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Summary

  1. The US first lady plans to focus on humanitarian work
  2. Arsene Wenger to be honoured by Liberian President Weah
  3. Russia and CAR sign military deal
  4. Rwandan-born dancer picks up VMA awards on Childish Gambino's behalf
  5. Morocco to reinstate conscription 'to promote patriotism'
  6. Comoros ex-President Sambi 'taken into custody'
  7. Cape Town's dam milestone puts Day Zero out of the picture

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By Tara John and Lucy Fleming

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Uganda army apologises after reporter beaten

The Ugandan military has apologised for what it called the unprofessional conduct of soldiers after a Reuters journalist was beaten and arrested as he covered a protest in the capital, Kampala, on Monday.

In a video widely shared on social media, Reuters photographer James Akena is seen cowering as soldiers beat him.

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According to AFP news agency, he was detained for several hours after being beaten.

In a statement the military said that soldiers who had molested journalists would be arrested and punished:

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Earlier Human Rights Watch called on the Ugandan police and military to stop attacks on the media and respect the rights of all protesters.

On Monday one person was killed and more than 100 were arrested during protests over the detention of several opposition MPs and activists.

Last week two journalists were arrested as they reported live from where a driver of the detained MP and musician Robert Kyagulanyi - known as Bobi Wine - was killed.

Human Rights Watch wants an independent investigation into the shooting of Yasiin Kawuma.

It says the beating and arresting of journalists is evidence the Ugandan authorities want to cover up the conduct of the security forces

Wine, a popular Afrobeats star who was elected as an opposition MP last year, remains in detention and is due to appear before a military court on Thursday on charges of unlawfully possessing firearms.

His family allege he has been beaten up in custody.

Read more: The Afrobeats MP standing up to Museveni

Russia and CAR deepen military relations

CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting in St Petersburg - May 2018
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CAR's President Faustin-Archange Touadera made his second trip to Russia in less than a year in May

The Central African Republic (CAR) has signed a military co-operation agreement with Russia, deepening relations less than a month after three Russian journalists were killed in the African nation.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the deal would "help strengthen ties in the defence sphere" after a signing ceremony in Moscow with his CAR counterpart Marie-Noelle Koyara.

A UN arms embargo on CAR was lifted for Russia in 2017. Moscow sent specialists to train the forces and some security agents to be part of President Faustin-Archange Touadera's presidential guard.

The Russian journalists who were killed were investigating Russian mercenaries alleged to be active in CAR.

Russian and CAR authorities labelled the killing as a robbery, but exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was funding the journalists' investigation, said the argument did "not stand up to scrutiny", the Reuters news agency reports.

Read: Russia shocked by mysterious murder of three journalists in CAR

Russia and the Central African Republic: A curious relationship

Wenger award 'controversial in Liberia'

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC Africa, Monrovia

George Weah pictured lifting the FA cup in 2000
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George Weah went on to play for Chelsea after AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain

The news that Liberian President George Weah is to award his former football coach, Arsène Wenger, with the country's highest honour has generated some controversy in Liberia.

Some people are saying that it should not be given to an individual for what they have done for the president personally.

Wenger will be inducted into the country's Order of Distinction and be given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption - the highest rank possible - on Friday.

It is an honour normally bestowed on people for their work that impacts broader society.

President Weah, the only African to have been named World Player of the Year, was signed by Wenger in 1988 when the Frenchman coached Monaco.

He said that Wenger "took care of me like his son" when he went to Monaco, adding that "besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe".

Wenger, who stepped down as Arsenal manager in May after 22 years, is credited for nurturing several African stars during his career.

Read the BBC News story for more.

Morocco to reinstate conscription 'to promote patriotism'

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Women will be included in the restored military service

Morocco's ministerial council, chaired by King Mohammed VI, has approved a draft law that would reinstate compulsory military service.

Women will be included in the military draft, which will oblige citizens under 25 to serve for a year.

Conscription for men only was scrapped in 2006. The Moroccan authorities say it is being brought back to promote patriotism.

