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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 02 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 02 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 01 MAR 2022 (23H10) Angola’s Secretary of State for Oil and Gas, José Barroso, has announced that the country has recorded a 3% increase in crude oil exports during the fourth quarter of 2021. An estimated 98.9 million barrels of oil had been exported during this time period, cumulating $7.8 billion in revenues between October 2021 and December 2021. Angola’s national oil company, Sonangol, and the country’s exclusive concessionaire for oil and gas exploration and production, the National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG), sold approximately 40 million barrels of oil in the fourth quarter of 2021, achieving gross revenues of approximately $3 billion. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has hailed Angola’s improved governance, projecting that the country’s economy is expected to grow by an estimated 4% in the medium term.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 02 MAR 2022
- KIKURA – 01 MAR 2022 (23H40) The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has confirmed the death of 16 suspected jihadists following an attack in the Kikura Village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRCs) North Kivu province. This follows after the UPDF recently strengthened Military operations against Islamic State (IS)-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) jihadist group activities in the eastern region of the DRC. The Military operation, named Operation Shujaa, is an offensive against ADF rebels in the DRC. UPDF Land Force Commander, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba has stated that 16 ADF jihadists have been neutralised south of the Busunga/Nobili border point. The forces also rescued more than 12 children who had previously been captured by the ADF during the operation.
- ANGENGA – 02 MAR 2022 (12H00) About 17 prisoners, including five soldiers, were released at the Angenga central prison in Gemena on Tuesday, 01 March 2022, following a presidential pardon by the Head of State, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo. This comes after Tshilombo issued an order to release prisoners who displayed good behaviour and had been detained for a period of their sentence in various prisons in the country. Following the release of the prisoners, a ceremony had been held at the administrative building of the central prison of Angenga de Gemena by several authorities.
- KINSHASA – 02 MAR 2022 (12H15) The Public Prosecutor will deliver his indictment today, 02 March 2022, over the case of the double assassination of human rights defenders Floribert Chebeya and Fidèle Bazana. This comes after several defendants and informants testified before the High Military Court in Kinshasa over the disappearance of the two human rights defenders in June 2010. Following their pleading on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, the civil parties requested a sum of $625 million in terms of damages.
ESWATINI – 02 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 02 MAR 2022 (03H40) eSwatini’s Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) political party has condemned the recently reported acts of violence against the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) activists. PUDEMO Secretary-General Wandile Dludlu has condemned the use of teargas on CCC supporters in Gokwe by Zimbabwean Police and the recent unrest during the opposition party’s political rally in Kwekwe. PUDEMO has called on the Zimbabwean Government to uphold democracy and good governance.
- MBABANE – 02 MAR 2022 (06H20) Two University of Eswatini (UNESWA) students from the Kwaluseni campus, Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA) Secretary-General Siphiwayinkhosi Dlamini and EFFSWA Interim Secretary-General, Mncedisi Mngometulu, have been released on bail after being detained for alleged involvement in barricading the MR3 Road in Malagwane Hills on Tuesday, 01 March 2022. The students have been granted an E3000 bail each after being charged at the Mbabane Police Station. According to the reports, the students were on their way to support pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who appeared before the High Court of eSwatini.
- MBABANE – 02 MAR 2022 (09H50) Protest reported outside the High Court of eSwatini in Mbabane. Pro-democracy members are protesting 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.
- MANZINI – 02 MAR 2022 (12H40) Protest reported outside the Manzini Police Station. The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) are calling for the release of all political leaders who have been detained during pro-democracy protests. The members are protesting for democratic reform in the country and an end to Police brutality. Several members of the movement are on the scene. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
ETHIOPIA- 02 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 01 MAR 2022 (23H00) The United States (US) Embassy in Ethiopia has announced the arrival of 840,060 doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the US Government through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. The consignment, which has arrived at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, forms part of the US Government’s ongoing support to the Ethiopian health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation increases the number of vaccines provided to Ethiopia to an estimated seven million since July 2021.
GHANA – 02 MAR 2022
- TAKORADI – 02 MAR 2022 (13H15) The Ghana Police Service, Through the Northern Regional Police Commander, has launched an anti-robbery operation in several areas of the region. This follows a bus passenger robbery in the western territory. The armed suspects attacked and robbed the victims of a bus travelling from Takoradi in the west region to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Two suspects have been killed while one has been arrested.
KENYA – 02 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 02 MAR 2022 (04H10) The United States (US) Government has issued additional warnings to civilian airlines operating in Kenyan airspace to remain vigilant of possible attacks by militant groups. The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has stated that the advisory is informed by assessments that the Somalia-based militant group, al-Shabaab, remains an active security threat in Kenya and remains in possession of weapons adept at targeting aircraft at low altitudes of 25,000 feet. This increases the risk of arrival and departure flights on the standard aviation route through northeastern Kenya and Somalia. The air routes included in the FAA warning include flights connecting Nairobi and far eastern countries such as Dubai, India, and China, among other destinations serviced by major airlines.
