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Summary

  1. Chaos returns to Uganda parliament
  2. Anti-Zuma protests held in South Africa
  3. Ethiopian lawyer wins 'alternative Nobel Prize'
  4. Cameroon criticised for 'deporting thousands of asylum seekers'
  5. Uganda bans broadcasts 'promoting violence'
  6. Dutch tourists leave SA after being robbed
  7. Man mocks Mugabe's unsteady walk
  8. Ghana axe Ayew brothers for Uganda tie
  9. Kenyan official injured in al-Shabab attack dies
  10. Laurent Gbagbo to remain in custody
  11. AU protests Chad's inclusion in US travel ban list

Live Reporting

By Natasha Booty and Dickens Olewe

All times stated are UK

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    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: No matter how far a town is, there is another one after it." from A Hausa proverb sent by Mohammed Abubakar in Abuja, Nigeria
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    And we leave you with this picture of Cameroonian travel blogger Lee Litumbe, featured on the Tastemakers Africa Instagram account:

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  2. Another eventful day in Uganda's parliament

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Fighting MPs
    Image caption: Ugandan opposition lawmakers fight with plain-clothes security personnel in parliament

    The motion to remove presidential age limits from Uganda's constitution in parliament is inching forward after several disruptions by lawmakers opposed to the change.

    Fist fights, chair throwing, heckling and singing have become regular scenes in the house since the age limit motion was first brought up last week.

    Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga started off this afternoon by suspending more than 20 members of the opposition for their behavior, as well as a government minister who was accused of sneaking a gun into the chambers on Tuesday.

    The speaker was forced to adjourn the house temporarily after the suspended MPs refused to leave.

    Some had to be dragged out, despite their protests, by plain-clothed security officers.

    Many in Uganda see the process as a foregone conclusion, due to the advantage of the governing party’s huge numbers in parliament.

    If the upper age limit of 75 is removed, it will mean 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni will be eligible to run for a sixth term in office.

    Here are some more pictures of the chaotic scenes in parliament today:

    Ugandan Parliament
    Ugandan Parliament
    Ugandan Parliament
  3. Togo protester 'attacked by police'

    We reported earlier how violence against protesters has spurred civil society groups in Togo to join forces.

    One Togolese demonstrator told the BBC that police beat him so badly that he feared for his life.

    Along with thousands of other Togolese, he has been calling for President Faure Gnassingbé to stand down.

    Watch his story below:

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    Video caption: Togo protester says police brutally attacked him
  4. SA parliament 'cuts ties with KPMG'

    KPMG logo seen on a building

    South Africa's parliament has ended its contract with accountancy firm KPMG, following the company's involvement in a scandal linked to business associates of President Jacob Zuma.

    Reuters new agency says parliament was concerned about "reputational risks".

    It adds that "this termination includes a contract KPMG has with a medical aid scheme for Members of Parliament."

    KPMG has removed the leadership team of its South African arm earlier this month after an internal investigation into work it did for the Gupta family.

    No evidence of corruption or illegal action by staff was found, KPMG said at the time.

    But KPMG said work done for the Guptas, who have close links to President Jacob Zuma, "fell short of our standards".

  5. Kenyan official injured in al-Shabab attack dies

    A Kenyan government official who was injured in an attack by al-Shabab militants in the coastal county of Lamu has died, privately-owned Daily Nation reports.

    Mariam El Maawy was undergoing treatment in South Africa following the attack on 13 July in which three people were killed.

    She had been abducted by the militants before being rescued by Kenyan security forces shortly after.

    The Daily Nation reports that she had been shot on the shoulder and legs.

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  6. Laurent Gbagbo to remain in custody

    Laurent Gbagbo

    Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo will remain in detention after judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected his lawyer's request for a provisional release, reports Reuters news agency.

    The judges said that Mr Gbagbo was a flight risk and that his "network of supporters” could aid him to obstruct or endanger trial proceedings if he were released.

    They said that his lawyers failed to propose “concrete and solid” conditions that would ensure Mr Gbagbo’s continued presence at the trial.

    The former leader is accused of four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011 when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by rival Alassane Ouattara.

    His trial began in January 2016. This week prosecutors called former army chief Philippe Mangou to give evidence.

    Profile: Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo

  7. Anti-Zuma protesters root for Ramaphosa

    We have been reporting all day about country-wide protests against South Africa President Jacob Zuma.

    Trade union umbrella Cosatu, which organised the protests, says Mr Zuma is corrupt and wants him to step down.

