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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 09 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 09 FEB 2022
- QUILENGUES – 09 FEB 2022 (03H00) Angolan authorities have announced that an estimated 180 families residing in 1,100 houses across the Bonga area, located in southwestern Quilengues in the Huila province, are expected to be relocated. The relocation efforts are necessary to allow the mining of the niobium metal. This follows after the Chinese-owned company Niobonga recently proposed to construct the first phase of 104 houses for the resettlement of the population. Quilengues Administrator Adriano Pedro has stated that an estimated 2,456 people are subject to be relocated in stages, depending on the construction of infrastructures and the progress of future mining activities. Currently, niobium reserves in Bonga have been estimated at approximately 19 million tons.
- LUANDA – 09 FEB 2022 (10H50) Protest expected by the Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) on 19 February 2022 in Luanda. The students of public higher education in Angola will be demonstrating against the ongoing interruption of classes due to the teachers’ strike. The Angolan Student Movement (MEA) has accused the Ministry of Higher Education of not solving the issues raised by the teachers and has raised concerns over their education which has been interrupted. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police will be deployed to the scene.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 09 FEB 2022.
- KINSHASA – 08 FEB 2022 (23H10) The United Nations (UN) Rights Office has issued a warning regarding further possible attacks on displaced camps within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The UN has called on authorities in the DRC to ensure civilian protection amid a recent increase in attacks on Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in the country. UN Spokesperson Liz Throssell has stated that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has raised concerns regarding recent recurring incidents of ethnically motivated attacks in camps in the eastern DRC region. This follows a recent incident wherein an armed group, known as the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), an association of various Lendu militia, executed an estimated 62 civilians at the Plaine Savo displacement site in the Ituri province. The civilians had reportedly been members of the Hema ethnic community. DRC Military authorities have launched a preliminary investigation into the Plaine Savo attack. The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) has reiterated its commitment to providing technical and logistical support for investigations and any potential prosecutions.
- KINSHASA – 09 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Provincial Government of Kinshasa has signed an agreement with the Turkish company Group, Albarayk, aimed at sanitation in seven municipalities of the Funa district. The agreement will commence in March 2022 in the municipalities in Kalamu, Makala, Bumbu, Selembao, Ngiri-Ngiri, Bandalungwa and Kasa-Vubu. The General Commissioner for the Environment of Kinshasa, Laetitia Bena Kabamba, has stated that operations will be carried out in due time and will be expected to extend to other districts. Albarayk will also set up an assembly unit for trucks and machinery, tractors, amongst others, in Kinshasa. The agreement is part of the Kin-Bopeto operation, which aims to clean up the city of Kinshasa.
ESWATINI – 09 FEB 2022
- MBABANE – 08 FEB 2022 (20H20) Protest expected by the members of the Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Friday, 11 February 2022, at the South African High Commission from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest on issues related to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) process. The demonstrators are also expected to deliver a petition during the protest. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the situation.
- MANZINI – 09 FEB 2022 (06H40) The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) is expected to protest in Manzini at 10H00 today, 09 February 2022. The union will be protesting against the Police brutality, arbitrary arrests and violence against all Swazi’s and unions. The union will also be protesting in solidarity with the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko, who will be appearing before the Manzini Magistrate Court at 09H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are expected to be on the scene.
- MANZINI – 09 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE The Manzini Magistrates Court has adjourned the case against the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko. Maseko is expected to appear before the court on 23 February 2022, to hear the ruling over his charges of sedition and malicious damage to property. (10H10) The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko, has arrived at the Manzini Magistrates Court. The court will be ruling over the charges against Maseko, which include Sedition and Malicious Damage to Property. Several members of the SNUS have gathered at the court in solidarity with Maseko. Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) has planned to protest in Manzini in solidarity with Maseko and other issues.
- MBABANE – 09 FEB 2022 (12H30) The Mbabane taxi operators have suspended their operations and are demanding the release of their members who had been detained today, 09 February 2022, while the Police raided the taxi rank. According to the transport operators, the Police have blocked all the entrances at the taxi rank. Several commuters are advised to find alternative transport.
