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Summary

  1. Organisers talking to Angola, Namibia and Algeria to host Dakar rally
  2. Ex-Uganda MPs set for 'one-off payment'
  3. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia back Nile dam study
  4. Promotion for rain-soaked Zambian policewoman
  5. Six planes bought in bid to revive Uganda Airlines
  6. Gunmen kill Dangote employees in Ethiopia
  7. Zambia's popular anti-corruption singer detained
  8. Egypt's president pardons more than 330 people
  9. Chimpanzee nests 'cleaner than human beds'
  10. Football fans celebrate Barcelona's South Africa trip
  11. Zambia leader 'builds mansion' in Swaziland
  12. EU countries 'oppose Sudan teen's death sentence'
  13. Kenya's 'miracle babies' preacher released on bail
  14. Uganda denies Bible and Koran taxes
  15. Liberian VP publicly apologises to George Weah

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Scroll down for this week's stories

    We’ll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live this week. 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: Monkeys are smart because trees are close to each other." from Sent by John E. Otobo and Olebunne Chinedu, both from Nigeria
    Sent by John E. Otobo and Olebunne Chinedu, both from Nigeria

    And we leave you with this picture of a busy thoroughfare in a Lagos waterfront community. It's one of our favourite pictures of the week.

    campaigners in Lagos, Nigeria, were protesting on the first anniversary of the forced eviction of the Otodo Gbame community - a waterfront community like this one.
  2. Plans to bring Dakar Rally back home

    A rally car in the desert

    Plans are underway to return the famous Dakar Rally to Africa, a decade after the last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has said.

    "We already have some avenues open, notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, where we've had very high-level talks with for several months," Lavigne told news agency AFP.

    Since the 2008 cancellation, the rally has been held in South America with the 2019 edition set to be held exclusively in Peru - the first time it has been confined to one country in its 41 year history.

    Worsening economic conditions in Argentina and Chile, coupled with general difficulties hosting rally, are behind the push to return the race to Africa.

    "If we can no longer host it in South America, we must find countries that have a topography that can offer up 10-12 days of competition," Lavigne told AFP.

    "This can be found elsewhere provided you have a little bit of time to anticipate it, " he added.

    Next year's race in Peru will take place between January 6-17.

    It will be a looping 10-stage rally-route mapped around the Peruvian deserts, with organisers admitting it "promises to be one of the sandiest in the history of the rally".

    The rally's first edition was held in 1978 with competitors racing from Paris in France to Senegal's capital, Dakar.

  3. Rafiki director on Cannes success and Kenya ban

    Wanuri Kahiu is the director of Rafiki, a film about two young women in a same-sex relationship in.

    She talked to the BBC about the Kenyan film board's decision to ban Rafiki, and its success at the Cannes Film Festival.

    You can see what she had to say below:

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    Video caption: Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu on Cannes success and Kenya ban
  4. Angola sovereign fund probe: Swiss properties raided

    A number of properties in Switzerland have been raided in connection with suspected money laundering involving Angola's $5bn sovereign wealth fund and central bank, news agency Reuters reports.

    The Swiss prosecutors' office announced it conducted the raids on Friday "as part of the criminal proceedings being conducted against persons unknown on suspicion of money laundering".

    The country's attorney general opened the investigation in April, months after it was revealed Angola's sovereign wealth fund had paid tens of millions in fees to a Swiss-Angolan businessman Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, who works closely with José Filomeno dos Santos, the former president's son.

    They deny any wrongdoing.

    There were no further details on the raids.

  5. Nkurunzinza heading for big referendum win

    Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is registered by an electoral official before casting his ballot at a polling centre

    Burundi's electoral board has announced some provisional results following Thursday's referendum - and so far, it looks like President Pierre Nkurunzinza's camp is winning.

    BBC Swahili is reporting the results show Mr Nkurunzinza’s “Yes” campaign is leading with a big margin in 16 out of 18 provinces.

    Voters were choosing Yes or No on whether to extend presidential terms from five years to a seven-year mandate.

    The final results is expected to be declared tomorrow.

    The anticipated win means Mr Nkurunziza would to stay in office for 17 more years.

    Burundi has been ravaged by political violence since 2015 when Mr Nkurunziza ran for a third term.

    See our earlier post

  6. Jail time for SA pastor who blamed Cape Town drought on homosexuality

    A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on "wickedness and homosexuality" has been given a 30-day prison sentence.

    Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of breaching a 2014 order banning him from making anti-gay statements on social media at the Equality Court in Cape Town.

    The court heard how he made a series of remarks over three years, including in the comments section of a South African LGBT website.

    They included one in response to an article on gay rights in Nigeria, where he wrote "to hell with homosexuals... their lifestyle is an abomination to God... if I were president of my country, I would lock them in cages".

    According to South Africa's News24.com, Bougardt also said the Cape Town drought was the fault of "wickedness and homosexuality and church leaders who fail to preach the Bible and sodomite abomination".

    Bougardt said he had the constitutional right to express his views, Judge Lee Bozalek said during sentencing.

    Speaking ahead of the trial, he told eNCA journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen the trial was not against him but "against the word of God".

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    The jail term has been suspended for five years, as long as he does not breach the original order again.

  7. How high can you jump?

    We've just spotted this photo on Twitter of a dancer doing an almost unbelievable jump during what looks like a dance performance.

    It's an incredible feat, it almost looks unreal but the tweeter says it is.

    The picture, she says, was taken in a conservancy in north-central region of Samburu.

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  8. Ebola outbreak 'not yet' an international emergency

    The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a "public health emergency of international concern" following the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

    The decision was made after an emergency meeting was held on Friday afternoon to discuss the risk of the disease spreading.

    The panel recommended no international travel or trade restrictions needed to be brought in as yet.

    However, the committee said the outbreak has several characteristics that are of particular concern: the risk of more rapid spread given that Ebola has now spread to an urban area, outbreaks in hard-to-reach areas, and the possibility health care staff may have been infected.

    health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  9. US Secretary of State calls Nigeria's Buhari

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Nigerian President Muahmmadu Buhari to discuss ways of strengthening ties between the two countries.

    The telephone conversation comes a little more than two weeks after a meeting between President Buhari and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington, where they discussed several issues including security and the economy.

    The US Department of State said Mr Pompeo congratulated Nigeria's leadership in the areas of counter-terrorism, creating economic opportunity, fighting corruption, as well as advancing democracy and stability in Africa.

    The statement adds: ‘’The Secretary noted the longstanding relationship between the Nigerian and American people and underscored the themes of the April 30 official working visit of President Buhari to the White House’."

    It is not known what Mr Pompeo and Mr Buhari discussed. However, it comes at a time when the US is seeking international support for President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

  10. 'I know all about AK-47s - and now apples!'

    Former ANC fighter Errol April certainly never thought he would be an apple farmer.

    But thanks to South Africa's land distribution policy, he is now running his own, 30,000 acre farm two hours outside Cape Town.

    Here Mr April's story - and see some of his produce - in the video below:

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    Video caption: 'I know all about AK-47s - and now apples!'
  11. Sisi orders Gaza border opened

    Egypt's president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has ordered the opening of the border with Gaza for the whole month of Ramadan.

    President al-Sisi said the measure was aimed at alleviating the burdens of the population of Gaza.

    Egypt opens the Rafah border with the Palestinian territory at regular intervals but this would be the longest single opening in several years.

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    Once occupied by Egypt, which retains control of Gaza's southern border, the territory was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war. Israel withdrew its troops and around 7,000 settlers in 2005.

    Read:Life in the Gaza Strip

  12. US ambassador accuses Cameroon of carrying out 'targeted killings'

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    The US ambassador to Cameroon has hit out at the central African country's government, accusing its forces of carrying out "targeted killings" and other human rights abuses in its battle against English-speaking separatists.

    Peter Henry Barlerin released the strongly-worded statement following a meeting with Cameroon's leader, Paul Biya.

    Mr Barlerin uses the statement to apportion blame on both sides, while calling for reconciliation:

    Quote Message: On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages.
    Quote Message: On the side of the separatists, there have been murders of gendarmes, kidnapping of government officials, and burning of schools. People on both sides of the conflict have engaged in speech that dehumanises the opposite side."

    He also revealed he asked Mr Biya - who has been in power for more than 40 years - to turn his mind to the October elections, and how he wants to be remembered.

    Mr Balerin added he "proposed that George Washington and Nelson Mandela‎ were excellent models" for Mr Biya.

  13. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia back Nile dam study

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A view of water flowing as construction work continues at Ethiopia"s Grand Renaissance Dam along the River Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, Ethiopia, 02 April 2017
    Image caption: The dam has been a source of contention between the countries

    Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to work together to study how a dam on the River Nile will affect water levels.