- DANDORA – 02 MAR 2022 (17H15) The Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya, Meles Alem Tekea, has announced the release of 139 Ethiopians detained for illegal entry into Kenya. The Ethiopians had been held in several custody facilities, including Kiambu, Gigiri, Pangani, Jogoo, Buru Buru and Dandora. Tekea reported that the detainees had been released on a pardon grant.
- MOMBSA – 02 MAR 2022 (17H30) The Mombasa Health workers have issued a seven-day industrial action notice to the county government over failure to implement the return-to-work formula signed in January. This follows after the Health workers had cancelled a strike in January following a meeting with the county officials. The Health workers stated that the County had failed to pay their January and February salaries, including the areas in statutory to the deductions. The Mombasa Secretary, Joab Tumbo, reported that the notice had been received and the matter is being resolved.
LESOTHO – 02 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 02 MAR 2022 (13H00) UPDATE Members of Parliament (MP’s) are allegedly disrupting the session for the Lesotho Budget Speech for 2022. The Finance Minister, Thabo Sophonea, is scheduled to deliver the budget speech. (12H20) Parliament Speaker Sephiri Motanyane has suspended the session of the Lesotho Budget Speech for 2022 scheduled to be held today, 02 March 2022. This comes after the All Basotho Convention (ABC) withdrew from the Coalition Government. Motanyane has called on all leaders of all parties in Parliament for an emergency meeting.
MADAGASCAR – 02 MAR 2022
- MANAKARA – 02 MAR 2022 (08H00) The First Lady of Madagascar, Mialy Rajoelina, is expected in Manakara on Sunday, 06 March 2022, ahead of the World Women’s Day celebration. The celebration will take place for a duration of seven days, from 02 March 2022 until 08 March 2022. An official ceremony will be held at Manakara’s Manara-Penitra Stadium on 08 March 2022. Rajoelina is expected to preside over the ceremony, in which consultations and exhibitions are planned to take place during the ceremony. The ceremony will be under the theme of ‘equality today for a sustainable future and Women who struggle, face and fight each other, reflections of equal rights, gages of sustainable development’.
- ANTANANARIVO – 02 MAR 2022 (08H15) Power outage reported in several parts of Antananarivo due to a fire incident at the Jirama power convertor. Reports indicate that a surge protector had caught alight that had led to a five-hour electricity disruption. Technicians are on the site and assessing the damages.
MALAWI – 02 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 01 MAR 2022 (19H10) The Malawi Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has appealed to Russia to withdraw their Military troops from Ukraine. This comes as various countries in the world continue to condemn Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. The Ministry stated that the Government is equally condemning the attacks and calling for Russia to create a platform for a negotiated resolution to the concern in the interest of global peace.
- LILONGWE – 02 MAR 2022 (06H30) Protest expected in Area 9, Lilongwe at a Businessman Ashok Kumar Streedharan, residence today, 02 March 2022. Streedharan has been charged with crimes related to corruption in Malawi. The demonstrators will be protesting over Streedharan’s decision to sue Anti-Corruption bureau (ACB), Martha Chizuma, for defamation and demand damages. Police will be on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
- BLANTYRE – 02 MAR 2022 (16H25) The Malawi Police Service, through the Fiscal and Fraud Unit, has arrested Aubrey Sumbulela, the former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)Director-General. Sumbulela is allegedly implicated in a fraudulent procurement process of certain company vehicles during his tenure as a head parastatal. The Blantyre Police Station has detained him, and he is expected to appear in court within 48 hours.
MOZAMBIQUE – 02 MAR 2022
- PEMBA – 02 MAR 2022 (14H15) The South African Development Community (SADC) has pledged to sustain returning victims in the Cabo Delgado province. This follows after a conflict that began in 2017, leading to 3,000 deaths and displacing over 820,000 individuals. The Malawi ambassador to Mozambique, Wizi Moyo, stated that the aid aims to maintain public order and tranquillity as the armed group terrorise the population.
- MAPUTO – 02 MAR 2022 (15H25) The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo, has met with the representatives of the Group of Seven (G7) and the Euro-Plus Pact to discuss the condemnation of Russian aggression against the people of Ukraine. The corps has called for the cessation of violence, equal treatment of all citizens, including Africans seeking refugee.
- MAPUTO – 02 MAR 2022 (18H00) The Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Maputo, Abilito Soeiro, has announced that Mozambican students living in Ukraine have departed the country following the Russian invasion. The students evacuated Ukraine through Poland and Hungary. Soeiro stated that the students are expected to be regrouped in a European country to travel to Mozambique. This follows after Russia had launched a military offensive in several cities of Ukraine, displacing more than 100 000 civilians and over 660,000 refugees.
