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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We're back on Tuesday morning

    That's all for now from the BBC Africa Live page team. There will be an automated BBC News feed until we're back on Tuesday morning.

    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 our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: You cannot determine where your feet will land." from A Tonga proverb sent by Michael in Livingstone, Zambia.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of a glass blower in Kenya:

    An artisan moulds heated glass at the Kitengela Hot Glass studios in Tuala, Kajiado, Kenya
  2. Kaunda in 'serious but stable' condition

    Kenneth Kaunda
    Image caption: Kenneth Kaunda, pictured here in 1987, led Zambia from 1964 to 1991

    Zambia's founding father Kenneth Kaunda is in a "serious but stable condition", a source close to the former president has told the BBC.

    The 97-year-old, who served as president from 1964 to 1991, was admitted to hospital last Tuesday with a minor chest infection, and was actually due to be discharged today, the BBC was told.

    But his condition changed overnight and became worrying this morning.

    He is still breathing on his own and not on a ventilator. But the situation at the moment is concerning - given his age, our source said.

    Both Zambia's President Edgar Lungu and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa have urged people to pray for Mr Kaunda.

    He is one of the last surviving members of a group who struggled against colonialism in Africa in the aftermath of the Second World War.

  3. Egypt upholds death penalties for Muslim Brotherhood members

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Protesters in Cairo
    Image caption: Egypt was gripped by pro- and anti-Morsi protests in 2013

    An Egyptian court has upheld the death penalty for 12 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including two senior officials of the organisation.

    The court of cassation has reduced the sentencing of 31 other members to life in prison, according to a judiciary official quoted by AFP.

    The suspects had taken part in 2013 in an anti-government sit-in in Cairo.

    Hundreds were killed when the police used force to disperse the protesters. They were accused of "possession of weapons and resisting the police".

    There is no possibility of appeal against the rulings.

    The Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been banned and tagged a terrorist organisation after a military coup led by then-Defence Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi toppled President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

    Morsi, a senior official in the Muslim brotherhood, was jailed and later died in prison. He remains Egypt's only democratically elected president.

  4. South Sudan vaccinates 16,000 against coronavirus

    Nichola Mandil


    The health authorities in South Sudan have said that they have so far vaccinated more than 16,000 people against Covid-19. South Sudan has a population of 13 million.

    In March, the country received 132,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Covax facility, and another consignment of 59,000 doses from the African Union (AU) and South African telecom giant, MTN.

    But the 59,000 doses donated by the AU could not be used as they expired on 13 April before South Sudan could start a vaccine rollout.

    Other doses have been donated to neighbouring Kenya.

    But now the vaccine programme has started.

    On Monday, Dr John Romunu Pasquale, head of preventive health services at the health ministry, said that 16,509 doses had so far been administered.

    “We are doing well with vaccination, I am happy to inform you that now all the 10 [regional] states and the three administrative areas are having Covid-19 vaccination," he told reporters.

    South Sudan has so far recorded 115 deaths from coronavirus.

  5. Kenya mourns top businessman Chris Kirubi

    U2 lead singer Bono (R) and Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS board member Chris Kirubi
    Image caption: Chris Kirubi worked with Bono in 2004 in an HIV/Aids campaign

    Kenyans have been paying tribute to businessman Chris Kirubi who has died aged 80 at his home in the capital, Nairobi.

    Mr Kirubi, one of the country's richest people, had interests spanning manufacturing, investments and media and was known for his colourful lifestyle.

    He became a part-time radio personality at a station he owned and was known by his moniker: DJ CK.

    Employees at his companies and those who have worked for him previously have hailed his as a good friend and mentor.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta said Mr Kirubi, who sat on several company boards, was a "great coach".

    “Besides his celebrated business acumen, Kenya will remember Chris a great coach and business mentor who raised some of our country’s best businessmen and corporate leaders,” Mr Kenyatta said.

    The late businessman name is the top trend on Twitter in Kenya with some users sharing a screengrab of his last tweet, sent just hours before his death was announced:

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  6. Ramaphosa joins prayers for Kaunda

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country has joined the people of Zambia in prayer for the health of founding father Kenneth Kaunda.

    Mr Kaunda is in hospital being treated for an undisclosed illness

    In a tweet Mr Ramaphosa wished the 97 year old a "speedy and full recovery":

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  7. Many migrants feared dead in Yemen boat sinking

    File photo showing a boat carrying migrants in Aden, Yemen, before they are deported to Somalia (26 September 2016)

    Dozens of African migrants are feared dead after a boat carrying them reportedly capsized off Yemen's coast.

    Fishermen in Yemen's Lahj province told AFP news agency that they had recovered 25 bodies in the water near Ras al-Ara.

    A provincial official said a boat with between 160 and 200 people on board had overturned in the area two days ago.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it was verifying reports that a vessel carrying a large number of migrants had sunk.

    "IOM teams are on the ground and ready to respond to the needs of survivors," it tweeted.

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  8. 'Cervical cancer is very much a man's issue'

    Is cervical cancer a man's issue?

