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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 06 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 6

ANGOLA – 06 APR 2022

  • LUANDA – 06 APR 2022 (07H15) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, has arrived in Luanda on Tuesday, 05 April 2022, after three days of work in Cunene province. During the Head of State visit to Cunene, Lourenço inaugurated the Cafu water collection system and held site visits to several infrastructures, as well as supplied agricultural equipment to local communities. The Cunene River Water Transfer System has been benefiting over 235,000 people in the municipalities of Ombadja, Cuanhama and Namacunde. The Cafu pumping station is part of the five projects the Government has carried out to combat the drought challenges in Cunene province. The project, valued at Kz44,358,360,651, will also allow for the watering of 250,000 animals and the irrigation of 5,000 hectares of agricultural fields.
  • LUANDA – 06 APR 2022 (07H45) Angola and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have held discussions on strengthening their bilateral cooperation. The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, and the Director of the Division for Africa, Developing Countries and Special Programs at UNCTAD, Paul Akiwumi, held discussions and reviewed the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation in the Productive Sector, as well as the possibility of a visit to Angola by the organisation’s Secretary-General, Isabelle Durant. This meeting comes as Akiwumi held an official visit to Luanda as the head of a UNCTAD delegation within the scope of Angola’s graduation process from the PMA category to the Middle Income Country category.

 

BOTSWANA – 06 APR 2022

  • GABORONE – 06 APR 2022 (12H15) Botswana is scheduled to issue electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate services from today, 06 April 2022. The decision is in response to some countries in the region requiring electronic vaccination certificates for all travellers. The Ministry of Health and Wellness Spokesperson, Christopher Nyanga, has stated that the electronic certificate will include a quick response code, which allows officials at ports of entry to scan and access the traveller’s vaccination data.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 06 APR 2022

  • KINSHASA – 06 APR 2022 (08H30) The former Special Security Advisor to the President of the Republic, François Beya, has been transferred to the Makala Central Prison on Monday, 04 April 2022. Beya’s case will be transferred to the Military Prosecutor’s Office in order for the High Military Court to review its ruling over the case. The intelligence services have accused beya of planning an attack on State Security and have been investigated by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR).
  • BENI – 06 APR 2022 (08H45) The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has destroyed over 40 Democratic Republic of Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) rocket ammunition on Tuesday, 05 April 2022, near the town of Beni, in North Kivu. The UNMAS operations officer in Beni, Jacob Bedidjo Ukurango, has stated that the ammunition could cause severe damage to the population in the event of a possible fire. This follows after a military operation in a field in North Kivu held by the UNMAS within the framework of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUSCO’s) mandate.
  • GEMENA – 06 APR 2022 (09H30) Road toll agents in the province of Sud-Ubangi have embarked on a sit-in strike in demand for their six months of premium arrears. The agents have observed a sit-in in front of the administrative building of the Provincial Ministry of Transport and Communication routes of Sud-Ubangi, led by Joseph Arnold Magbaka. Meanwhile, motorists have denounced the overcharging of tax on roads within Sud-Ubangi. Motorists have been advised to be mindful of the situation. Management is aware of the situation.
  • KALEMIE – 06 APR 2022 (10H45) The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bintou Keita, accompanied by Provincial authorities and United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) delegates, has arrived in Kalemie in the province of Tanganyika on Tuesday, 05 April 2022, to assess the transition process within the province. During a meeting between the delegates, discussions focused on issues related to cooperation for the development of Tanganyika after the withdrawal of MONUSCO from the province, transitional justice and social cohesion between communities. The Interim Governor of Tanganyika, Samba Kayabala Mony, has expressed his satisfaction with the work done by MONUSCO in his province. Keita and the legislative authorities of Tanganyika held discussions that focused on strengthening the partnership between the Provincial Institution and MONUSCO.
  • RUTSHURU – 06 APR 2022 (15H00) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) has announced that areas of Bugusa, Tchengerero, Cheya and Mbuzi have been recaptured following a counter-offensive operation in areas occupied by the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group in the Rutshuru region. Civil society coordinators in Rutshuru and Jomba have stated that the M23 rebels fled the localities of Cheya and part of Tchengerero. However, the army and M23 rebels engaged in armed clashes in Mbuzi towards Gasizi, while the FARDC troops launched airstrikes.

