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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 25 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 25

ANGOLA – 25 FEB 2022

  • LUANDA – 25 FEB 2022 (08H45) The Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, Diamantino Azevedo, has announced the commencement of operations with the Angolan Diamond Exchange in 2022. Following the announcement, the Stock Exchange will be constituted and inaugurated at the headquarters of the national diamond company of Angola, ENDIAMA/DEBEER, in Luanda. The Stock  Exchange will be managed by Angolan National Diamond Trading Company, SODIAM, and aim to provide a platform to control the regular flow of diamonds. This announcement comes as Azevedo addressed the Dubai Diamond Conference on 21 February 2022 in Dubai and intends to increase the frequency of bids.
  • LUANDA – 25 FEB 2022 (09H15) The National Assembly has rejected the request by National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to request the inclusion in the agenda of the plenary session of the analysis of the strike of higher education teachers. During the session, the application obtained 118 votes against 38 in consideration and no abstentions. This comes as UNITA considers that the protest of higher education teachers affects the training of staff in the country, and therefore the issue should be analyzed by Parliament. University professors have embarked on a strike for an indefinite period since 03 January 2022 due to an alleged non-compliance with the claim book submitted to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 25 FEB 2022

  • BWANA -SURA – 24 FEB 2022 (22H35) The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed an attack on a Republic of South Africa Battalion (RSABATT) battalion that has been deployed to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). RSABATT Public Information Officer Major Cengani have stated that the group has been attacked while recently travelling along the N4 road connecting the Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Reports indicate that the attack has allegedly been conducted by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Cengani further stated that, during the ambush, eight members of the ADF and three civilians had been fatally injured. Following the incident, SANDF announced that they confiscated four AK-47 rifles in addition to 18 rounds of ammunition.
  • KINSHASA – 25 FEB 2022 (06H40) Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi officiated the 10th high-level meeting of the Regional Monitoring Mechanism (MRS) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on Thursday, 24 February 2022. During the meeting, the leaders of the Great Lakes region have pledged to promote dialogue and the required political process during the term of office of Tshisekedi. The Heads of State and Governments, as well as several stakeholders, expressed their satisfaction with Tshisekedi’s involvement alongside the Angolan President, João Lourenço, in the efforts that led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Rwanda and Uganda.
  • KINSHASA – 25 FEB 2022 (09H00) The African Union (AU) has urged Russia and Ukraine to resume political negotiations following the conflict between the two countries. This follows after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas region followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in Ukraine. The AU has called on the Russian Federation and any other regional or international actor to imperatively respect international law, the territorial integrity and the national sovereignty of Ukraine.

 

ESWATINI – 25 FEB 2022

  • MBABANE – 25 FEB 2022 (12H20) Protest reported outside the Mbabane Government Hospital on Mhlambanyatsi Road. The staff members and nurses are marching to the Mbabane Police headquarters and Ministry of Health to deliver a petition after the Police fired shots at a co-worker during a protest action on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Reports indicate that the Police opened fire at demonstrators outside the High Court of eSwatini in Mbabane while attempting to disperse the crowd. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.

 

ETHIOPIA- 25 FEB 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 25 FEB 2022 (00H10) The Ambassador of Ethiopia South Sudan, Nebil Mahdi Abdullahi, has denied allegations that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project breached the Declaration of Principle signed by the tripartite countries Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. The denial follows as the neighbouring countries raised concerns that the project is expected to reduce their access to water for irrigation.
  • WEST WELLEGA – 25 FEB 2022 (08H30) An exploration and development company, Kefi Gold and Copper, has announced plans to resume the development of the Tulu Kapi Gold Project in Ethiopia through its joint venture (JV) subsidiary, Tulu Kapi Gold Mines Share Company (TKGM). This announcement comes after the conflict in the Tigray Region eased and the State of Emergency had been lifted. In addition, intensive enforcement activities are being carried out in the areas surrounding the Tulu Kapi project and other mining sites. The Tulu Kapi Gold Projects activities will involve the preparation of new host sites for relocating residents and housing for construction workers. The project’s launch necessitates the completion of various tasks, all of which are currently in progress, and the JV partners will conduct an external independent security evaluation of the project site, district, and transportation routes during several months of continuous project preparation operations.

