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Emmanuel Onyango, Evelyne Musambi and Dickens Olewe

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  1. Lagos governor 'called in army to restore order'

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC, Lagos

    A police blockade at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on October 21, 2020,
    Image caption: The Lekki toll gate was the scene of violent confrontations between protesters and security forces

    Nigeria's army has said the decision to call in the military to restore calm in the streets of the commercial hub of Lagos during protests against police brutality was taken by the state government.

    The army said the request was made after Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had imposed a state-wide 24-hour curfew on 20 October.

    The governor last week accused "powers beyond his control" of shooting at protesters. He later said CCTV footage showed army personnel at Lekki toll gate, the scene of one of the shootings.

    Rights group Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed in two incidents in Lagos that day.

    The army continues to deny involvement in the shooting. It said there “is no iota of truth” in any allegations that soldiers opened fire on civilians.

  2. Red berets 'too hot' for Uganda TV

    Bobi Wine
    Image caption: Bobi Wine has called his signature red beret a 'symbol of resistance'

    TV stations in Uganda have been banned from hosting politicians wearing red berets, a signature headgear worn by opposition members affiliated to the People Power movement.

    Last year the government banned civilians from wearing red berets saying it was an army clothing, but the move was seen as a way of curtailing activities of popular opposition politician Bobi Wine, the founder of the People Power movement.

    Bobi Wine, 38, has declared his ambitions to run for the presidency against President Yoweri Museveni, 76, who is going for a sixth term in next year's election.

    In a Tuesday meeting, government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo warned that TV stations that host guests wearing the red berets would be prosecuted.

    "It is illegal to use the beret. Those who are found culpable will be arrested,” Mr Opondo said in a meeting with the National Association for Broadcasters (NAB), Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

    At the meeting media owners asked the government officials to ensure the safety of journalists and not to interfere with their work.

  3. US confirms abduction of American in Niger

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    The US embassy in Niamey has confirmed the abduction of an American citizen in southern Niger.

    The man was kidnapped by gunmen in the village of Massallata, Birnin Konni, near the border with Nigeria on Tuesday

    In a statement, the embassy says the US government urges the “immediate and safe” release of the victim adding that it is working tirelessly with the authorities in Niger to secure his release.

    The US government is also in communication with the victim's family, the statement says.

    Some reports suggest six gunmen on motorbikes with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped him from his rural home in southern Niger, leaving his wife, daughter and brother in the home.

    The man is said to have lived in the village for several years keeping camels, sheep and poultry as well as growing mango trees.

    It’s not yet clear who seized the American man. But Niger is battling various armed groups; and in that area - just across the border in Nigeria, kidnapping for ransom is rampant.

    In August, six French aid workers as well as their driver and local guide were killed by gunmen in the Koure area of Niger’s Tillebery region, which attracts tourists who want to see the last herds of giraffe in West Africa.

  4. Zambia ex-leader raises cancer awareness

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Former Zambia President Rupiah Banda says cancer is "a big problem in Africa which must be fought."

    Mr Banda, 83, announced two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

    He told me that despite his weak state he was willing to do anything to help raise awareness.

    He called on African leaders to dedicate resources towards cancer treatment and work with the private sector to find solutions.

    “Cancer requires a lot of medication and very expensive medication especially with the current economic problems which Africa is facing and most of the world now. It’s very difficult for the ordinary Zambians especially in the rural areas,” he said.

    “Cancer is an area where I call upon all our friends, all our collaborating partners all over the world to realise that we need help and for our leaders also to realise that that there are many people who are just suffering and dying without any help.”

    This is not the first time Mr Banda is experiencing cancer at a personal level. His father died from throat cancer, while his first wife succumbed to breast cancer. His current spouse is a survivor of the same disease.

    According to official statistics, more than 3,000 cases of different cancers are recorded in Zambia every year.

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  5. Sudan doubles domestic fuel prices

    BBC World Service

    The government of Sudan has doubled the price of domestically produced fuels and more than quadrupled those of imported hydrocarbons.

    The move is aimed at reducing budget deficit and removing fuel subsidies but is expected to cause anger across the country.

    The acting Energy Minister, Khayry Abd-al-Rahman, told a news conference late on Tuesday that with immediate effect the price of imported petrol would rise to $2.17(£1.60), up from fifty cents a litre, while locally produced petrol will double in price to just over $1 a litre.

    Sudan has been suffering from severe fuel shortages.

  6. EU concerned over credibility of Guinea poll results

    Opposition supporters clash with the police
    Image caption: Clashes between opposition supporters and security forces have led to deaths

    The European Union has said that although voting in Guinea was calm, "questions remain as to the credibility of the result".

    It said it had taken note of the provisional results that announced President Alpha Conde's win.

    The EU said it supported the diplomacy efforts by West Africa's regional bloc, Ecowas, the African Union and the UN to restore confidence.

    A delegation of mediators is in the country and has met various political actors, including opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo who has been prevented from leaving his house.

    "To this end, all actors involved in this process must be able to fully enjoy their freedom of movement and expression.It is also important that the means of communication, in particular access to the internet, are guaranteed in all circumstances," the statement added.

    There have been clashes between opposition supporters and security forces across the nation since the opposition leader declared himself winner.

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  7. Tanzania elections: President Magufuli votes

    Tanzania's President John Magufuli has voted at Chamwana poling station in the capital,Dodoma.

