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  1. Ugandan student's anger at being barred from campus over skirt
  2. Kenya newspaper red-faced over 'cartel' advert
  3. Tanzanian tax authority corruption revealed by president
  4. Kenya Olympic official denies theft but will face new sex assault charge
  5. Big bribes being paid for votes in the Somali election, BBC told
  6. Nigeria senators demand inquiry into pro-Biafra deaths
  7. Mozambique fuel tanker deaths rise to 93
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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 our African proverb of the day: 

When the ground is hot, it is the foot that knows it."

A Ghanaian proverb sent by Karl Brown in Accra

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And we leave you with this photo of a group of taekwondo enthusiasts striking a pose in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Click here for the rest of the week's top shots from Africa.

A group of young men strike taekwondo poses, two with red belts, two with blue in Monrovia, Liberia - Sunday 20 November 2016

What is life like for women without children in Africa?

That's the question our distinguished panel in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be discussing in this month's BBC Africa debate, which airs tonight at 19:00 GMT

In many African communities, fertility is highly prized and women without children are frowned upon. 

Infertility affects one in six couples of childbearing age worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. 

In Africa, the number of women unable to conceive after a first pregnancy can be as high as one in three.

Azeenarh Mohammed is in her thirties and says that friends, family and even strangers constantly question her decision not to have children: 

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Morocco 'kissing girls' in court

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The girls face between six months and three years in prison if found guilty.

Two teenage girls allegedly caught kissing on a roof appeared in court in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on Friday charged with homosexual acts, one of their lawyers told AFP news agency. 

The girls, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were charged with "licentious or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex". 

The two girls were arrested last month after being reported by their families. They had allegedly been caught kissing and hugging on a rooftop. Detained for a week, they were released on bail. 

The girls face between six months and three years in prison if found guilty. 

"They denied what was in the police report, namely that they had a homosexual relationship, and said their relationship was friendly," lawyer Rachid al-Ghorfi told AFP. 

Mr Ghorfi said the court will issue a verdict on 9 December. 

They have been charged under Article 489 of Morocco's penal code, which criminalises what it calls "sexual deviancy" between two people of the same gender. 

Human rights groups have called for the article to be scrapped. 

"These two girls could go to prison for simply expressing affection for each other," said Sarah Leah Whitson of New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). 

"Moroccan authorities should drop charges against them and stop prosecuting people for private consensual acts." 

Arrests for alleged homosexual acts are not uncommon, although HRW said this was the first such case involving two girls. 

Kora maestro Kadialy Kouyate at the BBC


Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate is about to appear on Focus on Africa TV on the BBC World News channel at 17:30 GMT.

Born into the line of the Kouyate "griots" - or storytellers - in southern Senegal, Mr Kouyate has been teaching the kora at Soas University of London for the last decade.

The kora is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa.  

Freed Africa vintage pilots land in Kenya

A group of international pilots part in taking part in a vintage plane rally have landed in Kenya - but without 72-year-old British pilot Maurice Kirk, according to organisers. 

"For the second time in two flights, Maurice is a no show. We have launched (again) an overdue aircraft process (now Kenyan rather than Ethiopian)," a Facebook post reads.  

Organisers say they are trying to track him and suspect that he has made his way to the capital Nairobi instead of the planed airbase in Lokichogio. 

They flew in from Ethiopia on Thursday where they had been detained for two days for crossing "illegally" into the country.   

The aviators are travelling the length of Africa using biplanes built between the 1920s and 1940s.

Participants from 13 different countries are attempting to cover 13,000 km (8,000 miles) 

The planes took off for Cape Town, South Africa from the Greek island of Crete on 12 November.   

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'Trump business center' sighted

"Trust Nigerians not to waste time", says the Naijabang website, publishing the image of the newly established Donald Trump Business Centre in the town of Onitsha, south-east Nigeria.

Note: There is some disagreement over where this photo was taken, with some saying it was in Nairobi, Kenya.

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South Africa join Cameroon in women's Nations Cup semi-finals

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South Africa thumped Egypt on Friday to reach the women's Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, alongside Cameroon.

Banyana Banyana's 5-0 victory made them runners-up to Group A winners Cameroon, who beat Zimbabwe 2-0. 

Andisiwe Mgcoyi hit the opener - South Africa's first goal of the finals - with Nothhando Vilakazi, Refiloe Jane, Jermaine Seoposenwe and Linda Motlhalo also on target in an impressive win.

