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Veteran Mugabe Interviewer Sued For $1M – Report

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Veteran Mugabe Interviewer Sued For $1M

A veteran interviewer of former president Robert Mugabe is being sued for $1m by his employer, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, state media reported on Monday.

Tazzen Mandizvidza, ZBC’s head of news and current affairs, is accused of “financial irregularities” that caused the ZBC “massive losses” more than four years ago, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

“ZBC claims the debt was never cancelled and that the court should now issue an order compelling him to pay $1 083 362,09 with interest,” the paper said.

The news executive conducted many of the annual birthday interviews with Mugabe in the last years of his rule. Mugabe’s birthday interviews were always painfully long and had to be aired in two parts on successive evenings on state TV. Mandizvidza did Mugabe’s 93rd birthday interview in February last year, just months before the veteran leader was ousted after a brief military takeover.

‘$27 000 per month’

Mandizvidza was suspended from ZBC in late 2014 in the wake of the “Salarygate” scandal. This involved revelations that many top officials in state-run firms had awarded themselves massive salaries and perks.

Mandizvidza, who was later rehired by ZBC, was said to be earning nearly $27 000 per month, the private Standard newspaper reported at the time.

The paper said 46 managers at ZBC were earning monthly wages that totalled nearly half a million US dollars.

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Ghana Opens First Round Of Bidding For Exploratory Licenses

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Ghana Opens First Round Of Bidding For Exploratory Licenses

President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the opening of the country’s first open and competitive round of bidding for energy exploration licenses, with three offshore blocks being offered. Previously, Ghana had awarded leases through a closed negotiation process.

All of the blocks are located in ghana’s central basin. To undertake the exploration and extraction.

Bidders have to show financial capacity and technical expertise and present a timetable for their exploration and development program.

President Akufo-Addo also announced a review of all licensing agreements covering blocks that were inactive, where concession holders had not undertaken the required exploratory or development work.

This move could see a number of blocks re-enter the market, either through competitive bidding or direct negotiations, generating further interest in the upstream component of the industry from both independent operators and major players.

Although the development of these offshore sites will require significant investment, rising international oil prices could well justify the expense.

Development of major offshore oilfields is set to boost export earnings and stimulate investment inflows.

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Namibia National Council Chairperson Tasks MPs On Safe Driving

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Namibia National Council Chairperson Tasks MPs On Safe Driving

As the Namibian National Council adjourned for the holidays on Thursday, chairperson margaret mensah-williams gave an unusual advise to members of parliament. She asked them to take the lead by being safe drivers and obey traffic rules.  She especially harped on obeying speed limits.

She referred to some highways in the country that have historically recorded high numbers of accidents, some of which had involved members of parliament.  One of such fatal accidents recently occurred on the country’s b-one highway.

Mensah-williams advised everyone to be responsible drivers this holiday season, asking drivers to be more patient on the roads.  She said it is unacceptable that road accidents have become the leading causes of death in the country.

She warns against drinking and driving and gender-based violence, appealing to namibians not to rape, kill or abuse their partners and children in anyway whatsoever.

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Angola Admitted Into Gas Exporting Countries Forum As Observing Member

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Angola Admitted Into Gas Exporting Countries Forum As Observing Member

Angola has been admitted into the Gas Exporting Countries Forum as an observer member. GECF is an international governmental organization based in Doha, Qatar.

The group brings together the world’s leading gas producers and supports the sovereign rights of member countries over their gas resources.  It also helps them with their rights and capability to manage, develop, use and conserve those resources in a way that is sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly.

Executive Chairman of African Energy Chamber, N.J. Ayuk said this is a step in the right direction for Namibia, and it’s in line wth the country’s  economic goals and projects.  He also said this would help in expanding economic diversification.

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