 

ESWATINI – 06 APR 2022

  • MAHLABANE – 06 APR 2022 (09H00) Unidentified arsonists have set alight a residence of the Eswatini Beverages employee, Sifiso Simelane, on Tuesday evening, 05 April 2022, in Vulamehlo, near Timbutini under Mafutseni Inkhundla. Simelane is a witness who had testified in the ongoing case of the pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. Investigations have been launched to assess the cost of damage and conduct a search operation to apprehend the suspects.
  • NHLANGANO – 06 APR 2022 (10H00) The Nhlangano Textile Industry workers have embarked on a protest action in demand of a salary increase and better working conditions. The workers have staged a protest action on Tuesday, 05 April 2022, and vowed not to return to work until their demands are met. The management has been made aware of the situation. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation.
  • NGWENYA – 06 APR 2022 (10H15) Protest expected at the Ngwenya Border Post/ Oshoek Border Post on 12 April 2022 from 10H00. Supporters of the pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members will be protesting for their release and have vowed to hold a Swaziland Border  Blockade. Several political parties, such as the United eSwatini Diaspora organisation, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS), will be participating in the demonstration. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.
  • HLOHLO – 06 APR 2022 (10H20) Protest expected at the Swazi Border Post Matsamo on 12 April 2022 from 10H00. Supporters of the pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members will be protesting for their release and have vowed to hold a Swaziland Border Blockade. Several political parties, such as the United eSwatini Diaspora organisation, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS), will be participating in the demonstration. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.
  • MANKAYANE – 06 APR 2022 (12H20) Protest reported at the Mankayane Government Hospital in Mankayane. Healthcare workers are demonstrating against the termination of contracts of health workers by the Government. The workers are demanding the renewal of their contracts. This comes as the Ministry of Health announced the decision over not renewing about 1,000 healthcare workers in eSwatini. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
  • MBABANE – 06 APR 2022 (13H30) The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy has announced a fuel increase effective from Friday, 07 April 2022. The Ministry has stated that the petrol price will increase by 50 cents per litre (c/l), while diesel and paraffin prices will increase by E1.00 per litre (p/l). This comes as the crude oil price has increased, which reached an average of $118.82 per barrel in March 2022, from an average of $92.82 in February 2022. The increase in unleaded petrol (ULP 95) price will increase from E18.55 p/l to E19.05 p/l, diesel (0.0005%S) will increase from E18.60 p/l to E19.60 p/l, and paraffin prices will increase from E13.35 p/l to E14.35 p/l.

 

ETHIOPIA- 06 APR 2022

  • GODDER – 06 APR 2022 (12H50) The Commander of the Somali Regional State Special Forces, Mohammed Ahmed, and senior officials, including members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), held a site visit to Elbarde, a border town between the Somali State in Ethiopia and the Federal Republic of Somalia, on Tuesday 05 April 2022. The visit had been to assess the security situation in the area and strengthen the capabilities of the Somali State Special Forces, as well as monitor ongoing security operations against the al-Shabaab militant group in the border town of Elbarde. The military officials stated that the visit was aimed at strengthening the works of security and stability along the border with neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, the military officials have stated that further discussions will be held to review and strategise on measures against the militant group in border areas of the eastern part of Ethiopia.

 

GHANA – 06 APR 2022

  • SUNYANI – 06 APR 2022 (13H00) The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, is expected to inaugurate the Lands Commission’s Ahafo and Bono East Regional offices on Thursday, 07 April 2022 and 08 April 2022. This is part of a constitutional mandate for the Commission to establish its offices in sixteen regions of Ghana. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, James Dadson, has stated that the establishment is to ensure efficient and effective decentralisation of the Land Administration system that could boost investors’ confidence in these regions.

 

KENYA – 06 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 06 APR 2022 (08H00) Members of Parliament from 10 countries in the Great Lakes Region are expected to attend the 12th ordinary session of the Plenary Assembly of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR), held at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi, from 05 April 2022 to 06 April 2022. The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Fred Matiang’i, has officiated the conference on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The countries represented are Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, Angola, DR Congo, Congo, and the Central African Republic. The Secretary-General of the Forum, Onyango Kakoba, has stated that the session will focus on how Parliaments can contribute to conflict resolution, including peace and security to stability and development of the region. President Kenyatta has further tasked legislators to assess whether the Parliaments’ role should prevent or respond to conflict, how Parliament should intervene, and involve the public in the conflict prevention and resolution framework.

