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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 10 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 10

ANGOLA – 10 MAR 2022

  • LUANDA – 10 MAR 2022 (13H40) 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. During the event, AOG is set to discuss key investment opportunities across all energy sectors in Angola. The Managing Director of ECP has stated that AOG is expected to focus on Angola’s pro-business reforms, potential opportunities regarding gas-to-power, Africa-adapted strategies within the energy transition, and the prospects of attracting foreign capital into Angola’s downstream sector.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 10 MAR 2022

  • BENI – 09 MAR 2022 (19H20) The Beni Garrison Military Court has sentenced four members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group to imprisonment on charges of participating in an insurrectionary movement and criminal association. The sentence has been announced during a public hearing arranged by the Beni Garrison Military Prosecutor’s Office. The ADF members include one Ugandan national and three Congolese nationals. The Court has recognised the four suspects as members and collaborators of the ADF rebel group and guilty of charges against them, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from 10 to 15 years.

 

ESWATINI – 10 MAR 2022

  • MBABANE – 10 MAR 2022 (11H40) UPDATE Demonstrations reported outside the Mbabane Government Hospital. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.  (06H10) Peaceful protest expected outside the Mbabane Government Hospital on Mhlambanyatsi Road from 09H00 today, 10 March 2022. Members affiliated with the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) political party are expected to gather outside the hospital to demand the release of Amos Mbedzi. This follows as Mbedzi had recently been admitted to the hospital in a critical medical condition after allegedly being denied medical treatment in detainment. PUDEMO has called on emaSwati to participate in the picket outside the Mbabane Hospital’s main entrance from 09H00. Thereafter, the demonstrators are expected to deliver a petition to the Correctional Service Headquarters adjacent to the Mbabane Government Hospital. Authorities are expected to be deployed to monitor the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the demonstration.

 

ETHIOPIA- 10 MAR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 09 MAR 2022 (20H10) The United States (US) has donated more than 250 metric tons of humanitarian supplies to Ethiopia’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office. The supplies are expected to support US efforts to provide emergency support for vulnerable Ethiopians affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the Amhara and Afar regions. US Ambassador Tracey Jacobson has handed over the supplies to IOM Acting Chief of Mission Jian Zhao and Nesibu Yasin, Deputy Commissioner of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), at a warehouse in Addis Ababa.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 10 MAR 2022 (06H25) The Prosperity Party (PP) has announced its readiness to convene its first General Assembly in Addis Ababa, scheduled to take place from today, 10 March 2022, until 12 March 2022. The General Assembly will be held under the theme ‘From Challenge to Highness’, and several PP members are expected to participate in conferences before the General Assembly convened. More than 1,600 voting members and 400 guests without voting rights will participate in the assembly, in addition, opposition political parties from the country and 41 different parties from abroad will be invited. The General Assembly will discuss decisions focusing on political, economic and social issues in the country.

 

GHANA – 10 MAR 2022

  • ACCRA – 09 MAR 2022 (19H10) Huawei Digital Power Technologies and Meinergy Technology have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a one-gigawatt (GW) photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Ghana. The signing ceremony has been attended by Huawei Ghana Office Representative, Managing Director Zhou Wei, and Meinergy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wu Guangwen. The facility is expected to be equipped with a 500 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery system. Huawei is reportedly expected to supply the solar power technology and the storage system. The signing of the agreement comes as Ghana aims to achieve a 10% share of renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030, in addition to promoting green energy and increasing the availability of power across the country.
  • ACCRA – 10 MAR 2022 (14H20) The Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) has announced that the Accra-Tema passenger train service is scheduled to resume full operations from next week. This follows as the train service had previously been suspended for two years since March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. GRCL Acting Personnel Manager Ernest Ahene has stated that the company has conducted a series of successful test runs and plan to resume full commercial operations by next week. However, Ahene has stated that the exact date for the resumption of operations is yet to be communicated.

