By Kirstie Brewer
By Kirstie Brewer
The price of tomatoes have skyrocketed in East Africa in recent weeks after floods have ruined crops.
That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There will be an automated feed until Wednesday morning.
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And we leave you with a photo of a traditional Burkinabe wedding celebration in a village near Bobo Dioulasso, taken by Christophe Vaillant:
Ethiopia will release from jail 63 opposition activists and other high-ranking government critics by the end of the week, a spokesman for the attorney general's office has said, news agency AFP reports.
The decision had been taken "for the national good" and investigations against them had been dropped, Zinabu Tubu was quoted as saying.
"The Ethiopian government hopes to widen the political and democratic space in the country with the freeing of these individuals," he added.
Among the individuals being freed are members of the National Movement of Amhara (Nama), an ethno-nationalist group whom the government blamed for attacks last year it said were a regional coup attempt.
Nama welcomed the announcement. It said its members should never have been detained.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has entered into an alliance with the former governing United Democratic Front (UDF).
This comes less than 24 hours after parliament passed a law, setting 19 May as the date for new presidential elections after a court annulled Mr Mutharika's victory in last year's poll.
The UDF, which governed Malawi between 1994 and 2004, is the third-biggest party, with 10 parliamentary seats.The DPP has 61 and the main opposition Malawi Congress Party 55.
The UDF is led by Atupele Muluzi, the son of former President Bakili Muluzi.
Atupele Muluzi served in President Mutharika’s government before last May’s presidential election, which the Constitutional Court nullified last month because of irregularities.
A Kenyan student who has just returned home from China is rallying friends and fellow Kenyans to contribute to the purchase and shipping of surgical masks and gloves for his colleagues in a Chinese university.
Joseph Thige says he was pressured by his family to come home because they feared he was at risk of contracting the dangerous coronavirus.
"I did not want to leave, as I was assisting in logistics and my family demanded and required that I leave," he said.
But he says that his work is not done and he wants to help those he has left behind.
Mr Thige, who studies at the Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang City, says he came back home via a connecting flight in Thailand.
He said that while some Kenyans had decided to stay in China, they were only surviving, barely able to meet their needs.
"The problem is that once you get out of the university, the rules bar you from going back," he told the BBC.
This is a problem for students on scholarship, who worry they will not be able to complete their courses.
Kenya's government ruled out evacuating Kenyans from China weeks ago, though it recently said it was providing Sh1,3m ($13,000; £10,0000) to support them.
Acting health director-general Patrick Amoth said he was aware that some Kenyans were leaving China on their own.
Everyone travelling from China was required to self-isolate for 14 days even if they did not show any symptoms of the virus, he added.
Mr Thige is currently resting at home but has asked people not to stigmatise Kenyans returning to the country as "they have been through a lot of trauma with the restricted movement" in China.
You can watch a video of him here:
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A Kenyan senator has been arrested after being accused of promoting hate speech and "ethnic contempt" in a television interview.
Detectives led Ledama Olekina, the senator of Narok cuntry, to the offices of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for questioning.
The body has the power to prosecute anyone accused of promoting discrimination or violence against any ethnic, racial or religious group.
Critics say the commission is toothless, and so far failed to deter politicians from making controversial comments.
In the TV interview, Mr Olekina appeared to push for repossession of land from certain communities in regions occupied by the Maasai ethnic group.
He also spoke against other communities running for political office in Maasai-dominated regions.
Mr Olekina has defended his comments saying he was speaking for his people who have over the years been downtrodden by "privileged" Kenyans, and their land grabbed by "untouchable" politicians.
But his critics have pointed to the Kenyan constitution which allows Kenyans to live, work and own property in any part of the country.
Some have warned his comments could trigger ethnic conflict.
Schools and universities across Egypt are closed because of heavy rain.
The decision was taken to help people cope with the rainfall, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said, according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua.
The downpours, which started on early Monday morning, have caused flooding on key roads and have created massive traffic jams.
The Egyptian Meteorological Authority forecast that many parts of the country would continue to be hit hard by three-days of unstable weather, Xinhua added.
Social media users have shared photos and videos showing the effects of the rain:
Some also criticised the government’s lack of preparedness as flooding cripples the capital and other major cities almost every year.
In October, eight people, including four children, were killed by the extreme weather conditions.
Police in Burkina Faso say four people have been killed in an ambush on a police patrol in the north of the country.
Three of the dead were police officers. Another five people were injured.
Monday's attack happened on the Pissila-Gibga axis of the Sanmatenga province in Centre-Nord Region, northeast of Burkina Faso.
Last Tuesday three soldiers were killed in a region near the Mali border.
Like Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso is caught up in an Islamist insurgency in which more than four thousand people died last year.
Egyptian state media reports that Hosni Mubarak has died aged 91.
Former President Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades.
After being forced from office during the protests that engulfed parts of the Arab world in 2011, he was tried and found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising.
That conviction was overturned and he was freed in March 2017.
BBC News, Nairobi
Kenya’s agriculture minister has banned the slaughter of donkeys and ordered the closure of all donkey abattoirs in the country.
