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  1. Museveni twists, shimmies, and jives to Jerusalema

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has released an animated video of his attempt at the Jerusalema dance challenge,.

    The challenge became a global dance phenomenon last year following the release of the Jerusalema song by South African musician Master KG.

    President Museveni said he released the video after being prompted by his youthful supporters.

    Ugandans will vote on Thursday for a new parliament and president.

    Mr Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, will be seeking a sixth term. A total of 11 candidates are running for presidency including one woman.

  2. Facebook bans accounts ahead of Uganda elections

    A woman using a mobile phone

    Facebook has shutdown dozens of accounts aligned to Uganda's ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    The tech giant accused the accounts of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of Thursday's general elections.

    "This month, we removed a network of accounts and pages in Uganda that engaged in CIB (Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour) to target public debate ahead of the election," Facebook's head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo, told news agency AFP.

    An aide to President Yoweri Museveni accused Facebook and Twitter of being opponents of NRM.

    "They should "unfreeze" accounts they froze yesterday & today," Don Wanyama tweeted on Sunday.

    He urged the Uganda Communications Commission "to act to ensure a fair digital playfield."

    “Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of NRM supporters. You won’t take away President Kaguta Museveni," Mr Wanyama was quoted as saying by the Daily Monitor news site. 

    Ashburg Kato, a famous blogger for the ruling party, accused opposition politician and presidential candidate Bobi Wine and his aides of being behind the shutdown.

    “Facebook itself deleted our accounts on the request of Bobi Wine's handlers,” Kato tweeted.

    Bobi Wine has not commented on the allegations.

    More about Uganda elections:

  3. The South African chefs fighting hunger with discarded food

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    Video caption: 'Chefs with Compassion' has given out 1.3 million meals since it was formed in March

    'Chefs with Compassion' has given out 1.3 million meals since it was formed in March.

  4. Kenyan student confesses to killing his family

    A Kenyan university student has confessed to police and given details of how he planned and killed five members of his family, local media report

    Simon Warunge, 22, is reported to have told police that he used a metal bar to hit his mother, brother, father and cousin before stabbing them with a knife.

    The student told the police that his parents were satanic and cruel, the Star Newspaper reports.

    He said they hated him and talked behind his back, Citizen TV reported.

    Two of his sisters who had reported back to school survived the attack.

    His mother was a psychologist nurse in Kenya, while the father was a nurse in the US and had arrived in the country for Christmas festivities before his murder.

    Investigators have re-opened investigations into other killings that took place in the extended family.

    Police have also arrested the suspect's girlfriend. The pair was arraigned in court on Monday.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: A night at India's largest farmers' protest

    Thousands of farmers have been camped outside the national capital for nearly two months now.

  6. Ugandans warned not to eat dead fish

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Fishermen in Lake Victoria
    Image caption: The lake is shared by three east African countries

    The authorities in Uganda are investigating the large-scale death of fish on Lake Victoria, the continent’s largest fresh water lake.

    The fisheries ministry has warned the public not to eat the dead fish and to bury them.

    It is not clear yet what quantities have washed up on the shores. But photos shared on social media by people living around the lake show dozens of lifeless fish washed up ashore.

    The Nile perch, a species of fish that can grow to weigh more than 100kg which is a staple in many Ugandan households, is the most affected.

    A statement from the National Environment Management Authority says that the deaths may be caused by a drop in oxygen levels.

    The species is said to be sensitive to oxygen levels below two milligrams per litre of water.

    Further investigations are being carried out, according to the authorities.

    The lake is a vital resource shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

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