Public reaction has been mixed. Some have welcomed the return of conscription, seeing it as a way to help tackle youth unemployment.

Others regard it as an effort to encourage loyalty among young people who've been protesting about economic and other problems.

Cape Town celebrates dam milestone

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, South Africa

People queuing for extra water to top up their rations in Cape Town
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Cape Town residents are restricted to 50 litres of water per person per day.

The dams in Cape Town have reached a significant milestone in an ongoing battle against severe water shortages in the South African coastal city.

Water levels at the dams have broken the 60% mark for first time since a drought struck parts of the Western Cape province three years ago - placing the much feared Day Zero out of the picture.

It had raised fears Cape Town would be the first city on earth to run out of water, causing widespread panic among residents.

They were braced for the city’s taps to run dry – but it seems there is now reason to celebrate.

This time last year, the dam levels were sitting at about 30%.

Although the City of Cape Town has described the development as "a milestone", stringent water-saving restrictions are to remain.

Cape Town residents are expected to use just 50 litres of water per person per day.

This includes taking two-minute showers.

Officials have said the restrictions will only be lifted if the dams reach between a 80% and 85% storage capacity.

Read more: 'Why my wife doesn't shower anymore'

Ebola death toll rises in eastern DR Congo

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Three medical workers check on an Ebola patient in a Biosecure Emergency care Unite (CUBE) on August 15, 2018 in Beni.
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It is a challenge for health workers to operate in the volatile east of DR Congo

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say 55 people are feared to have died from Ebola - the government has confirmed that 28 of those deaths were definitely from the virus.

Vaccines and experimental drugs are being used to help limit the spread but the authorities expect the number of cases to increase.

Two treatment centres in North Kivu province are nearly at capacity and a new centre is about to be built in neighbouring Ituri province.

Health workers are trying to monitor more than 1,500 who have been in contact with Ebola patients - but the task is challenging due to outbreaks of violence in the eastern region, where many rebel groups operate.

Read more: Why Ebola keeps coming back

Sherrie Silver picks up Childish Gambino's VMA awards

Sherrie Silver accepts the award for Video with a Message on behalf of Childish Gambino onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.
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Rwandan-born dancer and choreographer Sherrie Silver picked up Childish Gambino's awards during MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) in New York City.

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Gambino's viral music video This is America won three awards at the VMA's, including best video with a message, best choreography and best direction.

Silver, who choreographed the video, gained worldwide acclaim after its release.

She told the Interview Magazine that she blended a number of American and African dance moves, such as Nigeria's Shaku Shaku and the Azonto from Ghana, in the video that went on to gain tens of millions of views online.

Hear what she told the BBC about how she plans to take African dance to the world:

Sherrie Silver’s ifive tips to being a great dancer

Comoros ex-president 'taken into custody'

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Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi in 2011
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The former president has been under house arrest since May

Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, the former president of Comoros, has been taken into custody amid an investigation into an economic citizenship programme introduced by his government, his family says.

He has been under house arrest since May and denied access to phones and computers.

But an investigating judge has now ordered he be formerly detained.

Mr Sambi denies the accusations levelled at him linked to money that has allegedly gone missing from a scheme to sell passports to fund development.

Observers say his arrest came amid a crackdown on opponents of constitutional reforms on the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Last month, the opposition called for a boycott of a referendum on changing the constitution to stop the rotation of the presidency between the islands every five years.

The successful “yes” vote means current President Azali Assoumani can seek another five-year term.

Nigeria's president calls for Eid harmony

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled back to his hometown of Daura in Katsina State, about 500km (300miles) north of the capital, Abuja, to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

His assistant tweeted a photo of his arrival:

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In a series of tweets, the president has asked Nigerians to "rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and to promote harmony and tolerance" during this year's celebrations.

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On 21 August, Muslims around the world begin their celebrations on Eid al-Adha, the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar after Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Adha is focused around animal sacrifice but is also a time when Muslims travel to the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

Arsene Wenger to be honoured by President Weah

Liberian Soccer Player George Weah with coach Arsene Wenger - 1992/1993 season
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Arsene Wenger was George Weah's coach at Paris St-Germain (PSG) in the 1990s

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to be honoured by ex-football star George Weah, who was elected Liberia’s president last year.

