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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 08 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 08 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 08 MAR 2022 (15H10) The Presidency has announced that former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos has travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to receive ongoing medical treatment in the Kingdom of Spain. The former Angolan Head of State returned to the country in September 2021, following an estimated two years in Barcelona. The Presidency has not disclosed the circumstances of dos Santos’ medical condition.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 08 MAR 2022 (09H40) The Public Prosecutor has requested the death penalty against the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), Ferdinand Kambere, during a public hearing before the Kinshasa-Gombe High Court. The council of the defendant has pleaded not guilty to the arbitrariness, the absence of proof of the accusation brought against Kambere, and the violation of the right of defence. The case has been taken under advisement to render the verdict within eight days. This comes after Kambere had been arrested and detained in Makala Central Prison for the alleged assault of a member of the PPRD on 20 December 2021.
- MONIGI – 08 MAR 2022 (10H00) The victims of the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May 2021 in Kayembe, located north of the city of Goma, in the territory of Nyiragongo, have detected an outbreak of scabies. The Head Doctor of the Nyiragongo health zone, Thierry Turano, has stated that the cause is due to the precarious conditions in which the victims live. The Nyiragongo Chief Doctor, the health area of Kanyaruchinya and Munigi, have reportedly recorded 25 cases of scabies.
- MBANDAKA – 08 MAR 2022 (10H15) The Ministry of Gender, Family and Children is scheduled to launch in celebration of International Women’s Day today, 08 March 2022, in Mbandaka, the capital of the province of Equateur. The event will be held under the national theme of Promoting the empowerment of women and girls as well as gender equality in the context of the fight against climate change and the reduction of disaster risk.
ESWATINI – 08 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 07 MAR 2022 (20H30) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the arrival of eight emaSwati students in Mbabane after being repatriated from Ukraine. This follows amid the ongoing Russian offensive in Ukraine. The Ministry has stated that a total of 35 emaSwati students have been safely evacuated and repatriated from Ukraine within the preceding week. An additional 27 students are expected to be repatriated to eSwatini in due course.
- NOKWANE – 08 MAR 2022 (07H00) Unidentified suspects have attempted to set alight the Namboard Headquarters in Nokwane on Monday, 07 March 2022. Reports indicate that the suspects threw a petrol bomb into the facility before fleeing the scene. Preliminary investigations indicate that several personal documents had been damaged due to the fire. Investigations have been launched.
- MBABANE – 08 MAR 2022 (09H10) The Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly is expected to hold a planned walk on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 10H00 in Mbabane. The walk will be held under the celebration-themed under “No to all forms of Violence (No to Repression, No to Police brutality, No to hunger and Lang grabs”. The crowd is expected to gather at the Coronation Park and proceed to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 08 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 07 MAR 2022 (19H10) United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has announced that human rights in northern Ethiopia have significantly deteriorated since November 2021. This follows after Bachelet’s Office recently received reports of severe and widespread violations, including fatal airstrikes and various incidents of abuses. Bachelet has stated that the Office has recorded 304 killings and 373 injuries resulting from aerial bombardments during the reporting period. The Human Rights Chief has further noted that the airstrikes had allegedly been carried out by the Ethiopian Air Force in the Tigray and Afar regions. Ethiopia’s envoy has reiterated its commitment to addressing human rights violations in the region.
- GONDAR – 08 MAR 2022 (07H15) The deaths of seven minors have been reported after construction dynamite exploded in West Armacho Woreda, West Gonder Zone. Dynamite intended for construction purposes has reportedly exploded in the Girar Wuha locality at a housing road construction materials by Sur Construction nearby minors. Local Police Head, Assistant Inspector Haile Berhanu, has cautioned residents to avoid the area and called for investigations to determine the cause of the incident.
