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

March 1

ANGOLA – 01 MAR 2022

  • LUANDA – 01 MAR 2022 (09H00) Angola and Romania have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in Luanda after a meeting between the Angolan Foreign Minister, Téte António, and the chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Romania, Florin Tudoire, on Monday, 28 February 2022. During the meeting, discussions focused on Romanian investment in Angola, as well as the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Romania intends to invest in the diamond sector, with the installation of diamond exploration industries in the municipality of Nharêa, in the province of Bié. In addition, Romania also intends to invest in other areas, such as agriculture and renewable energy.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 01 MAR 2022

  • KINSHASA – 01 MAR 2022 (07H30) The National Deputy of Together for the Republic, Gratien Iracan, has petitioned against the President of the National Assembly, Christophe Mboso, for the alleged mismanagement of about $64 million in the National Assembly. Mboso has been spent about $64 million in operations to enable national elected officials to carry out their duties. Iracan has received over 70 signatures; however, he should receive 125 signatures for the petition to be maintained and debated in plenary.
  • BUNIA – 01 MAR 2022 (10H00) Six people have died, and several others were abducted following an attack on Monday, 28 February 2022, by the Co-operative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in the village of Gina, about 40 kilometres north of Bunia, in the territory of Djugu. The Civil Society has stated that the people had been ambushed and attacked with several armed weapons, while others fled the area to Lopa and Iga Barriere. This attack comes in revenge for a death of a man by the Zaire self-defence force on 22 February 2022, on the Zibiti-Likidha road section in the territory of Djugu.

 

ESWATINI – 01 MAR 2022

  • MANZINI – 01 MAR 2022 (10H45) Protest reported at the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) in Manzini. The students have boycotted several classes and are protesting over the Government’s failure to pay students allowances. Members of the public are advised to be cautious. Police have been deployed to the area.
  • MBABANE – 01 MAR 2022 (12H30) UPDATE Several other members of the public have joined in the protest. The demonstrators are standing in solidarity around the High Court of eSwatini. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (12H00) Demonstrations reported near the High Court of eSwatini. Members of the SWALIMO are protesting in solidarity with the MP’s who have appeared before the High Court of eSwatini. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation.  (10H30) Police blockade reported in Hosea near to Hluti. Police have stopped several vehicles accompanied by people planning to protest at the Mbabane High Court today, 01 March 2022. The vehicles have been stopped from driving to Mbabane to demonstrate and directed to return to their residences. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (12H00) Demonstrations reported near the High Court of eSwatini. Members of the Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) are protesting in solidarity with the MP’s who have appeared before the High Court of eSwatini. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation.  (10H30) Police blockade reported in Hosea near to Hluti. Police have stopped several vehicles accompanied by people planning to protest at the Mbabane High Court today, 01 March 2022. The vehicles have been stopped from driving to Mbabane to demonstrate and directed to return to their residences. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (06H20) Protest expected at the High Court of eSwatini in Mbabane today, 01 March 2022, at 09H00. Pro-democracy members will be embarking on a protest action in solidarity with the Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who are expected to appear in court. The MP’s have been charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act and have been in detention since 25 July 2021. Police are expected to be on the scene. Motorists are advised to be cautious.

 

ETHIOPIA- 01 MAR 2022

  • SEMERA – 01 MAR 2022 (09H20) The Afar People’s Party (APP) has called on the International Community to address the humanitarian crisis in the Northern part of the Afar Region with urgent humanitarian assistance. The APP has also urged the withdrawal of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) immediately from the Afar Regional State and respect the constitutional sovereignty of Afar Regional State. The party has further decided not to participate in Ethiopia’s planned national dialogue due to its lack of transparency and called on the Government to ensure the inclusiveness of the dialogue by inviting all stakeholders, including the opposition political parties. The party has further urged the Federal Government of Ethiopia to reevaluate the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Commission.

 

GHANA – 01 MAR 2022

  • ACCRA – 01 MAR 2022 (10H15) The Foreign Ministry has revealed that the first batch of Ghanaian Nationals evacuated from Ukraine has arrived at the Kokota International Airport. This follows after a train carrying Ghanaian students in Ukraine has been allegedly attacked by Russians. The deputy minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration report, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, has lauded the government’s role in airlifting the students into the country.