Cameroon's victory came courtesy of a brace by Michelle Henriette Akaba.

The Indomitable Lionesses - hosts of the tournament - went into the game assured of their place in the last four and were comfortable against Zimbabwe as they kept up a 100% winning record. The BBC reporter at the game in Limbe, Cameroon, said that the last goal, from 18-year-old Linda Motlhalo, was a special one: 

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A leading administrator of the women's game in South Africa has posted a screengrab of the goal celebration:

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Jeff Koinange Live: TV show dropped after rape comment

Miguna (L) alleges that he was filmed "secretly"

Kenya's top political TV show hosted by former CNN journalist Jeff Koinange has been dropped after a male guest made a rape remark about a female guest.

Mr Koinange apologised Thursday night for the 17 November incident, saying it was the show's last episode on KTN.

He was hosting Miguna Miguna and Esther Passaris, aspirants for the Nairobi governor seat, when the off-air personal attack was made.

Mr Miguna said "Esther is so beautiful everybody wants to rape her".

"You are chasing men all over, nobody wants you," he continued. "You think you're beautiful, you are not. Esther is just colour. Without colour you are nothing."

Ms Passaris, a politician and businesswoman, then accused him of being a racist.

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Ivory Coast international Abdoulaye Meite joins side in English fourth-tier

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Abdoulaye Meite played 48 games for West Brom after joining for £2.5m ($3.1m) in 2008

Newport County have signed Ivory Coast international defender Abdoulaye Meite.

The 36-year old has joined the South Wales club on non-contract terms and he is eligible to play against Blackpool on Saturday.

Capped 48 times by his country, Meite has previously played in England for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers.

Meite, who started in the 2004 UEFA Cup final, is a free agent after being released by Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho.

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Malawi to consult public over anti-gay laws

Two gay Kenyan men kiss each other
Many Africans consider homosexuality religiously and culturally unacceptable

Malawi is to hold public consultations to assess whether to reform colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality, the government said today, AFP news agency reports. 

The southern African nation was the focus of controversy in 2010 when it jailed a gay couple for gross indecency after they held the country's first same-sex public "wedding".

Late President Bingu wa Mutharika said the pair had committed a crime against Malawi's culture, religion and laws but later pardoned them on "humanitarian grounds" after a meeting with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. 

Legislation outlawing sodomy was suspended two years ago to await a government review in a country where many traditional Christian communities view homosexuality as sinful.

President Peter Mutharika's government will hold "public enquiries... in order to seek the views of Malawians on the issue," Janet Banda, solicitor general and secretary for justice, said in a statement. 

'All it takes is one pregnant queen' - Ethiopia ants ready to invade world

An ant, but not an Ethiopian one bent on world domination

Scientists surveying biodiversity in ancient forests surrounding churches in Ethiopia say they have come across a species of ant that could become a dominant invasive species, Your Health Mag reports.

The Lepisiota canescens species was displaying signs of "supercolony" formation, researchers said.

Supercolonies are described as colonies that extend beyond a single nest and can cover thousands of miles.

Meanwhile other species of Lepisiota ant have already demonstrated their ability to invade new lands. One colony reportedly shut down the Australian port of Darwin for several days.

Magdalena Sorger, a post-doctoral researcher with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said:

The species we found in Ethiopia may have a high potential of becoming a globally invasive species.

Invasive species often travel with humans, so as tourism and global commerce to this region of Ethiopia continues to increase, so will the likelihood that the ants could hitch a ride, possibly in plant material or even in the luggage of tourists.

All it takes is one pregnant queen. That's how fire ants started!"

Diouf blasts retiring Gerrard

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Senegalese footballer El Hadji Diouf has continued his barrage of criticism of former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard.

The two were teammates but did not get on.

In his autobiography, Gerrard said Diouf "did not care about football and about Liverpool".

Following Gerrard's announcement that he was quitting football, Diouf told French TV:

People told me at Liverpool, there was some guys you could not touch, but I touched them. That is why it was complicated for me.

When I arrived I showed him he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all.

I repeat. I respect the player, very big player, but the man, I do not respect. And I told him, I let him know that.

There were some brown-nosers, who went to the manager to repeat what I said. That was the real problem. When Gerrard did that, we had an argument, like real men.

That is why he does not like me. He knows I say what I think, that when it is not right, no problem, I am up for it.

He could not, he was afraid of looking into my eyes. He was afraid of talking to me."

