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  1. African Union chairperson election postponed
  2. Ethiopian security officials shot dead in Gondar protests
  3. Kenyan policemen charged with murder over lawyer's death
  4. SA racing driver dies on Kilimanjaro
  5. UNAids boss warns of funding decline
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Monday 18 July 2016

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By Uwa Nnachi and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page 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:

You don't need a mirror to see what you are wearing on your hand."

An Igbo proverb sent by Chinaecherem Kenneth Michael, Enugu, Nigeria

And we leave you with an image from Instagram taken at the World Aids summit in Durban. People promoting condom use have found some over-sized ones which work as a fashion accessory:

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'Everybody that he met became his friend'

South African rally driver Gugu Zulu died today whilst attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

He and his wife were part of an expedition team raising funds for a Nelson Mandela-linked charity.

Rally organiser and close friend Willie du Plessis has paid tribute to Zulu and said "his love for his family was unequalled".

'Support your local police force'

Somalis are being encouraged to get behind their police service.

In a new song, paid for by the AU mission in Somalia, a singer tells people that "the police are strong".

She adds that: "God saves us all. But the police are there to help us."

The video shows police officers on manoeuvres, directing traffic and helping people:

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The new pan-African passport

A day after they were launched, more African Union passports have been handed out at the AU summit which has just ended in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

The BBC's Ahmed Adan photographed Somalia's Foreign Minister Abdisalam Omer showing his new travel document:

Somalia's foreign minister holding AU passport

The idea behind the passport is for all African citizens to be able to travel through the continent without visas in an effort to improve trade between countries.

Initially they will go to heads of state and diplomats but the proposal is the by the end of 2018 all African citizens can get one. 

AU passport

Curfew imposed on Sierra Leone island after killings

A curfew has been imposed on the Sierra Leonean island of Bonthe after two people were shot dead by the military. 

Nobody is allowed to go out after 1pm local time (13:00 GMT).

Police say the trouble began when a woman hissed at a member of a secret society. 

Such behaviour is forbidden by the society. 

Dozens of its members went in search of the woman who had taken refuge in a naval base. 

They attacked the base, and gunfire ensued. Secret societies have a powerful social and political role in Sierra Leone. 

UNAids head tells conference: 'We need more resources'

The 2016 United Nations World Aids conference is under way in Durban, South Africa with nearly 18,000 delegates taking part.

Michel Sidibe of UNAids, has asked for more resources, saying that the United Nations' target of ending the Aids pandemic by 2030 could slip away, the AFP news agency reports.

"I'm scared because I am seeing for the first time the decline in the financing from donor countries," he said.

I cannot be dishonest with you, I need to say, we will have a resistance, we will lose our investment, we will have to pay more later. If we stop now, we will certainly regret [it] because we will see a resurgence in this epidemic."

Hundreds of AIDS activists march through the streets of Durban
Campaigners held a demonstration in Durban to maintain awareness of the need to support HIV-positive people

Nigeria banks threaten 'delinquent debtors' with naming and shaming

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Some of Nigeria's major banks have taken to the newspapers today to try and get some of the people who owe them money to pay it back.

In adverts published in national newspapers it describes them as "delinquent debtors" and threatens to publish their names if the money is not forthcoming:

Newspaper advert

The Central Bank of Nigeria reckons that the commercial banks are owed around $2bn, and in the past the government has had to take over some banks because of the extent of the bad loans.

Kenya alleged doping: Court rejects Rosa's request to travel

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

A court in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has turned down an appeal from Italian athletics agent Federico Rosa to have his passport returned to him. 

Rosa was charged with six counts of doping athletes including Rita Jeptoo, who was banned for two years in 2014 after testing positive for blood-boosting drug EPO.

He asked for his passport to be returned so he could travel to help his athletes prepare for the Rio Olympics in August.

The court ruled that Rosa did not produce official documentation from bodies such as Athletics Kenya or the National Olympic Committee as evidence that he manages the athletes competing.

The judge did say however that the decision would be reconsidered if Rosa produces sufficient paperwork.

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Frederico Rosa

HIV-positive people photograph themselves

South African photographer is continuing his series Through Positive Eyes which focuses on people living with HIV.

The latest shots - some of which are on display at the Global Aids summit in Durban - are images taken by HIV-positive people themselves.

Mendel as posted some of the photographs on his Instagram feed:

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 Mendel says in this photo Thulile used  "banana leaves to present herself as an angel... She was born HIV positive and after experiencing so much stigma while growing up she has become a strong advocate for positive children.

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Mendel says this photo "was taken by Yvonne... It shows her daughter in the tin shack she shares with her children".

Incumbent loses Sao Tome presidential election

Evaristo Carvalho has defeated the incumbent Manuel Pinto da Costa in Sao Tome and Principe's presidential election taking 50.1% of the vote.

Mr da Costa, who won the last election in 2011 as an independent, was the country's first president after independence from Portugal in 1975. His first period in office ended in 1991.

