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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 08 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 8

ANGOLA – 08 APR 2022

  • LUANDA – 08 APR 2022 (01H30) The Foreign Affairs Minister of Portugal, Augusto Silva, is expected to visit Angola from 12 April 2022 until 13 April 2022. Silva is expected to meet with Angolan officials regarding a discussion aimed at increased bilateral relations between the countries.
  • LUANDA – 08 APR 2022 (03H10) The Portuguese Banko Caiza General of Deposit is expected to fund Angolan infrastructure projects. The announcement of Executive President of the Group Caixa General de Depositos de Portugal, Paulo Macedo, follows after a meeting held in the Presidential Palace on 06 April 2022 with the Minister of Public works and other officials. The projects include the Luanda light rail, the Sanha Lean Gas Connection (SLGC) Project, Climate Resilience And Water Security, and others.
  • CABINDA – 08 APR 2022 (06H50) The Front for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda – Armed Forces of Cabinda (FLEC-FAC) has urged all Cabindans to boycott the Angolan General Elections, which will take place in August 2022 in the northern province of Angola. The independence movement in Cabinda has claimed that the Angolan Government has violated their human rights and has not fulfilled its promises made to the country. The FLEC-FAC movement has called on all Cabindans to contest against the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party. This comes as the political movement fighting for the independence of the Angolan province of Cabinda.
  • LUANDA – 08 APR 2022 (07H15) The Angolan National Doctors Union (SINMEA) is expected to protest on Saturday, 12 April 2022. This comes as the Government has suspended the protesting doctor’s salaries because it has complied with the points of the claim book. The union has embarked on a strike since 21 March 2022 in demand of better working conditions and better wages, and social benefits for the doctors. The Secretary-General of SINMEA, Pedro da Rosa, has called on the Minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Teresa Dias, and the Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, to engage with the union to resolve its issues. The union stated that during its negotiations with the Government, the President of SINMEA, Adriano Manuel, stated that the Government claimed not to have enough funds to increase their salaries. Manuel has also called on the union to hold a protest today, 08 April 2022, until the Government meets the union’s demands. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
  • LUANDA – 08 APR 2022 (12H30) Protest reported outside the Luanda General Hospital. The Angolan National Doctors Union (SINMEA) has embarked on a strike in demand of better working conditions and better wages, and social benefits for the doctors. This comes as the Government has suspended the protesting doctor’s salaries because it has complied with the points of the claim book. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are aware of the situation.

 

BOTSWANA – 08 APR 2022

  • MLAMBAKWENA – 08 APR 2022 (16H00) North East District Council Chairperson Florah Mpetsane has raised concerns regarding the delayed construction of the Zwenshambe Road projects. Mpetsane recently stated the road projects in Zwenshambe are currently at various stages of completion, with the culmination of the entire project currently significantly behind schedule. The Chairperson has noted that the implementation of the projects has been affected by recent increased rainfall and adverse weather conditions experienced in the region. Mpetsane further stated that poor project management has also delayed the completion of the project. However, the Council Chairperson has noted that talks are underway with two contractors involved in the project to discuss ways of expediting the matter.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 APR 2022

  • GOMA – 07 APR 2022 (20H40) Explosion reported at the Kantindo Military camp in Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Local reports indicate that at least six people have been killed, including two senior officers of the Congolese Army and three other injuries during the explosion. North Kivu Governor Constant Ndima Kongba has stated that the origin of the explosion remains undetermined as investigations into the incident are underway. However, local sources have indicated that the explosion had been caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) placed in a bar by unknown suspects. Further assessments of the situation are ongoing.
  • KALONGE – 07 APR 2022 (19H10) The Minority Rights Group International, a non-government organisation (NGO), has published an investigation indicating that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities and other international stakeholders have allegedly been involved in the killing of indigenous Batwa people in the country. The rights group has stated that rangers at the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC are reportedly involved in a terror operation targetting indigenous people in the area with the aim of eradicating them from the park. Presenting an investigation based on an estimated 600 sources, including more than 550 eyewitnesses of the attacks, the NGO has stated that park guards and defence soldiers jointly attacked Batwa villages inside the national park between 2019 and 2021. Investigations indicate that more than 20 people have been killed, 15 sexually assaulted, and several others forcibly displaced. The rights group has alleged that the widespread and recurrent nature of the attacks constitutes crimes against humanity under international law.

