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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 04 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 04 APR 2022
• ONDJIVA – 04 APR 2022 (06H25) The Angolan President is expected to inaugurate a water supply system in Ondjiva, the southern region of Cunene, today, 04 April 2022. This aims to address the ongoing drought in the area for several years and residents not having access to water. Cunene is currently the most affected province in the country and also undergo challenges of livestock deaths and food insecurity.
BOTSWANA – 04 APR 2022
• GABORONE – 04 APR 2022 (12H45) Botswana and Zimbabwe are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allow the exchange of detainees. The agreement is expected to witness more than 400 Zimbabweans who are serving in various correctional facilities in Botswana complete their sentence in Zimbabwe, while an estimated 10 Botswana nationals serving in Zimbabwe are also set to complete their terms in Botswana. Botswana Prison Service Commissioner Dinah Marathe has stated that talks are ongoing to have the prisoners from either country complete their sentences in their home countries. Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner-General Moses Chihobvu has noted that the MoU is expected to establish an exchange programme between the Botswana Prison Service and ZPCS and modify several training services that are expected to be implemented.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 04 APR 2022
• LEMBA – 04 APR 2022 (10H40) The Government has announced an agreement with the teacher’s trade union (ESU) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for teachers to return to work following ongoing strike action. The protest had previously been launched due to the deteriorated living and working conditions. The Government has agreed to the teachers’ terms, whereas students are expected to also be able to study in improved circumstances at educational facilities.
ESWATINI – 04 APR 2022
• MANZINI – 04 APR 2022 (17H00) UPDATE Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) Secretary-General Wakhile Lukhele is participating in the Israeli Apartheid Week Seminar in Manzini. Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) Head of Women Commission, Gabi Ndukuya, is also delivering a Free Palestine message at the event. Motorists travelling in the area are advised of possible ground travel disruptions. (06H05) Political demonstration expected at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre in Manzini between 16H00 and 18H00 today, 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.
ETHIOPIA- 04 APR 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 04 APR 2022 (13H40) An Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) delegation has held talks with Peter Marcello, South Sudan’s Energy and Dams Minister, to discuss a potential energy transfer agreement. EEP Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andualem Siae Seboka, who leads the delegation, briefed the South Sudanese Minister on Ethiopia’s green energy capacity, which is expected to generate more than 70,000 gigawatts (GW), predominately utilising environment-friendly sources. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the Ethiopian Government is diversifying energy sources in a bid to avoid dry season challenges and ensure that the energy supply is reliable. Seboka has expressed Ethiopia’s readiness to assess and identify more suitable methods to interconnect Ethiopia and South Sudan via the energy grid. Further talks on the matter are underway.
GHANA – 04 APR 2022
• KETU – 03 APR 2022 (07H25) Tidal waves are reported to have affected several communities, including Agavedzi, Kedzikope, Keta Central, and Abutiakope in the Ketu South Municipality in the Greater Accra Region. Reports indicate that several structures have been affected by the incident. The Government has stated that they are expected to provide temporary structures for people who have been affected. The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has also started distributing assorted items to victims of the incident.
KENYA – 04 APR 2022
• NAIROBI – 04 APR 2022 (17H00) President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law five parliamentary bills at the State House in Nairobi. The 2022 Supplementary I Appropriation Bill (Supplementary Budget) is among the five new parliamentary bills. President Kenyatta has also allocated the sum of Sh34,446,813,295 from the Supplementary Budget to the Government fuel stabilisation programme to alleviate the effects of the high cost of fuel. The newly signed Supplementary Budget avails Sh139,752,936,287 exchequer funds for use in drought-related interventions, security operations, election preparedness, fuel stabilisation, and settlement of pending bills, among other public needs. On security operations, an additional Sh950 million has been set aside for Police recruitment to improve security in the country ahead of the upcoming general elections. In addition, the Supplementary Budget has allocated an additional Sh8,813,903,557 to the electoral body to enable sufficient preparation for the 09 August 2022 polls.
LESOTHO – 04 APR 2022
• MASERU – 04 APR 2022 (15H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party has announced intentions to contest Lesotho’s upcoming 2022 general elections. This follows as the country is scheduled to hold elections in September 2022 to elect all 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. The leader of the South African party, Julius Malema, has stated that the EFF’s interest in participating in Lesotho’s general elections forms part of the party’s ongoing efforts to obtain one million members by December 2022 and establish a pan-African movement for economic liberation.
MADAGASCAR – 04 APR 2022
• ANDRAFIA – 04 APR 2022 (13H00) The Ministry of Tourism has announced that the Nosy Be Airport in Fascène, Madagascar, is expected to host the first international flight on Wednesday, 13 April 2022. Tourism Minister Joël Randriamandranto has stated that the flight is expected to be operated by Neos Air, the first airline that has accepted the conditions of the Malagasy authorities on the reopening of international commercial flights. The Ministry has released a statement noting that the resumption of international flights from the airport is expected to significantly improve tourism in the region. Future scheduled passenger flights are expected to be operated from the airport in due course.
