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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 01 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 1

ANGOLA – 01 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 31 JAN 2022 (22H45) President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, has presented key policies he would implement in the August 2022 Presidential election. Lourenço pledged to invest in the diversification of the market economy, fighting corruption and creating a greater supply of public services in health. This follows after the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA),  approved Lourenço’s recommendation for a second mandate in December 2021.
  • LUANDA – 01 FEB 2022 (08H30) The Angolan National Electricity Distribution Company (ENDE) has announced that about 90% of the electrical substation in Barra do Kwanza, municipality of Belas, in Luanda, had been damaged. This follows after an explosion occurred on Sunday, 30 January 2022, affecting about 600 residences in the locality of energy supply. Preliminary investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire. However, the ENDE has stated that a possible short circuit may have been the cause of the fire which consumes a large section of the substation with a power of 20 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA). The ENDE has stated that technical teams have been deployed to work and assess to restore the electricity supply.
  • LUANDA – 01 FEB 2022 (10H20) The Angolan Government intends to reduce the number of public financial funds from sixteen to five within the framework of the restructuring program approved by the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers. This move aims to enhance management and public resources allocated. Finance Minister, Vera Daves, has stated that there are 16 funds under the supervision of State administration bodies, which will be merged or extinguished within less than three years. In line with the move, the Government approved the Public Funds Restructuring Program.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 01 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 01 FEB 2022 (03H30) Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has launched the construction of the country’s first deep-water port, a project built on the edge of protected wetlands. Banana Port, to be created by Dubai’s Ports International (DPI). The $1.2 billion project will border Congo’s Mangrove Marine Park, a nature reserve containing various vulnerable or endangered plant and animal species.

 

ESWATINI – 01 FEB 2022

  • MANZINI – 01 FEB 2022 (07H50) The President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Colani Maseko, has been charged with sedition and malicious damage to property after being arrested on Monday, 31 January 2022. Maseko had been detained following allegations of criticising the Government. The Manzini Magistrates Court has further remanded Maseko in Police custody until Wednesday, 09 February 2022.
  • MAYIWANE – 01 FEB 2022 (11H30) Protest reported at the Mayiwane High School. Students are demanding the release of the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Colani Maseko, and the two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
  • MANZINI – 01 FEB 2022 (12H50) UPDATE Reports have indicated that SNUS Political Educator, Awuviva Sakhile Nxumalo, has been allegedly arrested by the Mswati Police near the Riverstone Mall. (12H00) Protest reported in Manzini near the Nazarene High School. The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) are demanding the release of the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Colani Maseko, and the two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. The students have boycotted several schools in the vicinity. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd.
  • MANZINI – 01 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) is scheduled to meet with its members today, 01 February 2022, at 14H00 to discuss the arrest of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko. The union will be discussing a way forward following the situation. This comes as several students of the SNUS are protesting in Manzini and are demanding the release of Maseko, including all the detained pro-democracy members.
  • MATSAPHA – 01 FEB 2022 (14H40) Protest reported at the Gwamile Voctim School in Matsapha. The students are demanding the release of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko, including all the detained pro-democracy members. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are aware of the situation.

 

ETHIOPIA- 01 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 01 FEB 2022 (01H15) Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has met with Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The leaders discussed cooperation, joint projects and ways to enhance ties between the UAE and Ethiopia in various fields to advance their development efforts and interests.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 01 FEB 2022 (07H40) The Foreign Ministers of Libya, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, South Africa and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Niger has arrived in Addis Ababa to participate in the African Unions (AU) 40th Ministerial Session. Chief of Cabinet Ambassador, Meheretab Mulugeta and Protocol Affairs, Ambassador Feysel Aliyi have welcome the Ambassadors upon arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

 

GHANA – 01 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 01 FEB 2022 (03H45) The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has indicated its decision to restore the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PSRL) on petrol, diesel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) products effective from 01 February 2022. This follows President Akufo-Addo’s directive to the National Petroleum Authority to extend the removal of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PSRL) on petrol, diesel, and LPG to the end of January 2022. The NPA stated that the deduction of the PSRL cannot be extended any further due to that it is the source of revenue for the payment of the subsidies on Premix Fuel and Residual Fuel Oil (RFO).

 

KENYA – 01 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 01 FEB 2022 (10H40) Kenya aims to request the Democratic Republic of Congo to extradite a suspect arrested in the Central African nation’s northern city of Beni on terror-related charges. The Congolese army has seized the suspect on suspicion he was part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group conducting raids in northern DRC near the border with Uganda. However, the suspect is an alleged terrorist known to carry out attacks in Mombasa and has an active warrant of arrest. The suspect had also joined the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) militant group.

 

LESOTHO – 01 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 01 FEB 2022 (15H15) South Africa and Lesotho are expected to sign a new bi-national commission agreement. This comes as the Foreign Affairs Minister, ‘Matŝepo Molise-Ramakoae, is scheduled to meet with her counterpart, Naledi Pandor, in June 2022, to sign a bilateral agreement that will allow free movement between the two countries. The High Commission’s Political Counselor, Mark Reynhardt, has stated that discussions are underway between the two countries.

