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  1. Kenya pubs to reopen but schools to stay shut

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Beer
    Image caption: Alcohol consumption weakens the immune system, health experts say

    Pubs in Kenya will reopen on Tuesday, six months after they were shut to curb the spread of coronavirus.

    Trading hours, however, have been restricted - they have to close at 22:00 local time.

    The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta as he addressed the nation on the government's latest initiatives to tackle the pandemic.

    He extended a nationwide curfew for a further 60 days, but said it would start two hours later - now lasting from 23:00 to 04:00.

    The change would take effect on Tuesday.

    An expected announcement on the reopening of schools did not happen. The ministry of education ordered teachers to report to school on Monday, but President Kenyatta said learning institutions could only open once the safety of students could be guaranteed.

    Kenya has had more than 38,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Nine deaths were reported today, pushing the number of fatalities to above 700.

    There has been a steady decline in the number of cases in recent weeks. Only 53 new cases were announced on Monday, although critics have noted a low testing rate.

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  2. Why are Nigerian lawyers asked if they are married or not?

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    Video caption: The Nigerian lawyers fighting for equal treatment for women working in the law courts

    The Nigerian lawyers fighting for equal treatment for women working in the law courts

  3. 'Bomb on donkey' used to ambush Nigerian governor

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    Babagana Zulum
    Image caption: The governor has survived two assassination attempts since Friday

    In a highly unusual tactic, militants suspected to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) group used a donkey strapped with explosives to ambush the convoy of the governor of Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, an official who was in one of the vehicles has told the BBC.

    The latest ambush came after Governor Babagana Zulum survived an attack by militants while he was travelling to an area near Lake Chad on Friday.

    His convoy was ambushed again on Sunday as he was returning to the state capital, Maiduguri, and this time militants putting a donkey on the road, the official said.

    When soldiers saw it, they shot at the animal. Explosives then went off and the militants immediately came out from their hide-out to open fire on the convoy, the official added.

    A number of insurgents were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. No-one in the convoy - including the governor - was injured but some vehicles were damaged by bullets, the official said.

    At least 18 people - 14 police officers and soldiers and four civilians - were killed in Friday's ambush.

    Nigerian soldiers carry the body of a fellow serviceman during his funeral on September 26, 2020 as victims are buried following the attack on vehicles carrying Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad
    Image caption: The military has been battling to end the insurgency

    The governor had toured Baga town in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced by Boko Haram militants in 2014.

    Boko Haram has since split, with a breakaway group - the Islamic State West Africa Province - pledging allegiance to IS.

  4. Ethiopia regional officials sacked after violence

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Abiy Ahmed
    Image caption: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is under pressure to quell the violence

    At least 40 regional government officials in Ethiopia's western state of Benishangul-Gumuz have been sacked following a wave of ethnic-related violence, the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) has said.

    Ten of the officials are now under investigation, it added, without giving further details.

    Five districts in the state have been put under military control to contain the violence that left dozens dead and hundreds displaced last week.

    The government-linked Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said it was deeply alarmed by the violence, which targeted civilians.

    In a pre-dawn attack on Friday, at least 15 people, including four women, were killed. Attacks earlier in the month left 30 people dead, although activists say the number could be as high as 80.

    Most of the victims in the attacks were said to be from the Amhara and Agew ethnic groups.

    It is not clear who the perpetrators were.

    On Sunday, the authorities from Amhara state accused officials in Benishangul-Gumuz of not doing enough to prevent the violence.

    The Amhara state spokesperson added that his region’s government was "running out of patience".

    There is concern about the increasing ethnic-related violence in Ethiopia. It is seen as one of the most pressing challenges for Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed.

  5. New West Africa currency 'delayed for five years'

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    A woman displays several 10,000 CFA
    Image caption: The new eco currency will replace the CFA franc

    A plan to launch a new currency to replace the CFA franc used by several countries in West Africa may not happen for at least five years.

    Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has said the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the project to introduce the eco currency this year.

    Last December, the eight countries which use the CFA franc - all former French colonies plus Guinea-Bissau - said they would reduce their economic ties to France, while there has been a parallel move to create a single currency for the whole of West Africa.

    But the ambitious plan has been torpedoed by the economic fallout of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    The International Money Fund has forecast sub-Saharan Africa's economy will contract more than 3% this year.

    Nations in the bloc have agreed to work towards reducing their budget deficits to below 3% of GDP, a measure of the value of their economies.

    But according to the Ivorian president, that is unlikely to happen for three to five years.

    Other countries which do not use the CFA franc, like Nigeria and Ghana, are also interested in adopting the new regional currency.