 

LESOTHO – 06 APR 2022

  • MASERU – 06 APR 2022 (14H15) Lesotho is set to sign the second compact of the United States (US)-Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in May 2022, following the approval of M4.5 billion by the MCC board. This follows after a quarterly meeting held in March 2022. The US MCC board of directors has approved a five-year grant that previously was spent to build clinics, roads and water supply, among others. The second compact consists of three projects comprising Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), the Market Driven Irrigated Horticulture (MDIH) Project, as well as the Business Environment and Technical Assistance (BETA) Project. Prime Minister Buta Moseme has stated that the second compact programme will provide technical assistance, incubation and acceleration services and access to finance.

 

MADAGASCAR – 06 APR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 06 APR 2022 (13H40) Air Mauritius is scheduled to resume commercial flights between Mauritius and Antananarivo due to four weekly flights on Thursday, 07 April 2022. The commencement of flights is scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, operated by an Airbus A350-900 and an A330-900neo. Passengers are required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon departure from Plaisance airport in Mauritius, and passengers travelling to Mauritius are not subject to any test at the departure from Ivato if they are fully vaccinated. In Mauritius, passengers are required to present a PCR test or antigenic test, and in Madagascar, an antigenic test is mandatory upon arrival. Passengers who test positive are required to quarantine at a hotel for seven days.

 

MALAWI – 06 APR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 06 APR 2022 (14H45) President Lazarus Chakwera, is scheduled to officiate the High-Level International Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Africa on Thursday, 07 April 2022, until 09 April 2022, at 09H30 at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the City of Lilongwe. The conference will be held under the theme of Growing and Glowing Against all Odds. The event will be attended by high-level dignitaries, including former Heads of State and global business leaders, and will discuss opportunities to facilitate intergenerational dialogue among multistakeholder groups on women’s leadership and political participation, ending violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment, and strengthening intergenerational solidarity to retain women leaders and empower young women leaders in the development, humanitarian, and conflict prevention context. The conference will also unveil the First Women Trade Centre in Lilongwe.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 06 APR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 06 APR 2022 (11H00) The Zimbabwe Energy Supply Authority (ZESA) owes USD10 million to the Mozambican Electricity company (EDM). This announcement follows after the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EDM, Marcelino Gildo Alberto, received the Zimbabwean Head of State, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to the Maputo Thermoelectric Power Plant, as part of the State visit to Mozambique. Alberto has stated that Zimbabwe owed Mozambique about USD45 million. However, it managed to reduce its debt, which had been reduced to about USD10 million. This follows after EDM and ZESA counterpart renewed their electricity supply contract, with which EDM undertakes to supply 50 MegaWatts (MW) of firm energy over the next three years and more than 150 MW of non-firm power.
  • MAPUTO – 06 APR 2022 (11H15) President Filipe Nyusi and the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) leader Ossufo Momade have announced the closure of five military bases of the main opposition party as part of the 2019 peace agreement. The leaders have agreed that in a few weeks, the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration will be resumed with the aim of closing the five remaining Renamo bases. As part of the agreement, the Military Affairs Commission and the Joint Technical Groups for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of former Renamo forces will launch the removal of the Renamo bases, and other issues will be discussed to analyse the situation of delays in pensions for former Renamo forces. The Maputo Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement were signed in August 2019 by Nyusi and Momade, providing, among other things, for the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of the armed wing of the main opposition party.

 

NIGERIA – 06 APR 2022

  • ABUJA – 05 APR 2022 (20H45) The House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is currently holding a meeting with the Service Chiefs. This is in an effort to understand the circumstances surrounding the attacks on the Abuja-Kaduna train and the invasion of the Kaduna Airport by suspected bandits. This follows after the United Kingdom (UK) has issued an advisory to citizens to avoid travelling to certain northern Nigerian states due to the attacks.
  • RIGACHIKUN – 06 APR 2022 (01H00) Attack reported in Rigachikun and Barakallahu areas along the Kaduna-Zaria Road in the Kaduna State. Unidentified armed men carried out an attack between the communities and fired gunshots sporadically. However, military forces repelled the attack. No casualties or kidnapped victims have been reported. Local officials will launch an investigation to assess the damages caused by the incident. The situation remains volatile. This attack follows after ten soldiers had been killed by unidentified suspects at a military base in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday, 04 April 2022.
  • ABUJA – 06 APR 2022 (09H45) The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the dismissal of nine Police officers for allegedly protesting in demand of a wage increase and planning to lead the rank and file into industrial action. According to reports, several junior officers have threatened to embark on a strike due to poor salary, lack of weapons to fight criminals, failure to supply uniforms and accoutrements and delay in promotion, amongst others. The officers have demanded that their minimum wage should be more than N100,000.
  • JIMETA – 06 APR 2022 (15H15) The Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced a new eased night curfew restrictions imposed on three Municipal Local Government areas of Yola North, Yola South and Girei. The Government House has decided to ease the curfew, which was imposed from 22H00 to 05H00, will now be adjusted to 23H00 to 05H00, in immediate effect. Fintiri has stated that the ease of restrictions is to allow the Muslim faithful to partake in Tafsir sessions during the period. This follows after the State Government had in February 2021 imposed a night curfew on the three local councils through the Adamawa State Restriction of Movement of Tricycles/Motorcycles Executive Order No.1 of 2021.

