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  1. Ibrahim Dasuki, the ex-sultan of Sokoto, dies in Nigeria
  2. A stockpile of 5,250 illegal arms is set alight in Kenya,
  3. South Africa racist coffin video pair arrested
  4. Ex-Somali refugee defeats minister to become MP
  5. Ex-President Mohammed Morsi's death sentence overturned in Egypt
  6. Nigeria's government wants to sell off unprofitable refineries
  7. Kenya accused of coercing Somali refugees to return home
  8. IS militant wanted by Italy arrested in Sudan
  9. Email stories and comments to - Tuesday 15 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Tom Spender, Lucy Fleming and Lamine Konkobo

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: Some people kindle the smoke and leave the charcoal." from A Silozi proverb sent by Mwiya Mundia in Lusaka, Zambia
    A Silozi proverb sent by Mwiya Mundia in Lusaka, Zambia

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with a photo of the "supermoon" pictured in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, by BBC cameraman Horaci Garcia:

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  2. Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi inspires young artists

    Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is one of Zimbabwe's most famous singers and songwriters.

    He gave the BBC a tour of the arts centre he set up up to inspire and nurture the next generation of Zimbabwean artists:

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    Video caption: Zimbabwe's Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi inspires young artists

    Video Journalist: Taurai Maduna  

  3. Gambia call to free arrested journalists

    Nadege Sinarinzi

    BBC Afrique

    Yahya Jammeh
    Image caption: President Yahyah Jammeh is seeking a fifth term in office

    Gambia’s national union of journalists has urged the authorities to release three journalists arrested last week.

    It is not clear on what charges the head of the state broadcaster Momodou Sabally, his colleague Bakary Fatou and photographer Alhagie Manka are being held.

    Bai Touray, president of the Gambia Press Union, says all attempts to try and get in touch with the trio have failed and it is not known where they are being held.

    Human rights organisations accuse the government of President Yahyah Jammeh of intimidating journalists and members of the opposition ahead of presidential elections expected to be held on 1 December.

    Mr Jammeh, who has been in power since 1994 and is seeking re-election for a fifth term, has denied allegations in the past that he has silenced his critics.

  4. Ghana's ex-President Kufuor 'hale and hearty'

    John Kufuor, former president of Ghana
    Image caption: Mr Kufuor's office said the former president was going about his duties as normal

    The office of John Kufuor has squashed rumours that the former Ghanaian president is dead.

    Social media and some mainstream websites were reporting on Monday that the 77-year-old former president had died.

    The rumours prompted the office of the former president to issue a statement saying that Mr Kufuor was "hale and hearty" and going about his duties as normal.

  5. Morocco eliminates trachoma - WHO

    Hillary Clinton visited Morocco in 1999 while she was First Lady as part of an aid deal to eradicate trachoma
    Image caption: Hillary Clinton visited Morocco in 1999 while she was first lady as part of an aid deal to eradicate trachoma

    Morocco has eliminated trachoma - the leading infectious cause of blindness - the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

    Trachoma is transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge from infected people, particularly young children, the organisation says.

    It affects populations in 42 countries and has led to blindness or visual impairment in about 1.9 million people.

    WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan hailed Morocco's achievement:

    Quote Message: This is an impressive public health achievement for Morocco.
    Quote Message: It demonstrates how strong political will, education, awareness, surveillance and most importantly community engagement, can work to defeat a debilitating disease."

    Morocco has been working to eradicate trachoma since the 1990s, with initiatives including surgery for trachiasis - the blinding stage of trachoma - as well as facial cleanliness and environmental improvement to limit transmission. 

    Many sufferers were treated with the antibiotic azithromycin, donated through the International Trachoma Initiative. 

    Moroccan Health Minister Dr El Houssaine Louardi said the antibiotic was crucial:

    Quote Message: Availability of azithromycin spurred control activities and with the involvement of local communities and the mobilization of health professionals we managed to reach almost every individual, be it in villages or schools."

    The WHO estimates that $1bn (£800m) in funding is needed to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem worldwide by 2020.

  6. Kenyan twin sisters eye each other after surgery

    Kenya’s Citizen TV has shared a Facebook post showing two-year-old formerly conjoined twin sisters Blessing and Favour looking at each other for the first time after surgery to separate them earlier this month:

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    The conjoined twins were operated on for 23 hours by some 60 specialists including neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons.

    The CEO of Kenyatta National Hospital Dr Thomas Mutie said after the operation:

    Quote Message: The successful surgery is a testimony that the country is endowed with medical specialists, who can handle complicated human health challenges such as open-heart surgery, organ transplant, reconstructive surgeries and other multi-disciplinary surgeries."

