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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 24 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 24

ANGOLA – 24 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 24 FEB 2022 (07H30) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, is scheduled to travel to the city of Kinshasa to participate in the tenth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the signatory countries of the Framework Agreement for Peace, Security and Cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, 24 February 2022. The Secretary for Institutional Communication and Press Affairs of the President of the Republic has stated that Lourenço will be representing Angola and the President of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL). During the Summit, several Heads of State will assess the progress achieved in the scope of the implementation of the mechanism.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 24 FEB 2022

  • KINSHASA – 24 FEB 2022 (01H00) The South African Presidency has confirmed the arrival of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the N’Djili International Airport in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 24 February 2022. President Ramaphosa is on a working visit in Kinshasa to participate in the 10th annual High-Level Meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security & Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region.
  • KINSHASA – 24 FEB 2022 (06H00) The 10th high-level meeting of the Regional Monitoring Mechanism (MRS) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is scheduled to take place today, 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.
  • DJUGU – 24 FEB 2022 (06H30) Ten people have died, and about 17 people have sustained injuries following a heavy motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, on RN 27 in the village Soleniama, Irumu territory, near Bunia. Reports indicate that the vehicle overturned while travelling to Bunia from the town of Mongbwalu. According to reports, several of the people are identified as internally displaced people (IDP’s) who have fled their communities due to the attacks carried out by the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militiamen.

 

ESWATINI – 24 FEB 2022

  • BHUNYA – 24 FEB 2022 (11H40) Fire reported at the Bhunya Forest near Mangcongco. Emergency and rescue services have been deployed to the area. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the fire.
  • MBABANE – 24 FEB 2022 (12H00) Protest reported outside the Eswatini College of Technology in Mbabane. Students are protesting and have allegedly attacked a Police officer. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the students. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest.
  • MBABANE – 24 FEB 2022 (12H40) UPDATE The Communist Party of Swaziland has participated in the protest outside the High Court of eSwatini. The party is protesting in solidarity with the two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s),  Mabuza and Dube, who is appearing before the court today, 24 February 2022. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. (09H30) Protest reported outside the High Court of eSwatini. 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 on the scene. Motorists are advised to be cautious.

 

ETHIOPIA- 24 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 23 FEB 2022 (23H00) The Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (FDRE)   has confirmed the collapse of a mine in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state on Wednesday, 23 February 2022. The FDRE stated that the incident occurred during mining operations conducted by artisanal gold miners in the area. During the incident, seven miners have been confirmed dead, while 11 others sustained injuries. Investigations into the incidents are expected to be launched to review the conditions under which artisanal miners operate.

 

GHANA – 24 FEB 2022

  • KUMASI – 24 Feb 2022 (01H00) The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has announced the establishment of a new Military operation aimed at reducing illegal mining activities in the Ntobroso community and other areas in the Atwima Mponua District of Ghana’s Ashanti region. The operation aims to locate and eradicate unlawful mining equipment throughout the region. Following the launch of the operation, residents in the affected areas have raised concerns regarding the increased Military presence. District Chief Executive Atwima Mponua has noted that officers from the Central Command of the GAF are set to be deployed to the area in response to the unrest.

 

KENYA – 24 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 24 FEB 2022 (04H30) JinkoSolar has announced the launch of it solar photovoltaic panel, named the Tiger Neo, in the Kenyan solar powered market. The Business Development Manager of JinkoSolar-Sub Saharan Africa, Sammy Borothi, stated that the Tiger Neo is expected to produce between 410 megawatts (mW) and 620 mW of electricity. Borothi further stated that household and industrial areas are expected to utilise the photovoltaic panel. Reports estimate that Tiger Neo is set to produce 3% more energy while holding an increased degradation period than conventional solar panels. Technical Service Manager of JinkoSolar Kenya, Titus Koech, has stated that the solar panels have been implemented to promote rural electrification and decrease the cost of utility-scale solar farms and electricity prices.
  • NAIROBI – 24 FEB 2022 (07H50) The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has announced that the Teachers Service Commission has been issued a seven-day ultimatum to resume negotiations over salaries. KUPPET has stated that if the Commission fails to resume negotiations, the teachers in Kenya will embark on industrial action over failed salary reviews. KUPPET Secretary-General Akello Misori has stated that the teachers are determined to ensure their employer adheres to their demands. This follows after the teachers petitioned the Commission to fulfil its promises on the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement and a salary increment of between 30% to 70% for the highest-paid and lowest-paid teachers.