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South African economic outlook drops to 'negative'

One of the main credit ratings agencies, Fitch, has revised its outlook on the South African economy from "stable" to "negative". 

The agency cited "political risks" and "infighting" within the governing African National Congress (ANC) as drivers of the weaker outlook. 

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Credit rating agencies, in essence, rate a country on the strength of its economy.

More specifically, they score governments (or large companies) on how likely they are to pay back their debt.

A rating affects how much it costs governments to borrow money in the international financial markets. In theory, a high credit rating means a lower interest rate (and vice versa).

Read more: What are credit ratings agencies?

Your comments: Uganda skirt-length row

Joaninne Nanyange

Hundreds of you have been commenting on the BBC Africa Facebook page about the row over a law student in Uganda who says she was denied entry to her faculty because her knee-length skirt (pictured above) was deemed "too short" and "distracting for male students": 

Male students must be weak! That skirt is not short. Why is it that women should continue being blamed for men's weaknesses in Africa? Ridiculous!"

Tutu Zulu

They should be more focused on controlling corruption, greed than oppressing women. The sad thing is no matter how educated these so-called men are, they never cease to be idiots."

Kadi Sannoh Harris

I can't really understand why women will always be blamed for men's sexual weakness in Africa. When a girl is being raped in some African countries, the first question asked is 'what was she wearing?' as if that should even give a man the right to rape her."

Ebai Franka

If the school banned such dress the lady put it on knowing she may have faced the right decision. Again our African ladies should dress decently, not just copying and pasting what they find in North."

Ciza Bonne

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Ekumbo denies theft but will face new sex assault charge

Idris Situma

BBC Swahili, Nairobi

Mr Ekumbo in the dock
Mr Ekumbo in the dock

Kenya Olympic official Ben Ekumbo has offered to refund more than $10,000 (£8,000) intended for the national team's Rio 2016 preparations, which ended up in his personal account. 

Police charged Mr Ekumbo, vice-chairman of the National Olympics Council of Kenya (NOCK), with theft of the money as well as sports kits and shoes meant for Team Kenya during the Games.

Mr Ekumbo, who has been in custody for three days, appeared in court and denied two charges of theft.

The official told the court he did not know who put the cash in his account. 

But the prosecution said they had evidence that he stole the cash from the Ministry of Sports.

The court was also told that police are preparing additional charges of sexual assault against Mr Ekumbo, who also serves as the Kenya swimming federation president.

He has been denied bail and will remain in police custody until Monday.  

In September, Kenya’s Chef de mission Stephen Soi, Vice President Pius Ochieng, Secretary General Francis Paul and Treasurer Fridah Shiroya were charged with misappropriating over $250,000.

Trainers recovered from Mr Ekumbo's home during a raid

President Zuma to challenge corruption watchdog report

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As our correspondent tweets, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is to challenge a report by former anti-corruption tsar - and Forbes African of the Year - Thuli Madonsela, which found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of his government.

The report was published earlier this month after a previous delay while Mr Zuma tried to block its release.

He is accused of an improper relationship with wealthy businessmen.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is quoted in the report as saying that businessman Ajay Gupta offered him 600m rand ($44.6m; £36.2m) last year, "to be deposited in an account of his choice", if he accepted the post of finance minister.

Mr Zuma and Mr Gupta deny wrongdoing. 

The president has been dogged by corruption allegations for more than a decade - which he denies - and is to be quizzed about his dealings by his party.

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Burkina Faso allows military back into public life

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The Burkinabe military can once again take on senior roles in the public administration

The parliament of Burkina Faso has given permission for members of the military to take on senior roles in public life, BBC Afrique reports.

It follows a ban on political activity imposed last year by the National Transition Council (NTC), the parliament set up after the overthrow of the Blaise Compaore regime.

Under the law, a member could not be appointed to the position of managing director of a national company or the president of an institution. 

The law obliged officers to resign from the army to engage in politics. 

The new amendment again opens the door to high administrative functions, including running a ministry. 

But it still prohibits officers from carrying out political activities.

Read more: What was behind the coup in Burkina Faso?

Troops to battle Nigeria's cattle rustlers

Chris Ewokor

BBC Africa, Abuja

A soldier in Nigeria
It is the first heavy military deployment to the area

Reports say security forces with heavy equipment have been deployed into the north-western Nigerian state of Zamfara. 

It follows weeks of abductions and killings by suspected armed cattle rustlers.

This heavy military deployment is the first since the Nigerian army promised to send about 1,000 troops to the area three months ago. 

