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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 08 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 8

ANGOLA – 08 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 08 FEB 2022 (07H20) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, has announced that the Summit on Terrorism in Africa will take place in May 2022. This follows after the 35th Annual Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union held in Ethiopia. The Summit will also discuss violent extremism and the issue of coups on the continent.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 FEB 2022

  • BENI – 07 FEB 2022 (19H45) Three Tanzanian insurgents of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Army Spokesperson, Anthony Mwalushay, stated that the insurgents had been arrested during a  patrol in Mwalika valley in the Chiefdom of Bashu. This follows after a Congolese residing in Butemo recruited the Tanzanians to work in a gold mine. Investigations by the army are ongoing.
  • KINSHASA – 08 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Caucus of National Deputies of Kasaï central has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, following the issues of their constituency. The Deputy Minister, Donatien Kapongo Munioka, has stated that their caucus submitted to the Head of Government a memorandum containing all the questions of the socio-economic development of their electoral district. Munioka has stated that the issues are electricity, water, construction of schools, and health centres, amongst others.

 

ESWATINI – 08 FEB 2022

  • MANZINI – 08 FEB 2022 (14H50) Protest reported by the members affiliated to the Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) outside the Matsapha Correctional Facility. Police are firing teargas in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators. The demonstrators are protesting for denied entry to visit Member of Parliament Mthandni Dube. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

ETHIOPIA- 08 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 08 FEB 2022 (11H50) The State Minister of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance, Eyob Tekalgn Tolina, has announced that Safaricom is set to launch M-PESA services in Ethiopia in April 2022. Tolina has stated that Ethio Telecom is operating a mobile financial service called ‘Telebirr’, which will allow cashless transactions with no bank-to-bank transfers. Tolina has expressed confidence that Safaricom’s operation will affect the telco market in Ethiopia.

 

GHANA – 08 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 07 FEB 2022 (19H00) The National Labour Commission (NLC) has cancelled its scheduled meeting with the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and other parties involved in the ongoing strike by the University Teachers. The meeting was expected today, 07 February 2022, following the High Court order for both parties to settle the matter out of court. UTAG has resolved to meet with the Government instead of the NLC, which filed a suit against the Association. The UTAG President of the University of Ghana Chapter, Samuel Nkumbaan, has announced that they will hold a meeting with the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission and the Education Ministry on Tuesday, 08 February 2022.
  • ACCRA – 08 FEB 2022 (06H15) Demonstration expected today, 08 February 2022, throughout Ghana from 06H00 until 12H00. A fifteen-member group, Concerned Mobile Network Subscribers, has called on the nation to participate in a ‘No Call Day’ planned not to make use of their cellulars as a way of registering the concern about the SIM card re-registration exercise. The group has condemned the exercise and stated that the move is a breach of the citizen’s constitutional rights. Furthermore, the group has stated that in line with the action, if the concerns raised are not addressed after today, a protest will be planned on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, from 06H00 until 18H00 and every other Tuesday in Ghana until the appropriate action has been made by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). Authorities are aware of the situation.

 

KENYA – 08 FEB 2022

  • MTWAPA – 08 FEB 2022 (03H20) The Kenyan Government has announced the launch of the documentation process for the dualling of the 40 kilometres (km) road project between Mtwapa and Kilifi. The project forms part of the 460 km Malindi-Tanga-Bagamoyo East African corridor development project, a transnational highway between Kenya and Tanzania. The project is estimated to cost KSh 41,7 billion, with the primary funding being sourced from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB has approved a KSh 38,4 million financing package for the project in 2020, and the European Union (EU) has also contributed a grant of KSh 3.3 billion. Upon completion, the Government expects the project to generate demand for hospitality facilities at the border entry points between the two countries. The project is also expected to promote property values in Mtwapa and Kilifi, attributed to increased demand and ease of accessibility. The project is set to support inter-country trade between Kenya and Tanzania through transport ease.

