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  1. Sierra Leone violence condemned as curfew imposed

    Chris Ewokor

    BBC News, Abuja

    Image caption: The protests entered the third day on Wednesday

    Leaders of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have condemned the violence that erupted in various parts of Sierra Leone on Wednesday.

    Sierra Leoneans have been rallying against the high cost of living, corruption and police brutality.

    There are demands for the resignation of President Julius Maada Bio.

    Some protesters and policemen were killed in violent protests in some cities on the third day of protests, with the government imposing a nationwide curfew.

    In a statement in Abuja, Ecowas called on all to obey law and order and the perpetrators of the violence to be identified and brought to justice.

    Protesters on Wednesday blocked off the main access into the country's Lungi airport and clashed with security agencies.

    President Bio is currently out of the country with his family and has left Vice-President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh in charge.

    The vice-president announced a nationwide curfew on Wednesday in a short state broadcast.

    He said security forces had been authorised to deal with lawbreakers, accusing the protesters of destroying and burning down public facilities.

    Sierra Leone is due to go to the polls next year next year to elect a new president. The protesters say that President Bio should not seek re-election.

  2. Wise words for Thursday 11 August 2022

    Our proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: When the mule was asked: “Who is your dad?” It responded: “The horse is my uncle.” from An Amharic proverb sent by Dawit in Ethiopia.
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

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    We're back on Thursday

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live for now. There will be an automated news feed until we're back on Thursday morning Nairobi time.

    You can also keep up to date on the BBC News website, or by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: The face tells you what the heart holds for you." from An Arabic proverb sent by Salih Elhag in Sudan
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    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this photo of an Egyptian man picking prickly pears at a farm in Al Qalyubia Governorate, Egypt.

  4. Militants behind largescale DR Congo jail break - army

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    The Congolese army has blamed militant Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for a prison break which took place in Butembo in the east of the country on Tuesday.

    During the jail break in Kakwangura central prison more than 800 inmates escaped.

    About 80 heavily armed militia attacked the prison to free inmates, including 12 ADF women that were in custody, in an operation that lasted for about a quarter of an hour, Captain Anthony Mualushayi said.

    Two policemen guarding the prison were killed and three ADF fighters were captured by civilians and burnt alive, bringing the official death toll of at least five dead.

  5. Parents of dead SA tavern teens demand answers

    Lebo Diseko

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Image caption: A mass funeral service was held for the young victims

    The parents of a group of teenagers who died in mysterious circumstances at a pub in South Africa in June say they want authorities to release the results of forensics tests by Friday.

    Twenty-one people - most of them teenagers - died at Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape, with the youngest just 13 years old in an incident that shocked the nation.

    A month on and parents are still waiting for answers, with police yet to establish a cause. However, alcohol and carbon monoxide poisoning have been ruled out.

    Forensics experts have said traces of methanol - commonly found in cleaning chemicals - had been found in the blood streams of all victims, but it’s not clear whether that was a contributing factor

    Meanwhile the owner of the bar has been charged with selling alcohol to minors and is due to appear in court later this month.

  6. Top Kenya official orders MP's arrest after shooting

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the arrest of MP Didimus Barasa who is alleged to have shot an aide to his opponent in Tuesday's general election.

    The Kimilili MP has been missing since the shooting incident in the western town of Bungoma.

    Police have launched a manhunt for Mr Barasa, as we reported earlier.

    Voting was largely peaceful across the country but there were at least three gun related incidents involving politicians.

    Authorities are separately investigating an aspiring MP who drew his gun at a polling station in Siaya county in western Kenya.

    Earlier on Monday, a man was shot and killed in Eldoret town in another incident involving a prominent businessman who is running for the governor's seat.

  7. Electricity is a privilege not a right - Ghana energy boss

    Image caption: Local media reports residents in affected areas are suffering from lack of electricity

    The boss of Ghana's Electricity Company Ghana (ECG) has defended the decision to cut off electricity to Yilo and Manya Krobo municipalities in Ghana's Eastern Region, saying no one has a birth right to electricity.

    "The funny thing is we walk around thinking that it is our right to electricity. It is not a right. It is a privilege," Samuel Mahama said whilst speaking on Hard Truth on Accra based Joy News.

    Some residents of Yilo and Manya Krobo allegedly refused to accept new prepaid meters. Those new meters would mean customers would have to pay before receiving electricity.

    Relations between local residents and the ECG have disintegrated so badly that the energy company has required support from the army to install the pre-paid meters in people's homes, Mr Mahama told Joy News.

    "The prepaid is not negotiable. They should not for a second believe that the prepaid will be negotiated. The soldiers are also not going anywhere. My people need to be protected. They equally have families as anyone," Mr Mahama continued.

    The communities have been cut off from the national grid, leading to some businesses in the area threatening to fire their workers, as employers are being made to choose between buying fuel to boot up generators or shutting up shop until they get electricity back, according to Ghana's Joy News.

    Some residents have said that their lives are becoming unbearable with some students unable to study for exams, Joy News reports.

