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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 06 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 06 MAY 2022
• LUANDA – 05 MAY 2022 (20H40) United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has held a meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Tete Antonio in Luanda today, 05 May 2022. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Antonio held discussions regarding ways of strengthening the partnership between the US and Angola. The two officials held talks regarding areas of shared interest, including strengthening bilateral ties and issues of regional and global security.
• LUANDA – 06 MAY 2022 (10H00) The United States of America (USA) has expressed its satisfaction with the progress achieved by Angola in the political, economic and social sectors. This comes after the United States (US) Assistant Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, held a visit to the President of the Republic, João Lourenço. Sherman is currently on a two-day working visit to Angola aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between the two states. Sherman also highlighted the efforts of the Angolan Executive in the severity of accountability, in the desire to diversify the economy and create more jobs for youth.
• LUANDA – 06 MAY 2022 (10H30) Angola and São Tomé, and Príncipe have reviewed and analysed new areas of cooperation and mechanisms aimed at boosting existing agreements. This comes after a meeting held by the Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António and Minister of Foreign Affairs of São Tomé and Príncipe, Edite Ramos, on Thursday, 05 May 2022. The two leaders also analysed the preparation of the 6th Session of the Bilateral Commission. During the meeting, Ramos reaffirmed her country’s urge to continue strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with the Angolan State, and António stressed the need for both member countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CBG) to intensify the existing partnership in the different areas.
• LOBITO – 06 MAY 2022 (10H45) The Presidents of the Boards of Directors of the Benguela Railroad (CFB), Luanda Railroad (CFL) and the Moçâmedes Railroad (CFM), have engaged in a two-day consultation, with senior officers of the National Police and district attorneys of Lobito and Benguela, over the damages caused to the three railways. During the meeting, measures were reviewed to prevent and contain vandalism of the Benguela, Luanda and Moçâmedes Railways. The Second Commander-General of the PN, Chief Commissioner, António Pedro Candela, has further stated that the Government has provided funding aimed at restoring the railways, stations and other equipment to support the activity of railways, to improve the movement of people and goods.
• LUANDA – 06 MAY 2022 (12H30) The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) has announced that the Government plans the 8th African Petroleum Congress Exhibition (CAPE VIII), to be held from 16 May 2022 until 19 May 2022 in Luanda. The exhibition is expected to feature a high-level strategic conference, B2B trade exhibition, and technical and physical visits to sites. Reports indicate that 15 other African countries are expected to attend the exhibition.
BOTSWANA – 06 MAY 2022
• GABORONE – 06 MAY 2022 (04H50) Air Botswana has announced the re-commencement of flights effective from 06 May 2022. The flight paths include flights between Gaborone, Harare and Lusaka. Furthermore, the Airline is set to provide two weekly direct flights on Fridays and Sundays. The Airline is expected to increase the frequency of its flights to three times weekly when the demand increases. Air Botswana noted that the Embraer 170 is expected to service the routes in addition to certain regional routes and the Gaborone-Cape Town route.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 06 MAY 2022
• LUBERO – 06 MAY 2022 (02H10) The New Civil Society of Kambaus coordinator, Germain Kakule, has urged the Government to assist the residents affected by the adverse weather on 04 May 2022. During the adverse weather, approximately 40 homes have expectedly been damaged in addition to the EP Mbunia, EP Baedumba and the Tata Roga Institute schools. Furthermore, three Protestant churches and a Catholic chapel have also been damaged. The Governor has expectedly sent a report to the administrator of the territory of Lubero.
