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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back on Tuesday

    That's it from the BBC Africa Live team for now. We'll leave you with an automated service until Tuesday morning.

    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 our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: What comes from the eye must be seen by the eye before it is cast away." from Sent by Musa D Sesay in Monrovia, Liberia.
    Sent by Musa D Sesay in Monrovia, Liberia.

    And we leave you with a photo of Eche Chinoso from Nigeria, who has an entry in the Guinness World Records 2021 edition for most consecutive football touches in one minute while balancing a football on the head:

    Eche Chinoso, from Nigeria, who has an entry in the Guinness World Records 2021 edition for most consecutive football (soccer) touches in one minute while balancing a football on the head. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 17, 2020. Photo credit should read: Guinness World Records 2021
  2. South Sudanese fear disaster after heavy flooding

    Nichola Mandil

    Juba

    People wading through water
    Image caption: People in Bor have been seen wading through the water

    Residents of South Sudan’s Jonglei State are gripped by fear following heavy flooding and are predicting a disaster if help does not come.

    Last week, David Shearer, the head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission here, told the Security Council that heavy flooding had affected 500,000 people in central South Sudan.

    Hundreds of buildings have collapsed in the state capital Bor. Water points and the sewage systems have also been damaged.

    “In the next two weeks as water keeps coming from the Ethiopian highlands, if there is no intervention from the government and humanitarian agencies, there is going to be a disaster. I am worried,” Biar Amotchiir Bullen, a resident of Makol Chuei, north of Bor, told the BBC.

    Map of South Sudan

    Residents of several localities have been on the move looking for a safe place to stay.

    Deng Ajak, director of a government humanitarian agency in Jonglei state, says seven counties out of nine have been submerged, with Bor hard-hit by flooding.

    “As a government we are trying our best. We have distributed food to 8,000 people in Bor. But we are urging our humanitarian partners to intervene,” Mr Ajak told the BBC by phone from Bor on Monday.

  3. Kenya's top judge wants parliament dissolved

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    chief justice
    Image caption: David Maraga says women are being discriminated against

    Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament because it does not have enough female MPs.

    In a letter to Mr Kenyatta, the chief justice said the failure to have more female MPs was in breach of the constitution, and tantamount to discrimination against women.

    The constitution states that one gender group cannot occupy more than two-thirds of parliamentary seats. However, women hold far fewer than the mandatory 116 seats in the 350-member parliament.

    Parliament had either failed or neglected to enact legislation required to implement the gender rule, despite four court orders to do so, the chief justice said.

    He was now legally required to advise the president to dissolve parliament, the chief justice added.

    Parliamentary Speaker Justin Muturi said the dissolution of parliament was an unrealistic option.

    Kenya’s new constitution was introduced in 2010, and the two-thirds gender rule should have been enacted within 5 years.

    While there has been debate on the matter, the male-dominated parliament is yet to find a formula for getting more women into parliament, with several members arguing against creating more seats specifically for women and challenging them to compete more at the ballot box.

  4. Mass recruitment to replace Liberia's striking medics

    Jonathan Paye-Layleh

    BBC News, Monrovia

    Liberia's health ministry has been ordered to recruit new personnel to temporarily replace 9,000 healthcare workers who have been on a strike for nearly a week.

    The striking healthcare workers are demanding for better salaries, improved working conditions and protective equipment.

    Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, in a statement, invited applications from qualified nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians.

    “The government continues to encourage health workers to return to their assigned posts but will not allow the health system to be put at risk,” Mr Nagbe said.

    The government said it had tried to “amicably” resolve the standoff with the leadership of the healthcare workers union but that “they continue to remain uncompromising, unreasonable and recalcitrant”.

    The striking workers accuse President George Weah's government of reneging on a promise to exempt them from a salary harmonisation program.

    Liberia’s health sector has remained weak and vulnerable since the country’s civil war ended 17 years ago.

  5. Mali's ex-defence minister named interim leader

    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Malian counterpart Bah N'Daw pose on July 16, 2014 in Bamako after signing a military cooperation plan in the fight against Islamist militants
    Image caption: Bah Ndaw served as defence minister under Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

    Mali's former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw has been appointed interim president while coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita will serve as his deputy, state television has announced.

    Mali's junta has been under intense pressure from West African leaders to return power to civilians following the coup that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta more than a month ago.

    Mr Ndaw is a retired colonel-major who served as Mr Keïta's defence minister.

    West African leaders insisted last week that a civilian be appointed interim president, while signalling that they would accept a soldier as deputy leader, during an 18-month-long transition that would end with elections.

    It is not yet clear if Mr Ndaw will be accept by Ecowas, or by the opposition parties.

  6. Two arrests in Uganda over fire at iconic university

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Flames engulfed the main building of the university in the early hours
    Image caption: The vice-chancellor described the destruction as unbelievable.

    A policeman and a private security guard have been arrested in Uganda, as police investigate the cause of the fire which gutted an iconic building at Makerere University in the capital, Kampala.

    Investigators are looking into whether there was a lapse in security at the building or if officers absconded from duty, said police spokesman Fred Enanga.

