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Summary

  1. Cameroon's authorities in bid to stop 'fake' news about protests
  2. Nigeria's central bank hits out at foreign exchange traders
  3. 'Dozens' killed in battle between Somali militants and Kenyan army
  4. Two helicopters crash in DR Congo
  5. Militant Islamists 'storm' schools in Burkina Faso
  6. Mauritius ex-leader a 'babysitter' after handing power to son
  7. Tributes pour in for renowned musician Lundi Tyamara
  8. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Friday 27 January 2017

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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: 

Whether you go to the bow or to the stern, you’ll eventually return to the hold."

A Swahili proverb sent by Phillip Cosmas Mbugua, Nairobi, Kenya

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And this picture of an Ethiopian herder guiding his camels across a salt plain in the Danakil Depression in the Afar region in one of the hottest and most inhospitable places on the planet:

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Two DR Congo helicopters crash

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Two military helicopters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have crashed in the eastern region of Rutshuru, near the Ugandan and Rwandan borders, military sources say. 

UN-sponsored Radio Okapi says two DR Congo soldiers and three Russian crew members were rescued with injuries. 

The five survivors have now been rushed to a hospital in the main regional city, Goma. 

Search efforts to locate the second helicopter are ongoing. 

It is not clear what may have caused the crashes. Unconfirmed reports suggest the two choppers were shot down by ex-M23 rebels. 

French luxury brand inspired by African art

When it comes to ceramic art in South Africa, the name Ardmore is widely mentioned. Their colourful hand-painted ceramics are collectors' items for many local and foreign tourists who visit their studio in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Now fashionistas can wear an Ardmore-designed silk scarf produced in partnership with the French luxury brand, Hermes.

Fee Halsted, the founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art, spoke to the BBC about her unique style and how the collaboration with Hermes came about:

Militants 'stormed' schools in Burkina Faso

Heavily armed militant Islamists entered schools in northern Burkina Faso this week, ordering teachers to stop instructing in French and to focus only on teaching Islam, the Security Minister Simon Compaore has said, AFP news agency reports. 

Soldiers have been deployed to the Baraboule commune, where the incidents occurred, and surrounding areas near the border with Mali, the minister is quoted as saying. 

Last month, militants killed 12 soldiers in an attack on an army barracks in northern Nassoumbou town, some 260km (160 miles) from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. 

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There are growing concerns about insecurity on Burkina Faso's borders.

Couple on shoe-string wedding get all-expenses paid honeymoon

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A young-Kenyan couple whose story of a cheap wedding melted hearts on the internet will now get an all-expenses paid honeymoon. 

Wilson Mutura, 26, and Ann Wambui, 24, reportedly spent 100 Kenyan shillings ( $1) to buy rings for each other and wore t-shirts for the ceremony. They did not have a celebration afterwards. 

“We went home, cooked ugali and sukuma wiki [ Kenya's staple food] , ate and slept. There was nothing special that we did on our honeymoon,” said Mr Mutura, eDaily news reports.   

The clergy who married the couple shared their story on Facebook before it was picked up by local media.   

A representative of the tour and travel company Bonfire Adventures met the couple:

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BBC reporter's rally car terror in Uganda

  The BBC's Peter Okwoche goes rally driving for the first time to find out why the sport is so popular in Uganda.  

BBC reporter's rally car terror in Uganda

Zanu-PF lashes out at Malema

South African opposition radical party Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses the supporters attending the official local election manifesto launch at Soweto's Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on April 30, 2016.
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Mr Malema sees him as being among the new generation of revolutionaries

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has accused South Africa's firebrand opposition politician Julius Malema of being "hired to talk on behalf of Western powers pushing for regime change"  in the southern African nation, the state-run Herald newspaper reports

The attack on Mr Malema - once a staunch ally of Zanu-PF - came after he called President Robert Mugabe, 92, a "grandpa" who should retire.

The newspaper quoted Zanu-PF national secretary for adminstration Ignatius Chombo as saying:  

The statement he made exposed the degree of stupidity in him.

