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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 14 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 14

ANGOLA – 14 FEB 2022

  • LUENA – 14 FEB 2022 (06H00) The City of Luena, capital of the Moxico province, is reportedly experiencing power outages due to a collapse of a medium voltage electric pole. According to reports, a heavily loaded vehicle had collided into the pole in the Alto Luena district and fled the scene. The Director of the Provincial Office for the Technical and Infrastructure, Honório Sacuparica, has stated that reparation work will occur on Monday, 14 February 2022. Meanwhile, the city has experienced electricity difficulty since Saturday, 12 February 2022. Sacuparica has further stated that the company, which owns the truck, will be held accountable while technicians in the sector are working to replace the electrical current.
  • LUANDA – 14 FEB 2022 (06H30) Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is scheduled to arrive in Luanda from today, 14 February 2022, until 21 February 2022, aiming to establish investments in the economy sector. Nandi-Ndaitwah will be received at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teté António. Nandi-Ndaitwah will undertake a visit at the Ministry of External Relations headquarters and hold several bilateral meetings, amongst others. Nandi-Ndaitwah  will be visiting the provinces of Bengo and Cuanza-Sul, to embark on a site visit at economic enterprises, such as banana plantations, a disposable factory, sanitary products, cosmetics and detergents. The two countries will also sign three legal instruments, including the “Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Trade, Investment and Promotion of Industrial Cooperation” agreement establishing the Provisional Rules for Joint Operation of the Calueque Hydraulic Development” and the “Draft Agreement for the creation of the Business Forum between the Chambers of Commerce of the Republic of Angola and the Republic of Namibia”.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 14 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 14 FEB 2022 (02H30) The United Nations (UN) has released a statement announcing that armed groups are active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRCs) South Kivu province have recruited more than 470 child soldiers during 2021. The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) has stated that more than 50 of the children have been killed, and 169 have undergone sexual violence. However, the statement further indicates that no child soldier had been registered within the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). This follows as the FARDC has recently been removed from the UN blacklist of armies that recruit and utilise child soldiers. MONUSCO has stated that the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups is defined as a war crime by the International Criminal Court.
  • KINSHASA – 14 FEB 2022 (09H00) Uganda President Yoweri Museveni held a meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyo Town, Congo-Brazzaville, on Saturday, 12 February 2022. The meeting’s discussions focussed on peace and security in the region of East and Central Africa, despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Uganda in a war reparations case. The ICJ has also ordered Uganda to pay the Democratic Republic of Congo $325-million for war reparations. The Democratic Republic of Congo Government has welcomed the ruling and seeks $6-$10-billion in compensation. However, several of Uganda’s representatives rejected the ruling.
  • KINSHASA – 14 FEB 2022 (09H30) The Governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to hold the Second Joint Business Forum in Kinshasa from 22 February 2022 until 24 February 2022. The forum will be established to seek further trade facilitation, enhanced trade in goods and services and investment opportunities between the two countries. The forum also seeks to emphasise business in Uganda and the DRC, presenting the necessary legal requirements of the two countries. This initiative follows after the East African Community (EAC) welcomed the DRC as part of the regional bloc.
  • UNA – 14 FEB 2022 (13H15) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has announced that five civilians have died, including a Police officer, during clashes in the town of Bunia in the northeastern Ituri province on Sunday, 13 February 2022. According to the army, the incident occurred when the senior army officer ordered the soldiers to open fire into a crowd following a conflict between soldiers and other security forces during a roadblock near the Una town. Furthermore, the army officer has been arrested for prosecution.

 

ESWATINI – 14 FEB 2022

  • MPAKA – 14 FEB 2022 (10H30) Prime Minister, Cleopas Sipho Dlamini, has travelled to Brussels, in Belgium, to participate in the Sixth European Union (EU)-African Union (AU) Summit, where he will represent His Majesty, King Mswati III. The summit will be an opportunity to strengthen the AU-EU partnership and establish mutual interests. The aim of the summit is to launch an Africa-Europe Investment Package, including discussing global challenges such as climate change and the current health crisis. A joint declaration on a joint vision for 2030 is expected to be adopted during the summit.

