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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 17 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 17

ANGOLA – 17 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 17 FEB 2022 (01H10) The Foreign Ministry has announced that a technical delegation from the Angolan Parliament has concluded a series of meetings with its Portuguese counterparts aimed at reviewing bilateral cooperation in the 2019-2020 biennium. During the meeting, the two parties also discussed the guidelines for 2022. The Angolan diplomatic delegation has stated that the three-day visit occurred in Portugal and included the signing of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding for 2022. The Angolan delegation had been led by the Secretary-General of the National Assembly, Pedro Neri, while his counterpart, Rui Costa, led the Portuguese delegation. During several engagements, the officials addressed issues related to information technologies and institutional communication, parliamentary support and public relations.
  • LUANDA – 17 FEB 2022 (11H00) The Angolan Higher Education Teachers Union (SINPES) has denounced the Government’s actions to freeze their salaries and has called for a protest action scheduled from 21 February 2022 due to the lack of intervention from the Government. The Secretary-General of SINPES, Eduardo Peres Alberto, has stated that a few public higher education teachers who have been on strike for an indefinite period since 03 January 2022 have been ordered to resume work, or the management will suspend the payment issues. Alberto has stated that the move is a violation of human rights, whereas protesting is legal. This comes as members of the SINPES have demanded the Government for a salary increase, better working conditions, their payment of public debts and an election of the Governing bodies of Public Higher Education Institutions.
  • LUANDA – 17 FEB 2022 (13H00) Protest expected in Cazenga at the Rua dos Comandos intersection on 18 February 2022 and 19 February 2022. The transport association will suspend its services due to their grievances over the workers at the Grafanil Station and BCA bank. The association has noted that the Rua dos Comandos Street will be closed to traffic. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route. Police are expected to be on the scene.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 17 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 17 FEB 2022 (07H30) The Provincial Coordination of the Expanded Vaccination Program has deployed mobile teams to 24 communes and 35 health zones in the city of Kinshasa on a 30-day operation. The mobile teams will be operating from 14 February 2022 until 20 February 2022 for the first phase and from 07 March 2022 until 21 March 2022 for the second phase. This initiative has been supported by the technical support of Breakthrough-ACTION and Momentum Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity (M-RITE), as well as the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • LAKE KIVU – 17 FEB 2022 (16H00) A new military base of operations has been built in North Kivu for the 21 South African Infantry (SAI) Battalion Unit of the South African Army newly deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The base occupied a 12-kilometre land and was made available to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). This follows after the Eringeti, Bambubu-Kisiki, North Kivu area has been targeted by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) insurgents.

 

ESWATINI – 17 FEB 2022

  • MBABANE – 17 FEB 2022 (03H20) The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in eSwatini to immediately launch an investigation into allegations of Police brutality in relation to the alleged assault of Nomthandazo Maseko, a reporter for the privately-owned news website, Swati Newsweek. This follows reports that correctional services staff in Matsapha, a town located approximately 22 miles from Mbabane, assaulted the journalist for live-streaming a protest by members of the Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) activist group outside a local prison. The prison currently holds the two detained pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs) since their arrests in July 2021. The Committee has called for immediate investigations into the allegations.
  • MBABANE – 17 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Demonstrations are underway outside the High Court in eSwatini. Several activists are protesting in solidarity for the release of the MP’s. A heightened presence of Police is reported in the area.  (06H30) Protest expected outside the High Court of eSwatini in Mbabane. The Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) has called on its members to protest in solidarity with the two pro-democracy Member of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who is expected to appear before the court today, 17 February 2022. Police are expected to be on the scene. Motorists are advised to be cautious.
  • MBABANE – 17 FEB 2022 (10H40) The High Court of eSwatini has adjourned the case against the two pro-democracy Member of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who appeared before the court today, 17 February 2022. Reports indicate that Mabuza and the defence counsel allegedly challenged the removal of a journalist and Bacede’s wife from the court. The Judge has stated that the defence and the prosecution should resolve the matter.

 

ETHIOPIA- 17 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 17 FEB 2022 (11H50) Ethiopia and Italy have agreed to collaborate in the agro-industrial park development and fashion industry. This follows after the Minister of Industry, Melaku Alebel, received the Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Agostino Palese, in Addis Ababa and discussed various areas of cooperation between the two countries. Alebel has stated that the Government plans to become a significant country by increasing the productivity, quality, and competitiveness of the sector. Alebel has stated that four integrated agro-industrial parks have been built, of which three have been inaugurated and are operational. Palese has further reiterated the commitment of Italy to share technical support and experience with Ethiopia.

