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Summary

  1. Namibia bans officials from foreign business travel amid cash crisis
  2. Bugatti dealer buys Hollywood star's car for a reported $2.5m
  3. Kenya extends TV black-out
  4. Nigeria army build road in Boko Haram stronghold
  5. Sudan police break up protest over bread price
  6. Arsenal sign Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  7. Samuel Eto'o switches sides in Turkey
  8. Verdict in South African 'Doom pastor's' case delayed
  9. Cuba to send doctors to Algeria in return for oil

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By Dickens Olewe and Farouk Chothia

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 checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The shoulder can never bypass the neck." from A Kinyarwanda proverb sent by Patrick Nkunzumwami in Kigali, Rwanda
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    And we leave you with this picture of a woman selling her wares at a side market in a bus terminus in Mali's capital city of Bamako.

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  2. Raila challenge hits Twitter

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga swore himself in as the "people's president" yesterday. The stunt was seen for what it is by some Kenyans who took to Twitter to mock the event.

    Privately owned Nairobi News put together some of the reactions:

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  3. Kenya police 'outside media offices'

    It seems that Kenyan police have not entered the offices of the Nation Media Group, contrary to earlier reports.

    The group's television station, NTV, has tweeted that police are reportedly outside the offices and allegedly want to arrest the station's general manager and two journalists:

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    The station is among three that have been shut down for defying a government order not to cover the mock "swearing-in" ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga who declared himself the "people's president".

    See our earlier stories

  4. Samuel Eto'o switches sides in Turkey

    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport

    Samuel Eto'o
    Image caption: Samuel Eto'o will continue his career in Turkey, moving from Antalyaspor to rivals Konyaspor

    Former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has joined struggling Turkish top-flight side Konyaspor from rivals Antalyaspor on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    The 36-year-old - who spent two-and-a-half years on the Mediterranean coast after switching from Sampdoria in July 2015 - mutually terminated his contract with Antalyaspor to seal the move.

    The four-time African footballer of the year winner scored 44 goals in 77 appearances for Antalyaspor, where he had five months left on his contract.

    Read the full BBC story here

  5. Kenya police 'raid media house'

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    A Kenyan media organisation which specialises in investigations has tweeted that police have entered the office of Nation Media Group, the country's biggest newsroom, with orders to arrest a top manager, Linus Kaikai.

    We do not have independent confirmation of the report.

    Mr Kaikai is the General Manager of NTV, owned by the Nation Media Group and one of the televisions stations shutdown by the government.

    He also serves as the Chairman of the Editor's Guild and was the one who blew the whistle on the government's plan to shut down TV stations planning to give live coverage to opposition leader Raila Odinga as he declared himself the "people's president" at an event yesterday.

    See earlier post for more details

  6. Nigeria constructs road through Boko Haram heartland

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Nigeria's military has begun the construction of a road into the heartland of Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

    The 686 sq km (426 sq mile) forest in the north-east of Borno state is believed to be the hiding place of the insurgents’ leader Abubakar Shekau.

    The military authorities say the road will link Sambisa forest with adjoining towns.

    Construction work has commenced on the Gwoza-Yamteke-Bitta-Tokumbere stretch of the road, leading directly into the forest.

    Army spokesman Maj Sani Kukasheka Usman said the army plans to make the forest a training ground for soldiers.

    The report of the road construction came a day after authorities in Borno state announced the closure of several roads as part of an intensified military operation against the Islamist militants.

    The army said the roads will be closed until 4 February to enable it to carry out the "clearance operation".

    Despite repeated claims by the military that it has defeated Boko Haram, the militant group has continued to carry out massive attacks with high fatality.

    Analysts say the road project could be a way for the army to justify its repeated claims of victory over Boko Haram.

    The army released these pictures of the ongoing construction:

    Road construction
    Road construction
    Road construction
  7. Kenya media body calls for end of TV shutdown

    A man holds up a bible as supporters of the Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition leader react before he has himself sworn in as the "people"s president" on January 30, 2018 in Nairobi
    Image caption: Tens of thousands of people attended Raila Odinga's "inauguration"

    Kenya's media regulatory body has called on the government to end the shutdown of three leading TV stations, saying it should "never happen in a robust democracy".

    NTV, KTN and Citizen TV were shut down after they refused to bow to state pressure not to provide live coverage of opposition leader Raila Odinga's mock swearing-in ceremony as the "people's president".

    Media Council CEO David Omwoyo said in a statement that the shutdown goes against press freedom, adding:

    Quote Message: This shutdown erodes the gains so far made in developing a free and responsible media industry and should never happen in a robust democracy that Kenya boasts of. As guaranteed by the Kenyan Constitution, media freedom should be guarded jealously at all times."