 

ESWATINI – 08 APR 2022

  • MBABANE – 07 APR 2022 (20H15) The Government has released a statement informing the public that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has cancelled the Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika Plus eSwatini, which had previously been scheduled for Sunday, 10 April 2022. This follows after the Kingdom of eSwatini had previously been invited to participate in the event in Pretoria, South Africa, to present a report on the situation in the country. However, Government has confirmed that the SADC Secretariat has sent a notification that the Summit has since been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, Government is expected to continue with preparations for the upcoming Sibaya National Dialogue.

 

ETHIOPIA- 08 APR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 07 APR 2022 (19H00) The Ethiopian Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has announced that it is set to thoroughly examine the alleged rights violations committed during the conflict in the western region of Tigray. The Ministry has expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to holding responsible individuals accountable for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. However, Ethiopia has condemned a joint report from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for solely reprimanding the Ethiopian Government for violations recorded in Western Tigray. Among other allegations, the report states that newly-appointed officials and authorities from the neighbouring Amhara region systematically expelled several Tigrayan civilians from their dwellings through the use of threats, unlawful killings, sexual violence, mass detention, forcible transfer, and the denial of humanitarian assistance. The rights groups’ report is based on interviews with more than 400 residents of the region. The Ministry has further disclosed that an inter-ministerial task force has been established and is expected to review and examine the report and give it due consideration. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Government to release detainees in Western Tigray, demobilise offensive forces operating in the region and allow unfettered humanitarian access.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 08 APR 2022 (09H40) Leaders of the truckers’ Association have called off a planned strike after reaching an agreement with the Federal Government. The Ethiopian Bulk Fuel Transport Owners Association has stated that an agreement has been reached with officials of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics over the adjustment of tariffs paid to transport fuel from ports in Djibouti to Addis Ababa and across the country. This follows after the association had issued an ultimatum, warning that trucks would embark on a strike if the 75,000 Br tariff had not been addressed over its rising operational and maintenance costs.

 

GHANA – 08 APR 2022

  • ACCRA – 08 APR 2022 (02H20) Prisma Training Solutions are finalising its application for a formal training centre in Accra. The centre is expected to provide additional virtual training through virtual reality and underground simulations. Prisma is set to recruit community members around its operations to facilitate the transfer of skills and knowledge among its host communities. The application has been submitted and is expected to be accepted by the Ghana Chamber of Mines. The centre is expected to provide customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions in the mining sector. Further, the centre is expected to provide training for every career path in the mining sector, from learner mineworkers to fully qualified mine managers. Additionally, the company added mineral processing and metallurgy to its course. The learning material of the centre is based on three principles. All materials are expected to comply with benchmark standards for both National and International sectors. Learning is set to be based on mine-specific operating procedures and codes of practice. Last, the centre is set to provide product and machine specific training.
  • ACCRA – 08 APR 2022 (14H50) Flooding reported in several regions of Accra following adverse weather conditions on Friday morning, 08 April 2022. Affected areas include the Central Business District, Sahara, Odawna, South Industrial Area, Abosseyokai, Tudu, and surrounding areas. The Ghana Meteorological Agency has predicted further thunderstorms and rain activity along the coast of the Volta Region, which is expected to affect several parts of the southern region throughout the following weekend. Motorists are advised to monitor social media updates and remain vigilant when travelling in affected areas.

