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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 18 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 18

ANGOLA – 18 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 17 FEB 2022 (21H50) Minbos Resources has signed an agreement to launch infrastructure construction works in cooperation with the Cabinda Phosphate Project in Angola. The Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Engenharia is currently engaged in negotiations for the finalisation of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPCM) contract. However, Minbos Resources has agreed to a Limited Notice to Proceed (LNTP) contract that entails the design of public infrastructure, electrical infrastructure construction, as well as mechanical equipment arrangements and piping systems. The project schedule includes equipment delivery and subcontract coordination.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 18 FEB 2022

  • DJUGU – 17 FEB 2022 (23H00) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Peacekeeper authorities has announced that six peace envoys have been kidnapped and held hostage by armed members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia group. Reports have indicated that the kidnappings occurred in the Northeastern Djugu area of the DRC. This follows recent Government security operations launched against armed militia groups in the region. Task Force for Peace Spokesperson Pitchou Iribi has stated that information received has indicated that the envoys are currently being held in confinement in the eastern part of the country. The Spokesperson has noted that efforts are underway to locate and retrieve the captives.

 

ESWATINI – 18 FEB 2022

MBABANE – 18 FEB 2022 (16H10) UPDATE The Finance Minister of eSwatini Neal Rijkernberg has announced an increase of Pay as You Earn (PAYE) or employers tax from 33% up to 36%. The civil servants affected by the tax increase include Members of Parliament (MPs), Police officers, Correctional Services officers and nurses. The increase of taxes has occurred as the Governments’ intended goal is to lift the overall tax brackets of the country by 3%.  (02H00) The Finance Minister of eSwatini Neal Rijkenberg is expected to address the nation on 18 February 2022 at 10H00. During the national address, Minister Neal Rijkenberg is set to deliver the countries’ 2022/2023 Budget Speech.

 

ETHIOPIA- 18 FEB 2022

  • BAHIR DAR – 17 FEB 2022 (20H30) The Amhara State Government has announced the leadership adjustments and deployment of regional special forces to defend against hazards to public safety. The provincial government has replaced Tefera Mamo, the Amhara Regional State Special Forces Commander, by Major General Mesele Belete, serving as the Amhara Regional State Peace and Security Bureau. Tefera was appointed as Commander of the regional state’s Special Forces on 21 July 2021, leading the provincial state’s special Forces until he was arrested with 52 others in connection with the 22 June 2019 assassination of senior officials, including the region’s president and its attorney general.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 18 FEB 2022 (09H30) The Human Rights Commission has urged the Ethiopian Parliament to address the matter of those imprisoned in the past three months following Parliament’s decision to end the six-month state of emergency. This follows the conclusion of the Ethiopian Parliament to lift the state of emergency in place since November 2021. The Commission’s Investigation Director(CID), Misganaw Mulugeta, has called authorities to review the cases of those detained through regular due process.
  • BERHALE – 18 FEB 2022 (16H00) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that it is working with the Ethiopian authorities and partners to provide emergency aid to thousands of Eritrean refugees displaced in Ethiopia’s Afar region. This follows an attack at a refugee camp in the northeastern Afar region between the Tigrayan and Afar forces on 03 February 2022. Five  Eritrean refugees have been killed while thousands fled the Berhale refugee camp and its vicinities. UNHCR has condemned the attack and called for humanitarian assistance to continue supporting the Ethiopian government to respond to refugees and displaced populations affected by the conflict.

 

GHANA – 18 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 18 FEB 2022 (23H30) Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) staff have served an official notice to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike with effect from Friday, 18 February 2022. This follows grievances regarding the Government’s failure to respond to a resolution recently presented to the Communication and Digitalisation Ministry, which enumerated their poor conditions of service. Subsequent to the Ministry’s failure to respond, the Agency has confirmed a resolution to embark on industrial action indefinitely from 18 February 2022.

 

KENYA – 18 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 18 FEB 2022 (01H00) The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Asdhanom Ghebresyesus, has announced that the organisation expect to implement Messenger Ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine production sites in six African countries, including Kenya. Other countries include Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The Director-General has stated that the best methods in addressing COVID-19 and other health-related problems are to increase the ability to manufacture necessary health products, with easy access to the products being the final objective. The mRNA vaccine production hub was primarily set up in the prevention of COVID-19. However, the hub is expected to expand manufacturing capacities for other products.

