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Summary

  1. Tanzanian MP Tundu Lissu is now being treated in hospital after being shot
  2. Rwanda police say they have arrested seven members of an armed group
  3. Opposition party says they are civilians
  4. Protesters come out in Togo for a second day
  5. South African FA official says decision to replay qualifying match is unfair
  6. South Sudan's information minister and two others face travel bans
  7. Government calls measures 'unfortunate'
  8. Report into corruption in Tanzanian mining reveals high-level graft

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By Paul Bakibinga and Damian Zane

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'Togo is not a monarchy', protesters shout

Up to 150,000 people took to the streets of the Togolese capital, Lome, calling for political reforms, for a second day, journalist Blame Ekoue told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

He said people were carrying banners saying: "[President] Faure must go now", "Togo is not a monarchy" and "we want reform now".

President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005. He succeeded his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who seized power in 1967.

One protester told Blame:

Fifty years is enough. The Gnassingbes must go. The reforms must be done. They must release political detainees now."

In the coming days, the national assembly is expected to meet in a special session to discuss changes to the constitution limiting presidential terms, but it is not clear if this will placate the protesters.

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A protester with a placard telling the president to step down

Veteran SA cartoonist Mogorosi Motshumi reflects

Mogorosi Motshumi, the South African cartoonist witnessed the worst of apartheid, and was one of the only black artists using comics to document township life.

But now, Mogorosi is slowly going blind.

Last year, he published his life story as a graphic autobiography, becoming the first black South African cartoonist to do so.

He told BBC Outlook's reporter Daniel Gross how he first got into comics as a child.

Uganda's internal affairs minister links murders to Illuminati

We reported earlier that Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister Jeje Odongo was making a statement on a recent spate of murders close to the capital, Kampala.

According to the privately owned Observer newspaper the minister has linked the murders to the Illuminati - the group is a shadowy secret society believed by conspiracy theorists to be the mastermind behind global events.

The paper reports that Mr Odongo accused a businessman of facilitating the murders of the women in a belief that it would make his businesses thrive.

According to the Observer the minister said some of the suspects had forms given to them to "enlist in Illuminati".

Mr Odongo added that "others have 999 [an alleged Illuminati sign] tattooed on their bodies,." the Observer reports.

This is a tweet from the state-owned New Vision newspaper:

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Minister Jeje Odongo's explanation has received a swift response from Ugandans via social media:

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Tanzania shooting: President is 'praying' for MP's recovery

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has said he is "saddened" by the shooting of opposition MP Tundu Lissu, who is being treated in hospital.

He issued these tweets in Swahili:

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"I've been saddened by the gun attack on Tundu Lissu, I'm praying to Almighty God that he may recover soon."

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"Authorities should pursue all the perpetrators of this inhumane act and hand them over to the legal system."

Solar powered lifeline for Libyan hospitals

The United Nations is installing solar panels to power hospitals in Libya.

They hope it will provide a solution to the long and frequent power outages that have become a problem for the country's healthcare system.

The BBC's Rana Jawad spoke to Noura Hamladji, country director for the UNDP, and Dr. Anas al-Barghathi who runs the Al-Kwefia hospital in Benghazi:

Tanzania's governing party condemns 'heinous' MP shooting

Tanzania's governing party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has responded with "shock" to the shooting of opposition MP Tundu Lissu earlier today.

Mr Lissu is being treated in hospital for the inuries. His party, Chadema, said he was "seriously wounded".

In a statement, CCM called on the police to act:

The party condemns this violent act and wants the police authorities to search, investigate and take legal action against anyone associated with this heinous act.

The leaders of CCM are praying for brother Lissu and wish him a speedy recovery so that he may continue with his parliamentary duties."

CCM statement
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Gun-toting bodyguards sacked in SA

We reported earlier on how a video of two bodyguards brandishing guns had gone viral.

The latest from South African media is that they have been sacked.

According to eNCA the two men have been identified as members of the security detail of ANC regional secretary - Bheki Ntuli. Mr Ntuli is secretary for the eThekwini region.

One of the weapons shown off is an AK-47 assault rifle which, according to eNCA , is illegal to carry in South Africa.

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The ANC in Kwazulu-Natal has responded by saying that it strongly denounced and distanced itself from what it called the "Irresponsible display of weapons, irrespective of the purpose for which it was done".

The ANC then called on the security company responsible for the guards to: "take action against this unpalatable conduct."

Profile: Shot Tanzanian MP Tundu Lissu

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzanian MP Tundu Lissu is recovering in hospital after being shot earlier today, Reuters reports quoting a doctor.

