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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 03 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 03 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 03 MAR 2022 (07H00) Protest expected by the Judicial officials of the Supreme Court of Angola scheduled from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 to demand salary improvement. The Judicial officials will embark on industrial action and suspend services following the installation commission of the Judicial Employees Union of the Supreme Court ruling. The Judicial officials have stated that the protest action period may be extended under the slogan of ‘Without judicial employees, judges do not work’, in addition to salary improvements, aims to demand the safety and maintenance of equipment and facilities as appropriate during the strike period. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 03 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 03 MAR 2022 (09H10) The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has launched a Zero Level training seminar for module designers regarding the improvements of operational maps. President of the Central Electoral Office, Denis Kadima, has stated that 7,500 data collection workers will be deployed in the 5909 groups in addition to 385 Municipalities for the revision of approximately 24,000 registration centres. The training of operational staff is expected to focus on the use of smartphones instead of paperwork.
- MONGBWALU – 03 MAR 2022 (11H00) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) has neutralized a suspected member of the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, at the Sinziri mining site, in the territory of Djugu. The FARDC has also recovered a weapon following the operation. During the exchange of fire between the CODECO militia and the Congolese armed forces, the population informed security operatives to assist the attack.
- KINSHASA – 03 MAR 2022 (15H30) The Catholic Church, through the Apostolic Nuncio, announced that Pope Francis is expected to visit the country from 02 July 2022 until 05 July 2022. Francis’s visit aims to reconcile and restore the Congolese people’s hope of searching for peace, security, and well-being.
ESWATINI – 03 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 03 MAR 2022 (08H00) The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy has announced an increase in fuel price in effect from today, 03 March 2022, at 00H00. The Ministry has advised the oil industry that the Unleaded Petrol (ULP) will increase by 140c/l, Diesel will increase by Quest Petroleum Diesel (50ppm), and Paraffin will increase by 160c/l.
- MBABANE – 03 MAR 2022 (09H15) Protest expected at the Mbabane Plaza at 10H00 on Friday, 04 March 2022. Women in eSwatini will be leading a demonstration against Sexual Harassment. The women will also be calling for an end to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are expected to be on the scene.
- MBABANE – 03 MAR 2022 (11H15) The Mbabane Government Hospital employees have engaged in a verbal dispute with Mswati Police officers after the Police officers allegedly locked the hospital gate. Several emergency services are blocked from entering the hospital with patients on board. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious.
- MBABANE – 03 MAR 2022 (12H00) Police blockade reported in Mbabane on the MR19. Police have stopped several vehicles accompanied by Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) students from Manzini planning to protest for the release of Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who are expected to appear in court today, 03 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.
- MANZINI – 03 MAR 2022 (12H40) Protest reported at the University of Eswatini at the Kwaluseni Campus. University of Eswatini (UNESWA) employees are marching at the campus to deliver a petition to the administration over non-remittance of stop orders to financial institutions, medical aid, pension and life insurance policies, which have been reportedly deducted from staff members’ salaries. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
ETHIOPIA- 03 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 02 MAR 2022 (23H10) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Ethiopian Minister of Justice Gedion Timothewos has held a meeting with United Nations (UN) Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet. During the meeting, Timothewos briefed Bachelet on the current situation of human rights in Ethiopia and provided the Commissioner with updates regarding the Ministerial Task Force activities on the sidelines of the 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council.
GHANA – 03 MAR 2022
- HO – 03 MAR 2022 (10H00) The Government has scheduled to hold its town hall meeting on Friday, 04 March 2022 at 13H00 to discuss the Electronic Transaction levy (E-levy) to the Volta Region at the Conference Hall at Freedom Hotel in Ho. This comes after four Townhall meetings held in the Western, Eastern, Northern and Upper West regional capitals. The Upper West Region has urged citizens on the need to support the implementation of the levy. However, a section of the populace has called for a reduction in the rate of 1.75% and held demonstrations.
KENYA – 03 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 03 MAR 2022 (08H30) More than 30 Ethiopian nationals have embarked on a hunger strike at the Buruburu Police station in Nairobi in demand of their immediate repatriation. The Ethiopian nationals have embarked on a strike since Tuesday, 01 March 2022, demanding that they be sent back to their country as ordered by the court. This follows after the Ethiopian nationals were arrested from a house in Donholm while waiting to be smuggled to South Africa. Nairobi Deputy Police boss James Mugera has confirmed the issue and stated that a resolution would be made.
- NAIORBI – 03 MAR 2022 (09H00) One Kenya Alliance (OKA) has postponed the signing of the coalition agreement ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Election due to extended time to discuss raised legal issues on the agreement. National Rainbow Coalition–Kenya (NARC–Kenya) leader Martha Karua has stated that the party will announce a new date once an agreement is reached to sign the agreement.
