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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 03 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 03 FEB 2022
- LUANDA – 02 FEB 2022 (23H00) Angola’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Esmeralda Mendonca, has held a joint consultative meeting with several African Foreign Ministers during the 40th session of the Executive Council of the African Union. The ministers reviewed security challenges facing Africa and the complexities posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to the economic and health situation in the continent.
- LUANDA – 02 FEB 2022 (23H30) The Government of Angola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the merger of Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai ports International, DP World. The MoU has been signed to cooperate further in developing the country’s trade and logistics sector. Angola’s Transport Minister, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, stated that the partnership would promote and boost Angola’s industrial development and international trade.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 03 FEB 2022
- BUNIA – 02 FEB 2022 (22H30) The Ituri Army Spokesperson, Jules Ngongo, has confirmed a militia attack that has killed at least 60 civilians in a displaced individuals camp. This follows after the Congolese armies reached the assailants before changing direction to reach the base. The President of the Humanitarian group for the Bahema-North area, Charite Bavi, revealed that several others had been injured. Lokana Bale, a camp resident, has pleaded for security assistance.
- ITURI – 03 FEB 2022 (09H15) The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has announced that about 50 people have died during an attack on Tuesday evening, 01 February 2022, at an internally displaced people (IDP) community in Plaine Savo camp, Ituri Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to the mission, the attack had been carried out by suspected Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militiamen. A total of 36 people were injured during the attack. The MONUSCO had been dispatched following an alert received and engaged in an exchanged fire with the militiamen. The situation remains volatile in the area, and several roads have been restricted for motorists due to the insecurity.
ESWATINI – 03 FEB 2022
- MANZINI – 03 FEB 2022 (12H30) UPDATE The union has arrived at the Manzini Police Station. However, the Police have been prevented demonstrators from entering the premises. (12H25) A heightened presence of Operational Support Services Unit (OSSU) officers reported at the Manzini Police Station. The officers have been deployed to the scene in an attempt to disperse the crowd. The union is expected to deliver a petition at the Manzini Police Regional Headquarters. The students are currently marching between the SNAT Building and Manzini Police Station. (12H15) Police have arrived on the scene and are monitoring the situation. The union is marching through the central area in Manzini. (12H00) The students union have begun demonstrating in Manzini. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (07H50) The student union has further announced that the demonstration will take place at 10H00. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (07H00) Protest expected in Manzini today, 03 February 2022. The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) has called on all students to participate in a planned demonstration to demand the release of the President of SNUS, Colani Maseko, and the other detained pro-democracy leaders. The SNUS will also be protesting for scholarships to be awarded to deserving learners and for multiparty democratic elections. Motorists are advised to use an alternative area. Police are expected to be on the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 03 FEB 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 03 FEB 2022 (02H30) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ethiopia representative, Gianfranco Rotigliano, has warned of severe drought leading to food insecurity in Ethiopia’s Afar and Oromia regions. This is due to inadequate rainfall for more than a year, causing wells to dry and creating severe food and water shortages. Rotigliano noted that civilians struggle to survive due to loss of livelihoods and livestock. This follows after UNICEF has donated $31-million to Ethiopia for food relief as more than 2-million citizens remain vulnerable. Urgent humanitarian assistance is projected to be required during march 2022.
GHANA – 03 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 03 FEB 2022 (07H15) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State is scheduled to meet today, 03 February 2022, to hold an Extraordinary Summit on the Political Situation in Burkina Faso in Accra, Ghana. This follows after ECOWAS held an Extraordinary Summit virtually on 28 January 2022 over the coup that took place in Burkina Faso on 24 January 2022. Following the Summit, the regional group had deployed a high-level mission of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff to hold consultations with the Military Leaders. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, is also expected to participate in the Summit.
