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  1. Scroll down for Wednesday's stories

    We’ll be back on Thursday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now, we will now leave you with an automated service. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: If you cry for rain don’t complain about the mud." from A Chewa proverb sent by Anatory Chayamba in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this mural of George Floyd painted on a wall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. His killing last month has sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests around the world.

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  2. Zambian gospel artist apologises to president

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    A Zambian gospel artist has apologised to President Edgar Lungu for criticising him in an online video,therefore beating an ultimatum set by a government minister that he does so within 24 hours.

    Kings Malembe had cautioned the government against locking out Zambians from investing in newly discovered gold deposits.

    He warned President Lungu that if only foreigners invested he would lose votes in next year's election.

    Kings said in an online video that he "was sorry" that he did not use the "right platform" to address the president.

    Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo had said Kings' comments were “demeaning to the office of the president".

    Two other artists were told to apologise to the president: Dancehall singer Brian Bwembya, also known as B-Flow, who has been critical of mistreatment of Zambian workers by Chinese managers, and photographer Tukuta Chellah, who has been complaining about alleged corruption in the government.

    Neither have apologised yet.

    Mr Lusambo did not specify what action will follow if they don’t apologise within 24 hours.

    “We can’t start insulting the office of the president with impunity, then as a nation, we don’t have values. National values are very important, extremely important. They are a mirror of the nation,” Mr Lusambo said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

    Watch his full comments:

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  3. Cameroonian journalist Wazizi mourned

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Journalist unions in Cameroon have condemned the death of their colleague, Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, popularly known as Wazizi.

    The broadcaster died Tuesday at the Yaoundé Military Hospital, having been held incommunicado for 300 days.

    Reports say he was tortured before he died.

    The Cameroonian military have not responded to the BBC’s requests for comment.

    Wazizi's lawyer Edward Lyonga Ewule told the BBC he was devastated:

    Quote Message: We have struggled for more than nine months today to see that Wazizi gets justice. Now we hear he is dead, it is very disturbing. I am so devastated, I am down-cast, I am heart-broken.”
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    Wazizi was arrested in August last year in Buea in the South-West region on charges of complicity with separatist fighters in the troubled Anglophone regions of Cameroon.

    His colleague, Joseph Weno, told the BBC he was arrested for speaking truth to power:

    Quote Message: He was very vocal on the issue of the Anglophone crisis.He spoke out and condemned the excesses of the military when there was need for it, and he equally condemned the excesses of the separatists when the need arose, and that's it."

    Journalists across the country now say they will be going on strike in the days ahead to press for justice to be served to their colleague.

  4. East African lorry drivers worry about stigmatisation

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    Lorry drivers who transport freight between Uganda and South Sudan have described a claim from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that they're spreading coronavirus by picking up passengers, as reckless.

    Cross-border drivers have faced anger from people across East Africa who believe they are spreading the virus.

    Nine out of 10 Covid-19 cases in Uganda are lorry drivers.

    In recent weeks countries in East Africa have been under pressure to close their borders to trucks, but the transport of vital goods, like food and medicine, has continued.

    Drivers crossing the Kenya-Uganda border are tested for the virus and that process has led to long delays for lorries, with traffic jams stretching for many kilometres.

    The virus is also now spreading in South Sudan. Some 280 drivers carrying freight from Uganda to Juba have contracted Covid-19 - half of them Ugandans.

    President Museveni has accused truckers of carrying passengers in South Sudan and so spreading the virus.

    The transport drivers say they are intercepted by armed South Sudanese, after they cross the border, and are forced to take unwanted passengers to Juba.

    The lorry drivers say they are already stigmatised, over public fears they are spreading coronavirus and President Museveni's claim that they willingly carry passengers makes that situation worse.


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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Tailbacks at Kenya-Uganda border over testing
  5. HRW accuses Haftar forces of planting mines in civilian areas

    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

    Libyans have had to endure over a year of conflict in and around the capital, Tripoli, but even when some areas they were displaced from appear safer to return to when the fighting winds down, they face further life-threatening dangers.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) believes that in late May, anti-personnel mines and other booby-trap devices were laid by forces affiliated to renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar as they withdrew from some residential districts in the Libyan capital.

    Graphic videos showing their effects were shared by civilians on social media.

    Others showed where the mines were planted:

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    In its latest news release, HRW cites images shared by forces allied to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli which show a variety of wired improvised explosive devices as well as Soviet or Russian made anti-personnel mines that they uncovered when they moved in.

    Some of the types of weapons shown suggest they were recently brought into the country, in violation of the 2011 UN arms embargo on Libya.

    Read more: Libya conflict: Russia and Turkey risk Syria repeat

  6. Thieves 'wearing PPE' rob supermarket

    A group of armed men dressed as healthcare workers have stolen a large amount of cash from a supermarket in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg.

    The men pretended to be Covid-19 health inspectors when they entered Checkers supermarket, IOL reported.

    They were wearing masks, face shields, gloves and white lab jackets, the news site reported.