The statement by Malema was very unfortunate - unfortunate in that he was trying to talk negatuive about a man whose superlatives are too many to mention.

He is now being hired to talk on behalf of the Western powers pushing for regime change agenda."

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Mr Mugabe has ruled since independence in 1980

Mr Mugabe, who will celebrate his 93rd birthday next month, is due to run for office again.

Mr Malema has campaigned strongly for land reform in South Africa, and has previously praised Mr Mugabe's for seizing white-owened farms.   

Nigeria's pay-as-you-go solar solution

Private solar power entrepreneurs are offering alternative electricity solutions to Nigerian citizens who are off the electricity grid. 

The BBC's Africa Business Report has a video about a pay-as-you-go solar energy business that is changing the lives of residents of Bishop Koji, an island off the coast of Nigeria's largest city Lagos. 

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Hunger warning in Nigeria

BBC World Service

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) mostly women and children sit waiting to be served with food at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016.
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The insurgency has forced many people to live in camps

The World Food Programme is warning that around 1.8 million people are at risk of starvation in north-eastern Nigeria. 

It said that the insurgency by the jihadist group Boko Haram was undermining efforts to deliver aid. 

The WFP's executive director, Ertharin Cousin, said there were areas in the group's heartland in Borno state that were still inaccessible and where it was impossible to assess the food security situation. 

She said she hoped the WFP would still receive the funding it needed, despite reports that President Trump's administration was considering cutting payments to UN bodies. 

More than 15,000 people have died since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009.

Kenyan MP proposes beer drinking insurance

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A Kenyan lawmaker has sponsored a bill in parliament to force beer companies to withhold a percentage of their profit to insure drinkers who might suffer from the "consequences" of being drunk.

MP Gideon Mwiti wants beer manufacturers to give between 5% and 10% of the revenue they generate to insurance companies so that they can compensate individuals who might fall ill or get hurt in an accident because of being drunk, the Daily Nation reports.   

The bill also proposes that should a person die from effects of consuming alcohol then the beer firms should compensate their families.  

Mr Mwiti also accused beer companies of not doing enough to promote “healthy drinking”, the report said. 

British tourists return to The Gambia

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The Gambia' beaches are popular with tourists

Tourists from the UK are once more going to The Gambia, following an end to the crisis over long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh's refusal to hand power, as this tweet by a travel firm shows: 

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Last week, British and Dutch holidaymakers were evacuated from the West African amid fears that troops loyal to Mr Jammeh would resist attempts by regional forces to help opposition leader Adama Barrow take power follow in his victory in elections.

In the end, Mr Jammeh left peacefully for an unknown destination, saying he did not want bloodshed.

The Gambia's beaches are popular with tourists. 

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Mr Jammeh went into exile after 22 years in power

Read: Can Barrow stem flow of young Gambians heading for Europe?

Trump, Brexit and investment in Africa

The election of Donald Trump as US president, a proponent of protectionism, and the decision of the UK to leave the European Union has forced African countries to consider how they will respond to the new era.

BBC Africa Business Report host Lerato Mbele spoke to Nicky Newton-King, the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, about the impact of the changes. 

Trump, Brexit and investment in Africa

Big protest in Mauritius as father hands power to son

Yasine Mohabuth

Port Louis, Mauritius

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The ex-prime minister's failure to quit parliament has led to the opposition describing him as his son's baby-sitter

Two main opposition parties in Mauritius have held a massive rally in the capital, Port Louis, to protest against Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth decision to hand power to his son, Pravind.  

The Mauritian Social Democrat Party (PMSD) and the Labour Party demanded elections to choose a new leader as their supporters, clad in black, chanted “No father-son deal”, “Democracy in Mourning” and “No to Monarchy”.

Addressing the crowd, PMSD leader Xavier-Luc Duval said: 

Anerood Jugnauth's failure to resign as a member of parliament showed he would act as a babysitter for his son.”

 In his address, Labour Party leader and  former Prime Minster Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam said:    

“This was a black day for Mauritius. The Jugnauth family is turning the Island into a banana republic."

