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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 23 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 23 FEB 2022
- LUANDA – 22 FEB 2022 (22H05) The Oxford Economics Africa consultancy announced that Angola’s inflation rate is expected to decrease from 25,8% to 19,9%. This follows the October 2021 decision of the Government to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on several essential products from 14% to 7%. Analysts of the consultancy stated that the inflation rate of Angola has increased in the preceding years, 2019/2020, due to the oil price changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and limited involvement by the Angolan Central Bank.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 23 FEB 2022
- KINSHASA – 23 FEB 2022 (00H05) Civil society members have requested the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to withdraw from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) at the recent Heads of State and Heads of Government meeting. The request follows an increase in attacks by the M23 rebel group in the Rutshuru, Beni and Masisi territories. The Head of the Good Governance theme, Etienne Kambale, stated that the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement had been developed with the purpose of removing the M23 rebellion presence in the area. However, recent reports have indicated a continuous increase in M23 group attacks throughout the eastern region of the DRC.
- BENI – 23 FEB 2022 (06H30) Sixty-three suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been transferred to the Beni-Butembo Garrison military court for trial. The suspects are charged for several offences, such as insurrectionary movement, murder, crime against humanity and assassination. The court officials have stated that the suspects had been identified as Congolese, Ugandans, Burundians, Rwandans, Kenyans and Tanzanians, who have been arrested between 2017 and 2022 by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
- MBUJI-MAYI – 23 FEB 2022 (12H30) The company Énergie du Kasaï (ENERKA) General-Director, Victor Kabongo, has announced that the City of Mbuji-Mayi is experiencing an electricity outage due to a breakdown at two machines at the Tshiala hydroelectric power station. This comes as the city has been without electricity since Friday, 18 February 2022. Kabongo has stated that technical teams have been deployed to assess and repair the damage. During the reparation work, the company has disrupted the water supply at the plant in the area to work on the station.
ESWATINI – 23 FEB 2022
- MANZINI – 23 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Reports indicate that several members of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) have arrived at the High Court of Manzini. A heightened presence of Police is reported at the court. (06H15) Protest expected at the Manzini High Court in Manzini. The demonstrators will be protesting in solidarity with the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) President, Colani Maseko, who is expected to appear before the court today, 23 February 2022, at 09H00. Police will be on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
- MBABANE – 23 FEB 2022 (11H50) UPDATE Mswati Police officers are attempting to disperse the crowd. However, the demonstrators are continuing to protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H50) Demonstrations reported outside of the Mbabane High Court. Supporters of the MP’s have gathered in solidarity with Mabuza and Dube. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (07H40) Protest expected outside the Mbabane High Court today, 23 February 2022, at 09H00. The demonstrators will be protesting in solidarity with the two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who are expected to appear in court. Police are expected to be on the scene. Motorists are advised to be cautious.
ETHIOPIA- 23 FEB 2022
- BAMEZA – 23 FEB 2022 (03H20) The Sudanese Government has condemned neighbouring Ethiopia’s decision to launch power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile River without the agreement of downstream countries. Sudan has alleged that the unilateral move is in direct violation of international commitments. Government Spokesperson Omar Kamel has reiterated Sudan’s rejection of all unilateral measures with regard to the filling and operation of the GERD.
- ADDIS ABABA – 23 FEB 2022 (10H00) A delegation of the Coordinating Committee for Economic Cooperation with African Countries (AFROCOM) held a site visit at the industrial parks of Bole Lemi and Kilinto in Addis Ababa. The Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Vice President of AFROCOM, Olga Morozova, accompanied by several officials of the Coordinating Committee, had been received by officials of the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC). The IPDC has briefed the delegates on activities undertaken in Bole Lemi and Kilinto industrial parks to facilitate a conducive manufacturing climate. Morozova also reiterated the commitment of AFROCOM to work collaboratively with the IPDC to promote businesses.
GHANA – 23 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 23 FEB 2022 (03H50) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Hanna Serwaa Tetteh as the UN’s new Ambassador in the Horn of Africa. The Ghanaian national is expected to succeed Parfait Onanga-Anyang, who previously served in the position as the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. Tetteh previously served as the Director-General of the UN Office in Nairobi and served in the Cabinet of the Government of Ghana as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- ACCRA – 22 FEB 2022 (19H25) The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has announced that it has introduced urgent additional security measures in Accra. This follows an attempted armourd vehicle robbery at an industrial area today, 22 February 2022. GPS has announced an increase in robbery incidents leading to injuries and deaths.
