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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 04 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 4

ANGOLA – 04 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 04 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment, Filipe Zau, is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with his French counterpart, Roselyne Bachelot, today, 04 February 2022. The agreement aims to foster mutual knowledge of culture and history, which will enhance development and strengthen relations and mutual understanding. The signing of the agreement will take place at the castle of Versailles, in Paris, during an official ceremony of handing over to the French State two French sculptures from the 18th century donated by the Angolan State.
  • BENGUELA – 04 FEB 2022 (14H20) The National Union of Angolan Workers (UNTA), Central Geral dos Sindicatos Independentes e Livres de Angola (CG-SILA) and Angolanos-Confederação Sindical (UNTA-CS) have issued a notice to the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, to protest against the increase in the national minimum wage by 50%. This comes as the trade unions held a meeting to discuss the possible economic and social challenges due to implementing the new salary. According to the Secretary-General of CG SILA, Francisco Jacintinho Gaspar, has stated that the trade unions have analyzed the study and are expected to table it to the Government, which will reach a fair agreement between the Government and employers.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 04 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 04 FEB 2022 (01H00) The United Nations has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to retain the directive on the death penalty. This follows the verdict of the Military Court  Ex-Kasai Occidental concerning the killings of former members of the Group of Experts on the DRC, Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp. The Secretary-General, António Guterres, has opposed the death penalty and called for it to be rescinded.
  • KINSHASA – 04 FEB 2022 (02H00) The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, has condemned an attack by suspected Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militiamen. The Militias attacked an internally displaced people (IDP) community in Plaine Savo camp, located in the Djugu territory, Tuesday evening, 01 February 2022. The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), has increased the presence of national security forces.

 

ESWATINI – 04 FEB 2022

  • MBABANE – 04 FEB 2022 (11H00) UPDATE The President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Colani Maseko, has been granted bail worth E15 000. This follows after Maseko was arrested on 31 January 2022. Meanwhile, students from the various tertiary institutions have gathered outside the High Court in Mbabane. (07H00) Protest expected at the Mbabane High Court today, 04 February 2022, at 09H00. The Swaziland National Union Of Students (SNUS) has called on all students to participate in the protest to demand the release of the President of SNUS, Colani Maseko, who is expected to appear before the court for a bail hearing. Motorists are advised to be cautious. Police will be deployed to the scene.
  • MANZINI – 04 FEB 2022 (09H50) Unknown arsonists have allegedly attacked SWALIMO President Mduduzi’ Gawuzela’ Simelane’s residence in Makholweni, Fairview today, 04 February 2022, at about 01H00. Reports have indicated that the arsonists attempted to petrol bomb the residence occupied by three minors. Investigations are underway.
  • LOBAMBA – 04 FEB 2022 (12H40) UPDATE King Mswati III has arrived at the Parliament. Mswati III is expected to address the Parliament for the State Opening. (10H45) The Official Opening of the 4th Session of the 11th Parliament is scheduled to commence today, 04 February 2022, at the House of Assembly. Health officials have ensured that COVID-19 protocols will be observed. A heightened presence of security and military officials is reported to ensure compliance.
  • MANZINI – 04 FEB 2022 (13H15) UPDATE The SNUS has been joined by other students from various institutions. The students are continuing to protest and demand scholarships and jobs for all youth members in eSwatini. (13H00) Protest reported outside the Manzini Remand Centre. Students affiliated with the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) are protesting outside the centre, calling for the release of all political members who have been detained. The SNUS members are expected to deliver a petition to the officials of the Manzini Police Regional Head Quarters. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

 

ETHIOPIA- 04 FEB 2022

  • AKOBO – 04 FEB 2022 (09H15) Ethiopian gold exploration and mining company, Akobo Minerals, has announced details of a pioneer flight to land at a new airstrip, funded by Dima. Akobo has stated that it will enable the company to bring in goods and personnel more effectively, allow for any medical evacuation and provide a secure transportation route for gold to Addis Ababa prior to onward distribution to international buyers once gold production commences. Akobo has stated that opening an airstrip will be a landmark for the company and will be a significant engineering project as the company seeks to build a new mining operation.