• KINSHASA – 06 MAY 2022 (12H40) UPDATE The former Health Minister, Felix Kabange Numbi, has been apprehended during the demonstration. This comes as the Police are attempting to disperse the crowd. The demonstrators have held a sit-in demonstration to demand a response regarding the revision of the electoral law. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (12H30) Demonstrations are underway in the vicinity of Kinshasa near the People’s Palace. The Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the demonstrators with teargas. Reports indicate that several demonstrators have been arrested during the demonstration, while others have sustained injuries due to the disruption. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (06H00) Protest expected at Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa today, 06 May 2022. Opposition and civil society groups have called for a sit-in demonstration to demand a response regarding the revision of the electoral law. A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of Palais du Peuple. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
• KINSHASA – 06 MAY 2022 (15H40) UPDATE Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) Provincial Deputy Gecoco Mulumba has been elected as Vice-Governor of Kinshasa. Mulumba obtained a majority of 46 out of 48 votes. The Sacred Union of the Nation candidate Hubert Kindanda Kishabongo has been elected Governor of Maniema after obtaining 18 votes out of 22 voters. In Kasaï Central, the candidate of the Sacred Union, John Kabeya, is also elected Governor with 22 votes out of 33 voters. Julie Ngungwa Mwayuma, Executive of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), has also been elected as the first female Governor in the province of Tanganyika, obtaining 14 out of 25 votes. The voting procedure remains underway in several regions of the country. (08H15) The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is scheduled to hold the elections for Governors and Vice-Governors of 14 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, 06 May 2022. This comes after the forfeiture of Governors and Vice-Governors accused of the incompetence, mismanagement and embezzlement of funds. According to the CENI, about 103 candidates will be contesting for the post of Governor in 12 provinces. At the same time, five candidates are competing for the position of Vice-Governor in the provinces of Kinshasa and Kwango.
ESWATINI – 06 MAY 2022
• MANZINI – 06 MAY 2022 (06H30) The staff and students at Hillside Primary School in Manzini have demanded the Government’s intervention in finances at the school as the situation deteriorates. This comes after the staff and students engaged in a protest on Thursday, 05 May 2022. Amongst the demands, the staff have demanded better working conditions at the school due to no electricity supply at the school, no food for pupils and unpaid salaries for support staff for the past three months, amongst other issues. The Government of Swaziland has been encountering challenges in financing educational facilities. This comes as scholarships for tertiary students were not paid, which led to several demonstrations by students in eSwatini.
ETHIOPIA- 06 MAY 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 06 MAY 2022 (13H00) Ethio Telecom has announced that it will officially launch the 5th Generation (5G) services on Monday, 09 May 2022. The company has stated that the 5G is significantly intended to be introduced to deal with the high volume of data transmission in dense urban networks in the country. This comes as the Ethio Telecom has been expanding 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services across the country.
• MEKELLE – 06 MAY 2022 (14H45) The World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia has announced that 16 humanitarian trucks have arrived in Mekelle, Tigray region, during the preceding week. This follows after the WFP has delivered food aid to an estimated 45,000 civilians in the Sheraro district and treated more than 11,000 people for malnutrition. The Programme has further stated that an additional convoy of 64 trucks is en route to Mekelle, the sixth convoy of 2022. Further humanitarian relief efforts are underway.
• ADDIS ABABA – 06 MAY 2022 (16H30) Ethiopian and South Sudanese Water Ministries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish joint power infrastructure integration. The MoU has been signed by the State Minister of the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy, Habtamu Itefa, and Deputy Minister of the South Sudanese Ministry of Electricity and Dams, Tom Remis, on behalf of their respective countries. During the signing ceremony, Minister Itefa has stated that Ethiopia is expediting efforts to address the increasing power demand in the region through the investment in renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and hydroelectric. The construction of the power infrastructure is set to be conducted in two phases. The first phase will include the establishment of 357 kilometres (km) covering areas from Gambella Sub Station to Malakal town of Sough Sudan, while the second phase extends from Dedesa-Tepi Sub Station to Medina Juba of South Sudan with 700 km length.
GHANA – 06 MAY 2022
• ACCRA – 05 MAY 2022 (19H25) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the appointment of Afi Zarate Yakubu as Ghana’s new Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Yakubu replaces Jones Borteye Applerh, the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Commission. Yakubu previously served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) and the Secretary for the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA).
