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Emmanuel Onyango and Evelyne Musambi

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  1. At least 21 dead in Guinea's post-election violence

    BBC World Service

    Protesters in Conakry on October 21, 2020
    Image caption: UN and AU mediators have been sent to Guinea amid the unrest

    At least 21 people are now thought to have died in the unrest that has followed Guinea's disputed election earlier this month.

    Clashes between opposition supporters and security forces continued over the weekend, when the electoral commission confirmed President Alpha Condé's controversial third term in office.

    The opposition, which has declared itself the victor, says Mr Conde broke the law when he changed the constitution in March to allow him to run again.

    The United Nations and the African Union have sent mediators to Guinea to try to negotiate a solution.


    Guinea president re-elected amid violent protests

  2. Dutch police arrest Rwanda genocide suspect

    BBC World Service

    Newly discovered remains of victims of the 1994 genocide in Kigali, on May 4, 2019.
    Image caption: Around 800,000 people lost their lives during the genocide

    Police in the Netherlands have arrested a man suspected of having been involved in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

    The 71- year-old, a former bank clerk and pharmacy owner from the capital, Kigali, is accused of drawing up a list of Tutsi to be killed.

    He is also said to have been involved in other attacks on Tutsi civilians.

    Around 800,000 people lost their lives during the 100-day genocide.

    Rwanda has requested his extradition. The man claimed asylum in the Netherlands in the year 2000.

    The latest arrest comes five months after businessman Félicien Kabuga, accused of financing the genocide, was arrested in a suburb in Paris.

    Mr Kabuga described the accusations as "lies" during a court appearance in May.

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  3. Tuesday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: A dog doesn't hunt large lizards." from A Hausa proverb sent by Abbey Victor, Abuja, Nigeria.
    A Hausa proverb sent by Abbey Victor, Abuja, Nigeria.
    An illustration of a lizard

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    We’ll be back on Tuesday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now 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 today's wise words:

    Quote Message: Knowledge is like a garden - if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested." from A South Sudanese proverb sent by Kerbino Kuel Deng in Nairobi, Kenya.
    A South Sudanese proverb sent by Kerbino Kuel Deng in Nairobi, Kenya.

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

    And we leave you with this picture of a room with a view in Djibouti.

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  5. Protesters march in Yaoundé against Saturday's school shooting

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Women protesting on Yaounde on 26 October 2020

    Women in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé today took to the streets to protest the killing of children in the on-going war in Cameroon's Anglophone regions.

    The protest comes in the wake of a mass shooting in a private school in Kumba, in the troubled South West Region on Saturday, which left seven children dead and 12 wounded.

    Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School around midday on Saturday after arriving on motorcycles. Some children were injured when they jumped from second floor in an attempt to escape the attack.

    The government and separatists have been blaming each other for the attack.

    Parts of Cameroon have been gripped by unrest since Anglophone groups stepped up their push for independence in 2016.

    Some schools in Cameroon's Anglophone regions have recently reopened following a four-year shutdown due to threats from separatists fighting for an independent state of Ambazonia.

    Anglophone activists say the country's French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

    Read more: Cameroon: Children killed in attack on school in Kumba

  6. Tanzania election: What young people think of an old party

    Tanzania's governing party, the CCM, has been in power longer than any current ruling party on the continent, with its roots in government extending all the way back to the Tanganyika African National Union of the independence era.

    So what do Tanzania’s young people, a key constituency in this week’s election, think of such an old political party?

    Focus on Africa radio has been hearing from both those who support the CCM, and those who want to see something different.

    Noel Shao, who's 31, said that "it is time for other parties to take a lead... as we need a government that provides for the rights of the people rather than undermines them".

    But 34-year-old Sabrina Siwa, who works in the ministry of home affairs backs CCM.

    She told Focus on Africa that the party "offers stability in political power, and also development [of young people], this is seen clearly in the cabinet as a lot of youngsters have been given a chance".

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    Video caption: Why are some young people drawn to the ruling party, while others support the opposition?

    Lawyer Raymond Mweli, 31, backs CCM because it "profoundly believes that all human beings are equal and every human being deserves respect... but also the creed of self reliance".

    Public relations worker Dorcas Francis Mwilafi, who's 30, supports the opposition Chadema party, said she believes in strong government institutions and wants her leaders to be accountable, which is not happening at the moment.

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    Video caption: Why are some young people drawn to the ruling party, while others support the opposition?
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  8. UN: 'Rich countries dump dirty cars in Africa'

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A woman walks past old French cars waiting to be repaired in a garage in Niamey, Niger, on July 9, 2019.
    Image caption: These old cars are waiting to be repaired in Niamey, Niger

    The United Nations says rich countries are dumping millions of highly polluting used cars on poorer nations.

    An investigation by the UN Environment Programme found that between 2015 and 2018, 14 million old, poor quality vehicles were exported from Europe, the US and Japan.

    More than 40% of them went to Africa. Few African countries have regulations on car imports.

    In Uganda the average age of a diesel vehicle imported in 2017 was more than 20 years old.

  9. Political talks pave the way for Libyan election

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    The United Nation’s Mission to Libya has announced the start of political talks which are expected to pave the way for elections.

    The virtual meetings for what will be called the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum will bring together 75 participants from across the country’s regions, including ethnic, political, and tribal representatives.

