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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 10 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 10

ANGOLA – 10 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 10 FEB 2022 (03H10) Konecranes has announced the delivery of six Konecranes stackers and four empty container handlers to DP World at its multipurpose terminal in Luanda. This follows after the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between DP World and the Angolan Government to develop the country’s logistics sector. Port of Luanda operators are sourcing a fleet of lift trucks to manage the continuous incoming and outgoing cargo and containers at the port. Through the use of upgraded equipment, DP World aims to increase the port’s productivity while reducing costs.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 10 FEB 2022.

  • KINSHASA – 09 FEB 2022 (19H00) President Felix Tshisekedi has announced the replacement of the security adviser, François Beya, following his arrest by the National Intelligence Agency(ANR). Jean-Claude Bukasa will act in the interim of his superior, Beya. This followed after a failed coup attempt emerged on Saturday, 12 February 2022, prompting Tshisekedi to unexpectedly leave an African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema, stated that there is evidence that the country is encountering a national security threat and no attempt to destabilize the democratic institutions would be tolerated.
  • KINSHASA – 09 FEB 2022 (23H25) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued a ruling mandating Uganda to pay $325 million in reparations to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the country’s role in armed conflicts in the Ituri province. ICJ Presiding Judge Joan Donoghue has stated that the court sets out the total amount of compensation awarded to the DRC at $325 million, to be remunerated over a five-year term at an initial $65 million commencing from September 2022. All rulings by the ICJ, which addresses disputes between countries, are final and without appeal.
  • MANGINA – 10 FEB 2022 (07H00) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has jointly with the Kenya Army Quick Reaction Force (QRF) conducted an operation mission in the Makusa villages, near Mangina in North Kivu and Makumo in the Babila-Babombi chiefdom in Mambasa territory, Ituri province. During the operation, the forces have killed about 23 Allied Democratic Forces-Tawhid WallMunadiin (ADF-MTN). The forces had recovered several weapons, homemade explosives and military equipment.

 

ESWATINI – 10 FEB 2022

  • MANZINI – 10 FEB 2022 (06H20) The Manzini Magistrate Court has ruled that the Manzini Municipality Council decision to oppose the Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) from protesting in Manzini was unlawful. This follows after the union had challenged the council in court over its decision to refuse gatherings at the Somhlolo National Park in Manzini on 09 February 2022. Following the courts ruling, the union is expected to protest and deliberate on a petition to be delivered to the Manzini Regional Police Headquarters.
  • BUHLENI – 10 FEB 2022 (10H30) Unidentified suspects have allegedly burnt down the Buhleni Police Post in Buhleni. Reports indicate that the suspects have allegedly used a petrol bomb. Investigations are underway. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the mSwati’s gang and bouncers are known to have carried out attacks in the area.

 

ETHIOPIA- 10 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 10 FEB 2022 (03H10) United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has concluded a five-day working visit to Ethiopia where she represented Secretary-General António Guterres at the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. Mohammed conducted visits to four regions within Ethiopia, including Amhara, Tigray, Afar and Somali, during which the Deputy Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the UN in remaining an impartial and engaged partner in its delivery of humanitarian assistance and provision of development support to the country. The Deputy Secretary-General had been accompanied on her visit to the Somali and Afar regions by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 10 FEB 2022 (13H45) The Ethiopian Ambassador in South Sudan, Nebil Mahdi, has met with the Presidential Advisor for Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak, to exchange views of common interest. Mahdi has briefed Gatluak about current developments in Ethiopia, including the government initiatives to conduct a general National Dialogue to create a nationwide agreement. Mahdi stated that the proposed national dialogue would enable the trust and confidence of different stakeholders in Ethiopia. Gatluak has been requested to work on the security of the existing joint border, whereafter he highlighted South Sudan’s commitment to the historical relations between the two countries.