    But Ghana does not want the eco pegged to the euro, like the CFA franc, and Nigeria wants the former French colonies to break all financial ties with Paris.

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  6. Tanzania candidate summoned over rigging claim

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Tundu Lissu
    Image caption: Tundu Lissu has been accused of threatening national security

    Tanzania’s main opposition presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu, has been summoned to appear before the National Electoral Commission's ethics committee on Tuesday after he alleged that President John Magufuli had convened a meeting with district executive directors to discuss rigging October's election.

    Senior election official Wilson Mahere said the allegation was meant to paint a picture that the poll would not be conducted in a free and fair atmosphere.

    The registrar of political parties has also written a letter to Mr Lissu's Chadema party, saying his remarks posed a threat to national security.

    District executive directors are required by law to act as constituency returning officers during the election. The government has denied Mr Lissu's allegation.

  7. Popular singer Daev Zambia dies in road accident

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Zambian musician David Phiri, popularly known as Daev Zambia, died on Sunday in a road accident.

    The musician, who was driving, was severely burnt in the accident, according to a statement by Zambian police spokesperson Esther Katongo.

    Three passengers also died in the accident while one person survived with serious injuries.

    The singer was famous for the love song “It’s never been easy”.

    Musicians and fans have been paying tribute through the hashtag #RipDaevZambia on Twitter.

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  8. Anti-Nigerian hashtag trends in South Africa

    Protest
    Image caption: A protest was held outside the Nigerian High Commission last week

    #NigeriansMustGo has been the top trending hashtag on Twitter in South Africa, in the latest sign of growing xenophobia against foreigners in the country.

    This comes just days after a small protest was held outside the Nigerian High Commission in the capital, Pretoria, under the hashtag #PutSouthAfricansFirst.

    The latest hashtag has been partly fuelled by a report in local media that a police raid led to five Nigerians being arrested and charged with human trafficking after 11 women were found to be working as sex workers at brothels disguised as a bed-and-breakfast.

    Last week, Digital Forensic Research Lab - which is made up of forensic researchers who track conflicts - said it had identified a dismissed lance corporal in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as running a fake Twitter account used to fuel xenophobia. The former soldier has not commented.

    Some South Africans accuse immigrants of taking the jobs of locals, and of being involved in crime.

    Others say that most immigrants are law-abiding, and should not be blamed for South Africa's economic and social problems.

    During last week's protest, Nigeria's High Commissioner Bala Kabiru said: "We don't accept the profiling of Nigerians in South Africa."

  9. Tanzania opposition candidate's convoy 'tear-gassed'

    Tanzania's opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu says police have teargassed his convoy in Nyamongo area, north of the country, as he was heading to a campaign meeting.

    He said his supporters were "brutally caned and hurt".

    Mr Lissu has tweeted a video of his confrontation with police:

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    Tanzanians will head to the polls on 28 October to elect a new parliament and president. Incumbent John Magufuli is seeking a second five-year term.

    Human rights campaigners have said the authorities have stepped up repression of opposition parties, non-governmental organisations and the media.

  10. UN wants Nigeria singer sentenced for blasphemy freed

    Protesters speak during one of the demonstrations
    Image caption: Protesters had called for action against the musician

    UN human rights experts have called for the release of the Nigerian singer sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy by an Islamic court in the northern state of Kano.

    Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was sentenced on 10 August for sharing a song that he had written and performed via WhatsApp. The court ruled that the song had blasphemed Prophet Muhammad.

    In a statement, 10 UN experts on human rights called for the sentence to be overturned, saying they were concerned that Sharif-Aminu - a Muslim who belonged to the Sufi Tijaniyyah order - was being held in communicado and did not have legal representation at his initial trial.

    "Artistic expression of opinion and beliefs, through songs or other media - including those seen to offend religious sensibilities - is protected in accordance with international law. The criminalization of these expressions is unlawful. Music is not a crime,” the statement.

  11. Zimbabwe schools reopen amid teachers' strike

    Children in Zimbabwe are returning to school for the first time in six months, but teachers from two unions are on strike after expressing health and safety concerns because of coronavirus.

    Schools were closed earlier in the year because of the pandemic.