- ACCRA – 03 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Accra Regional Police Command has announced a temporary road closure in the Accra region ahead of the Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State, which will take place today, 03 February 2022. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Juliana Obeng, has stated that a few roads in Accra will be closed to motorists but will be opened after the Summit. Obeng further stated that the affected road closures would be Jubilee Lounge (KIA) to Liberation Road at Opeibea, Liberation Road from Airport traffic light through the Independence Avenue to National Theatre traffic light, and Kempinski Hotel to National Theatre on the Independence Avenue through to Ako Adjei. Provision for the Motor Traffic Police officers will be on the scene to divert traffic.
KENYA – 03 FEB 2022
- NAIROBI – 03 FEB 2022 (04H30) President Uhuru Kenyata has invited African leaders to attend the 7th Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), Scheduled for 28 February 2022. Kenyata stated that the PIDA week provides an opportunity for stakeholders to review and evaluate the progress in the implementation of infrastructure programmes across the continent. This formed part of Kenyatas virtual attendance of the closed-door 39th session of New partnership for Africa’s Development Programme of the African Union (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting.
- NAIROBI – 03 FEB 2022 (13H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta has received Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Nairobi today, 03 February 2022. This comes as President Kagame embarked on a working visit to Nairobi. The two Heads of State held discussions of cooperation between the two countries, including trade and transport. President Kenyatta called on Rwanda to diversify its imports from Kenya and continue taking advantage of the improved services at the Port of Mombasa to facilitate the movement of goods, to enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries. The two Heads of State have also affirmed their commitment to finding lasting solutions to conflicts facing Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.
LESOTHO – 03 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 03 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT), Lesotho Teachers Trade Union (LTTU) and Lesotho Schools’ Principals Association (LeSPA) are threatening to hold a mass protest action to pressure the Government to implement a career, and salary structure agreed in 2019. The LAT president, Letsatsi Ntsibolane, has stated that the Government has failed the teachers by fulfilling its promises to teachers, the career and salary structure had been expected to be implemented in the 2020/2021 academic year. Ntsibolane has stated that the unions will be engaging in meetings to discuss a way forward.
MADAGASCAR – 03 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 03 FEB 2022 (15H00) The Fianarantsoa-Côte Est (FCE) has announced the suspension of all train transport on Saturday, 05 February 2022. This is due to the expected tropical cyclone, Batsaria, placed on yellow alert in the Fitovinany and Haute Matsiatra regions. The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has activated contingency planning for flood mitigation, and recovery efforts have been activated.
MALAWI – 03 FEB 2022
- LILONGWE – 03 FEB 2022 (09H30) President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to deliver a State of Nation Address (SONA) ahead of the 2022/2023 Budget Meeting in Parliament today, 03 January 2022 at 10H00. The Budget Meeting is scheduled to be held from today, 03 February 2022, until Friday, 01 April 2022.
MOZAMBIQUE – 03 FEB 2022
- MAPUTO – 03 FEB 2022 (08H45) South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit military troops in Mozambique as part of a working visit today, 03 February 2022. Ramaphosa will participate in the 53rd Commemoration of the Assassination of Eduardo Mondlane, the founder and first President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo). The working visit will further deepen existing economic, political, cultural and social relations between the two countries and will also provide the Heads of State an opportunity to discuss bilateral, continental and global issues and to reaffirm their commitment to further cooperate closely on multilateral issues. Ramaphosa will visit military troops who are part of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique in his capacity as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-Operation.
NIGERIA – 03 FEB 2022
- ABUJA – 02 FEB 2022(21H30) The Federal Government has been instructed to deploy fighter jets in Katsina and other states where bandits are attacking citizens. This formed part of the resolutions reached during a plenary in the National Assembly in Abuja today, 02 February 2022. Katsina South Senator, Bello Mandiya, noted that 38 of his constituents were abducted by bandits. This follows after villagers in Ruwan Godiya were attacked on Sunday, 31 January 2022. Security operatives have been increased, including the number of mobile police officers in the community.