The new president belongs to the same party - the ADI - as Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada.

Mr Trovoada said the election of a new president "should initiate a period of stability for Sao Tome and Principe", the Portuguese news agency is reporting.

Manuel Pinto da Costa
Manuel Pinto da Costa governed from 1975 to 1991 and from 2011 to 2016

Test your spelling against Africa's champion

Africa's champion speller has just been named at the first continent-wide Spelling Bee, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Twenty-seven children had to spell words such as perestroika and kedgeree for the title:

Anti-ICC propaganda at the AU summit

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza, who's been in Rwanda for the African Union summit, found this book that had been left for journalists in the media room:

Booklet front cover

It says it's produced by the Guerrilla Graphics Group, but there are no other details about who they are.

It presents a clear anti-International Criminal Court perspective at a time when leaders at the AU summit discussed the ICC again.

Some have recommended a mass walkout from the organisation.

One of the big complaints is that only Africans have so far been targeted by the court.

Among the pages of text are some striking images:

Anti-ICC messages
Anti-ICC messages

The ICC says it is pursuing cases recommended either by African countries themselves or the UN Security Council.

Updating Ghana's electoral roll

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana's Electoral Commission has started the process of updating the electoral roll.

It's crucial as it makes sure that everyone who is eligible to vote will be able to.

During the next week people can check whether their biometric details are recorded and see if they're on the voters' list:

Man getting his biometric data taken

This is taking place ahead of the general election in November. 

The Electoral Commission says 20,000 biometric verification devices will be used countrywide.

Finger print being taken

Sweeping up for Mandela Day

People in South Africa have been volunteering today for Mandela Day, which marks the former South African president's birthday.

The BBC's Milton Nkosi joined former students from Soweto Phefeni Senior Secondary who were sprucing up their old high school.

Women with brooms

They cleaned and swept up the outside and collected bags of rubbish which were then driven away.

Truck picking up rubble

They also painted some of the school buildings, donated lockers and repaired ageing taps.

Milton (in blue overalls) also tried his hand at sweeping - though we weren't too sure about his sweeping technique.

People sweeping

Fans pay tribute to Senegal forward Demba Ba after injury

Former Premier League striker Demba Ba suffered a potentially career-ending broken leg while playing in the Chinese Super League.

The Senegal forward collapsed during a challenge with another player with his left leg giving way beneath the knee as he fell down.

The incident happened while playing for Shanghai Shenhua in the derby against Shanghai SIPG on Sunday.  

Fans took to social media to wish the former Chelsea and Newcastle player a speedy recovery:

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All at Chelsea FC send our best wishes to former striker @dembabafoot. Get well soon Demba.

Feeling for Demba Ba right now! Stay strong and recover well


Our best wishes go to former #NUFC striker @dembabafoot following his injury over the weekend. Get well soon, Demba!

Our best wishes go to former #NUFC striker @dembabafoot following his injury over the weekend. Get well soon, Demba!

@dembabafoot I wish you all the very best with your recovery from that horrendous break.

Demba Ba
Demba Ba scored 50 Premier League goals for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea

Tributes for South African racing driver Gugu Zulu

South Africans have been tweeting messages of remembrance for rally driver Gugu Zulu who has died at the age of 38 while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

The government has tweeted: 

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And others are also reflecting on the man who had become a TV star in South Africa:

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Nigeria: Inflation hits highest level in almost 10 years

Russell Padmore

Business correspondent, BBC News

Inflation in Nigeria has hit its highest level in almost a decade, surging to 16.5% in June. It highlights a deepening crisis for Africa's biggest economy.

The cost of electricity, transport and food has surged in the country because the naira currency plunged in value against the US dollar, making imported goods more expensive. 

Nigeria's economy is heavily reliant on the energy industry and it has struggled to cope with the big fall in oil prices. 

Surging inflation could force the central bank to increase interest rates, above its benchmark 12%, in August, but it may hold fire because higher costs for businesses would affect growth. 

The Central Bank of Nigeria will announce its next interest rate decision on 26 July. 

Five hundred Naira note
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No-one could get two-thirds majority for AU chair

Some more details are emerging as to why the African Union failed to elect a new commission chairperson to replace South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The three candidates were:

  • Uganda's former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe
  • Botswana former Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi
  • Equatorial Guinea former Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy

But the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza, who's at the conference venue in Rwanda, says that Ms Kazibwe dropped out after the first round of voting but then neither of the other two candidates could secure the two-thirds majority needed. 

He understands that some countries abstained as there was a feeling that the candidates did not have the required experience.

AU family photo

Land concerns thought to be behind Ethiopia violence

We posted earlier about Ethiopia saying that 11 security officers were shot dead during the recent unrest in the north-western town of Gondar. 

Ethiopia blamed neighbouring Eritrea for the unrest, but other reports say members of the Amhara ethnic group have been protesting in the town. 