- KUMASI – 23 FEB 2022 (06H00) Two people have died after a wall collapsed on a few contractors at a project site at Konkromoase in the Ashanti Region. Reports indicate that the contractors were erecting a wall, yet it fell on them. A person has been injured due to the incident. Investigations are underway following the situation.
- KUMASI – 23 FEB 2022 (11H30) The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has rejected the National Executive Committee (NEC) decision to suspend its strike planned for two weeks. This comes as the UEW accused the Government of disregarding their grievances and will protest until negotiations are concluded. Meanwhile, management at a few universities has announced the resumption of their academic calendar following the decision of UTAG’s National Executives.
- ACCRA – 23 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Ghana High Court Presiding Judge, Lydia Osei Marfo, has suspended court proceedings following a shooting in the courtroom. Marfo terminated the proceedings immediately during a trial of Canadian female kidnappers. This follows a firearm discharge after the weapon trigger went off accidentally in the courtroom. The prison guarding officer of the suspects has been injured.
KENYA – 23 FEB 2022
- IRURI – 23 FEB 2022 (09H50) UPDATE Reports indicate that residents of Nyeri and surrounding areas are marching to the Sagana State Lodge. Motorists have been advised to be cautious. (09H40) President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived at the Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri ahead of the Third Sagana meeting scheduled for today, 23 February 2022. Large gatherings are expected outside the Sagana State Lodge in support of Kenyatta. This comes ahead of the 2022 Kenyan General Election scheduled to take place on 09 August 2022. Security operatives are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route due to the gatherings in the vicinity.
LESOTHO – 23 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 23 FEB 2022 (09H00) Lesotho is expected to receive further COVID-19 assistance from the United States (US) in a bid to prevent variants and bolster inoculation efforts in the least vaccinated continent. This initiative will be through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX). The US administration will provide financial, technical and diplomatic support to 11 African countries in support of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MADAGASCAR – 23 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 23 FEB 2022 (01H30) Adverse weather conditions have been reported in the eastern region of Madagascar, with ongoing increased wind speeds and persistent rainfall due to Cyclone Emnati. The United Nations (UN) Weather Station has stated that Cyclone Emnati, accompanied by wind speeds of approximately 222 kilometres per hour (km/h), has received a red weather alert level. Madagascar Director of Humanity and Inclusion, Vincent Dalonneau, has noted that preparations have been implemented ahead of the storm. Furthermore, Dalonneau has stated that medical team are preparing for further emergencies that are expected to occur during the cyclone season.
MALAWI – 23 FEB 2022
- LILONGWE – 07 FEB 2022 (18H30) The Ministry of Health in Malawi and the United Nations (U.N) agencies have launched an emergency response to the country’s polio outbreak. This follows after the country declared a national health emergency. The emergency response plan includes a rollout of a mass vaccination campaign for all children under five years of age and disease surveillance across the country.
MOZAMBIQUE – 23 FEB 2022
- MATOLA – 23 FEB 2022 (10H30) Investigations are underway at the Frigo Expresso shipping facility in Matola following a fire incident today, 23 February 2022, at 01H30. Emergency services and rescue operations have been on the scene and are assessing the damages. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
NIGERIA – 23 FEB 2022
- SOKOTO – 22 FEB 2022 (19H30) The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has issued a one-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve its disagreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). NANS has given the Federal Government until 28 February to meet and resolve the matter with ASUU before facing a national mass action by Nigerian students. This follows after NANS president Sunday Adeyayo has signed the reviewed Constitution of the association at the Sokoto state government house.
- ABUJA – 23 FEB 2022 (01H20) President Muhammadu Buhari has received Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on a courtesy visit at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria. President Akufo-Addo’s visit to Nigeria is being conducted within his capacity as Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS). Upon arrival at the State House, the two Heads of State have engaged in a private closed-door meeting to discuss diplomatic relations.