- MBABANE – 09 FEB 2022 (13H15) UPDATE Local sources have indicated that the fire occurred following a protest in Mangwaneni where residents burnt tyres and debris. The OSSU Unit is on the scene and is attempting to control the situation. (13H10) A heightened presence of Operational Support Services Unit (OSSU) officers reported at the fire incident in Mangwaneni. Reports have indicated that the Police had responded to assist in the incident. (13H00) Fire reported in Mangwaneni in Mbabane. Reports have indicated that unidentified suspects had been burning tyres and allegedly torched a building. Fire and emergency services are on the scene and are attempting to quell the fire. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
ETHIOPIA- 09 FEB 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 08 FEB 2022 (19H30) The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has signed a $ 1 billion loan agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). The agreement aims to secure a 1 billion USD loan to banks in Ethiopia. National Bank Governor, Yinager Dessie, stated that the loan agreement is essential to solve the country’s foreign exchange shortage and stimulate the economy.
- SEMERA – 09 FEB 2022 (02H10) Ethiopia’s Afar Region Government has released a statement announcing that more than 300,000 people have been displaced due to armed conflict in the region since December 2021. The Regional Government has accused Tigrayan armed forces of killing civilians and conducting lootings of several villages located throughout the region. This follows as the United Nations (UN) recently stated that the conflict in the region is obstructing the delivery of food aid to the neighbouring Tigray Region, where significant amounts of people are experiencing famine conditions. The UN World Food Programme recently stated that more than nine million people are in need of food aid across the regions of Tigray, Afar and Amhara.
- ADDIS ABABA – 09 FEB 2022 (06H00) Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to expedite the power purchase deal worth $1.3-billion aimed to import 400 MegaWatts (MW) of power annually. The Government of Ethiopia and Kenya deliberated on previously signed Power Trade Agreements, finalization, operation guidelines and procedures, as well as interconnection agreements. The Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission line is expected to integrate power systems of five countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, under the Eastern African Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan.
- SEMERA – 09 FEB 2022 (13H45) The Extraordinary delegation led by President Sahle-work Zewde has arrived at Semera. The delegation consists of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina Jane Mohammed, and the African Union (AU) Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo. The Chief Administrator of the Afar Regional State, Awol Arba, and other regional officials have accorded a welcome to the delegation upon its arrival at Sultan Alimirah Hanfare Airport. The panel is expected to discuss current issues in the afar region caused by Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and assess the related humanitarian situations in the area.
GHANA – 09 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 08 FEB 2022 (19H45) The Ghana Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has announced a fine of $6 million to a Spanish company in charge of a truck that exploded and killed 13 people in January 2022. The truck that transported explosives owned by Madrid-based Maxam Corporation travelling to the Chirano gold mine caught fire and exploded after colliding with a motorbike. The truck also levelled onto a roadside village, causing an injury to 100 civilians. The Lands Ministry stated that it had established regulatory breaches by Maxam regarding the manufacture, storage and transportation of explosives. Maxam proclaimed none of the violations stated contributed to the explosion and would pay the fines to continue operating.
KENYA – 09 FEB 2022
- NAIROBI – 09 FEB 2022 (02H40) Kenyan Government officials have opposed a move by the South Sudan Government requiring all vehicles entering the country to pay a $100 annual fee and a further $30 for every entry and exit per vehicle. The Ministry of Trade and the Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) have stated that the fee is expected to increase the cost of transport and obstruct the free movement of goods along the Northern Corridor. The Kenyan Government has further noted that the introduction of the new digital border entry security control tag, which aims to enhance data collection of traffic movement in and out of South Sudan’s territory, is set to make logistics business in Juba unviable. The new fees are scheduled to be applicable at the Nimule-Elegu One-Stop Border Post (OSBP), which is the main border post between South Sudan and Uganda.
- NAIROBI – 09 FEB 2022 (03H30) The Kenyan and Ethiopian Governments have announced an agreement to expedite the delayed power purchase agreement valued at $1,3 billion. The agreement is expected to allow Kenya to import 400 megawatts (mW) of electricity annually. The announcement follows a recent visit by an Ethiopian delegation led by Finance Minister Eyob Tekalign in Nairobi for negotiations with Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma. The two delegations reportedly deliberated on previously signed Power Trade Agreements, finalization, operation guidelines and procedures, wheeling, and interconnection agreements. The Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission line is expected to integrate the power systems of five countries in the region, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, under the Eastern African Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan.
