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    That's all for this week from the Africa Live team, we'll be back on Monday morning, but until then there will be an automated service.

    In the meantime you can check for updates from BBC News Online and listen to our brand new podcast The Comb with Kim Chakanetsa.

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  2. 'We suffer daily from indiscriminate killings'

    BBC Focus on Africa radio

    For the sixth day in a row, fed-up residents of Nierteti in Sudan's Central Darfur state are holding a sit-in protest in front of a military headquarters.

    One protester tells the BBC's Mohanad Hashim that residents need to be protected against "indiscrimate killings, robbery, pillaging and rapes and all types of crime.

    "Add to that, the fact that Jebel Mara relies on agriculture. We're now at the start of the farming season and we're still being threatened by militias blocking us from going to the farms.

    "If people don't farm, there will be famine next year."

    Listen to the full story:

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    Video caption: People have been holding peaceful protests in Nierteti
  3. Kenyan runner Kipsang banned for four years

    Wilson Kipsang
    Image caption: Kipsang won the Berlin Marathon in 2013, London in 2012 and 2014, New York in 2014 and Tokyo in 2017

    Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years for anti-doping rule violations.

    World Athletics said between April 2018 and May 2019 the 38-year-old Kenyan, twice a London Marathon winner, had missed four "whereabouts appointments".

    Three such failures within 12 months leads to an automatic ban.

    Kipsang said he missed a test in May 2019 because of a traffic accident and provided a photo of the crash, but that was found to be from August 2019.

    The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal said it had banned the Kenyan with effect from 10 January this year for "whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony".

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  4. Nine Mali soldiers killed in ambush

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Suspected jihadists in Mali have ambushed and killed nine government soldiers a day after an attack in the same area left around 30 people dead.

    A local mayor said the gunmen returned to the village of Gouari, in the centre of the country, attacking the troops and setting fire to military vehicles.

    Mali's Mopti region has seen an increase in clashes between ethnic Fulani and Dogon communities as well as raids by Islamist militants.

    The UN said last month that unrest in central Mali had killed nearly 600 civilians this year.

  5. Tanzanian preacher wrong on 5G and Covid-19

    Peter Mwai

    BBC Reality Check

    Preacher Josephat Gwajima
    Image caption: Preacher Josephat Gwajima has hundreds of thousands of followers online

    Popular Tanzanian evangelical preacher Josephat Gwajima has been falsely claiming the push for 5G technology is behind the spread of coronavirus.

    The founder and head of Glory of Christ Tanzania Church urges Tanzania not to install the 5G technology and also not to accept any vaccine against coronavirus.

    Videos of his sermons are available in Swahili on Instagram and YouTube.

    The preacher, who has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, claims the outbreak in Wuhan started when China started operating a 5G network, saying radiation from the masts was to blame.

    He alleges that all countries that were badly affected were using 5G technology.

    "All who have been badly affected have 5G, here [Tanzania] we don’t have. My advice is that Tanzania doesn’t install 5G now," he says.

    5g graphic showing false links with covid-19
    Image caption: Conspiracy theories falsely link 5G technology with Covid-19

    He however believes there is a coronavirus in circulation and advises people to strictly follow the health measures including washing hands with water and soap, sanitising and not touching hands.

    "If we refuse to embrace this corona [5G], there are people who will bring to us the real corona," he says.

    The alleged connection between the current epidemic and 5G technologies has been widely debunked, although this hasn’t stopped the conspiracy from spreading.

    The World Health Organization says viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks.

    And in China, the city of Wuhan had 5G technology operating as far back as April 2018 - well before coronavirus was detected at the end of last year.

    What's more, Covid-19 is spreading in many countries that do not even have 5G mobile networks.

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    Covid-19 misinfo hub graphic
  6. 'I wanted to take my culture and make it represent me now'

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa

    Sho Madjozi
    Image caption: Sho Madjozi is making a documentary and has just been signed to Epic Records

    Sho Madjozi is as famous for her colourful style as she is for her high-energy songs. But as she told me, there is more to her pompoms and full skirts than fun.

    She grew up in rural Limpopo amongst Tsonga women who would wear longer versions of the xibelani skirts she has made famous, and she decided she wanted to bring her culture into the 21st Century:

    Quote Message: When I came out I was wearing the xibelani but in my way - of someone who lives in Johannesburg. I’m a young, urban South African. I'm not living in the rural areas any more, so I wanted to take my culture and make it represent me now."
    Quote Message: I don't blame young people for sometimes running away from tradition… Why would I dress like my grandmother? I think we've been so traumatised by colonialism that we just tried to preserve culture almost at the point where colonialism started, forgetting that it was evolving.
    Quote Message: My granny was not dressing like her mother. I think the threat of us losing our culture to Western influences has made it that we just protect it. We just hold onto the way it was then, instead of letting young people also evolve it and change it.
    Quote Message: I got a lot of backlash, [with people saying]: 'Is she allowed to wear it like this?'.
    Quote Message: But I think the only way culture will survive is if we are allowed to make it our own, and make it current. We must change culture, it’s the only way."

