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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 07 FEB 2022 (19H00
ANGOLA – 07 FEB 2022
- LUANDA – 07 FEB 2022 (06H10) The Minister of External Relations, Téte António, held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Prime Minister of Palestine Amina Jane Mohammed, on Saturday, 05 February 2022 over issues related to peace and security. This comes after the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the meeting, discussions focussed on deepening relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Furthermore, António has stated that the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) on terrorism would also serve to identify strategies leading to a comprehensive action plan.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 07 FEB 2022
- BENI – 07 FEB 2022 (02H20) Authorities have confirmed four injuries and one death following a recent bombing incident at a central market in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) city of Beni. The explosion reportedly occurred on Saturday, 05 February 2022, following a recent warning by the United States (US) Embassy in Kinshasa of a possible attack. Local Police have stated that an investigation has been launched to locate and apprehend the suspected bomber. The explosion in the easter region follows after Congolese and Ugandan defence forces recently launched a campaign against armed groups in the area.
- GOMA – 07 FEB 2022 (11H10) Protest reported in the Ndosho district on the Goma-Sake intersection in Goma. The demonstrators have blockaded the road with debris and disrupted traffic. The demonstrators are protesting over the insecurity in Goma and throughout the North Kivu province during the State of Siege. The Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd with tear gas. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
- KAMANGO – 07 FEB 2022 (11H30) The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has allegedly carried out an attack in the village of Gogo, 5 kilometres (km) from Nobili, in the chiefdom of Watalinga today, 07 February 2022. Local sources have indicated that the rebels have ambushed the village and killed a person. The Watalinga’s civil society leader, David Muwaze, has stated that clashes have been reported in Kilungu. The situation remains volatile in the area.
ESWATINI – 07 FEB 2022
- EKUVINJELWENI – 07 FEB 2022 (18H50) Road closures reported on several roads in Maphalaleni Inkhundla due to damaged roads caused by the ongoing rains. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Emergency services have been dispatched.
ETHIOPIA- 07 FEB 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 07 FEB 2022 (10H00) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held a meeting with Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mikhail Leonidovich Bogdanov, on Sunday, 06 February 2022, to discuss preparations for a second Russia-Africa Summit. The two delegates held discussions over key international issues, including the agenda of mutual interest of the 35th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that the two delegations had expressed their determination of Moscow and Addis Ababa to strengthen foreign policy coordination in the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral organizations.
- ADDIS ABABA – 07 FEB 2022 (09H30) Nardos Bekele-Thomas has been elected as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD). Thomas will be replacing former CEO of AUDA-NEPAD, Ibrahim Mayaki. President Sahle-Work Zewde lauded Thomas and stated that her experience will contribute to the position. Thomas appointment follows an ongoing 35th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa by Heads of State and Governments across the continent to discuss critical issues affecting Africa.
- ADDIS ABABA – 07 FEB 2022 (12H50) Morocco and Ethiopia are set to establish further bilateral cooperation following discussions held at the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa. Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has stated that a few investments have been made, while others are still in the process of being completed. Bourita also stated that discussions focussed on a meeting of the Moroccan-Ethiopian Joint Commission to examine all projects conducted since King Mohammed VI’s visit to Addis Ababa in 2016.
GHANA – 07 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 07 FEB 2022 (04H30) The Ghanaian Government is expected to appeal the credit-rating downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service. This follows after finance officials expressed concerns that the rating agency had failed to consider key data before the conclusion of its downgrading decision. Moody’s recently decreased Ghana’s long-term debt to Caa1 from B3, citing complications in the Government’s efforts to address its liquidity and debt challenges amid weak revenue generation constraints. Ghana’s Finance Ministry has stated that the downgrade omitted key material information such as the 2022 budget expenditure control measure, the 2022 upfront fiscal adjustments, and inaccurate payment statistics. The downgrading of Ghana’s rating to B- from B is expected to obstruct the country’s ability to meet medium-term financing requirements.
- ACCRA – 07 FEB 2022 (13H45) UPDATE The Government has met all Vice Chancellors of public universities in Ghana. Several points have been discussed, and schools will not resume without a teachers recruitment plan. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has revealed that the Government will ensure that the protest is called off. Solutions and results will be announced soon. (06H00) The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Government are expected to report to the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Monday, 07 February 2022, to find solutions to the UTAG protest that has affected public universities. This follows a letter from the NLC inviting all parties in the dispute for negotiations, in compliance with a directive by the Labour Division of the Accra High Court. The UTAG embarked on the protest on 10 January 2022, calling on the employer to restore its members to the 2013 Interim Market Premium (IMP) of 114% of basic salary. The labour union also demands that the Government address the general conditions of service of the university teachers.