LESOTHO – 09 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 09 FEB 2022 (18H20) Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro has welcomed the visit of United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, who is expected to replace the former UN Resident Coordinator, Salvator Niyonzima. Majoro stated that the country and the UN have a long-standing relationship on several projects and will continue with the working relationships that will assist in developing the country. Mukwashi added that the efforts and resources of the UN would be used to work on transforming the challenges of the country.
MADAGASCAR – 09 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 09 FEB 2022 (07H40) A state-owned power and water company, Jirama, has announced plans to construct a solar-thermal hybridization in Toliara aimed to reduce power outages in the city. Jirama has stated that the objective is to reduce the consumption of fossil energy for the production of electricity. Jirama also intends to set up protection bodies upstream and downstream at the planned plant. This follows after the Ambodimita electricity substation had been damaged due to the heavy rainfalls in the region. Meanwhile, the company has stated that production will be reinforced by a group with a capacity of 2 MegaWatts (MW) and will be able to generate from Friday, 11 February 2022.
- ANTANANARIVO – 09 FEB 2022 (09H40) The Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) has announced the deadline for the registration on the 2022 Electoral list will be on 15 February 2022. The registration is part of the Annual Review of the Electoral List (Rale). Furthermore, the population aged at least 18 years and above are urged to address the Ceni offices in their regions to register for a national identity card. Meanwhile, the Ceni intends to close the Rale 2021-2022 on 15 May 2022.
- ANTANANARIVO – 09 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Urban Municipality of Antananarivo has announced new proposed routes to all public transport operating in the Antohomadinika Region. The Municipality noted that the Rue Rainikibory, between the Jesosy Mamonjy Church at 67Ha and the intersection in Antohomadinika, is prohibited for an indefinite period. Public operators are advised to use lines 126, 157, 186, 150, 136, 183, 146, 147, 178, 162, 109, and 163 from Antanimena should use the Ankazomanga route along the Boulevard de l’Europe, leading to the Hôtel Maxime at 67 ha Nord. Transport operators travelling from Ivato, Ambohidratrimo, or Anosiala are advised to use the Boulevard de l’Europe will be directed to use the Ankazomanga roundabout and travel through Vassacos. The Municipality has further stated that the new routes will be in effect from today, 09 February 2022, for an indefinite period. This decision has been made to improve traffic movement and public transport routes.
MALAWI – 09 FEB 2022
- MAGANGA – 09 FEB 2022 (04H10) The Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) has announced that Escom is currently indebted to the energy generation company in the amount of K18 billion. EGENCO has stated that the outstanding funds had obstructed recent efforts to repair damages at the Kapichira Power Station in Chikhwawa. This follows as the Kapichira Power Station, which generates an estimated 130 megawatts (mW) of power, had been shut down after its intake dam had been damaged during flash floods caused by Cyclone Ana in January 2022. EGENCO Spokesperson Moses Gwaza has stated that the company has requested the Malawian Government to provide the necessary funding to launch repair processes at the power station.
- MZUZU – 09 FEB 2022 (12H15) The Immigration Department deployed to assist the National Police has apprehended about 30 Ethiopian nationals, ten Pakistan nationals and one Bengledash national for allegedly entering the country illegally. The suspects have been arrested during a stop-and-search operation near the Enukweni area in Mzimba District. According to Immigration Public Relations Officer Francis Chitambuli, the 30 Ethiopian nationals did not have a passport, while a Bangladesh national and 10 Pakistan nationals have passports but without authorization to Malawi, as well as a visa to enter the country.
