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Summary

  1. South African model alleges she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady
  2. Police minister says she is due in court
  3. Zanu-PF says first lady was 'attacked'
  4. Sierra Leone 'gripped by grief' after mudslide
  5. Main morgue 'overcrowded' with corpses
  6. Search for survivors continues
  7. President pleads for international aid
  8. Burkina Faso mourns after restaurant attack
  9. Cambridge University student among the dead

Live Reporting

By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday'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 Sierra Leone and elsewhere on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's African proverb:

    Quote Message: The child knows how to run but not how to hide." from A Kissi proverb sent by Nyuma Allieu in Magburaka in Sierra Leone
    A Kissi proverb sent by Nyuma Allieu in Magburaka in Sierra Leone

    And we leave you with this photo of two Kenyan students, seemingly deep in thought, from the #EverydayAfrica Instagram account:

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  2. The saga of Zimbabwe's First Lady

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    This file photo taken on June 02, 2017 shows Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe addressing the crowd during a Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union
    Image caption: Mrs Mugabe is being investigated for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm

    Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has not been officially charged over the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in a hotel in Johannesburg's upmarket suburb of Sandton.

    According to police, she was expected to present herself for questioning, but this has not yet happened.

    The authorities will want to play this one carefully. Mrs Mugabe is not an ordinary person. They will need to determine whether as Zimbabwe's first lady, she travelled to South Africa on a diplomatic passport.

    We understand Mrs Mugabe’s lawyers and South African authorities are in negotiations on how to proceed.

    Mrs Mugabe's whereabouts are unclear and there are unconfirmed reports that she returned to Zimbabwe earlier this afternoon.

    It is important to note that at this stage her movement is not restricted.

    Nevertheless, authorities in South Africa will be keen to hear her version of events. Prosecutors say investigations are at an “advanced stage” but they cannot act until the docket is finalised.

    See earlier post for more details

  3. Kenya's opposition delay 'major announcment'

    Wanyama wa Chebusiri

    BBC Africa

    The much-anticipated announcement by defeated Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on his next course of action, after rejecting the results of last week's presidential poll, has been postponed. The official results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner with just over 54% of the vote.

    A senior official of the opposition Nasa alliance, Musalia Mudavadi, told the BBC that the “major announcement” will now be made on Wednesday.

    Mr Mudavadi said the opposition leaders were currently engaged in intense closed-door consultations with a view to reaching an amicable agreement on the way forward for the alliance.

    Opposition candidate Raila Odinga walks to address his supporters in the Kibera slum on August 13, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: Raila Odinga (C) lost last week's presidential election
  4. Algeria's PM sacked after three months

    BBC World Service

    Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled the main lines of the government's action plan to members of the National People's Congress (NPC) on June 20, 2017 in Algiers.

    President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who had been in the job for less than three months.

    No reason was given for the dismissal. But it came just days after the president sent Mr Tebboune a strongly worded letter demanding changes in policy.

    The new prime minister has been named as Ahmed Ouyahia, who has served as the president's chief of staff.

    Analysts say he is likely to be seen as a steadying influence as Algeria tries to adjust to lower oil prices.

  5. Kenya athletics team gets heroes' welcome

    Sammy Maina

    BBC Monitoring

    Relatives, friends and journalists braved the morning cold to welcome home Kenya’s athletics team from the World Championships in London.

    Marathon runner Geoffrey Kirui and 1500m runner Elijah Manangoi - two of the five gold medalists - were among the athletes greeted to the sounds of drumming and dancing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday morning.

    Kenya finished second in the standings with 11 medals compared with their finishing first in Beijing two years ago when they won a total of 16 medals, seven of which were gold.

    This time Kenya won five gold, two silver and four bronze medals in recently concluded Championships.

    "We were not able to defend our title but we are proud of our performances and thank God for the chance," Head Coach Julius Kirwa told privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper He called the London event “one of the toughest” for the high-performing Kenyan team.

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  6. Freetown: A city built in the hills

    View of Freetown
    Image caption: There are about 60 informal settlements in Freetown

    Freetown is a city squeezing itself into the small space between the mountains and the sea, in a country with one of the highest levels annual rainfall in Africa.

    In August - the height of the rainy season - an average of 539.9mm falls on Sierra Leone's capital.

    So it comes as no surprise that Freetown is a city used to flooding.

    But Monday's rain brought with it a disaster which left hundreds dead, and will no doubt be followed by finger-pointing and blame shifting.

    Was it simply the effects of climate change and geography, or something more avoidable?

    Find out by reading this BBC article

  7. Kenyan baby 'injured by police' dies

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    A six-month-old baby, who who was injured during a police raid after the announcement of disputed election results in Kenya, has died, her family has said.

    Samantha Pendo had been in a coma since Friday after sustaining head injuries when police stormed homes in a slum in western Kisumu city.

    Her father, Mr Joseph Abanja, told Kenya's privately pwned Daily Nation newspaper:

    Quote Message: I demand justice for my daughter. She was not protesting, her father was not protesting. Her mother was not protesting. Yet they killed her.
    Quote Message: I did as I had been told; to vote and go home. They followed us there and hit us."