 

GHANA – 17 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 17 FEB 2022 (04H30) Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal have partnered with Biopharmaceutical New Technologies Societas Europaea (BioNTech SE) at a high-level meeting in Marburg to produce COVID-19, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria vaccines. BioNTech has stated that it plans to provide staff support and knowledge to BioNTainers to ensure the safe and prompt production of vaccines in addition to the delivery and establishment of the Biopharmaceutical New Containers (BioNTainers). Following the meeting, President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is being upgraded from World Health Organisation (WHO) Maturity level 3 to level 4 to aid the partnering countries.
  • ACCRA – 17 FEB 2022  (11H30) UPDATE Protest is underway on the Abafun Crescent near the Nation Builders Corporate Office. The employees are demonstrating with placards and obstructing traffic flow. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (09H40) Protest expected today, 17 February 2022, in Accra. The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) will be demonstrating over the outstanding payments of their stipends from the Government. Reports indicate that the NABCO personnel has four-month salary arrears. Motorists are advised to remain viiglant. Police are expected to be on the scene.

 

KENYA – 17 FEB 2022

  • NAIVASHA – 17 FEB 2022 (13H30) Protest reported at the Karagita area in the vicinity of Naivasha Town. The demonstrators are protesting to demand justice for a fish trader who has been killed by an officer of the Coast Guard. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • NAIVASHA – 17 FEB 2022 (13H30) Protest reported at the Karagita area in the vicinity of Naivasha Town. The demonstrators are protesting to demand justice for a fish trader who has been killed by an officer of the Coast Guard. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.

 

LESOTHO – 17 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 17 FEB 2022 (16H30) The  Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Alliance of Democrats (AD), Monyane Moleleki, will not pursue re-election in his Machache Constituency for the 2023 elections. Moleleki stated that he would return to parliament as a non-constituency legislator during his last tenure in parliament to pass the leadership baton to younger politicians.

 

MADAGASCAR – 17 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 17 FEB 2022 (00H10) The United States (US) Department of Labour has announced a $4,5 million cooperative agreement with Pact Incorporated, an international non-profit organisation, to address and prevent child labour in mica-producing communities throughout Madagascar. This follows as an ongoing drought has contributed to famine conditions in the Anôsy Region, where mica mining occurs. Recent estimates have indicated that the poverty rate in the Anôsy Region is 96.7%. Approximately 10,000 children currently experience unsafe working conditions in Madagascar’s informal mica industry. Administered by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Pact Incorporated’s Madagascar Shines project is expected to improve the resiliency of mining families in mica-producing communities through the provision of education services to an estimated 1,800 children, among others.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 17 FEB 2022 (06H50) Prime Minister Christian Ntsay has announced that several convoys loaded with humanitarian aid supplies have been delivered to assist the victims affected by the tropical cyclone, Batsiraï. Ntsay has stated that the convoys have been allocated to arrive in Vatovavy, Fitovinany, Atsimo-Atsinanana, Matsiatra Ambony, Amoron’i Mania and Atsimo-Andrefana. Following the aid delivered to assist the six communities, officials have been deployed in the regions to distribute the aid.
  • AMBODIHARINA – 17 FEB 2022 (07H00) The national water and electricity distribution company, Jirama, has announced that the Toamasina IV hydroelectric power plant and the  Enelec company’s generator have been affected due to the tropical cyclone, Dumako. The company stated that the supply of electricity in Toamasina has been disrupted. Jirama also noted a disruption in the water supply in Grand Port due to the shutdown of water production in Farafaty following the floods. The company has stated that the flooding has also damaged the Volobe bridge at the Ivondro river. Jirama has deployed a technical and emergency response team to restore the damaged facilities in order to restore the city’s water and electricity supply.

 

