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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 28 FEB 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 28 FEB 2022
- DUNDO – 28 FEB 2022 (08H00) The leader of the Portuguese Protectorate Movement Lunda Tchokwe (MPPLT), José Mateus, known as Zeca Mutchima, and the 24 co-accused have been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for alleged involvement in acts of terrorism. Judge Salvador Freire has stated that Mutchima and his co-accused have been charged due to being involved in the MPPLT group and carrying out several offences in the country. The suspects have been accused of the crimes of association of criminals, armed rebellion, dismaying the law on 28 January 2021. The District Court of Chitato acquitted the foreign defendants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and will repatriate them to their country of origin.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 28 FEB 2022
- TSHUMBIRI – 28 FEB 2022 (08H40) About 20 people have died, and 11 others sustained injuries after a vessel caught fire at the Ngafura Port on the Congo River on Sunday, 27 February 2022. The Interior Minister, Didier Tenge, has stated that the vessel was loaded with flammable products and was boarding to the Équateur province. Tenge has reiterated that boarding cargo vessels by passengers are prohibited in the country. This incident follows after 55 people died when an overloaded boat sank on the Congo River in the northern Mongala province.
- KINSHASA – 28 FEB 2022 (09H30) The President of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi, intends to revitalize the diplomacy of the Democratic Repubic of Congo (DRC). This comes after Tshisekedi presented his diplomatic orientations to the ambassadors at the opening of the twelfth diplomatic conference in the presence of Congolese Ambassadors and Heads of Foreign diplomatic missions in Kinshasa. Tshisekedi has raised concerns over foreign policy of the DRC, and has reiterated his commitment to promote peaceful diplomatic relations.
ESWATINI – 28 FEB 2022
- MATSAMO – 28 FEB 2022 (01H15) The eSwatini Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure has announced the continuation of a project to rehabilitate the MR1 road between Motshane and Matsamo. The rehabilitation project includes the repair of potholes and the restoration of road failures in selected areas. The Ministry has stated that efforts are underway to also install road signs and implement road markings on the complete stretch of the highway upon completion of the rehabilitation of the road surface. The restoration projects aimed to improve the movement of traffic between the two locations.
ETHIOPIA- 28 FEB 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 28 FEB 2022 (15H44) UPDATE The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Deemeke Mekonnen, has received a delegation led by Marina Seremi, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. (09H50) The Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Marina Sereni has embarked on a diplomatic visit to Ethiopia on a three-day visit. Sereni is expected to meet with President Sahle-Work Zewde and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen, including other senior officials on bilateral issues of mutual concern. During Sereni’s visit, the Vice Minister will also visit some projects in Addis Ababa funded by the Italian Cooperation. The high-level meetings will focus on issues related to the current situation in the country and ways how to enhance the partnership between the two countries.ADDIS ABABA – 28 FEB 2022 (13H00) The Prosperity Party (PP) has announced its readiness to convene its first General Assembly in Addis Ababa scheduled to take place from 10 March 2022 until 12 March 2022. The General Assembly will be held under the theme ‘From Challenge to Highness’ and several PP members are expected to be participate in conferences before the General Assembly convened. More than 1,600 voting members and 400 guests without voting rights will participate in the assembly, in addition, opposition political parties from the country and 41 different parties from abroad will be invited. The General Assembly will discuss on decisions focussed on political, economic and social issues in the country.
GHANA – 28 FEB 2022
- ACCRA – 28 FEB 2022 (01H10) The National Security Advisors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is conducting a Forum in Accra to strategise and discuss appropriate responses to existing and emerging security threats in the West African Sub-region. The two-day Forum follows an endorsement by the ECOWAS Authority of Head of States and Governments at its 59th Ordinary Session in Accra for the establishment of a Permanent Forum of West African National Security Advisors to enhance synergies among security, defence and intelligence agencies across the ECOWAS region. The Forum is being attended by 11 National Security Advisors out of the 12 active members of ECOWAS. The Forum is set to evaluate regional cooperation and coordination in security and intelligence among ECOWAS countries in response to cross-border crimes, including terrorism.
- ACCRA – 28 FEB 2022 (08H15) The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has urged its members to resume work from today, 28 February 2022. This comes as the association temporarily accepted the High Court’s order to resume work after the National Labour Commission (NLC) granted an injunction. The association has stated that the nationwide protest has been suspended until 04 March 2022. However, the UTAG’s National Executive Council has rejected the decision from other public universities.
- ACCRA – 28 FEB 2022 (12H15) About 24 Ghanian nationals have arrived in the country from Ukraine today, 28 February 2022, after being evacuated following the armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The 24 people are expected to followed by 220 others who have exited Ukraine and will be in Ghana in due course. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has also denied reports that a train carrying some Ghanaian students out of Ukraine had been attacked.