    At least 24 people were killed in violence which broke out after the 8 August election, according to a Kenyan human rights group.

    Opposition leader Raila Odinga said the poll was rigged to give President Uhuru Kenyatta victory.

    Foreign observers said the poll was credible.

  8. Freetown: 'I've never such rains before'

    A mass burial is being planned for the victims of the mudslide which has claimed the lives of more than 300 people near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

    BBC Minute has been looking into the living conditions there:

    Video content

    Video caption: What's it like in Freetown?
  9. Tributes to student killed in terror attack

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Colleagues and friends have been paying tribute to an "extraordinarily kind and caring" Cambridge University PhD student shot dead in a terror attack in Africa.

    Tammy Chen, 34, died when suspected jihadist gunmen opened fire at a cafe in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, on Sunday evening.

    Tammy Chen

    Her college, Gonville and Caius, said the Canadian national was "an exceptional woman, very active in the Caius graduate community and passionate about her research and helping people".

    "All of Tammy's friends echo that she was extraordinarily kind and caring, that she was the sort of person that the world sorely needs in times such as these, who would have made a real difference in this world, and whose loss will be sorely felt," colleague Hugo Larose said.

    Terror attack in Burkina Faso

    She worked "tirelessly in the some of the poorest parts of the world" and was the "heart and soul" of the college, he added.

    "She had many close friends here at Caius. We are all in shock."

    Terror attack in Burkina Faso

    Ms Chen was working in Burkina Faso as part of her International Development studies at Cambridge, focusing on poverty, gender and women's empowerment.

    It is understood she got married to Mehsen Fenaiche just last month and was six months pregnant when she was shot dead.

    Tammy Chen (r) and husband Mehsen Fenaiche

    At least 18 people, including eight foreigners were killed in the attack at the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government said.

    Two of the gunmen, thought to be jihadists, were killed in the attack.

    Tammy Chen (r) and husband Mehsen Fenaiche

    The shooting began shortly after 21:00 at the cafe, popular with expatriates, on Ouagadougou's busy Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.

    Security forces launched a counter-assault at 22:15 and the shooting ended at about 05:00 on Monday.

    Map of West Africa

    Gonville and Caius is flying its college flag is flying at half-mast to mark Ms Chen's death and has announced it is setting up a studentship in her name.

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  10. 'We've broken the ceiling for girls'

    Kenya's historic elections saw the country elect its first female governors and its youngest MP.

    Video journalists: Anthony Irungu and Elaine Okyere

    Video content

    Video caption: Kenya election: Women and young people break new ground
  11. ANC to discipline anti-Zuma MPs

    Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Zuma sang and danced with his supporters after he survived the no-confidence vote

    South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) will discipline party members who publicly stated that they voted with the opposition in the failed bid to oust President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

    However, the ANC will not embark on a "witch-hunt" to identify MPs who voted against the president in the secret ballot, Mr Mantashe said.

    He added:

    Quote Message: At least three MPs have confirmed that they voted with the opposition. We’ll have to deal with that situation because if we don’t, we’ll be destroying the essence of being an organisation.”

    The 8 August no-confidence motion in the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was defeated by 198 votes to 177 in parliament.

    About 30 ANC MPs defied a three-line whip, instructing them to vote for Mr Zuma, according to South African media.

    The opposition called for his removal from power atfer accusing him of being corrupt, and of wrecking the economy. The ANC said the no-confidence motion was an attempt by the opposition to usurp power.

    Mr Zuma has found himself embroiled in a number of scandals since taking office in 2009, including using taxpayer money for upgrades on his private home, and becoming too close to the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of trying to influence decisions in his government.

    Both Mr Zuma and the Gupta family deny wrongdoing.

  12. Premier league is 25 today!

    The English Premier League is 25 years old today. But did you know that Peter Ndlovu of Zimbabwe was the first African to play in the English Premier League?

    Yes - he joined on 19 August 1992. Happy birthday EPL!

    7 Nov 1998: Peter Ndlovu of Birmingham City celebrates during the Nationwide Division 1 match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in Birmingham, England
    Image caption: Peter Ndlovu with Birmingham City in 1998
  13. HIV testing 'compulsory' in Zambia

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC World Service, Lusaka

    Zambian President Edgar Lungu attends the inauguration day of the Agriculture and Commercial fair on August 5, 2017 in Lusaka
    Image caption: President Lungu calls for compulsory HIV testing

    Testing for HIV is now compulsory in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said.

    Zambia has one of the highest prevalence rates in southern Africa with 11.6% of Zambian adults aged 15 to 49 years being HIV positive, according to the National HIV Council.

    Mr Lungu said that, as part of efforts to make Zambia Aids-free by 2030, counselling and treatment is no longer voluntary.

    He did not say who will have to undergo compulsory testing, and by when.

