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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 11 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 11 FEB 2022
- LUANDA – 11 FEB 2022 (01H40) Angolan Ministry of Justice has announced that the country has recovered assets valued at over $11 billion that had been looted from state coffers and stored in several countries across the world. Justice Minister Francisco Queiroz has stated that authorities have launched 715 criminal prosecutions for corruption, fraud, embezzlement and other financial crimes. The Government has reportedly recovered an estimated $11,5 billion in currency and property in Angola and other countries across the world over the preceding three years. Assets have reportedly been recovered from Britain, Switzerland, Singapore and Bermuda, among others.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 11 FEB 2022.
- KINSHASA – 11 FEB 2022 (02H05) Uganda has rejected a ruling from the United Nations (UN) International Court of Justice (ICJ) instructing it to remunerate war reparations to the value of $325 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the ICJ ruling as unfair and inaccurate. This follows the ICJ’s recent ruling that Uganda must reimburse $325 million to the DRC as reparations for damages to people, property and resources inflicted during Uganda’s invasion of the DRC’s Ituri province in the late 1990s during the Second Congo War. Foreign Affairs Minister Okello Henry Oryem has denied the Ugandan Army’s involvement in the abuses in Ituri, stating that the judgment ignores the presence of other countries’ armed forces in the province during the period. Uganda has stated that it will continue to constructively engage with the DRC on the matter.
ESWATINI – 11 FEB 2022
- MBABANE – 11 FEB 2022 (12H15) UPDATE The Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum has delivered the petition to the South African High Commission. Furthermore, the forum has announced plans to march to the High Court in eSwatini to protest in solidarity with the Pro-Democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who will be appearing before the court from 15 February 2022 until 17 February 2022. (10H35) The Multi-Stakeholder Forum has called on South African President Ramaphosa to intervene in eSwatini’s political situation. This comes as Ramaphosa embarked on a working visit to eSwatini in November 2021, in his capacity as Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security. However, the situation remained the same after discussions were held between King Mswati III and Ramaphosa. (10H00) The Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum has arrived at the South African High Commission in Mbabane. Motorists are advised to be cautious. (07H30) The Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) is expected to support the mass activity Protest scheduled by the Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum today, 11 February 2022, at the South African High Commission from 09H30. The demonstrators will be delivering a petition on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) process. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
- MBABANE – 11 FEB 2022 (07H30) The Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) is expected to support the mass activity Protest scheduled by the Swaziland Multi-Stakeholder Forum today, 11 February 2022, at the South African High Commission from 09H30. The demonstrators will be delivering a petition on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) process. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
ETHIOPIA- 11 FEB 2022
- NEFAS MEEWCHA – 11 FEB 2022 (01H10) Amhara Regional Police Commissioner Tekola Ayifokeru has announced that 130 inmates have escaped from a correctional facility in the town of Nefas Mewcha. The prisoners have reportedly been aided by members of the Fano militia group during the incident. Ayifokeru has stated that the prisoners are armed and travelling in three vehicles. The Police Commissioners has further stated that 65 prisoners have been captured, 16 neutralised, and three Police officers sustained injuries during the incident. Ayifokeru has stated that efforts are underway to locate and apprehend the remaining escapees.
GHANA – 11 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 11 FEB 2022 (06H00) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has urged the Ministry of Health to Withdraw its compulsory vaccine mandate and subsequent job losses to health workers who have not been vaccinated. This is due to the ethical, legal and practical challenges posed by the COVID-19 vaccine. The GMA considers that the vaccine mandate should only be regarded as a last recourse and may worsen antivaccine sentiments and hesitancy among Ghanaians. This follows after the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Kuma Aboagye, announced categories of individuals affected by the Government’s mandatory vaccination in December 2021. The mandate included Security personnel, tertiary and secondary schools staff and students, government workers and commercial drivers. The GMA has advised the Ministry of Health and its urgencies to seek out health workers who have concerns about the vaccines and address them directly to encourage those not vaccinated.