    Here's a photo of the girls and their mother Caroline Mukiri before the surgery:

    Caroline Mukiri and her twin daughter before they were separated
    Image caption: The twins were conjoined in the lower region of the spine
  7. Gabon bushmeat fans defy pangolin ban

    Pangolins are found all over African and Asia but their numbers have plummeted because of illegal trade
    Image caption: Pangolins are found all over African and Asia but their numbers have plummeted because of illegal trade

    The pangolin, a little-known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, made headlines last month when trade in eight species of the animal was banned at a meeting of Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Johannesburg.

    But the ban is already meeting resistance in Gabon, a country where pangolin meat is a traditional dish, BBC Afrique reports. 

    One Gabonese man, Paul Vincent, told our reporter that the ban amounted to a "violation of his human rights". 

    Locals also say pangolin scales can help treat certain ailments, though there is no scientific evidence that it is effective. 

    Between January and September this year, authorities seized more than 18,000 tonnes of Pangolin scales across 19 countries, according to a study by conservation group Annamiticus. 

    The majority came from African pangolins in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana. 

    Experts say that each kilogramme of scales requires three or four animals to be killed.

  8. Uganda 'arrests Poland arms deal swindler'

    Ugandan soldiers
    Image caption: The Ugandan military has denied involvement in the case

    Ugandan police say they have arrested a conman suspected of swindling a Polish weapons manufacturer into signing a bogus $120m (£95m) arms deal, the AFP news agency reports.

    BMP Poland signed the deal with the man, who told them he was an agent for Uganda's defence ministry and offered to buy equipment including 375 tanks, 46 reconnaissance Ferret and Eland armoured cars and various artillery products, the agency reports.

    Sam Ssimbwa, who was taken into custody last Thursday, had already pocketed 520,000 euros ($557,700, £449,100), police said. His accomplices have not been arrested.

    Uganda's private Daily Monitor newspaper reported earlier this month that negotiations with BMP were held inside the army headquarters in the presence of men in uniform. The army denied any such meeting took place. 

    The army has also denied reports that the army chief was implicated in the scandal, AFP reports.

    It further denied the military investigative branch's deputy had been transferred to Somalia in secret while investigating the case.

    According to AFP, a BMP representative in Warsaw confirmed it had "contacts in Uganda" but declined to comment "until the situation is resolved".

  9. Money woes 'shelve South Sudan football'

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    The South Sudan Football Association has indefinitely postponed the South Sudan Premier League because of "financial constraints", the country's Eye Radio reports.

    According to Sebit Makor, the deputy chairman of the organising committee, the association is broke:

    Quote Message: We don’t have money to run the costs of the tournament. So we are calling it off indefinitely."

    The tournament had been scheduled to kick off today, Eye Radio said.

    A peace deal to end nearly three years of civil war in South Sudan has failed to stop the violence.

    For more read: Wounds of war and The boy who spent days hiding in a swamp

  10. DR Congo fire coach Lechantre


    The football association in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fired national coach Pierre Lechantre after just 11 months in the job, the AFP news agency reports.

    The team was beaten 1-0 by Uganda on Saturday. It has lost both its qualifying matches for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and is bottom of its group.

    Only the top teams in each group qualify for the tournament.

  11. Somali ex-refugee MP: 'Humbled by opportunity'

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    Video caption: Somali refugee MP: 'I feel humbled to be the hope for the young'

    Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya and defeated a top Somali official to become a member of parliament, tells BBC radio he feels "humbled to be the hope of the young".

  12. Kenya burns 5,250 illegal firearms

    Weapons burning in Kenya

    A stockpile of illegal arms confiscated from criminals has been set alight in Kenya. According to the Associated Press news agency, the stack was about 15 feet (4.5m) high:

    Weapons to be set alight in Kenya

    Before the fire was lit, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto (L) and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery first inspected them:

    Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto (L) and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery inspecting weapons stockpile to be burnt

    The 5,250 weapons were then doused with diesel:

    Someone dousing a pile of weapons with diseal

    The bonfire was in field in Ngong, in the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi:

    Weapons burning in Kenya

    Mr Ruto said the firearms had been recovered over the past nine years, some confiscated and others surrendered voluntarily:

    Quote Message: Firearms in the hands of wrong people continue to violate our peace and stability and become a threat to the security of our country. Armed violence, community conflict, cattle rustling, poaching violent crime is what makes this illicit firearm dangerous for our country.
    Quote Message: All the ills in our society, from terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, are promoted in a big way by illicit firearms in the wrong hands."

    The Kenyan authorities estimate that at least 500,000 guns are illegally held by civilians, AP reports.

  13. Lagos protests: 'They started burning houses'

    BBC Nigeria correspondent Martin Patience reports from the protest in Lagos by people whose homes burned down last week.

    Up to 30,000 people were left homeless by the blaze. Residents told the BBC that the police had started the fire and that some people had died during the incident.

    The police deny involvement. But last month the state governor ordered the demolition of slums close to Lagos lagoon, citing health and safety concerns. Watch Martin's report:

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    Video caption: Lagos demolitions: Protesters demand new homes after fire
  14. Mauritanians call for execution of 'apostate' blogger

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    Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, the blogger sentenced to death in Mauritania
    Image caption: Mr Mkhaitir's fate hangs in the balance

    Protesters have gathered in the Mauritanian capital to call for the death sentence for a blogger convicted of apostasy, the independent Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar reported. 