 

GHANA – 10 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 10 FEB 2022 (04H00) The United Nations (UN) has released a report confirming that a Ghanaian national has been identified to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Libya (ISIL-Libya) group operating within the West African sub-region. The Ghanaian national is reportedly among 30 foreign nationals who form part of the ISIL-Libya members who had recently been detained by security officials. The 29th Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team on ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities submitted to the UN Security Council Committee further states that the other foreigners have been identified as nationals from Eritrea, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan. The report further states that security activities along the borders of Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast are being heightened due to the killing of civilians. The Government of Ghana is reportedly increasing security along the country’s borders to prevent possible attacks.
  • ACCRA – 10 FEB 2022 (06H10) The Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited, Yaw Kwakwa, has been dismissed after a dispute following the launch of McDan Private lounge. The Minister for Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo had directed the dismissal of Kwakwa. This follows after McDan Aviation announced the suspension of its private jet operations at Terminal 1 of the Kotoka International Airport. Managing Director of the Aviation firm, Daniel McKorley, has stated that the move enabled the management of McDan Aviation to hold discussions with the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) over contentions regarding operational procedures.
  • ACCRA – 10 FEB 2022 (11H00) Protest reported at the Obra Spot in Accra New Town. The NDC Youth-led Yentua is protesting against the introduction of the E-levy Bill. The NDC is expected to march through the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue through Farisco, Striking Force, the Kinbu Road, the Octagon, the National Theatre through the African Union Roundabout and assemble at the Parliament House. The Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) has been deployed to assist with traffic management. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.

 

KENYA – 10 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 10 FEB 2022 (00H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita has announced the tendering of his resignation from the position following a seven-year term in office. Waita’s resignation follows after he recently announced plans to request the electorate to elect him as the upcoming Machakos Governor. The Cabinet is yet to announce a replacement for the position of Chief of Staff.
  • NAIROBI – 10 FEB 2022 (09H30) The African Union (AU) will be opening a permanent mission in the Chinese capital Beijing in 2022. The move intends to improve ties between Africa and China. In addition, the mission will consist of various senior officials, including policy officers in charge of economic and commercial cooperation, technical cooperation, technology, science and education, culture, tourism and engagement of the African diaspora living in China. This decision follows after the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

 

LESOTHO – 10 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 10 FEB 2022 (06H30) Prime Minister, Moeketsi Majoro, has redeployed four Principal Secretaries (PS) in accordance with Section 139 of Lesotho’s constitution. The PS of the Ministry of Forestry, Lefu Manyokole, has been transferred to the PS of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs, the PS of the Cabinet Administration has been transferred to the PS Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation, the PS of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Marketing has been transferred to the PS of the Ministry of Public Service and the PS of the Ministry of Public Service, Mole Khumalo, has been transferred to the PS of the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Marketing. The redeployments will be in effect from 09 February 2022.

 

MADAGASCAR – 10 FEB 2022

  • TOLIARA – 09 FEB 2022 (19H45) The National Disaster Management office announced that the number of fatalities caused by Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar has risen to 92. The tropical storm has displaced more than 112,000 people across the island. Ikongo district deputy, Jean-Brunelle Razafintsiandraofa, stated that the rural district remains isolated due to landslides that have blocked road access. Razafintsiandraofa urged for assistance for civilians whose infrastructure and homes were significantly damaged.
  • SOANIERANA-IVONGO – 10 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Analanjirofo Gendarmerie Group has announced that about 100 hectares of land had been burnt down in the district of Soanierana Ivongo. This follows after a fire incident took place in Ankazomiadidy on 09 February 2022. The Gendarmerie has stated that several trees, including fields of vanilla, fruit trees and clove trees, had been burnt. Reports have indicated that the fire occurred during a farming practice. Investigations have been launched.
  • TOAMASINA – 10 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Météo Toamasina has announced a possible cyclone likely to occur in Madagascar by 15 February 2022. The meteorological service has stated that the formation of the cyclone is known as “Tropical Cyclone Cliff”, which could lead to intense cyclonic activity. The General Direction of Meteorology has stated that the cyclone could impact low severity. In addition to cyclonic activities, the country’s meteorological service has noted that heavy rainfalls could lead to flooding and landslides in Madagascar. The meteorological service has stated that the affected regions would include Boeny, Melaky and Atsimo-Andrefana.