KENYA – 11 FEB 2022
- NAIROBI – 10 FEB 2022 (23H40) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has disbursed Sh4.7 billion to fund the establishment of solar energy, forest restoration and other sustainable environmental projects in Kenya. The funds are expected to be utilised in different parts of the country on various ongoing projects. The Kesses Solar Project, based in Eldoret, has received Sh3.9 billion to support the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund. Upon completion, the plant is expected to improve access to energy to various communities and create an estimated 400 construction jobs, assisting Kenya in achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030, as announced at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The UK has also announced Sh800 million to restore deforested and degraded land in Kenya.
LESOTHO – 11 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 11 FEB 2022 (11H00) The Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD) has announced that it is implementing a Strategy for Equitable Access and Response to the COVID-19 pandemic (SEAR). The strategy aims to support the participation and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed after the LNFOD had virtual meetings to review the National COVID-19 response and recovery plan. In consultation with other government ministries, the Ministry of Development Planning has revealed that the situation of learners with disabilities had worsened due to the pre-existing barriers to education, including the lack of radios and televisions. Solar radios have been provided to the visually impaired community through the Lesotho National League of the Visually Impaired Persons (LNLVIP. LNFOD has called the Ministry of Education to improve the accessibility of online distance teaching and learning methods to accommodate persons with disabilities.
MADAGASCAR – 11 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 11 FEB 2022 (00H10) The United Nations (UN) has announced that emergency teams have been deployed to areas affected by Cyclone Batsirai in eastern Madagascar. The UN Humanitarian Office (OCHA) has stated that the cyclone has caused 92 deaths and affected an estimated 112,000 others, with an estimated 17,000 houses damaged. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has stated emergency response teams are deployed to the worst affected areas to support the Government-led response. UN Agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and their aid partners, have been enhancing response in close coordination with Government counterparts.
MALAWI – 11 FEB 2022
- LILONGWE – 11 FEB 2022 (03H05) Malawian Government authorities have announced that vulnerable communities affected by the recent floodings have appealed for humanitarian support. Recent reports from Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management have indicated that the floodings have led to the deaths of 33 people, displaced more than 100,000 people and affected an estimated 200,000 households in the country. Various regions of Malawi are currently recovering from January’s Tropical Storm Ana, which affected numerous communities across Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. United Nations (UN) agencies in Malawi have been providing assistance to displaced people at camps. However, those affected have stated that several others are in need of urgent sanitation, food and shelter assistance.
MOZAMBIQUE – 11 FEB 2022
- BEIRA – 11 FEB 2022 (02H40) The Foreign Ministry has announced that Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is expected to host Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Beira, the capital of Sofala province, on Friday, 11 February 2022. During the visit, the Heads of State are scheduled to preside over the ceremony for the delivery of locomotives and wagons by the Mozambique Ports and Railways Company and hold official talks to discuss the progress on bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The meeting between the two Heads of State aims to strengthen political-diplomatic and economic-trade cooperation relations between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The Heads of State are also expected to inaugurate the National Institute of Social Security building in Búzi on Saturday, 12 February 2022.
- MAPUTO – 11 FEB 2022 (13H30) Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi, has announced that the European Union (EU) is expected to send equipment to the Cabo Delgado region as part of its resolution to assist the country in combating insurgents. This followed Nyusi’s meetings with the EU top diplomats in Brussels, Belgium, where he has requested more support in the province. Nyusi has warned that the situation is still volatile and may evolve to expand in other regions of the country and even outside the borders.
NIGERIA – 11 FEB 2022
- GUSAU – 11 FEB 2022 (01H25) Zamfara Government officials have announced a conclusive vote to impeach Deputy Governor Mahdi Aliyu-Gusau. Officials have stated that 18 of the 22 members of the Zamfara House of Assembly have voted in favour of the impeachment of the Deputy Governor. This follows a motion at the House Plenary moved by the Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Musa Bawa, and seconded by Yusuf Kanoma. Director-General, Press Affairs and Public Relations to the House, Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, has stated that the action taken by the house is in line with the provisions of Section 188 (5) of the constitution.
