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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

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    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Tuesday morning.

    Or you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The person who sits under a tree knows the strength of the wind. from Sent by Meriga Sambong, Sunyani, Ghana.
    Sent by Meriga Sambong, Sunyani, Ghana.

    And we leave you with this intriguing image by Ghanaian photographer Derrick Boateng:

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  2. Two sisters become soldiers for different countries

    A woman from Sierra Leone has graduated to become a soldier for her country while her older sister is already a soldier for the British army.

    Younger sister Lt Matilda Matu Moiwo was watched by her older sister Corporal Lucy Moiwo at her graduation ceremony.

    Corporal Lucy Moiwo became a soldier for the British army after she visited the careers centre in the UK on a whim and found out that people from Commonwealth countries can join the army.

    Her younger sister Lt Matilda Moiwo was a geologist but when deadly landslides struck in 2017 she asked her older sister what she could do to help and she suggested joining the army.

    But on her the first day of training to shoot a gun, Lt Matilda was so scared that she closed her eyes while pulling the trigger.

    That was because the family had fled Sierra Leone during the 1990s civil war when they found out their father was on the rebels' hit list.

    "I was thinking: 'This is something that would have wiped my family out'."

    Listen to the two sisters discuss their jobs on Focus on Africa radio:

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    Video caption: The two sisters fled from rebels at the height of the war in Sierra Leone
  3. Hundreds arrested after Egypt protests

    BBC World Service

    Egyptian protesters gather in downtown Cairo shouting anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, 21 September 2019.
    Image caption: People gathered on Saturday night in extremely rare protests

    Human rights activists in Egypt say at least 370 people have been arrested in the past few days following protests against alleged government corruption.

    There were demonstrations in Cairo and other cities on Friday night, and then another on Saturday evening in the streets of the port of Suez.

    The authorities have not released official figures regarding the number of arrests.

    Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi there has been a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, and street protests have become very rare.

  4. Harare water plant closed due to currency shortage

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    People at tap
    Image caption: There are fears untreated water could lead to a cholera outbreak

    Local officials in the Zimbabwean capital Harare say they are shutting down the city's main water treatment plant due to a shortage of foreign currency.

    Deputy Mayor Enock Mupamawonde has described the situation as devastating and appealed to the government to make enough foreign currency available so that chemicals can be purchased for the treatment plant.

    The state-owned media is blaming the opposition MDC party for the shutdown as it runs the city council.

    There are reports of increased cases of diarrhoea in Harare and there are fears that the consumption of untreated water could lead to further outbreaks of cholera or typhoid.

    Last year, due to burst sewers and an inadequate water supply, 26 people died in what was the country's worst cholera outbreak in a decade.

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    Video caption: Harry and Meghan dance in South Africa

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined in after arriving on their first overseas tour with their son.

  6. DR Congo students strike in Burundi over arrests

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    DR Congo students in a Burundian police truck
    Image caption: The students in Bujumbura have been rounded up and put on police trucks

    Thousands of Congolese students at universities in Burundi are boycotting classes after the arrest of fellow undergraduates from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    More than 90 students from DR Congo have been arrested in Burundi’s main city of Bujumbura since Wednesday - reportedly for not having visas, and some have been deported.

    DR Congo and Burundi are both members of the regional economic bloc Great Lakes Countries Economic Community, known by its French acronym CEPGL.

    According to CEPGL rules, citizens can legally stay for three months in member countries – and do not have to apply for visas. Their stay can be renewed by leaving and re-entering a member country every three months.

    “They say we do not have visas, but it is a shock because most of us have been living here on CEPGL cards,” Vital Cirhuza, president of Burundi’s Congolese Students Association (Cecob), told the BBC.

    He says the Congolese students in Burundi are not aware of any change to the rules concerning CEPL residents.

    “We have suspended academic activities to raise awareness, as this is a diplomatic issue. Our place as students is in classrooms not in jail,” Mr Cirhuza said.

    Burundi’s security ministry has not responded to the BBC on the matter.

    There are around 7,000 Congolese students attending universities in Burundi, mainly in Bujumbura.

  7. South African shock at another woman's murder

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Africa, Johannesburg

    Just days after South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an emergency plan to tackle gender-based violence, another murder of a young woman has shocked the country.

    South African police say Sinethemba Ndlovu sustained two stab wounds and died in hospital.

    According to witnesses, the 22-year-old was stabbed by a man who forced himself on to her while she was working at a motorsport event in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night.