 

ETHIOPIA- 14 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 14 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, has travelled to Ethiopia from 13 February 2022 until 14 February 2022. Satterfield is scheduled to meet with several delegates from the Ethiopian Government, as well as representatives of humanitarian organisations. This visit is held under the ‘Support peaceful efforts to resolve the conflict in Ethiopia’ theme.

 

GHANA – 14 FEB 2022

  • TEMA – 14 FEB 2022 (11H00) Protest reported at the Ashaiman Police station in Tema. The #FixTheCountry Movement are protesting outside the station in demand for the release of the leader of the #FixTheCountry, Oliver Barker-Vormawo. Vormawo had been detained for allegedly attempting to stage a coup in Ghana on social media. The Formed Police Unit and Striking force are reportedly deployed to the area to monitor the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • ACCRA – 14 FEB 2022 (11H15) The leader of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, is expected to appear before a court today, 14 February 2022, for an alleged attempted coup in Ghana. Vormawor had been arrested on Friday, 11 February 2022, at the Kotoka International Airport, for allegedly posting on social media a threat to stage a coup if the E-Levy Bill is passed by Parliament. According to members of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Vormawor has embarked on a hunger strike during his arrest. The hunger strike is reportedly in protest of the Government’s suppression of freedoms.
  • ACCRA – 14 FEB 2022 (11H30) Parliament’s Education Committee is expected to meet with the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in order to find a resolution following the dispute between the union and the Government. This follows after the Labour Division of the High Court’s ruling to consider that the National Labour Commission (NLC) and UTAG should engage with the Government. The meeting is planned to avert the shutdown of the various public universities. The UTAG has been on strike since 10 January 2022 to demand the Government restore the conditions of service agreed upon in 2012, which has included the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.
  • TAMALE – 14 FEB 2022 (13H45) The Ghana Police Service has interdicted six police officers following clashes with a youth group in Lamashegu. The officers have been forbidden to continue operating after a police patrol team allegedly shot and killed a youth group member for refusing to stop when the police arrested him. Several others have been injured. The Ghana Police Service has dispatched officers to maintain calm while launching investigations.

 

KENYA – 14 FEB 2022

  • KISUMU – 14 FEB 2022 (13H30) The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced that it has commenced expanding the Kisumu International Airport. The airport’s expansion is due to an increase in the number of passengers, and it is expected to be completed within 90 days. The KAA managing director, Alex Gitari, stated that China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation is the identified contractor building the airport for  Ksh240 million. The expansion will enable the airport to compete in the region and globally.

 

LESOTHO – 14 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 14 FEB 2022 (18H20) The BachaShutDown Movement has submitted a memorandum of demands to the Ministry of Finance ahead of the Minister, Thabo Sophonea, who is expected to deliver the 2022-2023 budget speech in February 2022. The movement demands to consider interventions such as lifting value-added tax (VAT) on telecommunications when preparing for the budget speech for the financial year 2022-2023. The movement also demands the Government to implement a monthly cash grant to unemployed citizens.

 

MADAGASCAR – 14 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 14 FEB 2022 (03H10) The United Nations (UN) has conducted aerial surveys in Madagascar to assess the damage following Cyclone Batsirai and distribute food aid to vulnerable residents in affected areas. This follows as the death toll following the tropical storm has increased to 120. An estimated two tonnes of aid and equipment are being delivered to Madagascar from the neighbouring Reunion island by the French Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean Zone. A total of 87 tonnes of material are expected to be deployed by the French Red Cross to allow infrastructure restoration works in the Vatovavy region. The coastal town of Mananjary has experienced adverse effects, with an estimated 125,000 people displaced by Cyclone Batsirai. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has stated that the agency has deployed staff to assess information technology needs for the humanitarian community.