• ACCRA – 05 MAY 2022 (20H00) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chiefs of Staff have launched a two-day meeting in Accra aimed at strengthening military cooperation in the region. The discussions follow a continuous deterioration of the insecurity situation in the ECOWAS region, with Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger experiencing jihadist insurgencies and related concerns by neighbouring countries such as Ghana, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire. During an address to Representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ghana’s Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul noted that the region has experienced more than 5,300 terrorist attacks resulting in approximately 16,000 deaths and more displaced people during the preceding three years. The Minister has called for greater intelligence sharing to improve the monitoring of jihadist groups. The Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit is scheduled to conclude on Friday, 06 May 2022.
• ACCRA – 06 MAY 2022 (12H00) The High Court has granted a temporary suspension of the hearing of the criminal case against William Ato Essien, the Founder and President of Essien Swiss International Capital Holdings. According to the Court, the temporary suspension is to allow a period of time for the Court of Appeal to pronounce a ruling. The trial court refused an application to suspend the proceedings in view of a pending appeal against its decision to admit unsigned documents into evidence. The Lawyer of William Ato Essien, Baffuor Gyau Bonsu Ashia, stated that the processes were filed on 04 May 2022, while the Court of Appeal expected to hear the case on 23 May 2022 and has also urged the Court to adjourn and await the ruling of the Court. The trial judge, Justice Eric Kyei Baffour (JA), has stated that no provisions in the rules of the Court were found on whether civil or criminal proceedings precluded the Court from proceeding with the trial since an application for stay of proceedings. The Court has further adjourned to 25 May 2022.
KENYA – 06 MAY 2022
• NAIROBI – 05 MAY 2022 (19H00) The Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of Cholera disease in Nairobi’s Kamukunji area. Health Secretary-General Mutahi Kagwe has stated that the disease outbreak is due to the failure of Kenyans to adhere to hygienic measures. This also follows amid an easing of COVID-19 health measures in the country. The Ministry has noted that the number of confirmed cases remains undetermined at this time as further assessments of the situation are ongoing. Kagwe has called on the public to adhere to health measures such as hand washing in a bid to mitigate the spread of the disease.
• NAIROBI – 06 MAY 2022 (16H00) Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has announced the launch of an interline agreement to Ghana and West Africa with Africa World Airlines Limited. The partnership is expected to provide increased options for domestic destinations in Ghana and the West Africa region. Kenya Airways Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu has stated that the cooperation forms part of KQ’s strategy to extend its operations across the continent. Kenya Airways currently operates three weekly flights from Accra, Ghana, to Nairobi, Kenya. The SPA interline agreement is set to provide passengers with flight connectivity from the Kenya Airways network to various locations in the Ghanaian and West Africa domestic market, including three domestic destinations in Ghana, comprising Kumasi, Takoradi, and Tamale, and to four regional destinations, including Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia.
LESOTHO – 06 MAY 2022
• MASERU – 06 MAY 2022 (14H20) Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho is expected to launch an election monitoring panel to oversee electoral procedures in the country. The committee is expected to ensure the professionalism of news dissemination and the protection of journalists during the country’s upcoming elections. General elections are expected to be held in Lesotho in September 2022 to elect all 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament.
MADAGASCAR – 06 MAY 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 06 MAY 2022 (11H00) Protest reported at the University of Antananarivo held by the Administrative and technical staff of the institution. The demonstrators have downed tools in protest following the delay in the payment of their salaries for April 2022. This comes after the National Treasury failed to fund the Ministry of Higher Education. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
• TAOLAGNARO – 06 MAY 2022 (10H45) The Qit Madagascar Minerals (QMM) in Fort-Dauphin and the residents within the area have reached an agreement after engaging in a meeting aimed to resolve issues such as the suspension of fishing activities since 12 March 2022. In addition, the mining company could resume its operations following to agree on strengthening the drinking water supply system, in partnership with Jirama, for the city of Fort-Dauphin and the surrounding area and the continued improvement of the supply of drinking water to identified rural communities, and the consideration of the specific situation of fishermen in the lagoon. The announcement follows after the residents and fishermen within the region of Anosy held demonstrations and called on the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to intervene against the mining company’s negative impact on the environment.