 

KENYA – 01 MAR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 01 MAR 2022 (12H20) Three suspects have been arrested for alleged theft of Safricom’s internet and telecommunication infrastructure along the Ngina road on 24 February 2022. The suspects have been accused of contravening the Kenya Information and Communications Act of 1998. The arrest comes after Safaricom security personnel received information from members of the public that the suspects have been interfering with the company cables. The suspects have been detained by the Kabete Police officers and are expected to appear before the Kibera Law Courts on 10 March 2022.
  • NAIROBI – 01 MAR 2022 (13H00) Protest reported in Nairobi near the Ministry of Transport. The Digital Taxi drivers under the Digital Taxi Forum (DTF) have embarked on a protest over the Cabinet Secretary (CS) of Transport’s failure to implement the Digital Hailing Service regulations (TNC Rules 2022), which had been passed by the Senate labour committee chaired by Senator Johnson Sakaja. The protest comes after DTF issued a seven days notice on 19 February 2022. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
  • MANDERA – 01 MAR 2022 (15H00) Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the killing of Kenyan Deputy Chairman Mohamed Abdi Ahmed of the Omar Jilaw village in Mandera, North Eastern Kenya. This follows after an attack by the Al-Shabaab insurgents targeting Kenyan Administrative Officers. The Kenyan Police have launched a search operation in the area to apprehend the suspects.

 

LESOTHO – 01 MAR 2022

  • MASERU – 01 MAR 2022 (18H15) The Kingdom of Lesotho has announced that it has assumed the one-month rotational Chairmanship of The African Union and Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) under the permanent representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Union. The Peace and Security Council is expected to engage in several substantive sessions and thematic discussions to promote Africa’s peace and security. Furthermore, the Council will convene an induction for the incoming Member States of peace and Security Council at the level of Committee of Experts (CoE) in Maseru from 21 March 2022 to 25 March 2022.

 

MADAGASCAR – 01 MAR 2022

  • FENOARIVO – 28 FEB 2022 (20H30) The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (OHCHR) experts have urged Madagascar to take immediate action to protect individuals with albinism amid reports of ongoing attacks and killings. This follows several attacks and abductions reported in various parts of Madagascar. OHCHR stated that it is reaching out to the Government to strengthen its efforts to protect individuals with albinism, particularly women, children and older people who have been victims of these inhuman offences.
  • TANAMBOROZANO – 01 MAR 2022 (06H25) Several residences have been burnt down following a fire incident in Tanamborozano on Monday, 28 February 2022. Firefighters from the Urban Municipality of Toamasina had been deployed to the scene to quell the fire and control the situation. Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the fire.
  • ALAKAMISY AMBOHIDRATRIMO – 01 MAR 2022 (08H00) Students of Vontovorona Polytechnic High School have threatened to protest if their scholarships are not paid by today, 01 March 2022. The students have stated that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Mesupres) have failed them despite their calls to the Ministry. The Ministry has not paid out their scholarships for four months and equipment allowance, however, other requests have been received. Meanwhile, the Ministry has joined the Universities and Higher Institutions of Technology to accelerate the digitalization procedures of the student list.

 

MALAWI – 01 MAR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 01 MAR 2022 (17H45) Protest organisers have reportedly resolved to proceed with the demonstrations scheduled over defamation lawsuit on Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General Martha Chizuma on Wednesday, 02 March 2022. This follows the Lilongwe City Council Authorities’ appeal on Monday, 28 February 2022, to the organisers cancelling permission granted for the protest. The City Council stated that it is withdrawing the demonstration’s approval due to the matter being still in court. The lead organiser of the rally, Sylvester Ayuba, insist that the council has no mandate to cancel the protest.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 01 MAR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 01 MAR 2022 (11H30) Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) has called on its members to disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) after accusing the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, of slowing the administation of the agreement signed in 2019. The Head of the Renamo Parliamentary Seat, Viana Magalhaes, has stated that the Government had not complied with the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement that provides for the placement of Renamo member officers in senior positions in the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces. This comes after Nyusi stated that the Government is committed to complying with the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed with Renamo in August 2019.
  • MAPUTO – 01 MAR 2022 (11H50) Mozambique’s Electricity Company (EDM) has signed a new contract to supply power to the Kingdom of Eswatini. The contract has a duration of about 17 months and will provide for EDM to supply 20-megawatts (MW) of power, revised depending on the needs of Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC). During a signing ceremony, discussions focussed on analysing future projects between the two companies, particularly the Temane Thermal Power Plant, which is being built in southern Mozambique. The Chairperson of EDM, Marcelino Alberto, has stated that the Temane Thermal Power Plant project includes a transmission line between Vilanculos, in the Inhambane province and Maputo, which will interconnect to the Motraco system, the same one that makes the interconnection between Mozambique and the Eswatini Kingdom.