 

LESOTHO – 08 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 08 FEB 2022 (08H30) The Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) has announced the opening of 14 new factories in a move to boost the textile sector and minimise the unemployment rate in Lesotho. The factories will be opened in Maputsoe, Maseru and Mafeteng, which will employ up to 14 250 people. The LNDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Advocate Molise Ramaili, has stated that seven more factories in Ha Tikoe will only employ 700 workers, while the establishment of a medical cannabis firm will also employ more workers. The Spokesperson of the Lesotho Workers Association, Hlalefang Seoaholimo, has praised the LNDC decision to create more jobs. This follows after the retrenchment of several textile factory workers across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

MADAGASCAR – 08 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 07 FEB 2022 (23H00) Madagascar officials have announced an increase in the death toll following Cyclone Batsirai’s arrival on Madagascar’s eastern coast during the preceding weekend. Authorities have confirmed an estimated 20 deaths and more than 55,000 displacements during the storm. The National Meteorological Department has forecast that Batsirai is expected to dissipate further as it exits Madagascar and is not set to pose a severe risk to Mozambique. Madagascar officials are expediting efforts to attend to damaged property and infrastructure caused by Batsirai.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 08 FEB 2022 (02H30) The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced that relief efforts are underway in response to the damaging effects of Tropical Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar. OCHA has stated that rapid assessments have been launched with the aim of identifying the scope of the disaster. This follows after Batsirai made landfall as a Category 3 cyclone on the eastern coast of Madagascar, approximately 14 kilometres (km) north of the city of Mananjary. The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management has stated that at least 211 schools have been affected by the adverse weather, with additional assessments underway. In coordination with Government counterparts, the UN has deployed surge teams and are expediting response efforts, with the World Food Programme (WFP) distributing food aid to evacuated and displaced people in shelters.
  • ATSIMO-ATSINANANA – 08 FEB 2022 (08H15) The President of the Republic, Andry Rajoelina, is scheduled to visit the Atsimo-Atsinanana region today, 08 February 2022 and on Wednesday, 09 February 2022, to assess the affected households following the tropical cyclone, Batsirai. Rajoelina will be embarking on several site visits to assess the damages due to the cyclone that took place on 05 February 2022. Rajoelina will be accompanied by an emergency team and officials following their commitment to repairing the damaged facilities.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 08 FEB 2022 (12H45) The Minister of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons, Andry Ramaroson, has embarked on a site visit in Toliara following the situation over the electricity supply at the Ambodimita electricity substation. Ramaroson has stated that 9 MegaWatt (MW) is needed to restore the electricity supply and vowed to repair the substation, which has been damaged due to broken bands that charge about 90% of electricity during peak hours. Ramaroson will also ensure that a 700 Watt (W) diesel electrogen group is added to sustain the electricity flow.

 

MALAWI – 08 FEB 2022

  • BLANTYRE – 07 FEB 2022 (23H30) Authorities have announced that Malawi’s main power station has halted operations due to severe damage incurred at the Chikwawa dam following torrential rainfalls during tropical storm Ana in January 2022. Due to this, the Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) has stated that several areas across the country are expected to experience power supply interruptions throughout the following six months. Authorities have confirmed that more than 100 people had been reported to have sustained severe injuries in 15 districts during the tropical storm. EGENCO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Willy Liabunya has stated that temporary structures are set to be erected, and further expert analysis of the required repair works is scheduled to be carried out during the following six months.
  • LILONGWE – 08 FEB 2022 (04H35) The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) has announced that Malawi and Canada are scheduled to host a virtual business forum on 10 February 2022. The conference is aimed at promoting renewable energy and mining business opportunities in the two countries’ business communities. MITC Public Relations Manager Deliby Chimbalu has stated that the forum follows as the Malawian Government aims to increase investments in the energy sector to meet the current increased demand for electricity in the country. Chimbalu has further stated that Malawi seeks to promote its available bankable projects in energy and mining to the Canadian business community during the forum.
  • LILONGWE – 08 FEB 2022 (07H50) Malawi and Canada are set to host a virtual business forum on 10 February 2022. The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) Public Relations Manager, Deliby Chimbalu, has stated that the forum is aimed at promoting renewable energy and mining business opportunities in Malawi to the Canadian business community. Chimbalu has stated that the forum will help boost the current high demand for electricity for the house and industrial use.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 08 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 08 FEB 2022 (03H00) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has embarked on a three-day visit to Brussels to engage in bilateral discussions with European Union (EU) leaders. The Presidency has stated that the Head of State’s visit aims to strengthen political-diplomatic and economic-trade cooperation relations between Mozambique and the EU. During the visit to Brussels, President Nyusi is expected to conduct meetings with the President of the European Council, Charles Mitchel, a Vice-President of the European Commission, and the EU Commissioners responsible for international partnerships and humanitarian crisis management. The Mozambican delegation also includes the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Max Tonela, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves.
  • MAPUTO – 08 FEB 2022 (14H20) Bandits have kidnapped a Turkish businessman, Huseyin Sozen, the owner of Umran Constructions on Avenida Francisco Magumbwe in the epicentre of Maputo. The kidnappers have subdued the victim and pulled him into their vehicle after leaving his parked vehicle. The bandits fired gunshots to threaten Umran constructions’ employees that attempted to help Sozen. An anti-abduction unit has been formed to solve a possible threat that calls into question the country’s reputation and inhibits investment. Investigations are ongoing.