 

GHANA – 04 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 04 FEB 2022 (03H15) The United Kingdom (UK) development finance institution at the forefront of supporting enterprises in developing countries, CDC Group, has appointed Kwabena Asante-Poku as Coverage Director for Ghana. Poku will manage and strengthen the corporation’s portfolio and initiate new investment opportunities. This follows after a 14-year tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he served as a Partner in Advisory Agreements and the Head of Transaction Services in Ghana and Nigeria. Poku conveyed his commitment to the role.
  • ACCRA – 04 FEB 2022 (10H30) The Government of Ghana has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rwanda to deepen bilateral trade relations between the two countries. This is in line with the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement which is expected to boost intra-Africa trade. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has stated that the two countries have had good relations for years and has reiterated Ghana’s support to Rwanda.
  • ACCRA – 04 FEB 2022 (15H00) President Nana Akufo-Addo has suspended the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi, Abdul Mumin Issah, with effect from today, 04 February 2022. The suspension follows allegations of verbally assaulting a Police officer and offensive conduct. According to reports, Issah and an officer engaged in a dispute and has threatened the officer. Issah has been charged with assault on a public officer, offensive conduct and disturbing public peace and also has been granted bail worth GHS100,000 with three sureties.

 

KENYA – 04 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 04 FEB 2022 (02H30) President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a two day Jubilee National Delegates Convention (NDC). The NDC is scheduled for 25 February and 26 February 2022, and is envisioned to endorse, Raila Odinga, as the President of the Orange Democratic Movement. Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tujua, disclosed that the convention’s agenda includes, reviewing policies and proposed transformations to the Jubilee Party constitution to comply with current electoral Laws.
  • EMBU – 04 FEB 2022 (09H30) Thirteen Ethiopian nationals have been acquitted by the Embu County Magistrate Court, which has been charged for illegally residing in the country. The nationals, including two illegal minors, have been on remand for about six months. Senior Principal Magistrate Henry Nyakweba has ruled that the nationals should be processed to get refugee status. Nyakweba has stated that asylum seekers should not be arrested and charged in court before due process is followed at the Refuges Appeals Board. This comes as the prosecution failed to prove its case against the Ethiopian nationals.

 

LESOTHO – 04 FEB 2022

  • LETSENG-LA-TERAE – 04 FEB 2022 (12H15) Gem Diamonds Limited, a company that owns 70% of the Letšeng Diamond Mine, has declared payment of US$3.9 million in dividends to the Government of Lesotho. The company has announced that inflated prices achieved in the December 2021 tender for Letšeng’s high-value diamonds reflected a recovery of the global diamond market, supported by consumer demand. During the period under review, Letšeng declared a dividend of US$13.0 million, resulting in a net cash flow of US$8.6 million to Gem Diamonds. Gem Diamonds Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Clifford Elphick, has stated that all operational and cost metrics for the financial year 2021 have been achieved.

 

MADAGASCAR – 04 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO –  04 FEB 2022 (13H30) The United Nations in Madagascar Resident Coordinator, Issa Sanogo, held a visit to the Akamasoa Center in Andralanitra today, 04 February 2022, and held discussions with an Argentina Missionary in Madagascar, Priest Pedro Pablo Opeka. During the discussions, the two leaders focused on activities and people at the centre. Sanogo had praised Opeka and his team for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Sanogo has further called on all stakeholders to support the centre.
  • TOAMASINA –  04 FEB 2022 (14H00) The Hydrology Service of the General Direction of Meteorology has activated a yellow alert for residents of the Mananjary River and the Pangalane Canal. This comes as the Mananjary river has been overflowing due to the ongoing rainfall ahead of the tropical cyclone, Batsirai. The Vatovavy region is identified as a possible area impacted by Cyclone Batsirai. The Batsarai cyclone is expected to occur on Saturday, 05 February 2022, between Mahanoro and Mananjary.