Mr Wenger and another French coach Claude Le Roy are to be decorated later in the week.

“They will be honoured by the government of Liberia on 24 August, National Flag Day for their role in President George Weah’s footballing career,” a government spokesman is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

Le Roy told the AFP news agency the pair planned to be in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, on Friday, for the ceremony to received the country's "highest distinction".

Mr Weah, who was raised in a slum in Monrovia, starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris St-Germain (PSG) and AC Milan, before ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City.

He is the only African footballer to have won both Fifa World Player of the Year and the prestigious Ballon D'Or.

Read more: How a footballer become president

Melania Trump to visit Africa

US First Lady Melania Trump participates in a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit at the Health Resources and Service Administration August 20, 2018
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Mrs Trump is expected to focus on humanitarian work

US First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Africa later this year, although it is not clear where or when she plans on visiting the continent.

She said in a statement.

This will be my first time travelling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history."

Mrs Trump is expected to focus on humanitarian work and "development programmes being done in many of the countries".

She will not be travelling with US President Donald Trump, who was criticised earlier for allegedly referring to some African nations as "shithole countries", though he denied he was being a racist.

Mr Trump has yet to make a trip to the continent since coming to office in January 2016.

Tuesday's wise words

Our proverb of the day:

Either be a mountain, or attach yourself to one."

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today, we'll be back on Tuesday. In the meantime, keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

A reminder of our wise words of the day:

The person who does not listen to advice sleeps in the elephant's path."

Sent by Michael Wandha, Uganda; Isaac Muhia, Kenya; Ed Wanzusi, Canada; and Robert Wafula Simiyu, Uzbekistan.

Click here to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this quote from the late Kofi Annan. Read our profile of the UN chief and Nobel Peace Prize laureate here.

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Cameroon 'may reduce polling stations'

Frédéric Takang

BBC Afrique

Cameroon's electoral body has suggested condensing the number of polling stations in the restive North-West region when elections take place in October.

Elecam Chairman Enow Abraham Egbe made the proposal during a meeting with political parties at the weekend in Bamenda, where many expressed concerns that ongoing violence and calls by some for a breakaway anglophone state could undermine efforts to hold the vote.

If enacted, he said, the North-West region's 1,770 polling station would be grouped together into 228.

Some opposition politicians object to it, saying that it would force voters to travel greater distances and potentially put them off from exercising their democratic right.

A policeman guards the entrance to offices of Cameroon's opposition SDF party (pictured in February 2018)
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A policeman guards the entrance to offices of Cameroon's opposition SDF party (pictured in February 2018)

Election nominations open in Nigeria

Is’haq Khalid

BBC Africa

Nominations for Nigeria's forthcoming presidential elections are under way and political parties are now free to hold primaries to select candidates, the electoral commission confirms.

It comes at a time when the governing APC party is grappling with a wave of mass defections by senior politicians.

The political parties in Nigeria have until 7 October to present candidates for the February 2018 general election.

So far only President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his plan to stand for the governing APC party, seeking what would be his second term in office.

But a dozen aspirants from the main opposition party, the PDP, are hoping to be picked as presidential candidate to challenge Mr Buhari.

They include recent defectors Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Another potential challenger to Mr Buhari is the current governor of the north-eastern state of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

Seventy arrested in pro-Bobi Wine protests

More than 70 people have been arrested during a day of sporadic protests in pockets of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, according to a spokesperson for the city's police.

Demonstrators have burned tyres, thrown stones and erected roadblocks, the BBC's Catherine Byarunhanga reports, while soldiers and police officers were seen speeding through the city centre in pick-up trucks.

They are angered by reports that opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi - aka Bobi Wine - has been tortured while in custody, a claim that President Yoweri Museveni denies.

In parts of Kampala, security officers shot rounds of live bullets into the air and fired tear gas to disperse crowds.