• ANTANANARIVO – 06 MAY 2022 (16H10) Indian Ambassador to Madagascar Abhay Kumar has held a meeting with Minister of Transport and Meteorology, Rolland Ranjatoeline, to discuss plans to launch direct passenger flights between Mumbai, India, and Antananarivo, Madagascar. Ambassador Abhay Kumar has stated that the addition of this flight route is expected to significantly increase tourism and strengthen the two countries economies. A direct flight between the two countries is also expected to promote trade and commerce as well as relations between the two countries. Further discussions regarding the matter are underway.
MALAWI – 06 MAY 2022
• ZOMBA – 05 MAY 2022 (19H10) University of Malawi (UNIMA) students have called on the University to urgently amend a recently released academic calendar indicating a five-month holiday. This follows after the students recently held a demonstration to deliver a letter by the Students Representative Council (SRC) addressing the Registrar. Students have stated that the new academic calendar is expected to negatively affect the welfare of students, whose studies have been delayed by several recent issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The academic calendar allegedly indicates the planned closure of the campus following the conclusion of the designated first semester from August 2022 until December 2022. The students have since called on the Registrar to withdraw the academic calendar and involve the SRC in the amendment to ensure that the student’s interests are also considered.
• LILONGWE – 06 MAY 2022 (09H15) President Lazarus Chakwera will officially launch the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Administration Building and Teaching Facility at the LUANAR Bunda Campus in Lilongwe today, 06 May 2022, at 10H00. Thereafter, Chakwera is expected to hold a development rally at the Mitundu Primary School Ground.
• LILONGWE – 06 MAY 2022 (14H00) The Government has announced that Malawi’s Local Transporters Association has entered into an agreement with the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA). The agreement is expected to allow local transporters to transport approximately 86% of fuel into the country. The Government has also permitted the Transporters Association to allocate 400 trucks to transport the fuel monthly from the Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania.
MOZAMBIQUE -06 MAY 2022
• CUAMBA – 05 MAY 2022 (19H20) The Secretary of State for Mozambique’s Niassa province, Dinis Vilanculo, has announced the launch of the demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) process of the former Mozambican National Resistance Movement (RENAMO) insurgents in Cuamba. Vilanculo has stated that more than 290 former RENAMO members are expected to be transitioned into civilian life during the process over the following ten days. During the launching ceremony, the Secretary has called on individuals involved in the DDR process to seek swift social reintegration via the various socio-economic projects that are currently underway in the country.
• MAPUTO – 06 MAY 2022 (01H00) The Mozambican Government has approved the proposed revision of the Foreign Exchange Law on Tuesday, 03 May 2022. The members are expected to submit the revision to the Assembly of the Republic and the Mozambican Parliament. The law is set to adjust the legal regime to the current economic growth of the country. Furthermore, The Council of Ministers appreciated the program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the agreed measures. Additionally the Ministers appreciated the status of the Compact II Development Program with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
• MONTEPUEZ – 06 MAY 2022 (09H50) The President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Défence and Security Forces, Filipe Nyusi, is expected to officiate the closing ceremony of the 10th Basic Instruction Course for Civic Service Providers in Mozambique, at the Montepuez Education and Training Centre, in Cabo Delgado. President Nyusi will be accompanied by the Minister of National Defence, Cristóvão Chume and members of staff from the Presidency of the Republic and other State institutions. The Civic Service’s mission aims to strengthen the capacity of citizens and civil society organisations to participate in socio-economic and political development processes, as well as investing in the promotion of tools and the facilitation of engagement in the sharing, learning, monitoring and advocacy in favour of public policies and services that respond to citizens’ needs.
• NAMANHUMBIR – 06 MAY 2022 (17H00) Namanhumbir Administrative Leader Terenciano Dinis has announced that more than 6,000 civilians residing in the Namanhumbir area, Montepuez district of Cabo Delgado, are experiencing food insecurity due to the adverse weather conditions experienced during the current agricultural season. Dinis has noted that the situation has deteriorated due to irregular rainfall, affecting the development of crops, in addition to pests that are damaging plants in the germination phase. Regional stakeholders are monitoring the situation.
