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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 22 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 22 FEB 2022
- LUANDA – 21 FEB 2022 (23H10) Vice President of the African Chamber of Energy (ACE) Verner Ayukegba has announced the establishment of new investment opportunities in several areas of Angola. This follows as Angola is the second-largest oil and gas producer in sub-Saharan Africa, with a production capacity of 1.1 million barrels of oils per day (BPD), in addition to 17,904.5 million cubic feet of natural gas. The Government has established a regulation agency, the National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG), to regulate upstream policy and evaluate Angola’s reserves and hydrocarbon potential. Ayukegba stated that, following the effects that COVID-19 had on Angola’s economy, the Agency is advancing with the production of three new refineries at Soyo in northern Angola, the exclave city of Cabinda and the port town of Lobito.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 22 FEB 2022
- KINSHASA – 22 FEB 2022 (00H30) The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced plans to participate in a videoconference being held on 23 February 2022 and 24 February 2022 to discuss preparations for the Global Fund 2023-2024. The DRC has donated $6 million to the replenishment of the Global Fund 2021-2023. The DRC is seeking replenishment from the Global Fund regarding the high Tuberculosis (TB) infection rate due to the Global Fund’s contribution of 75% of anti-TB medication in the DRC.
- KINSHASA – 22 FEB 2022 (06H30) The Government of Uganda represented by the Embassy of Uganda in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the DRC and Uganda Business Association (DUBA) represented by KTA Advocates is scheduled to hold its Second Joint Business Forum in Kinshasa from today, 22 February 2022 until 24 February 2022. The forum aims to promote trade between the two countries by sharing information on improved trade facilitation, enhancing trade in goods and services, as well as promoting investment opportunities. During the forum, the seminar will provide an opportunity to do business in Uganda and the DRC presenting the necessary legal requirements and incentives to the business community, will introduce business and investment opportunities in both Uganda and DRC, and recommend better ways of facilitating trade between the two countries.
- BENI – 22 FEB 2022 (09H45) Suspected Mai-Mai militiamen have attacked an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) military post in Pumuziko-Kasopo in western Oicha, in the Beni territory on Monday, 21 February 2022. Local sources have stated that the troops repelled the attack. Casualties have been reported. The Mayor of the Municipality of Oicha has urged local residents to avoid the area as the situation remains volatile.
- KINSHASA – 22 FEB 2022 (10H30) The 10th high-level meeting of the Regional Monitoring Mechanism (MRS) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is scheduled for Thursday, 24 February 2022, in Kinshasa. During the meeting, the leaders of the Great Lakes region will assess progress and issues in the implementation of the framework agreement for peace, security and cooperation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the African Great Lakes region. The Addis Ababa framework agreement, signed on 24 February 2013 in Addis Ababa between several African countries and several other organisations, aimed to end insecurity and instability in the DRC and the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministers of several African countries are expected to meet today, 22 February 2022, to assess the ICGLR agreement.
- MAMBASA – 21 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Convention for the respect of Human Rights (CRDH) has reported that 29 civilians have been killed in the territory of Mambasa in the last two weeks following the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacks. Several structures have been set alight while four civilians have been injured. The Government has implemented the State of Siege in North Kivu and Ituri provinces; however, brutality has increased.
ESWATINI – 22 FEB 2022
- MBABANE – 22 FEB 2022 (01H30) eSwatini political authorities have confirmed the death of Minister for Natural Resources and Energy, Senator Peter Bhembe. The Minister’s death reportedly follows a week after he had recently been admitted to intensive care due to an undisclosed condition. The eSwatini Government is expected to announce funeral arrangement’s for Bhembe’s burial in due course.
- MBABANE – 22 FEB 2022 (06H40) Two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, are expected to appear at the High Court today, 22 February 2022, at 09H00. Mabuza and Dube have been charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act and have been in detention since 25 July 2021 at the Mbabane Police Station. Demonstrations are likely to occur during the court proceedings in solidarity with Mabuza and Dube. A heightened presence of Police is expected at the court.
- MATSAPHA – 22 FEB 2022 (09H30) Flooding reported at the Mahhala intersection in Matsapha. Motorists have been advised to drive with caution or use an alternative route. Authorities are aware of the situation.
- LUVE – 22 FEB 2022 (11H00) Unidentified suspects have set a vehicle alight, owned by Times of eSwatini, today, 22 February 2022, in Luve near Kukhanyeni. Reports indicate that the suspects set the vehicle alight after hijacking the vehicle. Investigations are underway to apprehend the suspects.