Mr Lissu is the most vocal opposition politician in the country, a role which has found him in trouble with the authorities.

On several occasions Mr Lissu, who is also president of the country's bar law association, has in the past been arrested for inciting public disorder and calling the president a dictator.

John Magufuli
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President Magufuli has been the subject of Tundu Lissu's criticism

In July last year, he accused President John Magufuli of “creating a climate of fear in the country and constructing a system based on favouritism, tribalism and regionalism”.

Late last month, police arrested Mr Lissu for alleging that he had evidence to prove that the government's new commercial aircraft Bombardier Q400, which was yet to be brought into the country, had been seized in Canada due to the government's failure to pay compensation of $38.7m (£29.5m) to a Canadian firm, Stirling Civil Engineering.

The joys of Pidgin

The story of a date that went horribly wrong has become something of a phenomenon in the UK, with more than six million people taking time to read this

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But people are beginning to share it all over again - except this time in Pidgin.

The BBC's newest language service has the story with this headline:

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Which seems to sum it up nicely even if you don't fully understand what it means.

(It translates as UK:Poo trapped a woman who came for a romantic date which doesn't sounds as good.)

And it seems to have tickled people:

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All the headlines are better in Pidgin, but especially this one… bbc.com/pidgin/media-4…

This pidgin version of the Bristol poo palaver has made my morning bbc.in/2gJBmSE

And in case you haven't had enough - here's the Pidgin video:

Woman wan troway poo-poo, come trap for window

Extremism in Africa linked to poor religious education

BBC World Service

In a report on extremism in Africa, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says those with a lower level of religious education are more likely to join Islamist militant groups.

The UNDP spoke to nearly 500 people who had voluntarily signed up with militant organisations such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabab in Somalia.

Almost two-thirds of those interviewed said they had been provoked by some sort of government action against the militants.

Many of them also said they had experienced unhappy childhoods.

For more read: Boko Haram and al-Shabab recruits 'lack religious schooling'

Al-Shabaab fighters
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Video of gun toting 'bodyguards' goes viral in South Africa

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

A worrying video showing two armed men brandishing guns making death threats has gone viral in South Africa.

The video seems to come from the KwaZulu Natal province where there has recently been a spike in political killings.

In the video one of the men can be seen cocking an automatic pistol and another an AK-47 automatic rifle, which according to South African law is illegal to carry.

Local media reports say that the men are believed to be bodyguards of a leading ANC member in the province.

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It is not entirely clear when the video was filmed but it surfaced this morning via social media outlets.

The men are speaking in the language of IsiZulu which is widely spoken in KwaZulu Natal.

Regional ANC leaders who have been shown the video promised an investigation.

This comes as the ANC is mourning the death of one of its leaders, who died on Monday, following an attack in July where he was shot in an apparent assassination.

Rwanda arrests seven members of 'armed group'

Police in Rwanda say that they have arrested seven people accused of being members of armed groups operating in an unnamed neighbouring country.

According to their statement three of those arrested were "young recruits" who were intercepted as they were on their way for military training outside Rwanda.

According to the police the "recruitment network" has been under surveillance for some time.

The arrests were confirmed by an unregistered opposition party, FDU Inkini. But according to their press statement those arrested are leaders of the party based in Rwanda.

They are named as: First Vice-President Boniface Twagirimana, Fabien Twagirayezu in charge of mobilisation, Assistant Treasurer Leonille Gasengayire, Gratien Nsabiyaremye an assistant commissioner and Theophile Ntirutwa a representative of FDU in Kigali.

A statement released by another unregistered opposition party, PD Imanzi, said that its vice-president and spokesperson in Rwanda, Jean-Marie Vianney Kayumba, is also among those arrested.

Currently the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is opposed to the Kigali government, operates from eastern DR Congo.

Tanzania opposition MP 'in stable condition'

Tanzanian opposition MP Tundu Lissu is in a stable condition after being shot in the capital, Dodoma, reports the Reuters news agency quoting a doctor at the hospital.

Police and party officials say that he has had emergency surgery, Reuters adds.

It also quotes a spokesman from his party, Chadema, as saying that he "suffered multiple gunshot wounds".

The police told Reuters that they did not know the motive behind the attack and that the suspects were not in custody.

Tundu Lissu
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Tundu Lissu is his party's chief whip in parliament

Kenya election meeting postponed

As the working day is nearly over in Kenya, it seems that the meeting between the country's main political parties and the electoral commission (IEBC) to break the impasse over the 17 October presidential election re-run will not be taking place, reports the BBC's Gladys Njoroge in Nairobi.