    The BBC's Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg has been been speaking to some of those who are taking part the protests.

    He reports that most of them are backing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Mr Zuma because they say, "he's not corrupt".

    Here's a snippet from his report which will air on Focus Africa TV programme on BBC World News at 17:30 GMT:

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    Video caption: Big anti-government rally in South Africa
  8. Thirteen killed in Uganda flooding

    At least 13 people have been killed and several others reported missing in western Uganda following a rainstorm yesterday.

    The victims include two babies, the police say.

    Rubanda district police commander Ramathan Tai said officers in the rural town of Nfasha don't how many people are unaccounted for:

    Quote Message: There are reports of some people missing, but we are yet to establish the number as some homes were washed away during the rainstorm.
    Quote Message: The bodies so far recovered include two babies, three women and eight men whom we suspect were in houses when the storm hit."

    Rubanda and neighbouring districts in western Uganda have been hit by heavy rainstorms over the last week.

    Local media reported last week that two infants died after floodwater inundated a hospital in nearby Rukungiri district.

  9. Tiwa Savage named in BBC's 100 Women list

    Tiwa Savage
    Image caption: The 37-year-old star plans to open a music school

    Nigeria singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage has been named by the BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational and innovative women of 2017.

    Also on the list is Talent Jumo, a Zimbabwean activist who supports victims of revenge porn, giving them counselling and legal advice.

    Talent Jumo
    Image caption: Ms Jumo runs Katswe Sistahood which fights for women's sexual and reproductive rights

    British-Nigerian business brain Anne-Marie Imafidon is also recognised for her role in supporting women to go into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Anne-Marie Imafidon
    Image caption: Anne-Marie Imafidon is the CEO of Stemettes
  10. President Buhari's health is 'very personal issue'

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been battling against an unspecified illness since the beginning of 2017, much of which he has spent receiving treatment in the UK.

    So how is the president's health now?

    Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed has given BBC Newshour this update:

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    Video caption: Information Minister says he doesn't want to know about the president's health
  11. Nigeria and Turkey sign agreement over influx of illegal arms

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Authorities in Nigeria say they are working with Turkey to stop illegal imports of firearms into the country.

    Nigeria's custom officials recently intercepted a shipping container loaded with 1,100 weapons, all allegedly traced to Turkey.

    So far 2,201 such arms have been seized at three different times this year.

    It is unclear who is behind the imports.

    Continuing attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a resurgence of pro-separatist agitations, as well as militant activities in the Niger Delta means there is growing public concern about the proliferation of arms in the country.

    Tension is also heightened with the general elections two years away.

    There are fears that some individuals and groups may be stockpiling arms for nefarious activities.

    Nigeria and Turkey have agreed to prevent the use of either country as a base for the export of harmful items to the other.

  12. Chibok boy walks again

    Five-year-old Ali Ahmadu was run over by a motorcycle when Boko Haram fighters attacked his village in Chibok, northern Nigeria, in 2014.

    When Ali was fleeing with his mother they both fell to the ground and militants ran over his back, but he survived.

    Following treatment after a public appeal for help by the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care, Ali is now walking again.

    Listen to the charity's founder share Ali's remarkable story with Focus on Africa's Audrey Brown:

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    Video caption: Boko Haram fighters ran him over, but kind donors have helped Ali Ahmadu walk again
  13. AU protests Chad's inclusion in US travel ban list

    Chadian soldiers
    Image caption: Chadian soldiers have been key in fighting Islamist militants in West Africa

    The African Union Commission (AUC) has said that it is "bewildered" by the inclusion of Chad in the revised US travel ban list.

    It said that the decision was "unjust" given the country's "important role in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin, northern Mali, and the Sahel".

    Citizens of Chad are now banned from gaining US business and tourist visas.

    Seven other countries are also affected by the ban - Libya, Somalia, Iran, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.

    The AUC statement however welcomed the removal of Sudan from the US travel ban list.

    It added that it was looking forward to the full normalisation of relations between the two countries.

    Read:Why has US expanded travel ban to Chad and removed Sudan?

  14. 2018 World Cup: Ghana axe Ayew brothers for Uganda tie

    Jordan and Andre Ayew have both been left out of the Ghana squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uganda.

    The brothers played for their English Premier League clubs at the weekend but were not in the Ghana squad for their last World Cup tie against Congo.

    The Black Stars know that even with a win in Kampala, their World Cup dreams will be over if Egypt overcome visiting Congo Brazzaville on Sunday.

    Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named a 26-man squad for the tie on 7 October.