NIGERIA – 02 MAR 2022
- NIGERIA – LAGOS – LAGOS – 01 MAR 2022 (20H40) Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has announced plans by Nigeria to impose sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. Onyeama stated that the country is expected to operate and engage within the framework of the United Nations. This follows after Nigerian civilians witnessed the invasion in Ukraine from Thursday,24 February 2022. The Ministry has arranged for all Nigerians coming from Ukraine approved visa-free access at the Hungarian Zahony, Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders.
- LAGOS – 01 MAR 2022 (20H30) The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has revealed that N92 billion has been paid following a briefing on the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) negotiation. ASUU has commenced an industrial action on 14 February 2022 over outstanding payments. Ngige noted that the amount has been paid as earned allowances and revitalisation fees.
- ABUJA – 01 MAR 2022 (22H30) The Presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has proceeded on an extended foreign trip for a two-week period from today, 01 March 2022. During the trip, President Buhari is expected to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, for four days to attend the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme, scheduled between 03 March 2022 and 04 March 2022. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that Buhari is set to travel to London thereafter for routine medical procedures for approximately two weeks.
- ABUJA – 02 MAR 2022 (09H15) The Federal Government has announced the construction of a nuclear power plant expected to produce 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The Director-General, Nigerian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Yau Idris, has stated that the company plans to construct four units and are at the bidding stage. Idris has stated that the regulatory agency has signed agreements with Russia, Pakistan, France and South Korea to build the capacity of its staff in operating the nuclear plants.
- ABUJA – 02 MAR 2022 (11H30) Protest reported at the National Assembly gateway in the Central Business District. Associations of Women Movements have blocked the Federal Secretariat entrance of the National Assembly to protest the outcome of the voting on constitutional amendment. This comes as the National Assembly removed the Bills promoting women’s interest on Monday, 28 February 2022, during a voting session. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
- ABUJA – 02 MAR 2022 (14H00) President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an $8.5 million budget to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian, Disaster Management, and Social Development to evacuate over 5,000 Nigerians in Ukraine. This has been announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Zabairu Dada, following the Executive Council (FEC) meeting with the State House Corespondents. Three aircraft are expected to be dispatched to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Two flights from Air Peace and one from max Air are expected to carry out the evacuation exercise. The flights will embark on numeral shifts from today, Wednesday, 02 March 2022, until the process is complete.
RWANDA – 02 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 02 MAR 2022 (11H45) The Management of Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) has announced expected power outages between 07H00 and 17H00 due to construction works on the Rusumo-Bugesera-Shango Transmission Line. On Tuesday, 01 March 2022 and Wednesday 02 March 2022 the Akanyiramugarura and Murarambo villages together with the Mvuzo cell in the Bumbogo sector are expected to be without power. The areas to be affected on Saturday, 05 March 2022, and Sunday, 06 March 2022 are the Burunga village together with the Kibenga and Bwiza cells in the Ndera sector. On Friday, 11 March 2022 and Saturday, 12 March 2022 the villages of Bukebe and Rugende in addition to the Bwiza and Ruhanga cells and parts of the Muyumbu, Fumbwe, and Gahengeri sectors are to be affected. on Monday 24 March 2022 and Tuesday 25 March 2022 the Mirambi village, as well as the Shango cell, are to be affected. The REG has urged the public to be cautious on electrical installations as the power can turn on before the set timelines.
TANZANIA – 02 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 02 MAR 2022 (02H25) Tanzanian aviation authorities have announced that a team of analysts have been dispatched to investigate a recent aircraft accident off the coast of the Comoros Islands. A total of 14 passengers and crew members have been reported missing following the incident. Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) Director-General Hamza Johari has stated that the team is expected to collaborate with counterparts in Comoros to investigate the incident that occurred off the Indian Ocean island nation. The aircraft, owned by Fly Zanzibar Limited, had reportedly been en-route from Moroni to the city of Fomboni when it crashed into the ocean. The aircraft allegedly disappeared from radar approximately 2,5 kilometres (km) from its destination, with the cause of the incident currently being investigated.
ZAMBIA – 02 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 02 MAR 2022 (11H15) President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to address the nation on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 09H00, over the application of National Values and Principles in Parliament. National Assembly Clerk, Roy Ngulube, has stated that the address will be in accordance with Article 9, Clause 2, and Article 86, clause 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia.
ZIMBABWE – 02 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 02 MAR 2022 (03H15) The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings has announced that the construction of the Hwange 7 and 8 Thermal Power Station is currently at 82% completion. The station is expected to add an additional 600 megawatts (mW) of generating capacity to the country’s national power grid. ZESA Holdings Deputy Chairperson Tsitsi Makova has stated that delays have been experienced in the procurement of imported materials due to COVID-19 induced restrictions. Makova has stated that the additional 600 mW is also expected to allow ZESA to conduct scheduled maintenance on older units, thereby reducing the risk of plant failures.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 MAR 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
- MALAWI: Protest expected at the Ministry of Justice in Capital Hill on 09 March 2022.
- ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to address the nation on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 09H00, over the application of National Values and Principles in Parliament.
- 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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