    Sho Madjozi is making a documentary about the xibelani. She's also just been signed by Epic Records from the US.

    We hope that she is not asked to change her very African, very contemporary style.

    The full interview with Sho Madjozi will be broadcast on This Is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio, and partner stations across Africa.

    Sho Madjozi, South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and poet performed at The Homecoming Africa Festival on Saturday 28 Oct 2019.
    Image caption: Sho Madjozi wearing her version of a xibelani skirt on stage
  7. Five injured in Yaoundé bombing

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Five people were wounded in an explosion in Cameroon's capital on Thursday - it's the third time in a fortnight that a home-made bomb has been detonated there.

    It happened at 19:30 local time (18:30 GMT) at a popular junction near a bakery in the Damas neighbourhood of Yaoundé.

    The bomb was made using a pressure cooker containing iron rods that was tied to the battery of a motorcycle and detonated remotely, police say.

    Roads leading to the neighbourhood were barricaded throughout the night as police searched homes and taxis for the perpetrators.

    Image caption: Cars stood still as police blocked entry to the area

    Police say that arrests have since been made, although they will not disclose the number arrested.

    On 21 June, explosives went off in the capital's Melen and Emana districts, raising fears they were being tested ahead of a larger attack.

    No-one as yet has claimed responsibility for any of attacks, and the police have not disclosed further information.

    Government forces have been fighting Anglophone rebels in western Cameroon since 2016, but the conflict is more than 200km (124 miles) from the capital.

  8. How Nollywood is coping with Covid-19

    Nigeria's film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Film productions have stopped, leading to huge losses.

    Nigeria's film industry employs more than a million people and usually produces about 50 films every week.

    Actors have lost a source of income and are unsure when they will be able to earn a living.

    Actress Kemi Lala Akindoju told the BBC that actors had no money and from the look of things, they would still earn less after the pandemic as they will take whatever comes just to make some money.

    She also wanted reassurances it would be safe.

    Quote Message: Actors are anxious - they are ready to go back to work but then what are the guidelines and safety measures?"

    Film director Mildred Okwo says storylines will also change and stories that she was working on have to change now.

    Quote Message: People are dying of this pandemic and you're trying to write a romance story. It seems weird."

    Industry players feel a lot will change after the pandemic but hope that productions will resume soon.

    Watch the full report here:

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    Video caption: Covid-19: How Nollywood is coping with an industry shutdown
  9. Ghana minister resigns for flouting virus quarantine

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC News, Accra

    Carlos Ahenkorah

    Ghana's deputy trade and industry minister has been forced to resign for breaking coronavirus self-isolation restrictions after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Carlos Ahenkorah, who is also an MP, had visited a voter registration centre in his constituency in the city of Tema before completing his period of isolation.

    He says he adhered to social-distancing rules, adding that he was asymptomatic.

    Some Ghanaians are calling for him to be prosecuted for breaching safety guidelines and endangering the lives of people.

    The West African nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 100 deaths.

    There has been surge in cases following the easing of some restrictions last month.

    Ghana is compiling a new electoral roll ahead of elections in December.

  10. Coronavirus: Somalia resumes local flights

    Farah Lamane

    BBC Somali Service

    Volunteers handing out coronavirus supplies in Mogadishu, Somalia
    Image caption: Somalis in the capital are being encouraged to wear face masks

    Somalia’s cabinet has approved the resumption of local flights from Sunday, with one daily passenger flight to and from regional states.

    Aviation Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Oomaar told the BBC that the airports were re-opening with precautionary measures:

    Quote Message: The pandemic has not yet been eradicated, but it has been agreed that it's the appropriate moment to resume flights, while minimising the number of travellers.
    Quote Message: There’ll be six domestic flights per day. We’ve also developed new methods of operations such as social distancing, face masks and hand sanitisers for the passengers, and instructions on what to do inside the aircraft."

    Somalia suspended all flights when the country recorded the first coronavirus three months ago.

    The country has recorded 2,944 cases of Covid-19, including 90 deaths.

  11. France rejects new probe into Rwanda plane shooting

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Armed Rwanda Patriotic Front soldiers investigate the site of the plane crash that killed President JuvTnal Habyarimana May 26, 1994 in Kigali,
    Image caption: The downing of the plane triggered the 1994 Rwandan genocide

    A French appeals court has rejected a request to reopen an investigation into the shooting down in 1994 of a plane carrying the then-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarima.

    The incident sparked the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were killed.

    The inquiry was dropped in 2018, but Habyarimana's widow, Agathe, and the families of other victims had appealed against the decision.

