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  1. Nigeria police enter parliament over corruption claims
  2. Uganda to soon get 'anti-porn machine'
  3. Kenyan man accused of chopping wife's hands off in fertility row
  4. Ugandan troops go on trial in Somalia for stealing
  5. Nigeria 'restarts payments' for former Niger Delta oil militants
  6. Three men charged with doping Kenyan athlete Jeptoo
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  8. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 2 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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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:

    Quote Message: It is the wise we send on errands, and not the long-legged." from An Akan proverb sent by Acheampong Owoahene Kwame, Kumasi, Ghana
    An Akan proverb sent by Acheampong Owoahene Kwame, Kumasi, Ghana

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.  

    And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o in Bali taken for a magazine and shared on her official Twitter account. 

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  2. Dramatic video of building collapsing in Nairobi

    We have been reporting about a residential building that collapsed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, this morning. 

    It's been reported that no-one was injured.

    We've already posted a video from Citizen TV, and now another TV station has shared a video from a different angle that captured the moment the building went down: 

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  3. Tweeters react to Uganda's proposal to buy 'a porn-detection machine'

    We reported earlier about a plan by Uganda ethics ministry to buy what it calls "a pornography detection machine".

    As expected tweeters have reacted, many are wondering where the government's priorities lie:

  4. Secret police seal off offices in Nigeria's parliament

    Naziru Mikailu

    BBC Abuja bureau editor

    Nigeria's secret police have sealed off some offices in the country's lower house of parliament, the House of Representatives, following allegations of misconduct by some senior MPs while working on this year's budget.

    The crisis started after the speaker sacked the head of the budget committee Abdulmumini Jibrin, who then filed a petition accusing the speaker of the house and other senior MPs of padding the budget with expensive items that do not exist.

    Mr Jibrin has been publishing a series of documents online to support his claim, which the speaker and his team have vehemently denied.

    Reports say the country's anti-corruption agencies are also looking into the matter.

    The ruling All Progressive Congress party has been meeting the warring factions in an attempt to resolve the crisis. 

    The controversial $30bn budget was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in May after months of wrangling amid claims of mismanagement and kickbacks among the officials who drew it up.

    Nigeria election poster
    Image caption: President Buhari fought last year's election on a pledge to fight corruption
  5. Nigerian-British filmmaker's new magic-realist web series

    A new series by Nigerian-British filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion is being streamed online, the OkayAfrica website is reporting.

    It says that Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha grew out of Igbinedion's short film Oya: Rise of the Orishas, which won an award last year.

    OkayAfrica says that the series focusses on "junior doctor Amina who’s life is turned upside down when her patient, a politician’s son, dies under her care".

    The trailer on YouTube reveals a series that is full of mystery and magic realism:

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  6. Kenyan athletes' coach allowed to go to Rio despite drugs charges

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa Sport

    An Italian athletics agent who has been charged with doping offences in Kenya is being allowed to travel to Brazil for this month's Olympic Games. 

    Federico Rosa, who denies the charges against him, had argued that he had to be in Rio to help the athletes under his control. 

    Mr Rosa must return his passport to a court in Nairobi by 26 August, and his case will be heard early next month.

    Federico Rosa

    Meanwhile also in Kenya, Italian athletics coach Claudio Berardelli has been formally charged with doping related offences. 

    He is accused with two local men, including a pharmacist, of "administering prohibited performance-enhancing substance to marathon runner Rita Jeptoo" - who is currently serving a doping ban. 

    All three have denied any wrong-doing.

  7. Senegal family of maid Mbayang Diop in Saudi 'feel helpless'

    The brother of a Senegalese maid who may face the death sentence in Saudi Arabia has told the BBC that the family feels helpless and cannot speak to her.

    Mbayang Diop was arrested several weeks ago accused of killing the woman she worked for in Saudi Arabia.

    Her brother, Mamadou Diop, said that traffickers had deceived her, promising her a well-paid job but instead she was mistreated.

    The 22-year-old woman is in jail in the eastern city of Dammam awaiting trial.

    Human rights activists fear she may be executed.

    It is unclear if she has appeared in court or has pleaded to the charge.