Mr Jugnauth cited the "Westminster tradition", referring to the transfer of power from David Cameron to Theresa May in the UK without elections, to justify handing power to his son. 

Ivory Coast prodigy joins Celtic

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New Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi is "not getting worried" about the competition he faces for a place in Brendan Rodgers' team.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder has joined the Premiership leaders on a four-year deal after a £2.8m fee was agreed with Russian club Krasnodar.

"All I'm interested in at the moment is really progressing," Kouassi said.

"I really feel this is the best place for me at the moment to progress, to become better."

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Nigeria's central bank vows to protect poor

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The naira has been propped up by the central bank

Recession-hit Nigeria's central bank has vowed to protect low-income earners by sticking with its foreign exchange policy, AFP news agency reports. 

It quotes bank spokesman Isaac Okorafor as saying: 

"Intelligence reports at the disposal of the bank reveal the involvement of some unpatriotic elements funding the push to have the CBN [Centra Bank of Nigeria] and the federal government reverse its forex policy."

Nigeria's government has been heavily criticised for propping up the naira at 305-315 to the dollar and introducing tight capital controls in response to the country's worst economic crisis in decades, AFP reports. 

 The policies have led to a foreign exchange shortage, with many local businesses being forced to buy dollars on the black market, where the rate is scraping 490 to the dollar, it adds.

However, Mr Okorafor said that a weak naira would only hurt the poor and the bank was committed to ensuring that "the masses of our country's low income earners are protected from the vagaries of high naira depreciation".  

Afcon 2017: Ugandan coach threatens to quit

Uganda coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic
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Uganda coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has told the country's FA to fulfil its contractual obligations or he we will quit and take legal action.

The Serb, who took Uganda to Gabon for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 39 years, says he is owed wages.

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Troops numbers in The Gambia to 'fall'

West African nations plan to reduce the number of troops deployed to The Gambia to help President Adama Barrow take power after ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat in the 1 December election, the force commander has said, AFP news agency reports.  

The security situation was "positive", promoting the decision to cut the number of ground troops, said Senegalese General Francois Ndiaye in a statement. 

There would be also be a reduction in air and naval forces, but to a lesser degree, AFP quoted the statement as saying.

Gen Ndiaye declined to say how many troops were in The Gambia, but the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Marcel Alain de Souza, had previously indicated that some 4,000 troops had been deployed out of a planned maximum of 7,000 drawn from five nations - including Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana. 

Gambia"s new president Adama Barrow (C) waves as he leaves the airport in Banjul on January 26, 2017, after returning from Senegal.
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Mr Barrow flew in yesterday from Senegal

Mr Jammeh went into into exile on Saturday following diplomatic pressure and the threat by the Ecowas force to capture him.

Read more: Life still far from normal 

Nigeria's central bank hits out at 'unpatriotic' citizens

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

Nigeria’s central bank has described those opposing its foreign exchange policy as unpatriotic, after it came under heavy criticism for pegging the embattled naira at an artificially strong rate to the dollar. 

The naira is fixed at 305 to the US dollar, but the black market has soared to around 500 in recent weeks.

People turn to the black market, as there is a shortage of US dollars needed by traders importing goods.

Nigeria's economy has been affected by the fall in oil prices and slipped into recession last year.

Somali mayor 'killed' by al-Shabab

The mayor of Kulbiyow in southern Somalia has been killed in the assault by militant Islamist group al-Shabab on a Kenyan military base in the town, a journalist with Voice of America has tweeted: 

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There has been no independent confirmation of the tweet.  

Kenya's 'James Bond' wants a job

A man who hung onto the landing skids of a helicopter carrying Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga after a campaign event in Meru has appealed to the politician to give him a job.

Speaking to journalists (in Swahili) after being questioned by local police for his antics, he said that he was willing to take up any job that was offered:

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The man reportedly jumped off the helicopter and suffered minor injuries. 

