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Stick markets have so far reacted negatively to the Brexit vote

East African Community 'strong'

On the day that it became clear that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the head of the East African Community - made up of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan - has tweeted that the EAC is in a good position:

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Could Brexit influence the future of the African Union?

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The African Union headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Commenters on our Facebook page are interpreting what the UK's decision to leave the UK - so-called Brexit - will have on the African Union.

Theophilus Gblorkpor from Accra in Ghana thinks it may mean efforts to open up borders across Africa will be thwarted:

Britain's decision to leave the EU weakens the African Union as it's still struggling to be borderless and removes other barriers. UK has become a reference for more division on our already struggling African Union bloc.

Iheanatu Chinedu from Port Harcourt in Nigeria thinks African countries will retreat from the African Union after seeing the result in the UK:

Britain have taken their country back... Some Africans been forced into the marriage and some countries will soon be thinking of divorcing to gain their independence."

Whil Rashad Galadima goes more granular and predicts it will encourage people in Nigeria to push for independence from Nigeria:

Nigerian referendum is coming!!! I personally am voting for 'Arewaxit'."

Thoughts on Brexit's impact on Nigeria

A former Nigerian minister and World Bank vice-president has been tweeting how she sees the impact of the Brexit vote:

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She also wonders if Nigeria is ready for the fall out:

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It's worth remembering that the British vote to leave the European Union does not trigger an immediate departure.

The prime minister has to tell the EU that Britain intends to leave - something that David Cameron has said he won't do before stepping down - and there is then two years of negotiations.

Read Brexit: What happens now?

The Brexit: What implications for Africa?

We have been reporting the reactions to the British vote to leave the European Union. 

An article published by the Brookings Institution before the referendum, assessed the potential consequences Brexit could have on African economies. 

It argues that Britain will reduce its engagement with the continent. 

“Perhaps the biggest impact of the Brexit on Africa would be the end of British “outwardness”—the country’s concern with and responsiveness to global development issues.”

The authors also say that African countries, already facing economic troubles, should reinforce their domestic policies to better respond to external shocks.

The Brexit referendum is rather inopportune as African countries are facing serious external shocks... There is not much that they can do on the external front [and] that leaves adequate and timely domestic policies the priority.”

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Tweeters compare Cameron's swift resignation to African leaders

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, prompting David Cameron to announce he is to step down as prime minister. 

Tweeters are comparing this swift resignation to other leaders.

Zimbabwe's president has seen off a number of UK prime ministers:

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This tweeter thinks Somalia's president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (HSM) should follow David Cameron's lead:

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And the editor of the Mail&Guardian Africa edition is interested in the comparison with African politics:

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The benefits of Brexit to Africa

We've written about the negative reaction of the markets in South Africa to the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, but there are some who are thinking about the longer term implications.

Peter Kisitu writing in Uganda's Monitor newspaper sees some benefits.

He argues that the European Union has stifled African agricultural exports:

Africa’s efforts to add value to raw materials continue to be frustrated by EU trade policies.

Leaving the EU would allow Britain to rekindle and re-engage with independent Commonwealth countries, and strike fairer trade deals which would better reflect Britain’s role as a leader of free market enterprise."

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There's an argument that the EU has stifled attempts by African exporters to add value to their produce

What next for President Zuma's corruption charges?

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

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Judge Aubrey Ledwaba's judgement dismissing South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's appeal against reinstating corruption charges (see earlier post) is another blow to Mr Zuma's effort to stay out of court.

He can still go to the Supreme Court of Appeal but that court is likely  to arrive at the same decision as well. 

If he fails there, then President Zuma will have one final option which would be to go to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land. 

Essentially what has been decided today is that decisions taken by the National Prosecuting Authority can be reviewed by the court.

So this may well be the beginning of the end for the president.

But do not hold your breath, President Zuma is known to be one of the greatest political survivors on the continent.  

South African satirist on Brexit vote

South Africa's Business Day newspaper has tweeted its satirical cartoon on what's just happened in the UK:

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'What's Brexit got to do with me?'

Tweeters in Africa are digesting the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union.

One Nigerian believes there are bigger issues in his life:

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But others are making connections with the sudden drop in the pound and the value of remittances - the money sent from the UK back home: 

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And a well-known Kenyan activist says the vote reflects a new view of the UK:

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Tweeters urge Zuma follow Cameron's lead and resign

South African tweeters are calling for their President Jacob Zuma to follow the lead of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and resign.

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This morning, Mr Cameron announced his intention to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.    

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The hashtag #SpyTapes is trending on Twitter in South Africa.

Spy Tapes refers to recordings of phone conversations between officials discussing the timing of a case against Mr Zuma on allegations of bribery over an arms deal.  

It's come up now because people are reacting to the news that the South African High Court has blocked an appeal by Mr Zuma to stop the possibility that the corruption charges against him could be reintroduced (see our earlier post).

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Will the UK now need Africa more?

Zimbabwe's Science Minister Jonathan Moyo is one of the continent's most prolific tweeting politicians, never short of something to say.

And he thinks that the UK will now need to look for new allies:

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He also sees some lessons for the African Union:

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South Africa's market falls after Brexit news

South Africa's Business Day is reporting that Africa's biggest stock market - the Johannesburg Stock Exchange - has fallen as it opened this morning.

It says that "losses were across the board".

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The newspaper also reports that the gold price has risen as people seek a "safe haven" for their money in the wake of the UK to leave the EU.

Turbulence ahead predict market watchers

Some South African market watchers are tweeting their reaction to the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union:

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Senegal's jailed son of former president pardoned

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The Senegalese president, Macky Sall, has signed a decree pardoning the former minister, Karim Wade, of corruption charges. 

Karim Wade, a political rival and son of the former President Abdoulaye Wade, was sentenced last year to six years in jail for embezzlement. 

According to the decree, signed early on Friday, Karim Wade and two of his co-defendants are free, but still have to repay misappropriated funds. 

There are reports that Mr Wade has already left Senegal for France or Qatar.  

Kenya's central bank 'ready to intervene'

Kenya's central bank released a series of tweets this morning as the result of the British referendum on membership of the EU became clear. 

It made it clear that it would step in if the Brexit decision caused instability:

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