    The government says children will be safe at school but union representative Obert Masaraure told BBC Newsday that teaching would not take place at most schools:

    Quote Message: We are going to be on strike for two reasons; one we want to pressure the government to review our salary which is now at about $330 and also to ensure the government provides the bare minimum to ensure that our teachers and learners can safely get back into schools.
    Quote Message: Most parents and teachers have agreed it is not safe and for parents it is also the economy has been affected and so they are not able to pay for for fees."
    Quote Message: We want the government to provide the minimums for example we want protective gear in public schools, we want running water in schools to prevent the spread of the virus.
  12. Militants attack Nigeria governor’s convoy

    Babagana Zulum, the Govorner of the Borno state

    Suspected Islamist militants on Sunday attacked the convoy of Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, while returning to the capital, Maiduguri.

    No deaths have been reported.

    It is not clear if the governor was in the convoy.

    The attack happened barely 48 hours after militants had ambushed the governor’s convoy in Baga town. At least 30 people died in the attack including soldiers and policemen.

    Governor Zulum survived Friday's attack without injuries.

    The Islamic State (IS) group said it carried out the attack.

    The governor had toured Baga town in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced by Boko Haram militants in 2014.

  13. Covid-19: Chinese doctors arrive in Zimbabwe

    A team of 10 Chinese doctors have arrived in Zimbabwe to join the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    They will be stationed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for the next 12 months, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    The head of the team, Dr Luo Weiqiang, is quoted as saying the doctors will also promote Chinese traditional medicine.

    The Chinese embassy tweeted a photo of the doctors:

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  14. S Africa police arrest mayor impostor

    Police in South Africa have arrested a 28-year-old man for impersonating a local mayor.

    He had attempted to extort a woman with a promise to give her a tender.

    The man was taken to the Durban central police station for processing and charged for extortion.

    He will appear at the Durban magistrates court on 28 September.

    South Africa police tweeted:

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  15. DR Congo releases final-year high school exam results

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC Africa, Kinshasa

    Final year students pose for selfies after getting their exam results
    Image caption: The exams were delayed for five months because of coronavirus

    The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has published the baccalaureate results - final-year secondary school results - following the Covid-19 disruption of the school year.

    The results were published on Sunday by the secondary school ministry. They mark the end of the school year.

    There were more than 150,000 candidates in the capital, Kinshasa, alone.

    The exams were done early this month after a five-month delay.

    The education ministry announced that the next school year would start on 12 October.

  16. UN envoy calls for peaceful Ivory Coast elections

    Police officers stand in front of supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo
    Image caption: There has been tension in the country ahead of the 31 October polls

    The special UN envoy for West Africa has urged peaceful elections in Ivory Coast at the end of a week-long visit.

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas met President Alassane Ouattara who is running for a third term after his preferred successor died.

    President Ouattara's candidacy has caused tension in the country and led to protests.

    The elections are scheduled for 31 October.

    Mr Chambas also met three of the president's challengers, electoral body officials and civil society representatives.

    He urged all actors to ensure a peaceful and inclusive election and respect human rights.

    Ivory Coast's main presidential election challenger, Henri Konan Bédié, called for a campaign of civil disobedience to stop the president from seeking a third term.

    Several candidates including former President Laurent Gbagbo and former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro have been barred from running because of previous convictions.

    At least 10 people have been killed since riots broke out last month after President Ouattara announced his candidacy.

  17. Nigeria labour unions strike called off at last minute

    Labour Unions in Nigeria have suspended their planned nationwide strike that was to begin on Monday, Labour Minister Festus Keyamo has said on Twitter.

    The suspension follows overnight talks between the government and the unions.

    The strike was to protest against the recent doubling of electricity bills, an increase in petrol price and high cost of living in the country, the BBC's Ishaq Khalid reports.

    The government had said the measures were needed to shore up the economy which has been badly affected by the fall in global oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The minister said the electricity tariffs will now be suspended for two weeks and a committee formed to "examine the justification for the new policy".

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  18. Former Mali foreign minister named premier

    Moctar Ouane
    Image caption: Moctar Ouane was Mali's foreign minister until 2011

    Mali's transitional President Bah Ndaw has named a new civilian prime minister, the state television announced on Sunday.

    Mr Ndaw appointed former diplomat Moctar Ouane to the position.

    Mr Ouane served as Mali's foreign minister between 2004 and 2011.

    He was Mali's permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002 and later became a diplomatic adviser to the west African regional bloc, Ecowas.

    His appointment could see the lifting of sanctions imposed by Ecowas after last month's coup.

    The coup leader Col Assimi Goita had picked Mr Ndaw - who was inaugurated on Friday - to be the transitional president.

    The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for Ecowas to lift the sanctions it imposed after the coup.

    Ecowas officials had on Friday said they would only lift the embargo after a civilian prime minister was also appointed.

    Correspondents say it still isn't clear how much power military officers will retain, especially after Col Goita was given the position of vice-president.

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