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  1. Zanzibar presidential candidate barred from campaigning

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad

    The Zanzibar Electoral Commission has barred an opposition presidential candidate from campaigning in the Tanzanian elections for the next five days.

    Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island within Tanzania.

    Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad of ACT Wazalendo party becomes the second opposition candidate in the country to be restricted from campaigning by the electoral body.

    He was accused by a rival party, Demokrasia Makini, of violating electoral regulations. He can appeal against the ban.

    His party said it will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the matter before declaring its stand.

    Earlier this month, Tundu Lissu, the presidential candidate from Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chadema, was also barred from campaigning for seven days.

    Elections will be held in the semi-autonomous archipelago alongside Tanzania's general elections on 28 October.

    Voters will elect the islands' president, members of the legislators and local councillors.

  2. Africa can't afford a second coronavirus wave - WHO

    David Wafula

    BBC News, Nairobi

    An Ethiopian woman wears a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus
    Image caption: Many African countries have eased coronavirus restrictions

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa cannot afford a second wave of Covid-19, saying it would be devastating especially to the economy.

    The warning comes as infections continue to spike in many countries that have recently been easing restrictions.

    The health body said the virus will run out of control if African countries continued opening up without adequate interventions in place.

    It also warned of a return to lockdowns - which the continent cannot afford.

    WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, also said measures are in place to ensure the continent gets its fair share of any vaccine developed.

    Africa has reported more that 1.6 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with more than 39,000 deaths.

  3. Mali civil servants demand release of colleagues

    Hundreds of civil servants in Mali demonstrated in the capital, Bamako, to call for the release of local administrators held by jihadists.

    The protesters walked to the prime minister's office on Thursday where they presented their petition.

    They said more than 10 local administrators were being held by the jihadists.

    Last week, the jihadists released French aid worker Sophie Pétronin, 75, and veteran opposition and former presidential candidate Soumaïla Cissé, 70,

    The releases are part of a deal that includes more than 100 imprisoned jihadists being set free by the authorities.

  4. WHO names team to probe DR Congo sex abuse claims

    A girl receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019.
    Image caption: The Ebola outbreak mostly affected eastern DR Congo

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed two women leaders to head investigations into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by aid workers during the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Congolese human rights advocate, Julienne Lusenge, and former Nigerien minister, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, will co-chair the commission.

    The commission will "swiftly establish the facts, identify and support survivors, ensure that any ongoing abuse has stopped, and hold perpetrators to account", according to a WHO statement.

    The UN health agency tweeted its full statement:

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    A year-long investigation published last month by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation indicated that aid workers who identified themselves as WHO staff sexually abused women during the Ebola outbreak in the country.

    Local women were allegedly plied with drinks, "ambushed" in hospitals, forced to have sex, and two became pregnant.

    The allegations cover the period between 2018 and March 2020.

  5. Policemen arrested for attacking Nigeria protesters

    The authorities in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, have arrested police officers who attacked protesters on Monday in ongoing demonstrations against police brutality.

    Local media outlets report that the four policemen had fired live ammunition at protesters in the city's Surulere area.

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, named the four policemen who he said were facing a disciplinary trial:

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    Governor Sanwo-Olu also said that the state had established a 200m naira ($521,000; £404,000) fund to compensate victims of police brutality.

    The federal government has banned protests in the capital, Abuja, citing public safety measures to tackle Covid-19.

    Demonstrations against police brutality have taken place in cities across Nigeria in the past week. The protests have continued despite authorities agreeing to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

    The unit has been accused of extrajudicial killings, extortion and torture, especially of young people.

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  6. Friday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: One does not sacrifice to a god in the presence of a house rat; otherwise when night falls it invades the rafters." from A Yoruba proverb sent by Prince Kola A Israel, Lagos, Nigeria
    A Yoruba proverb sent by Prince Kola A Israel, Lagos, Nigeria
    A drawing of a rat

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    We’ll be back on Friday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There will be an automated service until Friday. 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: When you see Christmas you forget the other days of the week." from A Beti proverb from Cameroon sent by Gertrude Onana in London, UK.
    A Beti proverb from Cameroon sent by Gertrude Onana in London, UK.