    Read more from BBC News Online

    Senegal demonstration
    Image caption: Supporters of Mbayang Diop held a demonstration in Dakar on Monday
  8. Kenyan youths assault Chinese rail workers over jobs

    Fourteen Chinese railway workers have been attacked by youths protesting about being sidelined for job opportunities, the Daily Nation reports

    The attack happened at a construction site in Narok County, in the south-west of the country. 

    More than 200 club and sword-wielding youth descended on the workers, chanting and shouting, the paper reports. 

    The victims have sought treatment at the Narok Referral Hospital following the attack.

    A journalist who was covering the event for a local television station was also attacked.

    Local youths have been demanding a share of the construction jobs that have come as a result of a $3.8bn (£2.8bn) railway project currently ongoing in the country. 

    This is the second such case to be reported in the area.

    Youths assault Chinese rail workers over contracts
  9. Kenyans react to news of woman allegedly assaulted by her husband

    Kenyans have been tweeting about the story of a woman, Jackline Mwende, who was allegedly assaulted by her husband and had her hands chopped off because the couple were unable to conceive. 

    Some are suggesting that a fund should be set up to help her get prosthetic arms, while others are lamenting about the patriarchal and religious attitudes that could have led to the assault. 

    Here's a sample:

  10. South Sudan peace monitors 'told to re-open offices in Juba'

    Ibrahim Haithar

    BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

    South Sudan’s government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth has threatened to deny entry to the commission that monitors the ceasefire (JMEC) or to expel the group altogether, unless it reopens its office in the capital, Juba, and stops carrying on business in other places outside the country, reports Dutch-based Radio Tamazuj website.

    This comes after a meeting of diplomats of the JMEC Partners' Forum - the guarantors of the August 2015 peace deal - was held recently in Sundan's capital, Khartoum, as well as meetings by the JMEC Chairman Festus Mogae at the African Union summit and elsewhere.

    The peace process is in a very fragile position at the moment after the first vice-president in the unity government, Riek Machar, left Juba and was replaced.

    This followed clashes in the city between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Mr Machar.

  11. Uganda's anti-pornography machine 'to arrive soon'

    Ugandans will not have to wait much longer before what is being called an anti-pornography machine arrives in the country, Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo has told the partly government-owned New Vision newspaper

    Mr Lokodo is reported as saying that the government had contracted a South Korean company to supply the machine. 

    Uganda to spend to buy 'anti-pornography machine'

    He also revealed the ministry's plans:  

    Quote Message: We have appointed the anti-pornography committee, but it had not been launched due to lack of finance, but the government has now approved the money to activate the operations."

    The machine will be used to detect pornographic pictures, videos or graphics taken or saved on a phone, computer or camera in any form and those found guilty will be charged. 

    But exactly how it will work is not clear.

    It is illegal for a person to produce or broadcast pornography in Uganda.

  12. Analysis: Nigeria to resume payments to ex-militants

    Martin Patience

    BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

    The Nigerian government has told the BBC that it will resume payments to former militants in the Niger Delta later today in a bid to end attacks on the country’s oil infrastructure. 

    Under an amnesty in 2009, 30,000 fighters were paid monthly stipends if they agreed to lay down their arms. 

    It was only six months ago that the government stopped paying the fighters. But since then there have been a series of attacks on oil pipelines, slashing the country’s production.  

    Critics regard these payments as nothing more than a bribe for peace, which reward militancy rather than trying to tackle it.  

    It’s not clear though whether the resumption of payments will satisfy militants currently carrying out attacks.

    Some of them were never included in the amnesty. 

    And many argue that the Niger Delta should get a far greater share of the oil wealth than is currently allocated to the region.

    Oil pipeline
    Image caption: The militants argue that the oil wealth has not been evenly shared
  13. Ever tried fish biscuits?

    Fish biscuits are quite literally biscuits partly made from desiccated fish and they might just be part of a solution to a pressing problem - malnutrition.

    Watch BBC Africa’s Sophie Ikenye having a bite:

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    Video caption: Ever tried fish biscuits?
  14. Meet Mikel or John or Obi?

    Chelsea and Nigeria star John Obi Mikel has got fed up with people getting his name wrong so he has officially decided to change it to Mikel John Obi, the Daily Mirror is reporting.