    The president voted alongside the First Lady Janeth at around 10:00 local time.

    After voting the president said: "I would like to congratulate Tanzanians for this important day, I see the preparations have been good, my wife and I have voted. I insist we continue in peace, because there is life beyond the election."

    Tanzania's Azam TV shared a video of the president casting his vote:

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  8. South Africa's Ramaphosa goes into self-quarantine

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
    Image caption: President Cyril Ramaphosa will work remotely while in isolation

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine, according to a statement from the presidency.

    This is after a guest at a dinner attended by the president on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19.

    The fundraising dinner hosted by the Adopt-a-School Foundation was attended by 35 guests at a hotel in the commercial hub of Johannesburg.

    "The president is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest," the statement said.

    "The president will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine."

    The infected guest exhibited symptoms on Sunday and was tested on Monday before receiving a positive result on Tuesday.

    All the guests at the dinner were notified about the case on Tuesday.

    "The event adhered stringently to Covid-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks... the president himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests," the statement from the president's office said.

  9. Tanzania elections: Zanzibar's presidential candidate votes

    Hussein Mwinyi vote at the  Kariakoo polling station

    Zanzibar's presidential candidate, Hussein Mwinyi, of the ruling Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) party, has cast his vote at the Kariakoo polling station.

    Residents of the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago are voting for the islands' leaders as well as in Tanzania's national election.

    Mr Mwinyi's main rival, opposition candidate Maalim Seif Sharif, was arrested at a polling station on Tuesday morning and later released according to multiple reports.

    Police have not commented on the reported arrest.

    Zanzibar has a history of contested polls.

  10. Tanzania elections: Queues form at polling stations

    Voters at a polling station in Dodoma
    Image caption: Voters at a polling station in the capital, Dodoma

    Long queues have formed at polling stations across Tanzania in its sixth multiparty general election.

    More than 29 million people are registered to vote. They will be electing the country's president and parliamentary representatives. There are 15 presidential candidates including two women.

    The BBC’s Athuman Mtulya in Dar es Salaam says it appears some social media platforms, including WhatsApp and Twitter, have been restricted.

    Voters have until 16:00 local time ( 13:00 GMT) to cast their ballot. The final results are expected to be announced within one week.

    Voters queue in Tanzania
    Voters queuing in Tanzania
  11. SA 'not going back to tougher virus restrictions'

    South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has dismissed "alarmist rumours" about the country's possible return to stricter coronavirus regulations.

    The country has recorded a surge in Covid-19 infections over the last week, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

    But President Ramaphosa told members of the upper house on Tuesday that although there were "signs of concern to us", it was "simply not true" that a move back to level three lockdown was imminent.

    He said:

    Quote Message: I don't want to be alarmist, I don't want our people to be alarmed with rumours such as we are going to level three. That is simply not true. If it ever gets there I will be the one to advise the nation where we are and where we are going though."

    He urged adherence to safety measures as the nation heads to the "fun period" of December.

    The last time the country was in level three lockdown all international borders were closed, a limit on public gathering was imposed as well as movement between provinces, restrictions were also placed on the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

    Public broadcaster SABC has shared a video of the president's virtual address to the upper house:

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  12. UN confirms killing of polio workers in Somalia

    The UN has confirmed that two polio workers were killed in an attack in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

    The authorities in Somalia confirmed that the health workers were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday.

    The BBC's Bella Sheegow says the attack left a passer-by dead and over a dozen others wounded.

    In a statement, the UN children's agency (Unicef) said the "brave polio workers were on the front-lines, risking their lives to provide critical health services to vulnerable children".

    “Attacks on health workers are a violation of international law and must not be tolerated. Unicef condemns the cowardly attack in the strongest terms and calls on the authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation. Humanitarian workers should never be a target," the statement added.

    The agency sent out condolences to the bereaved families.

    No group has confirmed carrying out the attack.

  13. Algeria's leader hospitalised days before crucial referendum

    BBC World Service

    Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune speaks during a press conference in Algiers, Algeria, 13 December 2019

    The president of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has been admitted to a military hospital in the capital just days before the country is due to vote in an important constitutional referendum.

    On Saturday, Mr Tebboune went into five days of voluntary self -isolation at the advice of his doctors after many of his aides and government figures tested positive for coronavirus.

    Mr Tebboune's office said that he was in a stable condition in a specialist unit, and that he was continuing to do his work.

    Algerians will be voting in Sunday's referendum on an amendment to the constitution that limits presidential terms and gives more powers to the parliament and judiciary.

  14. Wednesday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: The snail may try but it cannot cast off its shell." from A Sissala proverb sent by Majeed Nibisi in Ghana.
    A Sissala proverb sent by Majeed Nibisi in Ghana.
    A drawing of a snail

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    Video caption: 'Beaten up because I was accused of teaching politics'

    Martha Holman is about to finish training as a teacher in Wales after fleeing Zimbabwe.

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    We'll be back on Wednesday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live team for now. There will be an automated service until Wednesday morning.

    A reminder of our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: A dog doesn't hunt large lizards." from A Hausa proverb sent by Abbey Victor in Abuja, Nigeria
    A Hausa proverb sent by Abbey Victor in Abuja, Nigeria

    And we leave you with an image of an old retro mustang car pictured on the movie set town called Pretville near South Africa's capital Pretoria:

    A old retro mustang car is pictured on the movie set town called Pretville near Pretoria, South Africa, 25 October 2020