 

KENYA – 08 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 07 APR 2022 (19H40) Kenya Airways and South African Airways (SAA) have announced plans to conduct a series of investor presentations in a bid to secure financing for a combined airline group expected to be launched in 2023. Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Allan Kilavuka has stated that the campaign to attract a majority investor for a holding company to be modelled on British Airways and Iberia owner IAG SA is expected to commence before June 2022. Kilavuka has further noted that events are expected to be staged in Africa, London, and the United States (US). The Governments of Kenya and South Africa plan to hold a minority share in the venture, which has the working name Pan-African Airline Group. Kilavuka has stated that the carriers are also seeking to recruit a third member from West Africa, with a focus on Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast or Senegal.
  • NANYUKI – 08 APR 2022 (07H30) President Uhuru Kenyatta has held a visit to the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) at the Laikipia Airbase in Nanyuki on 07 April 2022 to preside over the official commissioning of the Kenya Air Force (KAF) Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE). The Aviation Centre of Excellence has been established as a state-of-the-art military training facility for the Kenya Air Force pilots and technical personnel developed by the KDF as part of the ongoing modernisation of Kenya’s defence and security capabilities. During the ceremony, Kenyatta stated that the acquisition of modern training aircraft and the establishment of the Aviation Centre of Excellence will assist the KDF and Government agencies in establishing skilled pilots to undertake varied aviation operations.
  • NYAKACH – 08 APR 2022 (14H00) Protest reported at the Katito and Sondu markets in the Nyakach Sub County of Kisumu County. Local residents are protesting in demand of democratic nominations in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party. Demonstrators are carrying placards and marching in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes due to current ground travel disruptions.
  • HOMA BAY – 08 APR 2022 (14H20) Protest reported in the vicinity of the C19 road in Homa Bay. Demonstrators are burning debris on the side of the roadway in protest against the issuance of a certificate to area Member of Parliament (MP) Opondo Kaluma. Local residents are demanding fair and democratic nominations within the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party. Police are on the scene and monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the affected area.
  • NAIROBI – 08 APR 2022 (15H00) UPDATE The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has formally been admitted into the East African Community (EAC) following the successful signing of the Accession Treaty at the State House in Nairobi. The ceremony has been attended by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the current Chair of the EAC, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, DRC President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Following the event’s conclusion, President Kagame called on EAC leaders to promote and improve regional integration to the benefit of EAC member countries. (09H15) President Paul Kagame will be attending the signing ceremony of the  Treaty of Accession by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the East African Community (EAC) in Nairobi, Kenya, today, 08 April 2022, joined by several Heads of State. This comes after the EAC bloc’s Council of Ministers approved the admission of the DRC into the trade bloc. DRC President Tshisekedi is expected to sign the treaty before Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in his capacity as the current Chair of the Summit EAC Heads of State. During the Heads of State visit to Nairobi, a meeting will be held to discuss the security issues in the Great Lakes Region.

 

LESOTHO – 08 APR 2022

  • MASERU – 07 APR 2022 (19H00) The Petroleum Fund Lesotho has announced fuel price adjustments to affect residents from across the country. Subsequently, Petrol93 is set to increase by M2,10 to M20,50 per litre. Petrol 95 is set to increase by M2,25 to M20,80 per litre. In addition, Diesel50 fuel is expected to increase by M4,10 to M22,95 per litre, and paraffin is set to increase by M3,00 to M16.90. Petroleum Fund Lesotho has stated that the fuel price increase is scheduled to come into effect from Friday, 08 April 2022.
  • MASERU – 08 APR 2022 (15H30) The Lesotho Government has announced the suspension of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers upon arrival at all ports of entry in the country. Health authorities are also expected to offer free antigen testing for unvaccinated travellers arriving in the country.

 

MADAGASCAR – 08 APR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 08 APR 2022 (08H50) The University of Antananarivo and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) have continued with their strike action in Ankatso, joined by the administrative and technical staff (PAT), in demand of their payment of salaries and allowances for all its members. The President of the PAT, Pierre Rakotoson, has stated that the staff members have not received their salaries for March 2022. The students in Ampefiloha have been holding demonstrations in demand for the payment of scholarships. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has further assured the unions that the distribution of their salaries and scholarships will be issued in due course.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 08 APR 2022 (12H40) Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022. The demonstrators will protest against the Mayor of the Municipality of the Antananarivo (CUA), Naina Andriantsitohaina, for failure to deliver on their demands against the motorcycle operators operating on their routes within the city of Antananarivo. The residents have claimed that the motorcycle operators have carried out several crimes against them and have led the Analekely to have allegedly closed down due to the attacks against the marketers. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant and use an alternative route during the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.

