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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 02 MAY 2022 (19H00)

May 2

ANGOLA – 02 MAY 2022

  • LUANDA – 02 MAY 2022 (03H15) The United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State (DSS) Wendy Sherman is expected to commence a four-nation tour on Tuesday, 03 May 2022. The DSS is set to travel to South Africa, Angola, Gabon and France. Sherman is set to meet President Joao Lourenco and Foreign Minister Tete Antonio in Angola. Furthermore, The DSS is set to discuss the US-Angola cooperation concerning maritime security in the Atlantic, global and regional peace and security, trade and investment, sustainable infrastructure and others.

 

BOTSWANA – 02 MAY 2022

  • GABORONE – 02 MAY 2022 (01H20) The Botswana Government has announced the revised COVID-19 safety measures for travellers. Children under 12 are no longer required to receive a vaccine or provide a negative Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Further, adults and children above 12 are required to provide a negative PCR test or a two-shot Vaccine Certificate. Travellers are expected to proceed to the Health Port offices to either receive a vaccine certificate or have their test results inspected. Furthermore, travellers are set to proceed to Passport control after receiving their papers from the Health Port offices.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO -02 MAY 2022

  • KINSHASA – 02 MAY 2022 (10H50) Protest expected by the National Union of Public Primary School Teachers of the Democratic Republic of Congo (SYNEEPP) from today, 02 May 2022. The public school primary teachers have decided to embark on a protest following the Government’s failure to fulfil its promises relating to the increase in the salaries of primary school teachers from April 2022. Allegedly the union has stated that the colleagues New Units (NU) and Unpaid (NP) have not received their salaries. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.

 

ESWATINI – 02 MAY 2022

  • MBABANE – 02 MAY 2022 (09H00) Protest expected on Tuesday, 03 May 2022, led by the Trade union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) in Mbabane. The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) President, Bheki Mamba, has announced a planned mass protest action joined by workers and political parties in eSwatini. Mamba has stated that the protest will be aimed at fighting for democratic reforms in the country. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be on the scene.

 

ETHIOPIA- 02 MAY 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 02 MAY 2022 (10H25) Engineers in Uganda and Ethiopia have announced a joint agreement that seeks to boost the construction sector in the two countries for improved profitability and productivity. This announcement comes after a virtual seminar was held by the Ethiopian Embassy and Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC). Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda Alemtsehay Meseret has stated that the partnership will help improve the construction sector between the two countries. The Head of business development affairs at the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation, Esaw Maza, also stated that the partnerships would help East Africa to compete regionally as well as internationally.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 02 MAY 2022 (12H55) Unrest reported at the Addis Ababa Stadium near the Meskel Square in Kirkos, Addis Ababa. Reports indicate that security forces have discharged teargas during a gathering for Eid al-Fitr prayers at the stadium. Security forces have allegedly also opened fire in an attempt to disperse the gathering. The unrest reportedly followed after several individuals attempted to hold prayers in an area where such religious practices are prohibited. Reports indicate that several community members have been injured during the incident. The situation has since returned to normalcy. Members of the community are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area.

 

GHANA – 02 MAY 2022

  • DZODZE – 02 MAY 2022 (14H40) The Ghana Boundary Commission National Coordinator, Major General Emmanuel Kotia, has announced that 50 new identifiable pillars to serve as international boundary markings are expected to be constructed between Ghana and Togo. Major General Kotia’s announcement follows a recent meeting with the Ketu North Municipal Security Council and security officials at the Akanu Border Crossing Post. Kotia has noted that the measure forms part of efforts to define and reaffirm the country’s international land boundary lines with its neighbours. The action also aims to prevent any future land boundary disputes and prevent the increasing rate of illegal cross-border activities across international boundaries. The Commission has stated that the existing pillar demarcations have either been eroded, tampered with, or removed. Major General Emmanuel Kotia has further noted that a sensitisation program is scheduled to be held jointly by the Boundary Commissions of Ghana and Togo from 10 May 2022 to inform members of communities along the Ghana and Togo border regarding the impending project.