LESOTHO – 03 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 03 MAR 2022 (01H30) Alliance of Democrats Member of Parliament (MP) Kose Makoa and Mokhotlong MP Tefo Mapesela has filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro. Makoa has additionally recommended that All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader, Nkaku Kabi, be appointed to the position of Prime Minister instead. This follows after Lesotho’s ABC party withdrew as the leading party in the coalition Government during a recent dispute in Parliament. The ABC also recently announced the election of Nkaku Kabi as the party’s new leader.
MADAGASCAR – 03 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 03 MAR 2022 (10H40) The Municipality of Antananarivo has urged the Government not to sanction public transport vehicles that have not yet completed their compliance visit until 30 April 2022. According to the AUC’s Directorate of Transport and Urban Mobility, traffic officers have asked for compliance visit documents after the deadline has been extended. In order to allow carriers to regularize their situation, the municipality has decided to extend the deadline for the first compliance visit to 30 April 2022 following the lower rate of carriers.
- AMPITAMBE – 03 MAR 2022 (10H50) Flooding reported on the RN44 Road between Ambohidava and Ambalavato, Manakambahiny West, due to heavy rainfall. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route. Authorities will be monitoring the situation.
- ANTANANARIVO – 03 MAR 2022 (17H15) The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) has announced its first humanitarian flight managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Madagascar (PAM). This follows the Cyclones Batsira and Emnati on the south coast of Madagascar. More than 187,000 individuals have been affected, including 43,000 displaced and 131 killed, while infrastructures including roads, schools, health centres and homes across several regions were damaged or eliminated. The flights are expected to connect Antananarivo with Mananjary, Manakara and Farafangana to facilitate the transportation of humanitarian personnel and essential light equipment.
MALAWI – 03 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 02 MAR 2022 (23H30) Peaceful protest expected by members of the Citizens Against Impunity and Corruption (CAIC) at the Lilongwe District Council from 08H30 on Friday, 04 March 2022. Members affiliated with the CAIC are expected to march from the Lilongwe Community Centre Grounds via Bwalo la Njobvu through Old Town Hall to the Lilongwe District Council officer to deliver a petition. The demonstration is aimed at raising concerns regarding Government malpractices. The Lilongwe District Council Headquarters have granted permission for the march, granted that the Malawi Police Service escort the participants. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the demonstration.
- RUMPHI – 03 MAR 2022 (16H20) The Police in Rumphi have condemned the practice of aiding immigrants into the country. This follows an arrest of nine Ethiopians at Mchenga Coal Mine for illegal entry into the country following advice to the Station Crime Investigation. The Police have launched a search for other offenders connected to the matter.
MOZAMBIQUE – 03 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 03 MAR 2022 (15H15) UPDATE Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has also been dismissed by President Filipe Nyusi. do Rosario has been dismissed along with six other ministers, including four holding the key portfolios of finance, mineral resources, industry and public works. (00H20) President Filipe Nyusi has announced the launch of a reshuffle of his Government with the dismissal of six Ministers. Subsequently, Adriano Afonso Maleiane has effectively been dismissed from the position of Minister of Economy and Finance, while Ernesto Max Tonela has been removed as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Carlos Mesquita had also been dismissed from the post of Minister of Industry and Commerce, while João Machatine has been removed from the leadership of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources. These four members of the Liberation Front of Mozambique had been appointed alongside Nyusi since his 2015-2020 first Presidential term. Augusta Maita, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, and Carlos Siliya, Minister of Combatants, have also been dismissed. Nyusi is yet to announce replacements for the open positions.
- MAPUTO – 03 MAR 2022 (14H15) The United States (US) ambassador to Mozambique, Peter Hendrick Vrooman, has presented his credentials to President Filipe Nyusi at the Presidency of the Republic of Mozambique. President Robinette Biden nominated Vrooman on 27 July 2021, whereafter he was sworn in on 11 February 2022. Voorman stated that the United States Government is committed to assisting and strengthening relations with Mozambique.
NIGERIA – 03 MAR 2022
- MINNA – 02 MAR 2022 (19H00) The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Umar, has announced that over 200 insurgents have been killed in Niger State in the previous four days. This has been reported during a briefing on the security concern in the state. Umar stated that two security operatives had been killed during the encounters with the insurgents.
- LAGOS – 03 MAR 2022 (06H30) The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called off its planned industrial action scheduled to commence in March 2022. The union decided to suspend the planned protest after meeting with the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, in Lagos. This comes after the union threatened to shut port operations nationwide over the refusal of International Oil Companies (IOCs) to allow approved stevedoring companies and registered dock workers to work on oil platforms. Bello-Koko has further assured the union that the authority would work with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to ensure that IOCs allow appointed stevedores and dockworkers access to their platforms as stipulated by law. Bello-Koko has appealed to customs agents protesting against the new Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation system introduced by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to suggest dialogue in resolving complaints against the new method of computing customs duty on imported vehicles.