    It adds that, in fact, neither version of his name is correct. He is really called John Michael Nchekwube Obinna and the Mikel was created following a naming mistake by the Nigerian FA in 2003.

    So, just to be clear we can now call him Mikel John Obi.

    Mikel John Obi
    Image caption: "Call me Mikel"
  15. Running against the ANC in Wednesday's election

    Wednesday's Municipal elections in South Africa will be a major test for the governing African National Congress. 

    And there's been surprise at the recent decision of one of the leaders of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings to run as an independent candidate, despite still being part of the ANC. 

    The BBC's Gavin Fischer met Seth Mazibuko at his old school, to find out why he is standing against the ANC:

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    Video caption: Seth Mazibuko is running as an independent candidate despite still being part of the ANC
  16. Condemnation after Kenyan woman has hands chopped off

    We posted earlier about the case in Kenya where a man allegedly chopped his wife's hands off because she "could not conceive".

    The Daily Nation reports that the husband has been charged in connection with the violence.

    Woman with hands removed

    The man has not commented, but there has been widespread condemnation of the alleged crime.  

    Equality Now - an NGO which works on gender violence in Kenya - emailed this statement to BBC Africa Live:

    Quote Message: We are glad that the police have made an arrest so quickly and hope that the law is now fully enforced. We can't afford to let perpetrators act with impunity...
    Quote Message: We need to work even harder to ensure that every single Kenyan woman and girl is protected from all forms of violence and discrimination and is able to live her life safely and without fear." from Naitore Nyamu Africa Office, Equality Now
    Naitore NyamuAfrica Office, Equality Now
  17. Jorge Costa returns as Gabon boss on a six-month contract

    Jorge Costa has been reappointed Gabon coach on a six-month contract.

    The 44-year-old Portuguese manager was originally installed as coach in 2014 but his contract expired on 30 June and Gabon initially sought a replacement.

    Costa has been set a target of reaching the final of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, to be played on home soil.

    "It is a contract with objectives and open to extension, conditioned by the course of the national team in 2017," said the Gabon Football Federation.

    It added on its website that it would "ensure that other factors off the field of play do not affect the progress of the Panthers".

    Read more from BBC Sport

    Jorge Costa
  18. Nigeria militants deny receiving payments

    We reported earlier that Nigeria's government will resume payments to militants in the Niger Delta after they were stopped in February. 

    The BBC's Martin Patience has spoken to two former militants who say they have not yet received the payments. 

    One former militant leader Pere Ejune said he has only heard rumours that the amnesty payments would start again today.

    Quote Message: We are just hearing a rumour. ....this is a threat to the people of the Niger Delta, who are confused whether this is happening."
    Nigeria government has been paying militants monthly
    Image caption: The amnesty programme was agreed in 2009
  19. Gay Pride Week starts in Uganda

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Events to mark the start of Gay Pride Week are taking place in Uganda today despite the country's strict anti-homosexuality laws. 

    Celebrations will include parties in popular nightclubs and events to raise awareness about the health issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

    The week will culminate in a parade which - for the first time - will be held in the capital Kampala, under tight security. 

    The parade is expected to be attended by about 300 people, including some from neighbouring states. 

    This is the fifth year Ugandans have marked the annual event. Police broke up the first parade in 2012. 

    An activist has been tweeting about Gay Pride Week: 

  20. Ugandan troops face stealing charges in Somalia

    Ibrahim Aden

    BBC Africa, Mogadishu

    A Ugandan military court sitting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has this morning begun hearing a case against 17 soldiers serving with the African Union force (Amisom) who were arrested in June following a sting operation. 

    The Ugandans, including three senior officers, are accused of selling military equipment, fuel and other army paraphernalia. 

    Ugandan soldiers on trial in Mogadishu, Somalia

    Seven judges are hearing the case at the Amisom headquarters in Mogadishu.

    They are accused of selling military equipment, fuel and other military paraphernalia

    One soldier has already pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison.

    It is the first time a military court connected to the AU mission has sat in Somalia since the troops were deployed nine years ago. 

    It was decided to do so as an attempt to show Somalia's citizens that the Amisom force was being held to account. 

    Uganda is the highest troop contributor to 22,000 strong Amisom force.