• MAPUTO – 06 MAY 2022 (17H40) The Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) Central Committee has announced a scheduled meeting between Friday, 27 May 2022 and Sunday, 29 May 2022, to discuss preparations for the party’s 12th Congress. FRELIMO Spokesperson Caifadine Manasse has stated that the party is expected to analyse the office’s report in anticipation of the Congress, which is set to be held from 23 September 2022 until 28 September 2022. During the Congress, the party is set to renew internal organs and discuss several theses proposed by members of the organisation in recent meetings across the country. The September 2022 meeting is also expected to focus on the economic and political situation of the country.
NIGERIA – 06 MAY 2022
• LAGOS – 05 MAY 2022 (20H30) The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the successful completion of repair works on the damaged section of the Abuja-Kaduna rail track. This follows a terrorist attack on 28 March 2022, which grounded services on the route. The attack led to the deaths of nine people and the abduction of an estimated 141 others. The NRC has stated that railway track access between Abuja and Kaduna has been restored. NRC Technical teams are reportedly continuing with other track works, including ballasting, temping, fastening of accessories and welding. The Corporation has noted that the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service is expected to resume in due course with additional security measures in place.
• ABUJA – 06 MAY 2022 (03H00) The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has dissolved the State Executive Council (SEC) with effect from Thursday, 05 May 2022. This follows the signed statement signed by Permanent Secretary to the Administration and General Services, Danjuma Ali. The dissolution of the SEC is set to provide an opening for interested members of the Executive Council to legally participate in the upcoming primaries and congresses of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
• ABUJA – 06 MAY 2022 (13H20) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has classified Nigeria’s southeast separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a terrorist organisation. The UK Government has effectively also excluded members of the IPOB group from its asylum programme. The development reportedly follows a series of atrocities committed by IPOB members. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has listed the atrocities as the invasion of an All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting in Enugu state, an attack on an Imo Police Station, the killing of Anambra residents during the enforcement of a sit-at-home order, and the killing of Police officers on route to the Anambra International Airport.
• ABUJA – 06 MAY 2022 (14H10) The Supreme Court in Abuja has resolved the ownership dispute of 17 oil wells in favour of Nigeria’s Rivers State. Supreme Court Justice Emmanuel Agim has delivered the judgement, dismissing the counterclaim ownership put forward by the Imo State Government. The oil wells are located in the Ndoni and Egbema communities in the territories of Rivers and Imo States.
• ILORIN – 06 MAY 2022 (14H55) Kwara State Geographical Information System (KW-GIS) Executive Chairman Abdulmutalab Shittu announced an expected meeting on 11 May 2022 to launch the Ilorin City Master plan. Shittu stated that the project is expected to expand and reposition the city for the following 20 years with coverage of trade and investment, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, housing, tourism, education and infrastructure.
RWANDA – 06 MAY 2022
• KIGALI – 05 MAY 2022 (19H30) Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has issued a statement indicating that President Paul Kagame has suspended Edouard Bamporiki as Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The announcement follows as Bamporiki, who had been appointed to Cabinet in 2019, is currently under an investigation regarding matters of accountability. Further details regarding the matter have not been disclosed.
• KIGALI – 06 MAY 2022 (10H15) The African Development Bank’s Country Manager Aissa Tour-Sarr announced the investment of $180 million into Rwanda’s four-year energy project. The four-year energy project is expected to construct 1,000 kilometres of medium voltage, 3,300 kilometres of low voltage lines and six substations which is expected to connect 77,470 households to the electricity network. Tour-Sarr stated that 75 schools, eight health centres and 65 administration centres are expected to be connected to the power supply.