 

MALAWI – 14 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 14 FEB 2022 (04H10) The African Development Fund (ADF) and the Government of Malawi have signed a $14,2 million grant agreement allowing Malawi to undertake infrastructure upgrades and establish an efficient and transparent digital payment system. Funding for the Support for Digitalization, Financial Inclusion and Competitiveness (DFIC) project, which had been approved in December 2021, is expected to be sourced from ADF, the Bank Group’s concessional financing window. The DFIC project is aligned with the Malawi Digital Economy Strategy and the Third National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, contributing to achieving Malawi’s long-term objective of inclusive wealth creation supported by an inclusive financial system and digital economy. The project is expected to broaden financial inclusion in the country and allow for efficient business transactions, offering small businesses access to new national and international markets. The project is also expected to increase Malawi’s domestic financial inclusion rate from 58% in 2019 to 65% in 2025.
  • LILONGWE – 14 FEB 2022 (10H00) Demonstration reported in Lilongwe in Capital Hill. Officials from the Ministry of Education are marching over the launch of the teacher’s code of conduct to the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC). The officials are also marching for the issue of delayed promotions to teachers in the country, amongst others. The Minister of Education, Agnes Nyalonje, Education stakeholders and other senior officers from the Ministry are participating in the march. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
  • ZOMBA – 14 FEB 2022 (10H25) Residents in the Liwonde township in Machinga have accused the Southern Region Water Board of negligence in its water supply after receiving poor quality water. The residents have claimed that the Board has distributed harmful water to the residents, which has put their lives at risk. The Board’s Chief Executive Director, Duncan Chimbamba, has stated that the issue has occurred due to the recent Tropical Cyclone Ana and inadequate plant capacity, in which they are only managing to treat water of about 2500 cubic meters per day. Chimbamba has further stated that the Board is in the process of procuring backup generators, which are expected to be in the country by the end of February 2022.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 14 FEB 2022

  • CHIPENGA – 14 FEB 2022 (06H15) Local authorities have announced that Mozambique’s main coal transport line, which connects the coal mines in Tete province to the port of Nacala, has collapsed due to a collision between a train and a heavily loaded vehicle on Saturday, 12 February 2022. According to reports, the heavily loaded vehicle had disregarded the stop sign in Malema, Nampula province, and collided with the train. No fatalities have been reported. Furthermore, the district authorities have stated that a technical team from the line concessionaire, Nacala Logistics, are working on restoring the transport line.
  • MAPUTO – 14 FEB 2022 (07H15) Mozambique has launched a mangrove reforestation project with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based environmental specialist, Blue Forest. The project, over 50 million to 100 million trees will be planted in the biodiversity-sensitive provinces of Sofala and Zambezia across 1,850 square kilometres of mangrove forests. Approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be offset annually. The Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries’ Permanent Secretary (PS),  Xavier Munjovo, has raised hopes that the project restores the mangrove forests, which Mozambique has over 300,000 hectares of mangroves along its coast-line, and has stated that satellite imagery, remote sensors and artificial intelligence will be used to target areas. The project will be financed through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
  • NAMUIRANGA – 14 FEB 2022 (08H20) The Joint forces of Rwanda and Mozambique have announced that about 17 civilians have been rescued during an operation in Nhica do Ruvuma and Pundanhar general areas west of Palma District. Two insurgents had been neutralised at an insurgent base hideout in possession of weapons during the operation. Several other insurgents had fled the ambush towards the Muidube District. Further investigations will be carried out. However, the Ansar sunna Wa Jammah (ASWJ) is known to have carried out terrorist attacks in the area.

 

NIGERIA – 14 FEB 2022

  • IBADAN – 14 FEB 2022 (12H40) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on four-week nationwide protest action. This follows after the union held a meeting at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Sunday, 13 February 2022. The union is protesting over the Federal Government’s failure to commit to the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed in December 2020. The union is also protesting over the Government’s delayed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Authorities are aware of the situation.
  • LAGOS – 14 FEB 2022 (14H00) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on a four-week stay-away nationwide strike. The strike by ASUU takes effect from today,14 February 2022. The protest is due to the Federal Government’s failure to implement the Memorandum of Action signed with the ASUU in December 2020. This followed after a two-day meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) members held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). The demands of ASUU include funding for the renewal of public universities, earned academic allowance, poor funding of state universities and promotion arrears. The National President of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke, has urged the Federal Government to contact the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for his failure to pay the earned academic allowance of the members in the institution.

