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Summary

  1. Zuma to be prosecuted on corruption charges
  2. Five-year-old girl dies after falling into pit latrine
  3. Air hostess falls from plane in Uganda
  4. New president tells Mugabe it's time to move on
  5. Top African university to investigate sexual harassment
  6. African countries demand antique ivory ban

Live Reporting

By Flora Drury, Joice Etutu, Mirren Gidda, Dickens Olewe, Clare Spencer and Natasha Booty

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for Friday's stories

    We'll be back next week

    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: Your neighbour knows you are alive but only you know how you are living." from An Oromo proverb sent by Nimona Benti, Finfinne, Ethiopia.
    An Oromo proverb sent by Nimona Benti, Finfinne, Ethiopia.

    But, before we go, here's one of our favourite pictures taken this week. It's in Cape Town in South Africa:

    This car stands out in the historic Bo Kaap area of Cape Town
  2. Banana disease behind Mozambique job losses

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    Bananas on sale at a market stall
    Image caption: The UN says Panama disease also occurs in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, China and Philippines.

    Mozambican authorities say a fungal infection which eats at banana plants is to blame for at least 2,400 people losing their jobs.

    They say Panama disease has hit planations in the northern provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, across an estimated area of 1,300 hectares.

    The country says it is looking for alternative banana varieties which are resistant to the disease.

    A spokesman for plant health at Mozambique's ministry of agriculture and food security says:

    Quote Message: So far, the varieties tested aren't resistant enough. They've been imported from Taiwan and show some resistance but aren't completely resistant. They can endure the disease, depending on the stress. But the more fungus the soil has, the more stressed they become. Under these conditions the plants can not bear the brunt. They also end up becoming infested.”
  3. Burundi prisoners released in mass presidential pardon

    Prisoners have been released today in Burundi in a mass political pardon, according to Reuters news agency.

    The male prisoners at Mpimba Central Prison, in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, waited behind bunting for their release earlier today:

    Prisoners wait to be released from the Mpimba Central Prison as part of a mass presidential pardon, in Bujumbura, Burundi

    The photo opportunity continued as Burundian Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine Kanyana gave out food to former prisoners:

    Burundian Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine Kanyana gave our food to former prisoners after their release from the Mpimba Central Prison as part of a mass presidential pardon, in Bujumbura, Burundi

    The government started releasing a quarter of their prison population in January, reports AFP news agency.

    it added that authorities aimed to free some 2,500 prisoners in total.

    Ms Kanyana was quoted as saying in January that the pardon was aimed at "relieving prisons to allow those remaining to live in acceptable conditions".

    But activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa of the Aprodeh prisoners' defence group told AFP that he specifically wanted the release of over 4,000 political prisoners.

    Burundi has always denied holding political prisoners.

  4. Who will be Ethiopia's next prime minister?

    A composite image of Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Lema Mergessa, Workneh Gebeyehu and Demeke Mekonnen.
    Image caption: Among the frontrunners are Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Lema Mergessa, Workneh Gebeyehu and Demeke Mekonnen.

    Ethiopia's ruling coalition is due to meet soon to choose its next leader. That person will automatically become the prime minister. They will be taking on the role at a time of bitter internal wrangles and violent protests.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced on 15 February that he would resign as both the chairperson of Ethiopia's ruling coalition EPRDF and as prime minister - a position he had held since 2012.

    So that leaves the 180-strong EPRDF council to choose the next prime minister.

    The top seven contenders for prime minister are Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Lema Mergessa, Workneh Gebeyehu, Demeke Mekonnen, Debretsion G Michael and Siraj Fegessa.

  5. Soldiers forcibly remove Somalia's parliamentary guard

    Government soldiers have forcibly removed the parliament guard at Somalia's parliament, according to the house speaker.

    BBC Somali's Mohamud Abdi reports that the soldiers who are now controlling the area are taking orders from the prime minister. They have replaced the guards who were taking orders from the speaker of the house.

    There is currently a power struggle between the prime minister and the speaker of the house who are attempting to impeach each other.