- UNGWAN SARKIN KOGI – 11 FEB 2022 (08H30) The people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-Western region of Nigeria has announced that it has suspended the Party’s congress scheduled for 12 February 2022 in Kaduna. The congress has been rescheduled due to received intelligence reports of individuals who have planned to incite disorder when their preferred candidate does not win the election. This followed information of a court order that prevented the conduct of the congress. PDP in the North-Western region has urged the party stakeholders to be patient and cooperative until the caretaker committee releases another date.
- IGABI – 11 FEB 2022 (14H15) An unknown group of armed suspects have assassinated the Director of Operations of the Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), Malam Dauda. This follows after the attackers breached the victim’s house’s security located in the Barakallahu community in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and killed him. The suspects also attacked a nearby community to divert the attention of members of the community as they conducted the act. The District Head of the community, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi, stated the suspects went to only the victim’s house, killed him and left the community without taking anything. Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) of Rigachikun and Barnawa have been dispatched to the scene.
RWANDA – 11 FEB 2022
- KIGALI – 11 FEB 2022 (03H30) Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the newly established date agreed with member countries for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda. CHOGM is a biennial event that occurs every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering.
TANZANIA – 11 FEB 2022
- DODOMA – 11 FEB 2022 (03H40) African Development Bank Group (ADF) Head Akinwumi Adesina and Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan have formally launched the construction of the Dodoma City Outer Ring Road project. The 112,3 kilometre (km) road project, primarily funded by the ADF, forms part of the Trans-African Highway Corridor that links Cape Town to Cairo via Dodoma, crossing the Central Corridor via Dar es Salaam to the interior of Tanzania. The ADF Group approved funding for the Dodoma City Outer Ring Road in 2019. The total project cost is $214,69 million, with the Bank providing 65%, approximately $137,3 million, of the funding. A further $41,8 million had been provided from the Africa Growing Together Fund, financed by the People’s Bank of China. The Tanzanian Government’s financial contribution to the project is $34,5 million. Upon completion, the road is expected to improve accessibility to and around Dodoma City and the region, also reducing transport costs and travel times.
ZAMBIA – 11 FEB 2022
- LUSAKA – 11 FEB 2022 (03H20) The Zambian Ministry of Finance has announced that the country is expected to finalise a $1,4 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by June 2022. Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has stated the country previously targeted IMF Board approvals for the three-year extended-credit facility within the first quarter of 2020, having recently reached a staff-level agreement. The Minister has stated that securing the staff level agreement had enabled the Government to initiate talks with its creditors. Zambia is currently indebted to external lenders at an estimated amount of $17 billion, including liabilities of state-owned companies. Musokotwane has further noted that Zambia’s economy is expected to increase by an estimated 4% in 2022.
ZIMBABWE – 11 FEB 2022
- HARARE – 11 FEB 2022 (03H30) Zimbabwean have called for the urgent lifting of sanctions imposed against the country by the United States (US). This follows as US-led sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe approximately 20 years ago have had adverse effects on the country’s economy. Penalties imposed by the US and EU intended to target the country’s policymakers have had a significant impact on businesses across the country, with several requesting a revision of the sanctions. This follows as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently excluded Zimbabwe from its funding programs. US officials have stated that the country’s economic crisis has worsened due to improper governing practices.
- HARARE – 11 FEB 2022 (06H45) The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) Director-General Elijah Chingoso announced that Eurowings Discover airline and a local operator Fly Africa are expected to resume flights in March 2022. Chingosho declared that Eurowings is scheduled to fly to Victoria falls from Frankfurt, and Fly Africa is scheduled to fly the Johannesburg to Cape Town route. This followed after the Airports Company of Zimbabwe (ACZ) reported on foreign airlines’ growing interest in the country and improved flight infrastructure. ACZ is in the final stages of completing the refurbishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airpot. Robert Mqabuko Nkomo and Victoria Falls airpot have been refurbished to international standards. ACZ Executive, Tawanda Gusha, stated that the airports’ company ensures that the infrastructure is ready and in good standards.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 FEB 2022
- 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.
- 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.
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