MALAWI – 17 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 16 FEB 2022 (23H00) The Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has announced updates to the country’s COVID-19 restrictions during a press conference on 16 February 2022. Chiponda has stated that the country’s epidemiology situation has been downgraded to Alert Level 1. The Minister has stated that all travel restrictions have been lifted, as no country or region is currently classified as high-risk for COVID-19 infections. However, inbound travellers are required to produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate procured less than 72 hours before arrival in Malawi. All arriving nationals, including Malawians, are required to present an electronically verifiable COVID-19 full vaccination certificate at the point of entry. Limitations on public transport have been lifted to the normal capacity of the vehicle subject to observance of recommended general public health preventive measures. Limitations on gatherings have been relaxed with the proviso to recommend vaccination certificates and to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the venue of the events. COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are expected to be administered voluntarily to eligible members. Minister Chiponda has called on members of the public to strictly adhere to the prescribed Level 1 measures to mitigate the further spread of the virus in the country.
  • LILONGWE – 17 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Lilongwe Resident Magistrate Court has ordered eight Ethiopian nationals to pay for all their deportation expenses after being arrested for illegally trespassing the Dedza border post on 09 February 2022. Public relations officer Central Regional Immigration Office Inspector Pasqually Zulu has stated that the nationals had been jointly arrested by Immigration and Police officers at the Dedza border post en route to South Africa. The court has further ordered the Ethiopian nationals to be deported within 14 days, and all the deportation expenses are paid. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian nationals are in custody at the Maula Prison pending their deportation.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 17 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 16 FEB 2022 (20H00) President Filipe Nyusi has announced that the nationwide curfew implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been lifted. This follows his State of Nation address today, 16 February 2022. The restrictions have been lifted with effect from 19 February 2022. This follows as authorities have recorded a decrease in COVID-19 infections and deaths. Nyusi also announced the complete reopening of all border posts. Restaurants are permitted to operate until 23H00.
  • MAPUTO – 17 FEB 2022 (06H45) Mozambique’s former President Armando Guebuza is expected to appear before the Supreme Court today, 17 February 2022, following a corruption trial involving $2-billion. Guebuza will be testifying over the loans issued to three Mozambican state-owned companies, Ematum, ProIndicus, and Mam, in 2013 and 2014. The money was drawn from Credit Suisse and the Russian bank VTB, among others, to allegedly finance maritime surveillance, fishing, and shipyard projects. However, the debt had been concealed from all stakeholders. During the trial, about 19 people were accused of blackmail, forgery, embezzlement, and money laundering, including the former President’s son, Ndambi Guebuza, who is being held in the Machava high-security prison, will be expected to stand trial. Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane has also accused his predecessor Manuel Chang of hiding the debt. A South African court is expected to decide if Chang will be extradited to the United States or returned to Mozambique to stand trial following the case.

 

NIGERIA – 17 FEB 2022

  • ABUJA – 16 FEB 2022 (19H10) The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Defence, Nigeria Police Force, and other relevant security agencies to increase their efforts to end continuous clashes in Benue and Ebonyi States. This follows after several conflicts between Ezza and Effium public of Benue and Ebonyi States. The Benue South Senatorial District Senator, Abba Moro, stated that human existence is primarily attached to life, and respecting, protecting, and placing value on human life is the only way to ensure humankind exists. Moro insisted that the National Emergency Management Agency mobilise relief and rehabilitation materials to families of victims displaced in Ezza.
  • LAGOS – 16 FEB 2022 (22H40) The Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) has announced that they are expected to implement reforms to ensure the security of client operations. PRCAN stated that they are expecting to engage with relevant stakeholders to ensure that they keep with the due date of protecting business clients. PRCAN President Israel Jaiye Opayemi stated that the Practice Standards aim to improve ground rules for improved public relations and enhance better values to corporate and sector clients.
  • ABUJA – 17 FEB 2022 (03H00) The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that Nigeria has recorded 59 deaths due to Lassa Fever since 03 January 2022. The NCDC has stated that 19 deaths have been confirmed within the preceding week due to the outbreak, with 358 cases having been detected since 03 January 2022. This follows as 674 cases and 102 deaths had been reported in 2021. The Nigerian Government previously declared the State of Emergency on 23 January 2019 due to a Lassa Fever outbreak. Nigerian authorities have warned members of the public to observe their hygienic protocols.
  • BIDA – 17 FEB 2022 (06H15) The Joint Action Committee (JAC) in Niger State has given the State Government a 14-day ultimatum of indefinite strike notice. This follows after the State Joint Action Committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demanded that the Government immediately resume payment of gratuities to desirable pensioners and defray the arrears of June 2020 salary and issue payments of the Cooperatives, Endwell and Union dues debts. The NLC demands that the Government pay all deductions made from salaries of civil servants in favour of the National Housing Scheme. The JAC has stated that if the Government fails to address the above demands, the unions will commence indefinite strike action effective Monday, 07 March 2022.
  • ABUJA – 17 FEB 2022 (07H15) The Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal to repeal the Money Laundering, Prohibition Act, and other anti-graft bills today, 17 February 2022, at 11H00. During the hearing, stakeholders will be expected to have submitted their suggestions to the clerk of the committee. Discussions will focus on a bill for an Act to repeal the Money laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, legislate the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act to provide legal and institutional framework for the prevention and prohibition of money laundering in Nigeria and establish the Bureau for Money Laundering Control and Other Related Matters 2021 (SB 642), and several other bills.
  • OGIDIGBEN – 17 FEB 2022 (09H15) Protest reported at an Ogidigben flow station, a riverine community in Warri South-West Council Area. Reports indicate that the community members have shut down operations of 15 crude oil well heads within the Ogidigben flow station operated by a Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). The demonstrators have been protesting for a week-long period and have caused disruptions at the Ogidigben flow station. The demonstrators have alleged years of neglect by the oil company, which has several oil exploration facilities in the area. Military forces have been deployed to the site. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
  • ASABA – 17 FEB 2022 (14H30) Nigeria has signed an agreement with Algeria to develop a Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline project valued at  $13 billion. This is due to the demand in regional and social development driven by the benefits of the oil and gas energy sector. The 4,128 kilometres Gas pipeline is envisioned to connect Warri in Nigeria to Hassi R’Mel in Algeria, passing through Niger. The channel is expected to supply 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the European markets yearly from Nigeria, Algeria and Niger, as well as supply inland stations along its route.
  • ABUJA – 17 FEB 2022 (15H00) The Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced the suspension of two senior officers following drug related allegations. The suspension has been effective from Monday, 14 February 2022. PSC has suspended an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Sunday Ubua, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), James Bawa. The officers were allegedly involved in the Drug seizure and transfers to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The officers worked under the arrested Deputy Commissioner,  Abba Kyari, in the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

