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Ethiopian ambassador says it is a matter of sorting out some issues before they leave - plus more.
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DR Congo senate declines to lift ex-PM's immunity
Matata Ponyo Mapon was prime minister from 2012 to 2016
The senate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has voted against a request to lift a member's immunity to allow a corruption related investigation.
Former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon is being investigated for his role in an agricultural project that failed.
The judiciary had requested the senate to lift his immunity so that he could be prosecuted.
He is alleged to have designed, planned and committed for payment to be made for the project.
Investigators say $200m (£141m) disappeared during the implementation of the project, the Reuters news agency reports.
Mr Mapon has denied any wrongdoing.
He was the prime minister under former President Joseph Kabila from 2012 to 2016.
23:12 15 Jun
Namibia tightens restrictions amid Covid spike
President Hage Geingob restricted movement in and out of the capital Windhoek
Namibian has announced tight measures to limit the spread of coronavirus after a recent spike in infections and deaths.
President Hage Geingob on Tuesday evening announced a two-week lockdown of the capital Windhoek, which has recorded more than half of the Covid infections in the country.
He said no movement would be allowed in and out of the capital for the duration. Physical learning in schools in affected areas was also suspended up to 30 June.
The sale of alcohol has been restricted to between 09:00 to 18:00 local time from Monday to Saturday and only on "a take-away basis".
In a televised address to the nation, the president said the Covid situation had taken “a turn for the worst” in the past four weeks, with record daily infections and deaths.
The president mentioned leaders, besides himself and his wife, who had suffered from Covid - including the vice-president and several cabinet ministers.
Namibia has recently experienced a surge in coronavirus cases including a death rate that has been among the highest per capita in the continent.
Namibian infectious disease specialist Dr Gordon Cupido last week told the BBC's Newsday programme last week that the health system was “close to collapse".
Sudan leader warns of civil war and defends reforms
Abdalla Hamdok became prime minister in August 2019
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has warned that there's a risk of the country descending into chaos and civil war and blamed loyalists of the former administration.
He said the reforms he has been implementing were meant to improve the economy.
The latest removal of subsidies on fuel sparked protests in the country.
"The deterioration of the security situation is mainly linked to fragmentation between components of the revolution, which left a vacuum exploited by its enemies and elements of the former regime," Mr Hamdok was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
Sudan has been praised for economic reforms since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
There has however been food shortages linked to prolonged conflict and natural disasters like drought and famine.
21:38 15 Jun
Eritrean troops to leave soon - Ethiopia's UN envoy
Tigray has been devastated by a humanitarian crisis since fighting began in 2020
Eritrean troops who have been fighting in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray will leave “soon”, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UN has said.
Taye Atske Sellasie Made said it was a “matter of sorting out some technical and procedural issues” regarding when they could leave, the Reuters news agency reported.
The ambassador said there was commitment from the Ethiopian government "and the Eritreans are very clear as well", the AP news agency quoted him as saying.
He spoke after a UN Security Council meeting in which outgoing UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said “no one should be surprised to see a rerun” of the 1984 devastating famine if violence does not stop and the Eritrean troops do not withdraw.
Last week, the UN aid chief said there was famine in northern Ethiopia after the release of a UN-backed analysis of the situation.
The Ethiopian government has denied that there is a famine in the country.
Tigray has been devastated by a humanitarian crisis since fighting began in November 2020 between government forces and rebels.
Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and about 1.7 million people displaced from their homes
The seven-month-old conflict in Tigray has seen all those involved, including Eritrean soldiers, accused of gross rights violations such as rape and extrajudicial killings.
17:32 15 Jun
How Ethiopia has changed over the last 50 years
The BBC charts the dramatic changes and challenges facing the country as it goes to the polls.
11:51 15 Jun
Sierra Leone beat Benin to reach Nations Cup
Kei Kamara scores the crucial penalty as Sierra Leone beat Benin 1-0 to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 25 years.
11:15 15 Jun
Twitter boss 'liable' for #EndSars losses - minister
Nigeria’s government holds Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey indirectly liable for the losses the country suffered during the EndSars protest, the country’s information minister has told a call-in programme.
Mr Dorsey and the social media firm have not yet responded to the allegations.
Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets last October in protests against police brutality.
They became known as the EndSars demonstrations as they were sparked after a video went viral of a man allegedly being killed by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sar).
Information Minister Lai Mohammed alleged Mr Dorsey had launched a fund for the protests, asking people to donate via Bitcoin.
Twitter had further fuelled the crisis by launching an EndSars emoji, he alleged.
“If you ask people to donate money via Bitcoin for EndSars protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protest,” the News Agency of Nigeria quotes the minister as saying.
“We have forgotten that EndSars led to loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.”
He went on to list the property destroyed as:
- 164 police vehicles
- 134 police stations burnt
- 265 private firms looted
- 243 public properties looted
- 81 warehouses looted
- More than 200 new buses bought by the Lagos State government burnt.
