BBC News Africa

Top Stories

Features & Analysis

Watch/Listen

Programmes

Latest Updates

Scroll down for Monday's stories

We'll be back on Tuesday

That's all from BBC Africa Live for now. We leave you with an automated service until Tuesday morning.

Or you can keep up to date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast.

A reminder of our wise words of the day:

A hard-working child never lacks someone to take care of them."

A Kikuyu proverb from Kenya sent by Frida Howard, Birmingham, UK

We leave you with this image of an Egyptian man on a beautiful horse in Qena on the east bank of the Nile:

View more on instagram

Murder forces Ebola advice radio station off air

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

A local radio station that has been involved in efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has closed down after one of its journalists was murdered.

Staff at Lwemba Radio in the eastern town of Mambasa say they have received numerous threats and have stopped broadcasting for safety reasons.

On 2 November a radio presenter, Papy Mumbere Mahamba, was killed in his home after hosting an Ebola awareness programme.

Nearly 2,200 people have died from the virus since the outbreak began last year.

Local fears and superstitions have led to attacks on health workers which have undermined the effort to stop the virus spreading.

'East African women shun government hospitals' - report

Mercy Kandie-Tanui

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Nurse entering hospital in Uganda
Getty Images
More than 800 women die worldwide every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

Women across Africa are demanding better care from government-run hospitals in an effort to cut the number of lives lost during childbirth.

A survey by the White Ribbon Alliance found that 300,000 women in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are not satisfied with government-run hospitals.

Many said that they shun government hospitals due to verbal abuse and harassment from medical staff and a lack of security.

Their responses highlight a big disconnect between governments and women.

The top issues that women want addressed include better sanitation in hospitals, and more respectful and dignified care.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, with more than half of the deaths recorded in sub-Saharan Africa.

In Kenya, it’s estimated 22 women die every day from complications during childbirth. Women interviewed blamed this on negligence, poor infrastructure and high medical costs.

This report is published ahead of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Ethiopia proceeds to introduce new hate speech law

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The Ethiopian cabinet has proposed new legislation to help stop hate speech and the spreading of false information, at a time when ethnic related violence is on the rise.

The draft bill will now be debated in parliament.

Last month 86 people were killed in ethnic conflicts which are believed to have been fuelled in part by divisive, inflammatory videos shared on social media.

The Ethiopian government says it doesn't currently have the legal framework to deal with the issue.

Some activists are concerned that if the draft bill becomes law it could be used to curb media freedom.

The Gambia takes Myanmar to court over Rohingya genocide

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Rohingya muslims making their away out of Myanmar
Getty Images
Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing violence in Myanmar since 2017

The Gambia has filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague accusing the authorities in Myanmar of carrying out a genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslims.

The Gambia - which has a largely Muslim population - is acting on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Human Rights Watch says it is striking and welcome that The Gambia has taken the lead on the Rohingyas as the West African country has recently emerged from decades of brutal dictatorship.

It says the court could help stop the worst ongoing abuses against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

A similar case brought in 1993 led to the ICJ finding Serbia had violated its duty to prevent and punish genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Read more here.

New Zimbabwe cash fails to appear

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwe's central bank failed to introduce new bank notes as expected on Monday.

It had announced that it would roll out the two and five Zimbabwe dollar notes and coins, the first real currency notes in 10 years. They were expected to deal with the cash shortage.

There was some confusion however as there was no sign of the promised new cash.

Instead, banks continued to give out temporary bond notes limiting withdrawals to just 50 Zimbabwean dollars equivalent to $4 (£3.10) per customer.

The government is planning on injecting around 1bn Zimbabwean dollars into the economy over the next six months.

They say it will end chronic cash and stem the black market trade in hard currency.

Critics have warned it could fuel inflation, which at 300% is the highest in a decade.

A central bank official told the BBC that some banks had now begun collecting the new cash and could begin dispensing it on Tuesday, 24 hours late.

Students arrested after deadly clashes at Ethiopian university

Kaleb Moges

BBC Amharic

Police in Ethiopia have arrested 13 university students in connection with a deadly clash over the weekend.

Two students were killed and at least a dozen others injured when chaos erupted at Woldia University in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

The head of security for the region, Hailemariam Ambaye, told the BBC that police are searching for more suspects in an ongoing investigation.

Authorities have not commented on the reason behind the deadly clash.

However, local media report that the unrest started as a disagreement between two groups of students over a football game result which then quickly escalated.

Mr Hailemariam said the local mayor and residents have held discussions with the students and the situation is now under control.

However, one student who spoke to the BBC said he and his friends fear for their lives and want to go home.

Chemistry exam leaves Kenyan students and teachers ill

Mildred Wanyonyi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

A number of Kenyan students sitting a chemistry practical exam have taken ill after being exposed to a poisonous chemical, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

One exam invigilator, a pregnant teacher, is also reported to have developed complications following the exposure. She was admitted to a hospital, the newspaper said.

The incidents have been reported in schools in Kisumu and Trans Nzoia counties in the country's western region.

The Kenyan National Examinations Council (Knec) reportedly directed headteachers to buy and use xylene as an alternative for cyclohexane, which they were supposed to use, but which was unavailable.

Breathing xylene vapors in small amounts can cause headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In some cases exposure to xylene can even lead to death.

During the practical exam, candidates were expected to heat the chemical and observe the sample without wearing protective gear.

It is not clear if officials at the education ministry were aware of the adverse health effects of the compound.

“We had to rush some of the students to hospital after the exam because they were complaining of chest pains, headaches and stomach discomfort. We gave milk to the rest,” a teacher is quoted as saying by the Daily Nation.

Meanwhile, teachers have accused the examinations council of negligence.

“Knec should not just be concerned about the integrity of the examination and overlook the health of the teachers who are manning the examination. Our lives matter,” a union official said according to the newspaper.

Knec has not yet commented.