- Strive Masiyiwa, a UK-based billionaire has offered to pay the salaries of Zimbabwean doctors who have been on strike for 4 months
- Reports indicate that the strike action has been the longest in the history of the country
- Strive Masiyiwa offered to pay the doctors 3 times their salaries with other benefits for 6 months
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Zimbabwe’s junior doctors have agreed to return to work, ending a strike that has lasted for over four months, after they accepted an offer from a Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire Strive Masiyiwa.
Citinewsroom.com reports that the strike was the longest in the history of Zimbabwe and caused the public healthcare system to crumble.
The UK-based billionaire is set to pay the doctors three times what they used to earn when they were being paid by the government.
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In addition to the salaries, the doctors would also get free transportation to and from work. Each doctor would be paid a subsistence allowance of about $300 (£230) and provide them with transport to work, through the fund he set up.
Reports indicate that a large majority of the doctors on strike were earning less than $100 a month. Strive Masiyiwa has agreed to fund the striking doctors for six long months but it is not clear what would happen after the period ends.
The strike has reportedly ended the lives of an unknown number of people. The senior doctors’ association in Zimbabwe have called the entire development as a 'silent genocide'.
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In other news, an amazing couple has gotten married with only 10 individuals present to witness the event as beautiful pictures have surfaced on social media.
In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh, the couple got married with only the small number of witnesses in order to save money.
The move appears to be a bold and brave one as the wedding would likely be criticized by close friends and extended family members who did not get the chance to be invited.
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