    Mr Lungu made the announcement when launching the inaugural national HIV and Aids Counselling, Testing and Treatment day in the capital, Lusaka.

    He said that the matter had been discussed in the cabinet:

    Quote Message: I must admit that there were some colleagues who felt that this policy would infringe on human rights but the no-one has the right take away somebody’s life.
    Quote Message: Just the same way we don’t consult you for consent when we are testing for malaria, we will go ahead and test you for HIV and we will counsel you and if you are positive, we will commence you on treatment.”

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS are in favour of voluntary counselling and testing.

  14. Grace Mugabe 'never surrendered'

    A South African police spokesman has said that a suspect - believed to be Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe - has not handed herself in yet following allegations that she assaulted a 20-year-old woman, reports the BBC's Karen Schoonbee from Johannesburg.

    They were in negotiations with her to hand herself in but that has not materialised, the spokesman added.

    He says the police have not yet finalized their investigation so they won't be making arrests yet.

    Earlier, South Africa's Police Mnster Fikile Mbalula said Mrs Mugabe had handed herself over to police, and was due to appear in court.

    "The minister learned later that it just didn't materalise as it was supposed to," a police spokesman was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

    Fikile Mbalula gestures as he helds a press conference addressing FIFA allegations that South Africans were involved in a massive bribery scandal on March 17, 2016 at the South African parliament in Cape Town
    Image caption: Mr Mbalula has not commented on Mrs Mugabe's non-appearance in court
  15. Grace Mugabe case: 'There was blood everywhere'

    Photo posted by Gabriella Engels

    South African model Gabriella Engels, 20, has described to local media how Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, 52, allegedly assaulted her at a hotel on Sunday.

    In a phone interview for South Africa's News24 news site, she said:

    Quote Message: When Grace entered I had no idea who she was. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it.
    Quote Message: She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised… I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away.
    Quote Message: Her 10 bodyguards just stood there watching, no-one did anything, no-one tried to help me.
    Quote Message: There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere."
  16. Call to investigate al-Shabab defector for abuses

    A leading rights group has called on Somalia's authorities to investigate an al-Shabab defector for the "grave abuses" carried out by the militant Islamists

    Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a former deputy leader of al-Shabab, defected to the government at the weekend.

    In a statement, Human Rights Watch's Horn of Africa specialist Laetitia Bader said:

    Quote Message: International law prohibits amnesties for those responsible for grave abuses. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow had a leadership role in al-Shabab at a time when we documented indiscriminate attacks on civilians, forced recruitment of children, and other abuses against residents under the group’s control.
    Quote Message: Somalia’s government needs to investigate Robow’s role and ensure that those responsible for the worst abuses aren’t able to escape just punishment.”
    Somalia's Islamic group al-Shabab spokesman, Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Mansur (C), addresses a news conference on December 14, 2008
    Image caption: Sheikh Mukhtar Robow (C) was an al-Shabab spokesman in 2008

    See earlier post for more details

  17. Grace Mugabe: A waiting game

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally in Marondera, Zimbabwe, June 2, 2017.
    Image caption: Mrs Mugabe (R) was in South Africa for medical treatment

    "Will Grace Mugabe appear in court?", that's a headline in South Africa's News 24 website.

    Zimbabwe's first lady was due to appear at 12GMT at a court in a suburb of South Africa's main city, Johannesburg - that's what South Africa's Police Minister Fikule Mbalula told the media.

    However, there are still no reports that she has appeared in connection with the case of assault opened against her.

    A model has alleged that Mrs Mugabe hit her with an extension cord at a hotel in Johannesburg's upmarket suburb of Sandton on Sunday.

    Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party says she was "attacked".

    See earlier post for more details

  18. Disease outbreak fears in Sierra Leone

    Aid workers are concerned that cholera and typhoid could break out in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, following mudslides and flooding which has left more than 300 people dead, Reuters news agency reports.

    It quoted Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie as saying:

    Quote Message: We estimate that at least 3,000 people are homeless ... they need shelter, medical assistance and food.
    Quote Message: We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid. We can only hope that this does not happen."
    People walk under rain along a street in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 14, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.
    Image caption: Drainage in Freetown is poor
  19. Foreigner killed in Mauritius

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    A 32-year-old woman of dual South African and Swiss nationality has been raped and killed at the popular tourist resort of Grand Baie in northern Mauritius, police say.

    She was found yesterday evening in a room with a deep cut to her neck‚ police added.

    A man has been provisionally charged, but he has denied involvement in murder.

  20. Sierra Leone's president in plea for aid

    Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation caused by mudslides and flooding in the capital, Freetown, "was overwhelming us", AFP news agency reports.

    Speaking to journalists at the Regent hilltop community of Freetown, one of the areas worst-affected by a mudslide, Mr Koroma said Sierra Leone needed "urgent support now" to cope with the disaster.

    Israel and the UK said they were sending aid as quickly as possible to the country, AFP reports.

    A general view of damage to homes due to a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir near the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017. A
    Image caption: Many people were asleep when a mountain collapsed