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Summary

  1. President Kenyatta takes commanding lead in Kenya poll
  2. Opposition rejects results as 'fake'
  3. Popular Senegalese singer in jail over WhatsApp message
  4. Claims electoral system was 'hacked'
  5. Election commission promises to investigate allegations
  6. Protests break out in some opposition areas
  7. Zimbabwe's government approves $1bn university project
  8. Six Red Cross volunteers killed in CAR
  9. Rwandan leader won poll with '98.79% of vote'
  10. Ten football fans arrested over Senegal stampede
  11. South Africa's opposition pushes for parliament to be dissolved

Live Reporting

By Natasha Booty, Farouk Chothia and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday'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 across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: A monkey doesn’t see its own behind." from A Swahili proverb sent by Stellah Karanja in Nairobi, Kenya
    A Swahili proverb sent by Stellah Karanja in Nairobi, Kenya

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

    And we leave you with this picture of a Kenyan man watching television news as he waits for the final results in the election:

    Man watching television
  2. Photos of Kenya protests

    Here are photos of protests in some opposition strongholds in Kenya after provisional results showed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was set to win disputed elections by a comfortable margin.

    A protesting resident of Kibera slum pushes a tire sketched with the message "Justice Peace" on a road in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, during protests against Kenya"s national election results.
    Supporters of Kenya"s National Super Alliance (NASA) shout slogans as they set fire to barricades in Kisumu on August 9, 2017,
    Residents on balconies watch Police units as they patrol in Mathare slums to boost security amidst violent protests that have ensued as the final votes from Kenya"s general election are counted in Nairobi, Kenya, 09 August 2017
    Kenyan Administration Police officers are watched by residents as they patrol in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi on August 9, 2017
  3. Kerry in discussions with Kenya election officials

    Kenya's electoral commission, the IEBC, is due to hold its latest press conference on the tallying process after Tuesday's election.

    As everyone waits for it to start at the results centre a BBC colleague snapped this picture of former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been observing the poll, chatting to IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

    JOhn Kerry in a huddle

    Election observers have called for calm as the IEBC continues its work of announcing and checking the election results.

  4. Twenty Kenyan governors 'lose jobs'

    Some major upsets have been reported in elections for the post of governor in Kenya's 47 counties, as a private TV station tweets:

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    On Tuesday, as well as voting for president, Kenyans also elected National Assembly members, senators, county governors and county representatives.

  5. Stay calm, observers tell Kenyans

    Violence in Nairobi
    Image caption: There have been some isolated incidents of unrest as Mr Odinga's supporters took to the streets

    Kenyans should remain calm as the electoral commission, the IEBC, continues it work, international election observers have said in a joint statement.

    The statement - from the African Union and the European Union among others - called on political parties "to use the legally provided channels of dispute resolution in case of any dissatisfaction with the process", adding that police should "avoid excessive use of force".

    It also said the IEBC should carry out the tallying process "with full integrity and transparency".

    Earlier, opposition leader Raila Odinga said the preliminary results, showing a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta, were incorrect after the IEBC's computer system had been hacked.

    The IEBC is investigating the claims but is continuing to publish the forms showing the written returns from each polling station so that they can be compared with what is being announced on the commission's website.

  6. Ivory Coast detainees escape from court

    BBC World Service

    Police in Ivory Coast are searching for 20 detainees who escaped from a court yesterday. The escapees attacked police officers and then fled from the central courthouse in the middle of the economic capital, Abidjan.

    A police spokesperson said that officers responsible for security at the courthouse had been arrested, and the commanding officer relieved of his duties.

    The incident follows attacks on several police stations in the country in recent weeks.

  7. Kagame wins with '98.79% of vote'

    Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has been confirmed as the winner of last week's election by the electoral commission, AFP news agency reports.

    It adds that the commission increased Mr Kagame's share of the vote from 98.63%, the figure announced at the weekend, to 98.79%.

    He faced two challengers, neither of who got more than one percent of the vote.

    The president has been in power since 2000 and he has been criticised for human rights abuses.

    Read more: Rwanda's Paul Kagame - visionary or tyrant?

