Former State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita has distanced himself from reports doing rounds on social media intimating that he has been appointed Deputy CEO at Safaricom Ethiopia.

His sentiments come after Safaricom, on Thursday, switched on its network in Ethiopia’s Capital City Addis Ababa, marking the official start of commercial operations in the populous country.

The news of Waita’s alleged appointment kept the rumor mills churning on social media for the better part of Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

In a rejoinder on his official Twitter page on Friday, Waita – who failed to clinch Machakos County Governor’s seat at the August 9th polls – underscored that he had not assumed the new position, dismissing the reports as fake.

“These streets & fake stories … I’m busy minding my own business & looking after my cows & getting much needed rest !” he said in the tweet accompanied by a video of his cows grazing on a farm.

According to Waita, any announcements in regards to his career will only be made by him personally, as such Kenyans on Twitter should avoid any unverified rumours.

“Any announcements on my future will come from me .. so relax,” he added.

He, further, in a direct text to Citizen Digital when sought for comment, said: “I love Safaricom but the news is fake.”

So far, Safaricom which has spent an estimated Ksh.36.2 billion ($300 million) to set up key infrastructure in Ethiopia has established 500 network sites and two data centres.

Safaricom Ethiopia is currently employing 650 staff, of whom 450 represent local employees.

The telecommunications giant has since added over 200,000 customers to its network in Ethiopia.

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