- OGERE – 03 FEB 2022 (04H45) The Sector Commander, Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ahmed Umar, has confirmed that two civilians have been killed in a tanker explosion accident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Umar, revealed three vehicles were involved in the accident, and several adults were injured. Motorists have been advised to cooperate with the FRSC personnel and other agencies to reduce time spent in the traffic.
- JADA – 03 FEB 2022 (11H20) The Management of Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited (SEPCOL) has announced a fire incident occurred at the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Terminal in Niger Delta. Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Ikemefuna Okafor, has stated that an explosion occurred on 02 February 2022 while ten workers were on board. However, no fatalities have been recorded. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
- ABUJA – 03 FEB 2022 (11H30) Protest expected in Abuja by the workers’ unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry from 08 February 2022. This follows after workers’ unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry had given an ultimatum due 31 January 2022, however, a meeting had been called to resolve the pending issues labour disputes between the workers and officials of the Ministry of Aviation which had stalled. The planned shutdown of the sector by withdrawing their services is to protest against the failure to release the negotiated Conditions of Service of the agencies since 2013. The unions have also expressed their dissatisfaction about the non-implementation of Minimum Wage and Consequential Adjustment since 2019 in all agencies. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- LAGOS – 03 FEB 2022 (12H20) The Lagos State Government has announced a 12-hour road closure in the vicinity of Marina near the Oando Filling Station due to the burial service of the late former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. The closure will begin from 05H00 until 18H00 on Friday, 04 February 2022. The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, has advised motorists to use the JK Randle Street, through Force Road, until Broad Street. Shonekan has stated that security and law enforcement officers will be deployed around Lagos for the duration of the closure to divert traffic.
RWANDA – 03 FEB 2022
- KIGALI – 03 FEB 2022 (11H00) Rwanda is set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on 20 June 2022, in Kigali. This follows after the postponement of the CHOGM in 2020 and 2021 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. During the meeting, discussions will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative technological and economic opportunities.
TANZANIA – 03 FEB 2022
- DODOMA – 03 FEB 2022 (13H45) The Government has launched a project to renovate and expand four airports in efforts aimed to boost local air transport and stimulate economic growth. The Government has decided to expand the Kigoma, Shinyanga, Tabora and the Sumbawanga airport. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has funded the project worth TSh100 billion to the Government. The Deputy Minister for Works and Transport, Godfrey Kasekenya, has stated that the rehabilitation of the airports will enable the airports to receive larger planes such as Airbus and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
ZAMBIA – 03 FEB 2022
- NDOLA – 03 FEB 2022 (14H40) The First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has announced that the Government’s decision to engage in dialogue on designating the Kalumbila Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) will enhance local supplier productivity. Currently, mine and contractor employees travel 150 kilometres (km) to Solwezi to access goods and services. The FQM General Manager Kingsley Chinkuli has stated that the Kalumbila industrial park as an MFEZ will enhance trade and job creation in the North-Western province while promoting the area as an attractive foreign investment destination.
ZIMBABWE – 03 FEB 2022
- MUTOKO – 03 FEB 2022 (17H50) Growing conflicts between Chinese mining companies and indigenous communities have been reported in Zimbabwe. Villagers are being evicted from their ancestral lands without compensation for mining operations. Hundreds of villagers in different parts of the country have been evicted while others face displacement to make way for Chinese firms since the beginning of the year. In Mutoko, Mashonaland East province, Kaseke villagers face eviction from their ancestral land after a Chinese mining company, Heijin, was given a special grant to extract black granite on land covering 300 hectares. The company denies plans to forcibly move the villagers.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 03 FEB 2022
- ANGOLA: Protest expected in Luanda on Saturday, 05 February 2022.
- NIGERIA: The United Arab Emirates has announced the decision to resume flights to Nigeria from Saturday, 05 February 2022.
- NIGERIA: Protest expected in Abuja by the workers’ unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry from 08 February 2022.
- GHANA: Demonstration expected on 08 February 2022, throughout Ghana.
- ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia has announced plans to commence twice-weekly Ndola-Mansa service with British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream equipment by 15 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
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