Twitter is in discussions with the government after it was banned Nigeria on 4 June - this followed its deletion of a tweet by President Mohammadu Buhari which had breached the site's rules.
Mr Mohammed reportedly told the Politics Nationwide phone-in show that he had no apology to offer to those unhappy over the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
10:47 15 Jun
Equatorial Guinea soldiers charged over blasts
Many homes surrounding the military camp were affected
Two soldiers in Equatorial Guinea have been charged with homicide and negligence in a military court following explosions in March at a munitions depot in Bata city that left 107 people dead and 615 injured.
The stockpile of explosives at Nkoantoma military base was accidentally detonated, flattening buildings inside the barracks and destroying people's homes in the surrounding area.
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 30 years for a lieutenant colonel and 70 years for a corporal who have been charged.
Meanwhile, a compensation commission set up after the blasts has ordered that DNA tests be carried out immediately on unrecognisable bodies.
It said funds for the relatives of the 86 victims who have been identified would be released soon.
The government also plans to pay for prosthetic limbs for those that need them in the wake of the blasts.
This work will be carried out next month, when the compensation committee meets again.
9:12 15 Jun
Mozambique phone networks face off over unpaid bill
Customers with Mozambique’s mobile company TMcel will not be able to phone people using the Vodacom network from Thursday because of an unpaid debt of about $9.6m (£6.8m).
Vodacom, the dominant mobile phone operator in Mozambique, said TMcel had failed to pay interconnection tariffs since 2018.
Mozambique has three mobile providers:
- Vodacom has 49 % of market share, with more than seven million subscribers
- Movitel has 28% of market share, with more than 3.7 million subscribers
- TMcel has 23% of market share, with less than three million subscribers.
TMcel, which was the first mobile phone firm to operate in Mozambique, has been fighting off bankruptcy.
Vodacom says texting services will remain uninterrupted in order to ensure people are not completely disconnected from one another.
8:50 15 Jun
Ghana banks ordered to get armoured vans for cash
Ghana’s police chief has ordered banks to provide armoured vehicles for transporting cash or risk losing the use of police escorts.
The move follows an attack on an unarmoured cash-in-transit van on Monday that resulted in the death of a police officer and a hawker in the capital, Accra.
The armed robbers got away with an unspecified amount of money.
Last year, the Association of Bankers in Ghana agreed to phase in armoured bullion vans by 2023.
But James Oppong-Boanuh, the inspector general of police, said banks now had until the end of the month to comply.
The central bank had said in September that it was considering using helicopters to transport cash because of frequent attacks on cash-in-transit vans.
8:17 15 Jun
SA 'diamond diggers' ululate as officials arrive
Ululating crowds have greeted government officials who have just arrived in a rural village in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, where suspected diamonds have been found.
A man herding cattle discovered crystal-like stones more than a week ago – prompting hundreds of people to descend on the village of KwaHlathi armed with pickaxes and shovels
People are hoping to get confirmation that the stones are diamonds.
"We all understand the excitement and we all hope what you found here will be a good thing for the community," Ravi Pillay, a member of the provincial government, told the crowd.
A team of geological and mining experts are to assess the stones and report back to the community in 30 days.
"We appeal to you to allow the team of experts to do their work," Mr Pillay said.
The discovery has exposed deep frustrations from communities desperate to find a way out of poverty.
8:09 15 Jun
PM urged to take on Libya over IRA Semtex victims
By Stephen Dempster
BBC NI Spotlight
A group of MPs and peers is demanding talks with the prime minister over the plight of IRA victims.
7:25 15 Jun
Rwanda fears Covid lockdown as cases spike
BBC Great Lakes
Nearly 390,000 people have been vaccinated
Rwanda's health ministry is reporting a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths despite ongoing vaccination efforts days after President Paul Kagame warned there could be a "new lockdown".
Over the weekend, the president urged people to be more cautious, saying there were signs that a third wave could come from the border - a reference to Uganda where cases are also rising.
New infections in Rwanda have risen to 1,307 in the last seven days from 334 in the previous week, while deaths rose to 12 from seven in the same period, the health ministry reports.
Nearly 390,000 people have so far been vaccinated - and most of those have had their second jabs.
Health Minister Daniel Ngamije says nearly five million more vaccines are expected and more have been ordered.
“Our target is to reach 7.8 million people vaccinated early next year,” he told the state broadcaster.
“People should observe the measures so that in the next six months we may resume normal life because at 60% vaccination the virus can’t be a threat anymore."
Rwanda has reported a total of more than 28,000 cases and 372 deaths.
6:37 15 Jun
Kenyan father punished for allowing son to drive
A Kenyan father has been sentenced to three months in prison or a fine of 20,000 shillings ($185; £131) for allowing his seven-year-old son to drive his vehicle on a public road.
Ayub Kinyanjui was arrested on Monday after a video of the boy driving near a shopping centre in Muranga County, north of the capital, Nairobi, was widely shared online over the weekend.
In court in Muranga County's Kandara town on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to the charge of allowing an unlicensed person to knowingly drive a vehicle.