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    They robbed 200,000 South African rand ($12,000; £9,000) from the pension payout point while pensioners were still standing outside, the report says.

    No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

    Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing after Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) destined for three districts in KwaZulu-Natal to aid in the fight against coronavirus went missing earlier this week, IOL reports.

  7. Lusaka mayor investigated over alleged assault

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Police in Zambia are investigating the mayor of the capital Lusaka, Miles Sampa, for alleged assault.

    Zambia police spokesperson Esther Katongo confirmed that Lawrence Nsoma, who works for a privately owned cemetery, alleged he was assaulted by the mayor.

    Ms Katongo said Mr Nsoma sustained injuries on the face and a stick is alleged to have been used in the assault.

    Mr Sampa declined to comment on the allegation when the BBC approached him. Ms Katongo also confirmed that police at the weekend received a report of criminal trespass from Mr Sampa who alleged that six people went to his home and harassed his workers.Ms Katongo said police were investigating both complaints.

    A video of the alleged incident has been shared online. It is not clear what caused the apparent disagreement.

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  8. Coronavirus: Rugby Africa cancels 2020 season

    Rugby Africa has cancelled all its competitions for 2020 in a bid to protect the health of both players and their loved ones.

    The Rugby Africa Cup had been due to get underway on 30 May but a decision to prioritise players' health above the continental competition for national teams was taken earlier in the month.

    The women's competition has also been cancelled, as have the Sevens and Under-20 tournaments.

    In a statement Rugby Africa said that the following considerations led to matches being cancelled:

    • Bans on travel, public gatherings and sporting events across Africa
    • Not all African nations will lift restrictions at the same time, so compromising the participation of some countries
    • Travel costs are set to increase significantly
    • Potential quarantine requirements could require some players to spend much longer periods abroad

    Read the full story: Rugby Africa cancels 2020 season

    Kenya's Willy Ambaka in action against Tunisia
    Image caption: Kenya's Willy Ambaka in action against Tunisia
  9. Sudanese mark massacre anniversary

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Sudanese protesters have been demonstrating in the capital, Khartoum, demanding justice for dozens of opposition supporters massacred outside army headquarters a year ago.

    Demonstrators carried posters of the dead and burned tyres.

    The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok promised that justice would be done, but rights groups say there has been little progress in the investigation.

    Activists say nearly 130 protesters were killed by a paramilitary force when it cleared their camp.

    The protesters were demanding a swift transition to civilian rule following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir, who held power for nearly 30 years.

    Watch the BBC report about what happened on 3 June 2019:

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    Video caption: Sudan’s livestream massacre
  10. French court approves Kabuga's extradition

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Félicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda's richest men, used 28 aliases to evade capture
    Image caption: Félicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda's richest men, used 28 aliases to evade capture

    A court in the French capital, Paris, has approved the extradition of the Rwandan genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga, to a UN international tribunal in The Hague.

    The 84-year-old businessman was arrested last month in a suburb in Paris after 26 years on the run.

    He is alleged to have backed and armed ethnic Hutu militias who slaughtered about 800,000 people in 1994.

    In 1997 he was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) for Rwanda on seven counts including with genocide and crimes against humanity.

    The UN tribunal wound up its operations in 2015 and its duties were transferred to another UN body - the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) that handles outstanding war crimes cases and is pressing for Mr Kabuga's extradition.

    Mr Kabuga has called the charges against him lies.

    His lawyers had wanted him tried in France, saying he would be subjected to a "political" trial at the IRMCT.

    Mr Kabuga can appeal against the decision to hand him over to the IRMCT, which is based both in the Tanzanian city of Arusha and The Hague in the Netherlands.

    Read more: How Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years

  11. SA mum arrested after missing six-year-old daughter found dead

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Alexia Nyamadzawo
    Image caption: Alexia Nyamadzawo had started school this year.

    A woman has been charged with the murder of her six-year-old daughter Alexia Nyamadzawo, whose body was found dumped in a sugar-cane plantation in KwaZulu-Natal province earlier this week.

    Fungai Nyamadzawo previously said that the girl had been taken from the back seat of her car on Sunday by unknown men.

    She appealed for help in locating the child.

    Ms Nyamadzawo said the kidnapping happened on a Durban road while she was driving over a speed hump.

    The 42-year-old woman who is yet to plead, has also been charged with kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

    News of Alexia’s apparent kidnapping had sparked concern in South Africa, with many on social media showing their support for the family and praying that she would be found alive.

    That concern has now turned to shock following the mother’s arrest.

    Ms Nyamadzawo will remain in custody until her next court appearance on 10 June.

    Alexia had started school this year.

  12. Gambia wants probe on US shooting of diplomat's son

    Gambia's government wants the US to conduct a "transparent" and "credible" investigation into the death of its citizen in the city of Atlanta.

    A statement from the foreign ministry said the victim, 39-year-old Momodou Lamin Sisay, died on 29 May.

    The Reuters news agency reports that the victim is the son of a Gambian diplomat and was shot by a police officer following a car chase.

    Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has said in a statement that Mr Sisay refused to stop when pulled over for vehicle licence violation.

    It said Mr Sisay pointed a handgun at the officers when he eventually stopped, before firing at them. An exchange of gunfire ensued and he was pronounced dead at the scene, it said.

    Gambia's foreign ministry said:

    "The Honourary Consul in Georgia and the Gambian embassy in Washington DC are on the ground to support the family of the deceased and to also work with US authorities in establishing circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Sisay."

  13. 'Young and erratic officers' blamed for Kenyan police violence

    Junior officers are to blame for incidents of alleged police brutality, the Kenyan police spokesperson has said.

    “Some of these police officers are very young, they can easily get drunk with the little power they have and do very wrong things,” Charles Owino told a local TV station.

    He added that action would be taken against those found to have broken the law.

    Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) said in a statement that 15 people have been killed and 31 injured since Kenya heightened security measures to curb the spread of coronavirus on 25 March.

    IPOA said it had received 87 complaints from the public, including assaults resulting in serious injuries, robbery, inhuman treatment and sexual assault.

    Kenya has reported just over 2,000 coronavirus cases and 71 deaths from the virus.

    Watch Mr Owino's interview below:

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  14. Coronavirus: Hundreds of Nigerian health workers test positive

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A health worker during mass testing in Abuja, Nigeria

    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says at least 812 health workers have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Chief Executive Chikwe Ihekweazu said on Tuesday that 29 of the infected health workers are staff at the agency.

    Nigeria has confirmed 10,819 cases and 314 deaths so far.

    In April, the Nigerian Medical Association attributed the infection of front-line health workers to lack of adequate protection.

    But Mr Ihekweazu said the centre had distributed 40,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the workers.

    Unions of health workers in some states have threatened strike action over lack of adequate protective gear.

    Meanwhile, the government has reversed its earlier directive that prohibited private hospitals from treating Covid-19 patients.

    It has asked private hospitals to register with their respective state governments and ensure proper training of staff.

  15. 'Two killed' in Juba protests

    At least two people have been killed in Shirkat area of South Sudan's capital Juba after a gunman opened fire, the UN-backed Radio Miraya reports.

    Protesters say the gunman is a relative of President Salva Kiir.

    Army spokesperson Lul Ruai has been quoted by Eye Radio as saying that Gen Lual Marine has been arrested.

    The radio station said the shooting incident was related to a land dispute.

    Photos of the demonstrators have been shared on Twitter:

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  16. An unusual martyrs day

    The town of Namugongo, north-east of Uganda's capital, Kampala, is witnessing an unusual sight today.

    For decades every 3 June, hundreds of thousands of worshippers have visited a shrine in the town to honour the Christian martyrs killed for their faith by the King of Buganda between 1885 - 1887.

    The event which attracts faithfuls from the region and beyond has been banned this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    President Yoweri Museveni has shared a video honouring the martyrs and urged the faithful to continue observing measures to curb the spread of the virus.

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  17. Lesotho ex-first lady arrested

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Maesaiah Thabane

    Lesotho's former first lady has been arrested over the murder of the estranged wife of her husband, the recently resigned prime minister Thomas Thabane.

    Maesaiah Thabane's bail was revoked last week.

    Mr Thabane has also been named as a suspect in the killing of Lipolelo, who was shot dead three years ago, days before Mr Thabane was sworn in as prime minister.

    The couple have denied involvement in the murder. The case has caused significant political upheaval in Lesotho.

    Mr Thabane stepped down as prime minister last month, following sustained pressure from his own party.

    Read more: The characters at the heart of Lesotho's murder drama

  18. Predators targeting Kenyan children studying online

    A hooded man holds a laptop computer
    Image caption: Perpetrators are complimenting children online to earn their trust

    Kenya's police has warned of a rise in cases of online sex predators who are targeting children who are studying online after schools were closed because of coronavirus outbreak.

    The directorate of criminal investigations said the predators were luring children by complimenting them through inbox messages, before asking them for nude photos.

    The agency said it was investigating several cases and asked parents to share information if a perpetrator contacts their children.

    It also urged them to track the online activities of their children and always know their whereabouts as some perpetrators were organising for physical meetings.

    Students with access to internet in the country have been attending online classes after schools were closed down in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  19. Nigeria's Bauchi state deputy governor tests positive

    The deputy governor of Nigeria's north-western state of Bauchi has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The state's media official said Baba Tela was in self-isolation and samples from all his contacts were taken for testing.

    The deputy governor is thought to have contracted the virus while working as the chairman of the task force in charge of coronavirus response, according to a statement by the state government.

    He had shown symptoms of the virus before his samples were taken and tested.

    Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed has wished his deputy quick a recovery and urged residents to keep following regulations to stop the spread of the virus.

    The state has confirmed 241 coronavirus cases out of approximately 10,000 cases in the country.

    Nigeria's Guardian newspaper tweeted a photo of the deputy governor:

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