 

RWANDA – 14 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 14 FEB 2022 (08H30) Mayors and Senior Government officials from the Federal Republic of Somalia are set to hold a forum in Kigali from 14 February 2022 until 18 February 2022. The forum will be hosted by the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA), organised by the Somali Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR) with support from UN-Habitat and the UN Joint Program for Local Government (JPLG). The forum will be held to reflect on the governance structures of the Horn of Africa country and governance and development issues such as urbanisation, decentralisation, displacement, disaster management, and localisation of services. The forum will be followed by a tour throughout Rwanda, including public and private institutions.
  • KIGALI – 14 FEB 2022 (12H30) The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has travelled to Doha, in Qatar on an official working visit today, 14 February 2022. President Kagame has been welcomed by several officials, including the Qatari Director of Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro. This comes after the national carrier, RwandAir, launched a direct flight to Doha that operates three times a week, following a codeshare agreement signed between the two countries.

 

TANZANIA – 14 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 14 FEB 2022 (13H00) Tanzania has lifted a ban on four newspaper agencies as part of a policy by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to ease media restrictions imposed during her predecessor’s five years in office. The Minister for Information and Information Communication Technology, Nape Nnauye, has issued publishing licences to newspapers Mwanahalisi, Mawio, Mseto and Tanzania Daima. This follows after Hassan lifted a ban imposed by late President John Magufuli on a few online television channels. However, the Government has also imposed its own restrictions on other newspapers.
  • DAR ES SALAAM – 14 FEB 2022 (16H45) Tindwa Medical and Health Services Limited (TMHS), Tridea Cosmetics Ltd Company (TRIDEA), and Harsho Packaging Company Limited (HARSHO), have received €100,000 funding to manufacture COVID-19 related Medical and Pharmaceutical Products (CMPP) under the Joint Action Support towards Industrialisation and the Productive Sectors (SIPS) in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. TMHS will use the fund to increase the production of high quality surgical and N95 masks in the country, which will bolster the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, boost the local economy, decrease dependence on imports, and increase regional trade. Tridea will increase the production of hand sanitisers, disinfectants and antibacterial hand washes, while Harsho will increase its production capacity and produce between 60,000 to 80,000 surgical masks per day to meet the local demand. The SIPS grant will provide new machinery to increase the daily production capacity to about 100,000 surgical face masks and 60,000 N95 masks.

 

ZAMBIA – 14 FEB 2022

  • KAPIRI MPOSHI – 14 FEB 2022 (17H15) Accident reported at a railway crossing in Kapiri Mposhi district. Two Zambian province train operators have been killed following an accident involving a motor vehicle and cargo train. The truck driver from Lusaka failed to stop at a railway crossing leading to the accident. The truck driver has been arrested. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

ZIMBABWE – 14 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 14 FEB 2022 (02H10) The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) has called on all union members to return to work to avoid a degeneration of the current nationwide strike action into a conflict with the Government. This follows a recent National Executive meeting, during which ZIMTA called on its members residing near schools and who experiences fewer financial concerns to report for duty on Monday, 14 February 2022. The meeting reportedly analysed the Government’s 20% salary increases, housing and accommodation allowances, and other proposed benefits. The National Executive has agreed to approach the Government within the following 24 hours to lift the scale suspension of teachers and members, following which members shall be willing to report for duty.
  • SHAMVA – 14 FEB 2022 (14H30) The Public Service Commission Chairperson, Jonathan Wutawunashe, announced that unvaccinated civil servants without underlying conditions are restricted from work without salary with immediate effect. This is part of the COVID-19 containment measures. Workers qualifying for exemption are required to provide a medical certificate certifying that vaccination can worsen their conditions. Vaccinated civil servants have been ordered to return to work with immediate effect. Wutawunashe urged all ministries to cooperate as the employer remains alert in combating the pandemic protocols prescribed by Zimbabwe Health officials and the World Health Organisation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 FEB 2022

  • ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) on 19 February 2022 in Luanda.
  • REP. CONGO: The Governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to hold the Second Joint Business Forum in Kinshasa from 22 February 2022 until 24 February 2022.
  • 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 expeDRCcted 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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