GHANA – 08 MAR 2022
- KOFORIDUA – 08 MAR 2022 (08H40) Protest reported in Koforidua by e-hailing drivers. The drivers are demanding an increase in base fare from GH¢8 to GH¢10 and a decrease in commission from their management. This follows after the leadership of Bolt drivers announced their strike action on Sunday, 06 March 2022. The Bolt drivers have stated that the cost of operating has been expensive within the Koforidua operational area. Authorities are aware of the situation. Members of the public are advised to use alternative transport.
- ACCRA – 08 MAR 2022 (10H40) President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to deliver an address on Ghana Day, scheduled for today, 08 March 2022, at the Dubai Expo 2020. This comes after President Akufo-Addo departed Ghana on Monday, 07 March 2022, to attend the Dubai Expo 2020 to lead Ghana’s delegation. The Expo aims to forge new partnerships and find solutions across key industries worldwide. During President Akufo-Addo’s visit to Dubai, he will hold bilateral discussions on matters of mutual interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, participate in a Business Forum under the auspices of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) and engage with other investors seeking to do business in Ghana.
KENYA – 08 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 07 MAR 2022 (19H00) Kenya Airways has announced plans to launch a route network review programme that is expected to affect several routes in its current network. The carrier has stated that the network review is routine and is informed by the return to air travel as the aviation industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, several routes are expected to have frequency increment, frequency reduction, schedule changes, suspension and postponement of route opening. The review programme is also expected to affect local and international routes and will be adjusted as other countries relax travel restrictions. Changes include frequency increase for the London route throughout Winter from planned five times weekly to daily flights, among others.
- NAIROBI – 07 MAR 2022 (22H00) Kenya Airways (KQ) has postponed the launch of flights to Italy following the suspension of its operations to Cameroon due to low demand for passengers. KQ has stated that it has reduced passenger demand due to the delayed recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the expansion of the code-share agreement with the Rome-based Alitalia Airline to create additional network connectivity that allows flights to their destination.
- THIKA – 07 MAR 2022 (23H30) The Police in Kiambu County are investigating the death of one of the Ndarugo Plantations Director, Sudhir Shah. This follows an attack by unknown assailants during a meeting at the plantation on Saturday, 06 March 2022. An officer with one of the directors engaged and exchanged gunfire, whereafter Shar was wounded and succumbed to death after being rushed to a hospital in Thika Town. The officer guarding the deceased director has been disarmed with the firearm. Investigations are ongoing.
- NAIROBI – 08 MAR 2022 (03H30) The United States (US) vaccine producer Moderna has announced plans to construct its first mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Africa. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Kenyan Government to produce up to 500 million doses a year. Moderna has stated that it is expected to invest $500 billion in the facility. The manufacturing facility is scheduled to commence operations by 2023.
- MOMBASA – 08 MAR 2022 (12H30) Clashes reported between supporters of the Suleiman Shahbal politician and Mvita Member of Parliament (MP) Abdulswamad Nassir at the International Women’s Day celebration in Mombasa today, 08 March 2022. Reports indicate that the supporters are seeking to obtain the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Presidential ticket. Members of the public are advised to be cautious. The situation remains volatile.
LESOTHO – 08 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 08 MAR 2022 (06H10) The Maseru Magistrate has rejected former Lesotho Times editor Lloyd Mutungamiri’s request to testify virtually in the trial of members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) who are charged with an attempt to murder him. Mutungamiri was shot and injured by soldiers on 15 July 2016. The shooting follows after one of the publication’s journalists was also summoned for interrogation by Police and military officials in connection with the LDF. Mutungamiri had requested the court to allow him to testify, citing safety concerns. However, Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Murenzi dismissed the request and ordered Mutungamiri to appear in court to testify on Wednesday, 09 March 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 08 MAR 2022
- MANAKARA – 08 MAR 2022 (06H00) 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.