    Kenyan journalist Mariga Thoithi thought it was something he didn't need to think about - until a good friend died of it at just 29 years old.

    He then started researching the cancer and was horrified at what he found.

    Only about one in six women in Kenya will be screened for what should be a preventable disease, and 3,000 Kenyan women die of it each year.

    Of the 20 countries in the world with the highest rate of cervical cancer, 19 of them are African. The problem is that the cause of the cancer - the infection HPV - is primarily sexually transmitted - meaning taking a test can be stigmatised.

    He's now written an article entitled "The fight against cervical cancer is very much a man's issue".

    He adds:

    Quote Message: Men are primarily the spreaders of the HPV. Most of us will get HPV in our lifetime... Men wouldn't see themselves as part of the problem, but I feel this is exactly why men should be involved in finding the solution."

    Listen to his interview with BBC Newsday:

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    Video caption: Mariga Thoithi's friend died of the disease at the age of 29
  9. Tanzania gold plant launched in plan to stop exports

    David Nkya

    BBC Swahili

    Tanzania has launched a $5.2m (£3.6m) gold refining plant that is aimed at ensuring the country no longer exports raw gold.

    The Mwanza Precious Metals Refinery factory has a capacity of refining 480kg gold per day, and is one of three new factories established in Tanzania.

    The factory, which is touted to be the largest in the East African region, is expected to earn revenue for Tanzania through levies and royalties.

    It is also expected to provide more than 100 direct jobs and over 300 indirect jobs for Tanzanians.

    The factory is a partnership between the Tanzanian government - which holds a 25% stake - and other investors.

  10. Somalia normalises diplomatic relations with Kenya

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    Somalia has said it has normalised diplomatic relations with Kenya after it lifted a ban on flights to and from Mogadishu.

    Somalia's ministry of foreign affairs called on Kenya to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu.

    The ministry said Somalia would in turn re-open its embassy in Nairobi.

    Relations between the two East African neighbours have been tense in recent years due to a maritime border row.

    Somalia severed relations with Kenya in December, accusing Nairobi of meddling in internal Somali affairs.

    Kenya has denied the accusation.

  11. Concern as 'diamond rush' hits South African village

    Large crowds of people have gathered in a South African village in KwaZulu-Natal province where diamonds are rumoured to have been discovered, local media report.

    Videos posted on social media showed people digging the ground in search of the precious stones.

    The provincial government also shared one of the videos on Twitter and expressed concern its concern over the "diamond rush".

    It added it had "noted with concern, the reports of illegal mining activity taking place at KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith".

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    Local authorities have not yet determined whether the stones are genuine diamonds.

    The national department of minerals and energy is said to have promised to send its team - including enforcement and compliance units, plus geoscientists - to inspect the site.

    The KwaZulu-Natal government also said in a media statement that it was concerned that the crowding at the site could violate Covid-19 regulations.

  12. Sexual harassment case sees basketball chief step aside


    Hamane Niang, the Malian president of basketball's governing body in Africa, Fiba, has agreed to step aside as an investigation is held into allegations of systemic sexual harassment within the Mali Basketball Federation (FMB).

    Concerns were raised on 10 June through the New York Times and Human Rights Watch leading to basketball's world governing body to open a probe into the allegations.

    Fiba's integrity officer professor Richard McLaren has confirmed that the report is expected to be delivered soon after the Olympic Games.

    As well as Niang stepping aside Fiba also suspended three people connected to the FMB from "all Fiba activities while the investigation is conducted: coach Amadou Bamba, coach Oumar Sissoko and official Hario Maiga."

    Read more here.

  13. Bobi Wine supporters released after six months

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Bobi Wine's supporters surrounded by police in Kalangala district, Southern Uganda, on December 30, 2020
    Image caption: The supporters were among 49 people arrested in southern Uganda

    The military court in Kampala has released on bail 18 supporters of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, who had been arrested at an election campaign rally in December 2020.

    They include Bobi Wine’s personal bodyguard Edward Sebuwufu, Eddie Mutwe, and his musician colleague Bukeni Ali known as Nubian Li.

    They were part of a group of 49 people charged with possession of four rounds of ammunition. They have all now been released on bail.

    Out of those arrested, 13 were granted bail in February and 18 others in late May.

    They had been arrested in the Lake Victoria island district of Kalangala, during a rally at which Bobi Wine was also picked up and flown against his will to his home in Kampala in a military helicopter.

    During the election campaign season and the months following the January polls, Uganda witnessed a wave of arrests and alleged kidnaps of what are believed to be hundreds of opposition supporters.

    A statement presented to parliament by then Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odongo in April showed that the security forces were holding at least 1000 people at one point.

    Families in the capital Kampala and other parts of the country continue to ask government to produce loved ones who they say were arrested by security personnel and remain unaccounted for.

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  14. Pray for our beloved KK - Lungu

    Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has asked people to pray for his predecessor and the country's founding father, Kenneth Kaunda, who is in hospital.

