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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 21 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 21

ANGOLA – 21 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 21 FEB 2022 (06H15) The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has approved an additional amount of $60 million to reinforce support for emergency, food and nutrition security and development programmes underway in Angola. The Managing Director, QuDongyu, has stated that the funding is aimed to reinforce the $38 million made available in 2021 to fund FAO programmes in food and nutrition security, family farming and value chains and resilience, climate change and emergencies. QuDongyu has further commended the Angolan Government on ongoing reforms and expressed availability to continue support for the resilience of the primary production sector and capacity building so that economic productive recovery and nutrition can support the development of the country.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 21 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 21 FEB 2022 (00H30) The Government of Turkey has announced the delivery of 100,000 Turkovac COVID-19 vaccines during the country’s recent Presidential visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement during a meeting with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa. Erdogan has vowed to deliver an additional 1,1 million Sinovac vaccines to the DRC as part of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s (TIKAs) ongoing efforts to support the DRC during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • KINSHASA – 21 FEB 2022 (06H00) The Observatory of Public Expenditure (ODEP) has denounced the embezzlement of approximately $67.2 million intended for upcoming elections in 2023. The ODEP has also recommended that the Government take necessary measures to carry out a thorough investigation at the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) following the financial loss. The Ministry of Finance has stated that the Public Expenditure Observatory has noted that since the new office of the CENI were installed, the Public Treasury disbursed about $104.2 million, of which more than 90% covers expenditure in the operations. This follows after a mission had been deployed to carry out an audit over the expenditure and follow-up on the financing operations of the CENI office on Friday, 18 February 2022.
  • UVIRA – 21 FEB 2022 (09H40) The Administrator of the territory of Uvira in South Kivu, Julie Sango Malenga, has proceeded on an official launch of two projects for the supervision of unemployed young people through vocational training. The project aims to reduce community violence in the Lemera region. The project focuses on the community to not involve themselves with armed groups, and rather by training in various trades, including cutting and sewing, driving and repairing motorcycles, as well as the creation of income-generating activities, including the cultivation of fields. The two projects will be carried out simultaneously in Ndolera and Lemera-centre by local partner Non-Government Organizations.

 

ESWATINI – 21 FEB 2022

  • MALINDZA – 21 FEB 2022 (09H15) Fire reported at the Malindza High School in the Lubombo region. Emergency services and Police are on the scene. Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the incident. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
  • MANZINI – 21 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Mcozini High School has reportedly been attacked by unidentified suspects. Security officials have stated that the suspects had petrol-bombed the facility, yet the attack had been repelled. Police are on the scene and are assessing the situation. This follows after the Malindza High School in the Lubombo region attack today, 21 February 2022. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

 

ETHIOPIA- 21 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 21 FEB 2022 (10H30) The House of Peoples Representatives has appointed commissioners of the National Dialogue Commission during a special session held today, 21 February 2022. The House of Peoples Representatives has further referred the commissioners to the Parliament for the appointment. The dialogue is expected to create a national consensus on national issues, focus on national challenges and ensure peace in the country.

 

GHANA – 21 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 21 FEB 2022 (12H50) The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) staff is scheduled to meet with the Employment and Labour Relations Minister today, 21 February 2022, over their demand for better conditions of service. The staff has raised hopes that the engagement will resolve their grievances and suspend their industrial action, which was in effect from Friday, 18 February 2022. According to the staff, the protest took place due to the Government’s failure to respond to their resolution presented to the Communication and Digitalisation Ministry on 05 January 2022.
  • WA – 21 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Ministry of Information is expected to hold a Town Hall meeting at the Wa Regional Library on the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy) in the Upper West region today, 21 February 2022. The conference aims to clarify the significance of the E-Levy transaction and take information from stakeholders to advise the Government on implementing the levy. The E-Levy is a recent Taxation (TAX) measure introduced on the 2022 Budget on digital transactions payments to increase revenue when approved. The measure will place 1.75% on all electronic transactions that are more than GHȼ100 daily

 

KENYA – 21 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 21 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Qatar Government has issued an ultimatum to Kenya urging the removal of employment agencies as an intermediary in a bid to ease the challenges of workers within the Arabian country. This follows after a meeting held between the Central Organisation of Trade Unions in Kenya (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli and Minister of Labour in Qatar Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri on Sunday, 20 February 2022, and have agreed to begin negotiations on the treatment of Kenyan workers within the region. Al-Marri has stated that the country is currently in the process of cancelling the operations of 12 licenses belonging to Kenyan-owned employment agencies. Al-Marri also urged the Kenyan Government to establish a mutual relationship between the two countries. Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau suggested a temporary ban of Kenyan workers to the Arabian nation until a solution is found.

