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Tanzania’s shame

The country’s elephant population has plummeted under the watch of its outgoing President

By Martin Fletcher   July 2015

Jakaya Kikwete is nearing the end of his two terms and 10 years as President of Tanzania. Ahead of this autumn’s elections, acolytes are brandishing statistics showing what a success he has been—2.7m jobs created, 5,000 more schools, households with electricity rising from 10 to 36 per cent, malaria cases down 60 per cent. The one figure they hardly ever mention, however, is the shocking and shameful number of elephants slaughtered on his watch—nearly 100,000.

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