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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 01 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 1

ANGOLA – 01 APR 2022

  • LUANDA – 01 APR 2022 (06H20) Non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations have requested a one-month extension following the seven-day extension of the official electoral registration period. This comes as President João Lourenço extended the deadline for the end of the official electoral registration by seven days, which expired on 31 March 2022, following discussions with the National Electoral Commission (CNE). According to the CNE, the process began late in the diaspora, and it started only in January 2022 in the capitals.
  • LUANDA – 01 APR 2022 (07H05) The Government has announced a new decree on easing prevention measures, which take effect from 01 April 2022 and will be extended until 14 May 2022. This comes as the Minister of State and Head of the Military House of the Angolan President, Francisco Furtado, presented the presidential decree, noting that the COVID-19 cases, which have decreased in March 2022, in the country. Furtado has stated that the new presidential decree is in effect for 45 days, maintaining the obligation to use a face mask in public areas, stores and closed places. Furtado also stated that a travel registration form from the country of origin will no longer be required, adding that testing centres at the four de Fevereiro International Airport remain in operation. The new decree maintains the mandatory isolation for citizens who arrive in Angola without complete immunisation. Public and private companies will be allowed to operate at full capacity, yet social distancing remains in effect. All sporting events will be allowed to operate at full capacity, however, the wearing of face masks will remain in place, and a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate will be required. The Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, has stated that the country recorded 21 new positive cases of COVID-19.

 

BOTSWANA – 01 APR 2022

  • GABORONE – 01 APR 2022 (07H00) Two suspects have been arrested following an armed robbery at the Tlokweng Trans wholesaler on 31 March 2022. According to reports, the Police in Gaborone had engaged in a gunfight after the suspects attempted to enter the premises of the warehouse. A suspect has reportedly died. Investigations have been launched into the incident.
  • SEROWE – 01 APR 2022 (09H30) Government Spokesperson John Thomas Dipowe has confirmed that the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kgotla Autlwetse, vehicle had been burnt down by unknown arsonists today, 01 April 2022. Autlwetse has also noted that the suspects attempted to set alight his residence in Serowe. A heightened police presence is reported around the residence. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 01 APR 2022

  • KINSHASA – 01 APR 2022 (12H30) The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Security and Customary Affairs, Daniel Aselo, is expected to appear before the National Assembly today, 01 April 2022, to respond to the concerns raised by the national deputies during the examination of the oral question with debate addressed to him by the National Deputy, Jean-Pierre Kayembe Ilunga, over the management of the conflicts in the provinces and the relations maintained with the provincial institutions. This follows after Aselo had explained that he inherited an institutional crisis at the level of 17 provinces out of 26 provinces, namely Top -Lomami, Mongala, Mai-Ndombe, Tshopo, Ituri, Kwango, Kongo Central, Kwilu, Lomami, Lualaba, Kasai, Tanganyika, Bas-Uélé, Kasaï Central and Sankuru.

 

ESWATINI – 01 APR 2022

  • MANZINI – 01 APR 2022 (04H00) Political demonstration expected at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre in Manzini between 16H00 and 18H00 on Monday, 04 April 2022. Members affiliated with the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) are expected to hold a political gathering event in solidarity with the Israeli Apartheid Week against racism and to call for freedom, democracy and socialism for Palestinians. The event is expected to be led by CPS members Mphandlana Shongwe, Mbongwa Dlamini and Simphiwe Dlamini. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the affected area as ground travel disruptions are likely.
  • MBABANE – 01 APR 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in Mbabane by the Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) today, 01 April 2022 at 09H00. The union will demonstrate over youth unemployment and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Coronation Park in Mbabane and march through Mbabane City to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Commerce, Industry and Trade Government building. Motorists are advised to use an alternative for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be on the scene.
  • SITEKI – 01 APR 2022 (12H00) Protest reported outside the Lubombo Regional health offices in Siteki. Former employees are protesting for contract renewals after the Government refused to renew the contracts of healthcare workers. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.