 

LESOTHO – 21 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 21 FEB 2022 (11H30) The newly elected leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Nkaku Kabi, has raised concerns over the party’s legislators regarding the position of Prime Minister, Moeketsi Majoro. This follows after a motion of no confidence had been withdrawn over Majoro. The Members of Parliament (MP’s) has called for the removal of Majoro in order for Kabi to take office as the Prime Minister of Lesotho.

 

MADAGASCAR – 21 FEB 2022

  • MANANJARY – 21 FEB 2022 (12H30) The Meteo Madagascar has cautioned the residents of Mananjary following the increase in water level amid the cyclone Emnati forecasted to make landfall on Tuesday, 22 February 2022. The community of Mananjary and surrounding areas have been issued a yellow alert warning after the Mananjary river water level had recorded at least 1.20 metres today, 21 February 2022. This comes as the weather department issued a warning of heavy rainfall along Vatomandry and Farafangana due to the cyclone.

 

MALAWI – 21 FEB 2022

  • LILONGWE – 21 FEB 2022 (07H30) The Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Health, has confirmed a case of Poliomyelitis (polio) in the country. The Government has declared this outbreak as a Public Health Emergency and will activate an Emergency Operations Committee, with the aim of conducting rapid risk assessment and situational analysis. The African Union Commission (AUC) has been alerted of the outbreak through Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) Event-Based Surveillance system and is preparing to activate emergency response measures in the affected district in Malawi.
  • LILONGWE – 21 FEB 2022 (11H50) President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and First Lady, Madam Monica Chakwera, has embarked on an official visit to Switzerland today, 21 February 2022, until Wednesday, 23 February 2022. Chakwera is scheduled to meet with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Chebreyesus, and thereafter meet with the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Federico Villegas.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 21 FEB 2022

  • BALAMA – 21 FEB 2022 (04H10) The Mozambican Government has estimated that increasing international demand is expected to increase Mozambique’s graphite production by 128,6% in 2022. This follows as major graphite mines in the county halted production due to decreased demand following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sydney-based Syrah Resources’ Balama project in the Cabo Delgado province is currently the world’s largest integrated natural graphite mining and processing operation. The Balama mine relaunched operations in March 2021, following an interruption in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a 65% reduction in the workforce. The mine is expected to continue production for the following 50 years. Graphite developer Triton Minerals is set to supply graphite concentrate from its Ancuabe project in Mozambique to China’s Yichang Xinchang Graphite (YXGC).
  • MAPUTO – 21 FEB 2022 (06H45) The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, is scheduled to participate in the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries (GECF) today, 21 February 2022 and 22 February 2022, in Doha, in the State of Qatar. The objective of the forum is to exchange relations, as well as coordinate among member countries on the need for independent planning and management of their resources towards sustainable, efficient and environmentally conscious development. The forum also aims to promote the use and conservation of natural gas resources for the benefit of its people. Nyusi will be accompanied by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Ernesto Max Tonela, staff from the Presidency of the Republic and other State institutions.
  • MAPUTO – 21 FEB 2022 (18H30) The Energy Supplier Great Lakes (GL) Africa Energy has announced that it has finalized a concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to finance and operate a 250 Megawatts (MW) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Nacala District, Nampula. The agreement is the beginning of a three-part phased investment totalling $400-million. An initial $90-million is expected to create a 50 MW capacity within 16 months. The second and third phases will add 200 MW in total and are anticipated to be completed within 24 months.

 

