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Horn smug­gler foiled

A smug­gler was ar­rested at Ma­puto In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter try­ing to smug­gle nine rhino horns out of the coun­try. He had wrapped the horns in tin­foil and put them in his checked-in lug­gage in an at­tempt to con­ceal them from au­thor­i­ties. Po­lice, who sus­pect the horns orig­i­nated in South Africa, are now try­ing to find out whether the smug­gler was work­ing alone.

Buhari’s chal­lenger

#BringBack­OurGirls ac­tivist Obi­agele Ezek­we­sili will go up against in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in the next Nige­rian pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. Ezek­we­sili, who of­fi­cially an­nounced her can­di­dacy on Sun­day, was the lead­ing voice in the 2014 cam­paign to help free the 276 girls kid­napped from their school in Chi­bok, in north­ern Nige­ria. In typ­i­cally fiery fash­ion, she told the BBC that Buhari and other mem­bers of the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment rep­re­sent a “medi­ocre po­lit­i­cal class that bum­bles from one cri­sis to an­other”.

Out with the old

Zim­babwe’s re­cently ap­pointed fi­nance min­is­ter, Mthuli Ncube, has an­nounced job cuts in the pub­lic sec­tor as a way to ad­dress the coun­try’s grow­ing ex­pen­di­ture and ail­ing econ­omy. The gov­ern­ment cur­rently has a work­force of about 300 000 and Ncube said those close to re­tir­ing are in the fir­ing line. “Try­ing to re­struc­ture your work­force is never easy. It’s painful, it’s emo­tional and can be a trau­matic process but still nec­es­sary,” Ncube said.

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