 

GHANA – 25 FEB 2022

  • ACCRA – 24 FEB 2022 (19H40) The Member of the Parliament (MP) for the Effutu constituency, Central Region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has called for the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance to take urgent actions to ensure the safety of Ghanaian students in Ukraine. Afenyo-Markin has urged the Minority in Parliament to support the passage of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) to ensure the Students stranded in Ukraine are evacuated. The Ministry noted that the government had requested the over 1,000 students and other Ghanaians to seek assistance at government shelter places while authorities seek further measures.

 

KENYA – 25 FEB 2022

  • NAIROBI – 25 FEB 2022 (01H25) The Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers Union (KETAWU) has announced plans to protest against the mass employee retrenchment plan at the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. The possible retrenchment plan is set to reduce the current employment of 9,843 staff members to an estimated 8,711. The protest action is expected to result in electricity supply disruptions in several areas of the country. The programme is set to be implemented from May 2022 through June 2023. Kenya Power and Lighting Company Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rosemary Oduor has stated that Kenya Power is expected to experience a revenue loss of approximately Ksh5,3 billion. The voluntary employee Separation (VES) exercise is expected to retrench and replace 1,962 employees with 830 new employees. Oduor has stated that the retrenchment plan is necessary as the company has low attrition rates, resulting in an increase of the companies’ staff costs.
  • MASHURU – 25 FEB 2022 (02H35) Road closure reported in the vicinity of Paai, Kajiado East. The road closure follows due to the collapse of a recently constructed bridge following persistent rainfall and flooding in the area. The bridge had reportedly been constructed the prior week and is valued at an estimated  Sh100 million. Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has stated that the bridge had been constructed to provide improved access to medical facilities, markets and schools. Kajiado County Governor Lenku has stated that officials are expected to visit the site to assess the situation and implement remedial efforts.
  • NAIROBI – 25 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Israeli Foreign Ministry Workers Union have threatened to down tools due to unfair labour conditions. The workers’ union committee has stated that the action will disrupt the issuance of the travel documents to Israelis who intend to travel to Israel for the Passover holiday held on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. As part of the labour dispute in the Foreign Ministry, the workers’ committee plans to order all consulates around the world to stop issuing passports to Israelis abroad.

 

LESOTHO – 25 FEB 2022

  • MASERU – 25 FEB 2022 (11H30) Lesotho King Letsie III is expected to officially inaugurate Chief Mitchell Seeiso Maama as the Principal Chief of Roma Ha Maama today, 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 – 25 FEB 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 25 FEB 2022 (11H00) The Air Madagascar company appointed former Country Manager of DHL in Madagascar and Mauritius, Ny Riana Rasolofonjatovo, as the General Manager of Madagascar Airlines. Rasolofonjatovo will be assuming his position from today, 25 February 2022, during the launching of a flight offered by Embraer. In addition, the flight will be part of the company’s fleet renewal policy that will connect to Antananarivo – Antsiranana – Antananarivo. Madagascar Airlines also plans to operate the Malagasy national airline under lease management.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 25 FEB 2022 (11H20) The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has reported that no deaths have occurred following Cyclone Emnati on Tuesday, 22 February 2022. The management team has stated that about 51,308l to 45,196 people have been affected due to the impact of the cyclone. According to the reports by the management, the cyclone has damaged several educational facilities and residences within the eastern Fianarantsoa Province, between Manakara City and Farafagana City. The Ministry of Public Works also stated that 16 national roads and bridges had been destroyed due to the heavy rainfall.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 25 FEB 2022 (18H30) The United States (U.S) Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S Embassy in Madagascar, has announced that it is providing humanitarian assistance to an additional 6,500 people affected by Cyclone Emnati in Atsimo Atsinanana, Vatovavy, and Fitovinany regions. The Embassy stated the ACCESS program, USAID, is assisting in repairing and rebuilding over 50 health centres, the district hospital in Mananjary, and the district health office in Nosy Varika.