    In addition, families say mortuary workers are asking them to collect their loved ones from morgues as fears grow that the dead bodies will decompose due to no electricity.

  8. Deaths in Sierra Leone anti-government protest - reports

    BBC World Service

    Reports from Sierra Leone say people have been killed after police opened fire on anti-government protesters in the capital, Freetown.

    Clashes broke out when demonstrators set up roadblocks.

    Police are reported to be among the dead.

    The protests are against the rising cost of living, corruption and police brutality.

    They have also been taking place in several towns in the north of Sierra Leone.

    The government has declared a nationwide curfew and observers say there is a near- total shutdown of the internet.

    Footage posted earlier on social media appears to show large crowds of people on the streets of the capital.

  9. By Celestine Karoney

    BBC Sport Africa in Arusha, Tanzania

    The creation of the Africa Super League will transform football on the continent forever, according to Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe.

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  10. Rwanda lion count rises to 40 after total wipe out

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Image caption: There are just a few tens of thousands of lions left in the world today, according to estimates

    The number of lions in Rwanda have risen to more than 40 since 2015 when they were re-introduced after almost two decades of absence.

    Following poaching and human activities in Rwanda, they were killed and not a single lion remained by the year 2000, officials said.

    In 2015 the government partnered with the South African-based organization to bring seven lions into Rwanda’s Akagera national park.

    August 10 is marked as World Lion Day to brings attention to this endangered species.

  11. Afrobeats 'Buga' singer sorry for chaotic no-show concert

    Image caption: Kizz Daniel's hit song Buga has had 44 million streams on Youtube

    Nigerian afrobeats star of hit song Buga, Kizz Daniel, has apologised to Tanzanians for failing to show up for a performance there over the weekend.

    He was supposed to sing at the Summer Amplified Show, but could not make it due to what he described as circumstances beyond his control including flight issues and missing equipment.

    "I must apologise to the fans. None of this was intentional," he said.

    "I didn’t mean to disrespect the fans," he continued.

    He has promised to make up for what happened by doing a free show.

    On Sunday fans got angry about the no-show and even proceeded to allegedly vandalise the concert venue, which led to reports of Kizz Daniel's arrest.

    However, the singer said he was not arrested, but authorities invited him for questioning over the chaotic scenes at the concert venue.

  12. Tunisia court suspends dismissal of judges - Reuters

    BBC World Service

    A court in Tunisia is reported to have suspended the dismissal of 50 judges who were fired by President Kais Saied two months ago, the Reuters news agency reports.

    He had accused them of corruption and protecting terrorists.

    In response, judges across Tunisia went on strike in a significant challenge to Mr Saied's authority.

    Opponents of the president saw the sackings as another attempt to increase his power and weaken civil institutions.

  13. Chad fines for those who reject marriage proposals

    Guy Bandolo

    BBC News

    Image caption: Forces marriages are commonplace in Chad

    People who refuse a marriage proposal in Mangalmé in north-eastern Chad must now pay a fine, known as "amchilini".

    The region's Higher Islamic Council ruled that the figure be between $23 (£18) and $39 for women and $15 for men.

    The Chadian Women's Rights League has launched the hashtag #StopAmchilini to denounce the decision, saying it is illegal as it violates a national law guaranteeing freedom of consent to marriage.

    The Islamic Council says its decision was inspired by the Quran.

    Forced marriages are prevalent in Chad, with young under-age girls the usual victims.

    Despite a law passed in 2015 that prohibits child marriages, 60% of women aged between 20 and 24 were married when they were still children, according to figures from Chad's Institute of Statistics.

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    Video caption: Kenya Elections 2022: IEBC expected to announce presidential results within seven days

    We take a look at four possible scenarios which may follow the announcement of the presidential result.

  15. Kenyans glued to phone updates in Odinga's base

    Roncliffe Odit

    BBC News, Kisumu

    It is calm and quiet in Kenya's western city of Kisumu, the political base of presidential frontrunner Raila Odinga.

    Residents are keenly following the results from their phones and radios.

    Business is slowly coming back to normal - most were closed on Tuesday for election day.

    Shops and restaurants are now open, and motorcycle taxis - known as boda bodas - are back on the road.

    A few hawkers are selling whistles and vuvuzelas in anticipation of what they hope will be Mr Odinga’s victory.

    They say they will blow their voices away if and when the electoral commission announces him as the winner.

  16. Seven men charged over gang rape in South Africa

    BBC World Service

    Image caption: The case sparked outrage and protest

    Seven men linked to the sexual assault of a group of women at an abandoned mine near Johannesburg in South Africa have been officially charged with multiple counts of rape.

    The men were among more than 60 suspects who appeared in court on immigration and firearm charges. They are believed to be illegal miners who dig for gold around disused mine shafts.

    The women were filming a music video when the attack took place.

    The case sparked violent protests in townships around the mines and anger nationwide.

    Demonstrators also gathered outside the court ahead of the hearings.

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