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Summary

  1. Tanzania's president reveals his salary
  2. Kenyan nursery pupils "traumatised" by tear-gas attack
  3. Reporter held over Grace Mugabe underwear story
  4. Pistorius family to sue makers of new film
  5. Nigerian ex-first lady decries "witch-hunt"
  6. Kenya opposition refuse to budge on electoral sackings
  7. Zimbabwe fans mob Brazil football legend Rivaldo
  8. Egypt sees further wave of LGBT arrests
  9. Super Eagles fined $30,000 by Fifa
  10. Homes of Bobi Wine and another Ugandan MP attacked
  11. Kenya's University of Nairobi shut down amid unrest
  12. Libya ceasefire in migrant-smuggling hub

Live Reporting

By Lesley Sixsmith, Lucy Fleming and Dickens Olewe

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 BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: When you gift a piece of cloth to a lazy man, you also need to provide the dye" from A Yoruba proverb sent by Samuel Oluwatosin Aisa in Jos, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Samuel Oluwatosin Aisa in Jos, Nigeria

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a boy in the rain Arua, north-western Uganda.

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  2. Liberian women's 15-day election fast

    Liberia's election is set for 10 October and ahead of the day hundreds of women from across the country have gathered to observe 15 days of prayers and fasting.

    The BBC's Umaru Fofana, who is the country to cover the election, shared a picture of some of them, saying that the fast ends on the eve of the election:

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    Posters near the tent where some of them are gathered have messages promoting peace:

    Women praying in Liberia
  3. Malawi police shoot to disperse Mozambican fishermen

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Mozambique and Malawi are at loggerheads over the use of the Lake Chiuta on their common border.

    In the latest incident, the Malawi border police chased a group of Mozambican fishermen, in the northern province of Niassa, allegedly because they were using mosquito nets to fish in the lake.

    The Malawi border police are reported to have fired into the air to disperse the fishermen.

    But Mozambican police say they were in Mozambique’s territorial waters at the time.

    Niassa provincial police commander Aklasse Manda called the Malawian authorities to demand an explanation - and said they were promised that measures would be taken to prevent further incidents.

  4. Kenya opposition refuse to budge on electoral sackings

    Raila Odinga (R)
    Image caption: Opposition leader Raila Odinga (R) was at the meeting today

    Kenyan opposition coalition Nasa says the changes it insists are necessary to ensure a free and fair re-run of the presidential election this month were not agreed to during a high-level meeting with the electoral commission.

    Last month, the Supreme Court annulled the presidential poll, citing irregularities.

    The opposition wants key electoral officials sacked, as part of several measures it says are necessary for a credible vote.

    A Nasa spokesperson, James Orengo, called on the coalition's supporters to demonstrate on Friday. Previous protests have been broken up by the security forces.

    But the commission, which also met with the governing Jubilee party, said it had made progress today.

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    William Ruto shaking hands
    Image caption: Deputy President William Ruto met electoral officials later in the day

    After his meeting, Deputy President William Ruto said the electoral commission was already training staff for elections and the Jubilee party had no conditions and was ready for elections.

    He added that the government's controversial plans to change electoral laws would continue.

  5. Kenyan nursery pupils 'traumatised' by tear-gas attack

    A Kenyan TV station is reporting that 25 pupils at a nursery school in the western city of Kisumu have missed school today after police fired tear-gas canisters into their classrooms on Monday.

    The police had been clashing with opposition protesters in the city, who have been pushing for changes in the electoral system ahead of the presidential election re-run on 26 October.

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    According to the school's founder, Beatrice Schnell-Okello, armed police officers entered the compound and hurled the canisters at the children, privately-owned Nairobi News reports.

    The school's head, Eunice Odhiambo, says the police had demanded that the children leave their classrooms before they lobbed the tear gas canisters, the report says.

    A video of the attack has been shared on Twitter:

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    Ms Odhiambo says that she had to hide from the police after officers realised she was recording them.