    Known as the "Ivory Tower", a blaze in the early hours of Sunday left the building's distinctive white walls with blue-shuttered windows blackened.

    Makerere is East Africa's oldest university, with students from across the region studying there. Its alumni include Tanzania's first post-independence leader Julius Nyerere, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o, academics and John Sentamu, the retired Anglican Archbishop of York in England.

    Investigators have so far been unable to access the entire interior of the building. It is considered risky because several of the walls have developed cracks, and whole floors were burnt out.

    Firefighters remain on standby at the campus, following a second blaze on Sunday night, which officials have said was due to re-ignition, as heat built up in the debris.

    The initial fire is said to have started from one of the offices on the third floor, burning through wooden partitions and most of the roof.

    It then spread through the building’s three stories, barely sparing anything but the basement.

    Financial records and numerous valuable documents are believed to have been burnt to ashes.

    The university is just a month away from re-opening for final year students, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions on Sunday.

    Authorities say that the destruction caused by the fire will not affect measures being put in place for the re-opening.

  7. About 500 pupils quarantined in South Africa

    BBC World Service

    Phila Sonke Wellness Initiative in partnership with WITS University and South African Society of Physiotherapy and Pharmacy Department hand out masks to shoppers entering the Maponya Mall on June 04, 2020 in Soweto
    Image caption: Covid-19 has severely disrupted the education of children

    About 500 pupils have been put into quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak at a school in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.

    A total of 98 pupils tested positive at the secondary school in the town of Burgersdorp, and officials say they fear the virus may have spread more widely into the community.

    The authorities say the outbreak started when two students who had tested positive failed to inform the school, and blame a lack of mask wearing and social distancing.

  8. Nigeria bandits free 40 hostages

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Abuja

    A picture taken on May 10, 2016 in Okokolo-Agatu in Benue State, north-central Nigeria shows a burnt house following attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
    Image caption: The conflict has caused much destruction in northern Nigeria

    Armed bandits have freed 40 people they had abducted from a village in north-western Nigeria's Zamfara state on Saturday, police have said.

    The gunmen freed the villagers following the intervention of security agencies and a separate group of bandits who were involved in peace talks with the state government, police spokesman Muhamma Shehu told the BBC.

    No ransom was paid, he added.

    Bandits have stepped up attacks across north-western Nigeria in recent months, but Saturday's abductions in Zamfara's Mwaru area were on a scale rarely seen.

    In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara, according to the International Crisis Group.

    The attacks are rooted in decades-long competition over resources between ethnic Fulani herders and farming communities.

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  9. Museveni's voice affected by mask worn in Tanzania

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli
    Image caption: Tanzania's leader John Magufuli did not wear a mask when he meet his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is recovering after a "strong" face mask he wore on his trip to Tanzania more than a week ago made him lose his voice.

    Mr Museveni said that while face masks protect people against the coronavirus, he "had to put on a very strong one" in Tanzania and "when I came back my voice was affected".

    He did not elaborate, but it led to him calling off a trip to Jinja district in eastern Uganda on Saturday. He sent Vice-President Edward Ssekandi instead.

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has played down the threat posed by the disease, and has previously said that the country is "coronavirus-free" and God has "spared" it from the virus.

    When he welcomed Mr Museveni to the country, Mr Magufuli did not wear a face covering. He had guests laughing when he quoted the Ugandan president as telling him that he would be wearing a mask and he replied that "you can even come with a blanket".

    The two leaders signed an agreement allowing for the construction of a 1,445 km (898 miles) crude oil pipeline.

    The $3.5bn (£2.7m) project will connect Uganda's oil fields to Tanzania's port of Tanga.

  10. Ethiopian media mogul 'proud' of terror charge

    Jawar Mohammed (C), a member of the Oromo ethnic group who has been a public critic of Abiy, addresses supporters that had gathered outside his home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa after he accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him October 24, 2019
    Image caption: Jawar Mohammed returned from exile in the US after Abiy Ahmed became prime minster

    Detained Ethiopian media mogul turned opposition politician Jawar Mohammed says he is proud to be charged with terrorism for the second time in his life.

    He made the comments at a court appearance in the capital, Addis Ababa, following his arrest in July in a security force crackdown to curb the violence that hit Ethiopia after the killing of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa by unknown gunmen.

    It is the most high-profile political case since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018, with a promise to end decades of authoritarian rule.

    On Saturday, Mr Jawar's lawyer dismissed the charges as baseless.

    During his appearance, Mr Jawar also accused the ruling party of arresting opponents ahead of landmark elections that were due this year, but have now been postponed to next year.

    Mr Jawar has been charged with 23 others under anti-terrorism laws, as well as legislation related to telecom fraud and the possession of firearms.

    Four of the accused have been charged in absentia.

    Having returned from exile in the US after Mr Abiy took office, Mr Jawar initially supported the prime minister after he embarked on a series of reforms that saw the unbanning of opposition groups, the release of thousands of political prisoners, and the dropping of terrorism-related charges against exiles, including Mr Jawar.