    Relations have been strained due to Ethiopia's decision to start building a huge $5bn (£3.7bn) dam on the Nile which Egypt fears will significantly affect its water supply.

    The fact that senior government officials have been meeting to discuss the controversial dam on the River Nile is a breakthough in itself.

    Relations have been so poor between Egypt and Ethiopia, people have been talking about a potential war over water.

    Ethiopia says the Grand Renaissance Dam is essential because it has more than 100m people in need of electricity.

    But Egypt is worried that filling up the dam's reservoir will reduce its own water supply.

    Now they have agreed that independent experts from universities in the three countries will study how the dam will be filled and how the water will be released.

  14. Uganda's 'unemployable' ex-MPs 'to get $26,000 payment'

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    A Ugandan parliamentary committee wants former legislators to receive a one-off payment of Uganda Shillings 100m ($26,000; £20,000).

    Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the state-linked New Vision newspaper the payment was to "recognise the lawmakers' contribution to the development of the nation".

    She said that the MPs had already been given $8,000 but that President Yoweri Museveni had said that the amount "was too little".

    Ex-lawmaker Othieno Akika said it was difficult for former MPs to get jobs. Meanwhie, his one-time colleague Angelo Drani is quoted as saying he and his fellow politicians are "in our wee hours of our lives and requesting you to give us assistance".

    Lawmakers who served from 1962 - 2001 are set to benefit from the payment but it is unclear how many they are.

    The proposal needs to be approved by President Museveni.

  15. AS Roma declares support for Nigeria

    It's 27 days to the World Cup in Russia and many football fans are switching their focus from their clubs to the countries participating in the football bonanza.

    But what do you do when your country failed to qualify?

    Well, choose another country to support - just like Italian football AS Roma, which has tweeted that it will be supporting Nigeria, one of five African countries in the tournament.

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    No doubt, the move will have won the club a few more supporters in the West African nation...

  16. 'Shocking climate of impunity' at Uganda 'sex for marks' university

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC Africa, Kampala

    Exterior Makerere University building, Kampala, Uganda

    A report into a sex-for-marks scandal at Uganda's top university has found a "shocking climate of impunity".

    A two-month investigation into sexual harassment at Makerere University, in Kampala, found many of the perpetrators were well-known to both students and staff.

    But the victims were often unwilling to report harassment, fearing they would get no redress.

    This, in turn, led to a culture of silence.

    Professor Sylvia Tamale, who led the committee looking into the accusations, said that certain respected academics were accused of being sexual predators.

    She reported how some had lured students into their offices to discuss their academic marks.

    A BBC investigation published in March revealed even when cases are reported, the university system may do little to investigate and punish the perpetrators.

    Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the university’s vice-chancellor, said 10 members of staff have been dismissed since 2006, when the institution’s policy on sexual harassment was enacted.

    He added Makerere has absolutely zero tolerance to sexual abuse, which he referred to as one of the worst forms of degradation of human dignity.

  17. Two Kenyan politicians survive bridge collapse

    Two Kenyan politicians have escaped unhurt after a bridge collapsed, according to local media.

    Capital FM news site reports that Governor Alfred Mutua of Machakos county and Deputy Governor Joash Maangi of Kisii county were taking a selfie when the incident happened in Kisii, in western Kenya.

    It is unclear what caused the collapse.

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  18. Police and soldiers clash in Ghana

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    An investigation has been launched after police and soldiers have clashed in the Ghanaian city of Tamale.

    According to local media, a group of soldiers went on the rampage in the northern city after one of their colleagues was arrested.

    Eight police officers were injured, with some needing hospital treatment.

    The police and the military have released a joint statement condemning the incident - although they did not comment on exactly what took place.

    They have also assured the public they will continue to work together to maintain peace in the country.

    This is the second time such an incident has happened between the two security agencies in northern Ghana.

  19. Where are the missing Commonwealth Games athletes?

    Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is one of missing Cameroon athletes
    Image caption: Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is one of missing Cameroon athletes

    It has been just over a month since several athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Australia disappeared.

    The first to be reported missing were eight teammates from the Cameroon delegation. However the estimated number is now between 20 and 100.

    They include athletes, coaches and team officials from several African countries.

    Since their entry visas expired on Tuesday, Australia has threatened to deport those overstaying illegally.

    However, they are permitted to stay in the country if they attempt to seek asylum.

    Read the full story on the BBC website.