 

MALAWI – 10 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 10 FEB 2022 (06H00) The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) has announced that Malawi and Canada are scheduled to host a virtual business forum today, 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.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 10 FEB 2022

  • CUAMBA – 09 FEB 2022 (22H10) The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) in Niassa has announced that no support will be provided for residents who return to areas at risk of flooding in the districts of Cuamba and Mecanhelas. The warning follows an increase in the number of returnees to areas along the Muanda and Namutimbwa rivers in Cuamba and Lake Chirua in Mecanhelas despite land allocation for housing in the highlands. INGD Delegate for Niassa, Friday Taibo, has stated that no further support will be provided to the residents within these areas in the event of future floodings. An estimated 4,000 people within the Cuamba District are expected to be affected by floods, with further surveys currently underway in the Mecanhelas District.
  • MAPUTO – 09 FEB 2022 (23H10) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has called on the European Union (EU) to provide financial support to Rwandan and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Military forces as part of ongoing efforts against the insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province. This follows the completion of the Head of State’s recent three-day working visit to Brussels, during which Nyusi held meetings with several EU leaders. President Nyusi has further called for support for the reform of the State of Defence and Security sector in an attempt to guarantee increased future capacity through the provision of training and specialisation.
  • MAPUTO – 10 FEB 2022 (04H20) Eletricidade de Moçambique (EDM), a Lusophone Renewable Energy Association (ALER) member, has launched a feasibility study tender for a floating solar power plant in the Chicamba dam, located in Mozambique’s Manica province. The feasibility studies are expected to comprise technical, financial, economic, environmental and social impact assessments, including the financial model and grid integration study. EDM has announced plans to apply a section of the tender’s amount to payments under the consultancy contracts. The objective of the floating solar power plant results from the need for additional energy generation and the utilization of existing open water surfaces for energy production, thereby saving arable land for agricultural purposes. The platform is also expected to contribute to better hydrological regulation.
  • XINAVANE – 10 FEB 2022 (07H30) Protest reported at the Xinavane sugar mill in the Manhiça district, Maputo province. The staff members are demanding a salary readjustment and the payment of a bonus for achieving the sugarcane production target. According to reports, the Permanent Secretary of the Government of the Manhiça district, José Licucu, has stated that the company has attempted to engage with the staff, but matters were unresolved. Members of the public are advised to be cautious. Authorities are aware of the situation.
  • MUEDA – 10 FEB 2022 (12H30) The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has announced the death of their member deployed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The late BDF member had been a part of the second Botswana Contingent deployed under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for regional support to Mozambique to combat the threat of terrorism and acts of violent extremism in the Cabo Delgado Province as an element of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). Meanwhile, investigations are underway to determine the cause of the BDF member’s death.

 