- MBABANE – 22 FEB 2022 (11H15) Protest reported outside the High Court of eSwatini in Mbabane. Several pro-democracy activists are protesting in solidarity with the two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who is charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act and have been in detention since 25 July 2021. The demonstrators are demanding the release of the two MP’s. Motorists are advised to be cautious. Police are on the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 22 FEB 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 22 FEB 2022 (10H15) The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, is delivering elaborations at the Third Emergency Session of the House of Peoples Representatives in response to queries raised by Members of the Parliament (MP’s) today, 22 February 2022. The session will focus on challenges in the country concerning the conflict in the northern region of the country, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahmed has assured the House of People’s Representatives that the Government has taken various measures to mitigate the challenges. Including the tourism and agriculture sector has boosted the economic difficulties.
- ADDIS ABABA – 22 FEB 2022 (12H15) The Addis Ababa Djibouti Railway has commenced a commuter train service with 19 stations. In addition, with the commencement of the commuter train service, the railway held a seminar on the ‘Significance of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway for the Horn of Africa’ on Monday, 21 February 2022. The Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moge, has stated that the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway line, a flagship belt and road initiative of the China, Ethiopia and Djibouti partnership, has been significant progress over the last four years of operation. Moge has further stressed a need for increased efficiency and quality service delivery.
GHANA – 22 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 22 FEB 2022 (08H00) UPDATE The National Executive Committee of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has resolved to suspend its protest. The General-Secretary of the University of Ghana Chapter of UTAG, Ransford Gyampo, has confirmed the announcement and stated that members of the Association had been given five days to vote over the decision of the NEC. This comes as members of the UTAG have downed tools since 10 January 2022 to pressure the Government to restore the conditions of service agreed in 2012. (21H50) The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is expected to announce the suspension of the group’s ongoing industrial action following the conclusion of a meeting today, 21 February 2022. The Association’s strike follows a recent court hearing of Justice Aboadwe Rockson, which suspended the strike actions held by UTAG Lecturers until after the court issues a ruling on the National Labour Commission (NLC) application. The President of UTAG, Solomon Nunoo, has stated that the UTAG Lecturers are protesting against poor conditions of service leading to the reduction of their monthly income from $2,084 to $997.
KENYA – 22 FEB 2022
- NAIROBI – 22 FEB 2022 (12H30) Protest reported at the Nairobi City County in Nairobi. The staff have downed tools and are protesting outside the City Hall In Nairobi over the delayed salary payments and poor working conditions. Reports indicate that the staff have demanded about KSh5 million to repair the facility. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
LESOTHO – 22 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 22 FEB 2022 (03H00) Lesotho King Letsie III is expected to officially inaugurate Chief Mitchell Seeiso Maama as the Principal Chief of Roma Ha Maama on Friday, 25 February 2022. This follows after Chief Maama’s swearing-in as Member of the Senate in February 2021 after his nomination to succeed the late Chieftainess Mabela Seeiso Maama, following her death in January 2021. The Ministry of Local Government has stated that the inauguration ceremony is expected to be commemorated with performances by local musicians, praise poets and live performances by local schools in the area.
MADAGASCAR – 22 FEB 2022
- TOAMASINA – 22 FEB 2022 (06H00) The Malagasy Disaster Management Agency (BNGRC) has issued a weather warning forecasting a tropical cyclone, Emnati, expected to make landfall today, 22 February 2022. The cyclone is likely to damage several households and properties of land in the Atsinanana, Fitovinany, Vatovavy and Atsimo-Atsinanana regions. Teams from the Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been deployed to assist and minimize the humanitarian impact of the cyclone.
- TOAMASINA – 22 FEB 2022 (07H00) The electricity and water utility company, Jirama, has announced an electricity outage in the vicinity of Toamasina due to an explosion on Monday, 21 February 2022. The company has stated that a transmission line has caught alight at the Toamasina operating centre. Technical teams of Jirama and Enelec have been deployed to assess the situation and restore the electricity.
MALAWI – 22 FEB 2022
- MZUZU – 22 FEB 2022 (17H00) The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services (DICS) has announced an arrest of 93 Ethiopian nationals for illegal entry into the country. The DICS has intercepted the 93 Ethiopians while hiding in a tarp at the back of a truck travelling from Karonga to Mzuzu in the Chiskombe area in Mzimba. The assistant driver of the vehicle has been arrested; however, the driver is currently on the run.
MOZAMBIQUE – 22 FEB 2022
- MAPUTO – 22 FEB 2022 (08H30) Cyber attack reported on the Mozambique Government website. Reports indicate that the Government portal has been affected which has shut down the system since Monday, 21 February 2022. Most affected portals include the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGD), the National Roads Administration, the Southern Regional Water Administration and the National Land Transport Institute (INATTER). However, the Presidency of the Republic, the Bank of Mozambique, the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 portal, the National Statistics Institute/ the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) websites are reportedly operating. Investigations are underway.
