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Zimbabwe: Cholera managing officials inflates medical supplies to $10m.

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Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwean millionaire has disclosed that officials were bloating prices of basic health and medical supplies with the aim of profiting off fleecing a fund set up to help fight a cholera outbreak.



Masiyiwa’s private company, Econet, last week announced a $10m fund to help government efforts at combating the outbreak that has so far claimed over 20 lives.

In a Facebook post on Monday, he described the conduct of the officers as ‘sad’ with the promise that after the crisis ends, he was ready to name and shame them via social media.

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His full message read as follows: “Reflection: One of the saddest things that happened last week when Econet announced that it had set aside $10m to help with support to buy medicines and materials, was the number of suppliers, and even officials in some of the affected municipalities who tried to defraud our company by offering things at highly inflated prices!

“Gloves worth $3, were suddenly worth $65! That is just so pathetic!

“I have told my people to prepare lists of anyone who willfully tries to exploit the situation. After this crisis is over we will go after them on this platform. Naming and shaming them.”

Econet was one of other private outfits that donated in cash and kind to support government efforts. The Minister of Health’s move to open a crowdfunding avenue drew mixed reactions with most people criticizing government for misusing taxes and seeking public donations in times of crisis.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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