    See earlier post: MP arrested

  8. Sudan police break up protest

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Police in the Sudanese capital Khartoum have fired tear gas to break up a protest against the rising price of bread and other commodities after the government removed subsidies.

    Police were deployed around the area before the planed start of the demonstration.

    About 200 people took part and several activists were arrested.

    Human rights groups have called for the release of opposition leaders and activists who have been detained following earlier protests over the bread price increase.

  9. Namibia 'runs out of money to feed troops'

    Namibian President Hage Geingob arrives on May 29, 2015 to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Nigerian president at Eagles Square in Abuja.
    Image caption: The president has promised to cut back on his own trips abroad

    Thousands of Namibians troops will be sent on leave next month because the army has run out of money to feed them or to pay water and electricity bills at seven military bases, the privately owned Namibian newspaper reports.

    Soldiers who are currently on holiday have been told not to report for duty, it adds.

    The defence ministry had been hit by a financial crisis after its budget was slashed as the government tries to rein in expenditure.

    It has also led to President Hage Geingob banning public officials from all foreign business travel.

    "No request for outbound travel by ministers, deputy ministers and other political office bearers will be considered until after the end of February," a presidency statement said.

    Mr Geingob has stopped using the presidential jet, and flew to the recent African Union summit in Ethiopia in a scheduled commercial flight.

    Mr Geingob would only go on essential foreign trips, and with smaller delegations, his spokesman Albertus Aochamub said, AFP news agency reports.

    Government debt levels have been soaring in recent years, leading to investor warnings about the economic outlook of the southern African state.

    Moody's rating agency downgraded its debt to junk status in August.

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  10. Ramaphosa's bodyguard hijacked

    Cyril Ramaphosa addresses supporters during the Congress" 106th anniversary celebrations, in East London, South Africa, January 13, 2018.
    Image caption: Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to become South Africa's next president

    A bodyguard of South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was hijacked on Saturday night and robbed of several weapons, privately owned Eyewitness News reports on its website.

    The flying squad later recovered the a BMW X6 SUV and two firearms following the hijacking in a residential neighbourhood in South Africa's economic heartland of Gauteng, it adds.

    Police are investigating the incident, The New Age, a privately owned newspaper, reports.

    There has been no official comment from Mr Ramaphosa's office or the police.

    South Africa has a high crime rate, and many motorists fear being hijacked.

  11. Could this be Africa's strongest man?

    Cheick Sanou, known as Iron Biby, was bullied when he was young.

    Now the man from Burkina Faso has turned his weight into his strength and has set his sights on winning the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition.

    Watch his story:

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    Video caption: Meet the man from Africa who works out by lifting cars
  12. Kenyan MP arrested after 'swearing-in'

    A leading opposition MP in Kenya has been arrested - a day after he attended the "swearing-in" of Raila Odinga as the "people's president" at a rally in the capital, Nairobi.

    TJ Kajwang, a lawyer, was arrested outside a Nairobi court building, and has been ordered to go to the offices of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, a Kenyan TV station has tweeted:

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    Wearing his wig, Mr Kajwang stood next to Mr Odinga as he took the "presidential oath" in front of tens of thousands of opposition supporters at Uhuru Park yesterday:

    The leader of the Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) Raila Odinga (C) raises a bible as he "takes an oath" during the "swearing-in" ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 January 2018

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  13. Egypt's Sisi vows to tackle 'evil'

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    Egyptians walk underneath an election campaign poster erected by supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Cairo, Egypt, 28 January 2018.
    Image caption: Egypt's ruler first took power in a coup in 2013

    Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has made an impassioned speech, appealing for support and warning against dissent, as he campaigns to be re-elected in March.

    Speaking at the inauguration of a large natural gas field, he said he was ready to sacrifice his life to protect the stability and security of the country.

    He said he would ask Egyptians to take to the streets once again to give him a mandate to confront "evil" people if necessary, and warned that the instability following the toppling of his predecessor Hosni Mubarak "would not be repeated".

    He said: Several key contenders have withdrawn from the race, and others have declined to take part, leaving Sisi the leading candidate, with only one low-profile challenger.

    Quote Message: I am not a politician who plays with words. We do not build our country with words."

    Several key contenders have withdrawn from the race, and others have declined to take part, leaving Mr Sisi the leading candidate, with only one low-profile challenger.

    Read: Where are Egypt's revolutionaries now?

  14. Kenyan TV stations to remain shut until probe ends

    Kenya's Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i has said that Tuesday's shutdown of the TV stations will remain in force until a full-scale investigation into a "serious breach of security" is concluded.

    The three main TV stations were shutdown after they refused to obey a government order not to cover yesterday's "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, where he declared himself the "people's president".