    But it may not be the end of the case, as civil parties have already said they will move to a higher court, the AFP news agency reports.

    Relations between the France and Rwanda have been turbulent ever since a French judge in 2006 accused several close associates of current Rwandan President Paul Kagame of being behind the assassination of Habyarimana.

    At the time Mr Kagame was the leader of a Tutsi rebel force which was fighting the Hutu-dominated government.

    He has always said that Hutu extremists shot the missiles that brought down the president's plane.

    Under current French President Emmanuel Macron, political relations have improved.

  12. Ethiopia closes TV station 'for fanning tensions'

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Hachalu Hundessa
    Image caption: Singer Hachalu Hundessa's death has triggered ethnic unrest

    The authorities in Ethiopia have closed the main office of local TV station - the Oromo Media Network (OMN) - accusing it of fanning ethnic and religious tensions in the country.

    Two others - Asrat, which broadcasts in Amharic, and Dimtsi Weyane, which mainly has programmes in Tigrinya - are being investigated over the same issues.

    The move comes after several days of violence triggered by the killing of popular musician Hachalu Hundessa on Monday in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    His songs focused on the rights of the Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group, and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018.

    At least 80 people have died in the wave of unrest caused by Hachalu's killing and many more have been arrested.

    In the city of Dire Dawa alone, which is 500km (310 miles) east of the capital, the police say they have arrested at least 200 people.

    Some calm has returned to the country, and Addis Ababa is seemingly back to normal.

    But tensions remain high in parts of the country and the internet is still being regularly cut off.

  13. Homemade bomb explodes in Cameroon's capital

    A small homemade bomb exploded in Cameroon’s capital wounding two people, the third minor explosion of its kind in Yaoundé in recent weeks.

    It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

    “It’s a homemade bomb like the two that exploded recently,” Yaoundé's administrative officer Jean Claude Tsila told the Reuters news agency, declining to respond directly when asked who the authorities believed had made the explosives.

    The attack was was also reported on state television:

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    Government forces have been fighting Anglophone separatists in western Cameroon since 2016, but the conflict is more than 200km (120 miles) from the capital.

  14. Nigeria 'still testing Covid-19 herbal cure'

    Nigeria's health minister says Covid-Organics - a herbal tonic produced in Madagascar and touted as a cure for coronavirus - has ingredients used for malaria treatment, but the government is still probing its effectiveness for Covid-19.

    Osagie Ehanire said that preliminary results of analysis by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) confirmed it contained artemisia, a plant used in malaria treatment.

    "Further research on its efficacy will be conducted when the grants for research is approve," the minister is quoted by Nigeria's Premium Times as saying.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using untested remedies for coronavirus.

    Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina has been promoting the herbal tonic across the continent.

    At its launch it was revealed it had artemisia and other Malagasy plants.

    Samples of "Covid Organics" or CVO, are on display in Antananarivo
    Image caption: Some African countries have imported the tonic from Madagascar
  15. Uganda boda boda rider kills himself 'over bribe'

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Hussein Walugembe
    Image caption: Hussein Walugembe was upset that he could not get his boda boda back

    A 29-year-old motorcycle taxi rider in Uganda has died after setting fire to himself inside a police station after officers failed to release his impounded bike.

    Hussein Walugembe’s motorbike was confiscated in the south-western district of Masaka, about 134km (83 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday.

    As part of the restrictions to control the spread of Covd-19, the government has banned motorcycle taxis - or boda bodas - from carrying passengers.

    They are able to operate between 06:30 and 17:00 local time but must only transport cargo.

    According to the police, Mr Walugembe had lent his bike to a friend, who was caught ferrying a passenger on Monday.

    Mr Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand its release.

    On Thursday, he locked himself in a room at the station and set himself ablaze using petrol concealed in a water bottle and match sticks.

    Officers at the station ferried water in jerrycans to put out the fire.

    An officer who was with him at the time suffered minor injuries and several files and computers were destroyed.

    Some motorcycle riders have alleged to local media that officers were asking for a $40 (£32) bribe to release the bike.

    The police station in Masaka
    Image caption: The police station is under investigation

    Following the self-immolation, regional police spokesperson Paul Kangave said an investigation had been launched into the conduct of the entire traffic department.

    He said the force’s Professional Standards Unit would be looking into allegations that the officers were demanding bribes after vehicles were impounded for flouting lockdown restrictions.

    Boda boda riders in Uganda
    Image caption: Boda boda riders are currently banned from taking passengers

    Riding boda bodas is a substantial source of income for thousands of young people in Uganda, many of whom are currently out of work.

    The government began easing lockdown restrictions in May but maintained those on boda bodas.

    President Yoweri Museveni said in late June that they could lead to the further spread of the virus if allowed to transport people at this stage.