The East African Law society has condemned what it calls "increased systemic violence targeting persons perceived to be political dissidents to the ruling party as well as members of public seen to be openly sympathetic to their cause".

In a statement the group adds that it is "monitoring the situation in the Republic of Uganda and collecting crucial evidence that will enable us to ensure justice to every player".

For more updates on this story listen to Focus on Africa radio at 17:00GMT.

Zambia Airways revived after 24 years

Vumani Mkhize

BBC Africa Business

Zambia Airways is to be revived after 24 years thanks to a $30m (£24m) deal with Ethiopian Airlines.

Africa’s newest national carrier is to begin flights later this year on 12 aircraft to destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. By 2018 is it expected to carry 1.9 million passengers.

The Zambian government’s main development agency will hold a 55% stake, while Ethiopian Airlines will maintain a 45% stake.

It is hoped the investment will help make the country a Southern African hub, to rival Johannesburg in South Africa.

Zambia hopes the deal will accelerate the country’s industrialisation and boost tourism.

The Ethiopian carrier has several similar deals in the pipeline and has also put in a bid to run Nigeria Air when it is revived.

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Kenyan atheists push for national holiday and 'godless parades'

A society of Kenyan atheists has called on the government to create a public holiday for non-believers on 17 February, called Atheist Day.

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The Atheists in Kenya (AIK) said "Kenyans who do not believe in god or gods deserve a public holiday too" in a statement issued on Sunday, days after the government declared 21 August a public holiday to mark the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.

The statement adds:

We will use the occasion to show our lack of faith in Gods, by holding godless parades in various counties and also to increase awareness about atheism in Kenya."

They settled on the date of 17 February because it was the day when AIK was registered as a society, a move which faced complaints from the country's clergy.

"We believe that this will promote freedom of religion as a human right in Kenya," AIK said in the statement. The society estimates that 5% of the population is atheist.

AIK's President Harrison Mumia told the BBC that the society has 500 registered members and the number would be much bigger if not for "the stigma of atheism in Kenya."

"Many Kenyans do not want their parents or family to know that they are atheists," he said.

Triple axe-murderer loses appeal bid

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

South Africa's Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application for leave to appeal by triple axe-murderer Henri van Breda.

Van Breda, who was sentenced to life in prison in June for the murders of his father, mother and younger brother was seeking to appeal both the conviction and the sentence.

Judge Siraj Desai found him guilty of hacking his family to death in April 2015.

At the time of the sentencing the judge said the brutality of the attack showed "an unprecedented disregard for [your] family". He was 20 at the time of attack - but the motive for the horrific murders is still not known.

The Van Breda family
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The Van Breda family moved from Australia to live in South Africa in 2014

During his trial, Van Breda told the court that an intruder murdered his family and then proceeded to attack him.

Van Breda may still petition a higher court to hear his case in the hope that the Supreme Court of Appeal – which consists of a bench of judges – would reach a different conclusion. Until then, he remains in prison.

Protests flare in Uganda's capital over Bobi Wine

Catherine Byaruhanga

BBC Africa, Kampala

Police pictured in Kampala
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Ugandan security forces were deployed in the capital Kampala to stop sporadic protests over the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi - a musician and opposition lawmaker popularly known as Bobi Wine.

Demonstrators burned tyres, threw stones and erected roadblocks, while soldiers and police officers were seen speeding through the city centre in pick-up trucks.

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In parts of Kampala, security officers shot rounds of live bullets into the air and fired tear gas to disperse crowds.

Several people have been detained, including a Reuters photojournalist covering the protests who has since been released.

People emerged from malls and shops with their hands up in the air after security forces arrived
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People emerged from malls and shops with their hands up in air after security forces cleared the area

Tension has been mounting in Kampala following the detention of Mr Kyagulanyi and reports that he had been tortured while in custody - a claim President Yoweri Museveni denies.

He was arrested alongside 32 others during a heated by-election campaign in the northern town of Arua. Authorities say opposition lawmakers led supporters to attack the President’s convoy.