 

LESOTHO – 24 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 24 FEB 2022 (17H30) The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, and Government Spokesperson, Tšoinyana Rapapa, has announced that the 2022/ 23 Fiscal Budget is scheduled to be presented on Wednesday, 02 March 2022. The Minister of Finance, Thabo Sophonea, is expected to deliver the predictions in the National Assembly.

 

MADAGASCAR – 24 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 24 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Council of Ministers has announced the decision to reopen borders between Madagascar on 05 March 2022. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport are expected to discuss further rules and regulations over the move in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. In addition, a COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test (RDT)  for passengers on domestic flights will be suspended.

 

MALAWI – 24 FEB 2022

  • MCHINJI – 24 FEB 2022 (07H20) The Third Grade Magistrate Court in Mchinji has sentenced 27 Ethiopian nationals to six months imprisonment for entering the country illegally. The court has also ordered their immediate deportation after serving their sentence in Mchinji. This follows after the Ethiopian nationals had been found and detained in the Nkhungulu village in a maize field. Meanwhile, the Police have launched a search operation to apprehend the other Ethiopian nationals who fled.
  • LILONGWE – 24 FEB 2022 (08H00) Protest expected in Area 9, Lilongwe at a Businessman Ashok Kumar Streedharan, residence on 02 March 2022. Streedharan has been charged with crimes related to corruption in Malawi. The demonstrators will be protesting over Streedharan’s decision to sue Anti-Corruption bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma for defamation and demand damages. Police will be on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
  • LILONGWE – 24 FEB 2022 (08H30) Protest expected at the Ministry of Justice in Capital Hill on 09 March 2022. The demonstrators will be demanding the Ministry to give consent to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to prosecute Zunneth Sattar’s business associate, Ashok Kumar Sreedharan. Sreedharan has been detained over crimes related to corruption in Malawi. Police are expected to be on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
  • LILONGWE – 24 FEB 2022 (08H40) Protest expected in Lilongwe on Monday, 28 February 2022. Social Commentator Joshua Chisa Mbele has called on the nation to protest against Zunneth Sattar’s business associate Ashok Kumar Sreedharan, also known as Ashok Nair. The demonstrators will be protesting against the decision of Nair to sue the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma for defamation and demanding damages. Mbele will be delivering a notice to the Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe City Council today, 24 February 2022. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
  • MPONELA – 24 FEB 2022 (12H30) President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is scheduled to launch the National Tree Planting Season on Friday, 25 February 2022, at 10H00. The launch will take place at the Mpanda Hills at Mponela in Dowa District.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 24 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 24 FEB 2022 (04H10) Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM) has announced that long-distance passenger trains in the southern and central areas of the country are expected to return to service from Wednesday, 02 March 2022. All passenger trains connecting the city of Maputo and the administrative post of Ressano Garcia, on the Ressano Garcia line, are set to resume, in addition to passenger trains between Maputo and Chókwè in Gaza province. In the centre of the country, services on the Sena line between Beira and Marromeu are also set to restart. The resumption follows amid the second phase of the return of passenger rail transport, following a complete suspension in March 2020.
  • XINAVANE – 24 FEB 2022 (06H10) Local residents and workers have set alight the Açucareira de Xinavane Police station during a protest on Wednesday, 23 February 2022. The demonstrators have been protesting over the arrest of seven workers who are part of the low-wage claim group. During the protest, the demonstrators torched several vehicles and Government properties, including the Xinavane sugarcane chief residence. Several workers were detained during the protest. This protest follows as the workers of the Tongaat Hulett have been protesting for an increase in salaries since January 2022 and compensation promised since 2016.