    Standing outside the Supreme Court in Nouakchott as it considers its final verdict against Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, they chanted slogans rejecting any leniency in the case. Al-Akhbar said.

    In 2014 Mr Mkhaitir was accused of apostasy over an article in which he criticised the use of religion to justify racial discrimination. A lower court had sentenced him to death after finding him guilty of blasphemy.

    The case has now been referred to the Supreme Court to consider whether to pardon Mr Mkhaitir, who says he did not mean to insult the religion and has repented.

  15. Ex-Somali refugee defeats minister to become MP

    Abdullahi Sheikh Abas
    Image caption: Abdullahi Sheikh Abas had no political experience

    A man who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya has defeated a top Somali official to become a member of parliament.

    Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, 31, was picked by an electoral college as a federal MP.

    He was up for election against federal Information Minister Mohammed Abdi Hassan.

    Somalia has been holding indirect elections since October to renew its parliament as the country remains too dangerous for a national vote.

    Much of the country is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

    Read the full story: Ex-Somali refugee defeats minister to become MP

    Mr Abas is from the Dadaab refugee camp, the biggest in the world. One of his schoolmates from the camp tweeted his joy at his win as well as that of Somali-American Ilhan Omar, elected this month to the US House of Representatives, who also spent years in Dadaab.

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  16. DR Congo's embattled Kabila vows to respect constitution

    President Joseph Kabila of the DR Congo
    Image caption: President Joseph Kabila says he saved his country from collapse

    The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under pressure to resign as his presidential term comes to an end next month, has denied he intends to violate the constitution.

    The presidential election was due on 27 November, but a deal brokered last month by Joseph Kabila's government with one faction of the opposition pushed it back to April 2018.

    The main opposition parties, including Etienne Tshekedi's UDPS, say the failure to hold election on time is unconstitutional.

    However, in an address to a joint session of parliament in the capital Kinshasa, Mr Kabila said the constitution has never been under any threat.

    Quote Message: [The constitution] has never been violated and will always be respected in all its provisions.
    Quote Message: I take my responsibilities seriously and I will not allow DR Congo to be taken hostage by a faction of the political class."
    Police in a stand-off with demonstrators in the DR Congo
    Image caption: The delayed presidential election is causing tension

    Mr Kabila's address comes a day after his prime minister resigned to pave the way for a new transitional cabinet to be put in place under the controversial political deal. 

    The president used the occasion to defend his record, saying he came to power at a time when DR Congo was on the brink of collapse and suggesting things have now improved.

  17. Kenya beat Liberia 1-0

    The Kenyan national football team has beaten Liberia 1-0 in a friendly match in Nairobi.

    Paul Were's second-half goal earned the Harambee Stars victory over the Lone Stars.

    Kenya are now unbeaten in eight matches under coach Stanely Okumbi, the Daily Nation newspaper reported. They beat Mozambique 1-0 in another friendly match on Saturday.

    Paul Were congratulated
    Were congratulated
    Image caption: Kenya's goalscorer Paul Were is congratulated by teammates
  18. SA minister denies rhino smuggling links

    South Africa Minister of State Security David Mahlobo has denied any links to rhino horn smugglers and called on the police to investigate the allegations.

    He said the allegations made in an Al-Jazeera documentary over the weekend were “ludicrous”:

    Quote Message: They are basically linking the fact that I used to visit a spa in Mpumalanga… to the illegal poaching of rhino horns by its owner – which I have also just been made aware of now through the aired broadcast."

    The story has been picked up by local newspapers and by South African cartoonist Zapiro:

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    The minister said he was working hard to curb transnational organised crime and bring to justice those involved, including their syndicates.

    Mr Mahlobo's spokesman, Brian Dube, told South Africa’s 702 radio this morning that the minister was exploring all legal avenues as his integrity had been tarnished by the allegations.

  19. Primary school headteacher stabbed in Soweto

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    primary school
    Image caption: The stabbing happened at Paul Mosaka primary school in Soweto

    A female primary school headteacher has been critically wounded after being stabbed multiple times in front of pupils in the South African township of Soweto.

    The attack has shocked the country.

    The assailant was reportedly a teacher who had been sacked for allegedly falsifying his qualifications.

    “As she opened her car door, he pulled her out of her car and stabbed her several times. Some of the bystanders started shouting and screaming,” said police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele.

    The headteacher's daughter told the local 702 radio station that her mother, a principal of Paul Mosaka Primary School in Soweto’s Pimville area, was in a critical condition in hospital:

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    Locals tried but failed to apprehend the man, who was later arrested. He faces charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

    Provincial Police Minister Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said security in some schools was a serious concern and needed to be tightened.