    The BBC Somali service says this development could indicate that the conflict between the speaker in the house of parliament and the prime minister is escalating.

  6. Bitcoin beckons for the Resident Presidents

    President Olnushambles takes a keen interest in digital currencies in this week's edition of our satirical series Resident Presidents, but President Kibarkingmad is not sure:

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    Video caption: Olushambles is taking a keen interest in digital currencies
  7. Cameroon 'coffin revolution' activist's case on hold

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC Pidgin

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    Mancho Bibixy, a broadcaster and anglophone activist accused of "threatening Cameroon's sovereignty" for his role in protests, has had his trial adjourned for the thirteenth since his arrest over a year ago.

    He first appeared in a coffin at a protest in the western city of Bamenda in November 2016, saying the vessel was symbolic of anglophone Cameroonians “who seemed to have died before their real death” and who therefore should not fear speaking truth to power.

    Mr Bibixy was arrested months later in January 2017.

    Cameroon's government say Mr Bibixy and others have threatened national sovereignty by “demanding the partition of Cameroon through the creation of the State of Ambazonia".

    At a previous hearing, he is reported by the Journal du Cameroun news site as having told the judge:

    "I have a heavy heart because Cameroon is on the brink of a civil war. We find ourselves in this situation because our politicians have failed in finding tangible solutions to our problems.”

    A map of Cameroon showing the North-West and South-West regions.
    Image caption: Cameroon's Anglophone regions are the North-West and South-West.
  8. Call for Niger Delta oil spill investigation to be re-opened

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    Niger delta

    Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to re-open investigations into 89 oil spills in the Niger Delta.

    The campaign group accuses oil companies Shell and Eni of publishing misleading information on the causes and quantities of oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

    In its report, the campaign group said contrary to claims by Shell and Eni that they are doing everything they can to prevent oil spills, Amnesty’s activists claim the companies often ignore reports of oil spills for months.

    They noted that on one occasion Eni took 430 days to respond to one spill, even though Nigeria's regulations require them to respond within 24 hours.

    Shell and Eni are expected to respond to the report but they constantly deny any wrong doing.

    Amnesty International says it will present its findings to the Nigerian government.

    If the report gets the endorsement of the government, it would offer several communities that have suffered oil spills the opportunity to hold the oil companies to account – possibly suing them, for not paying them compensation.

  9. Opposition taunts Zuma about orange overalls

    Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has joked that he hopes to see former President Jacob Zuma sentenced to prison and dressed as an inmate, telling South African broadcaster SABC, "we will see him in orange overalls":

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    Prisoners in South Africa wear a distinctive orange uniform with a circular pattern.

    South African prisoners in their uniform
  10. Zuma trial: Opposition warns ex-president

    South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), which made major gains in 2016's local elections against former President Jacob Zuma's ANC, has warned "there must be no further delay in starting the trial".

    The party added in a tweet: "The witnesses are ready, the evidence is strong, and Jacob Zuma must finally have his day in court".

    The DA says it will tell party lawyers to "oppose any effort" by Mr Zuma to delay the trial process, and will "fight to ensure the public do not have to carry the cost" of the trial.

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  11. Zuma trial: Long court battle awaits

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    South African former President Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: Mr Zuma is allowed by law to challenge today's decision, meaning another delay before any trial begins is likely.

    As Jacob Zuma is no longer president, he cannot use state resources to support his defence.

    But do not get too ahead of yourself - Mr Zuma is known for fighting every single battle right till the end.

    Therefore expect some pushback even after this heavy blow.

    He is by law allowed to challenge this decision. In other words we might see a delay before any trial actually starts.

    And even when the trial begins, it will be long and drawn out.

    But for now his political enemies, particularly the opposition, are celebrating that he is closer to facing a judge in court than ever before.

  12. 'Beach-grabbing erodes our birth rights'

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    Video caption: 'Beach grabbing erodes our birth rights,' say Mauritians

    Fishing communities in Mauritius are complaining that foreign property developers are squeezing them out of beach-side land.