 

MADAGASCAR – 01 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO –  01 FEB 2022 (09H30) Social media activist, Mahery Lanto Manandafy, has been sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of Ar900,000 for allegedly criticising the Government and spreading false information. This follows after Manandafy had been detained on Saturday, 28 January 2022, and appeared before the Anosy Courthouse on Monday, 31 January 2022, after being summoned by the Gendarmerie of Madagascar. Manandafy lawyer, Master Maka, has also stated that Manandafy has also been fined with Ar6-million.
  • ANTANANARIVO –  01 FEB 2022 (10H00) The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has announced that preparation is underway ahead of the Cyclone Batsirai in Toamasina. The BNGRC has delivered emergency equipment, including four boats to reinforce rescue operations and motor pumps for water drainage on several sites. Several temporary accommodation sites with a capacity of at least 5,000 people will be intended to accommodate affected victims, such as a Gymnasium, the Soavita gymnasium, the Social Canada home and the Soavita dojo. President Andry Rajoelina is expected today, 01 February 2022, to set up the Regional Branch of the BNGRC in Toamasina. Furthermore, the BNGRC has further reported the possibility of the cyclone occurring on 05 February 2022, along the east coast of Madagascar.

 

MALAWI – 01 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 01 FEB 2022 (04H15) President Lazarus Chakwera has appealed for aid following the impact of floods from Tropical Storm Ana. The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) announced that the storm had affected 845,685 people from 187,930 households in 17 districts, where 32 have been reported dead and 147 injured. Chakwera stated that after assessing the damage, his newly appointed ministers would meet to discuss the budget for the next financial year to start in April instead of June as usual.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 01 FEB 2022

  • MAGANJA – 01 FEB 2022 (14H40) The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanne, is expected in Mozambique to discuss and strengthen relations with  Mozambique ahead of the resumption of its $20 billion Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Pouyanne is expected in Maputo to meet President Filipe Nyusi to discuss logistics over the firm’s return to Cabo Delgado, including the security situation in Palma. TotalEnergies will be expanding in Mozambique by acquiring oil and gas company, BP’s retail network, wholesale fuel business and logistics assets.

 

NIGERIA – 01 FEB 2022

  • ABUJA – 31 JAN 2022 (23H30) The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has acquired 38 new aircrafts to combat insurgency activities in the country. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated that the aircraft’s had been deployed to embark on insecurity in parts of the country and enhance pilots training. NAF has introduced 11 new doctrines to guide its operations. The doctrines are based on an analysis of the contemporary security environment and operational experiences.
  • ABUJA – 01 FEB 2022 (07H00) The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced the suspension of its planned nationwide protest against fuel subsidy removal planned to take place on 01 February 2022. The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, has stated the decision was made at its National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, 25 January 2022, due to the Federal Government’s decision to halt subsidy removal on petroleum.
  • IKEJA – 01 FEB 2022 (07H15) Road closure expected in Yaba from 01 February 2022 until 16 February 2022. This announcement follows as the first phase of constructing the Red Line covering Oyingbo to Agbado will be carried out. The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, has stated that the two-week closure is aimed to protest motorists during the precast beam installation. Motorists have been advised that travel from Western Avenue to use the Empire Road, at Jibowu, while traffic inbound Yaba will be diverted to Empire Road to access Western Avenue.
  • SOKOTO – 01 FEB 2022 (12H20) The Police Command in Sokoto State has arrested about 37 suspects over alleged banditry in parts of the State. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Operations, Ahmed Zaki, has stated that the arrests were made during an operation Sahara Storm of the Nigeria Police held between the 20 January 2022 and 29 January 2022, at the bandits’ camps in Illela, Rabah, Isa and Goronyo Local Government Areas of Sokoto State. Zaki has stated that the suspects are known to be affiliated with an infamous leader, Turji. Investigations are in progress, and the suspects will appear before the court once investigations have been concluded.

 

RWANDA – 01 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 01 FEB 2022 (12H30) The Military High Court has sentenced to death six suspects affiliated with the Rally for Unity and Democracy (RUD)-Urunana militia group. This follows after the suspects appeared before the court on Monday, 31 January 2022, for allegedly carrying out terror attacks on 05 October 2019 against civilians in Kinigi Sector, Musanze District. The suspects had been charged for joining an illegal armed group, attempting to overthrow the current Government and terrorism.

 

TANZANIA – 01 FEB 2022

  • DODOMA – 01 FEB 2022 (13H15) The 12th Parliament has elected Tulia Ackson Mwansasu as Speaker of the 12th National Assembly. Tulia will be replacing Job Ndugai, who resigned on 06 January 2022. Mwansasu of the ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has won against the other eight contenders by 372 votes.

 

ZAMBIA – 01 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 01 FEB 2022 (13H30) Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has announced the reduction of the price of petroleum products by K1.32 for petrol and K1.22 Ngwee per litre for diesel, which will be sold as low Sulphur Gas oil. The newly prices will be in effect from 01 February 2022. The ERB Board Chairperson Reynolds Bowa has stated that the price review has been necessitated by the decision to migrate to a monthly pricing cycle which entails that the local price of fuel is more responsive to the market fundamentals. Bowa has stated that the  International Oil Prices for Petrol and Diesel declined with the Kwacha against the United States Dollar.

 

ZIMBABWE – 01 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 01 FEB 2022 (11H00) Teachers have threatened to boycott classes due to their unpaid salaries and other education-related allowances before the opening of schools on 07 February 2022. The teachers have demanded the Government to resolve the payment issue and demand allowances for Early Childhood Development (ECD) fields, better working conditions, and advanced level teachers. This comes after a demonstration held in Harare on 15 January 2022 over lower-paid salaries.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 FEB 2022

  • ETHIOPIA: The African Union (AU) is expected to host the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council on 02 February 2022, and 03 February 2022, and the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU scheduled to take place on 05 February 2022 and 06 February 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • GHANA: Demonstration expected on 08 February 2022, throughout Ghana.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022

 

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