 

MALAWI – 25 FEB 2022

  • MPONELA – 25 FEB 2022 (06H10) President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is scheduled to launch the National Tree Planting Season today, 25 February 2022, at 10H00. The launch will take place at the Mpanda Hills at Mponela in Dowa District.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 25 FEB 2022

  • MAPUTO – 25 FEB 2022 (03H30) The Governments of Mozambique and Tanzania have announced the launch of joint deradicalization counterterrorism programs aimed at preventing youth from participating in terrorism activities. This follows as the two countries have been conducting joint Military operations against terrorists along the shared border. Authorities in the two countries have agreed to launch the initiative to sensitize the population regarding terrorism. The programs, which involve Government officials and non-governmental organizations, aim to target marginalized youth groups from Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma, Cabo Delgado, and Niassa provinces.
  • MAPUTO – 25 FEB 2022 (04H10) The Mozambican National Disaster Agency has announced that an estimated 11 people have died, and an estimated 2,700 people have been displaced due to flooding within the preceding week. The flooding follows persistent rainfall being experienced across the country due to Tropical Storm Dumako, which passed through Mozambique between 15 February 2022 and 22 February 2022. Affected provinces include Niassa, Nampula and Zambézia. National Disaster Agency Spokesperson Nelma Araújo has stated that more than 300 houses along with various other infrastructures have been destroyed and damaged during the cyclone. Araújo has noted that relief efforts are underway.
  • XINAVANE – 25 FEB 2022 (04H00) Military officials have announced the appointment of Júlio Bonicela, First Deputy of the Police Commissioner, to the position of Interim Commander of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) in the Maputo province. Bonicela is set to replace Inácio Dina, following his dismissal from the position following civil unrest in the Xinavane area.
  • MASSINGIR – 25 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Community representative Eusébio Valoi has announced that the land concession in Mucatine, Massingir district has derailed their agricultural production project worth $45 million. The community members have stated that the company Massingir Vale Farms intends to produce maize, beans, and elephant grass. The administrator of the Massingir district, Esmeralda Muthemba, has confirmed the situation and has raised concerns over groups that plan to halt the development of the district.
  • MAPUTO – 25 FEB 2022 (10H20) The United Arab Emirates (UAE)  has sent a plane carrying 47 tonnes of emergency relief supplies to Mozambique in support of the humanitarian situation of hurricanes, drought and terrorist attacks faced by some countries of the African continent. The assistance is part of provisions to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mozambique. The UAE’s ambassador to Mozambique, Khalid Ibrahim Al Qahtani, has stated that the aid is part of the UAE’s support of about 9,000 medical workers as they work to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

NIGERIA – 25 FEB 2022

  • IKOM – 24 FEB 2022 (19H00) The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State Chairman, Venatius Ikem, has denounced statements that the party has planned to deploy the Nigerian Army to conduct the Ogoja Yala bye-election in the state. Ikem stated that the directive could only come from the Chief of Army Staff.
  • ABUJA – 25 FEB 2022 (03H00) Nigerian Government authorities have announced the launch of a flight operation to evacuate Nigerian citizens from Ukraine. This follows requests made by Nigerian nationals and students currently residing in Ukraine following the ongoing Russian Military invasion of the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry has stated that it has been reassured by the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine that measures are being undertaken to ensure the facilitation of Nigerian citizens’ safety and evacuation from Ukraine. Currently, an estimated 4,000 Nigerian students are residing in Ukraine.
  • ABUJA – 25 FEB 2022 (04H30) The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major-General Benard Onyeuko, has stated that terrorist groups have engaged in armed conflict with the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) following the launch of Operation Thunder Strike. Onyeuko noted that the operation has led to the neutralisation of approximately 55 armed suspects near the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). Furthermore, reports have indicated that ten kidnapped civilians have been rescued in addition to the arrests of three criminal elements at the Gbekyor general area. The NAF has handed over the civilians as well as the terrorist to the appropriate authorities for further investigations.
  • ABUJA – 25 FEB 2022 (06H00) President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 today, 25 February 2022. This comes after the National Assembly presented the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 to 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.
  • ABUJA – 25 FEB 2022 (14H00) President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the revised Electoral Act Amendment Bill at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The 2022 Electoral Bill provides the funding required for a general election released not later than one year before general elections. Public campaigns by political parties have been extended from 90 days to 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day. The Independent Electoral Elections (INEC) will be allowed to determine if the election results should be transmitted electronically or manually. Every political party is expected to submit a list of candidates 180 days prior to election day. INEC is required to issue a notice of election not later than 360 days before the day appointed for an election.
  • ABUJA – 25 FEB 2022 (16H45) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is reportedly in a closed-door meeting with Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors in Abuja. This follows the coercion from civilians for the Government to proclaim its position on the conflict in Ukraine. Onyeama has announced on Thursday, 24 February 2022, that the Nigerian Government would ensure that Nigerians in Ukraine receive assistance.