The IEBC was supposed to meet with members of the governing Jubilee party and the opposition National Super Alliance to sort out issues over the make up of the commission.

It is not clear why the meeting has not taken place.

Protesters return to the streets of Togo capital

Protesters
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Anti-government protesters have begun a second day of demonstrations in the Togolese capital, Lome.

They are protesting against President Faure Gnassingbe, in power since 2005, and calling for a two-term limit for heads of state.

Wednesday's demonstrations in several cities across the country were described as "unprecedented" in their scale.

The BBC's Nicolas Agbossou took this video clip of the protesters today:

Tanzania opposition MP 'seriously wounded' in shooting

Tanzania's main opposition Chadema party has released a statement following the shooting of one of its leading members. Tundu Lissu is now being treated in hospital.

The party says:

Chadema has received with great shock the report on the shooting of the attorney general of the party who is also the chief whip of the official opposition in parliament and MP of Singida East, Hon Tundu Antipus Lissu just after a parliamentary session today.

The attack took place at his Dodoma residence at midday and [he] was seriously wounded and had been rushed to the Dodoma Regional Hospital.

Chadema strongly condemns this act, and we are following up closely on his condition."

Chadema party sign
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BreakingTanzania MP in hospital after being shot

The Tanzanian opposition MP who has been shot in the capital, Dodoma, suffered multiple wounds and is being treated in hospital, officials from his Chadema party have told the BBC.

BreakingTanzania MP 'shot'

Tanzanian Opposition MP Tundu Lissu has been shot in the capital, Dodoma, local media are reporting.

He is now being treated in hospital, sources say.

Mr Lissu of the Chadema party has been arrested several times for criticising the government and inciting public disorder and on several occasions he has called President John Magufuli a dictator, the BBC's Sammy Awami reports from Tanzania.

Uganda minister makes statement on recent murders

Uganda's Minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odongo, is delivering a statement on a recent spate of murders close to the capital Kampala. At least 20 women have been killed since June this year. Several people have been arrested, although the murders are reported to have continued.

On Wednesday a parliamentary session was called off because of the minister's failure to appear before it to make a statement regarding the murders.

According to a Parliament of Uganda tweet, Gen Odongo has apologised for his absence:

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Earlier this week we reported on the murders in Uganda.

We will keep you updated on what Uganda's Interior minister says.

Nigeria's praised but unpaid Ebola heroes

The medics who in 2104 helped save Nigeria from the Ebola epidemic that struck West African neighbours Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, have not been paid properly, journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes in her latest piece for BBC News Online.

The core team of staff from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who led the effort have since quit their jobs, because their salaries had not been paid for nearly three years.

"If they play back the clock, they won't get me to do that job again," says Dr Kenneth Madiebo, the 53-year-old medic who dealt with the body of Patrick Sawyer, the first identified Ebola case Nigeria in 2014.

"Everybody was afraid," said Dr Madiebo. "Nobody else wanted to do it. But I did it because it was my job."

Dr Madiebo, pictured next to the coffin, and a team of morticians worked together to remove the body of Patrick Sawyer
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Dr Madiebo, pictured next to the coffin, and a team of morticians worked together to remove the body of Patrick Sawyer

Dr Madiebo has tried to take matters into his own hands, but still has not got the money.

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Calm ahead of planned protests in Togo

Opposition leaders yesterday called for a second day of anti-government protests today in towns and cities across Togo.

Demonstrators are calling for changes to the constitution as well as for President Faure Gnassingbe to step down.

According to our reporter, Blamé Ekoué, the capital Lomé is calm and the streets "quieter than usual" with little traffic for a normal working day.

Opposition leaders have reportedly gathered at an undisclosed location to plan their strategy for today. The protests are expected to start around 12:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

AFP is reporting that mobile internet services are blocked though some social media sites can be accessed in Lomé using intermittent Wi-Fi access.

We will keep you updated regarding any developments.

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Thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks demanding constitutional changes

Nigeria's first skate crew finds home in Lagos

"Don't break your head!"

That's one of the popular heckles members of Nigeria's first skate crew get from confused residents in the commercial capital Lagos.

Meet the group helping the skate scene to take off in the African megacity.

Video journalists: Stephanie Hegarty and Omi Ogundipe

SA chief justice criticises Kenyatta comments

South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gestures as he makes a ruling at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa ,June 22,2017.
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South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is the latest legal figure to express concerns over recent remarks made by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta against the judiciary, SABC reports.Last Friday, Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the country's presidential election results, citing irregularities in the voting system and ordering a new poll within 60 days.