NIGERIA – 22 FEB 2022
- ABUJA – 21 FEB 2022 (19H30) The United Kingdom (UK) High Commission has announced that the UK and Nigeria have signed an agreement that enables a £210,610 compensation to Nigeria. This follows a successful investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over the use of corrupt agents in the gas sector by a British corporation, Amec Foster Wheeler (AFWEL). The UK Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and is expected to transfer the compensation amount of £210,610 (N118.4 million) within 28 days.
- ABUJA – 22 FEB 2022 (06H20) The Minister of Labour Deputy Director Charles Akpan is scheduled to meet with the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) leader today, 22 February 2022, at 13H00, following its four-week warning strike by its members. This comes as the union had embarked on a four-week strike on 14 February 2022 in demand of funding for the renewal of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution and promotion arrears. The union has also demanded renegotiation of the 2009 Academic Staff Union-Federal Government of Nigeria (ASUU-FGN) Agreement and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
- CENTRAL – 22 FEB 2022 (09H15) Four operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have died following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in central Nigeria’s Niger State on Monday, 21 February 2022. The Niger State Police Spokesperson has confirmed the incident and stated that the NSCDC operatives were deployed to the Galadiman Kogo village following ongoing attacks by unidentified bandits. The Spokesperson has stated that the driver, who accompanied the NSCDC operatives, sustained injuries and has been transferred for treatment. This attack follows after the bandits ambushed the Galadiman Kogo village and set alight several residences, and killed six residents on Sunday, 20 February 2022.
- ABUJA – 22 FEB 2022 (15H15) The Federal High Court in Abuja has extended 14 days to the detention of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari. This enables the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to investigate the drug trafficking allegations against him. The Court has ordered the detention to start with immediate effect from today, 22 February 2022.
- ABUJA – 22 FEB 2022 (17H00) The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that the Northern Zones will hold the party Chairmanship in the next coming Convention. This follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with all the APC Governors to discuss the strategies for its upcoming Convention. The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-rufai, has revealed that the Southern zones are envisioned to occupy positions the Northern zones had in the last eight years. This follows after APC has announced its agreement to postpone its Convention scheduled for 26 February 2022 to 26 March 2022 due to internal concerns and coalitions within the party.
RWANDA – 22 FEB 2022
- KIGALI – 21 FEB 2022 (23H30) Rwandan President Paul Kagame has travelled to Dakar, Senegal, ahead of the launch of the recently constructed Diamniadio Olympic Stadium. The multipurpose complex has the capacity to host an estimated 50,000 people for various sports and entertainment events. On arrival in Dakar, Kagame has been received by Senegalese President Macky Sall.
TANZANIA – 22 FEB 2022
- DODOMA – 22 FEB 2022 (16H30) President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been passed a petition to cease the pressured resettlement of more than 70 000 Maasai individuals from northern Tanzania. The Tanzanian authorities announced on 21 January 2022 to evict 70 000 Massai individuals in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This follows plans to lease the land to a United Arab Emirates-based business to construct a wildlife hall.
ZAMBIA – 22 FEB 2022
- LUSAKA – 21 FEB 2022 (20H15) The Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo, has proclaimed that 11,200 Medics will be recruited in March 2022 following a protest by Doctors at the Presidential Palace today, 21 February 2022. The protesters demanded a meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema over the lack of employment in the country. The Resident Doctors Association spokesperson, Chifuka Phiri, noted that many medics have operated without remuneration for more than a year.
- LUSAKA – 22 FEB 2022 (12H00) The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Luckson Kasonka has advised unemployed Medical Doctors who have embarked on a protest in Lusaka on Monday, 21 February 2022, that consultations on the recruitment of health workers have commenced. This comes as the doctors have issued an ultimatum to the Government, demanding to be recruited by Friday, 25 February 2022. The Doctors are demanding, among other things, for the Government to change the law that requires them to work for a government institution on a two-year internship programme before acquiring a practising license.
ZIMBABWE – 22 FEB 2022
- HARARE – 22 FEB 2022 (05H00) The Zimbabwean Government has announced the establishment of a housing project of $377 million. Information Minister Monica Mutsvanga noted that the project is expected to include the construction of 324 blocks of housing, yielding a cumulative 5184 apartments. Mutsvanga has stated that the total cost required for the construction of the apartments up until 2023 amounts to $377 million.
- HARARE – 22 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Government of Zimbabwe has placed the country on high alert following the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), declared in 2017. This comes as the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development engaged with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to activate necessary measures for the disease. The Ministries have also advised all poultry producers to report high illnesses and deaths of birds to the Government.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 22 FEB 2022
- REP. CONGO: The 10th high-level meeting of the Regional Monitoring Mechanism (MRS) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is scheduled for Thursday, 24 February 2022, in Kinshasa.
- LESOTHO: Lesotho King Letsie III is expected to officially inaugurate Chief Mitchell Seeiso Maama as the Principal Chief of Roma Ha Maama on Friday, 25 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).
- RWANDA: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.
- NIGERIA : 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.
- 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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