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BBC World Service AfricaBringing you the latest news from around Africa every weekday at a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummarySA police reportedly investigating if a woman concealed the birthZimbabwe plans new currencyHundreds of vultures poisoned in BotswanaUS bans visas of Malawi diplomats’ maidsMauritania president refuses to release jailed bloggerKenyans scramble for digital passportsCameroon and Nigeria through to World Cup last 16French forces in joint anti-IS operation in NigerLive ReportingPosted at 16:55 21 Jun16:55 21 JunScroll down for Friday’s storiesWe’ll be back next weekThat’s all from BBC Africa Live for now. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.A reminder of today’s wise words:Quote Message: When a young man wears a loincloth before he’s old enough to do so, a mighty wind will take it off. from An Igbo proverb sent by Eric C. Asomugha, London, UK, and Idu Olisa, Lagos, Nigeria. When a young man wears a loincloth before he’s old enough to do so, a mighty wind will take it off.Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.And we leave you with this picture of a Sudanese boy cooling off near the capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday. It’s one of our favourite pictures from this week.ReutersCopyright: ReutersPosted at 16:55 21 Jun16:55 21 JunWhy Zimbabwe needs a new currencyShingai NyokaBBC Africa, HarareZimbabwe has been inching towards a new currency for years. What President Emmerson Mnangagwa has done is to clarify the timeline, and provide a deadline to the end of the current multi-currency system – March 2020. Over the last nine months, the economy has fallen into its worst crisis in 10 years. Inflation is on the rise, sparking fears that locals won’t accept a new currency that is likely to lose value as quickly as the RTGS dollar has over the last four months. This quasi-currency was introduced in February because the country didn’t have enough US dollars, even though that was Zimbabwe’s official currency, along with the South African rand, the Chinese yuan and others.In US dollar terms, some basic goods are now cheaper than they used to be. Bread that used to cost $1 now costs 3.5 RTGS (about 56 US cents). The problem is that 85% of Zimbabweans don’t earn in US dollars – and their RTGS salaries have not kept up with the devaluing currency. In February the dollar was officially pegged at 2.5 RTGS but $1 now buys 6.2 RTGS, and 11 RTGS on the black market. In some shops, prices are published in US dollars and converted into RTGS at the daily black market rate.Read more about the election.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesMauritanians are preparing for Saturday’s presidential electionsImage caption: Mauritanians are preparing for Saturday’s presidential electionsPosted at 13:58 21 Jun13:58 21 JunTanzania postpones death penalty rulingThe High Court in Tanzania’s biggest city Dar es Salaam has postponed its ruling on whether the death penalty should be scrapped.Human rights activists had filed the case, arguing that it breached the constitution which guarantees the right to life.Although the death penalty is still officially allowed, it has not been used since 1994.The new date for the ruling is set for 17 July.Posted at 13:21 21 Jun13:21 21 JunUgandan activist to be prosecuted over president’s motherPatricia OyellaBBC Africa, UgandaPatricia OyellaCopyright: Patricia OyellaStella Nyanzi appeared in court to hear that she has a case to answerImage caption: Stella Nyanzi appeared in court to hear that she has a case to answerA Ugandan court has ruled that activist Stella Nyanzi must defend herself against charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni.The prosecution accuses Ms Nyanzi of posting a Facebook message in September about the president and his late mother that was deemed to be obscene, lewd and indecent.The prosecution also says Ms Nyanzi’s post disturbed the peace and right to privacy of the president.Her lawyer Isaac Semakadde says her defence witnesses include law dons from Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University, where she worked as a researcher.If convicted of cyber harassment, she could be fined or be jailed for up to three years, or get both a fine and jail time.Ms Nyanzi was arrested in November and has been jailed in Luzira prison since then. She has refused bail.She returns to court on the 26 June to start her defence. Read more about her previous protests.Posted at 12:23 21 Jun12:23 21 JunKenyans scramble for digital passportsHundreds of Kenyans have been queuing up to acquire new passports before the government invalidates all non-biometric ones from 31 August.Influential twitter account Kenya west has posted pictures of the queues:The updated travel documents were rolled out in 2017 and hold data on finger prints, photos and signatures. Kenya’s government says they will help to improve security and the efficiency of monitoring movement in and out of the country.However social media users have called for improvements to the application process after being left queuing up for hours outside of immigration centres.Tweeters have been coming up with their own suggestions:Posted at 11:32 21 Jun11:32 21 JunTanzania minister wants quitting boxer punishedGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesMinister Harrison Mwakyembe thinks that Selemani Bangaiza should not have pulled out in the second roundImage caption: Minister Harrison Mwakyembe thinks that Selemani Bangaiza should not have pulled out in the second roundTanzania’s Sports Minister Harrison Mwakyembe has asked the country’s boxing association to punish Selemani Bangaiza for quitting a fight in the second round, the head of the association told the BBC.We reported earlier that the 20-year-old retired from the bout against