    Paul Kagame
  8. 'No election-related killings' in Kenya

    Caroline Karobia

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Kenya's government spokesman Eric Kiraithe has just phoned me and has denied that anyone has been killed in election-related skirmishes in the capital, Nairobi, and the western city of Kisumu.

    Supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga, who leads The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, shout slogans during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential elections announced by the electoral body, in Mathare slums
    Image caption: Opposition supporters have been protesting in Nairobi's Mathare slum
  9. Odinga hacking claims spark protests

    The BBC has put together a video of the protests which erupted in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya after presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the electoral commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the election results.

    Video content

    Video caption: Kenya Elections 2017: Odinga hacking claims spark protests
  10. Isaac Makwala to run individual 200m time trial

    Isaac Makwala
    Image caption: Botswana's federation pushed for the athlete to compete

    Botswana's Isaac Makwala will run an individual time trial in an attempt to qualify for the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships in London.

    Makwala, 30, missed the 200m heats and the 400m final as he was barred from competing for 48 hours while organisers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak.

    He came out of quarantine at 13:00 GMT (14:00 BST) today, and his qualification race will be in London Stadium at 17:40 GMT.

    The 200m semi-finals take place at 19:55.

    The IAAF said it made the decision after having received a written request from the Botswanan federation for Makwala to compete.

  11. AU gives thumbs up to Kenya poll

    Kenya's electoral commission seems to have "discharged its responsibilities" in accordance with the law, the head of the African Union (AU) observer mission, Thabo Mbeki, has said.

    Mr Mbeki, the former president of South Africa, added that Kenya's judiciary was "well-prepared" to deal with any disputes that may arise from the poll.

    Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that the commission's IT system was hacked, and the result manipulated to give victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The commission has promised to investigate the allegations.

    The AU has tweeted Mr Mbeki's comments:

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  12. Kenya elections: Live from the vote tallying centre

    Kenya's opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said that the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The BBC's Anne Soy has been live at a tallying centre in Nairobi watching the final stages of the vote-counting process. You can skip forward to 1:16 to see her report.

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  13. Kenya set to elect first female governor

    Anthony Irungu

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Anne Waiguru
    Image caption: Former Devolution Minister Anne Waiguru represents the governing Jubilee party

    As the uncertainty over Kenya’s presidential election results continue following claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga that the electoral body’s database was hacked, one woman is on her way to making history.

    With more than 95% of results counted by Kenya's electoral commission, former cabinet minister Anne Waiguru is poised to become the first-ever elected woman governor in Kenya, in the central county of Kirinyaga.

    She told me how it felt being on the cusp of such an achievement:

    Quote Message: It's exciting! God vindicates. For those who don't believe, there is a God."

    Her priorities are improving infrastructure, healthcare, and ensuring that farmers get a good return for their labour.

    Ms Waiguru said running in an all-male field was a challenge:

    Quote Message: I will not cheat you. It is so tough! No wonder women don't stand. I came very close to quitting.
    Quote Message: For women, people get personal...they go to a place where I think they shouldn't go. They brought my children into it."

    She also told me it affects other areas of a candidate's personal life:

    Quote Message: You see the strain on the family, and financially it's unbelievable."

    But ultimately Ms Waiguru says she believes the struggles have been worth it:

    Quote Message: We've broken the ceiling. We hope our daughters will be brave enough to step out."

    Ms Waiguru was at the centre of controversy in 2015 when she headed the Ministry of Devolution.

    The ministry was accused of buying sex toys, over-priced condom dispensers, stationery, photocopiers and a piano and television for her office.

    At the time, she said the allegation was not true.

  14. Kenya elections: 'Two killed'

    The police chief in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has confirmed that two people have been killed during a confrontation with police, AFP news agency reports.

    The two attempted to "attack our officers with pangas [machetes] and that's when the officers opened fire on them", Japheth Koome was quoted as saying.

    AFP reports that its photographer saw one of the victims, a young man who had a massive gunshot wound to the head.