    No arrests have been made.

    The university student’s murder comes after weeks of protests and widespread outrage at violence and against women.

    Ms Ndlovu’s name was trending on social media as people expressed shock, along with the hashtag #AmINext.

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    Just last week, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa convened an urgent sitting in parliament to focus on femicide and gender-based violence.

    He announced a plan to establish courts which specialise in violence against women as well as harsher sentences for offenders.

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  8. Thousands of Liberian health workers go on strike

    Rubber gloves
    Image caption: Health workers have complained they can't even get rubber gloves

    More than 11,000 health workers in Liberia have begun a nationwide strike over pay and lack of equipment.

    Some people have not been paid for six months, the secretary-general of the Liberian health workers' association George Williams told the BBC.

    He added that they don't even have basic equipment, like disposable gloves, they need to do their jobs.

    "Essential drugs are out of the facilities; so when you go now, you are given prescriptions to go buy on the counter. We also do not have laboratory equipment. We can’t do a simple malaria smear right now," he said.

    A phone radio-in show in the capital Monrovia has been inundated with health workers' complaints.

    A midwife told Roots FM that women have died during childbirth at the hospital she works at in the western town of Tubmanburg because of the lack of a particular drug that is needed to stop bleeding during delivery.

    "We have to use our phone lights when there is no electricity," another health worker at a hospital in Monrovia said.

    The radio station added that the strike has already had an impact on services.

    Pregnant women had blocked a key intersection in the eastern part of Monrovia because they were turned away from a clinic were workers were on strike, the station said.

  9. Second tragedy hits Mozambique election campaign

    Jose Tembe

    BBC Africa, Maputo

    A map of Mozambique showing the location of Songo town

    At least four people died and 56 were injured when an open truck they were boarding overturned in Songo town, located in north-western Mozambique.

    The truck was ferrying supporters of the ruling Frelimo party from an election rally addressed by President Filipe Nyusi on Sunday in the town that stands above the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi River.

    This is the second deadly incident in election rallies in less than two weeks – both involving supporters of the Frelimo party.

    On 11 September, a stampede in a football stadium left 10 people dead and 85 others injured after attending President Nyusi's rally in Nampula in the north-east.

    The president is seeking re-election on 15 October.

    The latest incident occurred in a section of a road out of Songo town that has several dangerous curves. The truck veered off the road on the first of these curves, tipping its passengers down the mountainside.

    Frelimo party official Fernando Bemane told journalists that 15 of the injured are in a serious condition and have been transferred to Tete Provincial Hospital. The others are being treated in local hospitals.

    The injured were rescued from the mountainside by a crew of fire-fighters from HCB, the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam.

    Police are yet to issue a statement.

  10. Kenya collapse: School defied official hours

    Minister George Magoha meets pupils of a school that collapsed in Nairobi -23 September 2019
    Image caption: Minister says government to construct a school in the area within four months

    Kenyans pupils involved in a deadly classroom collapse at a school in Kenya capital, Nairobi, were in school outside official hours, Education Minister George Magoha says.

    The two-storey wooden structure collapsed on Monday at 06:50 local time (03:50 GMT), according to eyewitness accounts, which was earlier than the stipulated 08:00 when the school day is supposed to start.

    "We have official hours for the children and everybody must comply; everybody, whether private or public," the minister told journalists after visiting the privately-owned Precious Talent School.

    "Because we have lost children, I have not come here to blame anybody. But anybody who goes against the official hours for the children to be at school should be answerable."

    Seven students died when the top floor of the building - built with wood and corrugated iron - collapsed on those studying on the ground floor.

    A total of 64 pupils were rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital where they are being treated for minor injuries.

    The minister ordered the school to be closed for four days to allow an investigation.

    "We have decided that all the children should rest for four days until Monday, during which time investigations will have been done, the building will have been reinspected by professionals and then we will give an informed advice which may go in the direction of perhaps some of the children going to public schools," said Mr Magoha.

    He said the government will construct a school in the area within four months, a response to criticism that there are not many state-run schools in the area - the nearest being two kilometres away.

    The minister also absolved government school inspectors from blame, saying the proprietor had not sought permission to extend the classroom complex.

    "I have about 1,500 officers doing quality assurance all over the country and I must defend them because with over 30,000 primary schools, something like this can slip your sight and I want to take responsibility as minister in government," he said.