MOZAMBIQUE – 09 FEB 2022
- NAGULUE – 08 FEB 2022 (22H00) Mozambican authorities have confirmed that an unidentified armed group has neutralized four civilians in the Nagulue coastal locality located within the Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. The civilians, reported to have been fishermen, had been executed on a beach in the Nagulue locality, located in the Mucojo Administrative Post, Macomia district, on Monday, 07 February 2022. The Macomia district has been severely affected by attacks attributed to insurgents fleeing the Mozambican and international Military offensive in Mocímboa da Praia and Palma. Reports have indicated that the armed group also burned the vessels being used by the fishermen and also allegedly kidnapped a fifth civilian during the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. However, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgency group is known to be active in the area. Additional security operations in the area are expected during the following few days.
- PUNDANHAR – 08 FEB 2022 (23H10) The Mozambican Ministry of Defence has announced that the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) and the Rwanda Security Forces (RSF) have secured the general area of Nihca de Rovuma and Pundanhar, west of Palma District, located approximately 55 kilometres (km) from Palma town. This follows as the FADM and RSF have conducted joint operations during the preceding two days in the general areas of Pundanhar and Nhica do Ruvuma in the Palma District with the aim of eradicating remnants of the Islamic State-linked insurgency in northern Mozambique. The Ministry has stated that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Forces had also been alerted to support the security operations. Joint Task Force Commander Major General Innocent Kabandana has emphasized the need to maintain vigilance and a high level of force protection to achieve security and stability in the area.
- MAPUTO – 09 FEB 2022 (08H30) The Standard Bank in Mozambique Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has recorded the lowest business activity in January 2022 due to the COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The financial institution has stated that the PMI has recorded an estimated 46.7 compared to December’s value of 50.6 of the general operating conditions. The company’s directors have stated the decline in demand and consequent reduction in new business with cases related to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
NIGERIA – 09 FEB 2022
- JARAWA – 08 FEB 2022 (17H40) The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed that one person has been killed in a gas explosion in Ijarawa Village in the Bichi Local Government Area. Reports indicate that the cause of the explosion had been due to a vehicle transporting gas cylinders that had been involved in an accident. Further investigations are ongoing.
- LAGOS – 09 FEB 2022 (00H30) The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has issued a warning of planned industrial action with the aim of disrupting Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) Nigeria’s services. PTECSSAN President Opeyemi Tomori and General Secretary Okonu Abdullahi have issued a 14-day ultimatum demanding that the company responds to the union’s demands by 23 February 2022. This follows as the union has alleged that MTN has been uncompromising toward workers’ demands regardless of recent interventions by the Ministry of Labour. The association has demanded that MTN responds to issues regarding the non-existence of mutually negotiated exit benefits, discriminatory remuneration or benefits, and inhumane retirement benefits, among others. Therefore, the union has called on the company’s management to agree to a two-week meeting to discuss and resolve negotiations. PTECSSAN has also requested MTN management to immediately lift the embargo on several workers from membership of the union. PTECSSAN leaders have stated that the union is set to mobilize in conjunction with other sister unions affiliated with the Nigeria Labour Congress workers within and outside the company for industrial action if MTN fails to respond to the union’s demands on or before 23 February 2022.
- ABUJA – 09 FEB 2022 (04H20) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu has announced that the Commission is expected to deploy three National Commissioners to oversee the 12 February 2022 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections. Yakubu has further stated that six Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) are also set to be deployed to support the FCT REC to ensure free and fair elections. The Chairman has reiterated the INEC’s adherence to free, fair, credible and transparent elections and urged stakeholders to reciprocate the motion by ensuring a peaceful exercise. Yakubu has noted that the Commission will monitor its officials to ensure strict compliance with the set rules and regulations.
- FUNTUA – 09 FEB 2022 (08H00) Twenty-one civilians have reportedly died following an attack by unidentified armed bandits in Katsina and the Imo States on Tuesday, 08 February 2022. The bandits had ambushed the Bakori-Funtua Road in Funtua and abducted several civilians in the Bakori Local Government Area. According to a local source, the bandits had carried out attacks from the Dakuwa village, on Monday evening, 07 February 2022 and looted several stores and killed three other civilians in Gidan Kanawa.