    The killings took place in Mathare, a poor neighbourhood in Nairobi. It is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

    Kenyan police chase protestors in Mathare slum in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, a day after general elections.
    Image caption: Police are seen chasing protesters in Mathare slum as tension builds over disputed elections
  15. Kenya election: 'No final result tonight'

    Kenya's electoral commission is advising people to ignore false claims circulating by text message that the results of the presidential poll will be published this evening:

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  16. Kenya elections: 'One dead' in Nairobi protest

    One person has been killed in a confrontation with Kenyan police in the opposition stronghold of Mathare in the capital, Nairobi,witnesses have told the BBC.

    Live rounds were fired during the confrontation, the witnesses added.

    AFP news agency quoted an unnamed police officer as saying that two people were killed

    "They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos," the officer told AFP.

    "We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police," the officer added.

    Opposition president candidate Raila Odinga sas that counting has been rigged to deny him victory in yesterday's election.

    A supporter (L) of the opposition leader Raila Odinga who leads The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, holds a burning stick next to a burning barricade during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential election announced by the electoral body, in Mathare slums one of Odinga"s strongholds in Nairobi,
    Image caption: Some opposition supporters have been protesting against early election results
  17. Mugabe to be honoured with $1bn university

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the burial of Brigadier General James Murozvi, who was granted national hero status by President Robert Mugabe, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on April 12, 2017
    Image caption: Mr Mugabe is the world's oldest ruler

    Zimbabwe's cash-strapped government plans to spend $1bn (£770m) on building a university to honour President Robert Mugabe, 93.

    Construction would cost $800m, with $200m for an "endowment fund for research and innovation," Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said at a press conference, Reuters news agency reports.

    "There can be no better recognition of President Mugabe's commitment to education and his exemplary leadership," Mr Moyo added.

    The cabinet approved the money for the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University to be built in Mazowe, north of the capital Harare, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported.

    Mr Moyo has tweeted a statement, which says that Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace will be trustees of the university:

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    Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, and has been campaigning for re-election next year.

    The opposition accuses him of being one of Africa's most repressive rulers, but his supporters say he is a revolutionary fighting to improve the lives of black people.

  18. First-time candidate concedes in Kenya

    Independent candidate Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu has bowed out of the race to be elected Kenya's president, telling reporters that "we concede our race to a person who is going to win".

    "So far it looks like it is going to be [incumbent] Uhuru Kenyatta", he added.

    Mr Kaluyu has picked up more than 12,000 votes according to Kenya's electoral commission, accounting for 0.8% of the overall share.

    He thanked those "in every corner of the country" who supported his bid, and appealed for calm as protests broke out in some strongholds of Mr Kenyatta's main challenger, Raila Odinga.

    "For the sake of peace, we want this process to end as quickly as possible," Mr Kaluyu added.

    Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu
  19. Kenya election analysis: The view from Nairobi

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa

    Newspapers this morning in Kenya

    Allegations by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga that the electoral system that was being used to transmit results was hacked and manipulated to ensure victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to heighten tension in the country.

    Mr Odinga's decision to invoke the name of the murdered electoral commission IT head, Chris Msando, as he alleged that the election had been stolen will increase the concerns that people, mostly his supporters, have about the credibility of the election.

    A group of Kenyan activists, who have been monitoring the elections, have also held a media briefing and presented documents they say are proof of the disparity between the results announced and those transmitted.

    These allegations have put the electoral commission - the IEBC - on the spot.

    All eyes are on its chairman, Wafula Chebukati, who only hours ago was being praised for overseeing a largely successful voting exercise.

    As we reported earlier, the IEBC has since said it will investigate the allegations of hacking.

    Now Mr Chebukati, like his predecessors, has the tough task of convincing anxious Kenyans that he is upholding his promise of delivering credible elections.

  20. Kenyatta maintains commanding lead

    An electoral Commission official counts ballots at a polling station in Nairobi on August 8, 2017
    Image caption: Counting Kenya has been marred by allegations of rigging

    With about 96% of provisional results in from Kenya's election, President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the lead with 54.36% of the vote, compared with the 44.76% of his main rival Raila Odinga.

    That's according to results published by the electoral commission on its website.

    Mr Odinga has rejected the result, saying the result has been rigged to give Mr Kenyatta victory.