 

NIGERIA – 08 FEB 2022

  • ABUJA – 08 FEB 2022 (00H10) The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 17 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States. The announcement follows after lawyers representing the involved parties in the appeal adopted their conclusive written addresses. Rivers State, through its lawyer, Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN), requested the court to give judgement in its favour on the grounds that historical evidence from 1927 until date indicates that the oil wells belong to the State. Responding, Imo State, through its lawyer, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN), argued that the suit be dismissed on the grounds that it must have originated from the Federal High Court. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who presided over a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, thereafter announced 06 May 2022 for judgement in the matter.
  • UNGWAN GARAMA – 08 FEB 2022 (01H00) Kaduna security forces have announced the successful recovery of seven kidnapped people in the Chikun Local Government Area. This follows after unidentified armed suspects kidnapped the seven people during an attack on the Ungwan Garama area. The launch of a rescue operation follows the receipt of a distress call from the area, after which security forces responded by engaging the armed suspects. The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has stated that the armed group members fled the scene during an exchange of fire with security forces.
  • ABUJA – 08 FEB 2022 (01H25) The Nigerian Government has received a delivery of two million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines from the European Union (EU). The vaccines have been donated by Finland, Greece and Slovenia and form part of a total of 20 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from EU member states to Nigeria via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) recently noted that the Nigerian Government had allocated $298 million for the procurement of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, amounting to an estimated 39 million vaccines. National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Executive Director Faisal Shuaib has stated that the Nigerian Government had previously procured approximately 39 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the Afrexim bank through the African Union (AU). The recent donation increases the country’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine stock to an estimated 51 million.
  • ABUJA – 08 FEB 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in Abuja by the workers’ unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry from 08 February 2022. This follows after the workers’ unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry issued an ultimatum due 31 January 2022. 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.
  • YORUBALAND – 08 FEB 2022 (06H20) The Yoruba Nation have warned the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, to reverse the decision and immediately release human right activist, Sunday Adeyemo. This follows after the Government of Benin extended the incarceration of Adeyemo for six months. The group has threatened to attack all Beninoise living in Nigeria. This follows after Adeyemo had been detained in the Benin Republic after being arrested at the Cotonou airport for allegedly fleeing the country to evade an arrest by Nigeria’s Police in July 2021.
  • ABUJA – 08 FEB 2022 (06H40) The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has threatened to withdraw services if the Federal Government fails to address the rising operational costs incurred by the organisation. This comes as the Government failed to fulfil its promise of increasing their salary in 2021. The association’s National President, Yusuf Othman, has stated that members of the association have been finding it difficult to sustain the business because the freight rate has not been increased. Othman has called on the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mallam Farouk Ahmed, to convene a meeting to increase the freight rate and address other pressing issues of cost of operation.
  • ABUJA – 08 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Local sources have reported a fuel shortage due to the ongoing protest by the NARTO. Report indicate that several filling stations have been closed by the NARTO members. Large gatherings are expected at filling stations that have fuel. Travellers are advised to only refuel at reputable service stations.  (07H40) Protest reported in several states in Nigeria by the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO). The association has closed several filling stations against the low freight rate for petrol which they receive from Government. The National President, NARTO, Yusuf Othman, has stated that several members of the NARTO will join in the protest. Authorities are aware of the situation.
  • IBADAN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has issued its final warning to the Federal Government and threatened to protest against the Government’s failure to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in 2021. Following the MoA, the union claimed the Government had avoided its responsibility by urging ministers to oversee the implementation of the MoA. Meanwhile, the ASUU is having its National Executive Council meeting at the University of Lagos on 12 February 2022 and 13 February 2022. The Chairman of the University of Ilorin branch of ASUU, Prof Moyosore Ajao, has stated that the branch would observe the work-free day today, 08 February 2022.
  • ETSAKO – 08 FEB 2022 (13H45) The Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has been kidnapped by unknown armed suspects in his residence in Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area. Several armed suspects approached the businessman after returning from work and shot at his vehicle, killing his driver in the process. The event has been reported to the authorities.

