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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 04 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 04 MAR 2022.
- CABINDA – 04 MAR 2022 (07H00) Global energy, Eni, has expedited the Ndungu field, located on Block 15/06 in the Angolan deep offshore basin, production in Angola. Through its collaborative relationship with the National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG), Eni has been committed to addressing production decline and driving net-zero practices in Angola, which will accelerate progress in significant areas across Angolan offshore prospects. The Ndungu Early Production Development Project is expected to produce 20,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). In the joint partnership, which is Sonangol’s subsidiary, the Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção and development company SSI Fifteen Limited. The developments emphasise Eni’s commitment to assisting oil and gas producing countries to increase production by fast-tracking offshore projects.
- LUANDA – 04 MAR 2022 (07H30) The Minister of State and Head of the Civil House of the President, Adao Francisco Correia de Almeida, and the Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, have signed an agreement to establish a commission for cooperation. This comes after Almeida held an official visit to Cuba on Wednesday, 02 March 2022. During a ceremony, the Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca noted that Almeida held visits to several sites and held work exchanges that have allowed the countries to affirm opportunities to strengthen collaboration. The official ceremony also included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Foreign Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Aipex, and its counterpart on the island, ProCuba.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 04 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 03 MAR 2022 (19H30) The Democratic Republic of Congo Government (DRC) has suspended China Molybdenum from controlling its cobalt and copper mining sector in Tenke Fungurume. The Chinese investors have been suspended by the Commercial Court of Lubumbashi for understating income generated and the quantities of reserves yet to be mined, in the process of defrauding the DRC of billions of dollars. The company directors have been suspended for six months while an auditor investigates the alleged graft.
- KINSHASA – 02 MAR 2022 (19H30) The Congolese Head of State, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, is undergoing a meeting with General Aida Boras of the United States (US) army in Kinshasa. The meeting is set to discuss the assistance that the US provides the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and their professionalisation of the rule of law. During the meeting, Boras discussed incidents in the east of the DRC with Tshisekedi. The meeting led by the American Ambassador to DRC, Mike Hammer, is set to be participated by Military officers and representatives of the American labour department.
ESWATINI – 04 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 04 MAR 2022 (10H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have begun gathering at the Mbabane Police Station. The demonstrators are protesting in solidarity with respect to women and girls. The demonstrators are calling for an end to sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Police are aware of the situation. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (06H15) 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.
- MPAKA – 04 MAR 2022 (09H15) Seven eSwatini nationals who are studying in Ukraine have arrived at the King Mswati III International Airport today, 04 March 2022. This comes after the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Several Governments has also initiated the process of evacuating students from Ukraine due to the conflict in Ukraine.
ETHIOPIA- 04 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 03 MAR 2022 (23H40) The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has selected the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, to lead a panel of experts investigating human rights violations committed in the conflict in northern Ethiopia. This follows as Ethiopian Federal troops have been engaged in armed conflict with Tigrayan forces since November 2020, with multiple reports of atrocities having been committed by all sides. The Council voted to establish an independent investigative commission to evaluate the alleged violations and identify perpetrators. Bensouda and the panel are expected to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violations, collect and preserve evidence, to identify those responsible where possible. The team is expected to brief the Council during its mid-year session and present a written report towards the end of 2022.
- BAHIR DAR – 04 MAR 2022 (12H15) The Amhara Regional State Government has announced the resumption of cross border trade and the movement of people through the Sudan Gallabat and Ethiopia, Metema border. This follows after Sudan closed the border accusing Ethiopian militiamen of carrying out attacks against Sudanese customs officers in the presence of Ethiopian forces. In January 2022, Ethiopian and Sudanese military officials held talks and agreed to form joint border patrols in the border crossing areas between the two countries. The Gellabat Customs Office Head, Mohamed Abdel Madid, has stated that security forces of the two countries should work together to solve security problems in the region, including in areas of information exchange and joint survey to ensure mutual security.
GHANA – 04 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 04 MAR 2022 (06H15) The World Bank has begun processing $60.6 million additional COVID-19 funding for Ghana. This follows an audit conducted by the Betton Wood institution over the $435.8 million allocated into the economy to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional funding will be approved before the end of March 2022 and consequently disbursed to the country. The World Bank health sector support for the Ghana COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response and vaccination summed up to $435.8 million.
KENYA – 04 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 04 MAR 2022 (11H05) The Commission On Administrative Justice Kenya has announced the appointment of former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Chief Executive Officer Mercy Wambua to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Wambua has received a five-year renewable contract to replace Chief Executive Leonard Ngaluma. In addition to Wambua, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Roseline Adede has been appointed Chairperson. Furthermore, Professor Marion Mutugi, Dr Raymond Nyeris, Sara Bonaya, and Dr Dennis Wamalwa has been appointed as judicial members. Former Ministry of Interior Director of Communications, Wangui Muchiri, has been sworn in as a Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) member.
LESOTHO – 04 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 04 MAR 2022 (02H00) The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitation Team, led by retired South African Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro on Friday, 04 March 2022. The team is currently on a two-day working visit to Lesotho to evaluate progress made regarding the implementation of reforms, including the passing of the Constitutional Bill before the National Assembly.