KENYA – 28 FEB 2022
- SUNA – 28 FEB 2022 (10H40) The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has directed the owner of the gold leaching plant in the Namba area in Suna West Sub County to halt activities until NEMA assesses the plant following a protest staged by the locals on Friday, 25 February 2022. Migori County NEMA Director, James Siaji, has stated that the issues of water and air pollution raised by the locals who protested against the company are severe and must be handled before the leaching plant continues its operations. Siaji has stated that a team from NEMA will visit the plant to observe the site operations.
LESOTHO – 28 FEB 2022
- MASERU – 28 FEB 2022 (15H15) The Lesotho Mining Ministry is expected to generate employment following the adoption of the Mine s and Minerals Amendment Bill of 2021. The Bill permits the government to recognise and reposition the Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners (ASM) sub-sector in mining precious stones to alleviate poverty in rural areas. The Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Mining, Makananelo Motseko, stated public members raised concerns that a certain percentage of sales from the clearing diamonds be returned to the communities where the diamonds were discovered.
MADAGASCAR – 28 FEB 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 28 FEB 2022 (11H15) The Armed Forces in the southern Indian Ocean (FAZSOI) have been deployed to assist Madagascar following the damages caused by the recent tropical cyclones, Batsarai and Emnati. The FAZSOI will be assisting and donating emergency humanitarian logistical aid from the French Red Cross in the town of Mananjary. This will be conducted in cooperation with the National Office for Risk and Disatare Management of Madagascar (BNGRC), inlcuding an A400M Atlas from Orleans-Bricy air Base 123, with several FAZSOI stakeholders. The objective of the mission is to assist the communities between Ivato and Mananajary tha have been affected due to the cyclones.
MALAWI – 28 FEB 2022
- LILONGWE – 28 FEB 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in Lilongwe today, 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 on 24 February 2022. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
- LILONGWE – 28 FEB 2022 (11H30) The leadership of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has called on the Ministry of Justice to dismiss the Director of the Public Prosecution (DPP) for failing to provide consent to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to prosecute Ashok Nair. The leaders have also called on the Ministry of Justice to conduct an investigation during a press briefing held in Lilongwe today, 28 February 2022. Meanwhile, the group’s Chairperson, Sylvester Namiwa, has stated that the group have also written President Lazarus Chakwera and the Malawi Human Rights Commission to intervene.
- LILONGWE – 28 FEB 2022 (13H30) The Ministry of Health has announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines provided by the Japanese Government are available in all health centres across the country. The Malawi Government has received a consignment of 277 080 AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines at the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Saturday, 19 February 2022. President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima led the vaccine rollout on 11 March 2021. Malawi has planned to vaccinate 60% of the country’s population by December 2022.
MOZAMBIQUE – 28 FEB 2022
- MAPUTO – 28 FEB 2022 (16H00) Cenergy Holdings has announced that South African Synthetic Oil Limited (SASOL) has been awarded a contract to supply 76 kilometres of Steel pipes for a Gas pipeline in Mozambique to Corinth Pipeworks. SASOL is an integrated energy and chemical company in South Africa. The (High-Frequency Welding (HWF) pipes are expected to be manufactured, coated at Corinth pipeworks facility in Greece and delivered to Mozambique within 2022.
NIGERIA – 28 FEB 2022
- KADUNA – 28 FEB 2022 (00H50) Kaduna State Government officials have announced the launch of talks with Nigeria’s defence intelligence agencies to finalize plans on an approach to eradicate militant presence in the northern region. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has stated that methods being discussed include coordinated simultaneous Military and ground operations. El-Rufai’s announcement follows as the country is expected to hold Presidential elections within the first quarter of 2023.
- ABUJA – 28 FEB 2022 (03H20) The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023. This follows after President Muhammadu Buhari recently signed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2022 into law. INEC National Chairperson Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the Presidential and National Assembly Elections are scheduled for 25 February 2023, while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections are set to be held on 11 March 2023. This is expected to allow the Commission to ensure all procedures conform to the provisions of the new Electoral Law, which states that the election notice is published at least 260 days prior to the elections.
- IBADAN – 28 FEB 2022 (06H30) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), by the President, Sunday Asefon, has declared today, 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). The National President of NANS, Sunday Asefon, has stated that the association will be closing all federal roads and mobilising students to barricade federal roads across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory on 28 February 2022 if the Government fails to reach an agreement following their demands. This follows after the NANS held a meeting on 19 February 2022 at the Sokoto State University. Meanwhile, the Labour Minister of Nigeria, Chris Ngige, has noted that the ASUU and the Government will be convening a meeting today, 28 February 2022.