NIGERIA – 21 FEB 2022

  • ABUJA – 21 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Anambra Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has announced that the State Government owes over N14-billion outstanding gratuities to its retirees. The State NULGE President, Chikwelu Adigwe, has stated that the union has petitioned the Government to reconstitute the Local Government Pension Board to solve these problems. Adigwe urged the State House of Assembly to use its constitutional powers to stop the renewal of the Local Government Transition Committee. Adigwe has also urged the Governor-elect, Charles Soludo, to conduct Local Government elections within the first six months of his tenure. This follows after the union called for improved workers’ welfare, car loans, and housing scheme, as well as constant engagement of workers by the State Government.
  • LAGOS – 21 FEB 2022 (10H40) The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has threatened to embark on industrial action over the fuel scarcity across the country. The TUC National Treasurer, Mohammad Yunusa, has announced the decision following a delegate conference of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-Owned Companies. This comes as the Federal Government had found methanol, a chemical additive, in a recently imported fuel which led to a shortage of petrol in cities, including Abuja and Lagos. Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited assured Nigerians that the company had placed orders of over 2.1 billion litres of methanol-free petroleum.
  • PORT HARCOURT – 21 FEB 2022 (14H00) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), through the President, Sunday Asefon, has declared 28 February 2022 as a National Action Day against the commencement of a four-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). NANS has announced that it has resolved to mobilise students to block major federal roads across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on 28 February 2022 if ASUU and the Government do not settle. This follows the NANS meeting held on 19 February 2022 at Sokoto State University. Asefon stated that this prevents the future and tertiary education system from collapsing. ASUU and Federal Government are expected to reach an agreement before 28 February 2022.
  • PORT HARCOURT – 21 FEB 2022 (16H00) The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cancelled the National Congress scheduled for Saturday, 26 February 2022. The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party, has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022..

 

RWANDA – 21 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 21 FEB 2022 (13H30) The Ministry of Trade, jointly with the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, is holding a meeting with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Rusizi District. The conference aims to facilitate trade between two countries and the progress made from previous meetings.
  • KIGALI – 21 FEB 2022 (15H30) The United Nations (UN) Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) is expected to hold its eighth session of The Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-8) in Kigali, Rwanda from Thursday, 03 March 2022, to Saturday 05 March 2022. The regional forum is one of the three agencies mandated to follow up, review and catalyse actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN member States in September 2015. The ARFSD-8 is expected to identify strategies and policy actions to build back from COVID-19.

 

TANZANIA – 21 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 21 FEB 2022 (17H00) Shell Executive, Head of Integrated Gas, Wael Sawan, has announced that the cooperation has made improvements with the Tanzanian Government to advance a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project. This follows settled disputes between Shell and the Tanzanian Government. The development of Tanzania’s extensive gas resources has been preserved for several years due to delays in government licensing agreements.
  • GEITA – 21 FEB 2022 (18H20) The Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) and Geita Gold Mine (GGM) have signed an electricity purchase deal to enable the power utility to earn Sh5 billion in revenue per month. GGM uses generators to produce its electricity, spending at Sh6.9 billion per month. Tanesco is currently building a 33kv transmission line, while GGM is also constructing a power station. The TANESCO Managing Director, Maharage Chande, stated that once the project has been completed will not only increase the power utility firm’s revenue but also reduce operational costs for GGM. The availability of electricity will also see the mine minimise environmental pollution and increase operational efficiency.

 

ZAMBIA – 21 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 21 FEB 2022 (08H40) The Government has raised concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Eastern province amid the fourth wave of the pandemic. This follows after the Presidential COVID-19 Advisor Professor, Roma Chilengi, and traditional leaders held a meeting in Chipata to engage in increasing the vaccine programme as one of the interventions in the fight against the pandemic. Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Paul Thole has stated that the Eastern province has faced challenges due to the non-adherence to the rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, several traditional leaders have agreed that only vaccinated members of the public will be allowed to attend traditional ceremonies.

 

ZIMBABWE – 21 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 21 FEB 2022 (07H15) The Zimbabwean Teachers Association (ZIMTA) has urged its members to resume work today, 21 February 2022, ahead of a Government order against their industrial action or risk of being fired. However, a few members have vowed to protest until their demands are addressed. ZIMTA President Richard Gundani has stated that the union had resolved to return to work to protect the education sector. Meanwhile, the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister, Lovemore Matuke, addressed the Parliament, noting that the Government addressed the unions grievances after awarding public workers a 20% salary adjustment and $100 cash which will be deducted from their local currency salary component.
  • HARARE – 21 FEB 2022 (11H00) The President of the Republic, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has arrived at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Square in commemoration of the Clean Up and National Youth Day held today, 21 February 2022. Mnangagwa will be officiating the event. The commemorations are being held under the theme called “Alleviating Substance and Drug Abuse Among the Youth”.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 FEB 2022

  • MADAGASCAR: The Malagasy Disaster Management Agency (BNGRC) has issued an adverse weather warning ahead of the expected arrival of cyclone Emnati on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NIGERIA: The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), through the President, Sunday Asefon, has declared 28 February 2022 as a National Action Day against the commencement of a four-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
  • 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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