 

RWANDA – 22 FEB 2022

  • KIGALI – 24 FEB 2022 (20H00) The Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters Inspector, General Dan Dambuza, has received a delegation of  Senators from the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security in the Zimbabwean Parliament. The Senators visited RNP to discuss Rwanda’s internal security management regarding community policing and contribution to peacekeeping missions. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to further cooperation agreements with Police forces in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, including security challenges.
    • KIGALI – 25 FEB 2022 (12H40) Rwanda and Mauritania have signed an Air Transport Agreement to enable the national carrier RwandAir to establish flights to Mauritania. President Paul Kagame has also stated that possible areas of cooperation will be established, including defence and security, information communications technology (ICT) and digitalization, mining, agriculture, and investment promotion. This comes as Kagame held a state visit to Mauritania on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, and discussed security threats on the continent.

 

TANZANIA – 25 FEB 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 25 FEB 2022 (11H40) The United Republic of Tanzania is scheduled to host the Tanzania Energy Symposium on 26 February 2022 and 27 February 2022 as part of a series of national day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai. President Samia Suhulu Hassan is expected to inaugurate the event. The symposium will take place on 27 February 2022 under the theme ‘Promoting Tanzania as East Africa’s Energy Hub’, hosted by the Ministry of energy. The Minister of Energy, January Makamba, has stated that the country seeks to expand investments in the nation. Makamba, accompanied by the technical team at the symposium, will present opportunities and discussions on investment, financing and strategy in upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas projects; petroleum supply and storage infrastructure; electricity generation; transmission and distribution; rural electrification; and renewable energies.
  • DAR ES SALAAM – 25 FEB 2022 (15H00) The Director of Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Emmanuel Buhohela, has indicated that Tanzania and China’s bilateral relations are expanding. This follows objections by activists and politicians. Buholela stated that China-Tanzania relations have been beneficial in investment and trade areas. Tanzania has received several Chinese investors and traders in various sectors, including Agriculture, construction, telecommunications services, transportation, oil and gas.

 

ZAMBIA – 25 FEB 2022

  • LUSAKA – 25 FEB 2022 (10H30) The Government of Zambia will start evacuating Zambians residing in Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. President Hakainde Hichilema has stated that preparations are underway for the safe evacuation of the 141 known Zambians in Ukraine. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Stenley Kakubo, has stated that Zambia will maintain its position on the matter through its support of the diplomatic peace efforts undertaken by the international community.

 

ZIMBABWE – 25 FEB 2022

  • HARARE – 24 FEB 2022 (20H30) The employees at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have embarked on industrial action. The employees reported to the institution’s acting Executive Director, Engelbart Mbengwa, notifying him that they were withdrawing their services immediately on Wednesday, 23 February 2022. The employees stated they are not pleased with their COVID-19 risk allowances, which were last reviewed in 2020.
  • HARARE – 25 FEB 2022 (01H10) Zimbabwean opposition parties have called for the complete suspension of all sanctions imposed on the country following significant progress in the implementation of economic and political reforms. Oppositions parties under the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) has stated that the European Union (EU), which recently removed the remaining Zimbabwean citizens from its sanctions, must pursue multilateralism and desist from prescriptive diplomacy. The EU recently removed Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe Defence Force Commander Philip Valerio Sibanda and former First Lady Grace Mugabe from the sanctions list. However, POLAD’s International Relations and Re-engagement Committee (IRRC) has called on the EU to remove any form of an embargo on Zimbabwe.
  • VICTORIA FALLS – 25 FEB 2022 (16H30) UPDATE The Zimbabwean Government has donated  50,000 Chinese manufactured Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to the Government of Botswana. Mnangagwa stated that Zimbabwe had secured more than 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China, which are enough to cover the country’s population.  (13H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially opened the 3rd Session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission in Victoria Falls. The Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and Mnangagwa are expected to supervise signing a Memoranda of Understanding. Mnangagwa stated that the signed agreements on health had enhanced cooperation on health between the two countries.
  • HARARE – 25 FEB 2022 (18H00) The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 April 2022. Several businesses, Government ministries and affiliated agencies are expected to meet at the inaugural conference to strengthen bilateral trade.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 25 FEB 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 expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 April 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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