A group known as the Welkait Committee has been resisting efforts by the authorities to put their land, under the administration of the state of Tigray. 

It currently lies on the border between the states of Tigray and Amhara, they say they identify themselves as Amharas, not Tigrayans. 

Remembering the 'fastest brother in Africa'

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Gugulethu Zulu, who died today during a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, was a racing car champion and had presented a motoring show Car Torque on South African TV. 

He also became well known in South Africa in 2008 after appearing on the TV dance competition programme Strictly Come Dancing.    

In racing circles he was affectionately known as “the fastest brother in Africa".  

Zulu began his racing career in 1999 following his graduation from the Isondo Racing Academy.

He won many racing titles including the Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 national championship, and many sporting awards.

Gugu Zulu
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Kenyan police officers charged over lawyer's murder

Angela Ngendo

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Four police officers have been charged with the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their driver at a court in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Mr Kimani disappeared after lodging a complaint against a police officer on behalf of his client Josephat Mwendwa.

The three men were tortured before being killed.

The Law Society of Kenya called on all lawyers to boycott courts and there were nationwide protests following the murders.

The killings sparked outrage in Kenya and many blamed the police force for a series of extrajudicial killings in recent years.   

The police officers will remain in custody whilst authorities complete their investigation.

All four have denied the charges 

Willie Kimani
Willie Kimani went missing shortly after leaving a Nairobi court

AU chair election postponed to January

We will not now get a new African Union commission chairperson until January.

The spokesperson for the current head of the AU broke the news (with a papal election reference):

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Instagram posts of SA driver who died on Kilimanjaro

South African racing driver Gugu Zulu who has died during a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro was sharing pictures on Instagram over the last few days:

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The caption for this picture said: "Made it though day2. My wife is doing fabulous, she has even learnt the local language. Am having flu like symptoms and struggling with the mountain but taking it step by step!!"

And the next day he posted: "Acclimatization day3 - just taking a stroll in the garden high above a blanket of clouds - amazing."

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SA racing driver dies climbing Kilimanjaro for Mandela Day

South African racing driver Gugu Zulu has died while trying to climb Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro for a charity linked to Nelson Mandela, the Mandela Foundation has announced.

"Details are sketchy," it says in a statement. "What we do know is that Gugu experienced problems breathing. The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mountain with him. 

"We are informed that the medical teams tried everything possible to save his life."

The climbers were due to reach the summit today marking Mandela Day.

South Africa's sports minister has tweeted condolences:

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South Africans mark Mandela Day

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has urged people to "make time and find something meaningful to do"‚ in memory of Nelson Mandela, reports the Times Live new site.

He asked the country to heed Mr Mandela’s call “for this day to be used to dedicate 67 minutes to doing good deeds in our communities”.  

Social media posters have shared their words and pictures to commemorate the day:

I agree with everybody that says mandela day should be everyday not just today...let us shift our mindset South Africans#MadibaDay

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Distractions at the AU summit

Delegates at the AU heads of state summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, will be voting for the new chair of the AU commission.

But for those, like our reporter Ahmed Adan, who are excluded from the room where the discussions are taking place there are some distractions.

He's snapped a few pictures of the crafts that can be bought from the stalls outside the conference venue:

Crafts for sale at AU summit
Crafts for sale at AU summit

Ethiopian security officers 'shot dead' in Gondar violence

BBC Monitoring

Ethiopia says 11 security officers and were shot dead in recent violence in the north-western town of Gondar.

In a statement read by state broadcaster EBC TV, the National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Anti-Terrorism Joint Task Force said 16 others were also injured in the unrest. 

The government accused neighbouring Eritrea of being behind the unrest and strongly warned Asmara to refrain from its "evil actions".

'Funding shortage' claim as Aids conference starts

Karen Allen

BBC Southern Africa correspondent, Johannesburg

The 2016 United Nations World Aids conference begins in Durban, South Africa today with nearly 18,000 delegates from around the world expected to participate. 

A major demonstration is planned at the start of the conference to draw attention to shortages in global aids funding. 

Sixteen years ago, the last time this meeting was held in South Africa, the battleground was over access to life saving drugs, now it's the demand to keep funding in line with scientific progress. 

This conference is seen as deeply symbolic in a country where, despite dramatic progress, a thousand people continue to get infected every day.

The last time delegates gathered for a major aids conference in South Africa the country's leadership was in denial about the links between HIV and Aids. 

Now 16 years later it has tried to turn things around and now has one of the largest HIV treatment programmes in the world. Fewer babies are now being born with the disease, but one in five South Africans are still living with HIV.

Numerous stalls can bee seen around the conference centre including this one promoting "condom couture". Look closely at what the dresses are made of.

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African Union to elect new leader

African heads of state, or their representatives, are due to elect a new chairperson of the AU commission to replace South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

She is stepping down after four years in the job.

The candidates are:

  • Uganda's former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe
  • Botswana former Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi
  • Equatorial Guinea former Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been in the post for one term

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