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture from Gabonese visual artist Yannis Davy Guibinga:

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  8. France orders genocide trial of Rwandan doctor

    BBC World Service

    French judges have ordered that a Rwandan doctor, Eugene Rwamucyo, should be put on trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

    Dr Rwamucyo, who is 61 and lives in Belgium, is accused of taking part in atrocities in Butare in southern Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

    Around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in ethnic killings carried out by extremist Hutus.

    Ten years ago, a French court blocked his extradition to Rwanda, where he has already been tried in absentia and sentenced to life in prison.

    The doctor's lawyer told the French news agency that his client rejected the allegations.

    Dr Rwamucyo is expected to appeal against the decision, which would delay the trial for a further year.

  9. Deadly clashes between Somali troops and al-Shabab

    BBC World Service

    Military officials in Somalia say at least 10 soldiers have been killed during an operation against al-Shabab militants 30km (18 miles) north-west of the capital, Mogadishu.

    An army spokesman said the clash took place in Afgoye district. Four militants were reportedly also killed.

    Al-Shabab also issued a statement claiming that 24 soldiers died in the encounter.

    The militant group have been trying for 12 years to oust Somalia's internationally recognised central government and establish its own rule, based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

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    Video caption: Mount Kilimanjaro fire: Firefighters struggle to contain Tanzania blaze

    Firefighters in Tanzania are struggling to tackle a number of fires on Africa's highest mountain.

  11. Presidential rivals boycott Ivory Coast poll

    Alassane Ouattara, Henri Konan Bédié, Pascal Affi N'Guessan.
    Image caption: From left to right: Alassane Ouattara Henri Konan Bédié, Pascal Affi N'Guessan

    The two main challengers to Ivory Coast's President Alassana Ouattara in this month's election have announced they are boycotting the poll.

    At a joint news conference, the former head of state, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, called on their supporters to block what they described as an electoral coup.

    Mr Ouattara is standing for a third term on 31 October, which his opponents say is illegal.

    Their declaration - on the first official day of campaigning - has raised fears of major political unrest.

    Electoral violence when President Ouattara first took office in 2010 led to 3,000 deaths and half a million displaced.

    The only other opposition candidate - after several others were disqualified - is the former MP Kouadio Konan Bertin.

  12. Tension as hundreds flee homes before Guinea vote

    Hundreds of people in Kankan city in eastern Guinea have fled their homes as tension rises before Sunday's presidential election in which Alpha Condé is seeking a controversial third term.

    It follows violent clashes in the city between his supporters and those of opposition UFDG candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, who had planned to visit the area.

    Kankan is a ruling party stronghold but the wider region is also home to many Fulani people - the same community Mr Diallo hails from, reports BBC Afrique's Lalla Sy.

    Supporters of Cellou Dalein Diallo carry a poster of him
    Image caption: Cellou Dalein Diallo is the president's main rival in the race

    Our reporter says the latest violence appears to be a reprisal for an attack by angry youths on the motorcade of Guinea's Prime Minister Kassory Fofana, who had campaigned in the UFDG stronghold of Labé a fortnight ago.

    Some 30 people were injured in that attack and damage to property was reported.

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  13. Zimbabwe inflation rate drops - to 600%

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Zimbabwe says its annual inflation rate dropped by almost 180% last month, thanks to a stringent programme that included disrupting black market currency trading and cutting government salaries.

    Despite the improvements, inflation remains above 600%, and food prices continue to rise.

    The IMF says the economy could improve further, but it warns that without greater productivity and an increase in foreign currency earnings, long-term stability will remain elusive.

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  14. Jerusalema hitmaker cancelled by Zambia

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    The ministry of tourism in Zambia has cancelled this weekend’s show involving South African artists Master KG, of the Jerusalema hit, and Mafikizolo.