 

KENYA – 10 MAR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 09 MAR 2022 (19H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the international community to lift sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe due to the negative impact of the restrictions on the Southern African region. President Kenyatta has termed the sanctions illegal, reiterating Kenya’s continued advocacy to ensure that the restrictions are lifted. This follows amid Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ongoing working visit to the State House in Nairobi. During recent negotiations, the two Heads of State signed seven bilateral agreements, including memoranda of understanding (MoU) on political and diplomatic consultations, tourism and wildlife conservation, among others. Additional MoUs include the improvement of community development, youth affairs, cooperatives, and sports and recreation activities. President Kenyatta has stated that the agreements are expected to enable Kenya and Zimbabwe to cooperate in addressing various challenges affecting both countries.
  • MILIMANI – 09 MAR 2022 (21H40) Kenya Defence Force (KDF) troops have killed one al-Shabaab militant in the Milimani area Lamu County. The KDF troops of Operation Amani Boni have encountered the armed militants while patrolling along the Milimani-Baure Main Supply Route. Several militants have escaped with injuries. KDF combatants, alongside other security agencies under Operation Amani Boni, stated that they remain committed to alleviating the area and contaminating the al Shabaab terrorists.
  • NAIROBI – 10 MAR 2022 (15H05) The State of Qatar has participated in the inauguration ceremony of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in the Republic of Kenya. During the inauguration ceremony, the State of Qatar is presented by Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Kenya and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN) Office in Nairobi, Jaber bin Ali Al Dosari.
  • NAIROBI – 10 MAR 2022 (15H20) Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed that the Kenyan Government is expected to announce revised COVID-19 containment measures at 14H00 on Friday, 11 March 2022. This follows as the Government is currently reviewing the country’s containment measures following a consistent reduction in the positivity rate. The most recent positivity rate is estimated at 0,3%. Kagwe has stated that 14 people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday, 09 March 2022, with no reported deaths.

 

LESOTHO – 10 MAR 2022

  • KORO-KORO – 10 MAR 2022 (10H35) Road closure reported at the Koro-Koro bridge following heavy rainfall in the area. The road has been closed to allow reconstruction efforts due to a significant decay in the road infrastructure. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes until the reconstruction of the road is complete.
  • MASERU – 10 MAR 2022 (18H20) The United States (US) Ambassador to Lesotho, Maria Brewer, has presented her credentials to King Letsie III during a ceremony held today, 10 May 2022. During the ceremony, Ambassador Brewer has reiterated her commitment to sustaining the US Government’s partnership with Lesotho to maintain and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

MADAGASCAR – 10 MAR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 10 MAR 2022 (13H20) The African Risk Capacity (ARC) has provided Madagascar with $10,7 million in financial assistance to address the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Batsirai. This follows as the tropical storm has triggered the country’s parametric tropical cyclone insurance coverage. The storm had been accompanied by increased wind speeds of 165 kilometres (km) per hour and gusts of up to 230 km per hour, in addition to rainfall that led to floodings and destruction of infrastructure. The storm has impacted homes, schools, health centres, and transport infrastructure in the Mananjary, Nosy Varika, and Manakara districts. The Malagasy National Disaster Management Agency has stated that 124,000 people have been affected by the cyclone, with at least 29,000 displaced and more than 120 deaths recorded. The ARC’s financial contribution is expected to assist the country’s authorities in restoration efforts and fund humanitarian efforts in vulnerable communities.

 