 

MALAWI – 08 APR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 08 APR 2022 (08H30) The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the Government of Malawi with over 1,947,695 doses of oral cholera vaccines. The vaccines are expected to be administered to eight districts of Nsanje, Mulanje, Phalombe, Blantyre, Machinga, Balaka and Mangochi. The Ministry of Health has also received various health equipment to assist in efforts against the disease, which includes diagnostic aids, laboratory supplies, essential drugs and supplies. The Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, has commended the WHO for its contribution to Malawi in the fight against cholera and stated that the supplies would assist the country in implementing cholera control activities, particularly in the eight districts which are at high risk.
  • LILONGWE – 08 APR 2022 (13H40) Protest reported at the Lilongwe District Commissioner’s (DCs) Office in Bwaila South, Lilongwe. Environmental activists have conducted a march from the Crossroads Roundabout in Lilongwe’s city centre to the DC Office to deliver a petition demanding climate justice. Among others, activists are calling on countries, including Malawi, to reduce the emission of harmful gasses to below 1,5 degrees. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions in the area due to the demonstration. Authorities are on the scene.
  • LILONGWE – 08 APR 2022 (14H40) The Malawian Government has announced that the country is expected to receive fuel imports from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania onward. The country previously received fuel imports through Porto Amélia in Beira, Mozambique. The decision to redirect fuel imports follows due to recently experienced difficulties occasioned by adverse weather and cyclonic activity experienced in the region.
  • LILONGWE – 08 APR 2022 (16H40) The Government has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to preside over the swearing-in of the new Chief Justice and the newly appointed Judges of the High Court at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. This follows the recent appointment of Justice Rizine Rober Mzikamanda as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Malawi and the appointment of seven new Judges of the High Court. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to be held from 10H00 on Saturday, 09 April 2022.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 08 APR 2022

  • PEMBA – 07 APR 2022 (19H15) Portugal’s Galp Energia, a partner in an Exxon Mobil-led gas consortium in Mozambique, has announced plans to initiate the construction of onshore plants in the country by 2024. However, Galp Energia Chief Executive Offices (CEO) Andy Brown has stated that operations will strictly resume if security has been guaranteed in the area. Due to an escalation of attacks in 2021, the French group Total suspended its $20-billion liquefied nature gas (LNG) project in April 2021, followed by the Exxon-Mobil consortium’s postponement of a final investment decision. Mozambique has experienced an Islamic State (IS) insurgency in its northern province of Cabo Delgado since 2017, near LNG projects valued at over $50 billion.
  • MAPUTO – 08 APR 2022 (17H00) The Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) has approved 12 out of 13 companies for pre-qualification in its sixth licencing round. The qualifying operators are China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Sinopec International Energy Investment, Eni Mozambico, ExxonMobil Mozambique (Offshore 6), Petro China International Iraq and TotalEnergies EP New Venture. Nigeria’s Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production has not received approval. INP has selected the remaining six as non-operators, including Discover Exploration, Novatek, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), Qatar Petroleum Mozambique, RN Angoche and Sasol Africa. During the following stage, the companies are expected to license geoscience data in order to evaluate the areas of interest. Companies are required to submit proposals by 30 August 2022, with INP expected to publish the results on 30 November 2022.