- ACCRA – 07 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Coalition of Transport Operators has announced plans to propose to the Government a 30% increase in transport fares. This follows after a 16 member transport union, including Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU), Concerned Drivers Association, Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA), amongst others, held a meeting over the increase in fuel prices. The transport operators are expected to meet the Government today, 07 February 2022. The unions have stated that the increment will help boost operations amidst the recent increase in fuel prices.
KENYA – 07 FEB 2022
- NAMBALE – 07 FEB 2022 (07H50) Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to hold a rally in Busia county today, 07 February 2022, as part of his efforts to strengthen his campaign for the upcoming 2022 Kenyan General Election. Ruto will be leading the Kenya Kwanza alliance campaigns alongside Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula. Kwanza will engage with the residents of Malaba Border and at the Achuneti Stadium in Malaba Town. Ruto will also visit Nambale, Butula and Mubwayo Grounds in Budalangi. Meanwhile, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s campaign remains suspended while he is on a 10-day trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- NAIROBI – 07 FEB 2022 (11H00) Investigations have been opened following a fire incident in Embakasi along the Mombasa Road. Emergency services from the Nairobi and Machakos counties were dispatched to the scene and evacuated residents on the scene. Sources have indicated that a warehouse caught alight and affected visibility to flight approach at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and motorists along the Mombasa Road.
LESOTHO – 07 FEB 2022
- BOKONG – 07 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced an overflow at the Katse Dam. This follows after the dam reached 100% capacity on 17 January 2022. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
MADAGASCAR – 07 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 07 FEB 2022 (00H30) Madagascar’s National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management has announced that at least ten deaths have been confirmed after Tropical Cyclone Batsirai occurred on the country’s eastern coastline during the preceding weekend. The Bureau has stated that an estimated 47,888 people have been displaced during the cyclone. Several displaced people have been relocated to evacuation centres within the country. Authorities have noted that the most affected areas include the southeastern city of Mananjary, where several homes and other infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed. The cyclone is expected to progress westwards towards the Mozambique Channel and is thereafter forecast to move south, bypassing mainland Africa.
- HAUTE MATSIATRA – 07 FEB 2022 (06H30) The Ministry of National Defence in Madagascar has cautioned the population of the increasing water levels at the Matsiatra river in Ambohimahasoa, Madagascar. The Ministry has further urged the population to remain vigilant and avoid low-lying areas due to the risk of flooding. This comes as the Ministry had been notified of a possible landslide in the area.
MALAWI – 07 FEB 2022
- LILONGWE – 07 FEB 2022 (09H00) Prophet Sheperd Bushiri and his wife, Mary Bushiri, is expected to appear before the Lilongwe Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 08 February 2022. This follows after Bushiri had been accused of financial crimes in South Africa and have fled the country. However, South Africa seeks to extradite Bushiri, which has been challenged in court.
MOZAMBIQUE – 07 FEB 2022
- NICATE – 07 FEB 2022 (02H50) Mozambican authorities have confirmed six deaths and the abduction of ten people during four separate attacks by unidentified insurgents within the Macomia District in the Cabo Delgado province. The attacks occurred on Saturday, 05 February 2022. The deceased reportedly include a truck operator who had been ambushed along the N380 road, a person in the Rafique village, and four other people near the Nicáte village. The insurgents reportedly ambushed and burned two trucks in the vicinity of the Bangala 2 village that had been transporting construction materials northbound to the Messalo River bridge, where emergency repairs are underway. The insurgents abducted ten individuals during an attack on the Rafique village, which is located between the Nicáte and Bangala 2 villages. Mozambique’s Defence and Security Forces (FDS) have reportedly been deployed to the Bangala 2 village to monitor the security situation in the surrounding areas.
- NACALA – 07 FEB 2022 (03H00) The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) has announced a decision to allocate Chinese Military aid to Military forces deployed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Cabo Delgado province to assist in ongoing efforts against the insurgency in the region. This follows as the PSC recently resolved to allocate a portion of a donation of Military hardware from China to the AU to support the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). The donation is expected to be delivered directly to SAMIM at the Mozambican port of Nacala later in 2022. The PSC has further called on AU members and partners to support the efforts of Rwanda in coordination with the SAMIM forces in Mozambique.