 

NIGERIA – 01 MAR 2022

  • ABUJA – 28 FEB 2022 (19H30) Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Government has concluded arrangements to commence the evacuation of the citizens travelling to other countries due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This follows a meeting with the speaker of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Onyeama stated the evacuation is expected to start on Wednesday, 02 March 2022. Aircraft will be dispatched.
  • PORT HARCOUT – 28 FEB 2022 (20H00) Students from tertiary institutions affiliated with the  National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the South-West have called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government to resolve their differences before they shut down all federal roads tomorrow, 01 March 2022. The students made the announcement ahead of their street protest across the major parts of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city. This follows the unresolved disagreement between ASUU and NANS.
  • LAGOS – 01 MAR 2022 (07H00) The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has announced plans to shutdown the Lagos, Onne and other seaports across the country today, 01 March 2022. This follows after the International Oil Companies’ (IOC) refused to allow indigenous companies access their platforms as required by the nation’s law. The Executive Secretary of the Council, Emmanuel Jime, has appealed to the union to suspend their strike to allow the council to intervene. The MWUN President-General, Adewale Adeyanju, has stated that he would discuss with the Central Working Committee (CWC) of MWUN the outcome of the meeting and revert to the management of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
  • KWAJA – 01 MAR 2022 (07H20) The Cameroonian armed security operatives have seized farmlands from Nigerians in border communities, including Kwaja, a border community in the Adamawa State. Residents in Kwaja have protested over the situation and urged the Government to recapture their land from the Cameroonian authorities. The residents have stated that they agreed to the 1932 Thompson Marchand Declaration’, and have requested Protection from the Nigerian Government. The residents alleged that Cameroonian officials on 14 February 2022 had denied them access to the lands in Kwaja, Kinga, Jugrma, Fajawa Girziya villages in the Mubi South Local Government Area.
  • AKPAJO – 01 MAR 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in the Rivers State in Port Harcourt today, 01 March 2022. The youth in Rivers State will be protesting over the poor road infrastructure on Eleme Road. The President of the Ogoni Youth Federation, Legborsi Yamabana, has stated that the protest will commence despite the Rivers State Police Commissioner’s request to postpone the protest. This protest follows after the failure of the Federal Government to commence rehabilitation work on the road as well as transfer the road from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the Presidential infrastructure development fund as directed by President Buhari in October 2021.
  • CHOBA – 01 MAR 2022 (06H15) The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has announced plans to embark on a strike after the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) failure to honour the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the union. The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have stated that the Federal Government has not implemented agreements reached since 2021. The joint unions will be protesting over the Government’s inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payment, non-payment of earned allowances, delay in a renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU agreement, non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage, usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units in violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures, neglect and poor funding of state universities, non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing members and non-constitution of Visitation Panel to Universities.
  • ABUJA – 01 MAR 2022 (12H30) The Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) have launched their newly-constructed Nigerian Army Ultra-Modern Operations Centre in Abuja and control its operational engagements across the country. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya, has stated that the operations centre would serve as a command centre, situation room, as well as operational briefing centre for the Nigerian army. The COAS also expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support of the Nigerian army.
  • LAGOS – 01 MAR 2022 (15H00) The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPEG), through the Secretary-General, Afolabi Olawale, has announced that its members will not transport petrol to depot owners selling above the official rate. This follows a 24-hour request to marketers to revert to the official rate of N148.77 on 26 February 2022. Olawale stated that Depot owners are not directly importing petrol and are not expected to sell at prices above the official rate.

