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Ethiopian Communications Authority Deny Shortlisting Telcos for Mobile Licenses

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The Ethiopian Communications Authority has denied claims that it has shortlisted any telecommunication company for the two highly coveted mobile operator licenses in Ethiopia.

The Communications Authority in a tweet said, “We wish to clarify that to date no proposals have been received for the 2 new telecom licenses, and no prospective bidder has been shortlisted, pre-qualified nor excluded from participating in the bid process. The RFP process is ongoing”.

A report by one media company wrongly stated that Safaricom had been shortlisted along with five other telecommunications companies to bid for the Ethiopian telecom licenses. News of the shortlist sent the mobile operator’s stock soaring to an all-time high price of KSh39.25. The Ethiopian Communications authority clarified that no bidders have been prequalified or excluded from the competitive bidding process.

Ethiopia is in the process of liberalizing its telecommunications sector as it seeks to increase connectivity in the mobile service industry. On November 27, 2020, the country issued a ‘Request For Proposal’ inviting international mobile phone operators to bid for two nationwide full‐service telecommunications licenses. According to the authority, the bid submission date is on April 5, 2021.

By opening up the telecommunication industry, Ethiopia hopes to attract global firms, boost small and medium-sized businesses by giving access to digital platforms, and create jobs for the many jobless youths in the country.

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Zimbabwe’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi Resigns Amidst Scandal

The allegations became rife since audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office went viral.

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Zimbabwe’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned Monday in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, apologising for tasks he “failed to do well”.

The allegations became rife since audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office went viral.

The 71-year-old leader said in a letter posted on the information ministry’s Twitter account “I am stepping down as the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe…with immediate effect”.

He said he chose to leave office “not as a matter of cowardice” but out of respect for the office of the presidency “so that it is not compromised or caricatured by actions that are linked to my challenges as an individual”.

“I have been going through a soul-searching pilgrimage and realised that I need the space to deal with my problems outside the governance chair,” he added.

He restated his denial of any wrongdoing, explaining that he was “a victim of information distortion, voice cloning, and sponsored spooking and political sabotage”. He has decided to take legal recourse.

Read also: https://newscentral.africa/zimbabwe-clamps-down-on-second-hand-clothes-importation-amid-smuggle-surge/

He’s held several ministerial appointments under former president Robert Mugabe and was appointed vice president in 2017 following Mugabe’s removal from office.

Mohadi, a retired soldier and veteran of the country’s liberation war, was one of Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents.

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Akufo-Addo, Wife Take COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

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Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo and his wife, Rebecca were the first Ghanaians to take the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday in a public programme.

Akufo-Addo received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine produced as a patent by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and said it is safe and will help protect against health COVID-19.

Ghana and Ivory Coast are two of some African countries who have received their first doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.

The Nigerian government is also expected to receive four million doses of the COVISHIELD vaccines on Tuesday.

Akufo-Addo’s action is expected to fuel other African leaders’ resolve to lead the way in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ghana is one of West Africa’s most affected countries.

Africa has recorded close to four million cases of COVID-19 with more than 101,000 deaths recorded.

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Harare City Nurses Resign En Masse over Allowances

Operations in the local council’s clinics have halted due to the mass resignations. The absence of nurses to man various stations has caused authorities to close some of the clinics.

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Harare City Council Nurses Protesting

Over 100 Nurses under the employ of Harare City Council have resigned in protest over the non-payment of their Covid-19 risk allowances.

Operations in the local council’s clinics have halted due to the mass resignations. The absence of nurses to man various stations has caused authorities to close some of the clinics.

The government had pledged a US$75 per month Covid-19 stipend to all frontline health workers in government health centres and local councils.

The Harare City Council nurses complain they are yet to receive the promised allowances and have therefore resorted to mass resignation.  

Harare North MP Markham Allan Norman confirmed the resignations. He has questioned Deputy Health Minister John Mangwiro and requested explanations as to why the government was not paying the nurses as approved.

Kawadzana Polyclinic,Harare

The non-payment of the allowances also affects nurses employed by the Bulawayo City Council. However, there’s no confirmation if they joined in mass resignation. 

Markham said “I would like to clarify on Covid allowances. The Covid allowance for nurses in urban areas as well is not being received. Harare and Bulawayo have both not received at the local government level.”

However, in response Mangwiro insisted government was paying the US$75 directly into the accounts of each frontline worker entitled to the allowance.

Harare City Council runs to main referral hospitals, Wilkins and Beatrice Infectious, which have been repurposed as Covid-19 treatment centre for patients in the capital city requiring admission.

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