    There will be two stages in the political dialogue, which is being mediated by the UN mission.

    The virtual meetings which start on Monday will lead to face-to-face talks due to be held in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, on 9 November.

    The aim, according to the UN, is to build a consensus around what a new unified Libyan government will look like, and to pave the way for elections to be held as soon as possible.

    In a statement, the UN’s political mission also said it hoped Libyan Prime Minister Fayez El Sarraj would remain in power until the dialogue forum decides the way forward.

    Last month, the Libyan prime minister said he would “hand-over” power to his replacement by the end of October at the latest.

    This plan now seems unlikely to materialise given the timeline of the political negotiations.

    The negotiations come after a "permanent" ceasefire deal was signed in Geneva on Friday between Libya’s military rivals.

  10. The entire board of Cricket South Africa resigns

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Southern Africa correspondent

    The entire board of Cricket South Africa has resigned amid allegations of mismanagement.

    Former Cricket SA acting President Beresford Williams had been implicated in wrongdoing in a report which detailed how a former CEO was appointed despite being under-qualified for his position.

    The cricket board has been in shambles since Chief Executive Thabang Moroe was suspended last December.

    His suspension prompted calls from the country's players' association and major sponsors for the board to step down.

    The announcement of the entire board's resignation comes less than 24 hours before a deadline given to Cricket South Africa by the country’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

    The minister had told the International Cricket Council that he would intervene in the running of the board unless it committed to government reforms by the end of October.

    Such an intervention could have resulted in action from the International Cricket Council which is against any form of government interference in the sport.

    According to a series of tweets posted by Cricket South Africa, the council resolved that in order to best serve the interest of the sport in the country, the entire board would resign.

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    The Proteas are due to host World Champions England in a limited overs series next month.

    In 2019, Zimbabwe was suspended for three months from international competition following government intervention which replaced its cricket board with an interim committee.

  11. Issoufou Dayo

    Burkina Faso's Issoufou Dayo says 'small details and a winning spirit' made the difference on Sunday after his goal gave Moroccco's Renaissance Berkane victory in this year's African Confederation Cup.

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  12. Nigerian governors deny hoarding relief packages

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC News

    People carry sacks of supplies at a warehouse in Bukuru, Nigeria, 24 October 2020
    Image caption: Looters took supplies from this warehouse in Bukuru, near Jos, on Saturday

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has denied allegations that governors hoarded coronavirus relief packages meant for distribution to vulnerable Nigerians to help during the first wave of the pandemic.

    Their statement comes after reports of warehouses around the country being looted of food and medication.

    In a statement, posted on their website, officials said:

    Quote Message: The erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous, to say the least. Some other states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19. As of a couple of weeks ago, some states were still receiving palliatives from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development."
  13. DR Congo army says it has seized rebel group's HQ

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The Congolese army says it has seized the headquarters of a Burundian rebel group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    A military spokesman said members of the National Forces of Liberation (FNL) had fled into the forest after three days of intense fighting.

    He said the army had also fought against a Rwandan rebel group, the CNRD, and another Burundian group known as Red Tabara, which last month staged several cross-border raids into Burundi.

    A number of Rwandan and Burundian rebel groups are based in the east of the DR Congo, along with dozens of local militias.

  14. Somaliland to deport TikTok star over Somali flag

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Image caption: The tea was decorated with a depiction of the Somali flag

    A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has ordered the deportation to Somalia of a popular social media star after a video was released of him drinking tea which was decorated with the image of the Somali flag.

    Bilal Bulshawi, who is known by Somalis as "the president of TikTok", has been in detention for nearly two months.

    Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia nearly 30 years ago, has punished others for displaying the Somali flag.

    In 2015, members of a popular band were arrested on return to Somaliland after they waved the Somali flag at a concert in Mogadishu.

  15. Nigerian looters target government stores

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    eople take the metal sheets off the roof of a warehouse during a mass looting of a warehouse that have COVID-19 food palliatives that were not given during lockdown to relieve people of hunger, in Jos, Nigeria, on October 24, 2020.
    Image caption: People even took the metal sheets off the roof of a warehouse in Jos storing supplies meant for people struggling because of Coronavirus

    There have been widespread looting incidents in several states across Nigeria as hundreds of young people continue to storm government stores as well as private properties in unrest sparked by anti-police brutality protests.

    The UN humanitarian co-ordinator in the country Edward Kallon says some UN facilities including vehicles were also attacked in the southern city of Calabar by what he described as vandals trying to discredit the anti-police brutality protests. He called on young people to exercise restraint.

    In the northern Nigerian state of Adamawa, a government spokesperson told the BBC stampedes during looting at government facilities left at least five people dead.

    More than 400 people have been arrested in Lagos and Plateau states in connection with mass looting and violence there.

    There are reports of arrests in several other states.

    Food items, medicines and farming inputs such as fertilisers are among items looted in the attacks.

    Relief food meant to help the poor during the Covid-19 pandemic, allegedly hoarded by some state governments, were also looted. Some of the officials have denied the allegation.

    Private properties and those of UN agencies were also targeted in some places.

    Criminals causing mayhem have allegedly infiltrated the demonstrations which have now been called off.

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    Ethiopian writer Maaza Mengiste has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her book The Shadow King.