 

RWANDA – 01 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 01 MAR 2022 (13H00) The German Development Minister, Svenja Schulze, is in Rwanda for a four-day expedition to strengthen bilateral relations. Schulze is expected to focus on establishing vaccine production, joint efforts to combat the climate crisis, and women’s role in successful development. This follows after a German biotechnology company based in Mainz, BioNTech, has presented a container factory to be set up in Rwanda and Senegal. Schulze is anticipated to sign the Rwandan-German Climate and Development Partnership with the Rwandan Minister of Finance.
  • KIGALI – 01 MAR 2022 (13H00) The German Development Minister, Svenja Schulze, is in Rwanda for a four-day expedition to strengthen bilateral relations. Schulze is expected to focus on establishing vaccine production, joint efforts to combat the climate crisis, and women’s role in successful development. This follows after a German biotechnology company based in Mainz, BioNTech, has presented a container factory to be set up in Rwanda and Senegal. Schulze is anticipated to sign the Rwandan-German Climate and Development Partnership with the Rwandan Minister of Finance.
  • KIGALI – 01 MAR 2022 (13H50) The Management of Baho International Hospital has announced that the hospital will resume their medical services on Monday, 14 March 2022. The new building has a wide range of facilities that will enable the hospital to operate more efficiently and to bring in new medical services that were not available. The decision to reopen Baho International Hospital came after an inspection by the Ministry of Health at the hospital that found it to be in compliance with the permit and a permit to reopen it.

 

 

TANZANIA – 01 MAR 2022

  • DODOMA – 01 MAR 2022 (16H00) The World Bank Director for Tanzania, Mara Warwick, has announced that the World Bank predicts Tanzania’s economy to expand between 4.5% to 5.5% in 2022. Warwick stated that this boost is due to the renounce of coronavirus-related restrictions in several countries. The predictions were compared to the 4.3% in 2021. The World Bank growth projection range is contemporary to the finance ministry’s forecasts that the country’s economy would expand at 5.2% in 2022.
  • DAR ES SALAAM – 01 MAR 2022 (17H10) The Inspector-General of Police’s (IGP) Chief of Police Simon Sirro has announced the launch of a Police Operation following an inspection. This follows an attempt to capture and arrest unlawful Bodaboda operators in the area in addition to burglars of private and public property. IGP Sirro has urged drivers to adhere to the terms of their licenses and to refrain from engaging in violent crime.

 

ZAMBIA – 01 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 01 MAR 2022 (14H00) A France established technology company, Sercel, has announced that it has deployed a wireless WING land acquisition nodal system to a mining programme at the First Quantum Minerals owned Kansanshi copper mine. The programme is a cooperative effort between the Ministry of Mines of Zambia, First Quantum Minerals and Oxford University’s Earth Sciences Department. The 30-kilometre WING node array has been deployed to acquire passive seismic data and the Solwezi dome for nine months. Sercel reported that the programme aims to explore the structure of the mine area utilising background seismicity, including ambient noise, mine blasting, local and regional earthquake and teleseismic events.
  • NDOLA – 01 MAR 2022 (16H00) The president of the Republic, Hakainde Hichilema,has confirmed his attendance for the Investing in African Mining Indaba scheduled at Cape Town from 09 May 2022 to 12 May 2022. Hichilema is expected to share his vision for Zambia, where macroeconomic stability is restored and sustainable, inclusive economic growth is promoted.

 

ZIMBABWE – 01 MAR 2022

  • KWEKWE – 01 MAR 2022 (18H15) Amnesty International has called on Zimbabwean authorities to investigate the death of an opposition supporter that occurred at a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally at Mbizo 4 shopping centre, Kwekwe, on Sunday 27 February 2022. Approximately 22 people had been injured during the incident, with another injury being fatal. Reports state that members of the Machete group had been armed with machetes, beer bottles, iron bars, spears and bricks. The incident follows as Zimbabwe expects their by-elections on 26 March 2022.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 MAR 2022

  • MALAWI: Protest expected in Area 9, Lilongwe at a Businessman Ashok Kumar Streedharan, residence on 02 March 2022.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected at the Ministry of Justice in Capital Hill on 09 March 2022.
  • RWANDA:The United Nations (UN) Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) is expected to hold its eighth session of The Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-8) in Kigali, Rwanda from Thursday, 03 March 2022, to Saturday 05 March 2022
  • ETHIOPIA: The Prosperity Party (PP) has announced its readiness to convene its first General Assembly in Addis Ababa scheduled to take place from 10 March 2022 until 12 March 2022..
  • NIGERIA : The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party, has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
  • ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia has announced plans to commence twice-weekly Ndola-Mansa service with British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream equipment by 18 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 April 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 18 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States.
  • RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.

 

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