MALAWI – 10 MAR 2022

  • PANGANI – 10 MAR 2022 (11H15) The Minister for Works and Transport, Professor Mbarawa, has announced the launch of the third phase of the Tanga-Bagamoyo highway construction project. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANOADS), Rogatus Matilija, has stated that the third phase is expected to consist of the construction of 120 kilometres (km) of road from Tungamaa to Mkange in addition to a 525-metre bridge over the Pangani river. Mbarawa further stated that certain institutions are expected to remove water and electrical infrastructures during the construction phase.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 10 MAR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 09 MAR 2022 (20H00) Mozambique’s Council of Ministers has announced a decision to lease an additional 138 hectares to the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) in response to an increase in demand for cargo handling services nationally and regionally at the Maputo Port. Subsequently, the size of the concession granted to MPDC is set to increase from the current 140 hectares to 278 hectares in total. Government Spokesperson, Deputy Justice Minister Filimao Suaze, has stated that the development of the Port is expected to allow for an increase in the Port’s capacity and an improvement in its regional competitiveness.
  • ZAMBEZIA – 09 MAR 2022 (22H00) The Provincial Commander of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM), Aquilasse Manda, has announced that officers have killed two civilians in Coromana, Molumbo, Zambézia. The officers have allegedly killed the civilians while attempting to disperse a demonstration against a ban on using the Malawian kwacha in commercial transactions. This follows after protesters barricaded and lit fires at the administrative post of Coromana. Government authorities in Molumbo are urging individuals to abandon the kwacha.
  • MAPUTO – 10 MAR 2022 (13H20) The Presidency has announced that Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is scheduled to embark on a working visit to South Africa on Friday, 11 March 2022. Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, has stated that the visit is expected to further improve mutual, regional and continental cooperation between the two countries. Gungubele has further noted that President Nyusi’s visit also aims to reinforce bilateral relations and cooperation between South Africa and Mozambique in political and economic fields. The Presidency has stated that Nyusi is set to attend the third session of the Binational Commission of Cooperation (BNC) between the two countries. The two Heads of State are also expected to engage in conversations regarding regional, continental and global issues of mutual interest with a focus on peace, security and economic development matters.

 

NIGERIA – 10 MAR 2022

  • ABUJA – 09 MAR 2022 (19H00) The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced large-scale electricity generation shortfalls, causing mass loadshedding and frequent power interruptions across the country. The TCN has stated that the current cumulative nationwide generation capacity is significantly low. Generation companies have attributed the shortfalls to various factors, including poor gas supply, fault in generating units, and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. TCN Public Affairs General Manager Ndidi Mbah has stated that a combination of issues from gas constraints and technical problems within generating plants are causing persistent low generation and consequently low load allocation to Distribution Companies nationwide. Mbah has further noted that efforts are underway to efficiently allocate the total load generated by power generation stations into the grid.
  • ABUJA – 10 MAR 2022 (02H30)  The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled a virtual emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for Thursday, 17 March 2022. The meeting notice has been signed by 9 of the 12 caretaker committee members. The NEC previously held discussions on 08 December 2020. The APC has noted that all members of the NEC are expected to take notice of the meeting.
  • IKEJA – 10 MAR 2022 (04H45) Multichoice Nigeria and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have announced that they reached an agreement to resolve their pending disputes. This follows after FIRS commenced a Forensic Systems Audit of accounts on 08 March 2020 to determine the tax liability of Multichoice, thereafter issued Notices of Assessment and Demand Notices amounting to N1.82 trillion. This development led to several lawsuits at the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) and the Federal High Court. The agreement is under the Forensic System Audit and is expected to be resolved soon.
  • ABUJA – 10 MAR 2022 (13H40) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional $10,6 million in development assistance to support the 2021 bilateral agreement between the US and Nigerian Governments. The funding is expected to finance efforts to enhance COVID-19 vaccination efforts to meet the target of 600,000 vaccinations a day. The funds are also expected to support integrating COVID-19 vaccinations into routine immunisation and primary health care systems, state-level data collections and analytics, health workers’ training, and the development of vaccination access points at the community level. This funding increases the total US assistance to the Nigerian Government to $179 million under the five-year $2,1 billion Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed between USAID and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
  • YOLA – 10 MAR 2022 (15H30) The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it has documented an additional 111,762 voter registrations in the Adamawa State. This follows ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country. State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Kassim Gaidam has stated that 83,395 of the registrations are online and had been completed during the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise. Gaidam has noted that the figures have been generated from the State’s 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs). The REC has further noted that continuous voter registration is scheduled to be suspended in June 2022, preparatory to processing the data in readiness for the 2023 general elections. The following activity dictated by the new Electoral Act with the 2023 elections in view is the conduct of primaries by political parties from 04 April 2022 until 03 June 2022.
  • MAGBORO – 10 MAR 2022 (18H10) UPDATE A diesel tanker has reportedly exploded in the vicinity of Oil Serve Magboro along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The road remains closed to traffic. Motorists are utilising the Magboro underbridge outbound Lagos route as an alternative route. (15H50) Explosion reported at Oil Serve Magboro. Reports have indicated that two people have died following a gas explosion at Oil Serve in Magboro, Ogun State. The Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been closed to traffic. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