- LAGOS – 28 FEB 2022 (10H30) The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has announced plans to shutdown the Lagos, Onne and other seaports across the country on Tuesday, 01 March 2022. This follows after the International Oil Companies’ (IOC) refused to allow indigenous companies access their platforms as required by the nation’s law. The Executive Secretary of the Council, Emmanuel Jime, has appealed to the union to suspend their strike to allow the council to intervene. The MWUN President-General, Adewale Adeyanju, has stated that he would discuss with the Central Working Committee (CWC) of MWUN on the outcome of the meeting and revert to management of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
- ABUJA– 28 FEB 2022 (11H15) Security Expert, Zagazola Makama, has confirmed the deaths of Boko Haram Insurgents during a military operation in Kirawa. Makama stated that several armed suspects were fatally injured and that the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) further confiscated an AK-47 rifle and magazine with several additional 7.62MM special variant ammunition. Following the operation Force Commander (FC) for the MNJFT, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim commended the Sector 1 commander Brigadier General Bouba Dobekreo.
RWANDA – 28 FEB 2022
- KIGALI – 28 FEB 2022 (17H30) The Rwandan Government Spokesperson, Alain Mukurarinda, has announced that 34 students are in the conflict in Ukraine and do not have the same support as Rwandans. Alain noted that the Rwandan Government is pursuing the matter through its representatives in Poland, Russia and Germany.
- KIGALI– 28 FEB 2022 (18H25) Ugandan Lieutenant General Muhoozo Kainerugaba is expected to hold a meeting with Rwandan President, Paul Kagame. This follows after a brief meeting between the two parties. The meeting in Rwanda is expected to focus on challenges between Rwanda and Uganda.
TANZANIA – 28 FEB 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 28 FEB 2022 (01H40) The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) has suspended passenger and cargo operations between Dar es Salaam and the central and northern regions until 06 March 2022. The announcement follows after flash floods caused significant infrastructure damage to the railway track in the Morogoro region. Train operations between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, Tabora, Mpanda, Kigoma and Mwanza are expected to be suspended during this period to allow the repair of damaged railways at Kidete, Morogoro. The flooding follows adverse weather conditions recently experienced in the region.
ZAMBIA – 28 FEB 2022
- MPIKA – 28 FEB 2022 (09H00) Seven people have died, while 35 others have sustained injuries following a road traffic accident on the Great North Road in Mpika on Saturday, 26 February 2022. Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Head of Public Relations Officer, Fredrick Mubanga, has stated that the RTSA, the Zambia Police, the Fire Brigade and Paramedics from Chilonga Mission Hospital conducted the accident rescue operation throughout the night and morning on Sunday, 27 February 2022, to retrieve the 17 missing bodies. Meanwhile, Mubanga has stated that the agency has since given seven days ultimatum to Nicpro Trading to show cause why the Road Service Licence should not be suspended for violating the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002, a condition upon which the operator’s licence was granted.
ZIMBABWE – 28 FEB 2022
- BEITBRIDGE – 28 FEB 2022 (02H10) The Zimborders Consortium has announced that the implementation of the $300 million modernisation project at the Beitbridge Border Post is scheduled for completion in November 2022. Zimborders Consortium is funding and implementing the project on a 17,5-year concession to construct, operate and transfer the project, with the Government providing technical support. Zimborders Chief Executive Francois Diedrechsen has stated that efforts are underway to construct the busses terminal under Phase 2, following the successful completion of the new freight terminal. Phase 2 is expected to be completed on or before 10 May 2022.
- MADIOMA – 28 FEB 2022 (06H10) The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has announced the death of four of its staff members from a road accident that occurred on Thursday, 24 February 2022, near Regina Coeli Mission along the Nyanga-Ruwangwe Road. The deceased was a part of an Office Team delivering goods for the less privileged in the Ruwangwe Community under the First Lady’s Community Assistance and Empowerment Programme. The four staff members died on the scene after a State Residences truck overturned, while two officers sustained injuries and were transferred to the Regina Coeli Mission Hospital. The OPC has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
- HARARE – 28 FEB 2022 (14H00) Zimbabwe Diamonds and Allied workers Union (ZDAWMU) has contested the Kuvimba Mining House’s Management over a submission to release underground workers at the Jena Mines in the Midlands Province. Kuvimba has allegedly terminated the employment of 140 workers after engaging with them for several months. ZDAWMU secretary-general Justice Chinhema stated that underground production workers must be permanently employed after working at the mine for several months.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 28 FEB 2022
- NIGERIA: Protest expected in the Rivers State in Port Harcourt on 01 March 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has announced plans to shutdown the Lagos, Onne and other seaports across the country on Tuesday, 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
- ETHIOPIA: The Prosperity Party (PP) has announced its readiness to convene its first General Assembly in Addis Ababa scheduled to take place from 10 March 2022 until 12 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.
- NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
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