Mr Kyagulanyi was charged in military court last week over allegations of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition. Many see the charges as politically motivated.

Mali court confirms presidential election result

Mali's incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses his supporters during his last political rally in Bamako on August 10, 2018.
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The opposition had disputed Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's win

Mali's constitutional court has confirmed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's re-election in a run-off ballot, rejecting his opponent's allegation that it was fraudulent.

According to official results, Mr Keita won the runoff on 12 August with 67.17% of the votes cast, against former minister Soumaïla Cissé who received 32.83% of the vote.

Mr Cissé, who took part in a rally protesting the results on Saturday, says that he would have won the election with 51.75% of the vote if not for ballot stuffing and other violations - an allegation Mr Keïta denies.

The court rejected Mr Cissé's appeal on Monday, saying his allegation was inadmissible and unsupported by evidence, AFP news agency reports.

Mr Keita will begin his second five-year term on 4 September.

Lawyers challenge Chad social media blackout

Vincent Niebédé

BBC Afrique, N'Djamena

People using social media on their smartphones
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Lawyers have gone to court in Chad to challenge a social media shutdown that has prevented mobile phone user from using apps and messaging services since March.

They want the two main mobile operators, Airtel and Tigo, to restore access to platforms including Whats App, Messenger, Facebook, Viber and Twitter.

No reason has been given for the shutdown.

The blackout was imposed after a controversial national conference which recommended changes to the constitution which would allow President Idriss Deby to remain in power until 2033.

He has been president since 1990.

Access to social media was also suspended in Chad for nearly six months around the April 2016 presidential election. The government said the outage was due to technical problems.

Maitre Frédéric Daïnonet, president of the lawyers collective that filed the complaint Saturday, told BBC Afrique the ongoing blackout violates consumers’ rights.

A court in N’Djamena is expected to begin hearing on the matter on 28 August.

An official from the Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications and the Post (ARCEP), a state agency, has not responded to BBC's calls for comment on the legal action.

Some users in Chad have been able to access social media networks via VPN, though that has meant doubling, even tripling, what they spend for their daily internet connection. Mobile data is already pricey in Chad, with 1 GB costing $21 (£16).

'Diva of Timbuktu' dies aged 59

Khaira Arby performs on stage during day two of the Womad Festival 2011 at Charlton Park on July 30, 2011 near Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England.
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Malian singer and composer Khaira Arby, known as "the diva of Timbuktu", has died at a hospital in the capital Bamako. She was 59.

Arby is credited as one of the first women to break onto Mali's music scene in the 1970s, according to news site MaliWeb.

A native of the northern city of Timbuktu, she was notable for performing in multiple languages - Arabic, Bambara, Fula, Tamasheq, Songhay and French.

After insurgencies by Islamist and Tuareg separatist groups in 2012, northern Mali remains unstable but is under government control with the help of thousands of troops supplied by regional neighbours and France.

Locals were thrilled when Arby performed at the Timbuktu Renaissance festival earlier this year. Singing had previously been banned under the Islamists.

Watch Arby sing one of her best-loved songs, Sourgou, at a live performance a few years earlier:

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Can Nigeria avoid being banned from international football?

With qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations under way, Nigerian fans are facing the worrying prospect of being barred from all international competition by Fifa.

Fifa recognises Amaju Pinnick as president of the Nigerian Football Federation, but the Nigerian government and courts say that Chris Giwa should be in charge. Fifa have stated that unless Pinnick is reinstated on Monday, Nigeria will face a ban.

But could there be last minute hope for Super Eagles fans? The BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji says it's possible:

Bobi Wine torturers must be tried - civil society

Musician turned politician, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi commonly known as 'Bobi wine' (C) greets his supporters in a suburb of Kampala on June 30, 2017.
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Supporters of Ugandan opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as musician Bobi Wine, and a coalition of civil society organisations has called on security officers accused of torturing opposition lawmakers to be put on trial, saying:

The security forces, led by the Uganda Police Force (UPF) and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) should provide a list of all their officers that took part in this unprofessional conduct and present them to the courts of law for justice to be attained by all parties affected."