RWANDA – 10 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 10 MAR 2022 (06H15) The Presidency has announced that Rwanda is scheduled to host the 77th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) in Kigali between today, 10 March 2022 and Friday, 11 March 2022. The APU meeting is expected to be attended by more than 120 delegates from 41 Parliaments. The meeting is set to serve as a platform for delegates to discuss best practices in terms of good governance, innovation, responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts in economic recovery and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.

 

TANZANIA – 10 MAR 2022

  • PANGANI – 10 MAR 2022 (11H15) The Minister for Works and Transport, Professor Mbarawa, has announced the launch of the third phase of the Tanga-Bagamoyo highway construction. Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANOADS), Rogatus Matilija, has stated that the third phase would consist of the construction of 120 kilometres (km) of road from Tungamaa to Mkange in addition to a 525-metre bridge over the Pangani river. Mbarawa further stated that certain institutions are expected to remove water and electrical infrastructures during construction.

 

ZAMBIA – 1110 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 10 MAR 2022 (06H20) Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu has announced that President Hakainde Hichilema and Vice President Mutale Nalumango are expected to attend the National Youth Indaba from today, 10 March 2022, until 11 March 2022 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre. The Minister has stated that an estimated 600 youths from all districts in the country are expected to attend the National Youth Indaba ahead of Youth Day.

 

ZIMBABWE – 10 MAR 2022

  • HARARE – 10 MAR 2022 (03H15) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced Saturday, 26 March 2022 as the date of the by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the constitution. This comes after Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s appointment of 18 judges to constitute the Electoral court expected to operate from 01 March 2022 to 30 August 2022. The Electoral Court aims to have exclusive jurisdiction, including the hearing of applications and permissions in terms of the Electoral Act, including reviewing decisions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
  • BULAWAYO – 10 MAR 2022 (15H00) The Presidency has announced that 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, from 26 April 2022 and 30 April 2022. The 62nd Edition of the ZITF is set to be held under the theme of Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent Value Chains for Economic Development. ZITF Company Board Chairman Busisa Moyo has stated that the Kenyan President has accepted the invitation from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to officiate the official opening ceremony of the 62nd Edition of the ZITF on Friday, 29 April 2022.
  • HARARE – 10 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Presidency has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe. This follows the conclusion of the President’s State Visit to Nairobi, Kenya. During the official visit, President Mnangagwa co-chaired a Permanent Joint Commission, during which several bilateral agreements between Kenya and Zimbabwe have been signed.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 10 MAR 2022

  • ESWATINI: The Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly is expected to hold a planned walk on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 10H00 in Mbabane.
  • KENYA: Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed that the Kenyan Government is expected to announce revised COVID-19 containment measures at 14H00 on Friday, 11 March 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: The Presidency has announced that Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is scheduled to embark on a working visit to South Africa on Friday, 11 March 2022.
  • ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to address the nation on Friday, 11 March 2022, at 09H00, over the application of National Values and Principles in Parliament.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Tropical Cyclone, Gombe, is forecasted to make landfall in northern Mozambique in Nampula province, south of the Port of Nacala, on Saturday, 12 March 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled a virtual emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for Thursday, 17 March 2022.
  • ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia has announced plans to commence twice-weekly Ndola-Mansa service with British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream equipment by 18 March 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Judicial officials of the Supreme Court of Angola scheduled from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 to demand salary improvements.
  • REP. CONGO: The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government are expected to host a joint Business Forum between 22 March 2022 and 24 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed Saturday, 26 March 2022 as the date of the by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the constitution.
  • NIGERIA: The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 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, from 26 April 2022 and 30 April 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 18 oil wells between the Rivers and the Imo States.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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