TANZANIA – 06 MAY 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 05 MAY 2022 (20H20) Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) has announced a further increase in the country’s fuel prices. The Authority has released a statement indicating that petrol prices have increased to Tsh3,148 per litre from the previous price of Tsh2,861 per litre at the pump. Diesel prices increased to Tsh3,258 per litre at the pump from Tsh2,692 per litre in April 2022. This represents a 9,5% increase in petrol prices and a 17,1% increase in diesel prices in comparison to April 2022. EWURA has also noted that the retail price for kerosene in Dar es Salaam is set at Tsh3,112 per litre compared to Tsh2,682 in April 2022 and Tsh2,209 in March 2022.
• DAR ES SALAAM – 06 MAY 2022 (08H30) Bolt Tanzania has announced the resumption of its services in Tanzania. This comes after a meeting held between Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA) and Bolt leaders on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. The Bolt Regional Manager, Kenneth Micah, has stated that Bolt has reaffirmed their commitment to continue offering e-hailing services in Tanzania and has raised hopes that the relevant stakeholders and LATRA will review the regulations on the tariff and commission.
ZAMBIA – 06 MAY 2022
• LUSAKA – 06 MAY 2022 (03H20) Zambia and Namibia are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a gas and oil pipeline in June 2022. The pipeline is expected to travel from Windhoek, Namibia, to Lusaka, Zambia. Additionally, the construction is expected to last approximately four years. The construction is set to place the main power stations in Lusaka. The gas is set to be used for power generation, and the oil is set to decrease the cost of petroleum products in the Southern Africa region. The signing with Namibia follows after Zambia signed an MoU with Angola for Angola’s Lobito Oil Refinery Project, set to produce approximately 200,000 barrels per day.
• LUSAKA – 06 MAY 2022 (17H00) The Lusaka Magistrates Court has set 18 May 2022 as the court date to hear the case between the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and former Tourism Minister Ronald Chitotela. Chitotela has been accused of being in the possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime and fraud. Chitotela has, since the arrest, argued a settlement agreement with the ACC.
ZIMBABWE – 06 MAY 2022
• HARARE – 06 MAY 2022 (07H00) Internet activists joined by students and trade unions have called for a stay-at-home protest to take place on Monday, 09 May 2022, due to the economic situation in Zimbabwe. The protest will be held under the theme of #ShutDownZimbabwe and has demanded an election transparency advocacy group, including ending Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO’s) public transport increase in fares, a reduction to university fees, increasing funds to hospitals, raising salaries of public sector workers and pension pay-outs, as well as depreciate the devaluation of the local currency. The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) has also called for a shutdown at each institution on 09 May 2022, and it will be held under the theme of #FeesMustFall through a nationwide campus shutdown. Members of the public are advised to be cautious.
• HARARE – 06 MAY 2022 (15H00) Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that Zimbabwe is on high alert as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in neighbouring South Africa. During the previous week, the country has reportedly recorded a 58% increase in the number of new cases, with an average of 63 new daily infections being recorded. Mutsvangwa has stated that Cabinet advises that there is a need to exercise caution and monitor the spread of the virus due to the significant increase in new cases in the country and increasing infections in neighbouring South Africa. Minister Mutsvangwa has noted that the Government is expected to employ cautionary measures, emphasising the need to prioritise the roll-out of phase two of the vaccination campaign. Risk communication and community engagement are set to be strengthened with a focus on adherence to all prevention measures, in addition to strict enforcement of all COVID-19 regulations throughout the country, including at the ports of entry.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 06 MAY 2022
• ZIMBABWE: Internet activists joined by students and trade unions have called for a stay-at-home protest to take place on Monday, 09 May 2022, due to the economic situation in Zimbabwe.
• NIGERIA: The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has announced that the fifth plenary of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum for the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE) is expected to be held in Abuja from 10 May 2022 until 11 May 2022.
• NIGERIA: The Nigeria Political Summit Group and the National Consultative Front (NCFront) have announced that a multi-stakeholder National Constitution Reform Dialogue is scheduled to be held in Abuja on Thursday, 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.
• ANGOLA: The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, has received an invitation to participate in the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from 26 May 2022 to 28 May 2022 in the city of Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
• 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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