The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. - - - - - EVENTS: GHANA - The statistics office releases inflation data for January. The rate was stable at 11.8 percent in December. GLOBAL MARKETS Asian share markets turned mixed on Wednesday as investor nerves were strained ahead of a U.S. inflation report that could soothe, or inflame, fears of faster rate hikes globally. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices were stable on Wednesday, supported by healthy economic growth and expectations that a weaker dollar could spur fuel demand. SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand weakened on Tuesday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it had not given President Jacob Zuma a deadline to accept its decision to "recall" him and resign. NIGERIA MARKETS Nigerian stocks shed 2.4 percent on Tuesday to hit a new one-month low below 42,000 points as investors sold off shares in the consumer goods sector. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling KES= inched down from its recent highs as a drop in overnight lending rates on the interbank market made it possible for traders to increase their dollar holdings. KENYA RATING Moody's downgraded Government of Kenya's issuer rating to "B2" and assigned a "Stable" outlook. UGANDA RATES Uganda's central bank cut its benchmark lending rate UGCBIR=ECI to its lowest level ever on Tuesday, saying lending for small businesses remained costly despite recent policy easing. BOTSWANA RATES Botswana's central bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 5 percent on Tuesday, saying the outlook for price stability was positive. MALI ISLAMIC BONDS The government of Mali will complete its first sale of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, this week using a lease-based structure linked to affordable housing projects, the transaction's offering document shows.