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Posted by: Ghebrengus Mesmer

Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BBC News Africa
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-Mozambique's leader: 'Stop this kneeling culture'

Inline imageMozambique's President Filipe Nyusihas warned corrupt ministers and officials that they will be fired and prosecuted.
Addressing senior servants in the capital Maputo, he said:
Let’s save the knees of Mozambicans. They can kneel to request things like the grace of God, but not to request what is theirs.  
 He said the courts needed to do their job, and convict health workers who sell stolen medicines, education officials who sell exam papers or enroll students in exchange for favours.

-Monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria confirmed

Habiba Adamu
BBC Africa, Abuja

Three cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria, Health Minister Isaac Adewole has said at a press conference in the capital, Abuja.
This is the first outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria in around 40 years.
Laboratory test results are still being awaited in 40 other suspected cases after the disease was reported in eight states earlier this month.    The disease is similar to smallpox although not as deadly.

-Kenya election chief refuses to quit

Kenya's electoral commission chief officer Ezra Chiloba has defended his decision not to step down after the Supreme Court ruled that the presidential election held in August was invalid due to procedural irregularities.
The presidential election re-run is due to take place on 26 October. However, the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga has declared he will not take part.
Mr Chiloba told our colleague Dickens Olewe that he still has a responsibility to the people of Kenya.

-Gunmen 'kill 35' in Nigeria

Ishaq Khalid
BBC Africa, Abuja
At least 35 people have been killed following attacks by gunmen on several villages in central Nigeria's Plateau State, community leaders have said.
Many homes have also been torched in the violence yesterday and today in the Bassa area, they add.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Bassa and more security forces have been deployed to restore order.
The villagers accuse herdsmen of carrying out the deadly attacks.
Thousands of people were killed in years of ethnic and religious conflict in Plateau State but the region has enjoyed relative peace in the last two 

-Somalia bombing: Remembering the victims

A soon-to-graduate trainee doctor and four brothers were among the hundreds killed in Saturday's bomb attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
Our colleagues in BBC Minute have shared this summary of the events plus some insight into who the victims are - including Somali students, a human rights activist plus a young man who'd recently returned from the US "to make a difference" to his home country.

-Liberia elections: Weah versus Boakai

Umaru Fofana
BBC Africa, Monrovia

After failing to secure an outright majority in last week's presidential election in Liberia, 51-year-old former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, will slog it out with 73-year-old Vice President Joe Boakai in a face-off that promises to be intriguing.
The political horse-trading has already begun ahead of 7 November run-off, with both candidates trying to win over the 18 others they defeated.
It is not clear immediately which way the alliances will go to produce the Country¹s first democratic transfer of power in several generations.
In what seems to be a fight between young and older voters, Mr Boakai, the ruling party candidate, hopes to score a hat-trick against a football legend who hopes to be third time lucky.
Mr Weah obtained 39% and Mr Boakai 29% of votes cast in Tuesday after nearly all polling stations were counted.

-Turkish doctors fly to Mogadishu after bombing

BBC World Service
Turkey has sent a team of doctors and medical supplies to Somalia to help victims of the bomb attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, and evacuated more than 30 people for medical treatment.
The Somali government says the blast is now known to have killed 276 people and injured 300.
Meanwhile, speculation continues as to who carried out the attack, the deadliest of its kind in a decade.
The government has blamed al-Shabab militants, but al-Shabab itself, unusually, has not commented on the attack, which occurred two days after the resignation of both the defence minister and the military chief.
Neither said why they were stepping down.

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