 

NIGERIA – 08 APR 2022

  • YENAGOA – 07 APR 2022 (20H00) The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has confirmed a gas leakage due to a suspected attack on the Ogboinbiri/OB-OB gas pipeline operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State. NOSDRA’s Director-General Idris Musa has stated that the facility’s breach occurred on Wednesday, 06 April 2022, resulting in a fire incident around the Okaka and Azikoro communities in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. The vandalism has reportedly disrupted the oil firm’s gas export feed to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) gathering and processing plant. Musa has stated that the NAOC is actively attempting to depressurise the pipeline in order to conduct repairs on the pipeline.
  • ABUJA – 08 APR 2022 (04H00) The Federal High Court (FHC) Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, has announced the new practice direction for terrorism-related court trials. Under the new arrangement, no media coverage is allowed during terrorist cases without specific court instructions. The arrangement is expected to protect the identity of members in the court trial. The area to be secured during court proceedings is expected to be estimated for each case individually based on security agencies’ recommendations.
  • ABUJA – 08 APR 2022 (04H50) Nigeria has announced the extension of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme. The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have stated that the extension is expected to last for two years ending on 30 June 2024. The announcement follows engagements with relevant Stakeholders and the World Bank Support Mission on the Implementation of the National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP). The CCT is expected to provide a monthly payout of N5,000 to poor households. The number of households requiring the CCT has increased from an estimated four million households to approximately 10,2 million. Additionally, the Lagos state has identified an estimated 295,000 households that require aid.
  • ABUJA – 08 APR 2022 (10H30) The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has filed N50 billion damages against the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over his unlawful arrest in Kenya and continued detention. Kanu, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), also requested N100 million as compensation for the cost of the action at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Ozekhome has stated that Kanu’s deportation to Nigeria without extradition proceedings or hearing in Kenya is a clear violation of Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act CAP A9, LFN 2004. Ozekhome has also stated that the continued detention of Kanu on an amended charge filed after his forceful rendition to Nigeria is illegal.
  • ABUJA – 08 APR 2022 (15H20) UPDATE The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out eight of the 15 counts filed against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The IPOB leader is accused of various offences in the 15 counts, including treasonable felony and terrorism allegedly committed throughout his separatist campaigns. Judge Binta Nyako has struck out eight of the charges after questioning the validity of the accusations. Judge Nyako has requested the prosecutor to proceed to trial on the remaining seven charges. The Court has also set 18 May 2022 as the date for Kanu’s bail application. (12H50) The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been transferred to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) headquarters in Abuja. This is due to the trial of terrorism-related offences is set to be conducted on recordings. Judge Tsoho has issued the new practice directions in accordance in line with the provisions of Section 254 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. Under the new arrangement, media coverage of terrorism-related proceedings is strictly prohibited unless permitted by the court. (10H45) The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is expected to appear before the Federal High Court, Abuja, today, 08 April 2022, in continuation of his trial. The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho, is expected to rule on Kanu’s fundamental human rights violation claim against the Nigerian Government. Kanu has been in the Department of State Services (DSS) detention after being arrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria in June 2021 for an alleged act of terrorism and incitement. A heightened presence of DSS officers and Police is reported around the High Court.
  • KANGARWA – 08 APR 2022 (16H30) The Nigerian Defence Force has announced that Troops of Operation Desert Sanity have neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists during recent armed clashes in the country’s northeast region in the vicinity of Kangarwa/Metele in Borno State. During the operation, the troops also recovered weapons, ammunition and vehicles used by the terrorist group. The Army has stated that further security operations are underway in an attempt to locate and apprehend the remaining Boko Haram members that escaped during the armed clashes.

 

RWANDA – 08 APR 2022

  • KAMONYI – 08 APR 2022 (17H25) Road closure reported on the RN1 national road approaching the Kamonyi District Office between Kigali and Kamonyi in the vicinity of Bushyashya. The road has been closed following a multi-motor vehicle accident, during which an estimated 30 people have sustained severe injuries. Traffic and Road Safety Department Spokesperson René Irere has stated that a truck experienced brake failure and hit an estimated nine vehicles on the roadway. A team of Police officers has been deployed to the area to assess the situation and evacuate injured individuals. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

TANZANIA – 08 APR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 08 APR 2022 (10H15) The Ilala Regional Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed a fire incident at the Karume market in Dar es Salaam, which took place today, 08 April 2022, around 05H00. The Regional Fire and Rescue Commander Elisa Mugisha has stated that emergency services were dispatched and successfully managed to contain the fire and regain control of the situation. Mugisha has reported that the fire had been ignited at a few of the stalls, which had been left unattended. Preliminary reports indicate that the goods and equipment in the market had been damaged. However, no casualties have been reported.