 

LESOTHO – 18 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 18 FEB 2022 (13H30) Engen Petroleum Lesotho has announced the appointment of Tebogo Mosehla as the new Managing Director (MD), following his role in Business Development in Engen’s Commercial division. Mosehla began working at Engen in 2010 as an Internal Auditor, whereafter, in 2012, he pursued a position as a Risk Manager for Engen’s businesses outside of South Africa. Mosehla stated that his priority is developing and strengthening the corporation in the Lesotho kingdom, and he is passionate about making a positive difference to the Lesotho community through Engen’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

 

MADAGASCAR – 18 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 18 FEB 2022 (02H00) The Government of Madagascar is expected to receive a $10,7 million disbursement from the African Risk Capacity (ARC) to assist the country in addressing the adverse effects of Tropical Cyclone Batsirai. This follows after the storm, which made landfall in the country on 05 February 2022, led to the deaths of at least 121 people in addition to adverse infrastructure damages. ARC, a parametric sovereign disaster risk insurer for African nations, has stated that its Tropical Cyclone model indicates that more than six million civilians had been exposed to the tropical cyclone. The Malagasy Disaster Management Agency (BNGRC) has stated that more than 61,500 people have been displaced, 19,000 houses destroyed, and an estimated 4,500 classrooms have been damaged. The  $10,7 million insurance payout from the ARC is expected to assist Malagasy authorities in restoration and recovery efforts.

 

MALAWI – 18 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 18 FEB 2022 (00H10) Malawian health authorities have declared an outbreak of wild Poliovirus type 1 in the capital, Lilongwe. This follows as Africa had been declared free of the Poliovirus after eliminating all forms of the virus in August 2020. Following the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched support operations by executing risk assessment and outbreak response in affected areas. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Rapid Response Team has deployed a team to support coordination, surveillance, data management, communications and operations.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 18 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 17 FEB 2022 (19H00) The European Union Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM) has implemented measures to track and monitor units trained and assess human rights compliance by trained armies deployed in Cabo Delgado. This is a precondition for the continued delivery of Equipment under the European Peace Facility (EPF) assistance measure throughout the mission’s mandate. The Equipment aims to reinforce the capabilities of the Mozambican military forces to benefit from EUTM training, including individual and group equipment means of mobility, technical tools and a field hospital. EUTM is expected to present regular reports through the chain of command and thoroughly inform member states.
  • MAPUTO – 18 FEB 2022 (04H20) The Turkish Government has offered to provide Military support in the ongoing efforts against the insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. Turkey has also expressed intentions to cooperate with the country in the improvement of social projects aimed at enhancing socio-economic development. Turkish Ambassador to Mozambique, Avni Aksoy, made the announcement following a recent meeting with Parliament Speaker Esperança Bias. The Speaker has urged Ambassador Aksoy to strengthen efforts towards expanding existing bilateral cooperation relations and mechanisms between the two countries.

 

