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Emmanuel Onyango, Evelyne Musambi and Dickens Olewe

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  1. Tanzania elections: First time voter speaks

    Polls have now closed in Tanzania's general election.

    For first time voter 19-year-old Hashim Bakari it was a special day.

    He told BBC Swahili that he was excited about taking part in choosing who will lead the country.

    Mr Bakari said he "felt bad" during previous elections as he wasn't eligible to vote.

    BBC Swahili tweeted a video of the interview:

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  2. Tanzania elections: Polls close amid 'irregularities' claim

    Athuman Mtulya

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Woman voting

    After 10 hours of voting, polls have officially closed in Tanzania's election where 15 candidates are running for the presidency including the incumbent John Magufuli.

    More than 85,000 polling centres across the country closed at exactly 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

    The authorities say the process was largely peaceful, despite social media restrictions and claims of irregularities.

    Two main opposition parties Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo have claimed there was widespread ballot tampering.

    In a tweet, Tundu Lissu, Chadema's presidential candidate said they had received reports indicating widespread irregularities.

    He also alleged that opposition polling agents were prevented from accessing some polling stations.

    The National Electoral Commission chairperson Semistocles Kaijage denied the claims, saying they are unfounded.

    In the island of Zanzibar, polling passed off peacefully a day after violent clashes, in which ACT-Wazalendo claimed 10 people were killed. Police, however, denied the claims but added that 40 people had been arrested in the region.

  3. Tanzania opposition leader alleges election fraud

    BBC World Service

    Tundu Lissu

    The main opposition candidate in Tanzania's presidential election has complained of widespread irregularities in Wednesday's vote.

    Tundu Lissu said there was evidence of shameless election fraud in one area in the main city, Dar es Salaam.

    He added that agents of his Chadema party had been prevented from reaching some polling stations.

    President John Magufuli, who's standing for a second term, called for calm when he cast his ballot in Dodoma.

    Voting on the Tanzanian mainland appears to have been largely peaceful.

    On Tuesday, there was violence in the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar.

    Police denied allegations by the opposition that 10 people were killed and said no-one had died.

    President Magufuli's party, the CCM, has been in charge in Tanzania for nearly 60 years.

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    Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga's This Mournable Body is on the Booker Prize 2020 shortlist.

  5. WHO: Kenya recording ‘dramatic rise’ in Covid-19 cases

    Peter Mwai

    BBC Reality Check

    A young girl reacts to a nasal swab during a mass testing for Covid-19
    Image caption: A young girl reacts to a nasal swab during a mass testing for Covid-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says Kenya has witnessed what it calls a dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases over the last month.

    The WHO says the country reported 4,594 new cases in the past week - up 51% on the previous week.

    “It is just shy of its previous peak at the end of July, when there were 4,700 new cases - although deaths have increased at a much lower rate (9%),” the WHO says.

    Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe warned recently that the country could be headed for a second surge.

    The data shows that the proportion of people testing positive has started rising - up from below 5% in mid-September to more than 10% over the past week – and this does not appear to be down to any changes in testing strategy.

    The rise does follow the easing of restrictions, among them the reopening of bars, the removal of a ban on sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries and a reduction in overnight curfew hours at the end of September.

    Also, teaching in some school classes resumed in mid–October.

    Over the past week, Kenya recorded the second highest number of new cases in the WHO Africa region excluding Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia.

    Read more: Coronavirus: What's happening to the numbers in Africa?

  6. Nigerian soldiers arrested over curfew brutality

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC News, Lagos

    The Nigerian Air Force has said it has arrested some members of its personnel accused of beating people during a curfew imposed in Osun state after the anti-police brutality protests broke out.

    Officials say they’ll be carrying out an investigation before any “appropriate disciplinary action” is taken.

    The statement comes after a video of the event went viral on social media.

    The force says it “does not condone such irresponsible acts and has zero tolerance for human rights violations, in whatever guise.”

  7. Malawi headteacher's office burnt over hijab row

    Peter Jegwa

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    A schoolgirl wearing a hijab reading a book

    Religious tension is high in Malawi's eastern district of Machinga after unknown arsonists torched the headteacher's office in a Catholic school after he refused to allow Muslim students to attend class while wearing hijabs.

    The police have confirmed the incident at Mpiri primary school, saying the building was burnt to ashes.

    The population in the area is evenly divided between Christians and Muslims but most schools are owned by the Anglican and Catholic churches.

    The government policy does not prescribe a school dress code, but some Christian schools have always insisted that learners at their institutions should not wear hijabs, a decision that has led to several religious clashes.

    The Anglican and Catholic churches have threatened to close their schools in the area in the wake of the recent attacks.

  8. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 'now strong favourite' to be WTO head

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    A key group of World Trade Organization ambassadors has proposed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the World Trade Organization, Reuters news agency reports citing sources.

    The decision clears the path for Ms Okonjo-Iweala to become the first woman and African to head the global watchdog in its 25-year history.

    This is a developing story. Stay with us for more updates.

    Read: World Trade Organization: How an African head could make a difference

  9. Stolen Rolls-Royce returned to Buganda royal family

    A Rolls-Royce Phantom stolen from the kingdom of Buganda in 1966 by strongman Idi Amin, on the orders of the state of Uganda, has finally been returned.

    Charles Peter Mayiga, the current Katikkiro or prime minister of the kingdom of Buganda, told the BBC he was just three years old when the theft happened.

    He told the BBC Newsday programme that the return of the vehicle was significant:

    "Idi Amin was the commander of the army and he dispatched a unit that attacked the palace. They ransacked it and the cars and many other valuables were stolen; it created very bitter feelings for the people of Buganda," he said.

    Five vehicles were stolen, and one of them destroyed, and two have never been located.

    "There was also a Bentley which belonged to the current King's's in South Africa, that one we've been able to locate," he said.

    Mr Mayiga said the attack on the palace was humiliating for the king but the act of returning the vehicle was "a good gesture".

    Here is the full interview aired on BBC Newsday:

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    Video caption: Idi Amin stole the Rolls-Royce Phantom in 1966
  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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  14. 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.

  15. 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.


  16. 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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  17. 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.