 

ETHIOPIA- 01 APR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 01 APR 2022 (00H40) The United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s Budget Committee has rejected an application by Ethiopia to deny funding for an investigation into human rights violations during the civil unrest between Government forces and Tigrayan forces. The resolution proposed by Ethiopia against approving resources for a team from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to investigate abuses during the unrest has been defeated by a vote of 27 to 66, with 39 abstentions. The Committee has subsequently approved a resolution recommending 14 positions for the Ethiopia investigation.

 

GHANA – 01 APR 2022

  • KADUNA – 31 MAR 2022 (20H30) Attack reported in the Anguwan Bulus area of Sabon Tasha. Suspects reportedly fired at the village sporadically. The Community leader stated that approximately three civilians received fatal injuries, and several others have been injured. Further, ten civilians have allegedly been taken hostage by the suspects. The Police are expected to conduct a search operation for the kidnapped civilians.
  • ACCRA – 01 APR 2022 (02H00) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has issued an update on its travel advisory for foreign nationals travelling to Ghana. Due to safety and security concerns, Ghana’s Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, recently renewed the curfew imposed in the Bawku Municipality and its environs in the Upper East Region from 20H00 to 05H00. The UK Government has further advised travellers of localised outbreaks of civil unrest at short notice, urging foreign nationals to remain vigilant and avoid any large public gatherings and demonstrations.
  • ACCRA – 01 APR 2022 (15H20) Police have arrested two suspects following an intelligence-driven search operation. The arrest follows the alleged fraudulent activities on Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) customers. Reports indicate that the Suspects posed as an ECG Revenue Collector and Disconnection Officer. The Suspects further extorted money from ECG customers unable to provide receipts for their recent payments. The Police have arrested the Suspects following an intelligence-driven search operation.
  • LUSAKA – 01 APR 2022 (16H40) The Bus and Taxi Owners Association of Zambia has requested that all public transport sector players receive relief funds. The request follows after the increase in operating costs due to the increases in petroleum products. Following the increases, Association Spokesperson Amis Daudi stated that the revenue of the sector decreased due to their increased statutory fees. The relief funds are expected to assist operators against the increased cost of operations.

 

KENYA – 01 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 01 APR 2022 (09H00) Train derailment reported in Mwiki at a railway intersection. According to reports, the train collided with a motor vehicle. Emergency services and authorities are on the scene and are assessing the situation. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

LESOTHO – 01 APR 2022

  • MASERU – 31 MAR 2022 (21H00) Lesotho’s Cabinet has announced a decision to disband the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). The decision reportedly follows in preparation for new post-COVID-19 adjustments. Following the announcement, NACOSEC is expected to hand over all duties to the Ministry of Health under the Disease Control Department, which is set to manage all issues relating to COVID-19.

 

MADAGASCAR – 01 APR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 01 APR 2022 (11H00) The Météo Madagascar has issued a weather warning following heavy rainfall expected until 03 April 2022. Madagascar’s Department of Meteorology has cautioned motorists to avoid travelling along Boeny, Sofia, Bongolava, Melaky, and north of Menabe due to localised flooding. This comes as the department forecasted wave heights predicted to be at 3 metres and strong wind gusts at 30 to 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) followed by thunderstorms. The department has urged all motorists to remain vigilant. Traffic authorities will be deployed to the affected areas to divert traffic.

 