    Kisumu's police boss, Titus Yoma, has denied that security officers were deployed in the area, adding that the police would not take responsibility for the attack, Nairobi News reports.

  6. Super Eagles fined $30,000 by Fifa

    Super Eagles fans
    Image caption: Nigeria beat Cameroon 4-0

    Nigeria has been fined more than $30,000 (£22,600) by Fifa and issued with a warning after Super Eagles fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on 1 September.

    This was the largest fine handed down to eight African nations by the global football body for various offences committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

    DR Congo were also given a warning and fined $20,000 for incidents during their match against Tunisia on 5 September.

    Fifa ruled that there had been "improper conduct among spectators - throwing objects [bottles] and letting off incendiary devices" at the match, which ended 2-2, in Kinshasa.

    The Congolese federation was also sanctioned for failing to fly national flags at the stadium and for not displaying a mandatory "central advertising board".

    Read theBBC Sport story for more on the Fifa punishments

  7. Libya ceasefire in migrant-smuggling hub

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    A ceasefire has been declared between rival militias in the Libyan city of Sabratha, a migrant-smuggling hub west of Tripoli.

    The two weeks of deadly fighting was sparked by the killing of a militiaman at a rival checkpoint there. Twenty-six people, mostly militiamen, were killed in the clashes and dozens wounded.

    The UN says five civilians are among those killed, and Sabratha’s University Hospital was also severely damaged by stray shells.

    Both forces that clashed there last month are nominally allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli - a reality that highlights the precarious relationship between them.

    A migrant-smuggling kingpin who recently cut a deal with the government to stop the human trade leads one of the brigades.

    He says the fighting escalated because of other tensions over migrant smuggling.

  8. Reporter held over Grace Mugabe pants story

    Grace Mugabe en route for opening of parliament 12/09/2017
    Image caption: Grace Mugabe, 52, is the president's second wife

    Zimbabwean police have detained a journalist over a story alleging that a ruling Zanu-PF MP had donated second-hand underwear for supporters on behalf of First Lady Grace Mugabe, lawyers for the reporter have said.

    The story was published in NewsDay, a privately-owned paper. Police in the eastern city of Mutare came for Kenneth Nyangani on Monday evening, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said in a statement.

    The Mutare-based journalist is likely to face “criminal defamation” charges after being detained for “allegedly writing and publishing a story over the donation of some used undergarments” by President Robert Mugabe’s wife.

    According to the newspaper, the clothes were distributed by local MP Esau Mupfumi, who said they had been donated by Mrs Mugabe.

    The journalist’s lawyer said it was not clear whether the complainant was the MP or the First Lady.

    Worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe are forcing many people to buy second-hand clothing, the AFP news agency reports.

    It says such items include used underwear from Western countries which is chiefly imported from Mozambique.

    Grace Mugabe, the president's second wife, attracted widespread media attention in August when she was accused of attacking a model at a Johannesburg hotel where her sons were staying. She has denied any wrongdoing.

    Read more: South Africa grants Grace Mugabe immunity

  9. Understand Cameroon's protests - in 60 seconds

    The BBC Minute team finds out what's behind protests in English-speaking areas of Cameroon:

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    Video caption: Why tension continues in English-speaking parts of the country
  10. Pistorius family to sue over film

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius
    Image caption: Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius had been dating for a few months

    The family of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has said it will take legal action against the makers of a new film about him.

    The movie, called Blade Runner Killer, is due to be released in the US next month and centres around the murder trial of the disgraced Olympian.

    The double amputee is currently in jail for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

    The film recreates some of the events around Ms Steenkamp’s killing on Valentine’s Day in 2013:

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    Pistorius told the court that he killed Ms Steenkamp in self-defence after mistaking her for a robber.

    The court found that his actions had been negligent irrespective of whom he had thought he was shooting.

    Carl Pistorius, the athlete’s brother, tweeted a statement, saying the film was a “gross misrepresentation of the truth” and presented the prosecution’s version of events.

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    Meanwhile, the Steenkamps have said they had no prior knowledge of the film.

