Mozambican police have detained an 18-year old man in the central city of Chimoio for walking around with a live snake wrapped around his neck.

Brito António Tiofa caused huge astonishment and curiosity. Large crowds gathered to see him with the snake, while some even followed him, causing traffic jams.

He was detained for “disturbance of public order”, police said.

Mr Tiofa said he was a snake breeder who owned more than 60 snakes.

“There are people who raise chickens, ducks, dogs, cattle and pigs, but not me, I raise snakes like any animal in my house,” he said

And Senegal’s communication ministry has announced new internet restrictions to prevent the spread of “hateful messages”.

The decision comes as political tensions rise following President Macky Sall’s controversial decision to delay this month’s presidential election until December.

The authorities have also banned a march due to take place today in the capital, Dakar, to protest against the postponement of the election.

Senegal has been plunged into turmoil since Mr Sall announced on 3 February that elections would be delayed because of a dispute over the eligibility of candidates.

The opposition accused the two-term president of a “constitutional coup”, and trying to cling to power.

He has denied the allegation, saying he will not run for a third term.

The election was due to take place on 25 February, but has been pushed back until December.

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