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Booker prize nominee freed on bail after Zimbabwe protest

Tsitsi Dangarembga: "The space for civil liberties is shrinking... in an alarming manner."
It's a turbulent time in Zimbabwe: doctors are on strike as the number of Covid patients grows, and demonstrations continue against soaring inflation, corruption and poor governance. 

One of the demonstrators arrested at the weekend was the internationally known author and Booker prize nominee, Tsitsi Dangarembga. She faces charges of incitement to commit public violence. But despite the government warning people not to protest, she says Zimbabweans must stand up for their rights.

"The space for civil liberties is shrinking in Zimbabwe in an alarming manner... at the moment we have a constitutional right to demonstrate but we still run the risk of being arrested."

(Photo: Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during the protest at which she was arrested.  Credit: AFP)

Two killed in Somalia restaurant bomb attack

Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service
In Somalia two security guards have been killed after stopping a suicide bomber from entering a busy restaurant in the capital, Mogadiushu.
The bomber detonated the device after being confronted by the guards.
Several customers were injured during the blast in the city's Hamar Jajab district.
No group has said it was behind the attack but the Islamist militant group al-Shabab frequently carries out bomb attacks on civilian and military targets.

Floods destroy thousands of homes in Sudan

Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service
A map showing Sudan's Blue Nile state in relation to the capital, Khartoum.
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The Sudanese authorities say at least five people have been killed and thousands of homes damaged by heavy floods over the weekend.
Interior Minister Eltrafi Elsdik said nearly 3,500 houses were either completely or partially destroyed.
Last week heavy downpours led to a dam wall collapsing in Blue Nile state which destroyed more than 600 homes.
Torrential rains often hit Sudan between June and October, resulting in significant flooding.
The UN says flooding killed more than 70 people last year during those months.

Rare white rhino gives birth at Ugandan sanctuary

A white rhino has given birth to a female calf at Uganda's Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the Rhino Fund Uganda has said, bringing their total number at the reserve to 31.
White rhinos were wiped out of the country in the early 1980s but their numbers have increased since the introduction of a breeding programme in 2006, local media report.
Rhino Fund Uganda confirmed the birth in a tweet on Monday:
Unlike the northern white rhino, the southern white rhinos are not endangered - although their numbers have dwindled due to poaching.

Belgian king's bust vandalised in Brusssels

Vandalised bust of King Leopold
AFP
A bust of former Belgian King Leopold II near the capital, Brussels, has been vandalised for a third time by anti-racist protesters, AFP news agency reports.
The sculpture has been targeted as he governed over what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 19th Century during a time when people were brutally treated.
BLM – standing for Black Lives Matter – was daubed in red paint at the foot of the bust, which is outside the country’s Africa museum.
Museum director Guido Gryseels is quoted by AFP as saying that he planned to add a plaque to the bust to add historical context but admitted that whether the piece should be there at all is now up for debate.

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