 

RWANDA – 08 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 07 FEB 2022 (23H35) A delegation from the Zambia Police Service (ZPS) led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in Charge of Administration, Doris Nayame Chibombe, has travelled to Rwanda for a six-day working visit. This aims to strengthen policing cooperation between the two countries’ Police institutions. The delegation conducted a visit at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Monday, 07 February 2022, at the General Headquarters in Kacyiru, during which they received the Deputy Inspector General of Police in Charge of Operations (DIGP) Felix Namuhoranye for a bilateral meeting. The delegation’s visit to Rwanda also aims to understand the feasibility and management of private security companies in Rwanda. During the working visit, the Zambian delegation is also scheduled to visit separate infrastructures and security companies to gain an increased understanding of their regular operations.

 

TANZANIA – 08 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 08 FEB 2022 (03H10) The African Union (AU) has announced the election of Tanzania and Uganda as members of the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC). The PSC is a 15-member organ comprised of member states from each of the five regions of the bloc. The Council is the AU’s standing decision-making body for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts on the African continent. Tanzania has been elected to serve a two-year term from 2022 until 2024 and is set to be joined by Uganda and Djibouti as the representatives of the Eastern Region.

 

ZAMBIA – 08 FEB 2022

  • CHIMUKUZI – 08 FEB 2022 (03H50) Oxfam Southern Africa has called for the immediate halt of all current and future planned mining activities within the Lower Zambezi National Park. Oxfam Country Representative Yvonne Chibiya has stated that the organisation is concerned regarding the ongoing Lower Zambezi National Park mining case and has cautioned the Zambian Government against proceeding with the project. Chibiya has further warned that any disruption to the area’s ecosystem is expected to worsen the currently deteriorating climate change crisis. The Country Representative has stated that the project opposes the Government’s pronounced commitments towards environmental sustainability and sets a negative precedent for Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection within the New Dawn Government’s industrialisation agenda.
  • CHIBOMBO – 08 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Government has evacuated over 200 households affected by floods in the Chibombo district of Central Province. This follows after the Central Province experienced heavy rainfall in the region. The Chibombo District Commissioner Lloyd Kayeka has stated that the water levels had continued to increase in two wards, Chibombo and Chikobo, in the Keembe constituency. Meanwhile, the National Coordinator, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) National Coordinator Gabriel Pollen has led a high-level multisectoral team to assess the damage caused by floods.

 

ZIMBABWE – 08 FEB 2022

  • GWANDA – 07 FEB 2022 (20H15) Teachers affiliated with the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe  (PTUZ), have embarked on a stay away nationwide protest today, 07 February 2022. The protest is due to the demand for salary increases of US$500 each. The PTUZ  Secretary-General, Raymond Majongwe, stated that the teachers could not open schools due to that the Government had not capacitated them financially. Some teachers attended lessons at some schools.
  • HARARE – 08 FEB 2022 (04H40) The Zimbabwean Government has announced that the country is on high alert for reports of avian influenza. This follows recent confirmation by the Department of Veterinary Services in Namibia of an outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild migratory birds at the end of January 2022. The country has intensified vigilance during inspections at all border control ports for poultry and poultry products. Zimbabwe is also cooperating with Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and veterinary counterparts to coordinate disease control measures.
  • KWEKWE – 08 FEB 2022 (13H30) Bank workers in Zimbabwe have threatened to go on strike if their employers do not pay them in US dollars to mitigate against the continuing rise in the cost of living. This formed part of a meeting held by the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union (ZIBAWU) and the Bank Employers Association of Zimbabwe (BEAZ). The Ministry of labour has urged the two parties to hold a dialogue and report back to the Ministry in three weeks. Bank workers are adamant they will go ahead with the strike if an amicable solution is not found.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 FEB 2022

  • MALAWI: The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) has announced that Malawi and Canada are scheduled to host a virtual business forum on 10 February 2022.
  • LUSAKA – 08 FEB 2022(13H00) Unemployed medical doctors have threatened to protest at the State House on 14 February 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 17 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States.
  • 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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