 

NIGERIA – 24 FEB 2022

  • ABUJA – 23 FEB 2022 (19H30) President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 on Friday 25 February 2022. The National Assembly has transmitted the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 to President Buhari on 31 January 2022. Buhari has withheld his assent to sign the bill in November 2021 due to security challenges in conducting direct primary elections.
  • ENUGU – 23 FEB 2022 (20H30) Attack reported. Unknown armed suspects have killed five civilians in Enugu South and Agbani areas in separate attacks. Several victims have been injured. The Attack occurred while elections for the office of 260 councillors were being conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (IENC).
  • LAGOS – 24 FEB 2022 (02H40) Nigerian authorities have confirmed that five members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University branch (ASUU-LASU) are expected to be reinstated. The reinstatement order follows on the recommendation of the Professor Adenike Boyo Committee, which has advised the LASY Governing Council to recall the academic staff union Executives who had been dismissed five years ago. The Committee had been established by Vice-Chancellor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello to review cases of the affected union leaders and submit recommendations on remedial alternatives. The recalled academic activists include Chairman Akinloye Isaac Oyewumi, Vice-Chairman Adebowale Adeyemi, Secretary Anthony Dansu, Assistant Secretary Adeolu Oluwaseyi Oyekan, and Treasurer Oluwakemi Aboderin Shonibare.
  • KADUNA – 24 FEB 2022 (03H30) The Kaduna State Government has identified 10,901 tuberculosis cases in the State between December 2021 and February 2022. The Programme Manager of the state Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Abubakar Sadiq, has stated that this indicates an increase of approximately 86% in comparison with the 5,878 cases identified in 2020. In response, the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, the State Government and various partners are increasing support efforts.
  • AKPAJO – 24 FEB 2022 (09H00) Protest expected in the Rivers State in Port Harcourt on 01 March 2022. The youth in Rivers State will be protesting over the poor road infrastructure on Eleme Road. The President of the Ogoni Youth Federation, Legborsi Yamabana, has stated that the protest will commence despite the Rivers State Police Commissioner’s request to postpone the protest. This protest follows after the failure of the Federal Government to commence rehabilitation work on the road as well as transfer the road from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the Presidential infrastructure development fund as directed by President Buhari in October 2021.
  • ABUJA – 24 FEB 2022 (10H50) The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency (NMDPRA) has announced the suspension of four petrol stations in the Anambra State due to non-compliance with fuel delivery. Operations Controller of NMDPRA in Anambra State, Victor Orjiakor, has stated that the samples of the product had been collected from the outlets for laboratory testing. Orjiakor has stated that the products delivered to the petrol stations could have been the cause of the methanol contaminated premium motor spirit (PMS) consignment discovered in January 2022. Orjiakor has further condemned the increase in the price of petrol, noting that the NMDPRA teams were on surveillance across the state to ensure that marketers sell fuel at the industry approved prices of N162 and N165 per litre.
  • LAGOS – 24 FEB 2022 (11H15) The Governing Council of Lagos State University (LASU) has approved the reinstatement of five union leaders of the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who had been dismissed in 2017 and 2019. This follows after the Appeal Committee led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Adenike Boyo, directed the Governing Council to reinstate the five ASUU-LASU leaders.   The lecturers were accused of unauthorised removal, retention, and dissemination or publication of official confidential documents.
  • ASABA – 24 FEB 2022 (13H15) Four police officers of the Anti-Kidnap Squad in Asaba at the Delta State Police Command have been arrested for killing one of their colleagues. The colleague allegedly shot the deceased Policeman while they were on their way to collect a bribe of N20,000 from a suspect. Investigations are ongoing.
  • BAGA – 24 FEB 2022 (14H40) Attack reported. Suspected insurgents of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have attacked the Nigerian Army service members in Doron Baga, Borno. Several combatants have been injured while two vehicles have been set alight.
  • ABUJA – 24 FEB 2022 (15H00) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has announced that the Nigerian Government is preparing a special flight operation to evacuate citizens from Ukraine following the invasion by Russia. Onyeama stated that the Nigerian embassy in Kiev has been contacted to assist those willing to leave Ukraine. This follows a plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly today, 24 February 2022. The Representatives of the House have demanded an immediate evacuation.
  • BLANTYRE – 24 FEB 2022 (16H00) The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that it will hold meetings of zonal stakeholders on Saturday, 26 February 2022, at the respective geo-political zones. The National Secretary of the CECPC, John James Akpanudoedehe, stated that the party has also appointed committees for the Saturday 12 March 2022 zonal congresses.