 

ZAMBIA – 08 APR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 08 APR 2022 (06H00) The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU), has re-arrested the former Konkola Copper Mines Company (KCM) Provisional Liquidator, Milingo Lungu, for alleged theft and money laundering activities contrary to the laws of Zambia. Lumu has been re-arrested for theft of k4.4 million from the KCM company following the establishment of more evidence. The DEC Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga has stated that under investigation, Lungu has been involved in theft involving k4.4 million, which came into his possession as the provisional liquidator between 22 May 2019 and 15 August 2021. Kamanga has stated that the Commission has further charged and arrested Lungu for money laundering contrary to section 7 of the prohibition and prevention of money laundering act no. 14 of 2001, as read with the amendment act no. 44 of 2010, involving the purchase of a property in a mass media area which was bought at about $750,000.00.
  • LUSAKA – 08 APR 2022 (06H30) Zimbabwe and Zambia are working to establish a joint agro-industrial park, which will improve the availability of goods and services for the bilateral market and broaden the intra-regional trade of manufactured goods. The project is being supported by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). COMESA has stated that the industrial park will be partially located on each border between the two countries. The 21 member trading bloc has also stated that the planned project would help develop industrialists that would acquire ownership and management of the industries, develop appropriate skills and knowledge in industries, strengthen collaboration and bolster networking among lawmakers, regulators, industry and academia.

 

ZIMBABWE – 08 APR 2022

  • HARARE – 08 APR 2022 (08H00) The Government has mobilised funds to conduct detailed engineering designs to construct a bridge at the Kazungula One-Stop Border Post (OSBP), which will service Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana as part of the Kazungula Tri-National border crossing. The planned bridge will provide an essential link between neighbouring Botswana and Zambia, with Zimbabwe expected to be a significant beneficiary. The Kazungula Bridge Consultants have called on the public to participate in the project’s environmental and social impact assessment following the mobilisation of funds by the Government to conduct the engineering designs. The bridge is also expected to ease congestion at the Beitbridge Border Post, and freight and passenger transit time is also projected to be significantly reduced due to improved border management operations arising from the OSBP facilities.
  • HARARE – 08 APR 2022 (11H30) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially sworn in a three-member tribunal today, 08 April 2022, responsible for finding suitability for holding the office of the High Court Judge Justice Edith Mushore. Justice Mushore has been accused of failing to report for duty for several months. The tribunal will be chaired by former Judge Justice Maphios Cheda, and legal practitioners Advocate Charles Warara and Yvonne Masvora as members. During a briefing, Justice Warara stated that they would enquire on the circumstances leading to the failure by Justice Mushore to be present at work and find recommendations following their evidence.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 APR 2022

  • ANGOLA: The Contesting Civil Society (SCC) has announced planned demonstrations expected in the provinces of Kwanza Norte, Uíge, Kunene, Cabinda and Luanda scheduled for Saturday, 09 April 2022, from 12H00.
  • MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to preside over the swearing-in of the new Chief Justice and the newly appointed Judges of the High Court at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday, 09 April 2022.
  • ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Swazi Border Post Matsamo on 12 April 2022 from 10H00.
  • ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Ngwenya Border Post/ Oshoek Border Post on 12 April 2022 from 10H00.
  • 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.
  • ANGOLA: The Foreign Affairs Minister of Portugal, Augusto Silva, is expected to visit Angola from 12 April 2022 until 13 April 2022
  • 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.
  • LESOTHO: Protest expected by the Public Transport Association in Lesotho on 20 April 2022.
  • 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.
  • MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
  • 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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