Local TV station Citizen shared this video of the incident:

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Kenyan army says 'al-Shabab on the run'

The spokesman for Kenya’s military Lt Col Paul Njuguna has told the BBC's David Wafula that attackers from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab had failed to breach its base in southern Somalia, saying that the attack had been repulsed and that the "militants are on the run".

He added that the attackers used vehicles laden with explosives but were not successful in their attack.  

Al-Shabab says it overran the military base in an early morning attack, killing dozens of soldiers. 

Lt Col Njuguna denied this, saying that Kenyan soldiers were currently conducting a "pacifying" operation. 

Analysis: Exiled Sudan PM return, a gesture to Bashir

Mohanad Hashim

BBC Africa

Former Sudanese Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi
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The former Sudanese Prime Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi returned to Khartoum on Thursday after 30 months of self-imposed exile in Cairo. 

The octogenarian was received by thousands of supporters in Sudan's largest city of Omdurman. 

His arrival was set to coincide with the 132nd anniversary of the beheading of the British colonial figure General Charles Gordon and the fall of Khartoum, in a symbolic act of defiance towards the government of his adversary President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Mahdi’s return comes after Khartoum announced the conclusion of its national dialogue process, which recommended wider participation in the country’s governance and stipulated the creation of a prime minister post. 

Al-Mahdi had left Sudan following critical remarks he made about the role played by the controversial Rapid Deployment Force, a pro-government force that has been accused of human rights violations. 

Since his departure, the RDF has been put under the immediate supervision of the presidency and its commander was promoted to the rank of Lt Gen. 

While al-Mahdi is Sudan’s last freely elected premier and enjoys the wide support of his Ansar sect, his influence has diminished in the last two decades. Some consider the timing of his return as a gesture towards Bashir.  

They believe al-Mahdi still harbours hope of taking office. Pictures on social media showed al-Mahdi riding his horse flanked by three of his sons, two of whom work as an advisor to President Bashir and an officer in the security forces, respectively.

South Africans honour jazz star Thandi Klaasen at funeral

South Africans gathered to honour jazz musician Thandi Klaasen at a funeral service at Thomas Nkosi Memorial Park in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. 

Klaasen died aged 86. She was battling pancreatic cancer at the time of her death.  

President Jacob Zuma had mourned her in a statement last week saying her legacy will live on: 

 "She was a role model to many of our young and upcoming musicians and her legacy will live on for generations to come," Mr Zuma said in a statement.  

#KlaasenFuneral is trending on Twitter in South Africa. People have been sharing videos from the service including one of Klaasen's daughter saying her mother had a crush on former President Thabo Mbeki and would be happy that he was present: 

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Mr Mbeki said Klaasen should be given the country's highest honour for her "distinguished service": 

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Klaasen was born to a shoemaker and a domestic worker in racially segregated South Africa but went on to perform with US stars such as Roberta Flack and Patti LaBelle in a career of more than 50 years.    

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani remembers her as a musician with an unmistakable presence  

Kenyan court orders report on missing South Sudanese

David Wafula

BBC Africa

A Kenyan Court has ordered the Department of Immigration to ensure that two members of South Sudan's opposition, who have been missing for four days, are not deported to their home country without following proper procedures. 

The courtroom, in the capital Nairobi, was packed as family members and friends sought answers about the disappearance Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idris. 

The police and the immigration department denied claims that the two were in their custody. 

In his ruling Judge Luka Kimaru said: 

  • the police's Criminal Investigation Department should open an inquiry to establish their whereabouts
  • mobile network operator Safaricom should release a report on the last communication the two had and
  • the director of immigration should not deport them without following the right procedures.

Speaking to the BBC, Rebecca Garang, the widow of South Sudan's founding President John Garang, said that she was surprised by what was happening.  

She said her son had to leave Kenya after his name appeared on a list of 16 people linked to the opposition who were wanted by the South Sudan government.