A Kenyan vernacular radio station tweeted a photo of him in court:
6:24 15 Jun
Attack kills 10 at Somalia army training camp
A suicide bomber targeted a queue of new recruits waiting outside the base, a witness says.
5:27 15 Jun
Nigerian Islamist militants free UN aid worker
One faction of Boko Haram broke away in 2016 and now fights under the banner of Iswap
Islamist militants in Nigeria have freed 10 people kidnapped five months ago, local media reports.
One includes an aid worker from the UN refugee agency.
They are believed to have been held by the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) - a Boko Haram offshoot which has previously killed hostages after failed negations.
A UNHCR spokesman told the BBC that their employee was freed on Monday and commended the Nigerian authorities for their help.
The victims are said to be undergoing medical checks and security debriefings in Maiduguri, the capital of north-eastern Borno state, before they are allowed to join their families.
Iswap, known for its brutal tactics, has been behind some deadly attacks in the north-east
The Islamist militants have been behind a deadly insurgency in the north-east that began in 2009.
4:55 15 Jun
Kaunda being treated for pneumonia, aide says
Kenneth Kaunda, seen here in 1980 with UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, led Zambia to independence from the UK in 1964
Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's founding president, is being treated in hospital for pneumonia, a close aide has said.
In a statement on Monday, the 97-year-old had asked people to pray for him in hospital, but at that point there were no details of his condition.
"He is being treated for pneumonia but he doesn't have Covid," the former president's assistant Rodrick Ngolo told the AFP news agency.
He was addressing rumours that Mr Kaunda had coronavirus.
"The problem of pneumonia comes up regularly and each time you hear he is in hospital, it's because of pneumonia," he said.
Mr Kaunda is said to be improving.
There has been growing concern about his health especially as Zambian President Edgar Lungu, along with South Africa's leader Cyril Ramaphosa, had asked people to pray for Mr Kaunda.
He was admitted to hospital last Tuesday with a minor chest infection, and was actually due to be discharged on Monday, the BBC was told.
But his condition changed overnight and became worrying that morning.
The former leader, who served as president from 1964 to 1991, is one of the last surviving members of a group who struggled against colonialism in Africa in the aftermath of the World War Two.
4:52 15 Jun
Mozambique on high alert over rising Covid cases
Mozambique imposed strict measures early this year
Mozambique's health ministry is on high alert as Covid-19 cases in the country increase.
Cases had gone down from March till May but in the last 14 days, the country has recorded 773 new cases against 442 cases in the same period last month.
Deputy National Director of Public Health Benigna Matsinhe said the increase was of "great concern" as it could "destroy all the effort made so far".
"Our appeal is that people must remain firm in complying with the general measures to prevent and combat Covid-19 and avoid taking negligent attitudes, considering that the slowdown in the pandemic means the end of the disease among us," she stressed.
Tighter restrictions were imposed earlier this year after a second coronavirus wave followed the Christmas break.
They were gradually eased from March with the reopening of schools - and last month churches, nurseries and some gyms were allowed to reopen - and some sporting events restarted.
A night-time curfew in metropolitan areas has remained, but its hours were shortened at end of May and it now runs from 23:00 and 04:00.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the country’s vaccination campaign has started with the aim of vaccinating 23,000 people, including teachers, over the next two weeks.
“In this second phase, the second dose will be administered to those who have already taken the first dose and the first dose to the new groups,” Dr Matsinhe said.
So far, Mozambique, which has a population of 29.5 million, has received a total of 744,000 doses:
- 284,000 from the vaccine-sharing scheme Covax
- 100,000 from India
- 260,000 from China.
The health ministry has already immunised around 350,000 people - and intends to eventually vaccinate a total of 16 million people.
3:57 15 Jun
Returning Libya boss Clemente satisfied despite loss
By Morad Dakhil
Football Writer, Libya
Ex-Spain coach Javier Clemente says he is satisfied with his Libya side despite losing to Liberia in his first match back in charge.
3:55 15 Jun
Kenyans burn street sign named after union leader
A street signpost renamed in honour of the head of the organisation representing Kenya labour unions, Francis Atwoli, has been vandalised for a second time.
The "Francis Atwoli Road" signpost in the capital, Nairobi, was burnt on Tuesday night.
Pictures of old tyres burning on the signpost have been shared widely on social media:
Dik Dik Road in Nairobi’s upmarket Kileleshwa suburb was renamed Francis Atwoli Road last month, sparking outrage from Kenyans on social media.
They said Mr Atwoli did not deserve the honour as he had not improved workers’ conditions during his time at the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu), which he has led since 2001.
Others alleged that approval for the new sign had not been properly granted by the county assembly.
The sign was put back up Nairobi City Council after it was pulled down last month.
Mr Atwoli has condemned the latest act of vandalism.
"My name is all over the world and one doesn't require a street signage for them to know who Francis Atwoli is," he posted on Twitter
"The name will live in posterity taking into account my years of selfless service to the workers in Kenya and the world."
People were seen restoring the sign for a second time on Tuesday - with a hand-painted sign:
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