The statement comes amid growing concerns over the health of Mr Kyagulanyi, who was reportedly gravely injured when he was arrested alongside opposition lawmakers last week after being accused of treason.

President Yoweri Museveni has denied concerns, calling them "fake news", adding:

Fellow Ugandans, the events that have occurred in the last few weeks are not isolated, and we should not treat them in that manner...We must unite in condemnation but also revive the calls for a national dialogue that will lead to justice, accountability and a new Uganda."

In a separate statement seen by the BBC, Mr Kyagulanyi's supporters called on the US and the European Union to deny visas and foreign travel to Mr Museveni and his cabinet.

'Royal Air Maroc denies discrimination'

Morocco's national airline Royal Air Maroc has denied accusations that it discriminates between passengers based on their countries of origin, reports Moroccan news site TelQuel.

A Liberian minister has been filmed complaining that US nationals were given complimentary hotel rooms when a flight transfer was delayed in Casablanca, while African passengers were left to sleep on the airport floor:

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A representative for the airline has denied discriminatory practices, telling TelQuel that "passengers whose transfer time is 12 hours or longer are entitled to a hotel room whatever their nationality".

But the spokesperson said the airline had only been able to reserve hotel rooms for those nationalities who had visas, giving them the right to leave the airport and enter Moroccan territory. "American, French, and Senegalese travellers don't need visas to stay in Morocco", they added.

Disgruntled passengers without visas had been offered hotel rooms inside the airport, the airline spokesperson went on to say.

The Royal Air Maroc representative is also quoted as saying attempts to secure temporary visas for passengers proved fruitless because the documents would not be ready in time.

Ethiopia opens 'green' power plant

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The Ethiopian president has inaugurated a new power plant which will convert waste to energy.

The facility is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa.

The Reppie plant is sited next to a vast open-air rubbish dump in the capital, Addis Ababa, where a landslide last year killed more than 100 people.

Steam from the incinerated waste will drive a turbine which is expected to produce 25 megawatts of power a day.

Speaking at the launch ceremony President Mulatu Teshome said the country was investing heavily in sources of sustainable, clean energy to boost the manufacturing sector.

Zuma 'corruption' inquiry begins

BBC World Service

Jacob Zuma
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Jacob Zuma's time as president will be under the spotlight

A public inquiry has opened in Johannesburg into alleged corruption and misuse of state funds by former South African President Jacob Zuma. You can watch it live here.

In a scandal known as "state capture", Mr Zuma is accused of granting the Guptas, a wealthy business family, influence over government appointments, contracts and state-owned businesses.

Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan estimates that nearly $7bn (£5.5bn) of public funds were looted through corrupt practices.

The inquiry panel does not have powers to arrest or prosecute but the evidence it collects can be used in any future prosecution.

The hearings are expected to take up to two years.

Museveni calls Bobi Wine torture 'fake news'

Yoweri Museveni
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed concerns over the health of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as musician Bobi Wine, calling them "fake news".

There have been reports that Mr Kyagulanyi was gravely injured when he was arrested last week after being accused of treason.

In a statement, Mr Museveni says that he has checked with army doctors and they told him that he has "no head or chest injuries or bone fractures".

Last Thursday, lawyers for the opposition MP said he had been so badly beaten in military custody that he could barely see, talk or walk when he appeared before a military court.

Mr Kyagulanyi's brother, Eddy Yawe, told the BBC he had managed to see the MP while in custody. He says his brother recounted how he had been brutally tortured by a group of soldiers, including on his genitals, and that they had injected him several times with an unknown substance.

The opposition MP was charged with unlawful possession of firearms after being arrested in the run-up to a by-election.

Wise words

Monday's African proverb:

The person who does not listen to advice sleeps in the elephant's path."

Sent by Michael Wandha, Uganda; Isaac Muhia, Kenya; Ed Wanzusi, Canada; and Robert Wafula Simiyu, Uzbekistan.
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