- MAPUTO – 07 FEB 2022 (16H30) Mozambique and the United States have launched a third Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) programme. The US Army has partnered with the Mozambican military to improve special operations skills. The exercise will prevail for two months and focus on the law of armed conflict, human rights, and medical training. The European Union has also launched its EU two year Training Mission Mozambique that began operations in November 2021, with the directive to support efficient and effective response by Mozambique’s military to the crisis in Cabo Delgado. Military personnel undergoing training will be part of a future quick reaction force (QRF)
NIGERIA – 07 FEB 2022
- ABUJA – 07 FEB 2022 (07H30) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced the decision to deploy a support force to Guinea-Bissau following an attempted coup. This comes as the 15 Heads of State bloc had condemned the coup attempt. According to the Spokesperson of the Guinea Government, armed military soldiers attempted to overthrow Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Tuesday, 01 February 2022. Meanwhile, Guinea-Bissau’s Government has decreed a two-day period of national mourning for those killed in the attempted coup on Saturday, 05 February 2022.
- ABUJA – 07 FEB 2022 (12H30) The Federal Republic of Nigeria has been re-elected into the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) to represent the West African region. Nigeria will be sitting in the council for three years, 2022 until 2025. Nigeria is represented at the Permanent Representatives level by Victor Adeleke, Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union. This follows after the 15-member Council was held on Thursday, 04 February 2022, during the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa. Meanwhile, Cameroon, Djibouti, Morocco and Namibia have been elected into the council for a three year period. Burundi, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and the Gambia have been elected for a two-year period.
- ABUJA – 07 FEB 2022 (13H15) The Federal High Court in Abuja has withdrawn an order of a 2 Million fine imposed on the Legal Adviser of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Jimor Abdulkadir Adamu. The order was reversed after the former Rivers state governor’s seized passport, Peter Odili, was returned to him on 20 December 2021. The court correspondingly reversed the order directing the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami SAN, to resume disciplinary action against the Immigration legal adviser.
- ABUJA – 07 FEB 2022 (14H40) The All Progressive Congress (APC), has withdrawn an order by the Progressive Youth Movement (PYM) to dismiss the National Chairman of Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CEOCPC), Mai-Mala Buni, of Yobe State. Members of PYM were at the Federal High Court, Abuja, today,07 February 2022, to formally apply for the lawsuit to be terminated. PYM has revealed that they had internal matters, which are currently resolved.
RWANDA – 07 FEB 2022
- RUNDA – 07 FEB 2022 (10H40) Nine people were arrested for allegedly violating COVID-19 rules on Saturday, 06 February 2022, in a cave located in Kabaya Village, Ruyenzi Cell in Runda Sector. This follows after the people were found holding a religious gathering contrary to the Government directives meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The people have been held in custody at the Runda Police Station and will be fined for violating the regulation.
TANZANIA – 07 FEB 2022
- MOROGORO – 07 FEB 2022 (04H10) Lake Zone Regional Police Commander Fortunatus Musilimu has announced that recent flooding across the Morogoro and Kilosa Districts have led to the deaths of four people in addition to significant damage to property and infrastructure in the affected areas. This follows after the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) recently issued a weather alert stating that increased rainfall and possible floodings are expected in the Lake Zone and surrounding regions. Musilimu has called on the district’s Disaster Relief Committee to urgently implement measures to assist vulnerable communities affected by the adverse weather.
ZAMBIA – 07 FEB 2022
- LUSAKA – 07 FEB 2022 (13H00) Unemployed medical doctors have threatened to protest at the State House on 14 February 2022. This follows after the Government had failed to address the doctors over their employment administration. A Spokesperson of the unemployed doctors, Walace Ndumb, has stated that the Government have promised that the employment process will be set by January 2022. Ndumb has also urged President Hakainde Hichilema to intervene and assist the doctors over the matter.
- LUSAKA – 07 FEB 2022 (15H00) The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chisanga Chanda, has been arrested for allegedly being an accessory to a crime. Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga, stated that Chanda assisted a wanted suspect in Lusaka between 01 October 2019 and 04 February 2022. Chanda is also a secretary to former President, Edgar Lungu, and is expected to appear in court soon.
ZIMBABWE – 07 FEB 2022
- HARARE – 07 FEB 2022 (01H00) The African Union (AU) has elected Zimbabwe into the AU’s Peace and Security Council. President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the announcement following the conclusion of bilateral talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a Special Envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the recently held 35th AU Heads of State Ordinary Assembly. During the meeting, President Mnangagwa and Prime Minister Ahmed reportedly discussed solutions that both countries have implemented to improve domestic resources and reduce foreign dependency. Mnangagwa further noted that the AU plans to establish a pharmaceutical plant to manufacture medicines on the African continent to avoid overreliance.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 07 FEB 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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