 

KENYA -02 MAY 2022

  • NAIROBI – 02 MAY 2022 (13H00) Kenyan health officials have announced that authorities at all ports of entry are on high alert following a recent Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Centre for Virus Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Director Samoel Khamadi has stated that all measures have been activated to ensure the timeous detection of any possible cases of the Ebola virus. This follows the recent resurgence of the virus in Mbandaka, northwestern DRC, leading to the death of two people since 21 April 2022. Khamadi has confirmed that health officials at entry points are expected to screen all passengers entering the country. In the event that a suspect case is found, the person will be required to undergo quarantine, and samples will be taken for further testing.
  • NAIROBI – 02 MAY 2022 (14H40) The African Union (AU) announced a meeting between President Felix Tshisekedi, Uhuru Kenyatta and 24 armed groups in Nairobi to hold peace negotiations. Tshisekedi stated that the Government intends to proceed with the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Social Reintegration (DRR) programme. The measure aims to peacefully end armed conflict in the country. During the meeting, representatives of the armed groups requested amnesty, the release of political prisoners, participation in socio-economic activities and repatriation of neighbouring refugees before laying down arms.
  • NAIROBI – 02 MAY 2022 (18H10) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that the application for new registrations and changes in the registration of voters in Kenya and Kenyan citizens residing outside the country is expected to be suspended on Wednesday, 04 May 2022. The Commission has released a statement noting that the suspension aims to enable the availability of the voters to the public for purposes of verification of biometric data and particulars of registered voters in accordance with Sections 6A of the Elections Act, 2011. IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has further noted that the suspension is expected to be lifted on 13 May 2022.

 

LESOTHO – 02 MAY 2022

  • MASERU – 02 MAY 2022 (15H05) The Lesotho Renewable Energy and Energy Access Project (LRREEAP) has launched a campaign to introduce grid and mini-grid electricity in rural areas across the country and in industrial areas such as Ha Belo and Ha Tikoe. LREEAP Coordinator Mathapelo Keke Silase has recently stated that the project aims to install grid extension electricity to 12,000 households countrywide, while 8,000 homes have been earmarked to be connected with mini-grid electricity in rural communities. This aims to serve rural areas with interim electricity supply until such time that the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) has connected them to the national power grid. In the mini-grid, the power to be generated is expected to be generated through the use of solar, water and wind, depending on available resources in the chosen areas. Silase has noted that feasibility and engineering design studies are being undertaken.

 

MADAGASCAR – 02 MAY 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 02 MAY 2022 (14H00) The United States (US), through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced the provision of $13,9 million in funding to Madagascar. An estimated $5,4 million of the grant is expected to be allocated to the country’s COVID-19 response efforts, and $8,5 million is set to be allocated to support small and medium enterprises and economic development. In response to the threat to Madagascar’s marine resources, $2,5 million will be assigned to strengthen sustainable resource management and climate-resilient economic development. An additional $5 million is set to address agricultural practices that damage Madagascar’s environment. Madagascar’s private sector is also contributing an additional $11,2 million toward the efforts. USAID has noted that the funds are expected to provide additional support for COVID-19 surveillance, prevention and control, supply chain management, public awareness, and vaccinations.

 

MALAWI – 02 MAY 2022

  • LILONGWE – 02 MAY 2022 (14H10) President Lazarus Chakwera and Madam Monica Chakwera are attending the funeral service of the late Charles Peter Msosa, Malawi’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, at the Kaning’a CCAP church in Lilongwe. This follows after Msosa recently passed away in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, due to undisclosed medical conditions. Ambassador Msosa had also been appointed as a Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) and the United Economic Commission for Africa. Msosa is scheduled to be buried later this afternoon, 02 May 2022, at the Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.

 

MOZAMBIQUE -02 MAY 2022

  • MAPUTO – 02 MAY 2022 (04H40) The Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced the expected launch of the new service calling points on 20 May 2022. The service points are expected to be in Dubai, India and Mozambique. The Mozambique – India – Middle east (MIM) service is expected to provide direct and bi-weekly connections to Jebel Ali, Mundra and Maputo. The service is set to increase the economic growth of Mozambique. Furthermore, MIM is set to provide transhipments to hinterland markets in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The Port rotations are set to include Jebel Ali – Mundra – Maputo – Jebel Ali. Additionally, the service is set to sail westbound on 20 May 2022 from Mundra and eastbound from Maputo on 22 May 2022.

 

NIGERIA – 02 MAY 2022

  • ABUJA – 02 MAY 2022 (09H35) The Commissioner of Police Babaji Sunday stated that robust security measures have been deployed in Abuja. Sunday stated that the deployment of additional security measures is due to threats received by terrorists to attack important places during Sallah celebrations. Sunday urged residents though additional measures have been put in place, to remain vigilant and report any suspicious occurrences in the city through emergency lines.
  • LAGOS – 02 MAY 2022 (15H25) UPDATE Securtiy officials have revised the death toll to eight people during the collapse of a building in Lagos. Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency stated that rescue efforts are still ongoing in the area. (11H20) The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has announced that a three-storey building collapsed on Sunday, 01 May 2022, in Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos. According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), 23 people have been rescued with no injuries, while two others had been confirmed dead. General Manager LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has stated that rescue operations are underway. The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Team, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, and Nigeria Police, among other emergency responders, have been carrying out the rescue operation work. Meanwhile, Oke-Osanyintolu has urged the population to avoid the scene. (11H20) The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has announced that a three-storey building collapsed on Sunday, 01 May 2022, in Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos. According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), 23 people have been rescued with no injuries, while two others had been confirmed dead. General Manager LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has stated that rescue operations are underway. The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Team, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, and Nigeria Police, among other emergency responders, have been carrying out the rescue operation work. Meanwhile, Oke-Osanyintolu has urged the population to avoid the scene.