    The 97-year-old is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

    "I call the nation to prayer for our beloved KK who is hospitalised, that God may touch him with His healing hand," Mr Lungu tweeted.

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    Dr Kaunda became president in 1964 and left power in 1991.

  15. Wildlife lovers mourn death of Kenya's lion Scarface

    Ashley Lime

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists around the world have been mourning the death of an iconic lion named Scarface which lived in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.

    Scarface, celebrated and seen as an icon by many who visited the popular reserve, died on Friday at the age of 14.

    He was given the name Scarface because of a distinctive scar across his eye, which experts say was acquired when he and his three brothers in 2016 took over a pride of lions.

    Local newspaper The Star quotes the Kenya Wildlife Service as saying the lion died peacefully.

    The Mara Predator Conservation Programme, run by the Kenya Wildlife Trust, wrote on its Facebook page: “At 1 pm local time, Scarface took his last breath. He died in peace without any disturbance from vehicles and hyenas. We were the only vehicle on the scene and by his side, hoping to give him any kind of comfort," .

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    Scarface and his brothers were known as "the four musketeers" and are said to have dominated the Malaika and Ashnil camp areas along the Mara River.

    Tourists often felt accomplished whenever they sighted Scarface, who was once speared by a Maasai herder protecting his livestock.

  16. Kaunda asks for prayers after hospital admission

    Kenneth Kaunda
    Image caption: Kenneth Kaunda - seen here while president in 1977 - has been admitted to hospital several times before

    Zambia's founding father Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital after feeling "unwell", a statement from his office says.

    The 97-year-old is one of the last surviving figures from Africa's anti-colonial struggle of the 1950s.

    He became Zambia's first president in 1964.

    The statement says that Dr Kaunda is "requesting all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he recovers".

    There is no indication of what might be the matter.

    Dr Kaunda, who left power in 1991, has been in hospital several times before.


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  17. Eritrean Orthodox church's new patriarch consecrated

    Teklemariam Bekit

    BBC News Tigrinya

    Patriarch being crowned

    The Eritrean Orthodox church has consecrated a new patriarch as the former leader remains in detention.

    Reverend Abune Qerlos was installed as the 5th patriarch in a ceremony in the capital, Asmara, on Sunday.

    Church critics say that the Orthodox church does not allow the election of a new patriarch while a sitting one is still alive.

    Reverend Abune Antonios was the head of the church until 2006 when he was accused of heresy.

    He has for a long time been a critic of the government and was deposed and put under house arrest 15 years ago.

    In July 2019, Eritrean bishops in the Orthodox Church removed the patriarch and instructed the congregation "never to acknowledge and remember his name".

    Although he was expelled from being a member of the church, the bishops said he could still live in a church building.

    Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran, Catholic churches, as well as Sunni Islam, are the only religions allowed in the country.

    Eritrea has in the past been accused of religion-related oppression.

    The Eritrean government accuses Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians of being instruments of foreign governments.

    In April, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a report recommending that the State Department identify Eritrea as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) due to its serious abuses of religious freedom.

    Isaias Afwerki has been president of Eritrea since its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, with no elections or parliament and a draft constitution that has never been implemented.

  18. Ramaphosa insists on need for vaccine patent waiver

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa being vaccinated
    Image caption: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa was invited to the G7 Summit

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated the need for a patent waiver to allow Africa to manufacture its own Covid-19 vaccines.

    The president told the BBC that the continent's destiny was now in its "own hands" as many countries report a surge in virus cases.

    Only about 2% of the continent has been vaccinated so far with some countries facing vaccine shortages.

    "There’s been great assistance but we need more, we need more assistance but we also need more demonstration of solidarity, those who are more capable should help those who are less capable," President Ramaphosa said.

    The South African leader who was a guest at the just-concluded G7 summit said the continent wants to manufacture its own vaccines for the more than 1.2 billion people.

    "We also came with a proposal about the waiving of the WTO Trips [Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights], measures or process, that we now want to manufacture vaccines on our own," he said.

    President Ramaphosa said South Africa was in a "desperate situation" with coronavirus cases rising and hospital beds filling up.

    He said the continent had been left behind on vaccination.

    "We found ourselves left behind and they went on and purchased the bulk of the vaccines because they have the money and they own the manufacturing sites and we don’t, that has put us on the back foot," he said.

  19. Tanzanian president calls for digital currency plan

    Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan
    Image caption: President Samia told the Bank of Tanzania on Sunday to be vigilant on digital currencies

    Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has urged the country's central bank to be prepared for the use of digital currencies.

    President Samia told the Bank of Tanzania on Sunday to be vigilant amid a rising interest and adoption of cryptocurrencies around the globe.

    "I know that many countries around the world have not accepted or started using digital currencies. However, I call upon the Bank of Tanzania to start looking into these developments just to be prepared.

    "We don't want to be caught unawares or find out later that our citizens are ahead of us and have already started using cryptocurrencies," she said.

    El Salvador last week became the first country in the world to officially classify a digital currency, Bitcoin, as legal currency.