While Mr Kenyatta accepted the ruling, he blasted the court, calling the chief justice a crook. He also vowed to "fix" the court if he is re-elected.Chief Justice Mogoeng, speaking as the head of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa, said the remarks were unfortunate, ill-advised and disturbing.

SABC further reports that the chief justice said that President Kenyatta's remarks unintentionally projected judges as enemies of the will of the people.

Magufuli wants 'soul searching' over corrupt mining deals

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has called for national "soul searching" after two parliamentary reports revealed large-scale corruption in the country's mining industry (see earlier entry).

Responding to the reports, the president ordered immediate legal action against the officials who have been implicated and said they should resign.

He said the industry needs to be looked at afresh:

If we have to start over, let's do that. And if so much of our minerals have been stolen then let's shut the mines down.

Maybe our children and grandchildren will be smarter and they’ll come to do this job, rather than just letting these minerals be taken away."

President Magufuli has been looking for ways for Tanzania to benefit more from its mining industry.

John Magufuli
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President Magufuli has a reputation of being a no-nonsense leader

South Africa opposition leader Malema graduates with honours

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

South Africa’s firebrand opposition leader, Julius Malema, 36, is the talk of the town for all the right reasons.

Many have taken to social media to congratulate the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) party founder on his latest academic qualification – a BA Honours degree in Philosophy through the University of South Africa (Unisa).

The ceremony was attended by his grandmother, Sarah, who raised him since his was 14 following his mother's death, wife, Mantwa Matlala and members of his party.

Once the subject of ridicule after a grim certificate from his final year in school was published in the media, Mr Malema has since quietly furthered his studies.

His party, which boasts a number of recent graduates including Mbuyiseni Ndlozi who recently completed a doctorate in politics, has been praised for their efforts to get an education, a message to many young people that it is never too late to study.

This is a big deal in a country where many young black people struggle to get a good education due to a lack of funding or even access to opportunities to study later in life.

People have been tweeting about Mr Malema's achievement:

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New candidate for ANC party leader in South Africa

African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next leader of the ANC, several South African newspapers are reporting.

South African Parliament speaker Baleka Mbete (L) talks with African National Congress Treasury General Zweli Mkhize (R) at the opening session of the South African ruling party African National Congress policy conference on June 30, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Johannesburg-based Eyewitness News reports that Mr Mkhize said that he was ready to accept nominations from branches who wanted him to be the next party president: “I’m ready to be part of the leadership and I’ll be ready to serve. I’ll accept the nominations where they nominate me.”

The party is due to elect a replacement for President Jacob Zuma in December. That person would then lead the party into elections due in 2019.

Mr Mkhize told EWN that if elected president, some of his top priorities would be to renew the party and improve governance.

He is also reported to have stated that he was aware that there could be smear campaigns against him now that he has declared his intentions.

IOL reports that Mr Mkhize was responding to allegations that another candidate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, had been involved in extramarital affairs. On Sunday Mr Ramaphosa admitted to having had an affair not multiple affairs.

Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma is also running to become the party leader in December.

Allegedly corrupt Tanzania mining deals under investigation

Sammy Awami

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania's mining industry will come under the spotlight today as two parliamentary committees are presenting reports to President John Magufuli, after investigating diamond and tanzanite mining deals.

The reports implicate several former ministers and top government officials in signing corrupt deals.  In one incident, the investigation found a top government official received gift of diamonds worth $200m (£153m) in dubious circumstances  The reports are also faulting the government for relying on mine company statistics for key data such as the size of the diamond reserve in the mining area  These reports come as negotiations between the government and the Barrick Gold mining company are under way to resolve a tax payment dispute.  Earlier this year President Magufuli launched an extensive investigation into the mining industry and introduced strict mining laws as he argued the country was not getting a fair share of profit from its mineral resources.
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Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania

The reports implicate several former ministers and top government officials in signing corrupt deals.

In one incident, the investigation found a top government official received a gift of diamonds worth $200m (£153m) in dubious circumstances.

The reports are also faulting the government for relying on mine company statistics for key data such as the size of the diamond reserve in the mining area.

These reports come as negotiations between the government and the Barrick Gold mining company are under way to resolve a tax payment dispute.

Earlier this year President Magufuli launched an extensive investigation into the mining industry and introduced strict mining laws as he argued the country was not getting a fair share of profit from its mineral resources.