    "The Steenkamp family were not approached, and did not participate or endorse the move in any way,” their lawyer is quoted by South Africa’s Channel24 as saying.

    Read more: Pistorius verdict divides South Africa

  11. Flying the longest zip wire in East Africa

    Roderick MaCleod

    BBC Africa, Kenya

    The longest zip wire in East Africa has opened to the public in Kenya. The Flying Fox stretches across more than 2.2km (1.4 miles) of forest and can reach speeds of 70km/h (45 mph).

    Take a ride:

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    Video caption: Flying the longest zip wire in East Africa
  12. Cape Town mayor put on special leave

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, South Africa

    Patricia de Lille
    Image caption: Patricia de Lille became Cape Town's mayor in 2011

    South Africa’s official opposition party has placed Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on special leave following a row over the recent closure of an anti-crime unit in the city.

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) also placed JP Smith, a member of the mayoral committee on safety and security, on leave.

    On Monday, Ms De Lille accused Mr Smith, who was reportedly unhappy about the closure of the unit, of dragging her name through the mud.

    The two were summoned to a meeting last night by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

    He put them on leave until an investigation could be concluded - this only applies to their party activities, not their roles in the City of Cape Town administration.

  13. Zimbabwe fans mob Brazil football legend Rivaldo

    Rivaldo -
    Image caption: Someone takes a sneaky selfie as Rivaldo (L) walked about

    Rivaldo - real name Vitor Borba Ferreira - got a warm welcome in Harare earlier today. The former Brazil and Barcelona star is visiting Zimbabwe as part of a government drive to promote tourism.

    He could be seen strolling the streets of central Harare with hordes of mobbing fans in tow, says BBC Africa's Stanley Kwenda.

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    His visit is part of promotional activities ahead of a proposed Zimbabwe legends v Barcelona legends football match scheduled for next month in Harare.

    President Robert Mugabe has in the past expressed his affection for Barcelona.

  14. Tanzania's president reveals his salary

    Sammy Awami

    BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

    John Magufuli
    Image caption: Magufuli is nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for his style of leadership

    John Magufuli, Tanzania’s no-nonsense leader, has revealed that he has a monthly salary of 9m Tanzanian shillings ($4,008, £3,030).

    This would work out at about a quarter of the amount his predecessor Jakaya Kikwete got, if figures collected by the Africa Review three years ago are correct.

    President Magufuli made the revelation live on television this morning in a speech to the Association of Local Authorities as he emphasised the importance of his anti-corruption drive:

    Quote Message: Some board members of public organisations used to travel all the way to Dubai to hold their meetings there just so that they could pay themselves a hefty amount of per diems. They certainly don't like what my government is doing now."

    Nicknamed "the bulldozer", Mr Magufuli, who took office in 2015, is known for making spot visits to state-run institutions in his efforts to root out absenteeism and corruption.

    Last year, one opposition MP dared the president to declare his salary and argued the president should pay taxes.

  15. Egypt sees further wave of LGBT arrests

    Rainbow flags raised at Cairo concert 22/09/2017

    Egyptian authorities have arrested at least 22 people in the past four days as part of a campaign against LGBT people, Amnesty International says.

    Thirty-two men and a woman have now been detained since rainbow flags were raised at a concert in Cairo 10 days ago by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, activists say.

    Anal examinations have been reportedly carried out on five of those held.

    Some of those arrested immediately after the concert have already gone on trial.

    Mashrou' Leila has strongly condemned the arrests, issuing a lengthy statement on the band’s Facebook page. It urged Egypt to “immediately halt its ongoing witch-hunt and release all detainees”.

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    “We reiterate our unwavering support to the Egyptian people in this horrible time. We’re heartbroken that the band’s work has been used to scapegoat yet another crackdown by the government,” the statement said.

    Mashrou' Leila, whose lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay, also said it had been banned from playing in Egypt again.

    The raising of rainbow flags was a rare public show of support for the LGBT community in the conservative Muslim country.