NIGERIA – 18 FEB 2022

  • FESTAC – 17 FEB 2022 (19H30) The Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA) has announced that it has elected a new President of the Council. The new President, Festus Oshoba, was sworn in at an investiture ceremony in Lagos. Oshoba pledged to carry members along in all his endeavours as president of the institute’s council.
  • ABUJA – 17 FEB 2022 (20H10) The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgement of the Federal Capital High Court to invalidate the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State. This is due to the lack of jurisdiction over the case as it is an internal affair of the party.
  • ABUJA – 18 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Federal Government has signed a  €9.3 million agreement with the European Union (EU) and the German Government to construct 23 mini-grids by eight indigenous solar developers. The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) coordinates the project with support from the EU and the German government through the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP). The project is envisioned to generate 5.4 kilowatts of electricity to connect approximately 27,600 households in two years. The 23 mini-grids are located in eleven states to stimulate rural areas’ electricity supply. REA aims to achieve  30,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030, 30% contributed by renewable energy.
  • KATSINA – 18 FEB 2022 (12H00) The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Malam Yahaya Sirika, has announced that the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has signed an Executive Order towards resolving Security challenges. The directive carried effect from 01 January 2022 to restrict all forms of political criminality and associated crimes. Sirika stated that indiscriminate posting of political groups posters and banners at roundabouts, Government buildings, offices, and public places was also prohibited. Individuals found contravening the provisions will be charged with a punishable offence.
  • ABUJA – 18 FEB 2022 (15H00) The Nigerian Navy and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have rejected a bill presenting to criminalise paying a ransom to abductors, insurgents and kidnappers to secure the release of hostages. The Bill aimed to prohibit ransom payment to secure the release of captives. Those who are found guilty of that felony are liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years. This follows a public hearing on the Terrorism Prevention Act (Amendment) Bill 2021. The EFCC Director of Legal and Prosecution Department, Chile Okoroma, stated that the Bill should be constricted to those who received the ransom, not those who paid.
  • ABUJA – 18 FEB 2022 (17H20) The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has declared that the power supply is expected to be disrupted for seven hours on Saturday, 19 February 2022. This follows after AEDC informed consumers of maintenance being done by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) regarding the 100 Megavoltampere (MVA) transformer at the Apo transmission substation. The affected areas are Lokogoma, Apo Mechanic Village, Apo Resettlement, Waru Village, Gudu, Gaduwa Estate, Trademore Estate, Apo Legislative Quarters, Behind Transmission Substation, Efab Galaxy Estate, Efab Sunshine Estate, CedaCrest Hospital and surrounding areas. The AEDC reported that maintenance of the substation is needed to combat the current challenges of low output from the Generation Companies (GenCos).
  • MAITAMA – 18 FEB 2022 (17H30) The Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) has neutralised several troopers of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), including a head Commander, Mallam Buba Danfulani, in the vicinity of Lake Chad in  Kukawa Local Government Area (LGA). The NAF launched airstrikes from A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at the East of Madayi on Sunday, 13 February 2022, killing Danfulani and some of his lieutenants. Danfulani has been conducting activities of the insurgents, including the deployment of spies, collecting taxes and levies, and acting as an intermediary between the ISWAP leadership and newly inducted members from his extraction.

 

RWANDA – 18 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 18 FEB 2022 (03H25) The National Bank of Rwanda has reported an increase in their standard interest rate. This follows, as Governor John Rwangombwa stated, the inflation rate could increase to 8%. Following this, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) raised the customary interest rate from 4,5% to 5%. These increases in interest rates had occurred in response to the central bank that expects a gradual economic decrease down to 7,2%.

 

TANZANIA – 18 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 18 FEB 2022 (01H10) The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has announced that the process to connect 43 additional service providers to the Tanzania Instant Payment System (TIPS) is scheduled to commence in March 2022. TIPS is an interoperable digital payment platform that allows the transfer of payments between different Digital Financial Service Providers (DFSPs), banks and non-banks such as e-money issuers. The TIPS is currently live, with six companies participating since the launch of the pilot phase of the project. These companies include CRDB Bank, NMB Bank, Exim Bank, the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Bank, Tigo and Airtel.

 

ZAMBIA – 18 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 18 FEB 2022 (05H05) The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has released a statement to the public regarding the recent revision in electricity tariffs proposed by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) Limited. This follows after ZESCO Limited applied for an increase in the countries electrical tariffs by 213% in 2019. The ERB requested ZESCO limited to resubmit the proposal application upon fulfilment of the predetermined conditions. The ERB has stated that ZESCO Limited had failed to resubmit its application for the increase of the fees or removal of subsidies. ERB has furthermore stated that any reports made by ZESCO Limited regarding the electricity price increases are null and void.

 

ZIMBABWE – 18 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 18 FEB 2022 (02H45) Acting President Constantino Chiwenga has confirmed the death of  Zimbabwean Republic Police (ZRP) Lieutenant Colonel Israel Mandizvidza. This follows after Mandizvidza recently died at the West End Hospital following a short illness. Authorities are yet to announce the appointment of a replacement for Lieutenant Colonel Israel Mandizvidza.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 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 18 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 18 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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