- JIBIA – 09 FEB 2022 (03H30) Armed suspects have killed a divisional police officer during an attack on the Magama section of Jibia town near the Niger Republic border. The suspects attacked the residence of a businessman, Lauwali Magama, to kidnap his family. The Suspects abducted the businessman’s wife and daughter, whereafter their neighbours alerted the authorities and the army to the area. Two police officers and a civilian were killed. Two combatants were wounded in an exchange of gunfire while the suspects were attempting to flee.
RWANDA – 09 FEB 2022
- KIGALI – 09 FEB 2022 (12H00) President Paul Kagame has announced that discussions are underway in restoring relations between Rwanda and Burundi. This announcement follows after the swearing-in ceremony of the Minister of Infrastructure, Erneste Nsabimana and the Minister of State for Infrastructure, Patricia Uwase, on 08 February 2022. Kagame has stated that the Burundi Minister in Charge of East African Community (EAC) Affairs, Youth, Culture and Sports, Ezéchiel Nibigira, has shown his willingness towards restoring ties between the two countries.
TANZANIA – 09 FEB 2022
- DAR ES SALAM – 09 FEB 2022 (11H30) The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) has signed an agreement worth USD 127.2 million with the Chinese Corporation Limited (CRRC), which will supply approximately 1,430 modern freight wagons.TRC Director General, Masanja Kadogosa, stated that the wagons are expected to be completed in 12 months and arrive in the country on 25 February 2023. CRRC Corporation Limited is a Chinese state-owned and publicly traded stock manufacturer. The world’s largest rolling stock manufacturer in revenue, eclipsing its major competitors of Alstom and Siemens. Minister of Works and Transport, Makame Mbarawa, urged the TRC to supervise the quality of the wagons while tasking them to ensure that the project is completed within the agreed time
ZAMBIA – 09 FEB 2022
- LUSAKA – 09 FEB 2022 (06H20) The Government of Japan has announced the decision to provide emergency relief aid to Zambia in response to the damages caused by the flood disaster. This decision comes as part of the humanitarian assistance and close relations between Japan and Zambia. This follows after Zambia had experienced heavy rainfall since January 2022 and the Tropical Cyclone Ana, which has affected about 38,000 people in the northern part of Zambezia province and the southern part of Tete province.
ZIMBABWE – 09 FEB 2022
- HARARE – 09 FEB 2022 (00H20) The Zimbabwean Government has announced a 20% salary increase for all civil servants backdated to 01 January 2022 and an additional $100 monthly payment. The Government has also announced the introduction of an advancement award, which recognizes seniority, for differentiation within the same grade to be implemented across the entire civil service sectorally. An additional $100 per month in hard currency is set to be paid to all civil servants with effect from 01 March 2022 through the conversion of a corresponding Zimbabwe dollar salary amount into hard currency. This increases the foreign currency amount to $175. The Government has reiterated its commitment to continuously improving the conditions o service for all civil servants as the country’s economy improves.
- HARARE – 09 FEB 2022 (02H40) Zimbabwean Government officials have initiated international engagements on the maintenance of peace and security. This follows after the country has recently been elected into the 15-member African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC). Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava recently met with the Algerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Nourredine Yazid. Shava also recently held meetings with the Indonesian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dewa Juniarta Sastrawan, with the two diplomats agreeing to enhance economic cooperation. Indonesia disclosed that it is establishing a proposal to cooperate with the Zimbabwean Air Force in aircraft maintenance amongst a host of other areas related to trade. Ambassador Yazid also stated that Algeria is preparing for the forthcoming joint permanent commission session, set to be held in Algiers.
- HARARE – 09 FEB 2022 (03H30) The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has launched a water disconnection exercise targeting defaulters with a cumulative debt of more than $400 million. The disconnections target schools, parastatals, mines, churches and businesses whose accounts are in arrears as the authority attempts to recover outstanding funds. ZINWA Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager Marjorie Munyonga has stated that the disconnections form part of several efforts being instituted by ZINWA to recover more than $2 billion in funds owed by various clients.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 09 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.
- ESWATINI: Protest expected by the members of the Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Friday, 11 February 2022, at the South African High Commission from 09H00.
- ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) on 19 February 2022 in Luanda.
- 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.
- 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.
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