    A local journalist tweeted that Mr Matiang'i said that the switch off was done after the state got information that there was a planned "massacre", which would have been "propelled" by live media coverage:

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    He also tweeted more details of the minister's statement, which accused "some elements in the media" of working with the opposition's "well-choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow" President Uhuru Kenyatta's government:

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    Kenyan journalists denounced the media ban as outrageous and in a statement called for "respect of the constitution" and an end to the "unprecedented intimidation of journalists".

  15. Conflict 'destroys' CAR's health system

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres, says the health system in the Central African Republic is almost non existent as a result of the civil war.

    It reports that access to health care is extremely difficult due to regular attacks on medical facilities, patients and ambulances.

    MSF has been attacked on average three times a month making it one of the world's most dangerous places in the world for humanitarian workers.

    After more than five years of ethnic and religious based violence, more than a quarter of the population has been left homeless.

    The charity has tweeted about how people, including children, have been affected by the violence:

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  16. Kenyan TV stations still shut

    Alastair Leithead

    BBC Africa correspondent

    KTN news presenter on air
    Image caption: The government says the "swearing-in" was treasonous

    Many of Kenya’s privately owned TV and radio stations are still off-air, 24 hours after government censors blocked them from broadcasting the opposition leader swearing himself in as “the people’s president” at a ceremony in the capital, Nairobi on Tuesday.

    Raila Odinga claims he won last year’s election, which was annulled by the Supreme Court and he held an alternative inauguration in front of thousands of supporters.

    The event passed peacefully, but the government prevented broadcasters from covering the event.

    The attorney general had warned that the ceremony was treasonous.

    Security forces threatened to stop the alternative inauguration going ahead but the police kept a low profile and it passed peacefully.

    The biggest victim appears to have been freedom of speech.

    Media owners and publishers were warned by the president not to cover the event or face having their licences revoked.

    The “inauguration” has little legal standing. President Kenyatta was sworn into office last November after winning a re-run of the election which was boycotted by the opposition.

    Although Kenyans are divided over the election results, many are keen for the country to move on after months of wrangling over the polls hit businesses and the economy.

    Read: Raila Odinga - the man Kenyans either love or loathe

  17. Arrest in Cape Town after fight at water point

    Residents collect water
    Image caption: People have been forced to queue for extra water to top up their rations in Cape Town

    Police in South Africa's drought-hit city of Cape Town have made an arrest after a fight broke out at a natural spring where residents were collecting water, news agency AFP reports.

    City authorities say that tension has been building at a spring in Newlands, south-east of the city centre.

    Capetonians will be expected to abide by a 50 litre-a-day from tomorrow to avert the so-called Day Zero which would see taps shut off in residential areas.

    The day is current forecast for 16 April.

    City officials say that people would be forced to queue at 200 water collection points to collect a daily allocation of 25 litres, if the water crisis continues.

    Cape Town, a popular tourist destination, has been hit by its worst drought in a century.

    Read: Cape Town water crisis: 'My wife doesn't shower any more'

  18. Arsenal sign Aubameyang

    Stanley Kwenda

    BBC Africa, Kutama

    Arsenal have signed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in a club record £56m deal.

    The north London club announced the news on its Twitter account:.

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    “Our second signing of the January transfer window, Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club,” Arsenal said on its website.

    The 28-year-old Gabon striker is a proven goal scorer. He scored 13 goals in 15 appearances for Dortmund this season.

    Last season he finished with 31 goals in 32 matches.

    He was just two goals shy of making it 100 goals in Bundesliga since his arrival in 2013.

  19. SA 'Doom pastor's' case postponed

    A court in South African has been unable to give judgement in the case against the self-styled prophet, who has been accused of spraying his congregation with an insecticide, after his lawyer called in sick, a journalist has tweeted from court.

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    Khumalo - a journalist with South Africa's Star newspaper - also reports that the prosecutor asked Pastor Lethebo Rabalago lawyer "to come in his sick state but he said he lost his spectacles and would not be able to read the small fonts without spectacles".

    The pastor - who sprayed members of his congregation with the Doom insecticide, claiming it had healing powers - did not give evidence in his trial and did not call witnesses in his defence, she reports.

    He has been charged with seven counts, including five counts of assault.

    The self-styled prophet and his entourage was snapped leaving court in a small town in northern Limpopo province, as this tweet shows:

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    Campaigners expressed disappointment that the case has been postponed, saying justice delayed is justice denied.

    The pastor has been at the centre of controversy since 2016 when a video emerged of him spraying a woman's face with Doom.

    At the time, said he said he had done it because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was "just fine because she believed in the power of God".

    See earlier post for more details