The widow of first Vice-President of Sudan John Garang, Rebecca Nyandeng, speaks at the final service at Juba as Garang was buried 06 August 2005 at Juba.
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Rebecca Garang's husband died in a helicopter crash in 2005

In November, former Vice-President Riek Machar protested to the Kenyan government after his spokesman was deported to South Sudan allegedly for a post on Facebook that was said to be celebrating the UN's decision to sack a Kenyan army commander who was part of the peacekeeping force in the country.

South Sudan has been hit by conflict since clashes broke out in 23 December 2013 between troops loyal to Mr Machar and President Salva Kiir.   

BBC's Focus on Africa on the road in Uganda

The BBC's Focus on Africa team is in Uganda for a week-long broadcast from Uganda's capital Kampala. 

The team winds down its time in the country today and they have been busy preparing for the final broadcast. 

Our colleague Peter Okwoche has been spending time with Uganda rally drivers. You can admire his driving skills or lack of them at 17:30 GMT on BBC World News: 

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Promotions in Ivory Coasts army

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has promoted two former rebel commanders who helped end the mutiny which hit the military earlier this month, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Lt-Col Issiaka Ouattara will head the Republican Guard, where he was formerly second-in-command while Lt-Col Cherif Ousmane moves from the presidential guard to lead an elite commando unit in the West African state, it reports.      

The two were rebel commanders during the conflict which split Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, from 2002 to 2011. 

They also played a key role in the 2011 conflict which brought the president to power after his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to leave office. 

The two officers formed part of the government delegation which negotiated a deal with former rebels who mutinied in cities across Ivory Coast to demand unpaid bonus. 

Cartoonist take on al-Shabab attack

A Kenyan cartoonist has caricatured the conflicting information  being shared about the early morning attack on a Kenyan military base in Somalia. 

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it overran the camp killing over 50 soldiers and remains in control of the camp, a claim that has been refuted by the Kenyan military spokesman, who says that the attackers were repulsed: 

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Jammeh's 'cattle at airport'

Cattle spotted at the international airport in The Gambia belong to ex-President Yahya Jammeh, who was forced into exile on Saturday, a foreign correspondent has tweeted from the capital, Banjul: 

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The BBC has not been able to confirm the claim. 

Another Kenyan 'James Bond'

A Kenyan man has been pictured hanging from an helicopter after it took off causing a stir in Meru in eastern region. 

The man latched onto the helicopter which was carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga who was campaigning in the area yesterday.

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In another incident in May last year, a man, who has since earned the monicker "Bungoma James Bond", also held onto a helicopter's landing skids.

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Museveni 'servant' comment divides Ugandans

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Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986

Readers of the BBC Africa page are sharing their views on Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni saying he is not a "servant" but a "freedom fighter":

No past or present leader in history has ever been a servant of people. The words 'servant of the people' are used to hoodwink people. Kudos for telling the truth."

Dan Mushabe

A political fighter fighting for himself and his beliefs... This man is really Uganda's biggest problem."

Barbra Musoke

What freedom? God gave us freedom. That guy [Mr Museveni] even said he's fighting for his beliefs as if his are final and others are defective."

Jaya Ernest Edu

See earlier post for more details 

Cameroon warning on 'fake' news

Authorities in Cameroon have started sending text messages to mobile phone users across the country warning people to stop spreading "fake" news, reports the BBC Hausa service's Muhamman Babalala from the capital, Yaounde. 

This is coming as the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) denounced the head of the state-linked National Council of Communication for threatening to close down media which talked about the troubles in English-speaking parts of Cameroon. 

The areas have been hit by a wave of protests over what people say is an attempt to impose French on them in schools and in the courts. 

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North-West and South-West are Cameroon's two English-speaking regions

Cameroon was colonised by Germany in the 19th Century and then split into British and French areas after World War One.

Later, areas controlled by Britain and France joined to form Cameroon after the colonial powers withdrew in the 1960s.

Most people in the central African state speak French. 

Al-Shabab used car bomb at Kenyan base

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab used a car bomb to try to breach the Kenyan military base in the southern Somali town of Kulbiyow, and gunfight then followed. 

Al-shabab says its fighters overran the base and seized military vehicles and weapons. 