- MASOALA – 08 MAR 2022 (08H15) Météo Madagascar has announced that tropical Cyclone Gombe is expected to make landfall today, 08 March 2022, around Cap Masoala, Antalaha, Maroantsetra and Mananara Avaratra, and has been set on red alert. Météo Madagascar has forecasted that the cyclone Is expected to make landfall approximately 40 kilometres (km) north of Cap Masoala and intensify with average wind speeds estimated at 65 kilometres per hour (km/h) and gusts of 90 km/h. Heavy rainfalls and flooding is expected in Antalaha, Maroantsetra and Mananara Nord and surrounding districts, including Vohémar, Sambava, Andapa, Soanierana Ivongo, Fénérive Est, Sainte Maria, Befandriana Nord, Bealanana, Mandritsara, Toamasina I and II, Brickaville, Vatomandry and Antanambao Manampontsy.
MALAWI – 08 MAR 2022
- NDIRANDE – 08 MAR 2022 (07H50) Community leaders and security agencies have imposed a curfew in Blantyre’s Ndirande Township following the deterioration of the security situation in the locality. This comes after an increase in insecurity and crimes in the community. Two decomposed bodies have also been found on Sunday, 06 March 2022, and have been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to establish the cause of death of the two people. Member of Parliament for Blantyre City Central Chipiliro Mpinganjira has further assured the Blantyre Police officers have been deployed to the area.
MOZAMBIQUE – 08 MAR 2022
- MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA – 07 MAR 2022 (19H00) Mocímboa da Praia Permanent District Secretary João Joaquim António Saraiva has announced that residents displaced from the district due to insecurity and insurgent occupation have been authorised to return to their respective villages of origin. Residents that are allowed to return first include people from the district of Palma, particularly those currently residing in the Quitunda Resettlement Village and in Maganja village on the Afungi Peninsula. This follows after Minister of National Defence, Cristóvão Chume, recently stated that the joint Rwandan and Mozambican troops are engaged in ongoing efforts to ensure the safe return of the population.
- MABALANE – 07 MAR 2022 (19H30) President Filipe Nyusi has inaugurated a recently constructed power grid at the administrative post of Ntlavene, Mabalane district, located in the Gaza province. Authorities have stated that the inauguration forms part of the Government’s agenda to complete the electrification of all administrative posts within its ongoing five-year mandate. During the inauguration, the Head of State had been accompanied by Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Carlos Zacarias, staff members from the Presidency of the Republic and other state institutions.
- MAPUTO – 08 MAR 2022 (14H20) The Governments of Zimbabwe and Mozambique have announced the launch of discussions regarding plans to jointly establish a natural gas extraction and processing operation in the Buzi and Temani area of the Manica Province in Mozambique. The agreement follows recent bilateral talks held between Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. The agreement is expected to allow Zimbabwe to significantly reduce its electricity import costs. In addition to gas extraction, the operation is also expected to include the processing of gas into petrol, diesel, fertiliser and various other chemical products. Zimbabwean Ambassador to Mozambique, Victor Matemadanda, has stated that Government officials from both countries are currently engaged in discussions regarding the modalities of the agreement.
- MAPUTO – 08 MAR 2022 (16H10) The Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM) has announced that troops have recently intercepted and neutralised three Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) drone squads in Mozambique’s northern region. The operation has reportedly been conducted through the use of tactical systems provided by the Israeli company MCTECH RF Technologies. The drones had reportedly been sent for the purposes of gathering intelligence and aerial offences against soldiers. MCTECH has stated that the system model MC-Horizon D360BP V3 tactical systems had been supplied to the FADM at the end of 2021. The reactive systems automatically detect the drone’s presence at a range exceeding 2,.5 kilometres (km) and neutralise them before the drone can become a threat.
- MAPUTO – 08 MAR 2022 (16H50) The Mozambican Government has announced that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are underway with the aim of continuing to analyse the structuring measures of the new financing program. This follows after Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane recently stated that the IMF and the Government are transparent on the objectives of the new financing package. Maleiane has indicated that funding targets are currently being quantified.