NIGERIA – 10 FEB 2022

  • IHIALA – 09 FEB 2022 (20H00) The Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, has announced that the Nigerian Army has neutralised four armed suspects affiliated with the  Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) at Ihiala town. This followed after the army received information that the suspects were enforcing a sit-at-home order and firing civilians. Clashes ensued between the armies and the dissidents, leading to the suspects’ leader being killed, one Ejike, and three others. Items recovered from the shooters during the encounter include one motorcycle, two firearms, 12 live cartridges, and substances suspected to be cannabis.
  • ABUJA – 10 FEB 2022 (04H40) The United Nations (UN) has announced that an estimated $1,1 billion in additional funding is necessary to undertake humanitarian assistance in Nigeria’s northeast in 2022. This follows as the UN recently stated that 8,4 million people are expected to require humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria throughout 2022. The total number of people displaced due to the persistent armed conflict, mainly attributed to the Boko Haram armed group, during the previous 12 years in the geopolitical zone is set at over 2,2 million. Through the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the Humanitarian Country Team for Nigeria and its partners are expected to collaborate to improve living conditions and strengthen protection, food security, nutrition and livelihoods.
  • TALATA MAFARA – 10 FEB 2022 (13H15) Two officers of the Nigerian Security and Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been injured during an operation to arrest ten illegal miners in Zamfara state. NSCDC spokesperson, Ikor Oche, stated that the two corps operatives were attacked during the procedure. This followed after complaints that some individuals were carrying out illegal mining activities in the area after a Federal Government ban. The illegal miners were apprehended at two separate mining sites in Mutusgi and Tungabai communities, in Talata Marafa Local Government Area. The Operatives have confiscated eight motorcycles, ten bags of precious stones, and several tools, including a firearm that belongs to a security guard for the illegal miners. Oche has warned those engaging in the activities to desist from the unlawful act as it would not limit anyone found guilty.
  • KONTAGORA – 10 FEB 2022 (15H30) The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has neutralised 37 Leaders of gangs by gunships in Niger State. This followed after gang leaders and their members had launched attacks on several communities in Kontagora, Mariga and Rijau local government areas. Credible intelligence from locals and land forces had indicated the movement of several armed suspects with rustled herds of cattle along the Shadadi-Maundu. The gang members were seen fleeing after the rocket strikes were lauched with cannons. The surviving suspects ran away, leaving their dead colleagues and the cattle.

 

RWANDA – 10 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 10 FEB 2022 (10H30) The Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, has met with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to discuss the development that has been made between Rwanda & Mozambique. The leaders have discussed the ongoing cooperation to secure Cabo Delgado. Other areas of bilateral collaboration have also been consulted.
  • KIGALI – 10 FEB 2022 (10H50) The Vice-Mayor in charge of Economic Development in Muhanga district, Eric Bizimana, has announced that Ugandan author, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, has fled Rwanda after being arrested in December 2021 for communications offences related to criticising the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. This follows after Rukirabashaija’s lawyer, Eron Kiiza, called on Rwanda in search of Rukirabashaija, who had fled Uganda to exile through Rwanda on Wednesday, 09 February 2022.

 

TANZANIA – 10 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 10 FEB 2022 (10H40) Tanzania and Uganda have purchased from the Kenya Shipyard Limited (KSL) to construct six shipments. The firm’s deputy director, Peter Muthungu, has stated that the firm has received another 11 orders from local firms to construct the ships. This follows after the two countries had been elected to be members of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.

 

ZAMBIA – 10 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 10 FEB 2022 (11H00) Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has lauded Zambian Foreign Minister, Stanley Kakubo, for supporting the Kingdom’s request to host the Expo 2030 in Riyadh. During a telephonic discussion, the two delegates held bilateral relation discussions, and focussed on ways to enhance their common interests, as well as on regional and international developments of common interest. Meanwhile, Djibouti announced its support for Saudi Arabia’s request to host the World Expo 2030.

 

ZIMBABWE – 10 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 10 FEB 2022 (00H40) Civil servants in Zimbabwe have rejected the Government’s recently announced 20% salary increase and $100 hard currency offer, maintaining their demands for a pre-October 2018 salary of $540. This follows after the country’s Government recently stated that the salary increase is set to be backdated to January 2022, while the $100 hard currency offer is scheduled to take effect from March 2022. The Government also introduced an advancement award recognising seniority and announced non-monetary benefits such as the provision of transport. This follows after teachers across the country launched an industrial action on Monday, 07 February 2022. Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary-General Japhet Moyo has stated that labour unions have rejected the offer, which had been announced without any pre-consultation. In addition, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) President Enoch Dongo has stated that the proposal fails to address fundamental worker grievances.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 10 FEB 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 10H00.
  • 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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