 

MALAWI – 04 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 04 FEB 2022 (04H00) The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), Governer, Wilson Banda, has maintained the bank’s policy for interest rates at 12%. The decision was reached during the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. The Governor announced that MPC also maintained Liquidity Reserve Requirement (LRR) ratio on domestic and foreign currency denominated deposits at 3.5%. According to the central bank, the economy grew by 3.9% in 2021.
  • BLANTYRE – 04 FEB 2022 (08H00) Employees at the Admarc Head Office near Limbe held their Board Chairperson for the grain marketer, Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi, hostage on Thursday, 03 February 2022, demanding their unpaid salaries. According to an employee, the ADMARC staff have not received their January 2022 salaries after receiving their last salary on 20 December 2021. However, Dzozi has assured the staff that they will receive their salaries today, 04 February 2022.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 04 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 04 FEB 2022 (16H45) The Mozambican and Unites States (US) Governments launched joint Military exercises. It is the third Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) program within ten months, in which the US Army will partner with the Mozambican Military to develop special operations skills. The JCET programme provides foreign Military and US special operations forces with an opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices. In addition to military training, the two-month US Department of Defence (DoD) JCET exercise will focus on the law of armed conflict, human rights, and medical training.

 

NIGERIA – 04 FEB 2022

  • LOKOJA – 04 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Kogi State Government has announced a water supply disruption in Lokoja and surrounding areas for five weeks. This will be due to the rehabilitation of damaged pipelines. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, has stated that repair work will be carried out at the pipeline supplying water from the primary source at the greater Lokoja Water Works in the Ganaja area, near the River Niger.

 

RWANDA – 04 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 04 FEB 2022 (12H00) The Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Innovation, Paula Ingabire has held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, at the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in Kigali. During the meeting, discussions focused on cooperation and knowledge fostering on technology and innovation. This comes as part of a joint effort to facilitate the exchange of data and expertise between the two countries.

 

TANZANIA – 04 FEB 2022

  • MUSOMA – 04 FEB 2022 (10H15) President Samia Hassan is scheduled to officiate the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) 45th Anniversary in Musoma, Mara region on Saturday, 05 February 2022. Hassan will be in Mara today, 04 February 2022, to officiate the celebrations of the CCM 45th Anniversary. Several officials will be participating in the festivities ahead of the CCM 45th Anniversary. The Mara Regional Commissioner, Ally Hapi, has stated that security and law enforcement officials will be deployed to ensure safety throughout the festivities. Hassan will also inaugurate water projects in Mugango-Kiabakari-Butiama and Bunda.

 

ZAMBIA – 04 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 04 FEB 2022 (14H45) The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has affirmed its support to continue with the construction of a China-invested fertilizer manufacturing plant. The Acting Director-General of the ZDA, Albert Halwampa, has stated that progress has been made since United Fertilizer launched construction works worth US$300-million fertilizer plant in November 2021. Halwampa has further expressed his gratitude that the plant was environmentally friendly. The United Fertizilizer has stated that the plant is scheduled to launch officially in July 2022 and is expected to produce 300,000 tons of fertilizer annually.

 

ZIMBABWE – 04 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 04 FEB 2022 (12H45) The Finance and Economic Development Minister, Mthuli Ncube, has announced new measures aimed at enhancing the use of the local currency on the domestic market. Ncube has stated that the measures include the payment of mining royalties in Zimbabwe’s dollar by up to 50% of the amount due while duty would be designated vehicles will be paid at a similar rate in the local currency.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 FEB 2022

  • ANGOLA: Protest expected in Luanda on Saturday, 05 February 2022.
  • TANZANIA: President Samia Hassan is scheduled to officiate the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) 45th Anniversary in Musoma, Mara region 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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