  11. Ethiopia's capital to provide free meals for pupils

    Jibat Tamirat

    BBC Amahric

    Children at a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - archive shot
    Image caption: It is part of efforts to stop students at state-run schools from dropping out of education

    Pupils at state-run junior schools in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, are to receive free school meals from the start of the new academic year in October.

    ‘‘We are planning to feed more than 300,000 students,” Zelalem Mulatu, deputy of the Addis Ababa City Education Bureau, told BBC Amharic.

    He said the city administration was expanding a scheme that had been feeding 70,000 pupils.

    It is part of efforts to stop students at state-run schools from dropping out of education.

    In July it was announced that all primary school pupils in Addis Ababa would be getting free uniforms and free exercise books from October.

    Many students at publicly funded primary schools come from low income families.

    “This scheme will enhance student’s active learning,” Mr Zelalem said.

    “It will also be an incentive for children to come to school as well as an incentive for the parents to send their children to school.”

    He said the initiative would also create job opportunities for unemployed parents, who were being recruited to cook the meals.

  12. Trial starts for brother of Algeria's ex-president

    Said Bouteflika
    Image caption: Said Bouteflika was widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013

    The brother of Algeria's deposed president went on trial on Monday accused of plotting against the military, AFP news agency quotes Algerian television as saying.

    Two former intelligence chiefs and a political party head are also on trial with him at a military court in Blida, south of the capital, Algiers, according to private television channels Ennahar and El Bilad.

    Said Bouteflika faces allegations of "undermining the authority of the army" and "conspiring" against the state.

    He is accused by former Defence Minister Khaled Nezzar of considering declaring a state of emergency and firing the army chief in April when protests were mounting against his brother Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    The president resigned in April after weeks of protest against him and the powerful people around him.

    Investigations started shortly afterwards and a wave of arrests of high-profile figures followed.

    Elections have been called for 12 December.

  13. Somalia suspends flights to key port of Kismayo

    Rage Hassan

    BBC Somali

    Somalia's Jubbaland state President Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, pictured in 2013
    Image caption: Madobe, who is a divisive figure in southern Somalia, is due to be inaugurated as Jubbaland state's president on Thursday

    Somalia's government has suspended flights to and from Kismayo, the main city in the country's southern Jubbaland state.

    The suspension is to last for three days and comes ahead of the inauguration of Ahmed Mohamed Islam, known by his nickname “Madobe”, who was re-elected to lead Jubbaland in a disputed election last month.

    The UN and the central government had wanted the vote to be postponed and have refused to recognise the results.

    The statement from the government did not give a reason for the suspension of the flights, but it is seen as an effort to stop politicians and other leaders from attending the inauguration of Madobe in Kismayo on Thursday.

    Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed talking to journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia - Monday 23 September 2019
    Image caption: Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a moderate Islamist who led Somalia from 2009 until 2012, lambasted the government for stopping him from travelling

    On Sunday, the authorities stopped Somalia's former President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed from travelling to Kismayo to attend the inauguration.

    He has accused the government of violating the constitution by “restricting the movement of citizens”.

    At a press conference in the capital, Mogadishu, on Monday morning he called for the government to reverse its “illegal decision".

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    Video caption: Rescue workers clear debris after Kenya school collapse

    Seven children died and dozens more were injured when a classroom collapsed in the capital, Nairobi.

  15. Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'died of cancer'

    Person walks past digital image of Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Memorials like this digital image have been springing up in tribute to the former president

    Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe died from cancer after his chemotherapy treatment was stopped, the country's state-run Herald newspaper quoted his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying.

    The president gave two reasons for why doctors in Singapore had stopped the treatment:

    Quote Message: Because of age and also because the cancer had spread and it was not helping anymore."

    The 95-year-old former leader, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years from independence until he was ousted in a coup in November 2017, died earlier this month in Singapore, where he had been in hospital for several months.

    He will be buried in a mausoleum still under construction at Heroes Acre - a hilltop shrine just outside the capital, Harare, where many of the country's most prominent liberation fighters have been laid to rest.

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  16. 'Militants' attack Burkina Faso villages

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Burkina Faso

    Suspected jihadist militants have attacked two villages in Burkina Faso, killing nine people.

    Security sources told the BBC that the attacks over the weekend took place near Bourzanga in the north of the country and some of the victims were killed in the fields where they were farming.

    Earlier this month at a summit in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, West African leaders announced $1bn (£804m) fund to fight the growing threat of jihadist violence in the region.

    Officials say in the past four years there have been more than 2,000 attacks that have killed more than 11,0000 people and displaced millions.

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