MALAWI – 01 APR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 01 APR 2022 (02H00) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has issued a statement warning of threats of possible terrorist attacks to British citizens in Malawi. The advisory has reportedly been based on information from the UK Counter Terrorism Policing. The travel advice states that there is currently a heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. British High Commissioner to Malawi, David Beer, has stated that the travel advisory aims to allow British nationals to make informed decisions regarding travel.
  • LILONGWE – 01 APR 2022 (07H45) Member of Parliament for Chitipa South Werani Chilenga has urged President Lazarus Chakwera to authorise the construction of the Rumphi-Nyika-Chitipa Road after the residents from Rumphi and Chitipa held demonstrations over the poor road infrastructure on Monday, 28 March 2022. Chilenga has petitioned the House of Assembly to expedite the construction following the planned date of commencement on 22 July 2022, especially after the damages that had occurred during the rainy season. Protesters also petitioned the Government against its failure to repair the road, which is used to transport goods such as agriculture, tourism and health supplies.
  • LILONGWE – 01 APR 2022 (10H30) The Parliament of Malawi has extended the 2022-2023 Budget meeting of Parliament to 06 April 2022. This follows as the budget meeting commenced on 03 February 2022 and was expected to end today, 01 April 2022. The budget meeting will be the fifth meeting of the Assembly in the 49th session of Parliament.
  • ZOMBA – 01 APR 2022 (11H15) Protest reported in Zomba by the Concerned Citizens Organisations. The demonstrators are protesting over the increase in prices of basic commodities and the cost of living. The demonstrators are marching to the District Commissioner’s office to deliver a petition. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
  • LILONGWE – 01 APR 2022 (14H45) The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) announced the expected resignation of President Lazarus Chakwera in June 2022. Chakwera stated that he would resign if he was unable to change the conditions of Malawi following his swearing into Presidency in June 2020. The Tonso Alliance stated that Malawi is expected to address the issues of high living costs, implementations of free electrical connections and reduce passport fees.
  • NSANJE – 01 APR 2022 (18H20) The Nsanje District Environmental Health Office has announced the increased spread of Cholera in the region. Reports indicate an estimated 45 active cases and two deaths. Nsanje District Environmental Health Officer, Fred Minyeriwa, stated that the Nsanje District Hospital had initiated measures toward controlling the spread of Cholera. Additionally, the District Health Office is expected to provide chlorine and buckets at hand washing points and orientation for newly recruited Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) in disease surveillance. The District Health Offices are working in collaboration with the District Information Offices regarding an awareness campaign on preventing Cholera in the district. The Public is advised to follow all preventive measures.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 01 APR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 01 APR 2022 (02H40) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has issued an updated travel advisory for British citizens travelling to Mozambique and several other countries. The advisory states that there is currently a heightened threat of terrorist attacks against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. The other countries contained in the travel advisory include Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. This follows amid several statements recently issued by the British Government warning of possible terrorist attacks to its citizens in countries where the UK has interests. Travellers are advised to plan accordingly and remain vigilant at all times.
  • RESSANO GARCIA – 01 APR 2022 (06H25) The Ressano Garcia International Mineral Transit Railway Terminal in the Moamba district has commenced operations on 31 March 2022. Ressano Garcia’s objective for the new terminal is to reduce the number of trucks crossing the Ressano Garcia border and making their way to the port of Maputo. The inter-modal facility will transfer cargo currently ferried by trucks onto the railways, increasing Ressano Garcia’s mineral handling capacity to 50,000 tonnes per month. National Director of Logistics and Development of Private Sector Transport, Ambrósio Sitoe, has stated that the port’s objective is also to decongest National Road Number Four (EN4), which connects Mozambique to South Africa. The terminal is expected to remove around 300 heavy goods vehicles per day from the EN4 to the ports of Maputo and Matola, and can handle an average of 17 trains per month, each with up to 60 wagons.

 

