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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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  1. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening in the South African parliament and the rest of Africa by checking the BBC News website.  

    A reminder of today's wise words: 

    Quote Message: The way a cat walks is not the way it catches a rat." from Sent by Nnamdi A Udoye, London, UK
    Sent by Nnamdi A Udoye, London, UK

    Click here to send us your African proverbs

    And we leave you with this photo from inside an eatery in Ghana's capital, Accra.

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  2. Order to evict Malema

    The speaker of South Africa's parliament, Baleka Mbete, has just ordered the ejection of firebrand opposition leader Julius Malema from parliament.

    "We are not going to be addressed by a criminal,"  Mr Malema said, as he tried to prevent President Zuma from delivering his State of the Nation address.    

    Mr Malema accused Ms Mbete of being "used" by Mr Zuma.

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  3. SA MP chucked out

    The speaker of South Africa's parliament has ordered security officials to eject MP Willie Madisha of the opposition Congress of the People in an attempt to end disruptions during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.

    Mr Zuma has not yet delivered his speech in which he intends to outline his government's plans for the next year. He was supposed to have started an hour ago.  

  4. Zuma is 'constitutional delinquent'

    EFF's lawmaker Ndlozi Mbuyiseni has been contributing to a fiery debate in South Africa's parliament. 

    He called President Jacob Zuma a "criminal" and a "constitutional delinquent" and that he should be kicked out of parliament.

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  5. Free speech 'abused'

    The speaker of South Africa's parliament, Baleka Mbete, has urged opposition MPs to allow President Jacob Zuma to go ahead with his State of the Nation address. 

    She accused the MPs of abusing freedom of speech, but it has not stopped them from continuing to disrupt proceedings.   

    Earlier, Mr Zuma stood silently as the anthem was sung:  

    South African President Jacob Zuma, front, gestures on his arrival at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
  6. Zuma heckled

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is trying to deliver his State of the Nation address, but he is being heckled by opposition MPs.

    Is it a matter of time before they are chucked out? 

  7. Zuma a 'scoundrel'

    Insults are flying thick and fast in South Africa's parliament. President Jacob Zuma has just been called a "scoundrel" by opposition MP and former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota.  

  8. Tour guide arrested for misinterpretation video

    A tour guide who deliberately misinterpreted a message of gratitude from a tourist about her stay in Tanzania has been arrested. 

    The subtitled video which has been shared widely on social media shows the woman speaking in English as she recounts that she had a good time in Tanzania and that the country was beautiful. 

    However, the guide, speaking in Swahili, deliberately gives a completely different account of what the woman was saying: 

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    Tourism minister Jumanne Maghembe was alarmed after seeing the video and ordered the guide's arrest, Mwananchi newspaper reports

  9. Zuma 'rotten to the core'

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is "rotten to the core", opposition EFF leader Julius Malema has said in parliament. 

    He is trying to block Mr Zuma from delivering his State of the Nation address - the most important event on the political calendar.  

  10. SA police planning to inject 'biological weapons'

    Fireband South African opposition leader Julius Malema has accused the police of planning to inject lawmakers with "biological weapons". 

    Mr Malema was speaking in parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma's Zuma's State of the Nation address. 

    He said he wanted an assurance that MPs will be safe.

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  11. Chants of 'thief' in SA parliament

    President Jacob Zuma (C) reacts after taking the national salute during the opening of parliament ceremony and State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by president Jacob Zuma in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017
    Image caption: Mr Zuma has repeatedly denied that he is corrupt

    South Africa's opposition MPs chanted "tsotsi", or thief, as President Jacob Zuma entered parliament for his State of the Nation address.

    They were rivalled by members of the governing African National Congress (ANC) chanting "ANC ANC". 

    With fears that protests could disrupt Mr Zuma's address, there is a strong security force presence, as a BBC reporter tweets: 

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    Mr Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption for more than a decade. 

    The country's highest court ruled last March that President Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home in Nkandla.

    And a High Court has ruled that he should be charged with corruption in relation to an arms deal.

    Mr Zuma has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

  12. Nigerian airline was 'dysfunctional'

    Martin Patience

    BBC News, Nigeria correspondent

    To fly Arik Air often meant never getting off the ground. 

    Even by the standards of Nigerian airlines, Arik was a byword for utter dysfunction. 

    Passengers were so frustrated with delays and cancellations that the airline was forced to issue a plea for them not to attack staff. 

    Now the government has stepped in after the company wracked up enormous debts and left employees unpaid for months. 

    A new chief executive has been appointed to run the airline. The Nigerian aviation minister said he hoped the changes would revitalize the company’s ailing operations. 

    Arik is not the only airline struggling in Nigeria. Last year – Aero Contractors, the country’s second –biggest carrier, suspended operations for four months after experiencing economic difficulties. 

    In recent months - the country’s airlines were also hit by a series of fuel shortages that led to mass disruptions. 

  13. Business tycoon welcomes new Somali leader

    The election of US-Somali national Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed as Somali's president sends a positive signal to the world, says Abdirashid Duale, the CEO of Dahabshil, the largest Africa-based money transfer company:

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    Video caption: Former prime minister selected as Somali leader
  14. EFF enters parliament in style

    A South African journalist has been tweeting from inside parliament the arrival of MPs from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for the annual State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma. 

    The MPs are in their trademark red overalls, singing and chanting: 

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  15. Buhari's office shares photos of him

    The office of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Bhari has shared two pictures of him on its Twitter account, in what appears to be an attempt to dampen speculation that he is seriously ill in London. 

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    Mr Buhari, 74, was due to return home on Sunday, but extended his stay in London for unspecified medical checks. 

  16. Arik Air 'was overwhelmed'

    Nigeria's government has been giving reasons taking over Arik Air, the country's biggest privately owned airline. 

    In a statement, it said: 

    Quote Message: For some time now, the airline, which carries about 55% of the load in the country, has been going through difficult times that are attributable to its bad corporate governance, erratic operational challenges, inability to pay staff salaries and a heavy debt burden, among other issues, which led to the call for authorities in the country to intervene before Arik goes under like many before it.
    Quote Message: The myriad issues confronting Arik Air of late range from confiscation of aircraft due to non-payment of leases, frequent flight delays, constant fracas between Arik staff and irate passengers at both local and international airports etc.
  17. Protests outside South African parliament

    Rival protests are taking place outside South Africa's parliament in Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address in about three hours. 

    The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is rallying in support of Mr Zuma, who has faced calls to resign over corruption allegations:

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    The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters has organised a protest against Mr Zuma:

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  18. Fashion on show in South Africa's parliament

    South Africa's politicians and celebrities are arriving, in their best outfits, in parliament for the most important event on the political calendar - the annual State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma: 

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  19. Nigeria government takes over Arik Air

    Nigeria's government has taken over the country's biggest airline Arik Air, which has been experiencing financial difficulties in recent times.

    A statement confirming the takeover says it was meant to bring stability to the country's aviation industry: 

    Quote Message: The move... clearly underscores the government’s commitment to instilling sanity in the country’s aviation sector and prevent a major catastrophe.