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    Jordan and Andre Ayew
    Image caption: Andre and Jordan Ayew missed Ghana's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Congo Brazzaville
  15. Uganda MPs wearing boxing gloves

    We have been reporting on renewed brawling among MPs in Uganda's parliament over the proposal to scrap the presidential age limit.

    Our colleague at BBC Monitoring has just alerted us to this photo on the Chimp Reports news site of opposition MPs wearing boxing gloves ahead of today's session.

    It is unclear where the picture was taken and if the lawmakers entered parliament.

    Uganda MPs
  16. 'It's impossible to stay neutral' - Togo's civil groups band together

    Protestors in Togo
    Image caption: Protesters want a two-term presidential limit and an end to the "Gnassingbé political dynasty"

    Civil society groups in Togo have clubbed together to form a coalition called ‘Togo Citizens Stand Up’ (Front citoyen Togo debout).

    They plan to play “a much more active role” in ongoing demonstrations calling for constitutional reform, says group spokesperson David Dosseh.

    He says violence against protesters is what spurred them into action:

    Quote Message: Injustice is unacceptable, it’s impossible to stay neutral."

    Members of Togo Citizens Stand Up reject claims that they are a tool of Togo's opposition parties, which have mobilised a string of protests since last month attended by hundreds of thousands of citizens.

    The opposition wants the president to quit power and also wants a return to the two-term limit on presidential mandates set out in the country's 1992 constitution.

    The government responded to the opposition’s calls for reform by proposing a maximum of two presidential terms, but has refused to make the legislation retroactive – meaning that it would not apply to incumbent President Faure Gnassingbé, only his successors.

    A protestor

    Read: Why are people marching against Togo's president?

  17. Chairs and punches thrown in Ugandan parliament

    We reported earlier on Uganda's parliamentary debate as MPs prepared to vote on whether to scrap the presidential age limit.

    Today's session has been disrupted following scenes similar to yesterday's, when lawmakers on opposite sides of the political divide brawled with each other.

    Chairs and punches were again thrown today, as chaos returned to the chamber and the speaker suspended the session.

    Ugandan news site Daily Monitor shared this video from inside the parliamentary chamber a few minutes ago:

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    Our colleague Patience Atuhaire in Kampala is monitoring events:

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  18. Anti-corruption protests across South Africa

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Protesters

    Thousands of workers from South Africa's largest trade union federation, Cosatu, have been marching against corruption throughout South Africa.

    The country’s leadership has been engulfed by allegations of corruption and state capture - whereby business interests have undue influence on government officials for dodgy contracts.

    Dressed in red T-shirts and chanting old liberation songs, some of the protesters I've seen in Johannesburg are calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

    Cosatu was supported by another ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party.

    These are the same groups which propelled President Zuma to power ten years ago, but now they are singing a different tune.

    Elsewhere, 13 other protests took place in cities across South Africa.

    It's further illustration of how deeply divided the ANC is ahead of its leadership contest in December.

  19. South Africa's crime a concern to visitors

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Tourists in South Africa

    South Africa is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations because of its beauty, affordability and variety.

    But it also has one of the highest crime levels in the world - a concern not just for visitors but for those living here.

    Visitors from the region have sometimes fallen prey to muggings in a similar way to the Dutch tourists and, as a result, some African embassies warn their citizens to make sure they are not being followed when leaving the airport.

    The authorities are worried that the latest mugging may damage South Africa's image. Tourism is a critical sector and sustains many jobs.

    Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said all South Africans should be concerned by threats to the industry.

  20. Uganda MPs reconvene ahead of presidential age limit debate

    MPs in Uganda have started arriving in parliament buildings in the capital, Kampala, ahead of the debate of a motion to scrap the upper presidential age limit.

    If removed, 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni would be eligible for a sixth term in office in 2021.

    The move to do away with the upper limit age of 75 is being supported by lawmakers from the governing NRM party.

    At present, Uganda's lower age limit for presidential hopefuls is 35, and the bill also proposes lowering this to 18.

    Opposition MPs who have been putting on a public fight to oppose the change are wearing head bands as a symbol of their stand.

    The BBC's Patience Atuhaire snapped this picture of one of them:

    Uganda MPs

    Chaos broke out in parliament on Tuesday as lawmakers opposed to the bill continuously heckled speakers so as to stall the debate.

    The scuffles were televised live, leading Uganda's communication authority to caution media houses from broadcasting content that "promotes a culture of violence amongst the public".

    It warned that it would revoke licences of any broadcasters who violate its guidelines.