Top Africa stories: Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists, Zim white rhino 'shot in pen'

Zimbabwe white rhino destined for DRC 'shot in pen': report

One of the ten white rhinos captured in Zimbabwe for export to the DRC had to be shot after it injured a game ranger while in captivity, a newspaper is reporting.

The white rhino attacked and seriously injured the ranger while being held in a quarantine pen in Hwange National Park, said the private Standard newspaper.

“We know that the rhino, which attacked a game ranger was shot and killed inside the quarantine facility,” said Sharon Hoole of pressure group, Bring Back Our Rhinos.


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Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists: report

Top officials in Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are set to receive expensive Land Cruisers from South Africa despite a severe foreign currency shortage, a newspaper is reporting.

The 50 new vehicles, which include Toyota VX 200 Land Cruisers, will cost the ruling party around $5 million and will be a perk for party heavyweights recently side-lined from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new cabinet, reports the privately-owned Standard newspaper.

“The ruling party is said to have received the money to buy the top-of-the-range vehicles from a local tycoon with vast interests in the energy sector,” the paper said. 


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Niger to compensate child fluoride victims

Niger is to pay out at least $3.5 million in compensation to hundreds of children of the central town of Tibiri who suffered deformities after drinking water with high fluoride content, state TV reported Sunday.

Local health authorities calculated back in 2001 that 4 918 youngsters suffered serious bone malformations after drinking the water which state water company SNE distributed between 1985 and 2000.

"We are going to pay. There is no reason for the government not to comply with a judicial ruling," Finance Minister Hassoumi Massoudou told parliament.


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Land audit gets under way in Zim as govt seeks to address agrarian reform 'injustices' - report

Zimbabwe has reportedly started its land audit, as the southern African country tries to address some of the problems encountered during its controversial land reform programme.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the Zimbabwe Land Commission deployed teams of 60 enumerators in all eight farming provinces "for the comprehensive agricultural land audit" set to begin on Monday.

The exercise was expected to end on November 24.


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Shooting in Nigerian House of Assembly... 3 people wounded - reports

Several gunmen have reportedly invaded Nigeria's Edo State House of Assembly, chasing away lawmakers after the impeachment of the deputy speaker Victor Edoror.

According to The Nation, three people were wounded in the pandemonium while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers fled the scene with their bodyguards.


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