 

RWANDA – 06 APR 2022

  • KIGALI – 06 APR 2022 (12H00) The Government is set to construct an agriculture facility with an initial investment of about Rwf350 billion to assist local farmers’ loans at less than a 10% interest rate. Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has stated that the initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank, planned to occur in mid-2022. This comes as Members of Parliament (MPs) raised concerns over loans to agriculture that had been charged at high-interest rates of about 18% per year. Ngirente has stated that the facility will start as a public project helping farmers access to finance, but as a refund loan, the fund will become sustainable and ensure continuity of agriculture financing.

 

TANZANIA – 06 APR 2022

  • ARUSHA – 06 APR 2022 (12H30) The East African Community (EAC) is scheduled to commemorate the 28th Anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on 07 April 2022. The commemoration will be held at the EAC Headquarters in Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha. The EAC will be joined by partners, including Tanzanian local authorities in Arusha, the Rwandan communities in Arusha and Kilimanjaro, the Embassy of Rwanda in Tanzania and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), in observing the anniversary that will be held under the theme of Remember-Unite-Renew.
  • DODOMA – 06 APR 2022 (14H00) The Government has purchased five new planes to boost Tanzania’s national air carrier. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has stated that the Government has paid an advance for the purchase of five new planes in Parliament today, 06 April 2022. Majaliwa has stated that the Government has purchased one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Boeing 737-9, one De Havilland Dash 8-Q400 and one for cargo Boeing 767-300F.

 

ZAMBIA – 06 APR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 06 APR 2022 (07H30) Zambia and Angola have held discussions on issues over political and security situations along their common border at the 33rd Meeting of the Permanent Joint Commission on Defense and Security held in Lusaka. The Angolan Ministry of National Defense and Veterans of the Homeland has stated that the meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Zambia, Norman Chipakupaku and co-chaired by the Secretary of State for National Defense of the Angolan Ministry of National Defense and Veterans of the Fatherland of Angola, José Maria de Lima. On Friday, 08 April 2022, senior officials are expected to hold a ministerial meeting, accompanied by delegations of Angola and Zambia officiated by the respective holders of the Defense portfolios, João Ernesto dos Santos and the Honorable Ambrose Lufuma.

 

ZIMBABWE – 06 APR 2022

  • VICTORIA FALLS – 06 APR 2022 (05H45) 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 today, 06 April 2022. In its capacity as Vice-Chair of the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), Zimbabwe is set to host discussions between the Council of Ministers and experts in a hybrid format at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. The event is expected to continue until 08 April 2022.
  • BULAWAYO – 06 APR 2022 (08H20) The Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) has announced plans to hold a demonstration against the Bulawayo City Council’s increased parking fees. This follows after the local authority failed to respond to a petition by the party demanding an immediate reduction of the parking fees currently charged at US$1 per hour. ZAPU Secretary-General, Mthulisi Hanana, has stated that the council’s decision to disregard their petition has caused the party to protest over the issue. Hanana has stated that the party plans to protest at the Bulawayo City Hall and has urged the residents in Bulawayo to participate in the protest.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 06 APR 2022

  • TANZANIA: The East African Community (EAC) is scheduled to commemorate the 28th Anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on 07 April 2022.
  • GHANA: The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, is expected to inaugurate the Lands Commission’s Ahafo and Bono East Regional offices on Thursday, 07 April 2022 and 08 April 2022.
  • MALAWI: His Excellency, President Lazarus Chakwera, is scheduled to officiate the High-Level International Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Africa on Thursday, 07 April 2022, until 09 April 2022, at 09H30 at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the City of Lilongwe.
  • ANGOLA: Protest expected at the Sta Ana Cemetary on 09 April 2022, at 11H30.
  • BOTSWANA: President of the Republic of Botswana and Chairperson of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is scheduled to officiate the SACU Investment Conference, which will take place on 12 April 2022 and 13 April 2022 in Gaborone.
  • 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.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected at the Midima Roundabout in Limbe in Blantyre on 14 April 2022 from 09H00.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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