MADAGASCAR – 04 MAR 2022
- FITOVINANY – 04 MAR 2022 (12H40) The Minister of Population, Princia Soafilira, has announced that the official celebration of Women’s Day will be observed on 08 March 2022 and will take place in Antsirabe. Soafilira has stated that the decision has been made due to the deterioration of infrastructures caused by the cyclone Batsirai in the city of Manakara. President Andry Rajoelina is also expected to visit Antsirabe from Monday, 07 March 2022, until 09 March 2022, accompanied by his wife, Mialy Rajoelina, who will be presiding over the ceremony.
MALAWI – 04 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 04 MAR 2022 (12H00) Road closure reported near the Lilongwe Bridge in Old Town. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route. Meanwhile, several other members of the public have joined in the demonstration calling for an end to corruption in the country. Military and Police officials are on the scene. (10H35) Several businesses and stores have been closed due to the protest along Bwalo La Njobvu. Several Police officers have been deployed and are monitoring the situation. (10H05) Reports inidcate that the Lilongwe District Council has rejected the planned demonstration by the Citizens against Impunity and Corruption. However, the group has commenced with the demonstration and called on the protest over the Council’s decision to reject the protest against businessperson Ashok Nair. (10H00) Demonstrations have begun at the Lilongwe Community Centre Ground by members of the Citizens Against Impunity and Corruption. The demonstrators are protesting against the Lilongwe District Commissioners’ office decision over businessperson Ashok Nair, who has sued Anti-Corruption Bureau–ACB Director General Martha Chizuma for defamation. A high military presence is reported in the vicinity of Lilongwe. (06H00) Peaceful protest expected by members of the Citizens Against Impunity and Corruption (CAIC) at the Lilongwe District Council from 08H30 today, 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.
MOZAMBIQUE – 04 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 03 MAR 2022 (19H00) The Spokesperson for the Council of Ministers, Ludovina Bernado, has announced that the Government has approved a proposal for Law on the prevention, repression and combat of terrorism. Ludovina stated that the Law applies to related actions and acts of terrorists and terrorist organizations, carried out in national territory or abroad, whose perpetrators are in the country and cannot be extradited. The draft is expected to be submitted to the Assembly of the Republic.
NIGERIA – 04 MAR 2022
- MAIDUGURI – 03 MAR 2022 (22H00) The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a warning of possible suicide bombing attacks by the Islamic State (IS) faction of Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād. Zonal Quarterly Conference of State Directors of Security (SDES) Northeastern States Chairman Babagana Bulama made the announcement during a security briefing in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. Bulama has stated that the agency has received intelligence that ISWAP members are training suicide bombers to launch attacks on security agencies in vulnerable communities. The agency has reportedly also received intelligence on the convergence of elements of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the Lake Chad area within the Nigerian territory.
- ABUJA – 04 MAR 2022 (08H00) An oil and gas company, Seplat Energy, has reached an agreement with an American firm, ExxonMobil, to acquire the company’s subsidiary, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, and its business operations in a $1.2 billion agreement. Seplat Energy will acquire the company’s 40% share in four oil mining licenses and also acquire export facilities in Nigeria, the Qua Iboe terminal and natural gas recovery plants at EAP and Oslo. The deal will increase Seplat Energy’s production capacity by 186%. The President of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil and Gas, Liam Mallon, has stated that the sale will prioritize advantaged investments in their strategic assets, and it supports the Nigerian Government’s efforts to grow its oil and gas operations.
- IBADAN – 04 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Oyo State branch, has confirmed the death of two medical practitioners in the NMA due to Lassa fever. Chairperson of NAN, Ayotunde Fasunla, has stated that the NMA has urged the members of the public to treat all illnesses with caution. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria recorded 450 cases of Lassa fever and 86 deaths as of 20 February 2022, within the Oyo State, accounts for 13 cases and one death.
RWANDA – 04 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 04 MAR 2022 (17H30) President Paul Kagame has received the Chairperson of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and its President, Agnes Kalibata, in Kigali. The meeting is commenced ahead of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2022 Summit to be held from 05 until 09 September 2022.
TANZANIA – 04 MAR 2022
- ZANZIBAR – 04 MAR 2022 (12H20) The Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs have announced that The Directors of Public Prosecution (DPP) would no longer pursue Chadema Chairman Freeman Mbowe in the terrorism case held against him. This follows after Mbowe and two others were accused of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, in addition to Mbowe having faced a separate charge of financing acts of terrorism.
ZAMBIA – 04 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 04 MAR 2022 (12H50) Unemployed Teachers of Zambia have threatened to protest following the Minister of Education, Douglas Syakalima, and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) failure to recruit teachers in Zambia. The union has called on its members to protest if the Ministry does not recruit teachers by 31 March 2022. According to the union, the teachers will embark on a nationwide protest. Meanwhile, the union is currently in discussions over the planned protest.
ZIMBABWE – 04 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 03 MAR 2022 (22H40) United States (US) President Joe Biden has announced the extension of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe due to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s failure to implement the necessary political and economic reforms to warrant the termination of sanctions. Biden has stated that Government security services have routinely intimidated and repressed Zimbabwean citizens, opposition political parties, union members, and journalists throughout the preceding year. The US President has stated that the absence of progress on reforms needed to ensure the rule of law, democratic governance, and the protection of human rights continues to place Zimbabweans in a vulnerable state to ongoing repression and threatens peace and security in the region. Therefore, Biden has determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288, as amended, and maintain the sanctions in force.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 MAR 2022
- MADAGASCAR: The Minister of Population, Princia Soafilira, has announced that the official celebration of Women’s Day will be observed on 08 March 2022 and will take place in Antsirabe.
- 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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