Residents told the BBC they saw military tanks and armoured vehicles moving into forests where suspected armed bandits are thought to be hiding. 

The armed gangs are based in the forests, from where they raid nearby villages. 

Last July, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent a special military taskforce to combat cattle rustlers in Zamfara state. 

Hundreds of people have been killed in villages in and around Zamfara in the last three years. 

Residents of the affected areas have accused the local authorities of failing to defend them.


Efforts to free al-Qaeda hostages continue after five years

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The non-governmental organisation Gift of the Givers says negotiations are continuing in a bid to free a South African and a Swede held hostage for five years in Mali by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), South Africa's News 24 reported.

Traditional leaders were now negotiating for the release of Stephen McGown and Johan Gustafsson, abducted five years ago today.

"They say, in principle, the AQIM elders agree on an unconditional release but there is resistance and reluctance from the youth. Negotiations continue," Gift of the Givers said.

The NGO said its negotiator, Yehia Dicko, was in Mali and had been requested to go to a rendezvous on the Algerian border, but that contact with him had since been lost.

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Analysis: Why the ANC wants to quiz Zuma

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg


South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) says its integrity commission will quiz president Jacob Zuma next week over allegations of corruption. 

But the commission led by the party’s stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, who was in prison with Nelson Mandela, also wants to ask the 74-year-old president about the ANC’s poor results in this year’s municipal elections. 

The ANC suffered its biggest loss since coming into power in 1994. It lost major metropolitan areas including Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe confirmed the meeting, expected to be held on 3 December, referring to the integrity commission.

But he did not specify what will be discussed.

The Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper reports that the meeting will be about President Zuma “bringing the party into disrepute”.

Many senior party leaders have publicly called for President Zuma to resign.

He was ordered by the Constitutional Court back in March to pay back some of the public money used for controversial security upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla.

The president has always denied any wrongdoing.

Wilfried Bony: Stoke boss reveals China sale clause

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Wilfried Bony's two goals for Stoke this season came against former club Swansea

Stoke manager Mark Hughes says on-loan striker Wilfried Bony has a clause in his contract allowing him to be sold to Chinese Super League clubs in January.

However, Hughes expects the 27-year-old, who joined the club on a season-long deal from Manchester City in the summer, to stay with the Potters.

"I think that may well be true," said Hughes when asked about the clause.

"A lot of things have come to the fore to make that happen, not least that Wilf needs to want to go himself."

He added: "I don't think he will want to. I think he sees himself very much as a Premier League player this year and in the years to follow."

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UK Ebola nurse suspended for concealing high temperature

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Donna Wood arrived back in the UK on the same flight as Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey

A senior nurse found to have concealed the true temperature of Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey has been suspended for two months.

A disciplinary panel said Donna Wood's dishonesty was "very serious, but not premeditated".

Mrs Wood and Ms Cafferkey were among volunteers returning from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone in December 2014 when they were screened.

Ms Cafferkey became ill quickly afterwards with the virus.

Dr Martin Dheal, a consultant psychiatrist who travelled out to Sierra Leone with Mrs Wood as an NHS volunteer, told the BBC that when they all arrived back at Heathrow, the situation was "utterly chaotic and disorganised".  

"We came back utterly exhausted, completely stressed out.

"The fact that we had to take each others' temperatures - that should simply have not happened."

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Kenyan photographer's 'exploration of womanhood'

Nairobi-based photographer Lyra Aoko has been sharing shots on Instagram from her latest project, on the "exploration of the vulnerabilities of womanhood". 

She says this pose deals with the emotion of anger: 

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"The second vulnerability is something all women face, once a month,"  Aoko says of the shot below. 

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Andre Ayew's road to success

We look at the path BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 nominee Andre Ayew took to building his successful career starting at FC Nania, a club close to his family's heart, before ending up at West Ham.

Ayew joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure in the five-man shortlist for the BBC award.

AFOTY 2016: Andre Ayew's road to success

The winner will be decided by fans from across the world, who have until 18:00 GMT on 28 November to vote for their choice.

Make your vote here.

Painted campaigners spread message of peace before Ghana poll

Stuck in traffic in the Ghanaian capital Accra, the BBC's Taurai Maduna snapped two supporters of the main opposition New Patriotic Party doing some canvassing amid the waiting cars. 

He says there's lots of campaigning going on ahead of the presidential elections on 7 December.

The man with white body paint supports the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of President John Mahama, while the man in blue and red colours is backing the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

"I need peaceful elections" reads the message on the NDC supporter, perhaps a reference to recent clashes between the two sides. 