 

RWANDA – 02 MAY 2022

  • KIGALI – 02 MAY 2022 (16H55) The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has announced that the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM2022) is expected to be held from 03 May 2022 until 07 May 2022 in Kigali. The meeting is expected to address the impacts of corruption on sustainable development in Africa and efforts to prevent corruption. Scotland stated that 19 African member states are set to attend the meeting, where member countries’ efforts against corruption will also be assessed.

 

TANZANIA -02 MAY 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 02 MAY 2022 (16H30) Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Vice-Chairperson Abdulrahman Kinana has called on the Tanzanian Government to implement improvements at the Dar es Salaam Port to allow efficient processing of cargo. Kinana’s request follows a recent event to launch Silent Ocean Ltd and the Kilimanjaro Star Cargo. The appeal also follows after the Vice-Chairperson recently engaged in discussions with the country’s business community, which requested that the Port continue improving its cargo handling capacity to reduce the time of cargo loading and offloading. The call has also unanimously been reiterated by General Secretary of Tanzania Business Community (JWT), Ismael Mwinyi, and Chairperson of the Dar es Salaam Business Community, Yusuph Yenya. Minister of State in the President’s Office, Innocent Bashungwa, has stated that efforts are underway to improve the Port’s operation, calling on the business community to collaborate with the Government in establishing a conducive environment for businesses in the country.

 

ZAMBIA – 02 MAY 2022

  • KITWE – 02 MAY 2022 (14H00) Zambia’s state mining investment firm, Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines – Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH), is seeking a financial advisor to reform the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe, Copperbelt province. MCM, which is fully retained by ZCCM-IH, owns underground mines, a concentrator, a smelter and a refinery at the Mufulira mine site, as well as open pits, a concentrator and a cobalt plant at the Nkana Mine site in Kitwe. The firm is also seeking a private investor to improve and strengthen production at the copper mine. ZCCM-IH Board Chairperson Dolika Banda has stated that a new equity partner is also expected to be announced within the following six months.

 

ZIMBABWE – 02 MAY 2022

  • HARARE – 02 MAY 2022 (15H40) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has directed the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) to implement an efficient transport system to improve the ease of movement for workers and address transport challenges experienced during peak hours. This follows recent concerns among the commuting public regarding inordinately long bus queues, leading to increased crime rates and transporters taking advantage of the public. During a recent press briefing, President Mnangagwa assured workers of the Government’s resolve to restore their purchasing power through the provision of affordable transportation systems and other policies in response to the recent price increases as a result of imported inflation. These measures include availing affordable buses that will ensure workers are not exposed to unrecognised transporters that demand elevated fares.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 MAY 2022

  • ANGOLA: The United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State (DSS) Wendy Sherman is expected to commence a four-nation tour on Tuesday, 03 May 2022.
  • RWANDA: The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has announced that the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM2022) is expected to be held from 03 May 2022 until 07 May 2022 in Kigali.
  • ESWATINI: Protest expected on Tuesday, 03 May 2022, led by the Trade union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) in Mbabane.
  • GHANA: The Ministry of Interior has declared Monday, 02 May 2022, and Tuesday, 03 May 2022 as public holidays in commemoration of Workers’ Day and the Eid-ul-Fitr, respectively.
  • TANZANIA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to officiate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day in Arusha as the Chief Guest on 03 May 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.
  • NIGERIA: The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has announced plans to hold the 12th Meeting of the West Africa Task Force (WATF) in Lagos, Nigeria from 10 May 2022 until 12 May 2022.
  • MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
  • ANGOLA: The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), the Government of the Republic of Angola, and AMETrade are expected to host the 8th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE VIII), scheduled to take place from 16 May 2022 until 19 May 2022, in Luanda, Republic of Angola.
  • 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.
  • NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has announced plans for the Sixth Edition of Nigeria’s International Energy Summit (NIES 2023) in Abuja from 16 April 2023 until 20 April 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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