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    The event which was dubbed the "Covid-19 sensitization rally" was being organised by the governing Patriotic Front but had been heavily criticised by Zambians.

    Local musicians felt a lot of money was being paid to foreign stars, while Zambians on Twitter argued it would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

    The ministry of tourism now says no foreign musicians have been cleared to perform in the country this weekend, and are in any case subject to stringent checks.

    "All foreign artists are supposed to be cleared at least three months before the event and are expected to pay 20% of performance fees as Withholding Tax Clearance to the Zambia Revenue Authority," tourism ministry spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe said in a statement.

  15. UN condemns castration for rapists in Nigeria

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

    The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has condemned a recently signed law in Nigeria's Kaduna state that introduced tough penalties for convicted rapists.

    The law says males convicted of raping a child under the age of 14 should be surgically castrated and given the death penalty. Female adults convicted of raping a child will face salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes) and death.

    Ms Bachelet said evidence had shown that the certainty of punishment deters crime, rather than its severity.

    "Penalties like surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy will not resolve any of the barriers to accessing justice, nor will it serve a preventive role," she said in a statement.

    "Surgical castration and salpingectomy violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international human rights law," she added.

    Recent months have seen a growing public outcry over low conviction rates for sexual assaults across Nigeria. Kaduna is the only state in Nigeria with such legal provisions on rape.

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  16. Uganda's top judge 'regrets removing president term limit'

    Uganda's chief justice has said he bitterly regrets the removal of presidential term limits from the country's constitution, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

    Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo is quoted as saying the body he was part of made a mistake:

    "I wept for this country [over] the removal of the presidential term limits. That is where we lost it. The mistake we made in the Constituent Assembly was not to entrench, not to make it difficult for anyone to amend the provisions of the term limits."

    Separately, the issue of presidential age limits is controversial because long-standing President Yoweri Museveni is 76 years old, and the limit for re-election was previously capped at 75 until the ruling party successfully campaigned to remove it all together.

    Uganda's constitution allows the amendment and removal of the presidential age limit without a referendum - something Justice Owiny-Dollo appeared to imply is unfair in his interview with the Daily Monitor:

    "That one, I take responsibility and anybody else who was in the Constituent Assembly; that we should have secured, entrenched that provision so that if you want to amend that particular article, you would go back to the people. We failed the people of Uganda as a consequence."

  17. Some 800,000 new jobs pledged by South Africa

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced plans to create more than 800,000 jobs in the immediate term, as part of the country's economic reconstruction and recovery plan following job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 1 trillion rand ($60bn; £46bn) has also been pledged in infrastructure investment over the next four years.

    A number of the key commitments have been outlined on the presidency's Twitter:

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  18. Nigeria's capital bans police brutality protests

    Nigeria's capital Abuja and the surrounding Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has become the latest state to ban protests against the new police unit created to replace the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad, also known as Sars.

    Rivers state took similar steps days ago.

    The FCT security committee said protesters had been violating Covid-19 safety measures, including physical distancing and the use of facial coverings.

    "The committee directs that due to the dangers posed by Covid-19, all street demonstrations, protests and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT," a statement said.

    Photos of the committee's meeting have been shared on Twitter:

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  19. What does it take to beat Eliud Kipchoge?

    BBC Sport Africa

    Shura Kitata
    Image caption: Shura Kitata won the 2020 London marathon

    What does it take to beat Eliud Kipchoge, the only man ever to run a marathon in under two hours?

    Extreme training, talent and - in the case of London marathon champion Shura Kitata - a good breakfast.

    Last year the Ethiopian finished fourth in the English capital, a race won by Kenya’s Kipchoge, with Kitata tweeting later that he only had fruit for breakfast and was running on empty - "I felt my stomach touching my back, [I was] super hungry" – after 35km.

    This year, having learned from his mistake, he fuelled up before the race.

    "I ate everything," he told BBC Sport Africa.

    "I had soup, bread, eggs and yogurt – everything that I could to boost my energy and it helped me keep my energy up and I was able to win the battle."

    Read the full story here.