    The flag-raising provoked a public outcry and prompted the public prosecutor to order an investigation.

    Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised under Egyptian law.

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  16. Ugandan MP home blasts: Devices thrown

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Fragments of explosives thrown at house of Ugandan MP Allan Sewanyana
    Image caption: Fragments of explosives thrown at house of Ugandan MP Allan Sewanyana

    The two Ugandan opposition MPs whose home were hit by explosives live on different sides of the city.

    The MPs say explosions were heard at different times between midnight and 01:00, and flames were seen.

    Houses shook and some windows were broken.

    The devices are thought to have been thrown over the fences.

    Last week, a similar device was thrown into another opposition MP's compound.

    The three MPs have been at the forefront of a fierce fight against a motion currently before parliament that seeks to remove the presidential age limit of 75 - a move that could allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand again.

  17. Nigerian ex-first lady decries 'witch-hunt'

    Patience Jonathan
    Image caption: Patience Jonathan says "massive lies and propaganda" are being spread about the former first family

    Nigeria’s former first lady Patience Jonathan has accused the boss of the anti-corruption commission of conducting an “unjustified witch-hunt” against her.

    Her statement, issued by a media aide and published in Nigeria’sVanguard newspaper, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was following a “sinister script to embarrass and browbeat the former first family”.

    She is married to Goodluck Jonathan, who handed over power to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 after losing the election.

    The statement said that unlike in the case of other first ladies with pet projects seeking to help the less privileged, her NGOs were “being subjected to indefinite probe and microscopic scrutiny by the Buhari administration”.

    EFCC head Ibrahim Magu had linked her to all sort of "fake possession and properties around the country", it added.

    Quote Message: It has now come to a point where all the magnificent edifices in Abuja, Yenagoa or Port Harcourt are presented to the media as belonging to Mrs Patience Jonathan. Not done, they also accuse her of owning several plots of land in many cities across the country, including places she has never visited."

    The statement said that Mrs Jonathan's vehicles have been attacked on the road four times, since 2015 and the couple's house in Abuja "was vandalised allegedly by security agents sent by government to secure it, and the items stolen are yet to be recovered".

    The former first lady urged President Buhari to order a stop to such harassment.

    Last year, the EFCC froze $15m (£11.4m), money the former first lady said was to settle medical bills abroad.

  18. Uganda MP condemns 'cowardly acts'

    Bobi Wine posts on Facebook

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    Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo described the overnight incidents as tactics to frame the government, New Vision reported."Flash grenades at opposition MPs’ homes could be own scare tactics to frame government. There is no record or history of this NRM government killing political opposition,” Mr Opondo was quoted as saying.

  19. Kenya's University of Nairobi shut down

    Kenya’s University of Nairobi has been closed following recent unrest.

    At least 26 students were injured last Thursday when police raided lecture halls and hostels to stop student protests.

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    The protests were sparked by the arrest of MP Paul Ongili, known as Babu Owino, who has been accused of insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    There were further unrest on Monday. It all comes at a time of tension in the run-up to this month's re-run presidential election.

  20. Uganda opposition MPs' homes attacked

    Bobi Wine
    Image caption: Bobi Wine recently became an MP

    Suspected grenades have been used in attacks on the homes of two opposition MPs - one of them the singer-turned-politician known as Bobi Wine - Uganda's Daily Monitor reports.

    Police are investigating attacks on the homes of Bobi Wine - otherwise known as Robert Kyagulanyi, MP for Kyaddondo West, and Allan Ssewanya (MP for Makindye West).

    The attacks happened in the early hours of Tuesday.

    Last week, an attack was reported on the home of another opposition MP, Moses Kasibante, who represents Rubaga North.

    In a Facebook post, Bobi Wine said no-one had been hurt in the blast at his home. He said he had been receiving "death threats on an almost daily basis".

    The state-affiliated New Vision paper said the MPs whose homes were attacked were among a group who were suspended from parliament following chaotic scenes during debates over the contentious removal of the presidential age limit.