The Kenyan military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Njuguna told the BBC that soldiers repelled the attack and were still fighting to defend their base.

Just a year ago al-Shabab carried out a similar attack on another Kenyan base, in the town of el-Ade. 

Then, Kenya, clearly embarrassed by the scale of its losses, chose to remain silent about casualty figures. 

This left al-Shabab room to control the narrative through videos and other propaganda material posted online. 

In response, the Kenya authorities threatened to prosecute any member of the public who circulated photos of dead Kenyan soldiers published by the jihadists.

Al-Shabab has focused its attacks on military posts or places frequented by politicians with the aim of destabilising the UN-backed government of Somalia.

Watch:  No answers from Kenya on deaths of 150 troops

No answers from Kenya on deaths of 150 troops

Al-Shabab 'took over' Kenya camp

A former BBC journalist in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is reporting that militant group al-Shabab "took over" the Kenyan military camp in southern Somalia in a dawn attack:

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The Kenyan military has strongly denied that the camp was over-run by the militants. It says its troops repulsed the attacked.

Bombs and battles in Somalia

Injured man after Somali attack
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Al-Shabab targeted a hotel on Wednesday

The assault by militant Islamist group al-Shabab on a Kenyan military base is the second major attack they have carried out in Somalia this week. 

O Wednesday, bombs exploded at the Dayah hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, with ambulance workers reporting that 28 people were killed and more than 40 wounded.

Casualty figures from the latest assault on Kenyan troops in Kulbiyow town are heavily disputed. 

Al-Shabab says it killed 57 Kenyan troops, while Kenya's army says it has killed "scores" of militants. 

Read: Who are al-Shabab?    

Kenyan troops 'pursue' militants

Kenyan troops are involved in an "intensive pacification" operation against militant Islamist group al-Shabab which attacked their base in southern Somalia, the army has said in a statement. 

The operation has been reinforced by the air force and ground troops, it added. 

In the dawn raid, al-Shabab used a vehicle packed with explosives to try to blast their way into the camp in the town of Kulbiyow, the army said, adding that troops repulsed the attack.

In a series of tweets the army also said: 

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'I'm not your servant' - Museveni tells Ugandans

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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has told Ugandans that he is not a "servant" but a "political fighter". 

The 72-year-old, who was leading celebrations to mark 31 years since his National Resistance Movement party took power in the East African nation at Masindi Golf club in western Uganda, said he was not anyone's employee: 

I am just a freedom fighter fighting for myself and [my] beliefs. I am not an employee . If anybody thinks he gave me a job, he is deceiving himself. I am just a freedom fighter whom you thought would help you also."

Mr Museveni won an unprecedented fifth term in disputed elections in February last year.   

Fierce battle between al-Shabab and Kenyan troops

Al-Shabab
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Al-Shabab is affiliated to a-Qaeda

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab has attacked a Kenyan army base in southern Somalia. 

The group says its fighters overran the base in the town of Kulbiyow, seizing military vehicles and weapons and killing more than 50 Kenyan troops. 

But the Kenyan army said soldiers had repelled the attack, and "scores" of al-Shabab fighters had been killed. 

Kenya contributes more than 3,000 troops to the African Union mission in Somalia. 

Last year al-Shabab attacked a Kenyan base in the town of el-Ade and claimed to have killed more than 100 soldiers but the Kenyan government never gave its own casualty figures. 

South African gospel star dies

Popular South African gospel musician Lundi Tyamara has died aged 38 after a battle with abdominal tuberculosis and a liver ailment. 

 His death, at a hospital in the commercial capital, Johannesburg, came a day after a night vigil was held at the city's Central Methodist Church to pray for his recovery, the local IOL new site reports.

Last month, another South African gospel star, Sfiso Ncwane, died of kidnry failure at the age of 37.   Fans of Tyamara have been ayng tribute to him on Twitter:   

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Our African proverb of the day: 

Whether you go to the bow or to the stern, you’ll eventually return to the hold."

A Swahili proverb sent by Phillip Cosmas Mbugua, Nairobi, Kenya

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