Newspaper front page
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Senegal 'expels controversial activist Kemi Séba'

Kemi Seba accused by the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) of burning a 5,000 CFA franc note last week.
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The controversial French-Beninese activist Kemi Seba has been expelled from Senegal, RFI Africa is reporting.

According to RFI, Senegal said that it considered Mr Seba's presence in the country a serious threat to public order.

The activist who is opposed to the use of the CFA franc in several West and Central African countries, burned a 5,000 CFA ($9;£7) franc note in public last month.

He was charged for his action but was acquitted by a court in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

Le Parisien, the French daily newspaper, reports that one of Mr Seba's lawyers, Khouraissi Ba, confirmed that he was deported to France on Wednesday and denounced the action as "an illegal expulsion".

Despite this expulsion, Kemi Seba's supporters have vowed to continue their protest against the CFA franc, RFI reports.

Read more: African protests over the CFA 'colonial currency'

Safa 'cannot accept' Fifa re-match decision

A senior member of the South African Football Association (Safa) has said that it "cannot accept" the decision by football's world governing body, Fifa, to order a re-match of a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal after officiating referee, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for life.

South Africa won the match last year, but the referee has been accused of "match manipulation" after wrongly awarding a penalty to South Africa.

Norman Arendse, who heads Safa's legal committee, told the BBC's Newsday programme:

As I speak to you now Safa cannot accept it because we have got absolutely no details of the alleged match manipulation, what the nature of it was, and what it all involved.

Is he [the referee] just a corrupt individual, was he bribed by a third party outside of the match to influence the outcome of the match? We just don’t know.

And that is the most unpalatable thing for us – to accept an outcome to which we should... have been a party, and we’ve never ever been called upon to put our side of the story in relation to the game."

South Africa's Thulani Serero (R) celebrates with South Africa's Keegan Dolly (L) after scoring a goal during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between South Africa and Senegal on November 12, 2016 at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane
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South Africa won last year's qualifier 2-1

Analysis: Kenya's crisis meeting

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

If the on-going events in Kenya are anything to go by, then today’s gathering between the electoral commission (IEBC) and the governing Jubilee Party and the Nasa opposition alliance qualifies as a crisis meeting.

Both sides have rejected a new team appointed by the IEBC chair to oversee the re-run of the presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court.

Nasa says it could boycott the 17 October poll as it says it was not consulted on the date.

And Jubilee also has questions about the make up of the commission.

These issues could yet derail plans for the new election.

President Kenyatta
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President Uhuru Kenyatta said he that he respected the Supreme Court ruling even though he disagreed with it

Kenya row over 'biased' election officials

Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC) is due to meet the governing Jubilee party and the main opposition Nasa alliance in a bid to solve an impasse over the make up of the commission.

Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga said earlier this week that he would not take part in the 17 October election re-run if there were not personnel changes at the IEBC.

He has accused the IEBC of being biased against him.

For its part, President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party has said that the some of IEBC officials who have been recently named are "partisan".

Last week, Kenya's Supreme Court annulled August's presidential election result, won by Mr Kenyatta, as the IEBC had not carried out the election in accordance with the constitution.

People celebrating
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Nasa supporters celebrated last week's Supreme Court ruling annulling the presidential election result

South Africa to respond to World Cup qualifier replay

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey
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Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa

The South African Football Association (Safa) says that it is studying a decision, upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday, that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal should be replayed.

This was taken after the match referee, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for life by Fifa. The Ghanaian referee was accused of "match manipulation".

In a statement on its website Safa says that it is studying the contents of the report before issuing a statement on its intentions as to whether to challenge the decision.

Safa also denies that it was involved in any wrongdoing related to the referee's actions as was "stated in the Fifa report".

Lamptey awarded a penalty to South Africa in their 2-1 win in November last year for handball but replays showed the ball hit Senegal's Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee.

The match is due to be replayed in the November 2017 international window.

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South Sudan sanctions 'unfortunate'

BBC World Service

South Sudan's government has described sanctions on three leading figures as "unfortunate", the Reuters news agency reports.

The US has imposed sanctions on two senior South Sudanese officials and the country's former army chief in a warning over increased attacks on civilians.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, deputy defence chief Malek Reuben Riak Rengu and the former head of the army, General Paul Malong have been banned from travelling to the US and had their assets frozen.

Three companies owned by the deputy defence chief have also been targeted.

The US Treasury said the men had abused human rights and tried to derail the peace process.

There is currently a civil war in South Sudan which began in December 2013.

Attempts to get the sides to stick to a peace deal have failed.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth
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Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth is among those to have been sanctioned

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