Men wearing full body and face paint with NDC supporting messages
Man in facepaint and bodypaint with messages like "I need peaceful elections" and " victory 2016" written on him

Read more: Deciphering Ghana's campaign parables

Kenyan newspaper apologises for corruption ad

Peter Mwai

BBC Swahili, Nairobi

Ad reads join corruption cartels and win government supply tenders without sweat
The bizarre appeared in one of Kenya's most widely read newspapers

There's an interesting ad in the classified section of Kenya's leading Daily Nation newspaper this morning. 

It offers those who apply the chance to “join corruption cartels and win government tenders without sweat”. 

This comes amid a fierce national debate on the issue, with Deputy President Wililam Ruto accuses opposition leader Raila Odinga of shielding his supporters involved in corruption. 

And it seems the ad isn't a stunt by an anti-corruption activist, but a serious offer from an apparent fraudster.

The man, who wanted to be known as "Master", told our reporter that he should open a company, pay about $500 (£400) up front and the cartel would then arrange for the company to land a government contract.

Each contract would be worth about $500,000 and there was no need to worry about investigation by the authorities because they had all been corrupted by the cartel, the man said.

The Daily Nation newspaper, which has been roundly criticised for publishing the advertisement, has apologised.

Skirt rule 'not about controlling women's bodies' - law college

Joaninne Nanyange
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Joaninne Nanyange says she was "shocked" to be prevented from entering the LDC

The Law Development Centre in Kampala - where a student says she was stopped from entering because her knee-length skirt was deemed "too short" - says it has not received a formal complaint about the incident.

But a press officer for the LDC said there was a dress code in place and women are supposed to wear skirts that reach the knee.

Female students are supposed to dress "in a modest way that lends itself to the dignity of the legal profession", Hamis Lukyamuzi said.

He said this was aimed at ensuring students were dressed professionally and not intended as a way of controlling women's bodies.

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John Obi Mikel: Ready to leave Chelsea?

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel has told the BBC he's ready to quit Stamford Bridge in January if he can't force his way back into the team.

His comments come as Nigerian media report that he has been offered $212,000 (£170,000) a week to move to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG. 

But Mikel says he has no regrets about deciding to go to the Olympics in Rio rather than spending pre-season with the club, a decision which is said to have upset manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel talks about the possibility of leaving the club after 11 years
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Filmmaker remanded over iPhone theft

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A well known Yoruba filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe, has been remanded in custody by a court in Lagos for allegedly stealing 10 iPhones.

Mr Egbegbe - the former partner of actress and socialite Toyin Aimakhu - has denied the charge.

The prosecution accused him of running out of a shop with the phones and jumping into a waiting vehicle while a sales assistant was calculating the price.

He was eventually caught and beaten before police arrested him, the Vanguard newspaper reports. 

There were chaotic scenes outside the Ikeja courtroom as the filmmaker's supporters threatened people who wanted to take photos of him, the newspaper said.

However, Mr Egbegbe was eventually smuggled out of the back of the courtroom by officials.

Using dirty knickers to tackle rape

A public exhibition of dirty underwear is trying to raise awareness of the huge, but often under-reported, problem of rape and sexual violence in South Africa.  

Watch the video below:

Using dirty knickers to tackle South Africa's rape crisis

Mozambique fuel tanker deaths rise to 93

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A Human Rights Watch researcher says that the number of people who were killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Mozambique last Thursday has risen to 93 (see photo of blast above).

Fifty-one patients, including one pregnant woman and three children, remain hospitalised, 13 in critical condition, according to local English language news website Club of Mozambique.

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The country held three days of mourning after the blast, which happened in the village of Caphirizanje in Tete province, near the border with Malawi.

Zuma to face ANC scrutiny

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South African President Jacob Zuma will be questioned next week by the governing African National Congress' (ANC) integrity commission following persistent allegations of corruption and poor election results, the party says. 

Mr Zuma's appearance before the panel could deepen divides within the ANC as it gears up for a national conference next year when the 74-year-old is expected to stand down as party leader.

Yesterday influential union Cosatu said it would support businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as the next ANC leader.

Nigeria senators demand inquiry into pro-Biafra deaths

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The south-east caucus in Nigeria's Senate has urged the federal government to investigate allegations contained in an Amnesty International report that the Nigerian military killed 150 pro-Biafra activists, the Punch newspaper reports.