- MAPUTO – 08 MAR 2022 (17H40) The National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) has issued a warning of adverse weather expected across the country during the following few days following cyclonic activity in Madagascar. INAM has stated that current projections indicate that the weather system is expected to enter the Mozambican Channel, urging citizens to continuously monitor for further warnings. The weather system is expected to evolve into the cyclone category and approach the coast of Nampula province over the coming weekend from Friday, 11 March 2022.
NIGERIA – 08 MAR 2022
- DAMASAK – 07 MAR 2022 (19H20) The Nigerian Army has announced that troops of Operation Hadin Kai have neutralised 17 Boko Haram members in Damasak, Mobbar Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State. Operations Commander Christopher Musa has stated that the troops exchanged fire with several insurgents after the armed group attempted to launch an attack on an operational base located at the Walada exit gate. Musa noted that the troops have successfully repelled the insurgents during the incident. The Commander has stated that three other insurgents have also been detained following the incident. Musa has stated that additional security operations are expected in the area to locate and apprehend the remaining insurgents.
- LAGOS – 07 MAR 2022 (21H00) The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to improve and strengthen maritime security. Nimet is expected to extend and standardise its services to the marine sector, including obtaining credibility to the nation’s indigenous skills, products and services. NiMet and NIMASA are expected to collaborate to ensure sustainable development in the maritime environment by providing relevant meteorological tools and products.
- AKURE – 08 MAR 2022 (04H45) The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has announced that he has been mandated by law to transfer the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government to the industrial court following the refusal of the union to return to normality. This follows the 2022 edition of the National Labour Advisory Council in Lagos. Ngige stated that NLAC is expected to get the workers to live up to their responsibilities.
- AKWIYA – 08 MAR 2022 (06H30) Residents of the Ungwar Yazawa community in the Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State are protesting over eight months of a power outage on the community. The Spokesperson of the community, Lafia, has stated that the protest has been planned to raise their concerns to the Nasarawa State Government about the injustice in the community by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). The Human Resource Manager of the AEDC Lafia branch, Zainab Ibrahim, has assured the community that the electricity transformer would soon be fixed and powered for sufficient electricity supply.
- LAGOS – 08 MAR 2022 (11H20) UPDATE Various women are also demonstrating in celebration of International Women’s Day, which is observed today, 08 March 2022. The women are currently presenting their Memorandum of Demands to the Lagos Assembly and several officials that are on the scene. Police are on the scene. (11H00) Protest reported at the National Assembly in Lagos. Women are protesting over their rejection of gender bills by the National Assembly of Nigeria (NASS). Motorists are advised to be cautious. Police are aware of the situation.
- SAKABA – 08 MAR 2022 (12H20) Kebbi State Police authorities have confirmed that an unknown armed group has attacked and killed more than 60 members of a volunteer vigilante group in Nigeria’s northwestern Sakaba area. Reports have indicated that the vigilante group, known as Yan Sa Kai, had planned to ambush the armed group in the Sakaba area. However, the armed group reportedly received prior intelligence of the planned offensive and immediately launched an attack on the vigilante group. Kebbi Police Spokesperson Nafiu Abubakar has stated that an estimated 62 people have sustained fatal injuries during the incident. Abubakar has noted that further assessments of the matter are ongoing.
- KADUNA – 08 MAR 2022 (13H00) Kaduna South Local Government Area (LGA) authorities have confirmed the kidnapping of the St. John Catholic Church Reverend, Joseph Aketeh, by an unidentified armed group in Kudenda. Suspected terrorists reportedly attacked a church and sporadically opened fire before abducting Aketeh and three other civilians from the area. A security guard stationed at the church also reportedly sustained fatal injuries during the incident. Kaduna Police Command forces are initiating efforts to safely locate and return the kidnapped individuals. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. However, the Boko Haram armed group is known to be active in the region.