 

RWANDA – 17 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 17 FEB 2022 (03H30) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Rwanda and IHS Rwanda Limited have entered into an agreement to collaborate efforts to increase nationwide access to Early Childhood and Development (ECD) centres. This follows after UNICEF has committed to supporting the Rwandan Government’s objective of increasing access to ECD services with 40% by 2024. This follows as Rwanda currently provides ECD services to 25% of the population. UNICEF has actively supported the establishment of ECD centres in 21 districts across the country to date.
  • KIGALI – 17 FEB 2022 (06H00) Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) has announced the resumption of visits to prisoners following the recent stability against the fight in COVID-19 from March 2022. This follows after the RCS suspended visits for two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to curb the spread of COVID-19 in prison facilities. The Senior Superintendent of Prisons (SSP), Pelly Uwera Gakwaya, has stated that the resumption has been made in order to allow the prisoners to engage with their relatives. Gakwaya has stated that visitors will be allowed every week on a Friday from 08H00 until 16H00. However, one visitor will be allowed to visit per prisoner.
  • KIGALI – 17 FEB 2022 (07H45) President Paul Kagame has travelled to Marburg, Germany, to attend a conference on  BioNTech, Pfizer vaccine production facilities to be built across Africa. Kagame is expected to be accompanied by BioNTech Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ugur Sahin, President Macky Sall of Senegal and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo, among other project partners. During the meeting initiated by the kENUP Foundation, BioNTech is expected to present its modular container prototype, known as BioNTainers. The modular systems consist of 12 sea containers storing the same manufacturing process and equipment. BioNTech is expected to begin construction to institute the BioNTainers in Rwanda within 2022. As part of the partnership with BioNTech, the Government of Rwanda and Institut Pasteur de Dakar will also establish facilities for “fill-and-finish” capacities, focusing on final production stages and bottling of vaccine doses.

 

TANZANIA – 17 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 17 FEB 2022 (09H30) Tanzania has announced plans to set up a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in a move to reinforce efforts to combat the disease in the country. President Samia Suluhu Hassan has requested the European Union to consider funding the plan as the country seeks to become a significant exporter of vaccines in East and Southern Africa. Hassan has further stated that Tanzania plans to spend nearly TZS.216 Billion by 2030 to import vaccines, underscoring the importance of setting up the manufacturing facility.

 

ZAMBIA – 17 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 17 FEB 2022 (17H00) The Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) Board Director, Bishop Mambo, has urged a Chinese mining firm based in Chambishi, Kalulushi District, the Non-Ferrous China Africa Corporation (NFCA) to resume paying the Government its dividends. The Government, through ZCCM IH, owns shares in NFCA. This follows after ZCCM-IH Board members had discovered NFCA has not been paying dividends for eleven years during their familiarisation tour on Wednesday, 16 February 2022. NFCA Chairman Xu Helin stated that the firm had experienced the impact of low copper prices in 2014 and 2015 on the Zambian mining industry coupled with the effects of COVID-19 in 2020. Mambo revealed that NFCA is currently recording profits and has over $100 million net asset position and should begin paying dividends to the Government starting from the 2021/2022 financial year.

 

ZIMBABWE – 17 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 17 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) have been granted a High Court order blocking the Government from illegally dismissing them. However, the Primary and Secondary Education Minister Evelyn Ndlovu has cautioned the teachers who do not resume work by 22 February 2022, will be dismissed. The union is demanding that the Government increase their salaries to $540 minimum salary. Meanwhile, members of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), who were arrested on Wednesday, 12 January 2022, while protesting for a salary increase at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), will appear at the Harare Magistrates Court on charges of public violence today, 17 February 2022.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 FEB 2022

  • ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) on 19 February 2022 in Luanda.
  • DEM. REP. CONGO: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is scheduled to arrive in Bunia, the capital of Ituri, on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.
  • DEM. 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 17 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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