- OKINANO – 03 MAR 2022 (06H40) The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced that unidentified suspects have allegedly vandalised Tower 50, a section of the 132 kilovolts New Haven to Otukpo power transmission line in Onyoho of Enugu East in Enugu State. The Spokesperson of TCN, Ndidi Mbah, has stated that the incident had been detected during a tracing exercise to ascertain a communication disruption by some TCN officials and officials of Phase 3 Communications which operates the communication asset on the line. The Assistant General Manager, Enugu Sub-Region, Charles Iwuamadi, has stated that a person suspected to be one of the vandals was burnt due to being in contact with a live high tension.
RWANDA – 03 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 03 MAR 2022 (06H00) The United Nations (UN) Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) and the Government of Rwanda, in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other stakeholders of the United Nations System are expected to hold its eighth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-8) in Kigali, from today, 03 March 2022, until Saturday 05 March 2022. The ARFSD-8 will conduct a regional follow-up and review of the implementation of the selected SDGs and Agenda 2063 goals, and it will also focus on determining strategies and policy actions to boost the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic and plan further implementations for 2021-2030. This comes after the forum preceded on 01 March 2022 and 02 March 2022 by the Africa Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) of UN agencies operating in the region, the third Africa Regional Forum on Science and Technology, the capacity development workshop on Voluntary National Reviews and Voluntary Local Reviews, and Africa Regional Preparatory workshop for Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGS).
- KIGALI – 03 MAR 2022 (06H15) President Paul Kagame received the Chief of Staff of the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF), Salem Hamad Aqeel al-Nabit, who is in Rwanda for a three-day visit to bolster bilateral ties. During the meeting, the Rwanda Defence Force and the QAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Defense and Security. al-Nabit had also paid his regard to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi and toured the Campaign against Genocide Museum. al-Nabit also held talks with his Rwandan counterpart, Jean Bosco Kazura, and held discussions focused on cooperation between Qatar Armed Forces and Rwanda Defence Force in a wide range of defence and security issues.
TANZANIA – 03 MAR 2022
- DODOMA – 03 MAR 2022 (01H10) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has appointed a four-member Panel of Experts (PoE) to advise the region on political and conflict resolution issues. The PoE includes Tanzania’s former President, Jakaya Kikwete, former Mauritian Vice-President Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, former Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, and former Botswana Foreign Minister Charles Tibone. The PoE is expected to be led by Kikwete, with Vyapoory as his Deputy. The outgoing Head of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense, and Security Cooperation, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, has stated that the panel members are expected to serve a four-year term.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 03 MAR 2022 (08H15) Religious leaders in Tanzania have called on President Samia Hassan to order the case against Chadema chairman, Freeman Mbowe and co-accuse, who begin their defence on 04 March 2022, to be dismissed. This follows after a meeting held between the religious leaders and Hassan on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, at the State House in Dar es Salaam, where different requests, including Mbowe’s case, had been presented. The High Court’s Corruption and Economic Crimes Division had found Mbowe and three accused to appear for a hearing after being charged with six counts, which include conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, whereas Mbowe alone faces a separate charge of financing acts of terrorism in the Economic Sabotage Case Number 16 of 2021.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 03 MAR 2022 (18H30) The South African Development Community (SADC) has launched a Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre (RCTC) in Tanzania. The Centre will coordinate regional counter-terrorism actions. This follows a request to construct the Centre in 2015 at the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Harare. The Centre is envisions strengthening criminal justice systems through capacity building and training to effectively detect, prevent, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism-related offences.
ZAMBIA – 03 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 03 MAR 2022 (03H00) The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced plans to undertake various processes as part of electoral reforms between 2022 and 2026. ECZ Chairperson Esau Chuulu has stated that the electoral body intends to evaluate the development of modalities for electronic voting and capture the diaspora vote in the 2026 general elections. Justice Chuulu has stated that the Commission is expected to implement continuous voter registration across the country to capture additional eligible voters. The ECZ Chairperson has noted that the Commission intends to initiate the delimitation exercise within the following five years.
ZIMBABWE – 03 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 03 MAR 2022 (12H30) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has received credentials from the incoming United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallong, who was appointed in January 2022, at a ceremony held at State House. Kallong served as the UN Coordinator in Nigeria following an assignment as Resident Coordinator in Jordan. Kallong has also held senior positions with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda after starting his United Nations career as a United Nations Volunteer assigned to WFP in Afghanistan.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 03 MAR 2022
- MALAWI: Peaceful protest expected by members of the Citizens Against Impunity and Corruption (CAIC) at the Lilongwe District Council from 08H30 on Friday, 04 March 2022.
- ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Mbabane Plaza at 10H00 on Friday, 04 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.
- ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Judicial officials of the Supreme Court of Angola scheduled from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 to demand salary improvement.
- 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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