- ABUJA – 08 MAR 2022 (16H00) The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled the dismissal of Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and Deputy Kelechi Igwe on account of their unlawful defection from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Court has ruled the two officials’ defection unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void and instructed them to vacate their offices immediately.
RWANDA – 08 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 07 MAR 2022 (20H10) The Governments of Rwanda and Guinea Bissau have signed three bilateral agreements during a ceremony at the Office of the President in Kigali. The signing has been held between the countries’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta and his counterpart Suzi Carla Barbosa and witnessed by President Paul Kagame and visiting Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo. The three agreements include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on economic and trade cooperation, on cooperation in education, and an MoU for cooperation in tourism, business and conservation. This follows as President Embalo is currently on a three-day working visit to Rwanda.
- KIGALI – 08 MAR 2022 (12H45) Rwandan authorities have announced the resumption of movement between borders with Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from Monday, 07 March 2022. This decision comes after the country recorded a decrease in COVID-19 cases. However, residents from Burundi will not be allowed due to concerns. Meanwhile, Burundi and Rwanda will be holding further discussions over the matter.
TANZANIA – 08 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 08 MAR 2022 (15H20) Tanzanian and Ugandan port and rail service providers have signed a freight forwarding agreement with Roofings Group of Uganda in an effort to increase the volume of cargo movement through the Dar es Salaam port. The agreement involves the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC), the Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) and is facilitated under the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA). TRC Director General Masanja Kadogosa has stated that an estimated 2% of Uganda’s cargo currently passes through the Dar es Salaam port. However, the agreement is expected to increase shipping by 30%. CCTTFA Executive Secretary Dieudonne Dukundane has stated that further efforts are underway to improve trade between East African countries.
ZAMBIA – 08 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 08 MAR 2022 (12H00) President Hakainde Hichilema has arrived at the Main Arena in Lusaka to participate in the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), which is observed today, 08 March 2022. The event is held under the theme of Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow. ActionAid being part of the ActionAid International Federation, has also participated in the IWD under the theme “Break the Bias”, as well as other Human Rights Organizations.
ZIMBABWE – 08 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 08 MAR 2022 (02H30) The Chief Justice, Luke Malaba, has appointed 18 judges of the High Court to constitute the Electoral Court expected to operate from 01 March 2022 to 30 August 2022. The Electoral Court aims to have exclusive jurisdiction, including the hearing of applications and permissions in terms of the Electoral Act, including reviewing decisions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. This follows after President Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaimed 26 March 2022 as the date for by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the constitution.
- HARARE – 08 MAR 2022 (14H30) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has departed the country on a formal three-day state visit to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the Zimbabwe–Kenya Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC). The JPCC is being held with the aim of enhancing collaboration in various fields between the two countries. During the state visit, Mnangagwa is also expected to evaluate additional opportunities for economic cooperation between the two countries as the Second Republic pursues the engagement and re-engagement agenda. The third session of the JPCC opened in Nairobi on Monday, 07 March 2022, with discussions on the Memoranda of Agreements signed during the preceding JPCC.
- HARARE – 08 MAR 2022 (16H10) The Presidency has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Nelson Mutsonziwa as the Acting Prosecutor-General. The appointment of Mutsonziwa follows the recent resignation of former Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi due to health-related complications. Mutsonziwa’s appointment is expected to come into effect immediately.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 MAR 2022
- MALAWI: Protest expected at the Ministry of Justice in Capital Hill on 09 March 2022.
- LESOTHO: The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHWP) has issued a notification of a scheduled emergency procedure set to take place at the Katse Dam on Wednesday, 09 March 2022.
- 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.
- ESWATINI: The Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly is expected to hold a planned walk on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 10H00 in Mbabane.
- 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.
- ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia has announced plans to commence twice-weekly Ndola-Mansa service with British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream equipment by 18 March 2022.
- REP. CONGO: The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government are expected to host a joint Business Forum between 22 March 2022 and 24 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the 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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