The army has denied the allegations and says it has come under attack by the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) group.

The chairman of the caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said:  

“It is not enough for the Nigeria military to debunk the report; we, as a caucus, demand an independent inquiry in the mould of a judicial panel and urgently too.

“It is our candid view that such a panel would reassure the Igbo that the Federal Government is alive to its responsibilities, one of which is the protection and respect of the fundamental rights of all people irrespective of tribe or religion."

Read more: How first coup still haunts Nigeria 50 years on

'I make my clothes out of paper'

Meet the Congolese fashion designer finding fame - making clothes out of paper: 

The fashion designer whose creations are made from paper

#BlackFriday bargain hunters swarm SA mall

The hashtag #BlackFriday is trending across South Africa, with chaotic scenes at some shopping centres as people rushed to grab the best deals. 

Bargain hunters in Port Elizabeth who had queued from the early hours this morning burst through the doors of the city's Greenacres shopping centre to grab the best deals, according to footage uploaded by the local Herald newspaper.

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The Black Friday concept is adopted from the American Black Friday, which takes place the day after Thanksgiving, with shops offering large discounts.

Uganda student 'barred over skirt length'

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A Ugandan student, Joaninne Nanyange, has written a long Facebook post detailing how she was stopped at the entrance to her faculty on Wednesday by two women, one apparently dressed in a police uniform.

She says the uniformed woman asked her to pull her skirt down as far as it would go: 

I burst into laughter. Her request didn't make sense. She insisted, quite seriously. I told her that was the farthest my skirt could go and there was no need to pull it."

She was then told the skirt was too short and that she could not enter the Law Development Centre:

I was shocked. Yes. Shocked. Seeing the bewilderment on my face, the two women laboured to explain. Apparently, skirts like mine attract the boys and men that we study with and bar them from concentrating. So they could not be allowed!"

Ms Nanyange goes on to link the sexual harassment of women with a broader culture in the country of dictating what women can wear.

How can we be angry with boda boda men attacking and undressing women for wearing short things when we have institutions that we hold to higher levels of understanding and responsibility fostering cultures that say women are only as appropriate as men say they are?

She says men should be made responsible for controlling their sexual urges, if they really are as out of control as some in Uganda appear to believe:

I Work hard, and I manage to pay the millions of shillings required for LDC's tuition. But I can't access the campus to attend my classes because when 'my brothers' look at my knees and legs, they will get erections."

Ms Nanyange has since been allowed to go into the LDC wearing a similar outfit, she says.

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Ethiopia releases vintage air rally pilots

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Nearly 60 people taking part in a vintage air rally from Europe to South Africa were released on Thursday after being detained by authorities in Ethiopia, organisers of the journey said.

Pilots of a dozen biplanes and their teams were allowed to leave the airport in Gambella, two days after arriving at the outpost in western Ethiopia, close to the border with South Sudan.

"They have been released. We hope to leave Ethiopia," a spokesman for organisers Vintage Air Rally told AFP.

Tanzania president fires tax officials

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President John Magufuli has revealed that he decided to sack the Board Chairman of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and dissolved the entire board following its decision to deposit nearly $13m (£10m) in fixed accounts in commercial banks, the Tanzania Daily News reports.

The paper quotes Mr Magufuli as saying:

There has been a tendency by some public officials to hoard in fixed accounts huge amounts of public funds in commercial banks and make away with profits accrued. The trend causes the government to experience shortage of funds and as a result turn to the banks for loans at high interests,"

The money had been earmarked for the budget of the country's tax authority but was instead banked by the board, the president added.

"After I learned of the irregularity, I directed that the money should be returned and thereafter dissolved the board," Dr Magufuli explained yesterday in a speech at the Open University of Tanzania.

Corruption 'mars Somalia election'

Mohammud Ali Mohamed

BBC Africa, Nairobi

voting rules explained

Somalia's Auditor General has told the BBC that his office is documenting cases of corruption in the ongoing Somali parliamentary election. 

Indirect elections have been taking place since October to renew the Somali parliament as the country remains too dangerous for a national vote.

There are allegations of corruption, intimidation and misuse of government resources, Auditor General Nur Farah Jimale told the BBC's Somali Service. 

His team has been collecting evidence from regions that are conducting the elections. 

The BBC has also learned that some candidates have been offering bribes of up to $1.3m (£1m) to secure votes.

This comes as the election for the president may be postponed again, because there are not enough members of parliament currently elected to carry out the presidential election.

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

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