- NASARAWA – 23 FEB 2022 (02H30) Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) Executive Secretary Zachary Zamani-Allumaga has announced that an estimated 40,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have relocated from various IDP camps in the State. Zamani-Allumaga has stated that the IDPs had been displaced due to various humanitarian crises, including tribal clashes and communal unrest. The Executive Secretary has included Awe, Obi, Doma, Keana, Toto, and Lafia Local Government Areas (LGAs) as some of the areas that had recorded increased numbers of humanitarian crises in the State. The cumulative number of IDPs recorded across the State in 2021 is estimated at 47,675.
- IBA-OKU – 23 FEB 2022 (06H50) The Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has dismissed the Chief of Staff, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen, with immediate effect. This comes after stakeholders from the Onna Local Government Area called for the dismissal of the Governor’s Chief of Staff. The stakeholders had allegedly accused Inyang-eyen of treason against the Governor and causing political disputes.
- ABUJA – 23 FEB 2022 (11H00) Fire reported at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters in the central area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Emergency services have been deployed to the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
- ABUJA – 23 FEB 2022 (12H50) President Muhammadu Buhari has rescheduled to sign the amended Electoral Act Amendment Bill on Friday, 25 February 2022. This comes as Buhari was expected to assess the bill today, 23 February 2022. This comes as the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) held a protest in Abuja compelling Buhari to sign the bill, and the African Action Congress (AAC) will be participating in the protest.
- ABUJA – 23 FEB 2022 (14H30) UPDATE The Federal Ministry of Finance Spokesperson, Olajide Osundun, has announced that the fire has been contained. Osudun revealed that the fire emanated from an exploded battery. There are no casualties reported. (11H00) Fire reported at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters in the central area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Emergency services have been deployed to the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
- ANKA – 23 FEB 2022 (16H30) The Deputy Governor of Zamfara state, Mahdi Aliyu-Gusau, has been released from office by the State House of Assembly. Aliyu-Gusau has been removed due to misconduct and misuse of office. This observes a motion of no confidence by a committee set up by the Chief Judge of the State, Kulu Alivu.
- TANZANIA – 23 FEB 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 23 FEB 2022 (09H20) Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has announced that it will start receiving South Sudan consignments through the Dar es Salaam Port. TPA has expressed its readiness to begin operating freight to South Sudan. The freight to South Sudan will be transported through the central line railway to the coast of Lake Victoria, then through a cargo ship to Port Bell in Uganda and reach South Sudan. The TPA’s Director-General, Karim Mataka, has stated that the opportunity has broadened more investments to use the TPA. Mataka has further stated that the Government has formed a committee composed of officials from different transportation sectors who will foresee allocated the transportation to each seaport.
ZAMBIA – 23 FEB 2022
- LUSAKA – 23 FEB 2022 (05H10) The Central African Renewable Energy Corporation (CAREC) Chief Executive Mulenga Mulenga has announced that efforts are ongoing to convert waste into fuel. Mulenga stated that the Corporation is presently converting 1,5 tonnes of waste that is expected to create 600-700 Liters of diesel and gasoline per day. Mulenga has requested $60 million to increase the output of diesel by 400 tonnes, petrol by 125 tonnes and liquified petroleum gas by 30 tonnes. The conversion of waste to fuel has been implemented with the aim of addressing the annual $1,4 billion fuel import bill.
- LUSAKA – 23 FEB 2022 (07H30) The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has submitted to the Constitutional Court a decree that mining activities will be allowed to take place in the Lower Zambezi National Park. This is in accordance with conditions of approval aimed to mitigate the risk of the situation. ZEMA has further advised that public consultations should be tendered to Mwembeshi Resources Limited prior to the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This follows after the Environmentalist Robert Chimambo petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking an order that mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park violates the Constitution and that the State and ZEMA should withdraw the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
ZIMBABWE – 23 FEB 2022
- HARARE – 22 FEB 2022 (19H10) The Zimbabwean Government has received the European Union (EU) decision to lift restrictive travel and financial measures imposed on Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and Military chief Valerio Sibanda. The restrictive measures have been renewed following the EU Council’s conclusions on 17 February 2022 and the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU of 19 February 2021. This follows after President Emmerson Mnangagwa attempted to improve relations with Western nations after Robert Mugabe ousting in 2017. The restrictions over Zimbabwe’s defence industry remain in place.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 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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