Australian Andrew Moloney without putting up much of a challenge.The fight, which took place in Australia last week, was only Bangaiza’s second match out of the the country and he had been a late replacement to face unbeaten Moloney, Boxing Scene reports.Joe Anea, president of the Tanzania Professional Boxing Regulatory Commission (TPBRC), told us the sports minister wanted Bangaiza to be punished because he did not have a good reason to quit the fight.The TPBRC will now discuss whether he should be punished.As our last post reports, police are investigating if a woman concealed the birth. AFP now adds more details, saying the foetus was discovered by cleaning staff as the plane was being prepared and passengers were boarding the Durban-Johannesburg flight. Passengers were told to get off the plane and their flights were rescheduled. IOL news website reports.A “case of concealment of birth is being investigated,” police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele is quoted as saying.The affected airline, Fly Safair, said on its website that “upon final checks of the waste management system our teams encountered a finding which requires formal investigation”.poisoning of more than 500 vultures in Botswana is “one of the few confirmed cases of poachers directly targeting vultures and the incident is one of the worst in recent history,” Kerri Wolter from conservation group VulPro has told the BBC’s Alastair Lethead.She said that vultures play a vital role in cleaning the environment.“We simply cannot afford to lose our most important… scavenger which keeps our environment safe, uncontaminated from diseases and functional,” she added.”The poisoning incident has come at a time where vultures across the African continent are facing catastrophic declines across their ranges.”Posted at 8:27 21 Jun8:27 21 JunUS ‘bans visas of Malawi diplomats’ maids’Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThe US government said it has suspended issuing visas for domestic employees of Malawian officials, Reuters news agency reports.It adds that this comes after one of Malawi’s diplomats failed to pay $1.1m (£866,000) in damages to a woman she trafficked in the US.In 2016, domestic worker Fainess Lipenga was awarded the payout in a human trafficking lawsuit against her employer Jane Kambalame, who worked at the Malawian embassy in Washington.Ms Lipenga, who reportedly worked long days for less than 50 cents an hour and was subjected to psychological abuse, still has not received the money, Reuters reports.The Malawian Embassy in Washington did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.In 2017 PRI reported that Ms Kambalame disputed the allegations against her.Boxing Scene reports.The discussion about the 20-year-old was reignited after reported remarks by Sports Minister Harrison Mwakyembe.Privately-owned newspaper Mwananchi says the minister thinks Bangaiza should not be allowed to fight again after he watched the video of the fight that was circulating on social media.In the video, he can be seen holding up his hand and spitting out his mouth-guard to indicate that he did not want to continue:Mr Mwakyembe accused the boxer of not trying hard enough and not properly representing Tanzania.“Things like this make our country appear backward in sports,” the minister is quoted in the newspaper as saying.”The boxer should be dismissed so that it could be a lesson to others.”Kenya’s privately-own newspaper Daily Nation reports.The fishermen told the Daily Nation that they were threatened with being shot if they did not eat the fish.One of them called the practice “inhumane”.They also said the policemen confiscated their fishing equipment as well as their boats.There have been frequent arguments between Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria as they complain that the common border is not obvious.The Daily Nation did not get comment from the Ugandan authorities.GettyCopyright: GettyKenyan and Ugandan fishermen are often in dispute about where to fishImage caption: Kenyan and Ugandan fishermen are often in dispute about where to fishthe poisoning of more than 500 critically endangered vultures in Botswana one of the largest documented killings of the threatened species, reports the BBC’s Alastair Leithead.The Botswana government said it’s thought to have been caused by poachers who killed three elephants for their ivory and laced the carcasses with poisonous chemicals so they wouldn’t be found. Vutlures circling a carcass can be seen from miles away, so poisoning them is a way to hide what the poachers have done. Most of the 537 birds found dead were white-backed vultures, which are classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Seventeen white headed and 28 hooded vultures were also killed. They are also critically endangered. after being bussed there by the authorities from the capital, Nairobi.Some in the group of 74 had left Kakuma camp over the previous 12 months because of being subjected to homophobic violence, they told the BBC.The UNHCR says it will make “specific provisions for refugees with particular needs and vulnerabilities”.It also says that the Kenyan government had restated its commitment to protect all refugees including LGBTI people.Last December, the Kakuma camp authorities told LGBTI refugees that it could no longer help them. This was the notice that one of the refugees sent the BBC:BBCCopyright: BBCThe UN says that it had screened the 74 who had arrived on Thursday and found “the vast majority have not been assessed as having an LGBTI profile”. The refugees had told the BBC before they left Nairobi that most of them were LGBTI.“UNHCR remains committed to providing financial assistance, protection and support to all vulnerable refugees in Kenya, including LGBTI persons,” UNHCR representative in Kenya Fathiaa Abdalla said.Read more from BBC Sport