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  1. Former Ugandan army spokesman dies with Covid-19

    Patricia Oyella

    BBC News, Kampala

    Former Ugandan army spokesman Shaban Bantazira has died after contracting Covid-19.

    The retired colonel was admitted to hospital on Sunday morning complaining of chest pain, low blood pressure, diabetes and cough.

    Government Spokesman Ofwono Opondo said tests confirmed that he had contracted Covid-19.

    The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) described Mr Bantazira as a loyal member of the government and party, which he served until his death.

    Mr Bantariza was no stranger to controversy. Last year, he was sharply criticised by some for remarks he made at a retreat of leaders of the NRM.

    He said he pitied people who think the NRM government would hand over power, adding that "we" would rather go back to the bush. He then went on to say that he had his three guns on standby in his car.

  2. Suspected Islamists on trial for Mali hotel attack

    BBC World Service

    There's tight security at a court in the Malian capital, Bamako, where three alleged Islamists are standing trial on charges of planning and executing two attacks targeting foreigners in 2015.

    Only two of the accused were present; one, Fawaz Ould Ahmed, a Mauritanian who is seen as one of the leading jihadists in the Sahel, is charged with shooting six people at a nightclub and of planning the storming of the Radisson hotel in Bamako.

    A Russian flight crew, Chinese construction executives, a Belgian politician, an American aid worker and nine Malians were among the victims of the latter attack.

    It's rare for such cases to come to trial; much of the Sahel is beyond the control of national governments.

  3. Hated Nigeria police unit 'extracted my teeth'

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Abuja

    Anti-police brutality protesters
    Image caption: Nigeria's government has been shaken by protests against police brutality

    A man has testified at a judicial inquiry in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos that police officers of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) tortured him and extracted two of his teeth after arresting him in 2014.

    He was the first person to testify in front a panel that has been set up to investigate human rights abuses carried out by Sars.

    The alleged atrocities triggered mass protests across Nigeria under the hashtag #EndSars, forcing President Muhammadu Buhari to disband the hated unit.

    Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the scope of the panel has been expanded to include the shooting at the Lekki toll gate on 20 October.

    Amnesty International and eyewitnesses say the military opened fire on peaceful protesters at the toll gate, killing at least 10 people. Two people were killed in another part of Lagos on the same day, Amnesty said.

    The military has denied involvement in the shooting.

    In his testimony, the man said that his property had been forcefully taken by Sars officers and the police had refused to pay him compensation despite a court order.

    Tuesday's proceedings were held up for almost two hours as the youth representatives on the panel refused to sign an oath of secrecy. The dispute was later resolved.

    Independent investigations into police abuses were a core demand of the protesters who rallied across Nigeria for more than two weeks.

    The chair of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that the panel was independent from the government and would ensure justice for victims of police brutality and “for those affected by the unfortunate incident of the shootings by the military”.

    She was also quoted as saying that none of the 15 complaints received so far related to the shooting in Lekki, an upmarket suburb in Lagos.

  4. Ethiopia jails five for blast at PM Abiy's rally

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    Medics attend to an injured person
    Image caption: Two people died in the explosion

    A court in the Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, has sentenced five people to between five years and life in prison over a grenade explosion at a rally attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in June 2018.

    Authorities had previously said the explosion was aimed at killing Mr Abiy, who had taken office about two months earlier.

    Two people were killed in the blast at the rally attended by thousands of people in the capital.

    The prime minster was unharmed, and was whisked away immediately after the blast.

    One of those convicted, Tilahun Getachew, was sentenced to life in prison, state run EBC reports.

    Four of his co-accused received sentences ranging from five to 23 years.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus in Africa: Why I breastfed my child despite having Covid-19

    Faith Kariuki breastfed her five-month-old child during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  6. US missionary abducted in Niger

    BBC World Service

    An American missionary has been abducted from a village in the west of Niger.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping which took place early on Tuesday, but jihadist groups operate in the area.

  7. Tanzania's police denies reports of deadly shootings

    Tanzania's head of police, Simon Sirro, has denied reports that police officers shot dead three people on Monday night in one of Zanzibar's islands.

    The semi-autonomous archipelago is due to hold elections on Wednesday, although early voting has started for electoral officials and the police.

    Zanzibar has a history of contested polls.

    The opposition had claimed that three people were killed in Pemba island and several others injured as police used live ammunition to disperse a crowd.

    But Mr Sirro has told journalists that police only arrested 42 youths in connection to the violence in Pemba.

    He said the youths had thrown stones at police officers and electoral officials who were distributing voting kits ahead of the elections.

    He added that police will not allow people to stay at polling stations after voting.

  8. Dad walks in 'chest-high waters to get son to clinic'

    A dad walked through chest-high waters for two hours to get his 13-year-old son to a clinic in flood-hit South Sudan to receive medical treatment, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said.

    Heavy flooding has affected some 800,000 people in South Sudan, and people are battling to reach medical centres, MSF added.

    "In areas where floodwaters are too high to walk, people are using makeshift rafts constructed from plastic sheeting or large plastic water tanks reshaped as canoes, with a shovel for an oar.

    "Those who stay to protect their houses use sandbags or mud walls to try to stop the water," the charity said.

    It added that patients who manage to reach MSF clinics sometimes describe a "harrowing journey".

    "When 13-year-old Yoel fell ill, his father Stephen Manyang Chan, a widower and father of five, carried him to the MSF clinic in Leer, Unity State, walking through chest-high waters for two hours.

    "There are no roads to the hospital, only water," MSF quoted the dad as saying.

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Aisha Yesufu: 'End Sars is a fight for the next generation of Nigerians'

    Renowned activist Aisha Yesufu on why the anti-Sars protests in Nigeria are a turning point for youth.

 

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