MALAWI – 04 APR 2022
• LILONGWE – 04 APR 2022 (16H00) President Lazarus Chakwera has officially launched Malawi’s first Tourism Master Plan, which is expected to direct Malawi to access economic opportunities within the tourism industry. Chakwera, during the launching ceremony in Lilongwe, has noted that the plan is scheduled to be implemented between 2022 and 2024. The scheme aims to strengthen and improve the country’s tourism sector. The President further noted that the launch of the country’s Tourism Master Plan is in line with Malawi’s blueprint (Malawi 2063), which aims to diversify ways of inclusively developing the country in a sustainable manner. The Head of State has called on potential foreign and local investors to partner with the Government in funding various tourism projects to meet the objectives of the Master Plan.
MOZAMBIQUE – 04 APR 2022
• MAPUTO – 04 APR 2022 (06H10) Mozambican Government officials are expected to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit in Pretoria, South Africa, today, 04 April 2022 and Tuesday, 05 April 2022. Operational conditions in northern Mozambique are expected to be discussed by the regional bloc during the Summit. This follows as the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been deployed in Cabo Delgado with the aim of eradicating Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) insurgents from the region since July 2021. SAMIM is led by South African Major General Xolani Mankayi, who has soldiers from eight Southern African countries under his command. A contingent from the Rwandan Defence Force is also deployed in the country to support the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (FADM). The South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) has stated that a SAMIM progress report is expected to be tabled during the Summit, and recommendations are considered on the way forward.
• MAPUTO – 04 APR 2022 (14H00) The Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is expected to commence its de-escalation to Scenario 5 of its deployment to combat acts of terrorism and extremism in the northern region of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. This follows after the SAMIM mandate had previously been extended for a further three months from 16 January 2022 to 15 April 2022 with additional capability requirements and additional integral personnel. Delivering opening remarks during the Extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique in Pretoria, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, confirmed the extension of the SAMIM mandate from 15 April 2022 and the de-escalation to Scenario 5 up until 15 July 2022. An additional budget in support of the SAMIM operations has also been approved.
NIGERIA – 04 APR 2022
• ORLU – 03 APR 2022 (21H00) Arson reported at the Orsu Local Government Headquarters in the Awo-Idemili community by unknown suspects. The suspects have allegedly set the Chairman’s office and the administrative block alight in addition to stationary vehicles. The incident follows after the country home of the state Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Ford Ozumba, had been set alight on Friday, 01 March 2022.
• ABUJA – 04 APR 2022 (03H50) The Anambra State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the suspension of Chris Uba and Linus Ukachukwu. The suspension follows after alleged anti-party activities conducted by Uba and Ukachukwu. They have been accused of working with other political parties to stop the PDP’s presence. Uba and Ukachukwu have been referred to the disciplinary committee for further investigations.
RWANDA – 04 APR 2022
• KIGALI – 04 APR 2022 (14H00) The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced an increase in fuel prices across the country with effect from today, 04 April 2022, citing the volatility in the global oil market. The cost of petrol has increased to Rwf1,359 per litre from Rwf1,256. Diesel has also been increased from Rwf1,201 per litre to Rwf1,368. RURA Director-General Deo Muvunyi has noted that the abnormal increase in fuel prices on the international market is developing into a fuel shortage, prompting the regulator to increase pump prices.
TANZANIA – 04 APR 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 04 APR 2022 (15H40) Local Government officials in Tanzania are calling for the establishment of separate units and energy departments to manage and coordinate the energy sector in a bid to improve efficiencies in communities. The request follows concerns raised regarding recent difficulties being experienced in regulating the energy sector efficiently. Kisarawe District Youth Development Officer, Dalidali Rashid, has stated that a new unit is expected to allow the implementation of necessary amendments. Rashid made the announcement during the conclusion of the Empowering Women Engendering Energy (EWEE) project in Dar es Salaam. The three-year project commenced in 2019, implemented by the Tanzania Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (TANGSEN) in Kibaha, Kisarawe and Mkuranga districts to advocate and build capacity.
ZAMBIA – 04 APR 2022
• LIVINGSTONE – 04 APR 2022 (14H20) UPDATE Rwandan President Paul Kagame has arrived in Zambia on a two-day State Visit between today, 04 April 2022, and tomorrow, 05 April 2022. President Kagame has been received at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone by President Hakainde Hichilema. During the visit, President Kagame and President Hichilema are scheduled to hold bilateral talks focusing on matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels. (05H50) President Hakainde Hichilema arrived in Livingstone ahead of Zambia and Rwanda’s bilateral talks today, 4 April 2022. The meeting will mainly be focused on trade, investment and security, which are of mutual interest for both countries.
ZIMBABWE – 04 APR 2022
• GWANDA – 04 APR 2022 (02H50) Botswana Prison Service (BPS) Commissioner Dinah Marathe has announced her satisfaction with Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) projects. The ZPCS projects are set to provide skills and knowledge to prisoners. Together with several delegations, Marathe underwent investigations regarding practices from the country’s correctional rehabilitation facilities. ZPCS has approximately 23 ZPCS farms producing food for prisoners. A 203-hectare farm with 61 hectares of arable land has been allocated for feeding prisoners. Furthermore, a 2,577 farm is being utilised for producing Horticultural produce in addition to cotton and winter wheat. Two thousand one hundred and two hectares of land are expected to be used for the production of livestock. The excess products produced on the farms are set to be sold and used for day-to-day prison operations. The ZPCS is expected to provide prisoners with an open prison concept towards connecting prisoners with the public.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 APR 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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