 

RWANDA – 22 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 24 FEB 2022 (01H00) The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has confirmed that Rwandan diplomat Valentine Rugwabiza has been nominated to the position of Head the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Rugwabiza is Rwanda’s outgoing Permanent Representative to the UN in New York after the Government elected former infrastructure Minister Claver Gatete as her replacement. Rugwabiza is expected to remain in office until 28 February 2022. Guterres has appointed Rugwabiza to replace the current MINUSCA leader, Mankeur Ndiaye, pending his resignation.

 

TANZANIA – 24 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 24 FEB 2022 (03H20) Tanzanian and Ugandan Ministers of Energy have signed an agreement to expedite the implementation of the Uganda-Tanzania crude oil export pipeline project. Energy and Mineral Minister Sospeter Muhongo has stated that the project is expected to enhance Government revenue through tax and other statutory payments and stimulate the expansion of the Tanga Port to meet the demand of the project. The project is set to transport an estimated 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The Minister has noted that the implementation of the project is also set to avail the Northern Corridor and allow the country to distribute natural gas to the northern region of the country as well as neighbouring countries. Total is expected to complete the project within the following three years.

 

ZAMBIA – 24 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 24 FEB 2022 (02H15) Zambia Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe has announced a 30-day suspension of the distribution of mining licenses following allegations of corruption within the Ministry. Kabuswe stated that an extensive audit on mining rights and a work-study on the process at the department is expected to occur during the 30-day suspension period. Kabuswe further noted that the investigation is expected to be undertaken by a cross-functional internal team of officers from Internal Audit, Mines Development, Mines Safety, and Mining Cadastre. This follows after Emerald and Semi-Precious Stones Association of Zambia (ESMAZ) General Secretary, Shadreck Mwape, reported potential corruption by Ministers during the meeting of Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s separation of Black Mountain.

 

ZIMBABWE – 24 FEB 2022

  • MASVINGO – 24 FEB 2022 (11H30) Lecturers at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) have embarked on a protest action over salaries due to erosion by inflation. This follows as teachers in Zimbabwe declared a nationwide protest on 07 February 2022. The lecturers have embarked on a protest action with immediate effect until they receive a salary increment. Meanwhile, the GZU director of information, Anderson Chipatiso, has stated that the institution’s management will meet with representatives of the workers’ union to find a solution.
  • VICTORIA FALLS – 24 FEB 2022 (14H00) Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Botswana President Mokgwetsi Masisito are expected to witness the signing of a Memorandum of understanding at the 3rd Ministerial meeting of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission on Friday, 25 February 2022. The meeting held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, commenced on Monday, 21 February 2022. Zimbabwe and Botswana seek to collaborate on various matters, including trade and accessibility through borders and organized crime.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 FEB 2022

  • President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 on Friday 25 February 2022.
  • MALAWI: President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is scheduled to launch the National Tree Planting Season on Friday, 25 February 2022, at 10H00.
  • 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 Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that it will hold meetings of zonal stakeholders on Saturday, 26 February 2022, at the respective geo-political zones.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected in Lilongwe on Monday, 28 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).
  • NIGERIA: Protest expected in the Rivers State in Port Harcourt on 01 March 2022.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected in Area 9, Lilongwe at a Businessman Ashok Kumar Streedharan, residence on 02 March 2022.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected at the Ministry of Justice in Capital Hill on 09 March 2022.
  • 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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