    "We want to tell these big corporate companies that they have a responsibility and cannot capitalise on locals being deprived of their birthright to enjoy their beach," one activist tells the BBC's Vumani Mkhize.

    Campaign group Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz, which means "Stop Stealing Our Beaches" in Mauritian Creole, are calling on the government to halt sales to developers.

  13. 'Long and pointless': Tweeters react to Zuma trial announcement

    Tweeters are reacting to the news that corruption charges are going to be reinstated against ex-South African President Jacob Zuma.

    Many tweeters mention that Mr Zuma has previously asked for his day in court:

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    One implies the trial will be long:

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    Another is skeptical there is any point to having a trial:

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    Mr Zuma will be prosecuted for 16 charges: 12 fraud charges, one racketeering charge, two corruption charges and one money laundering.

    He will appear in the Durban High court. The date is still unknown.

  14. BreakingSA reinstates Zuma corruption charges

    Shaun Abrahams
    Image caption: Shaun Abrahams made the announcement

    Head of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority Shaun Abrahams has announced he is reinstating corruption charges against South African ex-President Jacob Zuma.

    Mr Zuma disputes all allegations against him.

  15. South Africa awaits Zuma corruption announcement

    South Africa's chief prosecutor is set to announce any minute now whether he is reinstating corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma.

    You can watch it live on YouTube:

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    He faces 18 charges of corruption relating to a government arms deal in the late 1990s. They were filed but then dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before Mr Zuma became president in 2009.

    Mr Zuma was forced to resign as president last month.

  16. Angola's dos Santos: My party should choose a new leader

    BBC World Service

    Jose Eduardo dos Santos
    Image caption: When Mr dos Santos stood down as president he remained leader of his party

    Angola's former President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who retained his position as head of the ruling MPLA, says the party should choose a new leader.

    Mr Dos Santos was last year succeeded by Joao Lourenco, but held on to significant power through his leadership of the MPLA.

    Two of his children, including Africa's richest woman Isabel, have been removed from key positions in recent months.

  17. The Nigerian hip hop star who became a CEO

    MI

    Nigerian hip-hop star Jude Abaga, popularly known as MI, says becoming the CEO of a record label has made him "sharper".

    He is the boss of Chocolate City Music, the same record label the musician is signed on to.

    MI, who recently released a new album titled Rendezvous, was speaking about his new role as CEO to the BBC Pidgin Service.

    “It has sharpened me mentally,” he said. “It is one of the best things to ever happen to me."

    According to MI, record labels are now the ones looking for musicians to sign instead of the other way around.

  18. Man with baby sling sparks Twitter debate

    A photo of a man carrying a baby on his back has sparked debate on social media, with some saying it's merely a magazine photoshoot.

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    Others commended the man for carrying the child in manner which is most commonly seen among women, suggesting his commitment to sharing parenting duties.

    They shared pictures of themselves, and of other fathers in South Africa and Nigeria, doing the same:

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    But one person couldn't resist getting silly.

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  19. Air hostess who fell from plane 'had injuries to face'

    The air hostess who died after falling from the emergency door of an aeroplane in Uganda was “unconscious but alive” when she was admitted to hospital, a spokesman for the institution has told the BBC.

    Edward Zabonna, the public relations officer at Kisubi hospital, said the Emirates flight attendant had injuries "all over her face" and "also had injuries on her knees".

  20. New president tells Mugabe it's time to move on

    Zimbabwe "has moved on", President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said in a statement after his predecessor Robert Mugabe called the change in power a "disgrace" which "must be undone".

    Speaking publicly for the first time since he left office in November last year, Mr Mugabe criticised President Mnangagwa yesterday for "turning against him":

    Quote Message: I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government... one day would be the man who would turn against me. He could never have assumed the presidency of the country without the army which assisted him. We must must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves. We don't deserve it."

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    Video caption: Zimbabwe's ousted Robert Mugabe: 'We must undo this disgrace'

    President Mnagagwa responded today in a statement which he also tweeted, saying the former president "is entitled to express himself freely, as is the case for any private citizen".

    It continues: "The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018".

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