    But the two later fell out, and Mr Jawar became a fierce critic of the prime minister.

    He joined the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and stepped down as the chief executive of an influential television station run by the Oromo Media Network (OMN).

    The OMN has also been charged with terrorism.

  11. Nobel laureate launches peace campaign in Liberia

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    Video caption: Leymah Gbowee is calling for non-violence ahead of elections in December

    Leymah Gbowee is calling for non-violence ahead of senatorial elections in December.

  12. 'Toxins' killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana

    Two elephants lie beside a watering hole
    Image caption: Botswana is home to a third of Africa's elephant population

    The deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water, but there were still many unanswered questions, wildlife officials have been quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

    The deaths in the Okavango Delta sparked widespread alarm and left conservationists and veterinary surgeons baffled, especially as there was no sign of other animals dying at the same time.

    Dead elepehant
    Image caption: Conservationists destroyed the deaths as "completely unprecedented"

    Reuters quoted Mmadi Reuben, a senior veterinary officer in Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks, as saying that latest tests had "detected cyanobacterial neurotoxins to be the cause of death".

    "These are bacteria found in water. However, we have many questions still to be answered such as why the elephants only [died] and why that area only. We have a number of hypotheses we are investigating," he added.

    Cyril Taolo, the deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said the number of dead elephants had risen from 281 reported in July to 330, Reuters reported.

  13. Bishop says South Sudan churches may close again

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    St Theresa Catholic Cathedral, Kator, in Juba.

    The Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan, Stephen Ameyu Martin, has warned that Catholic churches in the country may close again if Covid-19 cases increase.

    Catholic churches across the country re-opened on Sunday for the first time in six months, but under strict safety measures.

    President Salva Kiir and senior government officials were among worshippers who attended mass in Juba, the capital,on Sunday.

    The archbishop said they had waited for permission from the Vatican before resuming mass.

    “If the pandemic increases again we may close our churches because our intention of coming to pray is that God gives us longer life. But if we pray and we are infected more - that is not keeping life, that is just donating life to pandemic. As Catholics we must take care of life,” he told worshippers.

    Mosques and other Christian churches re-opened two weeks ago after the government taskforce on Covid-19 lifted restrictions.

  14. Nobel laureate launches peace campaign in Liberia

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Roberta Gbowee
    Image caption: Leymah Roberta Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011

    Liberia's Nobel Peace Prize winner and peace activist, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, will on Monday launch a campaign against election-related violence.

    Liberia is scheduled to hold mid-term senatorial elections in December.

    The campaign will involve hundreds of young people who will be peace ambassadors, Ms Gbowee told the BBC's Newsday programme.

    "These young people will take the peace message into the streets, into communities, into churches where they will sit their colleagues and talk about the impact that having violence or getting involved with violence will have on their futures," she said.

    Ms Gbowee urged young people not to get paid by rival politicians to propagate violence.

    "We definitely need to move away from the infamous $20 (£16), because the $20 has led a lot for our young people who were supposed to be doctors, lawyers, scientists - today they walk in the streets of Monrovia and different parts of Liberia with one leg amputated or one arm amputated. That is what we want to remind these young people," she said.

    The campaign will also encourage voters to ask questions to those seeking elective positions.

  15. Algeria gets a new central bank governor

    Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad (L), Finance Minister Aymane Benabderrahmane (C) and Governor of Bank of Algeria (Central Bank) Rosthom Fadli
    Image caption: Rosthom Fadli (R) is taking over after Ayman Abderrahmane (C) became finance minister

    Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has appointed Rosthom Fadli as the new central bank governor.

    The position fell vacant in June after its holder, Ayman Abderrahmane, was appointed as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

    Mr Fadli was one of the three vice-governors in the bank.

  16. Uganda eases restrictions despite virus surge

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Uganda's immigration office in Malaba, a town bordering with Kenya
    Image caption: International borders will be reopened for tourists

    Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country as the infection rate continue to rise.

    The health ministry blames the rise in infections on the public’s complacency to social distancing and wearing of masks.

    Mr Museveni said the country cannot remain under restrictions indefinitely, citing the economy's weakened health in the wake of the pandemic.

    The president said international borders will be reopened for tourists, while returning Ugandan citizens who have tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to self-isolate at home.

    He said tourists should have taken a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before arrival and they will be taken straight to their holiday destinations.

    Places of worship have been allowed to reopen but the number of congregants will be limited to 70.

    Final-year students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will resume learning in mid-October, but a decision on the other categories of learners will be made by January next year.

    A ban on private and public transport has been lifted in districts bordering neighbouring countries.

    Outdoor sports activities have been allowed to resume but with no spectators. Participating teams will be quarantined for the season, with players tested 72 hours before games and after every 14 days.

    A ban on public gathering and a night-time curfew still remain in force.

    The country began easing restrictions in May but rate of infection continues to rise. Some 6,000 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed with 63 deaths.

    The country’s central bank governor warned in June that further restrictions would disrupt the economy. The tourism sector that earned the country about $1.4bn (£1.08bn) in 2017 is among the worst-hit.