Feb 23, 2018 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Feb 22, 2018
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The vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Levi Nyagura was detained by the country's anti-corruption agency, to be charged with abuse of office.

Mrs Mugabe was awarded a PhD just months after enrolling in 2014, despite it usually taking years to complete.

An investigation was launched after a petition was made by university staff.

Members of the sociology department said they had not seen supporting evidence, and called for the nullification of her qualification and a full investigation.

The PhD's authenticity was questioned because her thesis was not published alongside others at the time.

The document was only published online in January this year, four years after she graduated, and has been the subject of intense speculation since.

She was awarded the qualification by her husband and then-President Robert Mugabe, who was also the chancellor of the university at the time.

The doctorate title was used on campaign material for Mrs Mugabe as she became increasingly involved in politics.

In November Robert Mugabe was ousted from office after 37 years of rule amid growing speculation his wife was lining herself up to replace her aging husband in power.

Guinea have had more than 80 candidates applying to become the new national coach, according to the country's football authority (Feguifoot).

Former boss Kanfory 'Lappe' Bangoura was sacked last month after Guinea’s early exit from the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

Feguifoot started the process of recruiting a replacement in late January in conjunction with the sports ministry, and applications for the vacant Syli Nationale post closed on Thursday.

"More than 80 applicants with a lot of football experience have applied to be coach of Syli A and B," Feguifoot announced in a statement.

"After a meticulous screening to be monitored by the executive committee of Feguifoot under the supervision of the ministry of sports, one successful candidate will be chosen to replace Mohamed Kanfory Lappé Bangoura, recently dismissed as coach of the Syli National."

Bangoura was in charge of the main Guinea squad as well as the locally-based team (CHAN team), but Feguifoot now plan to appoint different coaches for both posts.

"It's important to note that among the applicants, another coach will be picked to lead the local team (CHAN team).

"The commission responsible for the screening of applicants is already at work to select the best among the applicants," the statement added.

Guinea have never qualified for the Fifa World Cup and their best performance on the continent was finishing as runner-up at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ethiopia.

The new coach's main task will be to lead the team in the 2019 Nations Cup qualifying campaign where they currently lead Group H ahead of Central African Republic, Ivory Coast and Rwanda.

Only the group winners and runners-up will progress to the 2019 finals, currently scheduled to take place in Cameroon.

Fifa has named the four-man investigation unit that will probe potential match-fixing in Sierra Leonean football.

The match-fixing inquiry includes a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and South Africa in 2008.

Since 2014, eleven officials and four players have been suspended by Sierra Leone's FA pending investigation, with all having denied wrongdoing.

The four-man Fifa unit will be chaired by Jean-Samuel Leuba, a lawyer.

He will be joined by Michael Emde, Peter Limacher and Paul Scotney, a former detective who has extensive experience of investigating corruption in sport.

"(Fifa) has established an independent investigation committee to conduct an inquiry into allegations of match-fixing within football in Sierra Leone in general and, in particular, match-fixing within the Sierra Leone FA," said a Fifa statement.

"The duties of the independent committee are to investigate the allegations and provide a comprehensive report to the Fifa Members Associations Committee in order to allow for an informed decision on the matter."

The letter was signed by Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

The current Sierra Leone FA executive will welcome the news, with its president Isha Johansen having long pushed for a match-fixing inquiry to go ahead.

Central to the investigation is the 2010 World Cup qualifier that ended goalless between South Africa and Sierra Leone in Atteridgeville, South Africa, in June 2008.

No date has been given for the inquiry to start, but it is unlikely to happen before the country's presidential elections on 7 March.

A mother has spoken of her relief after a private clinic in Gabon finally released her baby, who was held for months over an unpaid medical bill.

Baby Angel's mother told the BBC her milk had run dry after being separated from the child for the first five months of her life.

The case shocked the country, and she gained much public support.

The bill of 2 million CFA ($3,630; £2,610) was paid after a campaign was launched on the family's behalf.

President Ali Bongo was among those who contributed towards the bill.

The clinic's director was arrested on Monday on baby-kidnapping charges, but the charges were dropped a day later, reports BBC Afrique's Charles Stephan Mavoungou from the capital, Libreville.

Angel was finally allowed to leave the clinic, which is north of the capital, this week.

The baby's mother, Sonia Okome, told the BBC of her relief, but explained it was bittersweet: "I'm happy to have my baby back. But I'm sorry that I can't breastfeed her because after five months all my milk has gone."

She also complained that the baby had not been given any vaccines.

The bill, Gabon Media Time reports [in French], was for the 35 days Angel spent in an incubator after she was born prematurely.

A Nigerian airline has blamed a passenger after one of its aircraft doors fell off shortly after landing.

The flight from Lagos to Abuja was taxiing on the runway when the emergency exit door came away.

Dana Air denied that it was caused by a mechanical fault, and said the door could not fall off "without a conscious effort by a passenger to open it".

But one passenger told the BBC that everyone on board had denied tampering with the door.

Dapo Sanwo, from Lagos, said: "The flight was noisy with vibrations from the floor panel. I noticed the emergency door latch was loose and dangling."

"When we landed and the plane was taxiing back to the park point, we heard a poof-like explosion, followed by a surge of breeze and noise. It was terrible."

"The cabin crew tried to say a passenger pulled the hatch which everyone denied. They also tried to get us to stop taking videos or pictures."

Ola Brown, who was also travelling on the flight, said on Twitter: "Did you hear [the door] rattling the whole flight? Was so unsettling. I just thought it was a screw loose, Didn't think it would actually just fall off."

In a statement, Dana Air denied there were issues with the door during the flight.

"The emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or a conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger," the company said.

"When an aircraft is airborne, it is fully pressurised and there was no way the seat or door could have been shaking as insinuated."

The airline went on to say it had been inspected by engineers alongside a Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority team and "no issue was reported".

"The [return] flight was only delayed for eight minutes as we needed to demonstrate to the regulators that the safety and comfort of our guests is at the centre of our operations," the statement added.

In 2012, a Dana Air flight crashed in a busy Lagos suburb killing all 153 people on board.

Nigeria has historically had a poor air safety record. Last year, Abuja's airport airport was closed for six weeks while major repairs were carried out on its runway.

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