NIGERIA – 01 APR 2022

  • MINNA – 31 MAR 2022 (19H25) Attack reported at the Guni village of Nigeria. Reports indicate that members of the village attempted to escape a bandit attack using boats. Guni resident Kabiru Musa stated that an estimated 20 women and children boarded the boats in an attempt to escape the expected bandit attack. Seven fatalities have been reported, and several others have been reported missing. Police are expected to investigate the incident and initiate a search operation for the missing civilians.
  • ABUJA – 31 MAR 2022 (21H10) Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has announced the new Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). This follows after the Previous Deputy IGP Joseph Egbunike passed away on 08 March 2022. IGP Olumuyiwa Adejobi elected DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo to head of the department with immediate effect.
  • LAGOS – 01 APR 2022 (10H00) UPDATE Lagos Police have been deployed to the Lekki Tollgate amid the resumption of the tolling at the bridge. Security vehicles and personnel have been deployed to the area to prevent any protest by residents of the area against tolling at the bridge. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (06H10) The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has announced an indefinite shutdown at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos scheduled to take place today, 01 April 2022. This comes as residents living around 1004 to Epe decided against the reopening of the Lekki Toll Gate. The Lagos State Government has further announced plans to open the Lekki Toll Gate, which was closed for over 18 months since the shooting incident at Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers during the EndSARS protest. Motorists are advised to be cautious during the duration of the disruption. Police will be deployed to the scene.
  • OWERRI – 01 APR 2022 (13H50) Acting Police Commissioner Maman Giwa has announced the results of a recent attack on the Imo Police command. The attack was allegedly conducted by members of the proscribed Easter Security Network (ESN). Reports indicate that the Suspects fired at the station sporadically and threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). No fatalities have been reported, in addition to minimal damage to the station. Giwa stated that investigations are ongoing for the arrest of the Suspects
  • ABUJA – 01 APR 2022 (16H20) The Government has announced the relieved COVID-19 restrictions. The Federal Government stated that wearing face masks is no longer compulsory in public places. This follows after the Government suspended the limitations placed on public gatherings, curfews and other social measures. The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency reported that an estimated 12,139,797 civilians had been fully vaccinated, and approximately 18,942,020 have been partially vaccinated. The Government further stated that the alert level is expected to decrease if the cases decrease following the Easter holiday.

 

RWANDA – 01 APR 2022

  • KIGALI – 01 APR 2022 (01H30) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has released an update on information regarding the threat of terrorism in Rwanda for foreign travellers. The UK Government has stated that the security situation near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi remains unstable. There have also been recent reports of armed attacks in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks and neighbouring areas. Travellers are advised to be aware and remain vigilant of the risk of armed attacks and Rwandan Government security operations near the DRC and Burundi borders.

 

TANZANIA – 01 APR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 01 APR 2022 (08H45) President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Pindi Chana the new Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, replacing Damas Ndumbaro, who has been transferred to the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs. Chana was Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office for Policy and Parliamentary Affairs. Chana will be responsible for overseeing and supervising tourism development in cooperation with the Government and private sectors, national and international. Chana will also be responsible for overseeing the development of tourism in Tanzania, holding about 1.5 million tourists per year with earnings of $2.6 billion and 17.6 % of Tanzania’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

ZAMBIA – 01 APR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 01 APR 2022 (16H40) The Bus and Taxi Owners Association of Zambia has requested that all public transport sector players receive relief funds. The request follows after the increase in operating costs due to the increases in petroleum products. Following the increases, Association Spokesperson Amis Daudi stated that the revenue of the sector decreased due to their increased statutory fees. The relief funds are expected to assist operators against the increased cost of operations.

 

ZIMBABWE – 01 APR 2022

  • SHAMVA – 01 APR 2022 (11H40) The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, is currently leading a National Clean-up Campaign at the Shamva Country Club in Mashonaland Central Province. Mnangagwa is expected to commission two new blocks at the Shamva Low-Density Village Primary School. The clean-up campaign will also be carried out across the country as part of the Government’s efforts to build sustainable environment management and waste disposal culture in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). Mnangagwa, along with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), will be carrying out the clean-up campaign at the Wadzanai Bus Terminus, Wadzanai suburb and along the Harare-Shamva Highway.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 APR 2022

  • ESWATINI: Political demonstration expected at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre in Manzini between 16H00 and 18H00 on Monday, 04 April 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambican Government officials are expected to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit in Pretoria, South Africa, between 04 April 2022 and 05 April 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has announced that Zimbabwe is expected to host an African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, 06 April 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Protest expected at the Sta Ana Cemetary on 09 April 2022, at 11H30.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: The Standing Commission of the Assembly of the Republic has authorised President Filipe Nyusi to conduct an official State Visit to the Republic of Botswana from 13 April 2022 to 16 April 2022.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations have been scheduled for 14 April 2022 countrywide.
  • ZIMBABWE: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which is scheduled to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 26 April 2022 and 30 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 21 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States.
  • KENYA: Kenya is expected to host the Power and Energy Africa meeting from 19 May 2022 until 21 May 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
  • NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
  • BOTSWANA: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary-General (SG) Mpho Balopi has announced that he is not expected to seek re-election during the party’s Elective Congress in July 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
  • 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.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
  • RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.

 

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