    Uganda so far has 900 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 847 recoveries and no deaths.

    Many of the cases have been reported among long-distance truck drivers and their contacts.

  16. Covid-19: 40 South Africa soldiers test positive

    The South African Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that at least 40 of its officers have tested positive for coronavirus.

    "Like all other front-line workers, SANDF soldiers are exposed to the scourge of Covid-19, more than the average citizen," the defence forces said.

    The troops are from an infantry battalion based in Cape Town, and were deployed to the northern Limpopo province help another battalion "safeguarding" the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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    On their arrival on 13 June, the soldiers were placed into a 14-day quarantine as a precaution and then screened for Covid-19.

    "Those found positive were isolated in a facility inside the base that has been specifically established and prepared for this purpose."

  17. Tanzania becomes a middle-income country

    Peter Wakaba

    BBC News

    People walk at a market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Image caption: The GNI per capita is the dollar value of a country's final income in a year, divided by its population

    Tanzania is now officially a middle-income country after the World Bank published a reviewed classification of world economies.

    The East African nation enters into that bracket of middle-income countries with a GNI per capita of between $1,006 (£806) and $3,955 - a rough measure of each person's annual national income.

    Last year, Tanzania’s economy grew by 6.8% in 2019 and 7% in 2018, one of the fastest growth rates in the world.

    According to analysts, this rate of growth has been going for over a decade, and continued after President John Magufuli took office.

    The country is the second largest economy in the region and now joins Kenya as the second East Africa Community member state in the middle-income bracket.

    Apart from lifting millions out of poverty, the real benefit or even loss of graduating from least developed country status should become apparent for Tanzania in coming days.

  18. Businesses reopen in Ethiopian capital after protests

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Police patrol the streets of Addis Ababa
    Image caption: Unrest in the country was sparked by the killing of a musician

    Many businesses and offices in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa reopened Friday morning, with the city appearing to resume some normalcy after days of deadly protests.

    Public transport has also resumed, though there is still heavy security presence on the streets.

    On Thursday night, the city mayor addressed the public urging everyone to get back to work.

    The authorities have closed the Addis offices of three television stations linked with groups from three different ethnic groups, saying they are being investigated for fanning ethnic animosities.

    But the stations, Asrat, Oromia Media Network and Dimsti Woyane, have continued to broadcast from their studios,

    At least 81 people were killed in the country after the death of a popular singer Hachalu Hundessa sparked huge protests in the Oromia region.

    Meanwhile In the eastern city of Diredawa, where two people were killed in the aftermath of the musician's killing, the police say they have arrested more than 270 people in connection with the violence.

    Read more: The singer whose murder sparked Ethiopia protests

  19. Algerian activists freed ahead of independence day

    Karim Tabbou is greeted upon release

    The Algerian government has provisionally released a key protest movement leader, Karim Tabbou, and three other activists ahead of the country's independence day.

    He was released alongside activists Amira Bouraoui and Samir Benlarbi on Thursday.

    Tabbou is one of the most prominent figure of the "Hirak" movement that forced the downfall last April of long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    He was sentenced to a one-year jail term in March for an "attack on the integrity of national territory" after a speech he made, which was posted on Facebook, criticised the role of the army in politics

    Amnesty International, which lobbied for Tabbou's release, welcomed the "good news" and called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of all other "prisoners of opinion" held in Algeria.

    Algerian activists had been holding weekly anti-government protests for more than a year until March when the coronavirus pandemic spread to the country.


  20. South Sudan leader urged to appoint female governors

    Nichola Mandil

    BBC News, Juba

    South Sudan women activists
    Image caption: The activists say the president is going against the new peace deal

    South Sudanese women activists are urging President Salva Kiir to revoke the appointments of state governors in order to include women’s representatives, in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.

    Early this week, President Kiir appointed governors for eight of the country's 10 regional states after sharing them out with his former rival and now the country’s First Vice-President Riek Machar.

    Of the eight appointed governors, only one is a woman - Sarah Cleto Rial, a South Sudanese-American citizen based in the US - who will be the governor for Western Bahr El-Ghazal State.

    The revitalised peace agreement grants women across political spectrum affirmative action or gender quota of 35% of portfolios at all levels of government.

    The chairperson of South Sudan Women’s Coalition for Peace Caroline Kibos says the ruling party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has violated the provisions of the agreement.

    "This under-representation manifestly violates our right to participate in peace and political processes," she said in a communique read on behalf of women activists.

    They want the president to revoke the appointment of three men and replace them with women.

    Responding to the demands raised by women, SPLM acting secretary-general Jemma Nunu Kumba said her party stands with the decision of its leadership.

    “Yes we have heard the demands of the women, the SPLM will convene a meeting to address these issues and will respond when time is appropriate but we must respect and stand by the decision of our party leadership,” Ms Kumba stated.