Peter Munya gave the owners of the Kenya’s four donkey abattoirs a month to transition to slaughtering other livestock such as cattle and goats. The minister said those who did not comply would have their businesses closed.
Mr Munya’s announcement came late on Monday, after speaking to a group of farmers who had been protesting outside the agricultural ministry's offices.
Farmers say an increase in demand has led to rampant theft of their donkeys.
In rural Kenya, donkeys are an essential part of life, relied on to fetch firewood and water among other uses, and it is a taboo to eat donkey meat in some communities.
There are fears in Kenya that the country's donkey population could be wiped out if nothing is done to stop the slaughter rate.
It is estimated that as many as 1,000 donkeys are being slaughtered every day, and that the population could be wiped out in 10 years.
Exports to China have driven the demand as the gelatine produced from boiling donkey skins is the essential ingredient in Chinese "ejiao" products - popular health foods and traditional medicines.
When the first donkey abattoir was set up in 2016, an adult donkey sold for about $50 (£39), but prices have skyrocketed to about $200, according to a recent report by the Africa Network for Animal Welfare.
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Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission is to recount the votes from the second round of the presidential election that took place on 29 December.
The commission will today convene permanent and non permanent members of the National Electoral Commission, as well as the representatives of President-elect Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Domingos Simões Pereira.
The electoral body said Mr Embaló had won 54% of the votes against Mr Pereira's 46%.
State-run Guinea-Bissau News Agency (ANG) said the recount is meant to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that has raised uncertainty about the president-elect's swearing in on 27 February.
The electoral commission had previously said that it had exhausted its authority in the matter of the electoral process, adding that there was nothing else it could do.
The organisers of Zimbabwe's upcoming One House, a local version of the successful Big Brother reality TV programme, say they are confident they will make it a success.
"We are ready to host it," Taona Oswald Chipunza, the head of Teemak Promotions told, the state-run Chronicle newspaper.
The show, which sees strangers living together in a house fitted with cameras and microphones, will kick off later this year and the winner will take away $50,000 (£42,000).
"The show will be broadcast live just like Big Brother. We want to give the younger generation an opportunity to shine," Mr Chipunza said.
There are concerns the attempt to pull off this show will not be successful, as the small southern African country is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a decade.
Zimbabwe has had frequent shortages of foreign currency, food, fuel, electricity and medicine.
But the organisers remain hopeful/
"We’re capable as we have the money," Mr Chipunza told the Chronicle.
Malawi's parliament has passed a law that sets 19 May 2020 as the date for fresh presidential elections.
Last May's polls, which handed victory to President Peter Mutharika, were nullified earlier this month by the Constitutional Court citing widespread irregularities.
The challenge was brought by two opposition candidates - Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima - whose lawyers said some tallying forms had been doctored with Tipp-Ex, and that some polling officials sent in the wrong copy of the results sheet to the main tallying centre.
The new law passed on Monday includes provision for a run-off presidential election to be held if no candidate wins a 50% plus one majority, Malawi24 reports.
It also reports that parliament passed a bill to ensure that the electoral commission's chairperson is first nominated by the Judicial Service Commission, then appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Public Appointments Committee.
Other members of the electoral commission will be appointed on recommendation of the Public Appointments Committee following nominations from political parties represented in parliament, Malawi24 adds.
John Maingi and his sister have gained fans with their creative barbershop replicating Kenya’s vibrant matatu culture.
Matatus are minibus taxis used by many Kenyans to navigate the capital, Nairobi. They are often embellished with graffiti and modified with extra-loud horns.
"This barbershop is very unique, from a distance you may actually think it's a real bus coming," John told BBC News Swahili:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country has lost two soldiers killed in Libya, where Turkish troops are supporting the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
The GNA is fighting forces led by Gen Khalifa Haftar, based in eastern Libya.
Gen Haftar is backed by Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan, while the UN-backed government is supported by Turkey and its ally Qatar.
"We have two martyrs there in Libya," President Erdogan said.
Meanwhile, the two sides in the conflict are both reported to have pulled out of planned UN-sponsored negotiations.
Libya has been torn by conflict since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell closed the debut show of Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize at the Paris Fashion Week on Monday.
The Lagos-born fashion designer's collection in the French capital is inspired by his childhood memories of going to church with his mother, the state-owned France 24 reports.
Vogue magazine reports that the sight of Campbell striding down Ize’s runway in a traditional Nigerian fabric, known as Asoke, caused a media frenzy.
The show's organisers shared a video on Twitter of the moment:
Nigeria's Ondo state government has declared Tuesday a holiday as it hosts President Muhammadu Buhari.
The state's communications office announced that all state workers would not have to report to work so they would have the time to welcome the president.
Ondo Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu invited Mr Buhari to open various projects as part of festivities to mark his third year in office.
He tweeted that the industrial hub the president would be opening already had six factories - one of which was a cassava-to-ethanol facility.
The president is also expected to open a flyover.
The festivities to celebrate Governor Akeredolu's anniversary started on 21 February and are scheduled to end on 1 March, according to a programme of events shared on social media.